Tipperary Racecourse today announced the entries for the Super Sunday fixture which will take place this Sunday 6th October.
The eight race-card has twin features including the Group 3 Coolmore Stud Home of Champions Concorde Stakes and the Grade 2 Friends of Tipperary Hurdle as well as the Grade 3 Dolores Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle and the Grade 3 Like a Butterfly Novice Chase.
The Friends Of Tipperary Hurdle has attracted a field of nine with last year’s hero, Captain Cee Bee, bidding for a repeat success at the ripe old age of 12. This remarkably consistent performer proved too strong for Rebel Fitz twelve months ago and is sure to be primed to run a good race.
Trainer Willie Mullins relies on Midnight Game and although this one failed to make much impression when finishing in midfield in the Galway Hurdle, he is likely to be a major player on Sunday with former Galway Hurdle winner, Moon Dice, another interesting contender while the consistent Fosters Cross is sure to make his presence felt in what looks a tight contest.
Trainer Dermot Weld has an excellent record in the Coolmore Stud Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes and he will be going for his fourth consecutive success in the race on Sunday.
With 22 horses still remaining after today’s final forfeit stage, Weld has left in both Big Break and Rasmeyaa and both fillies have some fine form to their credit. Big Break has not been in action since finishing seventh in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in June having earlier finished a fine fourth in the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh while Rasmeyaa made an encouraging return to action when taking third place in the Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes over this course and distance in August and should be primed to run a big race.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien has a strong hand with five possible representatives to choose from while Jim Bolger has last year’s runner up, Lady Wingshot, and the much improved Tobann still engaged.
Rebel Fitz is set to continue his campaign in the Grade 3 Like a Butterfly Novice Chase and his trainer Michael Winters said: - “We have been blessed to come across both Rebel Fitz and Missunited, we are embracing racing and meeting people and long may it last. Barry Geraghty pencilled the Novice Chase at Tipperary for Rebel Fitz a long time ago, he has progressed nicely and hopefully he’ll keep winning.”
Many of the top novice horses look set to appear in the Grade 3 Dolores Purcell Novice Hurdle, including Curley Bill, One Fine Day, Que Pasa and Bayan.
Noel Meade said: - “This is an exciting time of year, Curley Bill looks to be a decent prospect for us, he won a Premier Handicap at Galway and then again over hurdles at Listowel but so far his jumping has been moderate, he has to improve a lot but I am confident that he will, he jumps very well at home. We felt he went better left handed the last day so Tipperary should suit; if the ground is good we will take our chance.”
Gordon Elliott said: - “Bayan has come out of his last race well, we’ll look at the Novice Hurdle at Tipperary on Super Sunday and if all is well we’ll go there and take our chance. We bought him at Newmarket last October and he’s done nothing wrong in winning his five races to-date.”
Jane Davis Manager at Tipperary Races said: - “Super Sunday is the ultimate day’s racing with a programme that offers something for all racegoers. We continue to focus on value and with admission prices set at just €10 it has to be the best value out there. As always under 18’s are free and we look forward to welcoming back the Front Runner Racing Club for Kids. It’s obviously a big day in France too and we’ll be showing all the action on the big screen. You never know what you might see at Tipperary on Super Sunday; last year’s 2 y.o. maiden winner Leading Light will line-up in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe having already won the St. Leger in Doncaster.”