Europe’s top 2 year olds target Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh’s Family Race Day, Sunday 10th August

logo2 curraghKOOL KOMPANY has been added to the entries for  Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes taking place at the Curragh next Sunday, 10th August following today’s entry stage. Winner of the Group Two GAIN Railway Stakes over this course and distance in June and most recently the winner of the Prix Robert Papin in France, the Richard Hannon-trained performer is one of 15  horses remaining in the valuable six furlong contest which includes Tiggy Wiggy, also trained by Hannon in Great Britain.

 North Yorkshire handler John Quinn confirmed that The Wow Signal, a runaway winner of the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing, is set to travel to the Curragh to ensure a very strong overseas challenge.

 Anthem Alexander had a neck to spare over Tiggy Wiggy when she landed the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and her trainer Eddie Lynam is hopeful that his filly can repeat the dose on Sunday. “She is in top form and I could not be happier with her,” reported Lynam. “She loves fast ground so fingers crossed the rain stays away. Should she win on Sunday it would be my first Group One success in Ireland and that would mean a lot to me.”

 Beach Belle enters the fray defending an unbeaten record following wins in a Curragh maiden and a Listed contest at Naas. “She is a smashing filly and I could not be any happier with her,” reported Beach Belle’s trainer Kevin Prendergast. “She has plenty of speed and is well suited to six furlongs.”

 Aidan O’Brien has left six in the race, Dick Whittington, Rule The Waves, The Great War, War Envoy, I Am Beautiful and Simply A Star. “They are all in good form and we will make a final decision later in the week as to which of them will run,” commented the Ballydoyle trainer.

 British-trained challengers also include Ahlan Emarati and Mind Of Madness, while three time winner Cappella Sansevero and the Johnny Murtagh-trained maiden Kasbah complete the likely line up.

 The Group Three Phoenix Sprint Stakes has attracted an entry of 17 which includes Maarek, Russian Soul, Darwin, Cougar Mountain and Viztoria. In addition there are six likely overseas challengers headed by the Kevin Ryan-trained Hamza.

 Admission for all families will be FREE at the Curragh courtesy of Keeneland and younger racegoers will be able to enjoy a variety of free entertainment in the Kids Zone.

 The first race is at 2.35pm. Adult Admission: 15 euros. Under 25s and Seniors: 8 euros. Family Tickets and Under 16s FREE.

The first race is at 2.35pm. Adult Admission: 15 euros. Under 25s and Seniors: 8 euros. Family Tickets and Under 16s FREE.

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