The Curragh stages a fascinating eight race programme this Bank Holiday Monday, 1st May featuring trials for the upcoming Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival
Irish Champions Stakes winner Luxembourg is among the contenders for the Coolmore Sottsass Mooresbridge Stakes, following the publication of entries today. Trainer Aidan O’Brien has also entered Changingoftheguard, Bolshoi Ballet and Point Longsdale, while son Joseph is likely to be represented by Above The Curve and Visualisation and younger son Donnacha with Piz Badile. Other significant entries include Insinuendo and Trevaunance, while West Wind Blows trained by Simon and Ed Crisford will attempt to become the first British trained winner of the Group 2 contest since Curtain Call in 2009.
Trainer Joseph O’Brien will be strongly represented in the Coolmore Circus Maximus Athasi Stakes with five entries including Agartha, Honey Girl, Goldana and Basil Martini. Just Beautiful, You Send Me, Eternal Silence and Tarawa are other notable contenders in the Group 3 contest.
Cairo, Hellsing, Paddington and Bold Discovery are among the twelve entries for the Coolmore Blackbeard Tetrarch Stakes, while impressive Cork winner Noche Magica, trained by Paddy Twomey, and Bucanero Fuerte, trained by Adrian Murray, winner of the opening race of the Curragh season last month, are among the fourteen entries for the GAIN First Flier Stakes.
The race day is themed as Newbridge Parishes Community Raceday, a very popular and fun family day in the racing calendar. In excess of €550,000 has been raised for projects benefiting the local community since the Newbridge Parishes Raceday was launched over 35 years ago, including the development of the Parish Community Centre.
A variety of free family entertainment will be hosted throughout the afternoon with a Kids Zone area packed with free children’s entertainment, performances from local stage schools and a Defence Forces display area. Exhibition games by children from various local sports clubs will also take place between races on the racetrack.
Ground: Soft , soft to heavy in places (Straight) & soft (Round)
Track: Curragh side with stalls in centre for all sprints
Forecast: dry today, rain tomorrow 5 to 10mm, showers thereafter
Media Coverage: live broadcast by Racing TV and TG4