The Curragh celebrated their final meeting of the Irish flat season by offering free entry to all patrons, a gesture sponsored by one of the days race sponsors Hacketts Bookmakers. A lot of new faces availed of the offer according to manager Paul Hensey and they were treated to some quality racing. English raider Eton Rifles landed the Listed Testimonial Stakes for trainer David Elsworth. He continues the great success enjoyed recently by his breeder Rick Barnes of Grangecon Stud.
Dylan Thomas has made a good start to his stud career and his half sister Homecoming Queen showed great progression to win the Listed Lanwades & Staffordstown Studs Stakes. The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor had taken a long time to win, eventually winning a nursery in Fairyhouse off a mark of 72. With the penny having dropped she has quickly improved to a mark of 106, rising 34 pounds in two runs. The last race, the appropriately named Finale Stakes was won by Moyglare Studs homebred Sapphire. Another filly that has progressed through the season, Sapphire was winning for the first time at Stakes level and trainer Dermot Weld is very much looking forward to next season with her commenting; “She won here in March on the first day and has now won on the last day. She’s a filly to look forward to next year. She has a lot of physical development in her and hopefully she’ll be a replacement for Profound Beauty.”