With an increased value of €350,000 for both races this year, there are strong entries for the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and the Group 1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes to be run on the second day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh on Sunday, September 11th, 2016.
Of the 75 entries for the 45th consecutive running of Moyglare Stud Stakes, 19 have come from Britain and another possible overseas contender is Create A Dream, trained in America by Wesley Ward, who is already a winner at Ascot this season. Last year’s winner, Minding, became the third filly since 1990 to win the Moyglare Stud Stakes and go on to land the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket the following year and she was the fourth winner of the race to have been crowned European champion two year old filly. She beat her stable companions Ballydoyle and Alice Springs in the race last year and the same three horses filled the first three places in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier this month.
Minding’s trainer Aidan O’Brien has made 15 entries for the Moyglare Stud Stakes and his team includes the Curragh winner Brave Anna who is a full-sister to Hit It A Bomb. Bound is a full-sister to both Wedding Vow and Beacon Rock while Butterflies is a Galileo half-sister to Giant’s Causeway.
Dermot Weld has entered Tocco D’amore, who at €2 million was the most expensive lot at the Goffs Orby sale, Switch In Time, a daughter of Galileo out of the dual Grade 1 winner Switch and Espoir D’soliel, a Galileo half-sister to Rosewell House’s four-time winner, Casual Conquest.
Jim Bolger’s Dawn Of An Era is a sister to both Dawn Approach and Herald The Dawn and another interesting entry is Willie McCreery’s Faradays Law who is a full-sister to the Newmarket 1,000 Guineas winner Just The Judge while Jessica Harrington’s Awareness is a full-sister to the stable’s 2010 National Stakes winner Pathfork.
There are 23 British-trained entries, headed by Richard Hannon’s dual winner Mehmas, in the Group 1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes which has attracted a total entry of 90. Eight subsequent European champion two year old colts have won this race in the past 13 years including last year’s victor Air Force Blue who was the outstanding juvenile of 2015.
Aidan O’Brien is bidding for his 11th win in the race and among his entry of 36 are the Marble Hill winner Caravaggio, the unraced Courage Under Fire who is a War Front half-brother to the dual Grade 1 winner Take Charge Brandi and cost US$1.25 million at Fasig-Tipton and another son of War Front, Whitecliffsofdover, who came with a price-tag of US$1.15 million at Keeneland. Douglas Macarthur cost 1.25 million guineas in Newmarket and is a full-brother to the 2012 Epsom Oaks winner, Was.
Psychedelic Funk, so impressive on both starts at Naas, and Lightening Fast, a son of Frankel out of the stable’s Group 1 winner Lightening Pearl, are two of the five horses Ger Lyons has entered while Dermot Weld has a team of eight to choose from at this stage including Military Post, a half-brother to Forgotten Rules by High Chaparral and Rich History, a Dubawi half-brother to Weld’s former stable star and current Irish National Stud sire, Free Eagle.
Van Der Decken, who gave Paddy Twomey his first two year old winner when he scored at the Curragh last weekend, is also entered up as is the Ken Condon-trained Succeeding, a Famous Name half-brother to the Group 1 performer, Success Days.