No racing has taken place since Clonmel on March 24 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the sport will make a high-profile return with two Listed races on Monday ahead of the Irish Guineas meeting later in the week.
The Aidan Fogarty-trained Forever In Dreams leads the way in the Anglesey Lodge Equine Woodlands Stakes after twice placing in Group One company in 2019.
She is a general 20-1 chance for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and is one of 14 entries for this Listed heat along with King’s Stand hopeful Sceptical and Joseph O’Brien’s pair of No Needs Never and Speak In Colours.
The Listed Kuroshio At Compas Committed Stakes (23 runners) is limited to three-year-olds with Commonwealth Cup fancy Lope Y Fernandes one of three for Aidan O’Brien along with Pistoletto and Southern Hills.
More Beautiful, a War Front half-sister to Saxon Warrior, is one of 27 entered for the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden for two-year-olds, while the colts equivalent has drawn 28 contenders including Battleground, who is the first foal of Arc winner Found.
The three-year-old maidens over a mile have proved popular with 46 in the fillies’ heat and 48 in the colts’ version, but the six-furlong Clinton Higgins Accountants Handicap has drawn most interest with 50 contenders.
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