Curragh

  • 15:50 Club Bar Bistro At Keadeen Hotel Handicap 1m 2f

  • Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
  • Going: Good to Yielding (Round) Yielding, Soft In places (Straight)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 13.25s
  • Off time: 15:52:20
15:50 Curragh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Valbucca (IRE) 16/1
2nd The Fox Tully (IRE) 7/1
3rd Coco Bella (IRE) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (12) 3421-5 Royal blue,white epaulettes, light blue and dark Blue striped cap Qasser (IRE) 16
4 10-0 K Prendergast Sam James (3) 79 8/19.00
2 (11) 52979-7 Dark Blue, Pink inverted triangle, Pink cap, Dark Blue diamonds The Fox Tully (IRE) 5
Distance Winner
8 9-12 G Keane C T Keane (5) 77 7/18.00
3 (5) 122-118 ROYAL BLUE, grey striped sleeves, grey cap Balmont Flyer (IRE) 87
Beaten Favourite
5 9-11 Ms J Morgan P J Smullen 76 14/115.00
4 (9) 32-1522 Royal blue & red chevrons, red & white striped sleeves, red & white quartered cap Benbecula 25
Beaten Favourite
4 9-11 T Carmody Johnny Murtagh 76 4/15.00
5 (1) 196-212 WHITE & BLACK CHECK, black seams on sleeves, black stars on cap Wrekin Rock (IRE) 13
Course and Distance Winner
5 9-10 J T Gorman R P Whelan (3) 75 8/19.00
6 (6) 963-142 Red, black epaulettes, white sleeves, red cap, black star Saga Eiger (IRE) 21
4 9-9 J M Barrett R P Cleary 74 8/19.00
7 (3) 5-13 WHITE, red star & sleeves, white cap, red star Lonan (IRE) 39
Beaten Favourite
4 9-8 M Halford S Foley 73 6/17.00
8 (10) 230241- PINK, brown sash & sleeves, brown spots on cap Valbucca (IRE) 194
Distance Winner
6 9-7 b W McCreery W M Lordan 72 16/117.00
9 (4) 004-13 WHITE, purple panel, check cap Aurifodina (IRE) 21
Beaten Favourite
4 9-1 t J S Bolger K J Manning 66 9/25.50
10 (8) 0/0-0123 RED, black star, red cap, black stars Bualadh Croi (IRE) 16
5 8-13 D Miley N G McCullagh 64 16/117.00
11 (13) 891548 White, royal blue stars, royal blue sleeves, hooped cap General Bunching (USA) 24
5 8-10 t T Cleary Megan Carberry (7)(ex1) 61 25/126.00
12 (7) 590-808 MAROON, dark blue epaulettes, dark blue cap, maroon spots Coco Bella (IRE) 37
4 8-4 hb P D Deegan B A Curtis 53 25/126.00
13 (2) 7-94283 Royal blue, yellow seams, yellow sleeves, royal blue stars, yellow cap, royal blue star Smoke Charger (IRE) 8
4 8-4 P D Deegan C D Hayes 53 11/112.00

Verdict

The front-running Benbecula didn't quite last home over 1m3f on heavy ground at Limerick so this trip and going should prove ideal and he's one to keep on the right side. Aurifodina made a winning handicap debut over 1m1f at Cork and didn't appreciate stepping down in trip at Leopardstown. He is expected to do better but was behind SMOKE CHARGER in that latter event and there doesn't appear any reason for a reversal of the form - with the latter's stable going well, he's taken to come out on top here. Balmont Flyer had been in cracking form on Polytrack before a 9lb rise stopped him in his tracks while all three of Lonan's runs have been at Dundalk though there's no reason why he shouldn't do as well on Turf and he looks quite nicely treated.