Leopardstown

  • 19:30 Ballyroan Stakes 1m 4f

  • Winner €37,375 2nd €10,925 3rd €5,174 4th €1,726
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 34.82s
  • Off time: 19:33:06
19:30 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Galileo's Choice (IRE) 9/4
2nd Massiyn (IRE) 6/1
3rd Bible Belt (IRE) 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (6) 1238-65 YELLOW, red epaulettes & sleeves, yellow cap Bob Le Beau (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
5 9-9 Mrs J Harrington E J McNamara 104 40/141.00
2 (4) 35/211-1 PURPLE, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap Galileo's Choice (IRE) 21
Course Winner
6 9-9 D K Weld P J Smullen 110 9/43.25
3 (8) 224-313 EMERALD GREEN, black sash & sleeves, green cap Steps To Freedom (IRE) 21
Course Winner
6 9-9 t Mrs J Harrington D P McDonogh 109 11/112.00
4 (5) 103-495 Pink, Emerald Green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Treasure Beach 26
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 9-9 A P O'Brien C O'Donoghue 115 3/14.00
5 (1) 11172-4 YELLOW, red epaulettes & sleeves, yellow cap Bible Belt (IRE) 74
Course Winner
4 9-6 Mrs J Harrington F M Berry 111 6/17.00
6 (2) 2-1113 WHITE, purple panel, check cap Light Heavy (IRE) 40
Course Winner
3 9-3 pt J S Bolger K J Manning 109 7/24.50
7 (3) 12 MAROON, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Blue Corner (IRE) 25
Beaten Favourite
3 8-12 M Halford S Foley 16/117.00
8 (7) 6-112 GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Massiyn (IRE) 31
Beaten Favourite
3 8-12 t M Halford Johnny Murtagh 102 6/17.00

Verdict

Dermot Weld has won this for the past three years and Galileo's Choice will make a bold bid though it's a long time since he ran over a trip as short as this. Bible Belt scored at this level in August and has raced in higher class subsequently. She was well behind So You Think in the Tattersalls Gold Cup on her only start this season and will need to be at her very best. TREASURE BEACH carries no Group 1 penalties for his victories in last year's Irish Derby and Secratariat Stakes. He's only raced at the highest level in his last nine starts and this represents a big drop in class so he's handed the vote. Light Heavy scored at Grade 3 and 2 level here in the spring but couldn't handle Camelot and Born To Sea in the Irish Derby. He's still on the upgrade and can go well without troubling the selection.