The Moyglare Stud Stakes for fillies is one of the Group 1 highlights of Day 2 of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend. An entry list of 68 includes some well-bred new fillies, as well as some who have already proven themselves on the racecourse.
Jessica Harrington’s incredible 2017 is underlined by the fact that her filly catches the eye most in the entries for the Group 1 contest on September 10. Alpha Centauri won the Listed Coolmore Stud EBF Fillies Sprint Stakes by all of five lengths at Naas earlier in the season and she leads a high class entry. Aidan O’Brien has made 18 entries for the race and they include some regally-bred types including Clemmie, a full-sister to Churchill, Conquest a full-sister to Minding, Happily a full-sister to Gleneagles, and Magical a full-sister to Rhododendron.
Intricately gave Joseph O’Brien his first Group 1 success as a trainer in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at The Curragh last season and he has made two entries for this year’s renewal, Now You’re Talking and Dream Malfunction. The Ger Lyons-trained Black Sails, who won on her first start at The Curragh, and Jim Bolger’s Gasta are also entered. Bolger is bidding for a third win in this race and among his 12 entries is Park Bloom, a full-sister to Was and Douglas Macarthur.
Dermot Weld has made eight entries as he bids for a second Moyglare success and among the dozen are the Dundalk winner Fille Du Septembre, Million Smiles, a half-sister to the Longines Hong Kong Vase winner Dominant, and Hazel Bay, a half-sister to both Youmzain and Creachadóir. Among Kevin Prendergast’s entries are Alghabrah, a half-sister to his Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Awtaad, and My Daydream whose dam Termagant was successful in this race in 2009.
There are 11 entries in the Moyglare Stud Stakes from Britain including the Charlie Appleby-trained Carriwitchet, a half-sister to three Group 1 winners and her stable companion Poetic Charm, a half-sister to Teofilo, as well as the Saeed Bin Suroor-trainer Winter Lightning, a half-sister to 2017 Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas runner-up Thunder Snow.