Pat Smullen Race Day in aid of Cancer Trials Ireland - Saturday 27th August | The Curragh Racecourse
Pat Smullen Race Day in aid of Cancer Trials Ireland - Saturday 27th August

Pat Smullen Race Day in aid of Cancer Trials Ireland - Saturday 27th August

Cancer Trials Ireland race day & Coast to Curragh charity cycle combine in memory of Pat Smullen

Nine-time Irish champion jockey Pat Smullen will be forever associated with the Curragh Racecourse, not only for his outstanding riding ability and prolific career on the track but also for the incredible awareness campaign and fund-raising drive over Longines Irish Champions Weekend in 2019, which culminated in the Pat Smullen Champions Race for Cancer Trials Ireland. Building on the positive relationship between the horse racing community and Cancer Trials Ireland, the Curragh will host the Pat Smullen Cancer Trials Ireland Race Day on Saturday August 27.

This unique event will include the second outing of the Coast to Curragh cycle, which starts at Laytown Racecourse at 8am taking in in seven racecourses and two stud farms in total, finishing at the winning line at the Curragh during the race meeting. The charity cycle will see racing legends AP McCoy, Barry Geraghty and Paul Carberry take part. The special race day will include the Cancer Trials Ireland charity lunch and auction featuring some outstanding items such as the original silks worn by Rachael Blackmore to win the 2022 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup, a Cashel Palace racing royalty package, a racehorse ownership experience with Joseph O’Brien, Pat Smullen’s 2019 Champions Race memorabilia signed by all the jockeys who rode in the famous race and a VIP race and stay in Barberstown Castle.

On the track, racegoers are promised a high-class card and entertainment including the Paddy Power Supporting Cancer Trials Irish Cambridgeshire, Snow Fairy Stakes, Heider Family Stables Round Tower Stakes and Newtown Anner Stud Stakes. In addition to racing, there will be meet and greet zone for racing fans to meet the jockeys, free children’s entertainment, live music and a delicious BBQ ensuring a great day out for all the family. Cancer Trials Ireland will also be on hand offering advice and information on the services they provide. There will also be copies of Pat Smullen’s autobiography on sale, signed by Pat’s wife Frances and writer Donn McClean.

1. 20

c/g

2yo

maiden

8

Mongey Communications EBF Maiden

1. 55

f

2yo

G3

8

Newtown Anner Stakes G3

2. 30

c/f

2yo

G3

6

Heider Family Stables Round Tower Stakes G3

3. 05

c/f

3yo+

handicap

6

Manguard Plus Handicap

3. 40

f

3yo+

G3

9

Snow Fairy Stakes G3

4. 15

c/f

3yo+

PREMIER

8

Paddy Power supporting Cancer Trials Irish Cambridgeshire

4. 50

c/f

3yo+

handicap

7

Bord Na Mona Apprentice Handicap

5. 25

c/f

2yo

nursery

7

DMG Media Nursery

HEIDER FAMILY STABLES ROUND TOWER STAKES (GROUP 3)

The Round Tower Stakes was promoted to its current distance of six furlongs in 1991 and since 2004 it has held Group 3 status. Over the last decade the race has emerged as a notable pointer for several of the major end of season Group 1s. Lightening Pearl won this race before going to capture the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in 2011 while the 2018 winner Ten Sovereigns won the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes on his next start. The 2017 winner US Navy Flag is probably the most notable winner in the race’s history as he went on to land that year’s Middle Park and Dewhurst Stakes before adding the July Cup to his haul as a three-year-old. 


SNOW FAIRY STAKES (GROUP 3)

This race was established in 2005 and was promoted to Group 3 status in 2009. Initially it was run as the Dance Design Stakes in honour of Moyglare Stud’s 1996 Irish Oaks winner but for the last three years it has been run in honour of the brilliant international racemare Snow Fairy who won the Irish Oaks in 2010 and the Irish Champion Stakes in 2012. 

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