Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes
|Group 1, Curragh
2yo, 7f, Class 1
|Sunday 10th September 2017|
National Stakes Attracts The Best
It’s a race that has consistently produced the very best and this year’s Group 1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh, on day two of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend on September 10, has attracted the cream of the two-year-old crop once again.
Churchill and Ryan Moore winning the Goffs Vincent O'Brien Stakes GR1 at the Curragh 11th September 2016 Photo: Alain Barr
Nine subsequent European champion two-year-old colts have won this race in the past 14 years, including Churchill, already successful in the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas this term, and this year’s race has attracted a total of 102 entries, an increase of 12 on last year.
Aidan O'Brien, seeking a fourth straight win in the race, and a 12th overall, has entered 28 horses, among them Royal Ascot fancy Declarationofpeace and Murillo, so impressive on his second start at Tipperary. Also among the Ballydoyle contingent is the unraced Ancient City, a three-parts brother by Frankel to last year’s Epsom Derby runner-up US Army Ranger.
Jessica Harrington sent out Pathfork to win this race in 2010 and the leading dual-purpose trainer has made four entries including Coventry Stakes hope Brother Bear, the unbeaten colt who won with authoritative ease the Listed Cold Move Irish EBF Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh last time.
Joseph O'Brien has entered his Listed Coolmore War Command Rochestown Stakes winner True Blue Moon while Beckford, trained by Gordon Elliott, and Ken Condon’s Romanised, both winners on their sole starts to date, are also entered.
Dermot Weld has made 13 entries, all unraced, and they include Falcon Flight, closely related to Free Eagle, and Sapiens, a son of Frankel and the Group 1 winner Etoile Montante. Jim Bolger has put 11 horses in the race and notable among them is National Security, a full-brother to Parish Hall which was a good servant to the stable a few years back.
There are 27 entries from Britain, an increase of four on 2016. Denaar, unbeaten in two starts, has been entered by Richard Hannon. Charlie Appleby has entered 12 horses including the Goodwood winner Masar, Zaman, successful at York and the unraced Pitch Dark which cost €1.1 million when topping the Goffs November Foal Sale in 2015. Nebo was an impressive winner at the first time of asking for Charlie Hills at Newbury.
Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Group 1)
€350,000 added, 2yo only, 7f
102 entries (Maximum 30)