Leopardstown Racecourse

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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No Nay Never's Love Locket Continues Ballydoyle's Leopardstown Domination

Aidan O'Brien was truly cleaning up on Tuesday's Leopardstown card and the yard's rude health was further demonstrated with Love Locket (Ire) (No Nay Never) making it four wins from the first four races in the seven-furlong G3 Leopardstown Fillies Trial S. Last seen finishing a highly creditable second in a nursery over this trip at Naas in November, the 5-1 shot was soon disputing the lead under Seamie Heffernan with the rail advantage. Making a race-winning assertive move two out, the bay was still going strong at the line...

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Kingman's Cormorant In Derby Trial Upset

Prior to Leopardstown's G3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, Aidan O'Brien had already saddled the winner of the fillies' maiden and the first four home in colts' equivalent and so it was hardly a shock that his trio dominated the finish to Tuesday's blue riband pointer. What was surprising was that it was Michael Tabor's Cormorant (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) who held sway over the 11-8 favourite Russian Emperor (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Iberia (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), with the grey blown by a fair wind on a day for the front-runners. Left...

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Curragh T'Bred Trail Now Open for Online Booking

The five individual trails of the 2019 Curragh Thoroughbred Trail, part of Longines Irish Champions Weekend, are now available to book online. The various Thoroughbred Trails--DK Weld, James Nash and Dick Brabazon; John Oxx and Willie McCreery; Michael Halford and Kildangan Stud; Johnny Murtagh, Conor O'Dwyer and Brendan Duke; Ken Condon and Martin Brassil--are located at The Curragh prior to racing on Sunday, Sept. 15, allowing racing fans to go behind the scenes accompanied by an expert guide, with light refreshments at The Curragh Racecourse prior to the start of...

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Fast Start For Keogh At The Curragh

Late last month Pat Keogh, chief executive officer at Leopardstown since 2011, took up the same position at The Curragh upon the resignation of Derek McGrath. The fast nature of that change over means that Keogh will slowly phase out of his Leopardstown role, presiding over both racecourses until the conclusion of Longines Irish Champions Weekend on Sept. 14 and 15. It is no secret that the redeveloped Curragh Racecourse, unveiled after three years of construction this spring, has undergone some growing pains which have already been addressed by racecourse...

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Pat Keogh New Curragh Racecourse CEO

Pat Keogh, who was CEO of Leopardstown Racecourse since 2011, has been appointed the Chief Executive of The Curragh Racecourse and Training Grounds effective immediately, Horse Racing Ireland and Curragh Racecourse Ltd. announced on Monday. Keogh will continue in his Leopardstown role for now, but will begin scaling back his involvement there over the next few months, while the Leopardstown management team will be augmented in the near future. Padraig McManus, Chairman of Curragh Racecourse Ltd. said, "I would like to thank outgoing CEO Derek McGrath and wish him well,...

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