Aidan O’Brien will bid to land an Irish Guineas double for a fifth time this weekend as Churchill and Winter lead his team bound for the Curragh on Saturday and Sunday.
The English 2,000 Guineas winner, Churchill, will face five rivals in Saturday’s Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas in which O’Brien also runs Lancaster Bomber and Spirit Of Valor, while Winter, successful for O’Brien at Newmarket earlier this month, heads a field of eight for Sunday’s Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas.
Winter will be joined by Asking, Hydrangea and Roly Poly in Sunday’s feature race which has also attracted Joseph O’Brien’s Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Intricately.
Jim Bolger’s 1,000 Guineas Trial winner, Bean Feasa has also been declared alongside the Mick Halford-trained Rehana, while the 1,000 Guineas field is made up by impressive maiden winner Aneen for veteran trainer Kevin Prendergast.
Decorated Knight will contest Sunday’s Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup as trainer Roger Charlton bids to win the prestigious 10-furlong contest for a third time following Al Kazeem’s success in 2013 and 2015.
Aidan O’Brien will look to win the Tattersalls Gold Cup for the first time since So You Think claimed back to back renewals in 2011 and 2012 and the Ballydoyle trainer has declared Deauville, Johannes Vermeer and the filly Somehow.
Ken Condon’s stable star, Success Days, has also been declared in the eight-runner field, with Jim Bolger’s Moonlight Magic a notable inclusion, while Joseph O’Brien’s Reckless Gold and the Harry Roger-trained Gentil J complete the field.
Jessica Harrington’s Red Label will look for a second win of the season when lining up in the Group 3 Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes also on Sunday, while declarations are also through for the remainder of Saturday’s card at the Curragh where high class filly Acapulco will make her second start for Aidan O’Brien in the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes.
The Cold Move Irish EBF Marble Hill Stakes has a stellar roll of honour and Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby has booked the services of champion jockey Pat Smullen for Ascot winner Aqabah, while he’ll also be represented in the race by Gold Town, the mount of Christophe Soumillon.
Aidan O’Brien will look to enhance his record in the Marble Hill by running Sioux Nation, Mount Wellington and U S Navy Flag, while Leopardstown winner Brother Bear lines up for Jessica Harrington and Ger Lyons will saddle Would Be King in the six-furlong listed contest.
Mick Channon will attempt to land another Curragh winner when he sends over Opal Tiara for the Group 2 Lanwades Stud Stakes which has also attracted British interest from James Fanshawe who has declared Zest for the fillies contest headed by Turret Rocks and Creggs Pipes.
Derek McGrath CEO of the Curragh said: “We are looking forward to a fantastic weekend of racing at the Curragh and are delighted to see such high quality entries for our first Classic Weekend of the season. The track and facilities are in excellent order and we have a variety of off track entertainment throughout the weekend so would encourage everyone to come along, tickets can be purchased at the gate.”
Racing on Saturday and Sunday at the Curragh will begin at 1.50pm both days.
Source: Curragh Racecourse