British Challenger Que Amoro Aims for Group 1 Glory at The Curragh and an Automatic Berth into the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint
THE CURRAGH, IRELAND (Sep. 12, 2020) – The Michael Dods-trained Que Amoro (IRE) leads a strong British challenge for the 5-furlong Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (G1), the first of two Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” Group 1 races featured at The Curragh this Sunday. The Derrinstown Stud Flying Five winner will gain an automatic entry into the US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is a series of stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into corresponding races of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which is scheduled to be held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, on Nov. 6-7.
Que Amoro, a 4-year-old filly, is one of eight British challengers in a final field of 15 for the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes. Owned by Peter Appleton & Mrs. Anne Elliott, Que Amoro was last seen finishing a close second behind four-time Group 1 winner Battaash (IRE) in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (G1) at York on Aug. 21. Paul Mulrennan takes the ride again.
Glass Slippers (GB), trained by Kevin Ryan for owner and breeder Bearstone Stud Limited, was another to find Battaash too good when placing second at Goodwood in July in the King George Qatar Stakes (G2). Tom Eaves has the mount on the Group 1-winning daughter of Dream Ahead (USA). Glass Slippers is joined by the Group 1-placed Equilateral (GB) for trainer Charlie Hills.
The Simon & Ed Crisford-trained four-time Group 2 scorer A’Ali (IRE) also has been entered. Already an impressive course and distance winner this season, winning the Sapphire Stakes (G2) on July 19, A’Ali followed up by finishing a credible fourth in the Nunthorpe Stakes. Joint trainer Simon Crisford thinks the stiff track on Sunday will play to his colt’s advantage, saying: “He’s really bouncing and in good form. He regained his weight very quickly after York. He’s one of those colts that gives you the signals when he’s in fighting form and I very much think that on Sunday we’ll see him at his peak performance.
“I think he’s advanced again since that race and I very much hope that the stiff track at The Curragh will play to his strengths as it did when he won the Sapphire Stakes.”
Make A Challenge (IRE), who finished second behind A’Ali in the Sapphire Stakes, leads the Irish challenge. The 5-year-old is a winner of four Listed races this season and will be aiming to give his young trainer Denis Hogan his first Group 1 success.
Pretty Gorgeous seeks Group 1 honours in the Moyglare Stud Stakes
Later in the day, attention turns to the juvenile fillies for the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) over 7-furlongs, with the winner gaining an automatic entry for the US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).
Pretty Gorgeous (FR) leads the 13-runner field for Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer Joseph O’Brien. The daughter of Lawman (FR) was last seen scoring in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes over course and distance on Aug. 22 and O’Brien is excited about her potential.
“I’m looking forward to running her, she’s a very exciting filly,” O’Brien said. “She couldn’t have been any more impressive last time in very heavy going and I’m really looking forward to the weekend for her.”
Brother Donnacha O’Brien will be hoping his filly Shale (IRE) who finished ahead of Pretty Gorgeous in the Frank Conroy Silver Flash Stakes before coming second in the Debutante, can once again get the better of the warm favorite, with Ryan Moore booked to ride the daughter of Galileo (IRE). The O’Brien father, Aidan, runs three in the race; Mother Earth (IRE), Divinely (IRE) and Snowfall (JPN).
The in-form trainer Ken Condon lines up two fillies – Group 3 second Teresa Mendoza (IRE) and the lightly raced Thunder Beauty (IRE). Other notable runners include A Ma Chere (IRE), in the colours of owner, breeder and race sponsor – Moyglare Stud, Bubbles On Ice (IRE) for trainer Fozzie Stack, and the Jessica Harrington-trained Oodnadatta (IRE).
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