Leopardstown Racecourse

Tarnawa Back With a Bang at Leopardstown

Leading up to Thursday's G3 Grant Thornton Ballyroan S. at Leopardstown, Dermot Weld raised concerns that star distaffer Tarnawa (Ire) (Shamardal)) may not be as forward as in previous years, but His Highness The Aga Khan's 5-year-old showed little sign of ring-rustiness and plundered the Foxrock card's 12-furlong feature by daylight. The homebred chestnut enjoyed a banner 2020 season, going unbeaten through a four-race campaign which included wins in the G1 Prix Vermeille, G1 Prix de l'Opera and GI Breeders' Cup Turf. Sent postward as the heavily backed 1-2 favourite,...

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Australia's Point Lonsdale Takes The Tyros

It looked straightforward on paper for Ballydoyle's TDN Rising Star Point Lonsdale (Ire) (Australia {GB}) ahead of Thursday's G3 Japan Racing Association Tyros S. and that was the case as the full-brother to Broome (Ire) justified 1-8 favouritism in Leopardstown's juvenile pointer. Racing in second early after a slightly tardy start, the June 19 Listed Chesham S. winner took control two out and stayed on strongly to register a three-length verdict over Maritime Wings (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}). "He got a lead today, which was nice as in his last two...

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Caravaggio's Agartha On Top in the Silver Flash

Joseph O'Brien trainee Agartha (Ire) (Caravaggio) was winless in four prior outings and went postward for Thursday evening's G3 Frank Conroy Silver Flash S. at Leopardstown as an almost unconsidered 16-1 outsider coming back off a two-length second to the 'TDN Rising Star' performance of Homeless Songs (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) tackling this seven-furlong strip at the Foxrock venue earlier in the month. The February-foaled bay had placed behind decent sorts in all races contested to date, including a third to the reopposing G3 Albany S. fourth Prettiest (Dubawi {Ire}) in...

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Plusvital Leopardstown Trainers Championship Announced

The Plusvital Leopardstown Trainers Championship, which will run from June 3-Aug. 12, was announced by Leopardstown Racecourse on Wednesday. Each trainer will receive points for their wins at the meetings, with the overall winner receiving €3,000 of Plusvital nutritional supplement or genetic testing products on the final day of the series. In 2020, 27 trainers recorded wins at the venue. The company will also sponsor four races during the summer months. Mike Shelly, CEO of Plusvital, said, "We are delighted to partner with Leopardstown Racecourse to support this new initiative...

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Galileo's Bolshoi Ballet Earns Rising Star Tag at Leopardstown

Coolmore's Bolshoi Ballet (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who hit the board going one mile in his Oct. 3 debut at Newmarket last time, was sharply into stride and led from the outset of Friday's Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden at Leopardstown. Holding sway throughout the one-mile test, the even-money favourite was shaken up when threatened in early straight and powered clear under continued urging inside the final furlong to prevail by an impressive four lengths from O'Reilly (Fr) (Frankel {GB}), adding 'TDN Rising Star' status into the bargain. "I fancied...

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Galileo's Tiger Moth Dominates the Kilternan

The way that Tiger Moth (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) was backed ahead of Saturday's G3 Paddy Power 'Is It 2021 Yet?' S. was a reflection of the regard in which the Ballydoyle representative is held and he did not disappoint with a stirring display in the Leopardstown contest. Last seen finishing runner-up in the G1 Irish Derby at The Curragh June 27, the bay was 5-6 for this race registered as the Kilternan S. and stayed ahead of the main group with Ryan Moore sitting several lengths off the three early...

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Galileo's Magical Denies Ghaiyyath In the Irish Champion

There was a seventh group 1 success for Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and a second renewal of Leopardstown's G1 Irish Champion S. on Saturday as the remarkable mare downed Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) in a sensational renewal of the 10-furlong contest. Intent on keeping close tabs on that 8-13 favourite from the outset, Seamie Heffernan placed Ballydoyle's relentless mare at his flanks and the closer they got to the straight the more it appeared that Godolphin's colossus would struggle to divert her attentions. Ranging alongside the visitor and locking on...

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Lope de Vega's Cadillac Best In the Champions Juvenile

Irish Champions Weekend is as much about the juveniles as the proven older horses and Alpha Racing 2020's Cadillac (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) presented himself as one of the premier members of the 2-year-old brigade when surging to an impressive success in Saturday's G2 KPMG Champions Juvenile S., a Breeders' Cup Challenge Race. Having caused a stir at Leopardstown with a nine-length debut win over seven furlongs July 1, the bay had been second in The Curragh's G2 Futurity S. last time Aug. 22 but showed this step up...

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Elzaam's Champers Elysees Swoops In the Matron

Rapidly-progressive in 2020, Fitzwilliam Racing's Champers Elysees (Ire) (Elzaam {Aus}) sealed her upwardly mobile status with an authoritative success in Leopardstown's G1 Coolmore America 'Justify' Matron S. on Saturday. Providing Johnny Murtagh with a breakthrough first top-level success, the July 28 Listed Corrib Fillies S. and Sept. 2 G3 Fairy Bridge S. winner had plenty to do turning for home but produced an impressive flourish to cut down Peaceful (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) 100 yards from the line. Soon clear under Colin Keane, the 9-2 shot had 1 1/4 lengths to...

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TRI Equestrian Expands Relationship with Leopardstown

Leopardstown Racecourse and TRI Equestrian, with its sister brand, TRM, have extended their partnership to include the July 23 race meeting at the Dublin track. The partnership between the equine retailer TRI Equestrian and TRM, an equine supplement manufacturer, expands on their established National Hunt Finale Raceday to include a day on the flat at Leopardstown. TRI Equestrian Raceday, which will be held behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will feature the Listed TRI Equestrian Silver S., which has attracted 24 entries, including 2018 G1 Irish Derby winner,...

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Siyouni's Eldama a New Rising Star At Leopardstown

An entry in the G1 Irish Oaks and G1 Pretty Polly S., His Highness The Aga Khan's Eldama (Ire) (Siyouni {Fr}) produced a winning performance that marked her out as a touch special in Leopardstown's opening Fillies Maiden for debutantes on Sunday. Always travelling notably strongly under Oisin Orr behind the leading duo, the 2-1 favourite struck the front with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and readily asserted for a 1 3/4-length defeat of Bearberry (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), with Amiko Chow (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) a half length back in...

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Son of Rock of Gibraltar Takes Leopardstown Trial

There was unwanted drama during Tuesday's Listed Holden Plant Rental Trial S. at Leopardstown as Ballydoyle's 6-5 favourite Year of the Tiger (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) suffered an injury in the home straight. Jim Bolger's unbeaten Ten Year Ticket (Ire) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) got up late at 8-1 to deny Aidan O'Brien's other runner King of Athens (War Front) by a neck. Also coming on strong at the end of his Curragh maiden in October when successful at 33-1, the chestnut who was bred at owner Nicky Teehan's Bluegate Stud...

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