Strongest Entries Ever for Group 1 Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Leopardstown are pleased to announce the early entries for the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes to take place on the 8th September with a total prize fund of E750,000.
In total there are 50 horses from Ireland, England and France. The English Guineas’ winners, Camelot and Homecoming Queen are both entered. Leading Epsom contenders Bonfire, Main Sequence, Parish Hall, Kissed and Maybe are also there. Amongst the older horses there are multiple Group 1 winners Cirrus Des Aigles, St Nicholas Abbey and Twice Over. Last year’s Prix du Jockey Club winner, Reliable Man is entered. The Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso is there, as is Cityscape who also won on Dubai World Cup Night. Last year’s winner So You Think and runner up Snow Fairy are entered. Other interesting inclusions are Light Heavy, Akeed Mofeed, Famous Name and Born to Sea. The Queen’s Carlton House is another notable entry.
The Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes is a very important race in the international racing calendar. It is the sixth highest rated race in the World. This year’s entries will look to follow in the footsteps of Sea the Stars, New Approach, High Chaparral, Fantastic Light, Giant’s Causeway who have all won the race in the past. The race is also part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series where the winner gets an automatic entry and travel allowance to the Breeders’ Cup which will be run this year in Santa Anita.
The Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes is the highlight of a major day’s racing at Leopardstown. Sharing centre stage is the other Group 1, the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes. There is also the Group 3 Kilternan Stakes.
This year Leopardstown are pleased to announce a new race on the day. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Trial will be a two year old listed race over a mile, this was formerly the Goldon Fleece. This race will suit those European horses that are aimed at the Breeders Cup and are looking to run over a left hand course that is similar to the American turf track.
Commenting on the entries Pat Keogh, Chief Executive of Leopardstown said “we are delighted with the entries for the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes. While it is a long way between now and September, it is lovely to see horses of this quality entered for the race. This is probably the strongest field in the history of the race. It speaks volumes for the international status of the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes. The new Breeders Cup Juvenile Trial should also be a great addition to the day.”