A competitive field of 20 will face the starter in the Hackett’s Bookmakers Irish Cesarewitch which takes place at the Curragh this Sunday. Trainer John Oxx has a very strong team to represent him with Dimona (Johnny Murtagh) and Minsk (Sam James) amongst the competitive field. Mark Johnston has plundered some decent prizes in Ireland this term and the British based trainer will be represented in the 2 mile contest by English Summer. Other notable entries include the Willie Mullins trained pair of Deutschland and Tawaaagg, Fosters Cross and recent Curragh winner Much Acclaimed.
Homecoming Queen will represent leading trainer Aidan O’Brien in the Listed Lanwades and Staffordstown Studs Two-Year-Old Fillies Stakes and the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor is sure to be a leading contender amongst the 10 runners following her neck second to Coral Wave in the Group Three C L Weld Park Stakes at this venue nine days ago. Other notable runners include recent winners Ronan’s Bay and the Dermot Weld trained Swerve, while Absolute Crackers, Susiescot and Amhrasach are other notable runners.
Goodwood winner and recent Ayr Gold Cup runner-up Eton Rifles is one of two British-trained horses among the 16 runner for the Listed Go Racing In Kildare Waterford Testimonial Stakes. David Elsworth’s six-year-old has been a model of consistency this season, but he faces stiff opposition from the home-based team which is headed by Bay Knight, Empowering, Maarek, Northern Rocked and Seeharn
The Listed Go Racing In Kildare Finale Stakes brings the 2011 Curragh season to a close and the 12 furlong contest has attracted 13 runners, including the British trained Western Pearl. Amazing Beauty, Aoife Alainn, Sapphire and What A Charm will form the heart of the home defence, while Cheltenham Festival winner Noble Princes is another notable runner.
Irish Greyhound Derby winner Razldazl George will be a guest of honour when he makes an appearance during the afternoon. Trained only a few miles away from the racecourse by Dolores Ruth, he will be joined by his owner Liam Marks with the Irish Derby trophy.
Admission to the races will be free. The race day will also kick start the Go Racing in Kildare Festival Week with four exciting race days taking place at all three County Kildare tracks from the 9th to the 16th October to launch the 2012 Go Racing in Kildare Membership