Pathfork to return at the Curragh this weekend

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Updated: July 11, 2011

Pathfork will make his first start since finishing well down the field to Frankel in the Qipco 2000 Guineas when he lines up in the Group 3 Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh this coming Saturday.

The three year old son of Distorted Humour was unbeaten as a two year old and went into the Guineas as second favourite behind Frankel but was left trailing in his wake finishing 26 lengths behind the winner.

Since the Guineas Pathfork has undergone a small breathing operation and his trainer Jessica Harrington is expecting a good run from Pathfork this Saturday.

Harrington wrote on her website “Pathfork had a minor wind operation after his run at Newmarket and is back now in good form so we’re looking forward to seeing him back on the track.”

If Pathfork lines up on Saturday he could face recent Fairyhouse winner Rose Bonheur, the Aidan O’Brien trained Oracle who was last seen finishing down the field in the July Cup at Newmarket and the vastly improving Emulous.

The Minstrel Stakes is the highlight of the two day Darley Irish Oaks festival that will be taken place at the Curragh this weekend. Saturday will also feature a Lifetime In Racing Achievement Race Day with races named to honour people who have made a significant contribution to various sectors of the horse racing industry.

These include Irish Trainers Association: Liam Browne; Irish Jockeys Association: Tommy Carmody; Association of Irish Racehorse Owners: Tom Gillson; Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association: Sonia Rogers; and Irish Stable Staff Association: Joe Lynch.

On Sunday the Darley Irish Oaks will be the main attraction as the best three year old fillies will do battle with Wonder Of Wonders a short priced favourite to go one better than she did at Epsom where she finished second to Dancing Rain in the English Oaks.

Admission: Sat €15 under 25s & seniors €8; Sun €20, under 25s & seniors €10. Children are free on both days.

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