Friday, June 25, 2021

A strong field of 8 runners will line up in Sunday’s Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes with the Group 1 contest attracting the Aidan O’Brien trained Santa Barbara and Group 1 winner Shale trained by his son Donnacha.  Curragh based trainer Willie McCreery supplemented two entries into the race earlier this week at a cost of €25,000 each with Epona Plays, winner of her two starts this year and Insinuendo, winner of a Group 3 at Naas earlier this year. Other contenders are the Jessica Harrington trained trio of Cayenne Pepper, Oodnadatta and Silence Please, together with Thundering Nights trained by Joseph O’Brien.


Trainer, Willie McCreery, after Epona Pays won for him last month Photo: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

There are 8 runners in the Group 2 Comer Cup International Curragh Cup including the Aidan O’Brien trained Amhran Na Bhfiann and Passion, while race sponsor Luke Comer will be represented by Aircraft Carrier, Raa Atoll and Questionnare.

Velocidad and Yet are among the 5 runners for the Group 2 Airlie Stud Stakes, while a strong British trained challenge featuring the David Barrons trained Zarzyni abd Lord Riddiford trained by John Quinn are among the 17 strong line up in the Paddy Power Rockingham Handicap.

An open field of 11 runners were confirmed yesterday for tomorrows Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.  English Derby runner up Mojo Star trained in Britain by Richard Hannan will renew rivalry with the Charlie Appleby trained Hurricane Lane and Mac Swiney trained by Jim Bolger, who finished third and fourth in the Epsom Classic.

Current ante post favourite High Definition will head a strong Aidan O’Brien team of five runners and look to give his trainer an unprecedented 15th success in the race. In addition to High Definition, he will be represented by Van Gogh, Woodsworth, Arturo Toscanini, Matchless and Woodsworth.

Lone Eagle will represent British based trainer Martyn Meade and ridden by Frankie Dettori, while Fernando Vichi will look to give Donnacha O’Brien his first Derby winner as a trainer having won the race as a jockey with Latrobe.

Recent Heider Family Stables Gallinule Stakes winner Earlswood will be a first Irish Derby runner for Curragh based trainer Johnny Murtagh, who landed the race four times as a jockey.

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival kicks off this evening with the 1st of 7 races at 4.30pm featuring the Bord Na Mona Recycling Apprentice Derby and TRI Equestrian Handicap.

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