Navan

  • 15:35 P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes 1m 2f

  • Winner €39,000 2nd €11,400 3rd €5,400 4th €1,800
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 16.89s
  • Off time: 15:35:45
15:35 Navan Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Fascinating Rock (IRE) 5/2
2nd Answered 7/4
3rd All Set To Go (IRE) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (3) 41644-6 Royal blue, emerald green cross sashes & armlet, striped cap All Set To Go (IRE) 13
Nag me
3 9-3 A Oliver G F Carroll 97 25/126.00
2 (2) 1 MAROON, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Answered 20
Nag me
3 9-3 J S Bolger K J Manning 7/42.75
3 (7) 1- ROYAL BLUE, orange disc, striped sleeves & cap Carlo Bugatti (IRE) 215
Nag me
3 9-3 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 4/15.00
4 (6) 16-4 Maroon, yellow panel, yellow armlet, quartered cap Davids Park 13
Nag me
3 9-3 J J Murphy F M Berry 97 25/126.00
5 (1) 1- GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Ebasani (IRE) 185
Nag meCourse Winner
3 9-3 J M Oxx D P McDonogh 13/27.50
6 (4) 5-1 BEIGE, dark blue cross of lorraine & sleeves, dark blue cap, beige star Fascinating Rock (IRE) 13
Nag meDistance Winner
3 9-3 D K Weld P J Smullen 5/23.50
7 (5) 4135- PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Kingfisher (IRE) 196
Nag me
3 9-3 A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 99 14/115.00
8 (8) 533-0 WHITE, purple panel, check cap Stirabout (USA) 13
Nag me
3 9-3 J S Bolger R P Whelan 87 66/167.00

Verdict

Most of these have pretensions to greater things and Jim Bolger and Aidan O'Brien have dominated the race in recent years. The former has a pair entered with Answered, who made a very promising winning debut on testing ground at the Curragh despite looking inexperienced, likely to do better than the maiden Stirabout. O'Brien is represented by Kingfisher and Carlo Bugatti. The former has much the stronger form in Group company and must have found the ground too fast when last of five in the Royal Lodge at Newmarket but Joseph sides with the once-raced Carlo Bugatti, whose maiden success at Gowran doesn't look anything special but obviously much more is expected. EBASANI is entered in the Derbys at the Curragh and Epsom and his pedigree suggests he'll be suited by middle distances so it was a fine effort to beat Belisarius over a mile here in October. In the hope that he's ready for this challenge, he is given the nod. Fascinating Rock could hardly have made a better reappearance, seeing off several well-touted performers at Leopardstown last month, and he's the only one to have scored over the trip.