Curragh

  • 18:00 Loughwood Fencing European Breeders Fund Maiden1m

  • Winner €10,350 2nd €2,400 3rd €1,050 4th €600
  • Going: Yielding to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 46.14s
  • Off time: 18:01:25
18:00 Curragh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Imperial Monarch (IRE) 6/1
2nd Azamata (IRE) 9/2
3rd Handazan (IRE) 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 (7) GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Alizari (IRE)
2 9-0 J M Oxx N G McCullagh 20/121.00
2 (14) Maroon, white triple diamond, white diamonds on cap Amira's Prince (IRE)
2 9-0 D Wachman W M Lordan 20/121.00
3 (8) MAROON Ancelotti (IRE)
2 9-0 E Lynam C D Hayes 66/167.00
4 (3) PURPLE, large red spots, red seams on sleeves, purple cap Armed Guard (IRE)
2 9-0 E Lynam S Foley 50/151.00
5 (17) BLACK & LIGHT GREEN CHEVRONS, black sleeves, hooped cap Azamata (IRE)
2 9-0 K Prendergast D P McDonogh 9/25.50
6 (10) BLACK, red epaulettes, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, red star Calgacus (IRE)
2 9-0 D K Weld P J Smullen 13/27.50
7 (6) RED, black epaulettes, yellow sleeves, black cap, yellow star Don Long (IRE)
2 9-0 T Collins P Shanahan 20/121.00
8 (18) 6 GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Handazan (IRE) 30
2 9-0 J M Oxx Johnny Murtagh 5/16.00
9 (11) WHITE, purple panel, check cap Heavy Weight (IRE)
2 9-0 t1 J S Bolger K J Manning 8/19.00
10 (16) Dark Blue Imperial Monarch (IRE)
2 9-0 A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 6/17.00
11 (5) BLACK & ORANGE STRIPES, white cap, orange spots King's Warrant (IRE)
2 9-0 G M Lyons K Latham 10/111.00
12 (15) 8 YELLOW & BLACK HALVED, striped sleeves & cap Linkup (IRE) 30
2 9-0 P W Flynn G F Carroll 66/167.00
13 (4) 07 Royal blue & white diamonds, royal blue sleeves, yellow cap Luaimneach 12
2 9-0 L McAteer L F Roche (5) 100/1101.00
14 (19) Pink Optimist (IRE)
2 9-0 D Wachman M C Hussey 33/134.00
15 (12) 7 GREY, dark green spots on sleeves, grey cap, dark green star Pacific Wave (IRE) 153
2 9-0 P J Prendergast F M Berry 20/121.00
16 (1) PURPLE, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap Sundrenched Coast (USA)
2 9-0 D K Weld S M Gorey (3) 33/134.00
17 (2) ROYAL BLUE, white inverted triangle, diabolo on sleeves, royal blue cap Sure Reef (IRE)
2 9-0 J J Murphy D M Grant 66/167.00
18 (9) 07 EMERALD GREEN, white seams, white sleeves, emerald green armlet, white cap Watt Broderick (IRE) 24
2 9-0 W McCreery B A Curtis 66/167.00
19 (13) 3 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Wimpole Street (IRE) 15
2 9-0 A P O'Brien C O'Donoghue 11/43.75

Verdict

Handazan will almost certainly improve on his debut and, along with Kilbeggan third Wimpole Street, looks the pick of those with experience. Aidan O'Brien, responsible for the latter, also saddles the Galileo newcomer Imperial Monarch, who cost 210,000gns as a yearling and is from the same family as the useful The Great Gatsby. Azamata could also be interesting, while Heavy Weight and King's Warrant represent powerful yards. But it could be worth having a second look at CALGACUS, who is related to some high-class winners in Hong Kong and the States and cost connections 500,000gns. Pat Smullen prefers him to stablemate Sundrenched Coast so he gets the vote.