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Curragh Classics attract impressive entries

The second entry stage for four of the five Irish Classic races closed showing a healthy increase compared in 2011.

Amongst the eight additional entries for The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby which will be run on Saturday evening 30th June are the John Oxx trained Call To Battle, together with the Godolphin owned pair of impressive maiden winner Swedish Sailor and Group 1 winner Mandaean (formerly trained in France by Andre Fabre, while Sir Henry Cecil has made a further five entries including the highly thought of Wrotham Health.

Camelot, Born To Sea, Akeed Mofeed, Daddy Long Legs and Parish Hall are just some of the impressive list of Irish trained entries from the initial entry stage for the €1.2 million contest.

The John Oxx trained Akeed Wafi, an impressive winner at Gowran Park last September, is one of nine additional entries for the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas taking place on Saturday 26th May. The Godolphin owned Group 1 winner Mandaean, French trained Group 3 winner Abtaal trained by Jean Claude Rouget, together with Continuum trained by Sir Henry Cecil and the Richard Hannon trained Bronterre are other notable entries.

The former Jessica Harrington trained Dragon Pulse now with French-based trainer Mikel Delzangles, Camelot, Power, Top Offer and Nephite were all entered at the first entry stage.

The Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas taking place the following day on 27thMay has attracted a further seven entries. These include Naas Maiden winner Bulbul, together with the Godophin owned pair of Shadwell Fillies Mile winner Lyric of Light and Discourse. Group one winners La Colina, Lightning Pearl and Maybe were amongst the initial entries for the Group 1 Classic.

The Patrick Prendergast Coral Wave is amongst fourteen second entries for the Darley Irish Oaks taking place on Sunday 22nd July. This represents a significant increase from the 2011 figure. Other notable entries include the John Oxx-trained Shebella, the Godolphin owned Lyric of Light and five fillies trained by Sir Henry Cecil.

Plateur and So You Think, third and fourth in the Dubai World Cup, look set to renew rivalry in the Tattersalls Gold Cup according to their respective trainers. The Group 1 contest takes place as one of the highlights of the Abu Dhabi Irish Guineas Festival, while another highlight of the festival, His Highness The President of the UAE Cup, the only race run in Ireland for pure bred Arabian horses, has been promoted to Listed race status and is likely to attract some top class runners from all over Europe. The Emirates Equestrian Federation is hopeful that the race will be further upgraded in 2013. It is hoped that an Irish trained horse will compete in the race in the near future.

Oxx to train Sea The Stars progeny

In the news recently:

Perhaps the first progeny of Sea The Stars to be named is being lined up to be campaigned by the great colt’s trainer John Oxx.

SeaThe Star’s first crop are still only yearlings but a filly by the 2000 Guineas, Derby, and Arc winner has been named She’s Mine.

An €800,000 foal, the filly belongs to the Araci family, who have also moved last year’s Craven winner and Guineas third Native Khan to Currabeg.

She’s Mine was bought at Goffs last year as a long-term breeding prospect for the Aracis.

Bred by Jim Bolger’s Redmondstown Stud, she is out of the Danehill mare Scribonia who has already produced 1000 Guineas runner-up Cuis Ghaire and 1000 Guineas third Gile Na Greine, also second in the Coronation Stakes.

She was purchased on behalf of the Aracis by Rob Speers, who said last November: “She’s a foundation mare. She’s a fantastic filly from an excellent family and over the last twelve months the good fillies and mares at the breeding stock sales having been coming in at a premium price range. €800,000 is a lot of money but we believe that she represents a sound investment”.

The Irish Field to sponsor 10 races at The Curragh

The Irish Field has agreed to sponsor a series of 10 races at the Curragh this year. The first in the series will take place on the opening day of the flat racing season on Sunday, March 25th, while the series will culminate with the Listed Finale Stakes at the final day of the Curragh season on Sunday, October 14th.

The Irish Field, who have sponsored the Irish St Leger since 2003, will also be associated with the spectacle of the first race run in Ireland which will be restricted to horses registered as grey.

Commenting on the new sponsorship deal, The Irish Field’s managing editor Leo Powell said: “We have had a great association with the final classic of the year and during our involvement many new records and standards were set. The connection between us, the race and the Melbourne Cup has helped to promote our product to an international audience. We have decided now to refocus our marketing spend to cover the widest spectrum of equine activities, and the 10-race sponsorship at the Curragh will keep our brand name to the fore throughout the flat season.

“Readers will benefit too from the broad sponsorship and we will promote attendance at the races for the period of our sponsorship. We look forward to a competitive series of races.”

Evan Arkwright, Commercial Manager of the Curragh Racecourse, commented: “The Irish Field have been tremendous supporters of the Curragh and I am delighted that we will have them associated with so many of our race days this year. We plan to put together a variety of initiatives which will aim to benefit their readers on these days”.