Strong Ballydoyle challenge for Galileo EBF Futurity
Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday 20th August
THE Group Two Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes is the feature event on a seven race programme at the Curragh next Saturday 20th August. Aidan O’Brien has landed this prestigious event on seven occasions since Impressionist scored for him in 1997 and the Ballydoyle-based trainer is well represented in this year’s renewal with half of the 18 horses left in. Astrology, Daddy Long Legs David Livingston and Furner’s Green would appear to be the pick of them.
Jessica Harrington saddled Pathfork to land the prize 12 months ago and she looks to have another very talented juvenile in Dragon Pulse to represent her this time around. Dragon Pulse, which has been supplemented to the race, was only touched off by Vault on his racecourse debut at this venue in June, but the son of Kyllachy made no mistake in a Leopardstown maiden the following month. He is well regarded by connections and is sure to play a big part in proceedings. The Eddie Lynam-trained French Emperor and Dermot Weld’s Riviera Poet are two others well worth a mention in the seven furlong contest.
There are a total of 18 entries for the Listed Irish Field St Leger Trial Stakes including the Aidan O’Brien-trained Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory. The latter is one of six entries in the race for his trainer, who can also choose between Admiral Of The Red, Apache, Long Live The King, Nantucket Bay and Regent Street. Meanwhile, the Listed thetote.com Curragh Stakes has attracted 12 entries including An Ghalanta, Captain Obvious, Experience, Lady Rochford and Rockview Diamond.
The first race on Saturday goes to post at 2.10 pm and the ground at the Curragh is currently good to yielding.