Curragh

  • 16:00 Gabriel Curran Memorial Madrid Handicap7f

  • Winner €13,325 2nd €3,895 3rd €1,845 4th €615
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 38.72s
  • Off time: 16:01:24
16:00 Curragh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Francis Of Assisi (IRE) 11/10
2nd Einsteins Folly (IRE) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (7) 143- Royal blue,white epaulettes, light blue and dark Blue striped cap Muaanid 154
Distance Winner
3 9-10 D K Weld P J Smullen 100 5/16.00
2 (1) 123341- WHITE, purple panel, check cap Einsteins Folly (IRE) 215
Distance Winner
3 9-4 J S Bolger K J Manning 94 7/24.50
3 (6) 81- Dark Blue Francis Of Assisi (IRE) 154
3 9-3 p A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 93 11/102.10
4 (5) 621256- BLACK, emerald green seams, quartered cap Wholelotofrosie (IRE) 161
Distance Winner
3 9-2 P J F Murphy R P Whelan (3) 92 12/113.00
5 (3) 158- GREY, dark green spots on sleeves, grey cap, dark green star Smoker 140
Distance Winner
3 8-7 P J Prendergast C D Hayes 83 6/17.00
6 (4) 52442-2 Royal blue & red chevrons, red & white striped sleeves, red & white quartered cap Sherzam 30
Beaten Favourite
3 8-4 b1 T Carmody B A Curtis 76 10/111.00
7 (2) 723-138 MAROON & WHITE QUARTERED, halved sleeves, quartered cap Toccata Blue (IRE) 44
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
3 8-4 bt G M Lyons I J Brennan (3) 75 20/121.00

Verdict

The last nine favourites have been beaten though it's difficult to know who will be market leader this time. Muaanid didn't make an appearance until August when he scored comfortably at Galway and was by no means disgraced in much better company subsequently. Einsteins Folly ran well throughout his first campaign, scoring twice and producing his best form on heavy going. FRANCIS OF ASSISI showed the benefit of his opening run with a very smooth victory in a Naas maiden run in testing conditions. It wasn't much of a race so the assessor couldn't be hard on him and entries in the 2000 Guineas and Derby here suggest much more is expected. Sherzam has a fitness advantage having run well at Dundalk and she performed with credit on soft ground here last year.