Thursday 23 November 2017

It's time for Charlton's charge to face Champion Test

Time Test
Time Test

Impressive Royal Ascot winner Time Test has been added to the list of potential runners in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 12.

Roger Charlton’s runaway Tercentenary Stakes scorer could be joined in the line-up by the Olly Stevens-trained Lightning Spear, another second-stage entrant for the Group One over a mile and a quarter.

The Irish Champion Stakes already featured Golden Horn, Jack Hobbs, Gleneagles, Cirrus Des Aigles, Criterion and Free Eagle. Legatissimo and the resurgent Amazing Maria spearhead 30 possible contenders in the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes on the same card.


The Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh a day later has been beefed up by the addition at the second stage of Clever Cookie, Romsdal, Astronereus and Future Empire.

Panama Hat, trained by Andy Oliver, is also now in the shake-up, with last year’s winner Brown Panther, Forgotten Rules, Kingfisher and Snow Sky having stood their ground from the initial entries.

Coventry Stakes hero Buratino, trained by Mark Johnston, has been given an entry in the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes, in which he could be joined by stablemate Sixth Sense.

Aidan O’Brien and Jim Bolger have added Painted Cliffs and Sanus Per Aquam respectively.

The Johnston-trained Fireglow, Brian Meehan’s Blue Bayou and La Rioja from Henry Candy’s yard now feature in the list for the Moyglare Stud Stakes, with Tanaza and Illuminate still involved.

Ireland and Britain were responsible for eight of the 14 possible runners at the latest entry stage for the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday.

Gordon Lord Byron finished third in the Maurice de Gheest two years ago and is likely to try again for County Tipperary trainer Tom Hogan.

Compatriots Tracey Collins and Evanna McCutcheon may saddle Majestic Queen and Maarek respectively – though the latter holds entries closer to home in the coming days.

Meanwhile, this evening’s meeting at Sligo will go ahead as scheduled.

Course officials had called an 8am precautionary inspection this morning because of the threat of further rainfall which led to the abandonment of their fixture yesterday.

And though the ground is heavy, the jumps meeting, due to start at 5.35pm, was given the go-ahead.

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