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Quality Entry Of Juveniles for ICW 2015

Initial entries have closed for the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and the Group 1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes on the second day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh on Sunday, September 13th, 2015.


The Euro 300,000 Moyglare Stud Stakes has attracted 85 entries, including 14 from Britain. Since 1990, both Sayyedati and Sky Lantern have won the Moyglare Stud Stakes and gone on to land the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket the following May. Tarascon, Again and Misty For Me have subsequently won the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Along with Rumpelstiltskin, both Again and Misty For Me have been crowned European champion two year old filly having won this Group 1 event.


The as yet unraced Coolmore is a full sister to the brilliant dual 2,000 Guineas winner Gleneagles and is one of 17 entries Aidan O’Brien has made for the race. O’Brien has won the Moyglare Stud Stakes on six previous occasions, most recently with Maybe in 2011. He has also entered Best In The World, a full sister to Found who finished third in last year’s race before winning the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp.


Sixteen entries from Britain and one from France are among the 94 entries that have been made for the Euro 300,000 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes. Gleneagles prevailed in last year’s renewal and is one of seven European champion two year old colts to have won this race in the past 12 years. Gleneagles is one of six National Stakes winners to go on to win the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket since El Gran Senor won in 1983. He is also one of five winners to take the Irish 2,000 Guineas while Sinndar and New Approach, successful in 1999 and 2007 respectively, both went on to land the Epsom Derby.


Again, Aidan O’Brien looks to hold a strong hand and he has entered Londonderry Air who was the top-priced yearling when sold for 2.6m Guineas at Tattersalls last year. O’Brien, who has won the race on nine occasions has also entered The Major General who made €1.5m at Goffs Orby in October while Air Vice Marshall and Schubert who fetched US$2.2m and US$1.5m respectively at Keeneland yearling sales last year.


Jim Bolger, who has won the National Stakes with Teofilo, New Approach and Dawn Approach, has entered Round Two, the impressive winner of the first two-year-old Listed race of the Irish season, the Marble Hill Stakes, at the Curragh last Saturday.


Paul Hensey, General Manager of the Curragh Racecourse, said, “The Moyglare Stud Stakes and the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes have over the years consistently produced Irish and European champion two year olds. You only have to look at the achievements of the “class of 2014″ in this year’s Classics to recognise the quality of these two great races. It is very encouraging to see all the top two year olds who have run to date and many of the best international trainers represented in the entries.”

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