Six of Europe’s top two-year-olds will line up in the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes this Saturday at The Curragh following the publication of final runners this morning.
A strong British trained challenge for the Group 1 race includes Coventry Stakes winner Bradsell trained by Archie Watson and the Richard Hannon trained Persian Force, who recently landed the July Stakes in Newmarket.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien has two runners with Jebel Ali Racecourse and Stables Anglesey Stakes winner Little Brown Bear and Blackbeard recent winner of the Prix Robert Papin.
GAIN Railway Stakes winner Shartash will represent trainer Johnny Murtagh, while Apache Outlaw will represent Joseph O’Brien.
There are 12 runners in the Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint. The Group 3 has attracted a strong British trained team including Go Bears Go, Wings of War and Dubawi Legend. Other notable contenders including Moss Tucker, Power Under Me, Teresa Mendoza, Castle Star, Ano Syra, Gustavus Weston, Scared Bridge and New York City.
There are 9 runners for the Sheehy Motors Volkswagen Handicap, 14 runners for the Donohue Marquees Handicap, 11 in the Loder EBF Race, 15 runners in the John Ormonde Gallop and Arena Construction EBF Maiden, 9 runners in the AK Bets Higher Limits Better Prices Handicap and 13 runners in the opening John Ormonde Wexford Sand EBF Maiden.
Keeneland Phoenix Stakes
Paddy Power: 15-8 Little Big Bear, 9-4 Bradsell, 4 Blackbeard, 9-2 Persian Force, 11 Shartash, 40 Apache Outlaw
Following 0.5mm of rain since entries, The Curragh is now good
Dry forecast with temperatures up to around 20 degrees. Monitoring situation regarding watering.
Racing on Stand Side with Stalls in centre for all sprints
Where to watch
Racing TV – all races
ITV – live coverage of Keeneland Phoenix Stakes
Adult admission €20 (€15 on line)
August Summer Saturday Bundle (admission, racecard, items from Barbecue and €10 bet with on course bookmakers) €25
Under 18s free accompanied by an adult