Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Jet Setting heads a field of ten runners for the Group 3 Coolmore Stud Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes, just one of the highlights at Tipperary on Sunday.
Adrian Keatley’s star faces a stern test in the €67,500 event with The Happy Prince, Aidan O’Brien’s much-improved performer heading the opposition. Another leading contender is the Paul Deegan-trained Sruthan, who won this race three years ago, while Jim Bolger’s Flight Risk and the Andy Slattery-trained Creggs Pipes should also make their presence felt.
The Grade 2 Istabraq Hurdle has attracted a seven-strong field with Willie Mullins set to saddle both Ivan Grozny, so impressive in the Grade 3 Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle here in July and Thomas Hobson, a Grade 2 winner at Warwick in January. Nicky Henderson will be represented by his smart performer Hargam while Gordon Elliott’s The Game Changer and Joseph O’Brien’s Plinth also stand out.
Five runners are set to go to post for the Grade 3 Joe Mac Novice Hurdle with the champion trainer set to be represented by Penhill, a recent winner at the Galway and Listowel festivals.
Timiyan got his career back on track with an impressive display at Listowel and runs for Dermot Weld while Joseph O’Brien runs Bel Sas who has joined him this week from the Willie Mullins stable.
The Grade 3 Like-A-Butterfly Novice Chase has a fantastic look to it with the exciting Westerner Lady and Tocororo, representing Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott respectively heading a line-up of seven horses. Henry de Bromhead takes them on with a team of two, Deans Road and Full Cry, while Alpha Des Obeaux is a thoroughly exciting recruit to the chasing game for trainer Mouse Morris.
Trainer Andy Slattery on Creggs Pipes, “She is in super form. There isn’t much left for her to run in, so the plan is to let her take her chance on Sunday and I’d say this will be her last run of the year. I thought she ran very well in the Matron and that looked the best fillies race run this year. As it turned out, we were on the wrong side of the track and I’d say that cost her a couple of lengths. She was showing signs of coming into season when beaten by Tanaza in The Fairy Bride Stakes, but she worked great this morning and with the soft ground likely on Sunday, she’ll take her chance.”
Paul Deegan on Sruthan, “He is in great form and he ran a hell of a race behind Awtaad at Leopardstown on Longines Irish Champions Weekend on ground that was probably lively enough for him. We know that he prefers softer ground and he looks like getting that on Sunday. He has won the race before and all is good with him, so he’ll line up and I’d be very hopeful that he’ll run a big race for us on Sunday.”
Racing Manager to JP McManus, Frank Berry, on Hargam, “He’ll run on Sunday and Nicky (Henderson) is very happy with him. It looks a grand race to start him back in and we are looking forward to a good run from him.”