9th August 2021
Earlswood set for the Fitzdares Royal Whip Stakes this Friday
Earlswood is one of 18 horses entered in the Fitzdares Royal Whip Stakes taking place this Friday at The Curragh, following this morning’s entry and forfeit stage.
The Johnny Murtagh trained three year old finished a very respectable fourth behind Hurricane Lane in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby in June.
Aidan O’Brien, who has won the race 10 times, has entered Innisfree who hasn’t run since 2019, together with Khartoum and Sir Lamorak. Other notable entries in the historic Group 3 contest include Leo De Fury, Reve De Vol, Toshizou, Kalapour and Layfayette.
Search For A Song is one of 23 entries in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger Trial Stakes. The Dermot Weld trained mare has landed the Comer Group International Irish St Leger for the last two years.
Other significant entries feature Melbourne Cup winner Twilight Payment, Curragh Cup winner Amhran Na Bhfiann, Serpentine winner of the Epsom Derby, Baron Samedi winner of the Belmont Gold Cup in the US, Group 1 winner Princess Zoe and the Aidan O’Brien trained Passion, while race sponsor Luke Comer is represented by Aircraft Carrier, Questionaire and Seattle Sound. Eagles by Day trained by David O’Meara is the sole British trained contender.
British based trainer George Boughey has entered Thunder Love and Zebelle in the Finlay Volvo Curragh Stakes, while the leading Irish trained contenders include Strapped, Loveday and Albion Square.
The race day also features the second race in the DMG Media Challenge, The Derek O’Sullivan Memorial Apprentice Handicap, Irish Racing Yearbook Nursery for two year olds, Mongey Communications Handicap and competitive TRI Equestrian Handicap
Straight Course – Good to Yielding
Round Course – Yielding
Monitoring with regards to watering due to an unsettled forecast
Racing on far side track in straight. Stalls in centre for all sprints
Declared runners 10am Wednesday 11th August
Where to watch
All races broadcast live on Racing TV