12th July 2022
Epsom Oaks winner and runner up set to clash in Juddmonte Irish Oaks this Saturday
Epsom Oaks winner Tuesday is set to renew rivalry with runner up Emily Upjohn trained by John & Thady Gosden in the Juddmonte Irish Oaks taking place at the Curragh this Saturday. The Aidan O’Brien trained filly is one of 11 contenders remaining in the Group 1 Classic following entry stage today.
O’Brien, who has won the race six times including victory with Snowfall last year, also has History, Toy, Emily Dickinson and Perotan in the race.
Jessica Harrington will be represented by Royal Ascot winner Magical Lagoon and Fennela, while Cairde Go Deo trained by Ger Lyons, Show of Stars trained by Paddy Twomey and the Joseph O’Brien trained Tranquil Lady also feature.
Little Big Bear, Slan Abhaile and Blackbeard are amongst the 13 entries in the Jebel Ali Racecourse and Stables Anglesey Stakes, while there are 26 entries in the Kildare Village Ladies Derby and 26 in the valuable Paddy Power Scurry.
Mooneista is set to attempt to win a second Barberstown Castle Sapphire Stakes on Saturday. The Group 2 contest has also attracted Castle Star, Cadamosto, Brostaigh, Geocentric and recent Paddy Power Rockingham Handicap winner Ano Syra. A strong British trained team includes Equilateral, Raasel, Twilight Calls and Last Crusader.
The Group 2 Romanised Minstrel Stakes is one of the feature races on Sunday with Order of Australia, Dr Zempf and Pearls Galore amongst the entries, while twenty fillies remain in the Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes including Rumbles of Thunder, One for Bobby and Galleria Borghese. British trainers are likely to be well represented with Potapova trained by Sir Michael Stoute and Purplepay trained by William Haggas also feature amongst the entries.
Pictured: Magical Lagoon + 3rd Lot at Jessica Harrington Racing – 12.7.22
Following watering and 1.5mm of rain overnight, the ground is good, good to firm in places (watering continues).
Forecast: overcast today, mainly dry and warm thereafter (20-22 degrees).
Racing on middle track and stalls in centre for all sprints
Declared runners for Saturday will be published on Thursday
Declared runners for Sunday will be published on Friday
Gate Opening Times
Saturday 11am, first of 8 races 1.30pm, final race 5.25pm
Sunday 11.30am, first of 8 races 1.35pm, with Corinthian Challenge in aid of the Irish Injured Jockeys at 5.30pm
Where to watch
Racing TV – all races
RTE - Saturday – 5 races live
ITV – Juddmonte Irish Oaks and Barberstown Castle Sapphire Stakes
Trains to Kildare and Newbridge with free shuttle service with pick up locations in both towns
Expressway service from Dublin City Centre – see expressway.ie
Free car parking
Special offers still available www.curragh.ie/tickets
Saturday features the Barberstown Castle Lady of the Curragh Style competition with judges Marty Morrissey and Sinead Kennedy.
Live music from Nitetrain and Ross G
Sunday features the Curragh Kids Zone with free activities for younger racegoers.
The Curragh will introduce the exciting innovation of publishing sectional timing with four races on each day as part of the phased roll-out of the system.