Irish runners to the fore in the US, Paris and Newmarket
Irish runners are set to be to the fore at Newmarket, Longchamp and in America this weekend, while the jump racing scene is upped a notch at Gowran Park and Tipperary over the coming days.
Five Irish runners will line up at Newmarket where Mick Halford sends over Raydara for the feature Sun Chariot Stakes, while Aidan O’Brien and David Wachman are also represented on the card.
Ryan Moore will combine with O’Brien in the two valuable sales races on Alice Springs and Waterloo Bridge, along with Schubert in a maiden, while Fran Berry makes the trip across to ride Clear Skies for Wachman and JP McManus.
Both Pat Smullen, who rides Raydara, and Berry will make the journey worthwhile as they have picked up some spare rides on the card.
O’Brien and Wachman also head Stateside tomorrow with Seamie Heffernan riding both Easter and War Envoy in their respective races at Keeneland for O’Brien and at the same venue Colm O’Donoghue will partner Outstanding for the Ballydoyle trainer.
Wayne Lordan goes to New York for the Grade One Flower Bowl at Belmont Park where he will partner likely favourite Curvy for Wachman as she looks to win at the top level for the first time.
As well as all the high-profile runners on Sunday at Longchamp’s Arc, Carlow trainer Pat Fahy, fresh from his National Hunt success at Clonmel yesterday, saddles the classy Ballybacka Queen in the Group Two Prix De Royallieu tomorrow in the French capital and she’s worth noting with Kevin Manning going over for her.
Galway Plate winner Shanahan’s Turn will be hoping to make it five-in-a-row for Henry de Bromhead and Alan and Ann Potts in the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park tomorrow, a race Sizing Europe won four times, which really signals a return to the main jumping season.