Dundalk

  • 19:00 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Star Appeal Stakes 7f

  • Winner €32,450 2nd €10,450 3rd €4,950 4th €2,200
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 24.52s
  • Off time: 19:01:28
19:00 Dundalk Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Riyazan (IRE) 11/4
2nd Battle Of Jericho (USA) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (1) 341 ROYAL BLUE, orange disc, striped sleeves & cap Battle Of Jericho (USA) 78
2 9-3 t A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 7/24.50
2 (2) 71133 Silver, tassel on cap Lake Volta (IRE) 27
2 9-3 M Johnston K J Manning 97 4/15.00
3 (7) 1125 Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves & cap Lethal Steps 26
2 9-3 G M Lyons C T Keane 95 9/43.25
4 (5) 145 GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Riyazan (IRE) 12
Distance Winner
2 9-3 M Halford P J Smullen 103 11/43.75
5 (6) 323415 Orange, royal blue hoop, royal blue armlet, orange cap Damselfly (IRE) 16
2 8-12 Joseph P O'Brien W M Lordan 83 50/151.00
6 (3) 31 Yellow & purple check, yellow sleeves, purple cap, yellow star Grace Rafaela (IRE) 49
Course and Distance Winner
2 8-12 M O'Callaghan W J Lee 8/19.00
7 (4) 0 BLACK, white epaulettes, white chevrons on sleeves, black cap Liberty Lass (USA) 27
2 8-12 Emmet Mullins R P Whelan 100/1101.00

Verdict

Battle Of Jericho has been steadily improving and though having more to do than when landing a Leopardstown maiden he scored with a bit in hand and can make further progress. He had earlier been beaten by Lethal Steps on the same track and though the latter disappointed at this level later before well beaten in the Group 1 National Stakes he didn't act on the testing ground. Mark Johnston sends Lake Volta from Yorkshire but he'll need to step up on his third in a Kempton Group 3, as will course and distance maiden winner Grace Rafaela. RIYAZAN finished last of five in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes but that looked a quality event and he wasn't beaten far after being slightly impeded. A surprise winner over Nelson at the Curragh in August, he's taken to get back to winning ways as Damselfly doesn't look up to this.