Naas racecourse will host the Group 3 Alleged Stakes over a mile and 2 furlongs this Saturday, a race won previously by the likes of Black Sam Bellamy, Brian Boru, Dylan Thomas, Parish Hall twice and last years winner, 2017 Irish Derby and St Leger winner Capri.
A field of eight will go to post for the race, which includes 2018 Irish Derby winner Latrobe (pictured above), trained by Joseph O’Brien. Also in the field are a couple of his father’s Group 1 winners, Flag of Honour – who won the St Leger – and QIPCO British Champion Fillies and Mares Stakes winner Magical. Jessica Harrington’s recent Naas Devoy Stake’s winner Still Standing is also among the field along with Dermot Weld’s Hazapour.
Regarding Latrobe, Joseph O’Brien has been pleased with the 4 year olds progress so far this spring saying, “He looks good and we are very happy with how he has wintered. He is a great horse to have in the yard and we are looking forward to getting him started at Naas.”
O’Brien continued, “The aim will be in to win a Group 1 race with him this season. He is a huge big horse and he only ran once as a two-year-old so we’ve always hoped that he would make into a real nice four-year-old. Maybe later in the year he could end up heading for a Caulfield Cup, or a Melbourne Cup or something like that in the second half of the season.”
In the other Group race on the card, the Group 3 Gladness Stakes over 7 furlongs, a field of nine will do battle, including the Ken Condon trained Irish 2,000 winner Romanised. Aidan O’Brien’s new recruit, French bred Le Brivido will make his Irish debut in the €60,000 contest.
“I’m happy to start Le Brivido in the Gladness Stakes this weekend. It will be his first run for us since we got him in the winter. We thought this would be a nice race to start him in with a view to see would we go for a race like the Lockinge later in the season.” Aidan O’Brien.
The $750,000 purchase Monarch of Egypt is the first crop of Triple Crown Winner American Pharaoh to take to the track, and he begin his racing career in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien said “He will be our first two-year-old runner of the season and being by American Pharaoh it is very exciting. He has been pleasing us at home and we’re looking forward to getting him started on Saturday.”