Big Races at Curragh, Ireland
Two-year-old fillies Dawn Delivers and Mary Tudor step up to G2 level for the Debutante Stakes over seven furlongs at the Curragh, Ireland, on Sunday, August 20.
Dawn Delivers (Jim Bolger/Kevin Manning) came home third in the G3 Silver Flash Stakes over the same distance at Leopardstown on July 27, having previously made three six-furlong maiden appearances, including a half-length success over Magical at the Curragh on July 16.
Mary Tudor (Willie McCreery/Billy Lee) has her second start after battling well to go down by a head to Magical in a Cork maiden over a mile on August 8.
A field of eight for the Debutante Stakes features Silver Flash Stakes winner Happily, Listed Chesham Stakes scorer September and Magical.
Jimmy Hyland of Godolphin commented: “Dawn Delivers has come forward for her third in the Silver Flash Stakes and we are hoping that she can take another step up.
“Mary Tudor ran a very nice race at Cork, when she finished five lengths clear of the third home. Willie McCreery has always liked her and is expecting her to run well.”
Twilight Payment makes a second appearance in the G3 Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh, Ireland, on Saturday, August 19.
The four-year-old Teofilo colt, trained by Jim Bolger and ridden by Kevin Manning, was runner-up to Order Of St George in the 14-furlong contest 12 months ago before returning to the Curragh in September to capture the Listed Loughbrown Stakes over two miles.
Twilight Payment has made the frame on each of his four appearances this season, which have all been over a mile and three-quarters, including when taking second on his most recent start in the Listed Her Majesty’s Plate at Down Royal on July 28.
His five rivals include Order Of St George, successful in the 2016 G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, last year’s G1 Irish St Leger winner Wicklow Brave and G2 Curragh Cup victor Rekindling.
Jimmy Hyland of Godolphin said: “Twilight Payment has been training very well and we are expecting a good run.
“If he puts up a decent performance, then we may look at the Irish St Leger (G1, Sept 10) as an option for him.”
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