The Curragh

Voting Open for 2020 The Curragh Awards

The nominees for the 2020 The Curragh Awards were released on Monday. Awards will be given on the Leading Riding Performance, Leading Training Performance and the Horse of the Season. To view the nominees and vote, go to  www.curragh.ie/awards until Nov. 22. There will be a virtual award ceremony on Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. "The Curragh Awards acknowledge the outstanding achievements during 2020 at The Curragh and presents an opportunity for the public to be involved in determining the champions of the season," said The Curragh CEO Pat Keogh....

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900,000gns Half to Garswood (GB) Debuts at The Curragh

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 Insights features a half-brother to Garswood (GB). 12.15 Curragh, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, f, 8fT Coolmore and Westerberg's FRILL (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is a half-sister to G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest-winning sire Garswood (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) and one of three representing Aidan O'Brien in this debut. The 900,000gns...

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Full-Sister to Gleneagles on Show at The Curragh

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. Monday's Observations features a full-sister to Gleneagles (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) et al. 12.30 Curragh, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, f, 7fT Coolmore's hitherto unraced JOAN OF ARC (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is one of two nominees set to carry the Derrick Smith colours for Aidan O'Brien and faces 16 rivals in this...

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Juvenile Action Headlines Sunday Cards

Sunday's action across Europe again focuses on the juveniles, with Cologne's G3 Preis des Winterfavoriten the feature for next year's Classic aspirants and The Curragh staging the re-scheduled G3 Jebel Ali Racecourse and Stables Anglesey S. In the former contest, Gestut Hony-Hof's Sea of Sands (Ger) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) is an intriguing contender following his win in a decent 7 1/2-furlong maiden at Baden-Baden on Sept. 6 and as a relative of the Monsun (Ger) heavyweights Samum (Ger) and Schiaparelli (Ger) has much to commend her. Gestut Ittlingen's Sampras...

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Belardo’s Elysium In Weld Upset

Runner-up to the subsequent G2 Beresford S. third Snapraeterea (Ire) (Buratino {Ire}) in an extended seven-furlong conditions event at Roscommon last time Aug. 18, The London Racing Partnership's Elysium (Ire) (Belardo {Ire}) stepped up to spring a surprise in Sunday's G3 Weld Park S. at The Curragh. In training with Noel Meade who is best known for his exploits in the jumping sphere, the 12-1 shot was held up in rear early by Billy Lee and when given the green light inside the final two furlongs swamped Aunty Bridy (Ire)...

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MGSP Van Gogh Returns at The Curragh

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 the MGSP Van Gogh (American Pharoah). 1.25 Curragh, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, 7fT VAN GOGH (American Pharoah) reverts to maiden company after runner-up placings in the G3 Tyros S. and G2 Champions Juvenile at Leopardstown and should be able to make his class tell. Among the unraced...

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Weld the Focus on Sunday

The Curragh takes centre stage on Sunday, with the G3 Weld Park S. the feature as Angel Palm (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}) bids to put her 2-year-old peers in the shade. Last seen winning by three lengths in a Leopardstown maiden over this seven-furlong trip Aug. 13, Khalid Abdullah's relative of Showcasing (GB) and Camacho (GB) has the look of one of Ger Lyons's burgeoning stars. She meets the Sept. 12 Listed Ingabelle S. No Speak Alexander (Ire) (Shalaa {Ire}), with Ballydoyle's Ingabelle winner Monday (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) a late...

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Mehmas Sons Head Middle Park Market

First-season sire sensation Mehmas (Ire) has come to dominate that category since racing's wheels began turning in June and it is fitting that he is responsible for three of the big four favourites for Saturday's G1 Juddmonte Middle Park S. at Newmarket. Tally-Ho Stud's son of Acclamation (GB), who was third in this race on his racecourse finale in 2016, has Method (Ire), Minzaal (Ire) and Supremacy (Ire) with all three coming into the six-furlong feature on the back of impressive wins in black-type company at the trip. Manton Park...

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Magnificent Seven To Relish On Sunday

As if Saturday's action did not sate to the full, it is time to gorge while you can on Sunday with another seven top-level contests across Ireland, France and Germany. First up on the schedule is the delayed G1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris for the 3-year-old Arc aspirants, which affords the opportunity to welcome back the shock G1 Epsom Derby hero Serpentine (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) for the first time since his authoritative success in the July 4 blue riband. It will be fascinating to see how he copes with...

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Ryan Moore Called Up for Irish Champions Weekend

Ryan Moore, who rides first call for Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O'Brien, has entered quarantine in Ireland as of last Saturday and will be riding in Ireland at Irish Champions Weekend on Sept. 12-13. These will be Moore's first rides in Ireland in 2020, as COVID-19 has kept him in the UK earlier in the season. "As people travelling from the UK to Ireland currently have to quarantine on arrival for 14 days, I flew over immediately after racing at Goodwood last Saturday afternoon so that I could ride at the...

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New Approach’s New Treasure Takes the Round Tower

In the immediate aftermath of Friday's G3 Heider Family Stables Round Tower S. at The Curragh, there was almost an audible groan from those who failed to take note that Jim Bolger's representative New Treasure (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}) was allowed to start at 66-1 in a race that his dam had won on her debut in 2008. In the pattern races for juveniles that have taken place in Britain and Ireland since mid-June, there have been winners at 150-1, 66-1, 66-1, 33-1, 14-1 and 28-1 with the latter being...

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Found’s Sister Wins the Flame of Tara

As a daughter of Red Evie (Ire) (Intikhab), it was surely only a matter of time before Divinely (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) made her presence felt in Irish racing's theatre royal and the moment came on Friday as she swooped in the G3 Kilcarn Stud Flame of Tara Irish EBF S. at The Curragh. A maiden after three starts entering this test, with her latest effort resulting in a fourth placing when ridden forward in a Cork maiden over this mile trip Aug. 8, Ballydoyle's full-sister to the Arc and Breeders'...

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