Irish flat racing 2012 gets underway on Sunday

Updated: March 23, 2012

Irish flat racing 2012 gets underway at the Curragh on Sunday with 19 runners lining up for the Irish Lincolnshire

Drombeg Dawn put up a tough battling performance to land the Irish Lincolnshire 12 months ago and the Andrew McNamara-trained six-year-old is one of 19 runners for this year’s renewal. British Champion jockey Paul Hannigan will partner Arabian Spirit for trainer Richard Fahey who will also saddle Take It To The Max. Other notable entries for the competitive handicap are Ansaab, Billyford, Defining Year, Prince Of Fire and Sharestan.

A total of 12 runners have stood their ground in the Group 3 Lodge Park Stud Park Express Stakes. Champion trainer Aidan O’Brien is well represented here with Homecoming Queen and Twirl (the mount of Ryan Moore). Jim Bolger is represented by Janey Muddles, while there are two overseas challengers in Crystal Gal and Libys Dream.

Ishvana represents Aidan O’Brien in the Gabriel Curran Memorial Madrid Handicap. The race has attracted a total of seven runners and notable among them are Swerve and the Jim Bolger-trained Patrimonium,

Racing opens with the first juvenile contest of the season, the Tally Ho Stud EBF Maiden, for which there are 8 runners. Aidan O’Brien is represented by Forester, while Jim Bolger will run Dawn Approach, a first runner by Epsom Derby winner New Approach

The first of seven races at the Curragh commences at 2.30pm

The Curragh will also celebrate the first day of the flat season by working with the Irish Racing Yearbook to put together a fascinating look at the leading contenders for the major races this year which will take place throughout the afternoon.

Aidan O’Brien has confirmed he will bring a large team of horses to work after racing on the track including current Guineas and Derby favourite Camelot.

Getting to the Curragh has never been easier following the announcement that Dublin Coach will provide a service to all race meetings. The Curragh will also provide a free shuttle bus from Kildare Train Station.

Admission €15 Under 25s and Seniors €8 Under 16s

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