Curragh

  • 14:10 Sapphire European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden1m

  • Winner €11,385 2nd €2,640 3rd €1,155 4th €661
  • Going: Good to firm (watering)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 39.70s
  • Off time: 14:13:42
14:10 Curragh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Dazzling (IRE) 11/4
2nd Shell House (IRE) 7/1
3rd Sparkle Factor (IRE) 13/8

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 (9) WHITE, purple panel, check cap Beyond Intensity (IRE)
2 9-0 J S Bolger K J Manning 10/111.00
2 (6) Pink Circling (IRE)
2 9-0 D Wachman W M Lordan 14/115.00
3 (4) Dark Blue Dazzling (IRE)
2 9-0 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 11/43.75
4 (2) Yellow, light blue panel, light blue armlet, hooped cap Fantastic Dilly (IRE)
2 9-0 E Lynam R P Cleary 14/115.00
5 (8) yellow, purple panel, checked cap Gold Focus (IRE)
2 9-0 J S Bolger R P Whelan (3) 25/126.00
6 (15) 7 MADONNA BLUE, brown cross belts, blue cap Good Strike (USA) 33
2 9-0 D Wachman W J Lee 33/134.00
7 (10) 7 MAROON, dark blue epaulettes, dark blue cap, maroon spots Hallo Rosie (IRE) 3
2 9-0 P D Deegan C D Hayes 33/134.00
8 (11) Purple, yellow star & sleeves, yellow & purple quartered cap Hazledoc (IRE)
2 9-0 M Halford S Foley 25/126.00
9 (7) 95 Dark blue, light blue cross sashes, diabolo on sleeves, white cap Ode To Psyche (IRE) 33
2 9-0 Mrs J Harrington F M Berry 20/121.00
12 (13) EMERALD GREEN, black seams, quartered cap Sand Spinner (IRE)
2 9-0 t1 H Rogers C R King (5) 50/151.00
13 (3) PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Shell House (IRE)
2 9-0 A P O'Brien R L Moore 7/18.00
14 (12) 2 BLACK, white slvs, red cap, black star Sparkle Factor (IRE) 27
2 9-0 D K Weld P J Smullen 13/82.62
15 (14) ROYAL BLUE, orange disc, striped sleeves & cap Sparrow (IRE)
2 9-0 A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 8/19.00
Non runners
10 (5)6U7Patty Paige (IRE)29-0B W DukeB A Curtis
11 (1)4Principessa Ava (IRE)29-0Mrs D A LoveS M Gorey

Verdict

Joseph O'Brien's presence on board Dazzling suggests she may be the best of the Ballydoyle trio at this stage though that's not always the case and both Shell House, like the former a daughter of Galileo, and the Oasis Dream filly Sparrow, have to be kept on the right side. Jim Bolger runs two daughters of Intense Focus, Kevin Manning's mount Beyond Intensity and the apprentice-ridden Gold Focus. Either could be good enough as could Circling, another Galileo filly and out of a Listed winner. SPARKLE FACTOR made an encouraging start in what looked a strong Naas maiden and, as she wasn't given a hard time, can repay the kindness and go one better.