O'Brien teams up with Turner for Microsoft Cup at Leopardstown
€50,000 mile and a half contest has attracted a field of 12 runners with
leading jockeys from Ireland, England and France all set to go to post for the
Trainer Denis Hogan has booked leading French jockey Mickaelle Michel for his
runner Kerosin. Michel partnered her 100th winner in France last weekend,
while Megan Nicholls, who won the Silk Series for female jockeys in
Britain last season, partners the Gavin Cromwell-trained Ciao.
Joseph O'Brien commented: "The Microsoft Cup is a great initiative and I'm
delighted to have got Hayley Turner for Arthurian Flame. It's a great
opportunity for lady riders to ride at one of Ireland's premier racecourses and
for such a big pot. The horse is in good form since Naas. The Blackrock Racing
Syndicate are an enthusiastic bunch of lads and they're very much looking
forward to having Hayley Turner on the horse. It should be a great
Jessica Harrington is a big supporter of this Ladies Evening at Leopardstown in
aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Ireland and the trainer has booked Point to
Point rider Sheila Ahern for her charge, Bit Of Banter.
"I think this evening has grown from strength to strength in a short space
of time and the Microsoft Cup is the latest addition. Sheila has never ridden
for me before but she will be great value for 7lbs in a race like this and I'm
looking forward to running Bit Of Banter. It's not only a great idea to have a
race like this, but it is a fabulous prize too and hopefully, Bit Of Banter can
run a nice race," Harrington said.
The depth of this Leopardstown card is emphasised by the inclusion of Irish
Derby winner Capri in the Savel Beg Levmoss Stakes.
Aidan O'Brien's charge will face Royal Ascot winner Pallasator who carries the
colours of Qatar Racing for trainer Gordon Elliott, while Joseph O'Brien's
recent Navan winner Master Of Reality. Falcon Eight will aim to boost Dermot
Weld's record in the race, while Twilight Payment and Kingsriver Diamond
make up the field.
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