Point Lonsdale is one of the many stars on show on to mouth water second day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend in the Curragh.
Undefeated in four starts so far, Aidan O’Brien’s colt already tops antepost lists for both next year’s 2000 Guineas and the Derby.
The son of Australia is set until face six rivals like him steps up to Group A level for the first time in Sunday Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes – including a trio of British Challengers in Ebro River, Great Max and Native Trail.
Hugo Palmer’s Ebro River is already a group one winner, landed last Keeneland Phoenix Stakes of the Month over a furlong shorter on the same track, while Native Trail will bid to Charlie Appleby with a third National Stakes success after the recent triumphs of Quorto (2018) and Pinatubo (2019).
Big Max represents Michael Bell, with Duke De Sessa (Dermot Weld), Anatoli (John Feane) and Ultramarine (Joseph O’Brien) the other hopeful.
The juvenile fillies get their chance shine in the previous Moyglare Stud Stakes, in die Aidan O’Brien saddles both Concert Hall and Prettiest.
The standard is set by Joseph O’Brien’s Debutante Stakes heroine Agartha, with course-and-distance goalscorer Cairde Go Deo (Ger Lyons) and ever played virgin winner Homeless Songs (Weld) also in rack.
The first of four Group Agree on a star card is the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes, in which Tim Easterby’s Winter Power is bidding on: follow up her Nunthorpe victory of last month.
She is joined on the journey over the Irish Sea by Kevin Ryan’s defending champion Glass Slippers, as well as Dragon Symbol (Archie Watson), Rohaan (David Evans) and Significantly (Karl Burke) – while the home team is led by Joe Murphy’s favorite Gustavus Weston.
The Weld-trained Search For A Song will provide for a third consecutive win in the Comer Group International Irish St. Leger.
She is one of 14 runners declared for the one-mile-six-furlong Classic, with Joseph O’Brien’s Couple of Twilight Payment and Baron Samedi and Johnny Murtagh’s Ebor hero Sonnyboyliston chief among her rivals.
Aidan O’Brien’s Multiple Group One winner Love has meanwhile lowered her gaze for the Group Two Blandford Stakes.
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