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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 2019. The 2019
running of the race produced three further winners including a Listed
(Viadera), Group 3 (Happen) and the triple Group 1 winning mare Iridessa from
the field of fifteen, highlighting the quality and depth of this trial.
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. Aidan O’Brien has won this race for the last four
years. 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
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.
Public Shuttle Bus
From Sandyford LUAS operating on a loop from 11.40am - 7pm approx. Shuttle Bus Times subject to change.
Ballylinch Stud Classic Trials Day
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