23rd September 2021
Luxembourg confirmed for Curragh feature this Saturday
Declared runners for Day 1 of the William Hill Autumn Festival taking place at the Curragh this weekend was published earlier today with six two year olds going to post for the featured Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes.
First run in 1857, the Group 2 contest has an impressive roll of honour of previous winners including Sea The Stars, Saxon Warrior, St Nicholas Abbey, Azamour, Sadler’s Wells and the legendary Nijinsky in 1969.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien will attempt to win the race for an unprecedented 21st time with impressive Killarney Maiden winner Luxembourg. His son Donnacha will to be represented by Piz Badile, while Joseph O’Brien has Galway maiden winner Swan Bay. Other runners are the Jim Bolger trained Manu Et Corde, Tuwaiq trained by Ger Lyons and the Johnny Murtagh trained Chicago Soldier who will carry the colours of Tony Smurfit.
The William Hill Ireland Renaissance Stakes has attracted nine runners including Art Power trained in Britain by Tim Easterby. Home trained contenders for the Group 3 sprint include Measure of Magic, Speak in Colours, Power Under Me and Twilight Spinner.
There are 12 runners in the William Hill Ireland Lengthen Your Odds Maiden, 15 in the GAIN The Advantage Series Nursery, 19 in the William Hill Pick Your Places Handicap, 19 in the Bord Na Mona Recycling Apprentice Handicap, 15 in the Irish EBF Maiden over 1 mile and 10 in the opening Irish EBF Auction Series Race.
Declared runners for Sunday will be published tomorrow
Straight and Round Courses: Good, Good to Firm in places
Selective watering continues
Racing on Stand Side in straight with stalls in centre for all sprints
For Sat: CLICK HERE
For Sun: declared runners tomorrow Friday at 10am
Main dry to Sunday with possibility of heavy rain Sunday afternoon
Where to watch
Racing TV – all races
TG4 live coverage of Beresford Stakes and Renaissance Stakes
Admission tickets are on sale at €15 to include a complimentary racecard by going to www.curragh.ie
Under 18s free accompanied by an adult