representation of fillies, headed by the mighty ten-time Group 1 champion
Enable, features in an entry of 61 horses for the Irish Champion Stakes. Last
year’s heroine Magical, the first Irish-trained winner since 2011, brought her
Group 1 tally to five at the Curragh yesterday and she might well represent
Aidan O’Brien once again.
five-year-old mare could be joined by some of the younger Ballydoyle brigade,
including the recent Newmarket and Irish 1,000 Guineas winners Love and
Peaceful. Jessica Harrington’s brilliant Coronation Stakes winner, Alpine Star
is there along with Deirdre who became the first Japanese-trained runner in
Ireland when taking fourth place in the race last year.
Balding’s Kameko and Siskin, trained by Ger Lyons, winners of the 2,000 Guineas
at Newmarket and the Curragh respectively are other early entries. Circus
Maximus and Russian Emperor were among Aidan O'Brien’s Royal Ascot winners and
they catch the eye as do the Gosden-trained Prince Of Wales’s Stakes winner Lord
North and Palace Pier, successful in the St James´s Palace Stakes. Newmarket’s
Coronation Cup winner Ghaiyyath, trained by Charlie Appleby, and the globetrotters
Benbatl, trained by Saeed Bin Suroor, William Haggas’ Addeybb and Appleby’s
Barney Roy also feature among the 20 British-trained entries.
overseas contingent is completed by two entries from France, last year’s French
Derby winner Sottsass, a winner again at Chantilly in the Group 1 Prix Ganay
for Jean-Claude Rouget last month, and Andre Fabre’s Persian King, last
season’s French 2,000 Guineas winner. Rouget won the Irish Champion Stakes with
Almanzor in 2016.
15 British trained entries among a total of 43 for Leopardstown’s Coolmore
America ‘Justify’ Matron Stakes with New York Girl heading a quartet for Joseph
O'Brien, successful last year with subsequent Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare
Turf winner Iridessa. O’Brien’s younger brother Donnacha has entered his Irish
1,000 Guineas runner-up Fancy Blue, while their father’s Ballydoyle operation
can count on the likes of this season’s English and Irish Guineas winners Love
and Peaceful. Magical is included for O’Brien while Jessica Harrington’s Royal
Ascot winner Alpine Star also features among a strong home team.
Gosden’s Nazeef and the David O’Meara-trained Agincourt were first and second
in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot and along with Group 1 winners
Billesdon Brook and Quadrilateral, head the cross-channel entry. Last season’s
Moyglare Stud Stakes runner-up Daahyeh, trained by Roger Varian, Hugo Palmer’s
Powerful Breeze, Mark Johnston’s Raffle Prize and the Queen Anne Stakes
runner-up Terebellum, another trained by Gosden, would all be worthy contenders.
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