Strong entries for Longines Irish Champions Weekend Group 2 races at Leopardstown

Monday, August 10, 2020

Tim Husbands, CEO of Leopardstown Racecourse, said: “Once again, the KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes and the Clipper Logistics Boomerang Mile have attracted strong entries, the calibre of horses that have ran in both these races in the past is of a very high standard and this year is no different. I would like to express our sincere gratitude to our sponsors KPMG and Clipper Logistics who are continuing to support these leading races despite the current challenging times. We look forward to what will be an exceptional Longines Irish Champions Weekend.”

Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas winners Romanised and Siskin lead the way in the Group 2 Clipper Logistics Boomerang Mile at Leopardstown on Saturday, September 12. Romanised, the Irish Guineas winner in 2018 and successful in the Group 1 Jacques le Marois at Deauville last year, made a thoroughly impressive return to action when successful in the Group 2 Paddy Power Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh last month and has been entered by Ken Condon while Ger Lyons’s Siskin went on to finish third in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood since his Curragh win in June. The Kevin Prendergast-trained Madhmoon is also among the 46 entries as are Aidan O'Brien’s Lope Y Fernandez, Lancaster House and Wichita, Jessica Harrington’s Ancient Spirit and the Paddy Twomey-trained Sonaiyla.

The Group 1 winner Lord Glitters, trained by David O’Meara, is one of 12 British-trained entries for the race. Dark Vision, Duke Of Hazzard, Ostilio and Zakouski are all Group 2 winners and are also included in the potential raiding party. 

Aidan O'Brien’s Battleground, successful at Royal Ascot and more recently at Goodwood, is among an exciting entry of 61 horses for Leopardstown’s Group 2 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes. O’Brien dominates with 21 hopefuls but there is no shortage of opposition to the Ballydoyle battalion. His sons Joseph and Donnacha are well represented and their early entries include the course winners Federal and Fernando Vichi. Sunday’s impressive Curragh winner Thunder Moon is also among Joseph’s entries. 

Jessica Harrington has entered her nine-length Leopardstown maiden winner Cadillac and the Navan scorer Los Andes, Dermot Weld could call upon Galway festival winner Blue For You and Ger Lyons has entered his Leopardstown winners Masen and Ides Of August. The Newmarket maiden winner Dhahabi could yet run for Charlie Appleby. 

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