Ken Condon’s Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas hero will line up in the fascinating renewal of the Group 2 Paddy Power Minstrel Stakes on Saturday, a race in which the veteran Gordon Lord Byron will make his 100th career start for trainer Tom Hogan. Gordon Lord Byron is the mount of Chris Hayes in the race which he won back to back in 2015 and 2016.
A ten strong field also includes notable English-trained entries, Hey Gaman, who is the mount of Frankie Dettori, and prolific winner Safe Voyage who is three wins from three starts at Haydock this season for trainer John Quinn.
Exciting juvenile Pitoletto will be looking to give Aidan O’Brien a fifth win in seven years in the Jebel Ali Racecourse And Stables Anglesey Stakes.
The son of War Front secured victories at Tipperary and Naas and now steps up to six furlongs for the first time where he will meet Mick Halford’s course and distance winner Roman Turbo and the Sheila Lavery-trained Lil Grey.
Three of the nine British-trained runners on Saturday will contest the Kerrygold Irish Oaks as Royal Ascot winner Star Catcher leads the overseas representation for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori.
Ralph Beckett is double-handed in the race with Antonio De Vega and Manuela De Vega but it is Aidan and Joseph O’Brien who are at the head of the betting with their respective runners Pink Dogwood and the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes winner Iridessa.
A further six overseas runners will line up at the Curragh on Sunday including the Royal Ascot winner Move Swiftly who heads the Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes for William Haggas.
The Group 2 Friarstown Stud Sapphire Stakes is likely to prove an informative stepping stone for the Group 1 Flying Five Stakes on Champions Weekend and Caspian Prince, El Astronaute, Equilateral, Garrus and Soldier’s Call all form a formidable raiding party.
The Eddie Lynam-trained Soffia and Willie McCreery’s Lethal Promise add significant depth to the race also.
The first of on an eight race card on Saturday is due off at 2.15pm with the Kerrygold Irish Oaks at 5.10pm, while on Sunday the first of eight races is at 2pm and the concluding race at 6pm is the first leg of the Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series in aid of the Irish Injured Jockeys.