Leopardstown

  • 19:35 Challenge Stakes 1m 6f

  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 59.65s
  • Off time: 19:35:17
19:35 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Royal Diamond (IRE) 5/4
2nd Sir Ector (USA) 10/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (4) 21-7732 Royal blue & red chevrons, red & white striped sleeves, red & white quartered cap Royal Diamond (IRE) 18
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 10-0 J P Murtagh Johnny Murtagh 111 5/42.25
2 (2) 133642 ORANGE, royal blue hoop & armlet, check cap El Salvador (IRE) 10
4 9-9 h A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 108 9/43.25
3 (3) 0/310-31 Maroon, white star & sleeves, hooped cap Sir Ector (USA) 26
Course Winner
6 9-9 b J J Lambe C D Hayes 100 10/111.00
4 (5) 840257 ORANGE & PURPLE DIAMONDS, purple sleeves, purple cap, orange diamonds The Giving Tree (IRE) 10
4 9-4 J G Murphy G F Carroll 74 50/151.00
5 (6) 12/1234- BLACK, white slvs, red cap, black star Unaccompanied (IRE) 201
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
6 9-4 D K Weld P J Smullen 104 7/24.50
6 (1) 1-26174 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Love And Cherish (IRE) 10
3 8-5 p D Wachman W M Lordan 94 12/113.00

Verdict

Dermot Weld has won the last five renewals and though there are questions marks over the ground for UNACCOMPANIED she's taken to continue the trend. Not seen since finishing runner-up to Hurricane Fly in the Istabraaq Hurdle here in December, she's won on fast going in the past and has the class to gain her sixth victory on the Flat. Royal Diamond, last year's Irish St Leger winner, has been in decent form since returning from Dubai and his overall form looks better than that of El Salvador, who he had behind at the Curragh last month. Sir Ector has been running well in handicaps but takes on much better rivals here.