Longines Irish Champions Weekend Handicaps Attract Strong Entries


Longines Irish Champions Weekend is fast approaching and the entries and weights were released this afternoon

Tuesday, September 01, 2020
Petingo & Sovereign Path Handicap

“The Premier Handicaps at Leopardstown on Longines Irish Champions Weekend are always extremely competitive and this year is no different with an extensive and strong entry in both the Irish Stallion Farms ‘Petingo’ and ‘Sovereign Path’ Handicaps. We look forward to watching the 2020 renewals of these races which will, no doubt, be as exciting as previous years.”

Longines Irish Champions Weekend is fast approaching and the entries and weights for the two €125,000 Irish European Breeders Fund-sponsored handicaps at Leopardstown on September 12 were released this afternoon. 

The Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Petingo’ Handicap is the first of the weekend’s premier handicaps at Leopardstown on Saturday week and Willie Mullins, the trainer with the best record in the race, has made seven entries as he bids for a fourth win. Mullins has won with Pique Sous, Laws Of Spin and Limini and last year’s narrow second, Buildmeupbuttercup, the Dreaming Cups Syndicate-owned Zenon and Great White Shark head his challenge. 

Successful with Silwana in 2015 and Kastasa last year, Dermot Weld has made three entries, Rakan, Shamiyna and Haparanda with the former sitting at the head of the weights, just above the Johnny Murtagh-trained Mirann, owned by Australian-based OTI Racing. Murtagh has also entered Red Kelly, owned by the Red Kelly Syndicate and Maura Gittins’ Springbank. 

Tony Mullins has given the much-improved Paddy Keogh-owned Princess Zoe an entry and last year’s fourth, Edification is there for Monasterevin trainer Mark Fahey and owner Michelle Deane Murray. 

Ado McGuinness has made two entries for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Sovereign Path’ Handicap, a race he won last year with Current Option. His part-owners Dooley Thoroughbreds are represented this time by Sirjack Thomas while McGuinness has also entered the Galaxy Horse Racing-owned Trading Point. 

County Carlow trainer Barry Fitzgerald and owner Michael Foley have made great strides with Beauchamp Bagenal and he sits closer to the top of the handicap which is headed by last Friday’s Paddy Power Irish Cambridgeshire winner, the Gerry Keane-trained Laughifuwant. Two recent wins in the hands of apprentice Nikita Kane also sees Lord Rapscallion in the top half-dozen. Joseph O'Brien’s hat-trick seeker Fame And Acclaim, the Damian English-trained Geological, Matthew Smith’s Flaming Moon and the Eddie Lynam-trained Romantic Proposal are other interesting entries. 

The Richard Fahey-trained Zap won the ‘Sovereign Path’ in 2018 and features in a four-strong entry from the Malton trainer. David Barron is a Longines Irish Champions Weekend winner with New Bidder and he has entered Another Batt as British-based trainers chase a fifth victory in the race. 


Tim Husbands, Leopardstown CEO, said: “The Premier Handicaps at Leopardstown on Longines Irish Champions Weekend are always extremely competitive and this year is no different with an extensive and strong entry in both the Irish Stallion Farms ‘Petingo’ and ‘Sovereign Path’ Handicaps. We look forward to watching the 2020 renewals of these races which will, no doubt, be as exciting as previous years.”

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