Weekly Limerick Racing News

Limerick Racing News
The going was heavy at Gowran Park on Saturday and Drogbeg Dream relished the deep ground in the Gowran Park Race for Clogher trainer Austin Leahy. The three-year-old filly stayed on strongly down the nearside rail under Shane Foley to edge out odds-on favourite Burning Question by two and a half lengths. 
Other Racing News

Stack’s Son Of Rest shares Ayr Gold Cup spoils

The Fozzy Stack-trained Son Of Rest became the first Irish-trained winner of the Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday, although he had to settle for a share of the spoils with outsider Baron Bolt as the pair dead-heated.  Connections were kept waiting more than seven minutes before it was announced Son Of Rest, the 5-1 favourite,  and Baron Bolt, a 28-1 outsider, could not be separated by the judge. It had looked certain the gamble on Son Of Rest, last week’s Group 1 runner-up at the Curragh, would be landed as Chris Hayes dashed for home at the furlong marker and went a couple of lengths clear. Cameron Noble pulled out the Paul Cole-trained Baron Bolt and Michael Bell’s apprentice forced a dead-heat on the line, making full use of his 5lb claim.

Coneygree could be heading to Down Royal

Coneygree, a brilliant winner of the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup, could make his eagerly-awaited comeback in the JNWine.comChampion Chase at Down Royal on November 3. The 11-year-old has suffered more than his fair share of setbacks, both before and since becoming the first novice in 41 years to claim the blue riband at Cheltenham three and a half years ago, but Sara Bradstock, wife of trainer, Mark, is not giving up hope Coneygree will return to his best and says he will return at Down Royal or else the Sodexo Gold Cup on the same afternoon. She did, however, reveal that were he to go lame again he would be retired.

Leger winner Longchamp bound
Kew Gardens looks poised to tackle the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on October 7 after Aidan O’Brien pointed the way towards Longchamp for his recent Doncaster St Leger winner. The multiple champion trainer said the Arc was the only race he had in mind for the son of Galileo, who gave O’Brien his third British Classic of the season when defeating Lah Ti Dar by two-and-a-half lengths last Saturday. Kew Gardens is generally available at 12-1 for the Arc, which would represent a drop back to the same mile-and-a-half trip of his Grand Prix de Paris victory at Longchamp in June. He has entries in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup and Lexus Melbourne Cup but O’Brien said the Arc was “a very possible target ” for his St Leger winner. O’Brien has previously won the Arc with Dylan Thomas in 2007 and Found two years ago.
Upcoming Fixtures

Fairyhouse – Monday September 24th (First Race 3.15)

Sligo – Thursday September 27th (First Race 1.55)

Downpatrick – Friday September 28th (First Race 1.55)

Dundalk – Friday September 28th (First Race 6.00)

Navan – Saturday September 29th (First Race 2.10)

Naas – Sunday September 30th (First Race 1.50) ]

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