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Tuesday 17 October 2017

my titania for super sunday

Away from the Darley Irish Oaks this weekend, the Curragh stages two very good support cards on Saturday and Sunday with the Group Two Kilboy Estate Stakes the feature on the second day of the meeting.

The field is headed by the John Oxx trained My Titania who will have just her second start of the season on Sunday after finishing fourth in the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Also included in Sunday's feature is the Paul Deegan trained Avenue Gabrial who skipped a potential tilt at the Irish Oaks in favour of a drop in class and trip for this 1m1f contest, while the Dermot Weld trained Afternoon Sunlight will be an exciting prospect for the race following her two wins from as many starts so far this season.

Fresh from his Group One win with Slade Power in the July Cup last Saturday, Eddie Lynam will look for more big race honours tomorrow afternoon when he saddles Viztoria in the Group Three Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh.

Lynam's 110 rated filly will face a classy field including a number with a similar rating and she will also take on the Aidan O'Brien trained Darwin who like Viztoria is a course and distance winner.

On just her first start this season Viztoria ran in the Greenlands Stakes where she finished just over four lengths behind stable companion Slade Power and last season she was three and a half lengths off him in the Champions Day Sprint at Ascot and a repeat of that sort of form should see her returning to winning ways tomorrow afternoon.

Viztoria runs in the colours of breeder Shelia Lavery who also owns a training licence and while she doesn't train Viztoria, she does train two-year-old Itorio who impressed when winning at Naas on her penultimate start and ran well to finish second at Leopardstown last time out.

Itoria features in the Group Three Jebel Ali Racecourse and Stables Anglesey Lodge Stakes where O'Brien's Dick Whittington, Mick Halford's Toscanini and Newsletter who did Ken Condon proud when third at Royal Ascot last time all add to an intriguing looking affair.

Meanwhile, there looks set to be a large British contingent contesting the Galway Festival when it gets under-way in just over a week.

A number of the feature races closed for entry this week and those races alone have attracted 53 British trained entries and the racecourse manager John Moloney has had a number of enquiries about some of the weeks other races.

The Galway Plate and Galway Hurdle weights will be published on Monday afternoon.

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