Dundalk

  • 19:45 Diamond Stakes 1m 2f 150y

  • Winner €39,000 2nd €11,400 3rd €5,400 4th €1,799
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 10.97s
  • Off time: 19:46:09
19:45 Dundalk Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Parish Hall (IRE) 7/4
2nd Manalapan (IRE) 40/1
3rd Afonso De Sousa (USA) 5/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (6) 525302 WHITE & YELLOW DIAMONDS, yellow sleeves, quartered cap Captain Joy (IRE) 37
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
4 9-8 T Collins R P Whelan 107 14/115.00
2 (5) 14-5328 EMERALD GREEN & BLACK CHEVRONS, emerald green sleeves, hooped cap Certerach (IRE) 19
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
5 9-8 M Halford C P Hoban 108 8/19.00
3 (7) 821/134 WHITE, purple panel, check cap Parish Hall (IRE) 27
Nag me
4 9-8 J S Bolger K J Manning 113 7/42.75
4 (8) 8137-34 Royal blue, orange & royal blue hooped sleeves, royal blue & orange hooped cap Prince Alzain (USA) 27
Nag me
4 9-8 p1 G A Butler W M Lordan 103 14/115.00
5 (4) 3413-1 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Afonso De Sousa (USA) 7
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
3 9-3 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 105 5/42.25
6 (1) 581127 GREY, dark green spots on sleeves, grey cap, dark green star Manalapan (IRE) 27
Nag me
3 9-3 P J Prendergast C D Hayes 96 40/141.00
7 (3) 315014 WHITE, red disc, red chevrons on sleeves, white cap Levanto (IRE) 16
Nag meCourse Winner
3 9-0 W P Mullins P J Smullen 104 12/113.00
8 (2) 202561 MAROON, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Opera Gloves (IRE) 34
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
3 9-0 M Halford N G McCullagh 98 25/126.00

Verdict

In it's short history, this has been won by some excellent performers, including Declaration Of War last year. Aidan O'Brien runs AFONSO DE SOUSA this time and he made such an impressive reappearance after a very long absence on this track a week ago that he's given the vote over Parish Hall. Jim Bolger's charge has to be the form pick despite not doing quite as a well as expected following last year's Dewhurst victory but the 5lb concession may just prove beyond him. Prince Alzain arrives from the UK and, as all three of his career victories have been on Polytrack, he's not here to make up the numbers. Levanto found heavy ground against him at Listowel and is better judged on his earlier victory in a tough handicap at the Curragh.