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  • 16:25 Galileo European Breeders Fund Futurity Stakes 7f

  • (Group 2) €95,001 added 2yo 8 ran
  • Winner €57,150 2nd €18,050 3rd €8,550 4th €2,850
  • Going: Good to Yielding (Round Course: Good)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 25.50s
  • Off time: 16:26:23

Full result

16:25 Curragh Result 20th August 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (7) Dragon Pulse (IRE) 9-1 Fran Berry Mrs J Harrington 2 7/1
Settled in rear, good progress on outer 2f out, led early final furlong and kept on well opened 8/1 touched 8/1
2nd (3) Parish Hall (IRE) 9-1 K J Manning J S Bolger 2 6/1
Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden 2f out, no impression on winner inside final furlong, kept on same pace opened 8/1 touched 8/1
3rd (8) ¾ Astrology (IRE) 9-1 D R McCabe A P O'Brien 2 5/1
Mid-division, 5th halfway, headway to challenge 2f out and soon led, headed under pressure early final furlong, soon no impression and edged left final 100 yards opened 5/1 touched 11/2
4th (5) ½ David Livingston (IRE) 9-1 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 2 5/2
Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, led briefly over 2f out, soon no impression under pressure and dropped to 4th, kept on same pace final furlong opened 5/2 touched 5/2
5th (1) ½ Riviera Poet (IRE) 9-1 P J Smullen D K Weld 2 2/1f
Settled towards rear, 8th halfway, pushed along and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace without threatening final furlong opened 2/1 touched 2/1
6th (4) ¾ Strait Of Zanzibar (USA) 9-1 S Foley K J Condon 2 20/1
Chased leaders mainly 6th, ridden over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out and kept on one pace opened 20/1 touched 20/1
7th (6) Vault (IRE) 9-1 W J Lee A P O'Brien 2 14/1
Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden and no extra from 2f out opened 11/1 touched 14/1
8th (2) 9 Cheerful Giver (IRE) 9-1 R P Cleary J S Bolger 2 100/1
Led, strongly pressed and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, eased when beaten final furlong opened 100/1 touched 100/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £7.00 Tote Place: £1.70,1.80,1.60
Straight Forecast: £49.75 Exacta: £35.10

Placepot: €9,848.60, Pool: €0.0


This race has been dominated by Jim Bolger (two) and Aidan O'Brien (five) in recent years with the likes of Hawk Wing, Oratorio, New Approach, Teofilo and Cape Blanco amongst the winners. Jessica Harrington landed last year's renewal with Pathfork and made it back to back successes with Leopardstown maiden winner DRAGON PULSE who reversed the form of his debut running with Vault. Held-up at the rear of the field off a sensible gallop, he began to improve approaching the three pole with his jockey keeping him covered up until inside the two. He travelled strongly, picked up for pressure and ran on strongly having taken the lead inside the distance and maintained his advantage to the line. He can improve again for this experience and connections will now have a look at the National Stakes for which he'd need to be supplemented. His dam won over a mile and is related to a ten furlong winner and this son of Kyllachy should have little problem getting a mile in time. Parish Hall was always prominent with stablemate Cheerful Giver helping to set the pace for him. He had finished well beaten in the Phoenix Stakes just under a fortnight ago but fared better over this longer trip in keeping on for second without ever threatening the winner. He has a middle-distance pedigree and may already need a mile. He was strongly challenged for second by Astrology but the Galileo colt cried enough in the final few yards of the contest and only just held on for third from rallying stablemate David Livingston. Astrology only made his debut nine days ago when staying on well over a mile and this may have come too soon; as can be expected, he holds all the requisite big-race entries. David Livingston improved from an encouraging debut to win his maiden in good style; he lost his prominent position inside the final quarter of a mile before staying on again for pressure and will appreciate being stepped up to a mile. Riviera Poet had run out an impressive winner at Galway of a race that has begun to work out well. He travelled well enough in the rear of the field but lacked the pace to get involved when working his way through the field and could only plug on. Dermot Weld had reported that Riviera Poet had been held-up by sore shins prior to winning his maiden and hadn't been certain to line-up at Galway; it's possible that the race and his preparation may have left a mark and he can be given another chance at this level.