The Ballycorus Stakes And The Ballyogan Stakes From Leopardstown.
There is definitely an Irish feel to the racing today, as the best racing comes from the Emerald Isle, and we have some group 3 racing from Leopardstown, as well as quite a few British meetings.
The big races are today are The Ballycorus Stakes, The Ballyogan Stakes from Leopardstown, and a Listed race from Newbury called the Lord Weinstock Memorial Stakes (Registered As The Ballymacoll Stud Stakes)
Some of you may notice there is a lot of races with the word ‘Bally’ in the title of the event.
The word ‘Bally’ is an Irish word for a town-land, and the origin, or proper Irish word is ‘Baile Fearainn‘ which is were it comes from. This is a Gaelic way of dividing land whose names and boundaries derive from Norman manors, plantation divisions, or Ordnance Survey maps.
Ballycorus, the first race means “Town of the Pearse Family”, which was an area with lead mines in County Dublin, Ireland. This area is named in the Ballycorus Stakes, which is open to horses aged three years plus, over a distance of 7 furlongs
Ballyogan is the next race name, which means “Hogan’s town”, and is a residential area, centred on the Ballyogan Road in Dublin, Ireland. The race is the Ballyogan Stakes, which is open to fillies and mares aged three years plus, It is run at Leopardstown over a distance of 6 furlongs.
The Lord Weinstock Memorial Stakes, which is registered as the Ballymacoll Stud Stakes, at Newbury, is named after Ballymacoll Stud.
This is a thoroughbred stud farm in County Meath, Ireland in the townland of Ballymacoll, near the town of Maynooth, in the next county to Dublin, where Leopardstown hold their meeting. This race is open to fillies, over the distance of one mile and two furlongs
So a nice day of racing in the afternoon, with quite a few meetings in the evening as well. Haydock, Hereford, Leopardstown, and Uttoxeter all run tonight, resulting in more races tonight, than in the afternoon!