Thirteen horses have been entered for the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown racecourse on Sunday and a cracking race is in prospect.
Since the turn of the century, this ten furlong Derby Trial has produced some top class horses such as dual Derby winners, Sinndar, Galileo and High Chaparral, 4-time Ascot Gold Cup-winner, Yeats, Irish Derby winner,Alamshar, Prix de l’Arc winner Dylan Thomas and Irish Derby/Ascot Gold Cup winner, Fame And Glory.
Trainer Dermot Weld has made a terrific start to the Flat Turf Season and his sole representative, Fascinating Rock, is sure to go very close in a bid to win this race for the stable for the first time since Casual Conquest scored in 2008. Trainer Aidan O’Brien has the best recent record with six wins in the last eight renewals. The pick of his five entries would appear to be Geoffrey Chaucer, winner of the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh last September and unbeaten on his two outings to date. While Jim Bolger’sAnswered, John Oxx’s Ebanoran and the Ger Lyons trained Obliterator, runner-up to Epsom Derby contender, True Story, on his most recent appearance at Newmarket, all add spice to an eagerly awaited contest. As a jockey, Johnny Murtagh was successful on three occasions and his charge,Altruistic, who finished third in last year’s Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster could be his first runner in the race as a trainer.
The Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial also looks a very interesting race with Dermot Weld again to the fore here as his Balansiya and Afternoon Sunlight are sure to be among the principals in the 11 strong field. Balansiyawas just denied in the 1000 Guineas Trial Stakes at Leopardstown in late March while Afternoon Sunlight was an impressive winner of a Limerick maiden on her only start in 2014 creating a favourable impression in the process. John Oxx saddles a promising sort in the shape of Stars So Bright, a convincing winner of a Dundalk maiden on her only run last month and this daughter of the brilliant Sea The Stars is sure to be strongly fancied while Team Ballydoyle have two entries to choose from with easy Navan winner,Palace, and the promising Marvellous, both likely to be prominent in the betting market.
Racing commences on Sunday at 2.25pm with the feature race at 3.55pm and the seventh and final race at 5.25pm. All children under 16 are free to the racecourse with a range of free family fun activities provided on the day. Tickets are priced at €15 per adult or €25 for two adults. For the sporting enthuasiast, Leopardstown Sports Lounge will be showing the main matches on the final day of the Premiership; Liverpool v.s Newcastle and Manchester City vs. West Ham, as well as other key sporting events.