Harrington makes Bold bid in Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Bold Discovery, Racing Post

A bunch of 19 exciting juveniles will be hoping to tee up a winter of dreams with the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes taking centre stage at Leopardstown this Saturday. 

Ballydoyle residents Adelaide River and Greenland have both earned ratings of 106 so far this term as Aidan O’Brien looks to win the race for a 14th time, his first coming in 1996 with Shell Ginger and the most recent being last season with Glounthaune 

The Jessica Harrington-trained Bold Discovery is a real eye-catching entry in Saturday’s €50,000 showpiece. 
The son of Bolt D’oro was a convincing winner on debut at Naas last month when scoring with two and a half lengths to spare over Peking Opera and Harrington’s charge will carry new colours for Saturday’s engagement.

“Bold Discovery has come out of his win at Naas very, very well,” reported Kate Harrington, assistant trainer to her mother, today. “He’s a really exciting horse. Whatever he does this season is going to be a bonus for next season. He’s been bought since by new connections so it would be lovely to have a top horse for Marc Chan and we’re looking forward to his colours being worn for the first time in the Killavullan Stakes.”

Bold Discovery is the only one of 19 inclusions to have just one racecourse start under his belt but the Irish 2,000 Guineas entry will certainly be a fascinating runner against more experienced rivals this weekend. 
Johnny Murtagh is enjoying his best ever season numerically as a trainer and could build on that with a strong hand in the Killavullan Stakes with Bay Of Plenty, Bossy Parker and Daamberdiplomat all included for the former champion jockey. 

Course and distance winner Montesilvano is the pick of Joseph O’Brien’s entries, while Dermot Weld could look to add to his good record in the race with Listowel winner Tiverton or Galway heroine Keep In Touch. 
Weld’s Duke De Sessa may well be in line for a return to Leopardstown in the Trigo Stakes which also takes place on Saturday. A winner of the Paddy Power Stakes on Longines Irish Champions Weekend, Duke De Sessa was third in a Group 2 at ParisLongchamp earlier this month. 

Duke De Sessa is one of 10 three-year-old entries in the Trigo Stakes with the same number of older horses among the entries, which include the Joseph O’Brien-trained Patrick Sarsfield, who won the Green Room Meld Stakes at Leopardstown in 2020 and last year’s Trigo Stakes winner Georgeville for Ger Lyons. 

The Gables Foxrock Cup Maiden has received 18 entries as Leopardstown welcome local restaurant The Gables as first-time sponsors to the Dublin venue as a community initiative in conjunction with F.A.C.E. (Foxrock Area Community & Enterprise Ltd).

The Dermot Weld-trained pair of Zaniyka and Westernesse have both come close to opening their accounts already at Leopardstown, as has the Joseph O’Brien-trained Gambe Veloci and they are also included in the 1m2f race. 
Saturday is also Spooktacular Family Day at Leopardstown Racecourse. There will be a host of family entertainment including HRI Racing Junior, bouncy castles, face painters, treasure hunt, spooky fancy dress competition and more. Children Under 12 go free. Family Bundles (2 x Adults, 2 x Children) are available for €25 on leopardstown.com.

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