A field of 23 will line up for the valuable Paddy Power Supporting Cancer Trials Irish Cambridgeshire, the feature race on Pat Smullen Race Day which includes a host of events and activities to raise funds for Cancer Trials Ireland, the leading cancer research trials organisation in Ireland.
The Joseph O’Brien trained Vega Magnifico will carry top weight of 10 stone in this ultra-competitive contest. Notable contenders include Galway winner Coeur D’Or, Blues Emperor, Clever and Cool, Current Option and Fastnet Crown.
Snowcapped, Village Voice, Cigamia, Indian Wish, Mashia and Dame Kiri are among the 11 runners for the Group 3 Snow Fairy Sakes, while there are 7 fillies set to face the starter in the Newtownanner Stud EBF Stakes including Kalispera, , Shelaka, Brilliant and Opera Singer.
Mansa Musa, Buyin Buyin, The Caribbean, Mountain Bear and Do It With Style feature among the 10 runner for the Heider Family Stables Round Tower Stakes. There are 10 runners in the Plusvital Supplements Nursery headed by the Aidan O’Brien trained Carnegie Hall, 17 runners in the Bord Na Mona Recycling Apprentice Handicap and 13 runners in the opening Keeper’s Heart 10-Year-Old Single Malt Whiskey EBF Maiden.
Pat Smullen’s daughter Hannah, former amateur jockey Kate Harrington and Olympian Sue Shortt are among 13 riders taking part in the Pat Smullen Cancer Trials Ireland charity race supported by The Grafton Hotel, which will be run as the 8th race. They are all riding over the famous Irish Derby course of 12 furlongs, in memory of a family member or friend who they lost to cancer, to support anyone currently living with cancer or as a cancer survivor themselves. Other participants include Gillian Cody, Nicole Weir, Sinead Smullen, Anne Widger, Katherine Gordon Quayle, Alan McPartland, Fergus Lawlor, Ber Fahey, Grainne O’Neill and Joey Ryan.
Racegoers will have the opportunity to donate to this very worthy cause during the race day and enjoy a fun evening for all the family which will include post-race party with Superfly, one of Ireland’s most popular funk and soul bands performing on stage after the last race in the grandstand.
The Coast to Curragh cycle is the brainchild of Gavin Lynch who lost his mum Olive to pancreatic cancer. Prior to racing, AP McCoy will lead the unique Cycle in memory of Olive Lynch which takes in six racecourses and Moyglare Stud. Starting at Laytown Races and finishing at the Curragh Racecourse in time for the first race.
The TG4 All-Ireland intermediate Ladies Football Team will be guests of the Curragh racecourse on Saturday 26th August. A presentation will be made to the team lead by their captain, Grace Clifford, during the race day and racegoers will have the opportunity to meet some of the players and congratulate them on their success.
Good (both Round and Straight course)
Dry today and warm today. Showers on Friday afternoon, up to 5mm of rain with further showers on Saturday
Racing on Curragh side of track with stalls in centre for all sprints
All races broadcast live on Racing TV
Getting to the races
The Curragh offer a FREE shuttle bus service from Newbridge, picking up at the train station and outside both Riverbank Theatre and Eddie Rockets in the Main Street and from Kildare, picking up at the train station and in the Square at the bus stop
For further information, call the Curragh team on 045 441205, email [email protected]