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Tuesday, August 3, 2010



Thirteen entries for Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh This Sunday




Fame And Glory is the big attraction in the Group Two Keeneland Royal Whip

The Keeneland Phoenix Two-Year-Old Stakes tops the bill on another exciting eight race programme at the Curragh this Sunday (8th August). The Group One juvenile contest has attracted a strong entry of 13 horses, including the Godolphin-owned Alaasifh which has been supplemented to the race at a cost of €20,000.


Aidan O’Brien has won this event on no less than ten occasions in the past and the Ballydoyle-based trainer has a strong hand in his attempt to land this year’s renewal. Recent Naas scorer Lake Ontario is one of seven entries held by O’Brien, who can also choose from Emperor Hadrian, Queen Of Spain, Rudolph Valentino, Samuel Morse, Snow Mountain and the hat-trick seeking Zoffany.


Trainer Richard Hannon has swept all before him this year in Britain with his talented array of juveniles and he will be hopeful of picking up another big pot on Sunday with Strong Suit. Dunboyne Express looks a very talented two-year-old in the making and the Kevin Prendergast-trained colt will put his unbeaten record on the line following his stunning victory in the Group Three Jebel Ali Stables and Racecourse Anglesey Stakes at this venue last month.


Fame And Glory is the big attraction in the Group Two Keeneland Royal Whip Stakes for which there are nine entries. The 2009 Irish Derby winner faces no easy task, however, with the likes of Summit Surge, Precious Gem, Lush Lashes and Grand Admiral in opposition.


The Group Two Keeneland Debutante Fillies Stakes is another contest to savour. The seven furlong juvenile race has attracted an entry of 13 which includes Hasty Katie, Laughing Lashes, Misty For Me, Seeham, Together and Wild Wind. The Group Three Patrick P O’Leary Memorial Phoenix Sprint has attracted 18 entries including four from overseas in Angel’s Pursuit, Barney McGrew, Himalya and Prescription.


The Ladies Qualified Riders Association Fegentri World Championship Race For Lady Riders Handicap will bring together riders from eight individual countries. Sunday’s contest has attracted an entry of 14 and Liz Lalor will fly the Flat for Ireland.


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