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  • 16:15 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes 1m 2f

  • (Group 2) €95,001 added 3yo 7 ran
  • Winner €61,750 2nd €18,050 3rd €8,550 4th €2,850
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 4.09s
  • Off time: 16:15:36

Full result

16:15 Leopardstown Result 8th May 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (3) Recital (FR) 9-4 K Fallon A P O'Brien 3 1/2f
Tracked leaders in 3rd, headway into 2nd 3f out, improved to lead under 2f out, pushed out and hung left from over 1f out, kept on opened 1/2 touched 1/2
2nd (5) Memphis Tennessee (IRE) 9-1 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 3 25/1
Chased leader in 2nd, 3rd 3f out, ridden over 2f out, 2nd 1f out, no impression leader, kept on same pace opened 25/1 touched 25/1
3rd (4) Regent Street (IRE) 9-1 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 3 12/1
Led, ridden and challenged 2f out, soon headed, no extra over 1f out, kept on same pace opened 10/1 touched 12/1
4th (7) Best Hello 9-1 W J Supple P D Deegan 3 20/1
Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and no impression entering straight, kept on same pace opened 16/1 touched 20/1
5th (6) Zanughan (IRE) 9-1 Johnny Murtagh J M Oxx 3 9/2
Always in rear, pushed along and trailing halfway, kept on one pace straight opened 11/2 touched 11/2
6th (2) nk Rich Tapestry (IRE) 9-1 P J Smullen D K Weld 3 14/1
Held up in 6th, ridden into 5th 2f out, no impression and kept on one pace opened 14/1 touched 16/1
7th (1) 9 Giant Step (IRE) 9-1 W M Lordan D Wachman 3 9/1
Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no impression entering straight, weakened opened 12/1 touched 12/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.50 Tote Place: £1.20,5.30
Straight Forecast: £18.64 Exacta: £16.70


Aidan O'Brien has dominated this race and has tended to run his principal Epsom Derby challenger in it although he hasn't landed both races since High Chapparal in 2002. RECITAL became his ninth winner of the contest in comfortable fashion and the Montjeu gelding was well backed to do so but he didn't impress everyone with his manner of victory. He raced in third behind stablemates Regent Street and Memphis Tennessee who made this a decent test and the race was run in a fair time. Recital made his ground easily when asked to do so by Kieren Fallon but looked awkward once in front, carrying his head awkwardly and hanging in to the rail before being eased down to record a comfortable success. A Group One winner over ten furlongs as a juvenile, this was certainly an improvement on his reappearance third in the Ballysax Stakes and, given the trainer's record, it would be no surprise to see him find significant further improvement but it's not hard to have reservations both about the level of form achieved here and his aptitude for the cambers of Epsom. Memphis Tennessee outstayed the frontrunning Regent Street to claim second on just his third start and first since winning a Dundalk maiden; he has all the requisite big race entries but presumably isn't regarded as one of the yard's leading lights although he should improve when sent over further. Regent Street was second in the Ballysax where he was again employed as a pacemaker and is clearly a useful colt who will stay further but similar comments apply to him as to the runner-up. The disappointment of the race was Zanughan who failed to land a blow from off the pace on the quickest ground that he'd encountered to date; a step up in trip and a return to racing on a softer surface may help to show him in a better light but this performance was below expectations. Best Hello, a maiden winner on his debut earlier this season, finished best of the non-O'Brien runners and stayed on quite well without looking up to this level; he has an entry in the Irish Derby and a longer trip is well worth trying on this evidence.