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York's Ebor meeting may have thrown up a few candidates for Irish Champions Weekend and the build-up for that weekend will continue at the Curragh this weekend with a number of notable trials for some top autumn races.

This afternoon the Group Three Reaissance Stakes is the feature race and heading the field are two sprinters who owe their respective connections nothing, Gordon Lord Byron and Maarek.

The Group One winning globetrotter Gordon Lord Byron has to give weight away all around but should be capable of doing exactly that as he warms up for the Sprint Cup at Haydock ahead of another busy winter around the world and trainer Tom Hogan has secured Joseph O'Brien for the ride on the six-year-old.

Juveniles will dominate a lot of the headlines following the two-day meeting at HQ and tomorrow the speedy two-year-olds will line up in the listed Irish Field Curragh Stakes.

Aidan O'Brien's The Great War has always been highly-regarded and he is included as is Newsletter who tops the ratings of the seven-runners after finishing third in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The least exposed in the field is the Ger Lyons trained Ainipee who was a winner at Naas on debut at odds of 14/1 and has subsequently changed hands to run in the colours of Qatar Racing with Colin Keane remaining onboard.

On Sunday, the first of four Group races is the Royal Whip Stakes which will be one of the toughest races of the weekend for punters to solve despite just five going to post.

Aidan O'Brien's (left) Kingsbarns tops the ratings ahead of Parish Hall but the progressive and well treated Edelmira and Magnolia Beach will be involved for Dermot Weld and Ger Lyons.

It could be a good weekend for Qatar Racing and Beach Belle will go close to return to winning ways for Kevin Prendergast in the Group Two Debutante Stakes although Lucida could well be anything for Jim Bolger in the Godolphin colours.

Aidan O'Brien's Gleneagles could well develop into one of the top Ballydoyle juveniles of the season and he runs in the Group Two Futurity Stakes and as a course and distance winner he should rack up a hat-trick.

Five of the six-runners were winners last time out and the other horse being Itoria who is a very decent type himself so it looks another wide open heat.

One of the stars of the card will be the sight of Ascot Gold Cup winner Leading Light in the Palmerstown House Irish St Leger Trial in which he'll tackle former St Leger winner Royal Diamond and the only three-year-old in the field Streetcar To Stars.

Sunday begins with the Injured Jockeys Fund Jog For Jockeys Fundraiser.


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