Star stayer Kyprios heads to the Curragh for Sunday's Comer Group International Irish St Leger


Friday, September 09, 2022
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Top stayer Kyprios heads a field of 11 for the Comer Group International Irish St Leger, the final Classic of the season and one of four Group 1 races on a magical day at the Curragh on Sunday. 

The race is just one of the highlights on the second day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend with Aidan O'Brien’s four-year-old chasing down a hat-trick of top-flight success after thrilling wins at Royal Ascot and at Goodwood. 

Heading the opposition is the Joseph O'Brien-trained Curragh specialist Raise You which notched up his fourth course success in the Comer Group Irish St Leger Trial Stakes a month ago and the Paddy Twomey-trained Rosscarbery, added to the field only 72 hours ago. 

Twice a winner of the Comer Group International Irish St Leger, Search For A Song represents Dermot Weld, Comer Group International Curragh Cup winner Camorra runs for Ger Lyons, Tony Mullins has his star Princess Zoe, with William Haggas, already a Group 1 winner at the Curragh this year, sending out Ormonde Stakes winner Hamish. 

Representing the race sponsor is Seattle Creek with Henry de Bromhead going with Jason The Militant, Karl Thornton has Shanroe and Jim Bolger runs Manu Et Corde. 

Nineteen horses will line up for the Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Flying Five Stakes and the bumper field is headed by the John Quinn-trained Highfield Princess, the clearcut winner of the Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes at York. A strong British challenge also features the Michael Appleby-trained Raasel, Flotus, trained by Simon & Ed Chrisford, and Ebro River, last season’s Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes winner at the Curragh, which was supplemented on Tuesday by trainer Hugo Palmer. 

Edward Lynam’s Romantic Proposal, the winner of this race a year ago, leads the Irish challenge with fellow Group 1 winner A Case Of You, trained by Ado McGuinness and the Johnny Murtagh-trained Ladies Church and Jack Davison’s Mooneista, separated by just a short-head in the Barberstown Castle Sapphire Stakes over this course and distance in July, very much in the mix. 

Twelve two-year-old fillies go forward for the 50th running of the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and setting the standard is the Aidan O'Brien-trained Meditate, unbeaten in four starts to date. The big Curragh hope is Tahiyra for Dermot Weld with the Charlie & Mark Johnston-trained Lakota Sioux and Charlie Hills’ Sydneyarms Chelsea making up the oversea challenge. 

The Charlie Fellowes-trained Marbaan is the raider from across the Irish Sea in the Group 1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes and he takes on a couple of potential stars from the Aidan O'Brien yard, Aesop’s Fables and Hans Andersen. Joseph O'Brien supplemented course and distance winner Al Riffa for the race on Tuesday and his brother Donnacha O'Brien runs his two-time winner, Proud And Regal with Johnny Murtagh’s Shartash making up the six-runner field. 

Another intriguing contest will be the Group 2 Moyglare “Jewels” Blandford Stakes with Group 1 Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes winner La Petite Coco topping the 13-runner line up. Her trainer Paddy Twomey also runs Rumbles Of Thunder with further opposition coming from Joseph O'Brien’s top-flight scorer Above The Curve and the Willie McCreery-trained Insinuendo. 

Unbeaten in three starts, Eve Johnson Houghton’s Streets Of Gold heads a three-strong British challenge for the 11-runner Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes with dual winner As It Was looking like the top Irish contender for Andy Oliver. 

A field of 22 gets the day up and running in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Bold Lad’ Sprint Handicap where recent course winners Mr Wagyu, Big Gossey, Gordon Bennett, Ice Cold In Alex and Coumshingaun are among the leading contenders while the maximum 26 runners take their chance in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Northfields’ Handicap with the chances of Tom Mullins’ Star Image, Noel Meade’s Joe Masseria and the Joe Murphy-trained Celtic Crown well respected. 

Brian Kavanagh, CEO of the Curragh Racecourse, said, “We are delighted with the declarations for Sunday’s racing and the four Group 1 races look particularly competitive. It is very pleasing to see 17 UK-trained runners as international competition is a key part of Longines Irish Champions Weekend. There is a full programme of entertainment on offer on Sunday, including the Moyglare Kidzone and we are looking forward to a great days racing.”

Click here for the declared runners for Sunday’s Curragh card

Notes
Gates Open 11am
Admission Tickets
Advance tickets
Adult: €35
OAP/ Student: €25
Under 18s go free
Family: €50 which admits two adults and up to three children
Curragh bundle: €40 includes admission, race card, food voucher, €10 bet
Gate/ Walk up prices
Adult: €40
OAP/ Student: €25
Off the track, the entertainment schedule promises to be equally exciting. You Tube singing sensation Allie Sherlock (17), who has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Britain’s Got Talent will headline at the Curragh Racecourse Sunday 11 September. The singer-songwriter from Cork has over five million followers on her You Tube channel.

The Newbridge Gospel Choir, the Artane Band and Nitetrain are also confirmed as supporting acts. 

Junior racegoers are promised an epic day out in The Moyglare Kids Zone where they can enjoy an assortment of free activities. The Swiss-owned stud will be distributing Swiss chocolates to all racegoers to celebrate these special milestones.

To celebrate the best of Irish talent, The Curragh will host the Longines Irish Champions Weekend young designer award final. Stylist Courtney Smith. In addition, stylish racegoers will be rewarded with prizes courtesy of luxury fragrance brand Molton Brown.

In association with Treo Eile, racegoers will have the unique opportunity to meet some of their equine heroes. The parade of champions will take place during the afternoon with a star-studded line-up featuring dual Aintree Grand National winner Tiger Roll, multiple grade one winner Douvan, Champions Hurdler Hurricane Fly, Aintree Grand National hero One For Arthur, 2012 Irish St Leger winner Royal Diamond and General Principle, 2018 winner of the Irish Grand National and recent racehorse to riding horse winner at the Dublin Horse Show.

We are delighted with the declarations for Sunday’s racing and the four Group 1 races look particularly competitive. It is very pleasing to see 17 UK-trained runners as international competition is a key part of Longines Irish Champions Weekend. There is a full programme of entertainment on offer on Sunday, including the Moyglare Kidzone and we are looking forward to a great days racing

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