Down Royal

  • 20:15 Apple Orchard Handicap1m 2f 100y

  • Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
  • Going: Good to firm (watering)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 18.65s
  • Off time: 20:15:40
20:15 Down Royal Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Overland Express (IRE) 11/4
2nd Minister Of Mayhem 11/4


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (5) 4-52642 MAROON & WHITE QUARTERED, halved sleeves, quartered cap Minister Of Mayhem 15
3 10-0 G M Lyons C T Keane (5) 76 11/43.75
2 (3) 251 Grey, pink star & sleeves, pink star on cap Overland Express (IRE) 40
3 9-12 T Stack W J Lee 74 11/43.75
3 (4) 6365 RED & EMERALD GREEN DIAMONDS, striped sleeves, red cap Land A Blow (FR) 11
3 9-9 b1 A Oliver C D Hayes 71 8/19.00
4 (2) 736 White, emerald green hollow box, hooped sleeves, emerald green diamond on cap Tempo Mac (IRE) 46
3 9-5 P W Flynn J P O'Brien 67 7/18.00
5 (6) 9-9725 Dark Blue Island In The Sun (IRE) 10
Beaten Favourite
3 9-4 b D Wachman W M Lordan 66 11/43.75
6 (1) 06700 LIGHT BLUE, red star, red slvs & cap Palace Art (IRE) 21
3 9-3 P Casey J A Heffernan 65 8/19.00


OVERLAND EXPRESS has been the subject of market interest on each of her three starts and while an ability to handle this surface has to be taken on trust; the Cork winner looks the type that could go on to better things. Ger Lyons has trained three of the last eight winners of this prize so Minister Of Mayhem is respected as he was second in a handicap at Leopardstown earlier in the month. Island In The Sun showed little in maidens but appeared to be transformed by the application of headgear and the switch to handicapping. That said, she was bitterly disappointing when favourite for a handicap at Killarney last time out. Tempo Mac ran too freely in his first attempt over the trip and should be capable of better once learning to settle.