Curragh

  • 19:00 Derby Festival Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Handicap1m 4f

  • Winner €42,000 2nd €13,300 3rd €6,300 4th €2,100
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 46.73s
  • Off time: 19:01:02
19:00 Curragh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Ursa Major (IRE) 11/4
2nd Buy Back Bob (IRE) 12/1
3rd Baron De'l (IRE) 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (11) 19-0503 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Harrison's Cave 6
Course Winner
4 9-12 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 96 9/25.50
2 (8) 492/30-5 LIGHT GREEN, yellow sash & armlet, check cap Prince Chaparral (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
6 9-1 P J Flynn D M Grant 85 25/126.00
3 (9) 420-928 GREEN & RED HOOPS, white cap Glamorous (GER) 6
Course Winner
5 9-0 Mrs J Harrington F M Berry 84 16/117.00
4 (4) 2121 Royal blue & red chevrons, red & white striped sleeves, red & white quartered cap Ursa Major (IRE) 19
Course and Distance Winner
3 9-0 T Carmody N G McCullagh 98 11/43.75
5 (1) 0-52121 YELLOW, red braces, hooped sleeves, yellow cap Beau Michael 14
Distance Winner
8 8-13 pt A McGuinness I J Brennan (3) 83 11/112.00
6 (13) 0321-4 Grey, Red Cross of Lorraine, hooped sleeves, quartered cap Long Journey Home (IRE) 15
4 8-11 J M Oxx Johnny Murtagh 81 4/15.00
7 (6) 800-633 Purple, white seams, white star on cap Toraidhe (IRE) 15
Course Winner
6 8-11 pt J S Bolger K J Manning 81 16/117.00
8 (3) 393/00-5 DARK BLUE, pink cross of lorraine, pink cap Buy Back Bob (IRE) 6
5 8-10 A J Martin P J Smullen 80 12/113.00
9 (5) 3222/1-9 PINK, black hoop, pink sleeves, black cap Captainofthefleet (IRE) 15
5 8-10 K Prendergast D P McDonogh 80 16/117.00
10 (12) 54180/5- LIGHT BLUE, yellow hoop, striped cap Dibella (IRE) 65
Distance Winner
5 8-8 p P Nolan C P Hoban (5) 78 12/113.00
11 (2) 7/6117-0 YELLOW & ROYAL BLUE DIABOLO, yellow sleeves, check cap Teach Nua (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
8 8-8 D K Weld L F Roche (5) 78 12/113.00
12 (7) 076052- PURPLE, large yellow spots, purple cap Baron De'l (IRE) 293
Course Winner
9 8-7 b E P Harty S Foley 77 16/117.00
13 (10) 3445- Dark blue, emerald green braces, halved sleeves, emerald green cap, dark blue star Authinger (IRE) 30
4 8-6 A L T Moore C D Hayes 76 14/115.00

Verdict

Three-year-olds don't have a great record in this but URSA MAJOR, a son of Galileo, can buck the trend. He could hardly have been more impressive when making his handicap debut over the C&D last time and with further progress virtually guaranteed can continue his winning ways. The hurdler Beau Michael has done exceptionally well since reverting to the Flat and the ground was very heavy when he scored at Navan a couple of weeks ago so further rain would enhance his prospects while Harrison's Cave ran a superb race behind Camborne in the Duke Of Edinburgh at Royal Ascot and won't go down without a fight. Long Journey Home looks a real threat as he was having his first start for a year behind Strandfield Lady at Leopardstown a fortnight ago when Toraidhe was just in front and that should have put him spot-on for this.