Strong entries received for inaugural Microsoft Cup
Friday's fixture also includes the Saval Beg Levmoss Stakes in which the former
Irish Derby winner Capri and last year’s English St Leger third Southern France
are both set to represent Aidan O’Brien.
Dermot Weld has won the Listed race on eight occasions but O’Brien is rapidly
chasing down that record and has won the last four editions of the race to take
his overall Savel Beg tally to six victories. In previous years the Ballydoyle
trainer has used the Savel Beg as a successful Ascot Gold Cup prep for Yeats
(2007), Fame And Glory (2011) and Order Of St George (2016).
“The plan is for both Capri and Southern France to head to Leopardstown. They
are both entered in the Yorkshire Cup the same afternoon but it’s more likely
that we will keep them at home,” said the trainer.
“We were happy with both horses when they ran at Navan last month and they will
have come on for that run so we’re looking forward to seeing them run in the
Savel Beg on Friday night,” added O’Brien.
Weld, who enjoyed success at Leopardstown on Sunday with Hazapour, has included
Falcon Eight and Make The Switch in the Saval Beg.
Gordon Elliott is also set to be represented in the mile and three quarters
event by last year’s Royal Ascot hero Pallasator. The Queen Alexandra Stakes
winner will be having his first run since contesting last year’s Curragh
“He’s in good shape and I’m happy with how he has been going at home. The plan
is to get back to Ascot with him and I’m keen to get a run into him so Friday’s
race looks ideal for him,” reported the trainer.
This will be the third year of the hugely successful Ladies Evening at
Leopardstown which is run in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness and supported
by neighbours to the racecourse, Microsoft.
Further details can be found on www.leopardstown.com.
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