Dundalk

  • 18:30 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Premier Nursery Handicap5f

  • Winner €19,500 2nd €6,000 3rd €3,000 4th €1,200
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 0m 57.56s
  • Off time: 18:34:47
18:30 Dundalk Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Natalisa (IRE) 7/2
2nd Expire (IRE) 11/4
3rd Knock Stars (IRE) 4/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (8) 332146 ROYAL BLUE, orange stars, halved sleeves, check cap Mr Man In The Moon (IRE) 34
Distance Winner
2 9-7 P W Flynn Martin Harley (5) 93 14/115.00
2 (2) 5323 Maroon, white seams, white armlet, maroon cap Expire (IRE) 26
2 8-11 P D Deegan C D Hayes 83 11/43.75
3 (7) 224335 ROYAL BLUE, orange disc, striped sleeves & cap Eastern Light (IRE) 14
2 8-8 D Wachman W M Lordan 80 10/111.00
4 (5) 017344 DARK GREEN, grey epaulettes, striped cap Khelino (IRE) 34
2 8-7 R Sweeney P J Smullen 79 7/18.00
5 (4) 44221 Emerald green, white hooped slvs, white & orange qtd cap Knock Stars (IRE) 12
2 8-6 P Martin P B Beggy 78 4/15.00
6 (1) 745 RED, white hollow box & cap Joint Decision (IRE) 20
2 8-5 P D Deegan R P Cleary 77 16/117.00
7 (11) 640 YELLOW, red epaulettes & sleeves, yellow cap Biting Back (IRE) 18
2 8-4 G M Lyons N G McCullagh 75 14/115.00
8 (9) 201 MAROON, white spots, white cap, maroon spots Natalisa (IRE) 14
Distance Winner
2 8-4 J M Oxx B A Curtis (3) 75 7/24.50
9 (3) 05879 Emerald green, royal blue cross sashes, royal blue sleeves, quartered cap Heir To The Mint (USA) 12
2 8-4 t J S Bolger D J Moran 72 25/126.00
10 (10) 4800 YELLOW, black hoop, black cap, red star The Munster Maori (IRE) 5
2 8-4 M Halford C P Hoban (7) 72 16/117.00
11 (6) 73369 YELLOW, light blue spots, yellow cap Mcmonagle (IRE) 10
2 8-4 b W McCreery K T O'Neill (5) 70 25/126.00

Verdict

It's no real surprise that none of these have won on the surface and only one, the consistent Expire, has experience on polytrack. Eastern Light wasn't beaten far in a Cork Listed race in June but has been turned over at short prices in three subsequent starts and is worth opposing. Knock Stars looked much improved when gaining a comfortable success over 6f on soft ground at the Curragh, travelling well throughout, and looks a danger to all. Khelino has been racing at a high level since gaining her maiden victory at Cork but this will be the first time she has run over the minimum trip and she may not quite have the pace required. NATALISA made all over today's distance at Down Royal and the handicapper will have had a tough time rating her. John Oxx has booked the excellent Ben Curtis for the ride and his claim may just prove enough for his mount to complete a double.