Article Date: 02-May-2012
THE High Chaparral EBF Mooresbridge Stakes tops the bill on an exciting card at the Curragh next Monday (bank holiday) and the Group 3 contest has quality written all over it with St Nicholas Abbey, Sharestan, Famous Name, Chrysanthemum and Unaccompanied among the 12 horses left in the race.
St Nicholas Abbey, runner up to Cirrus Des Aigles at Meydan last month on his seasonal debut, is one of four horses left in the race by trainer Aidan O’Brien, who also has Memphis Tennessee, Robin Hood and Windsor Palace.
O’Brien is also well represented in the Canford Cliffs EBF Athasi Stakes and can choose between Empowering, After, Ahimsa, Ishvana, Soon and Up. Alanza, Fire Lily and Princess Sinead are three other interesting home-trained challengers for the Group 3 prize, while Mick Channon has left both Lady Gorgeous and Tinzapees in the seven furlong contest.
Lady Gorgeous also features among the 16 horse remaining in the Listed Dylan Thomas EBF Tetrarch Stakes as is her stable companion Tidentime, while the Mark Johnson-trained Bannock is the other overseas challenger. Once again Aidan O’Brien is well represented with no fewer than seven (After, Ahimsa, Ishvana, Soon, Triumphant, Vault and Wonderful) entries, while the promising Takar is likely to take his chance for Curragh-based trainer John Oxx.
Racing starts at 2.20pm with the Alfred Nobel EBF Maiden for which there are 12 entries. Five of those have already tasted racecourse action, including Canary Row which ran the highly regarded Dawn Approach to one and three quarter lengths in the opening juvenile contest of the season at this venue last month.
The Newbridge Credit Union Handicap and the Keadeen Hotel Wedding Specialists Handicap are both wide open contests, while National Hunt fans are catered for with The Irish Field INH Flat Race.
The Curragh have reduced the adult admission price to €10, under 25s and seniors are only €5 while Under 16s accompanied by an adult are free. A family ticket costs €15.
In addition to eight races, other entertainment includes a display by the Defence Forces, live music, the Horse Racing Ireland Front Runner Racing Club and the chance to ride a horse racing simulator.
Pictured: Breeders' Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey is entered for the Curragh
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