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    The Ballylinch Stud Priory Belle 1,000 Guineas Trial has become synonymous with Classic glory, recent Guineas heroines such as Virginia Waters, Homecoming Queen and Jet Setting have all won this early season trial.  In 2019 we saw the Sheila Lavery trained Lady Kaya commence her three year old season with a win in this race before going on to a length defeat in the Fillies Classic at Newmarket. Sadly we did not get to see Lady Kaya on a racecourse again due to an injury at home, but her defeat of Happen and Irridessa in the Ballylinch Stud Priory Belle 1000 Guineas trial suggested she would have been one of the leading three year old fillies of the season. 

    The Ballylinch Stud 2,000 Guineas Trial was dropped back a furlong to 7 furlongs in 2018. The most winning trainers are Dermot Weld and Aidan O’Brien.  In 2020 Jim Bolger produced California Ten to spring a surprise in the race while in 2019 Ryan Moore rode the Coolmore Stud owned Never No More to victory ahead of the race favourite Madhmoon. The Sheikh Hamdan owned Madhmoon went on to run 2nd in the Epsom Derby and win the Group 3 Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown after his defeat in the Ballylinch Stud 2000 Guineas Trail. History has proven that this race consistently produces top class horses, including Bach, Refuse to Bend and Famous Name all featuring on its Graded winning roll call.


    The P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes race is a trial race for various European classics. In 2016 the winner was the Dermot Weld trained Harzand ridden by champion jockey Pat Smullen. Harzand was the most recent winner to go on to a classic victory, the winner of the Epsom Derby in 2016. However, the 2017 winner, Rekindling, trained by Joseph O’Brien achieved global glory by winning the richest Handicap in the world, the Emirates Melbourne Cup. In 2019 Aidan O’Brian and Ryan Moore teamed up to take the title spot with Broome who went on to also win the Derrinstown Stud Derby trail and be placed 4th in the Epsom Derby.


    Ballylinch Stud Classic Trials Day is packed full of action where future Group and Classic contenders can be seen.

    Race TimeRace Name
    1.40pm The Leopardstown Maiden 8f 3yo Only 
    2.10pm The Ballylinch Stud “ Red Rocks” 2000 Guineas Trial Stakes (Listed Race)
    2.40pm The Ballylinch Stud “Priory Bell” 1000 Guineas Trial Stakes (Group 3)
    3.15pm The Leopardstown  Handicap 7f 3yo+
    3.45pm The P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes (Group 3)
    4.20pm The Leopardstown Handicap 10f 3yo Only 
    4.50pm GAIN The Advantage Series Handicap 8f 4yo+
    5.20pmGAIN The Advantage Series Handicap 8f 4yo+

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    Ballylinch Stud is one of Europe’s leading thoroughbred racehorse breeding operations. Owned by John and Leslie Malone, and located on the banks of the River Nore just outside the village of Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ballylinch’s rich limestone land is the ideal setting for nurturing the champion racehorses of tomorrow. Overseen by John O’ Connor MRCVS for the past three decades, Ballylinch Stud’s state of the art facilities, experienced staff and top class bloodstock have ensured our place at the helm of the thoroughbred industry for over a century. From breeding to foaling, and sales preparation to pre-training, we ensure that every equine resident is given the chance to realise their full potential as a racehorse.

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    Previous Results of P.W. McGrath Ballysax Stakes

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