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July 12, 2010

Strong British Challenge for Curragh Saturday Feature

The Curragh Racecourse The inaugural Lifetime in Racing Achievement Race Day at the Curragh this Saturday is the first of an exciting two day Darley Irish Oaks weekend when the Group Three Minstrel Stakes is the highlight of a seven race programme. The seven furlong contest has attracted 20 entries which includes three from Britain in Jeremy Noseda’s Arabian Gleam and the Clive Cox-trained pair of Beacon Lodge and Dunelight.

Trainer Jim Bolger, who landed this prize 12 months ago with Three Rocks, has entered both Free Judgement and Kitty Kiernan in a bid to follow up, while Aidan O’Brien is also strongly represented with Air Chief Marshall, Emperor Claudius, Beethoven and Encompassing. Local trainer Kevin Prendergast is also well represented and can choose between Mujaazef, Velvet Flicker and Zayaan.

The Barbara Collins Lifetime In Racing Nursery is another really interesting contest up for grabs. The five furlong dash has attracted 16 entries with Belleau, Rocha’s Cross and Snow Mountain likely to be among the market leaders. In addition to the nursery, there are three really competitive handicaps for punters to get their heads around and landing the Tote Jackpot (which is guaranteed for 5,000 euro) will be no easy task.

The Irish Trainers, Jockeys, Stable Staff, Breeders and Owners Associations were invited to nominate one person who they felt were deserving to be honoured with a Life Time in Racing Achievement Award.

The nominees are:

Irish Trainers Association                                Mick O’Toole

Irish Jockeys Association                               Stephen Craine

Irish Stable Staff Association                          Joe Feane

Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association      Sir Edmund Loder

Association of Irish Racehorse Owners         Barbara Collins

Racing at the Curragh on Saturday commences at 2.10pm and the ground has been described as good.

Entries for Darley Irish Oaks Day on Sunday will be published tomorrow (Tuesday)