Curragh

  • 16:05 Irish Field Finale Stakes 1m 4f

  • Winner €27,300 2nd €7,980 3rd €3,780 4th €1,260
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 56.95s
  • Off time: 16:06:02
16:05 Curragh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Midnight Soprano (IRE) 11/2
2nd Minsk (IRE) 11/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (4) 111126 BLACK & LIGHT GREEN QUARTERED, light green sleeves, quartered cap Midnight Soprano (IRE) 73
Course and Distance Winner
5 9-7 P D Deegan C D Hayes 103 11/26.50
2 (1) 33111-3 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Minsk (IRE) 25
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 9-7 J M Oxx Johnny Murtagh 104 11/43.75
3 (7) 875560 Red, royal blue epaulettes, royal blue cap, Red diamond Hittin'the Skids (IRE) 9
4 9-4 Mrs A M O'Shea Adrian O'Shea 53 66/167.00
4 (2) 6111 Dark Blue Chamonix (IRE) 25
Distance Winner
3 9-3 p A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 111 4/61.67
5 (6) 221210 BLACK, white slvs, red cap, black star Encrypted Message (IRE) 20
Beaten Favourite
3 9-0 b D K Weld D P McDonogh 93 20/121.00
6 (3) 106222 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Demurely (IRE) 25
3 8-11 A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 98 10/111.00
7 (5) 005679 ROYAL BLUE, orange disc, striped sleeves & cap Devotion (IRE) 21
3 8-11 b1 A P O'Brien C O'Donoghue 99 20/121.00

Verdict

John Oxx has won this three times in recent years and though last year's easy Cesarewitch winner Minsk will need to improve greatly on his recent effort behind today's rival CHAMONIX there is every chance he will do so as that was his first start since finishing runner-up in a Grade 2 over hurdles in February. The latter goes from strength-to-strength, however, and has comfortably seen off stablemate Demurely in his two latest starts at this level. He is still on the upgrade and should take this though Midnight Soprano loves this track and trip and, if it comes down to a stamina test, she won't be found wanting. Devotion, a stablemate of the selection, has generally competed at a higher level but has become disappointing.