Irish trials upgraded

Leopardstown’s 1000 and 2000 Guineas Trials have been upgraded from Listed to Group Three status this year.

Leopardstown’s 1000 and 2000 Guineas Trials have been upgraded from Listed to Group Three status this year.

The European Pattern Committee approved the changes to the races which are restricted to three-year-olds only and are run over seven and eight furlongs respectively.

Horse Racing Ireland’s director of racing Jason Morris said: “Since HRI’s inception we have been able to secure agreement from the European Patten Committee for a significant increase in the number of Irish Pattern races, with a rise from 38 in 2002 to 48 in 2005.

“This reflects the ever increasing quality and strength in depth of the Irish Flat horse population.

“The two new Group Three Guineas Trials are a very welcome further addition to our Pattern race programme having become well established trials for both the Newmarket and Irish Guineas, featuring recent Group One performers such as Refuse To Bend, Grey Swallow, Dimitrova and L’Ancresse.”

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