Duncan, Red Cadeaux, Times Up and Jukebox Jury are all set to make the journey across the Irish sea for The Irish Field St Leger taking place at the Curragh this Saturday with their respective trainers all indicating that they will travel over for the €220,000 Classic. They will hope to become the second successive British trained winner of the final Irish Classic of the year, following the victory of Sans Frontieres last year. Fame and Glory, now 10/11 favourite with Paddy Power, leads the Irish challenge, which also includes Irish Field St Leger Trial Stakes winner Fictional Account. Confirmed runners will be officially announced after 10am tomorrow.
Leading 2 year olds Dragon Pulse, Power and Tough as Nails are likely to be the leading Irish trained contenders in the Group 1 Goffs National Stakes which also features on the “Super Saturday” program, but will face stiff opposition from the impressive British challenger Talwar who has won three of his four career starts for trainer Jeremy Noseda.
Saturday’s top class programme features a major Australian theme to promote The Irish Field St Leger as Europe’s premier trial race for the Emirates Melbourne Cup. The iconic Melbourne Cup will be brought over from Australia to be displayed on the day, while Vintage Crop and Bruce Davis, Australian Ambassador to Ireland, will be guests of honour, a special Australian wine promotion featuring the world famous Wakefield Wines will take place, while there will be free entry for Australian citizens and the chance for one lucky race goer to win a trip of a lifetime to the Melbourne Cup. Members of the Irish Australian Rules football team who recently won the World Aussi Rules Championship will be in attendance.
Irish tennis star Conor Niland will be one of the judges for the Bollinger Best Hat competition in association with the Heritage Golf & Spa Resort.
Racing also takes place at the Curragh this Sunday
Admission Sat: €20, Under 25s and Seniors €10; Sun: €15, Under 25s & Seniors €8, Children free on both days