Ian Fortune

The exciting news came through on Monay morning that the first UK entries for the Winter Racing Festival have come in.

Droopys Clue was a sensational winner of the St Leger at Perry Barr, smashing the track record in the process, and he has been entered for the 750yd contest.

He is certainly the type of name those on these shores are hoping o attract rom across the pond and his inclusion should add real intrigue to a contest that was already going to be packed with big names. Seamus Cahill is said to be travelling over this weekend with his star and he looks certain to appreciate the galloping nature of Shelbourne Park.

Jet Stream Angel is another that is to be entered from the UK. Kevin Hutton confirmed on Monday morning that his English Oaks runner-up will b entered for the Bitch 525. The half-sister to Susie Sapphire has been relatively lightly raced since transferring to the UK but has made a real impression. In fact, she was only picked up in the dying yards in the Oaks decider