Declarations for the Autumn Festival this weekend | The Curragh Racecourse
 Declarations for the Autumn Festival this weekend

Declarations for the Autumn Festival this weekend

A packed programme of 8 races on both this Saturday and Sunday will ensure two very competitive race days at the Curragh. Saturday’s highlights feature the Group 3 AES Renaissance Stakes with seven runners declared to run including Speak In Colours, Gordon Lord Byron and Beckford, while the David O’Meara trained Perfection is the sole British trained runner 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner Capri is one of five runners in the Holden Plant Rental Loughbrown Stakes, which also features the Dermot Weld trained Kastasa and Eminent Authority trained by Joseph O’Brien. Another highlight will be the Keadeen Hotel Ladies Invitational Race attracting lady jockeys from across the world. Sunday’s “Future Champions” themed day features all races for two year olds. The Beresford Stakes takes centre stage with 7 runners including Innisfree, Cormorant and Royal County Down trained all trained by Aidan O’Brien who has landed the Group 2 contest eighteen times. Carmorra, Shekhem, Silvertown and Gold Maze will also line up in this prestigious contest that is part of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” initiative Shehreen, Love Locket, Tasalka, Unknown Pleasures and Deidra are among the 9 fillies declared to run in the Group 3 Weld Park Stakes, while other races have attracted large numbers of runners Saturday is also Newbridge Parishes Family race day with lots of free activities in the Kids Zone marquee, while children from local sports clubs will take part in exhibition games between races on the track. The Irish Pony Club will also celebrate their year with a Musical Ride performance on the track and Exhibition Ride for 10 Pony Club members after racing. Well in excess of 500,000 euro has been raised for worthwhile projects benefiting the local community since it was launched 34 years ago Ground conditions – yielding to soft (round) and soft, yielding to soft in places (straight) Racing on middle track. Stalls in centre for all sprints 1st race Saturday 1.25pm and Sunday at 1.50pm Complimentary shuttle bus to and from Kildare train station & The Silken Thomas, Newbridge train station & Whitewater Shopping Centre, Kilcullen, Naas, Monasterevin, Portlaoise, Ballybrittas.
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