Entries Open for Irish EBF Barrier Trials

Entries are open for Irish EBF Barrier Trials at Dundalk Stadium, to be held Tuesday, July 5, beginning at noon (local time). Operated by Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM) and backed by Irish EBF and the IHRB, Trials are open to unraced 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds and are run over five to seven furlongs. Trials, principally staged to offer a platform for unraced Irish Thoroughbreds, also serve as a learning experience for inexperienced horses. Notable Trial graduates include Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint winner A Case Of You (Ire) and Group 3...

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De Bromhead Keen on Irish Guineas For Star Girls Aalmal

The only man in history to win the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Gold Cup and Grand National in the same season, Henry de Bromhead is not content on tightening his grip on the major jumps races and is now taking aim at the Irish 1,000 Guineas with Star Girls Aalmal (Ire) (Elzaam {Aus}).  De Bromhead signed off on another memorable National Hunt season at Punchestown last month by sending out Honeysuckle (GB) (Sulamani {Ire}) to win her 12th Grade 1 and extend her unbeaten record to 16. As the Flat...

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U S Navy Flag Off The Mark At Dundalk

Coolmore's U S Navy Flag (by War Front) has his first winner after the Kieran Cotter-trained colt Ocean Vision (Ire) scored on debut at Dundalk on Tuesday. Sent off at 12-1, the bay broke awkwardly and played catch-up initially behind the leading quartet in the card's opening five-furlong maiden. Staying on to take command passing two out, he beat Lady Tilbury (GB) (Bated Breath {GB}) by 3/4 of a length. "He actually needs six, he was all over the place early on in the race but came home strong." trainer Kieran...

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Storm Eunice Forces Cancellations in UK/Ire

The approach of Storm Eunice, which will impact Ireland and the United Kingdom on Friday, has caused some racecourses to cancel their cards as a precautionary measure. Fakenham was called off on Thursday due to the severe weather warnings, and the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has cancelled Dundalk's Friday card, too. The storm is expected to bring high winds and, in some cases, snow. "We discussed the situation with Jim Martin of Dundalk Stadium and Met Eireann this morning and again this afternoon and we felt with the current forecast...

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Winter Break For Top Irish Jockeys

Ireland's leading flat jockeys will have a four-week winter break after Horse Racing Ireland restricted three Dundalk meetings in early January to apprentices or jockeys or rode fewer than 20 winners last season. The meetings are Jan. 5, 7 and 14. Jason Morris, Horse Racing Ireland's director of racing, said, "In 2021 HRI extended the break for our leading jump jockeys from 12 to 24 days during June, which was very well received. The changes announced today, which were proposed by the Irish Jockeys' Association, will mean that we will...

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Half-Brother to St Leger Third Debuts at Dundalk

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Friday's Observations features a half-brother to G1 St Leger third The Mediterranean (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). 16.45 Dundalk, Mdn, €14,000, 2yo, c/g, 8f (AWT) Atlantic Thoroughbreds' 140,000gns Tattersalls October Book 1 graduate ATLANTIC BREEZE (IRE) (No Nay Never), a Donnacha O'Brien trainee, is a son of MG1SP G2 Queen Mary...

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Churchill Colt To The Fore In The Star Appeal

Off the mark at the second attempt by five lengths at Down Royal Sept. 3, Demi O'Byrne's Snaffles (Ire) (Churchill {Ire}) was one of a clutch of unexposed juveniles lining up for Friday's Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Star Appeal S. at Dundalk and ultimately proved strongest to open his black-type account in the seven-furlong test. Settled in the box seat by Shane Crosse tracking the leading duo Corviglia (Karakontie {Jpn}) and Leinster House (War Front) early, the 11-1 shot worked his way to the front with 150 yards remaining and...

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Dark Angel Filly A New Rising Star At Dundalk

Dundalk's Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden had the feel of a must-watch race beforehand and Friday's seven-furlong contest lived up to expectations playing host to a new TDN Rising Star in Newtown Anner Stud Farm's Angels Wrath (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}). Flaunting her wares in a barrier trial here prior to this debut against some smart yardsticks, the 9-2 shot was restrained in mid-division early showing keenness under Ben Coen. Looming with menace when pulled wide in the straight, the Johnny Murtagh-trained homebred showed sharp acceleration to hit the...

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Quick Suzy Will Skip Cheveley Park in Favour of Dundalk

Group 2 heroine Quick Suzy (Ire) (Profitable {Ire}), who won the G2 Queen Mary S. at Royal Ascot, will not start in the Sept. 25 G1 Cheveley Park S. and instead target an Oct. 1 listed event at Dundalk prior to a run in the GII Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Del Mar in November. Purchased privately by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners prior to her Royal Ascot heroics, the filly was second in the May 16 G3 Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint S. and, in her only race since...

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Entries Close on Monday For Sept. 13 Irish EBF Barrier Trials

Entries for the Sept. 13 Irish EBF Barrier Trials close at 5 p.m. local time on Sept. 6, Irish Thoroughbred Marketing announced on Sunday. The final day of barrier trials of the 2021 season, the Dundalk-based event, which begins at 12 p.m., is operated by ITM and backed by the Irish EBF and the IHRB. Open to unraced 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds, the barrier trials are conducted over five, six and seven furlongs. Recent graduates of the Irish EBF Barrier Trials are G3 Gordon S. scorer Ottoman Emperor (Ire) (Excelebration {Ire})...

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Observations: Brother To Invincible Army Debuts at Dundalk

4.27 ParisLongchamp, Debutantes, €27,000, 2yo, c/g, 8fT CHANCELLERY (IRE) (Medaglia d'Oro) starts out for Godolphin and Andre Fabre three months after topping the Arqana Breeze Up Sale at £675,000. From the family of Aljabr (Storm Cat), the March-foaled bay meets Hypotenus (GB) (Lope de Vega {Ire}), the Wertheimers' full-brother to the G3 Prix d'Aumale scorer Soustraction (Ire) and a half to the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac runner-up Matematica (Ger) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) who debuts for their trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias. 4.30 Dundalk, Mdn,  €12,000, 2yo, 6f (AWT) NEW YORK CITY...

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Observations: Son of G1SW Together Forever Debuts at Dundalk

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Sunday's Insights features a colt out of Group 1 winner Together Forever. 1.00 Dundalk, Mdn, €14,000, 2yo, 8f (AWT) ABSOLUTE RULER (War Front) is the third foal out of the G1 Fillies' Mile winner Together Forever (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), with her previous two being last year's G3 Tyros S....

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