Leopardstown and Koragh hope the rain will stay away | horse racing news

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Fadini (left) Nand Mishrif (closer) re-opens for the Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday

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Vadeni, Luxembourg, Mishriff and Homeless Songs are among the big names announced for Saturday’s opening card at the €3.9 million Longines Irish Champions weekend, but officials at Leopardstown and Curragh are hopeful the weather will calm after heavy rain in both The two sessions.

Fadini and Mishref, first and second at Coral Eclipse in Sandown in July, appeared in a final seven-man field in the Irish champion’s €1m tournament.

Derby favorite Luxembourg and Paris Grand Prix champion Onesto stand on the ground, while Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Alenquer and Stone Age pair Baldwell and Brum complete the high-end lineup.

Homeless Songs, unseen since her devastating Irish victory of 1000 Guinness, will return in Series 1 Coolmore America ‘Justify’ Matron Stakes, where its 10 competitors will include the Duke of Cambridge and Prix winner Rothschild Saffron Beach.

The Tower of London and August Rodin, joint candidates for next year’s derby, will face off in Group B of the KPMG Juvenil Stakes Championships, with Ryan Moore choosing to ride the impressive Nass Club winner, Auguste Rodin.

This week’s heavy rain has already seen 100mm of rain fall in the Dublin area and there may still be more to come. Curragh was hit by 56mm by noon Thursday, changing the official to surrender, dropping in places on the straight, and good on the round.

CEO Brian Kavanagh will be hoping the worst will miss Kildare Stadium ahead of Sunday’s titled Irish St Leger card.

He said, “We needed the rain we got and we’re glad we got it, but we don’t mind if that’s the end of it now. We have a lot of rain and some other rain could be heavy. There is a risk of heavy rain for Sunday itself, which is not ideal.” This could lead to further dilution.

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Brian Kavanaugh, CEO of Courage: I hope the rain stays away

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He added, “We’re racing on the bleachers’ track, which we haven’t used since June, so the ground has to be absolutely safe. It dries up really well.”

The land in Leopardstown has been loosened into submission and tExpect the region to remain unstable.

Course writer Lorcan Weir said: “We can say for sure we’ll have a slow floor, but we’re not quite sure how slow it will be. It will depend on what happens Thursday and Friday nights. The forecast isn’t clear but Saturday looks like a good day for the weather, and it’s going to be good For people coming into the races.”

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