14 Oct 19 horses set to battle it out for Clodovil E.B.F. Garnet Stakes glory at Naas on Sunday
The Clodovil E.B.F. Garnet Stakes has attracted a high quality field of 19 runners at Naas as the County Kildare track brings flat proceedings to a close for 2016 on Sunday.
Dermot Weld is represented by the hugely exciting Rose De Pierre in the Listed contest. If she is to keep her unbeaten record intact, she will have to hold off the challenge of the Keven Prendergast-trained Cool Thunder, who is reported to be in very good form by her handler.
“She has been off the track for a little while but she is great form,” Prendergast said.
“She has plenty of ability and she likes a bit of ease in the ground so conditions should suit her on Sunday. She also has course form in the book, and that’s always a help, as we know she likes Naas.”
British-based trainer Sir Michael Stoute could not resist the temptation of tackling the €57,500 prize, and he will be making the trip across the Irish Sea with maiden winner Intimation.
Sir Michael Stoute is again represented in the following Rathasker Stud sponsored Anjaal EBF Bluebell Stakes at 5.25pmwith Shall We. John Oxx is hopeful that Avenante can bow out with a bang in the race, as the four-year-old looks set to be having her final run in the race under Gary Halpin.
John Oxx commented; “It is a very good race but she has been competitive all season and we are happy with her at home. We hope she can make the frame on what is likely to be her last run.”
The prestigious At The races EBF Birdcatcher Premier Nursery (3.10pm) has a long and fruitful association with Naas racecourse and this year’s renewal is poised to be one of the best yet with seventeen horses going to post for the €50,000 prize.
The Michael Halford-trained Callender won well at Navan recently and he is likely to be at the forefront of the market, while Jim Bolger, who won this race 12 months ago with AL Mohalhal, is represented by Oh Grace and Miss Qatar in this year’s renewal.
Ger Lyons looks to have his sights set on the €100,000 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Race (3.45pm) as the Kiltale trainer has declared Noivado, Hansian Prince and Mack Attack in the race.
The €50,000 Profile Systems October Handicap brings proceedings to a close at 5.55pm and the opening 6f Tifrums European Breeders Fund maiden is due off at 2.05pm. The going is currently good to yielding.
Tom Ryan, Naas Racecourse Manager said; “Sunday’s card will close our flat season in style, we are delighted with the quality on show right across the card. I’m especially pleased for our sponsors to see the races so well supported.”