5th September 2014
TRAINER Dermot Weld is on a “weather watch” regarding his runners over next weekend’s Irish Champions Weekend taking place atg Leopardstown and the Curragh. Weld, who has had a tremendous season thus far, said that most of his horses needed a cut in the ground to be seen at their best.
Forgotten Rules and Pale Mimosa are Weld’s two big runners in the Group One Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh on Sunday, 14th September. Speaking today the Curragh-based trainer said; “Forgotten Rules and Pale Mimosa are in great form but they both need a cut in the ground. The same can be said of Carla Bianca who holds an engagement in the Group Two Moyglare “Jewels” Blandford Stakes on the same afternoon. The weather seems set fair for the coming days so we will wait and see for the moment and make a final decision about all our horses later next week.”
Weld also has Alveena and Zannda in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes and Tombelaine in the Group One Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes.
Irish Champions Weekend will take place in Leopardstown on Saturday 13th September 2014 and at the Curragh on Sunday 14th September. It will be an amazing sporting and social event combining history, spectacle, glamour, excitement and prestige. The Weekend will be action packed with the focus on showcasing Ireland as a world centre of excellence for horse racing and breeding.
Admission: Irish Champions Weekend Admission ticket 30 euro (admission to both days) – must be purchased in advance on Curragh.ie or irishchampionsweekend.ie
Curragh Race Day 14th September
Admission – Adult 20 euro, Seniors 10 euro, Students Free (with valid Student Card), Under 16s Free. Family Admission 25 euro. 1strace 2.05pm (gates open 10.30am)
Free car parking. Irish Rail service to Kildare Town with free shuttle to racecourse. Dublin Coach also provide race day service (seewww.dublincoach.ie)
Kildare Village will offer the winner of the style and elegance award a 3k shopping spree and Palmerstown House Estate, sponsor of the Irish St Leger, will give the winner a VIP stay for the winner and 19 friends in their magnificent manor house. The five fashion finalists from the Curragh’s style competition will be entered into a draw to drive away in a brand new Jaguar XF, which will be theirs to drive for one year. Yvonne Keating, County Kildare Failte Ambassador will be one of the judges, while actress Victoria Smurfit will be the official Irish Champions Weekend ambassador
Throughout the afternoon at the Curragh the attractions will include a Parade of Champions featuring four Champion Hurdlers – Hurricane Fly, Jezki, Binocular and Hardy Eustace, while Quevega and the legendary Moscow Flyer will also be part of the parade.
The Moyglare Stud Kids Zone will provide a variety of exciting free entertainment throughout the day for younger race goers with shows featuring well known Disney and Star Wars characters,
There will be performances by the world renowned Celtic Tenors during the afternoon.
The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail, sponsored by Dublin Coach, will take place during the morning of 14th, September, offering the opportunity to visit some of the top trainers and have a unique chance to see behind the scenes. Places for the Trails are limited and should be reserved by calling 045 441205. All proceeds from the Thoroughbred Trail will be donated to horse racing charities.