The Curragh stages a high quality weekend of racing this
Saturday and Sunday including a number of races linked to the upcoming Longines
Irish Champions Weekend.
The Group 3 Comer Group International Irish St Leger Trial
is the feature race on Saturday with Willie Mullins holding a strong hand as
Laws Of Spin, Renneti and Thomas Hobson representing the Co Carlow based
trainer. Comer Group International Curragh Cup winner Flag Of Honour and Royal
Ascot runner-up Southern France are among Aidan O’Brien’s four runners in
the race, while Jim Bolger runs Twilight Payment.
Sunday’s top class programme features three Group races.
Trainer Sheila Lavery has confirmed impressive Curragh
maiden winner Lady Kaya as one of the 10 runners in the Debutante Stakes.
Zagitova, Skitter Scatter, Peach Tree, Hermosa, Chocolate Music and Iridessa
also feature amongst the impressive entry for the Group 2 contest.
Aidan O’Brien holds a strong hand in the Group 2 Galileo
Futurity Stakes on Sunday as he looks to win the race for a fifth time in six
years. Impressive juvenile Anthony Van Dyck, currently favourite for next
year’s Epsom Derby, is among the six runners and spearheads the Ballydoyle team
but previous Curragh winners Guaranteed and Klute pose a strong threat for
trainers Jim Bolger and Jessica Harrington respectively.
Verbal Dexterity is an exciting
runner in the Group 3 Manguard Plus Royal Whip Stakes. Jim Bolger’s Group 1
winning juvenile has yet to run this year but could be on course for an eagerly
awaited return and mouth-watering clash with the well travelled Deauville and
Success Days who are also among the eight declared starters.
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