• 16:40 Michael Murphy Home Furnishing Minstrel Stakes 7f

  • Winner €39,000 2nd €11,400 3rd €5,400 4th €1,800
  • Going: Good to Firm (Firm in places on Round Course)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 23.11s
  • Off time: 16:40:11
16:40 Curragh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Ansgar (IRE) 8/1
2nd Darwin 6/4
3rd Eastern Rules (IRE) 10/3


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (8) 113-601 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Darwin 6
Course and Distance Winner
4 9-12 b1 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 112 6/42.50
2 (4) 2427-30 Pink, black triple diamond, black seams on sleeves, quartered cap Ansgar (IRE) 32
Course Winner
6 9-9 t Miss S J Harty P J Smullen 108 8/19.00
3 (6) 311092 White, yellow epaulettes, yellow star on cap Eastern Rules (IRE) 30
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-9 M Halford S Foley 108 10/34.33
4 (5) 592-387 Royal blue, emerald green chevron, emerald green armlet, emerald green & royal blue striped cap Exactement (IRE) 5
4 9-6 Miss S J Harty G F Carroll 94 50/151.00
5 (2) 913656 WHITE, purple panel, check cap Intensical (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
3 9-2 J S Bolger K J Manning 99 12/113.00
6 (3) 212-770 Dark Blue Michaelmas (USA) 31
Course Winner
3 9-2 b1 A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 100 16/117.00
7 (1) 13-2530 Dark blue, dark blue & white striped sleeves, white cap, dark blue star Shining Emerald 31
Course WinnerDistance Winner
3 9-2 b P D Deegan C D Hayes 103 14/115.00
8 (7) 145 ROYAL BLUE, pink sash, pink cap, royal blue star Waltzing Matilda (IRE) 31
3 8-13 T Stack W M Lordan 104 4/15.00


DARWIN won this last year and though penalised for last week's Listed success at Fairyhouse he can complete the double. He had enough basic speed to see off the very speedy Russian Soul a week ago and this extra furlong is in his favour. Three of the last five winners have come from the younger age group so the selection's stablemate Michaelmas, who has competed at a high level throughout, shouldn't be discounted nor should Waltzing Matilda, who finished in front of him in the Jersey Stakes on only her third start. Eastern Rules likes the track and ran very well at Leopardstown last month on his return from a successful spell in Dubai but Ansgar is probably better over further.