SALVAGED by six sporting owners, the Croker Cup thoroughbred stallion class and crowd magnet is back on the Dublin schedule again. Four of the seven entries are from the west, including John Varley’s Centennial, a stable companion of the previous Croker Cup champion Elusive Emir (2015), with both standing at his Coolin House Stud.

Two other Galway entries include Tommy McMahon’s Glen Moss, approved at this year’s Horse Sport Ireland inspections at Cavan and based at his Craughwell owner’s Parkroe Stud, plus Road To Happiness, owned by Galway Equine Clinic veterinary surgeon Felim Mac Eoin. Among the mares covered by this stallion in 2019 is Royal China, the dam of WEG team gold horse Quarrycrest Echo and Susan Malee brings Virtual, her new acquisition, from Mayo.