The £200,000 Racing Post Trophy, run at Doncaster on Saturday, October 25, has attracted an entry of 159 for the 2008 renewal.
The one mile event for two-year-old entire colts and fillies is the final Group One race of the British Flat season and is a good pointer towards future success at the highest level with the likes of Authorized, Motivator, Brian Boru and High Chaparral scoring in recent seasons.
The entries are dominated by the all-conquering Aidan O’Brien, seeking his fifth Racing Post Trophy success, who accounts for no less than 44 of the 55 Irish-trained contenders. O’Brien’s contingent includes the impressive Group One Phoenix Stakes victor Mastercraftsman, High Chaparral’s full-brother Black Bear Island and unbeaten Group Three Tyros Stakes winner Rip Van Winkle.
The Godolphin operation, successful with Ibn Khaldun in 2007, has nine (all unraced) juveniles to choose from this time around while Henry Cecil, the most successful current trainer in the contest with 10 victories has entered two, the recent impressive Sandown maiden winner On Our Way and Wingwalker, who won his only start at Newmarket on August 8.
Other interesting contenders include the Queen’s Chesham Stakes victor Free Agent, unbeaten in two starts to date, and hugely-impressive Sandown maiden scorer Zaccinto, one of six entries for Sir Michael Stoute.
GOFFS MOVE IRELAND’S RICHEST RACE DAY TO NAAS
The €3.2 million Goffs Million Races will be run next year at Naas, following the closure of the Curragh in mid 2009.
In addition the two races, which carry a combined prize fund of €3.2 million, will be held over different distances, one six furlong event and one over a mile. Both races will be open to colts, geldings and fillies catalogued at this year’s Goffs Million Sale which takes place from 29th September to the 1st October.
Commenting on the decision, Goffs Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:
“As our local course, Naas offers great opportunities for the races on the eve of our sale. It has much in common with the Gold Coast Turf Club in Australia where Magic Millions have held their races so successfully for many years.
The two distances gives a better range of options to differing types of horses, and both races will still carry a first prize of €1,000,000, - something offered by no other sales races. The Shelbourne Hotel Goffs Million race in 2006, open to colts and fillies was won by Group 1 winner Miss Beatrix, while The Caretaker won the old Cartier Million at the Phoenix Park, so fillies have every chance.”
Tom Ryan, manager of Naas added:
“We are delighted to be hosting the 2009 Goffs Millions which is another huge addition to our flat program. We look forward to working with Goffs and the people of Naas to produce a memorable festival occasion for Ireland’s Richest Race Day.”
Formerly two seven furlong races, one for each sex, the Goffs Million fillies winner in 2007 was Lush Lashes who went on to victory in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, while the 2007 colts’ race went to Luck Money who was subsequently Group 2 placed and recently won his first race for US Champion trainer Todd Pletcher at Saratoga. Classic winners New Approach and Halfway To Heaven are also graduates of the Goffs Million Sale.