Curragh

  • 16:15 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes 7f

  • Winner €199,500 2nd €66,500 3rd €31,500 4th €14,000
  • Going: Soft (Straight: Soft to Heavy)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 27.32s
  • Off time: 16:15:55
16:15 Curragh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Verbal Dexterity (IRE) 5/2
2nd Beckford 6/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (6) 112 BEIGE, dark blue cross of lorraine & sleeves, dark blue cap, beige star Beckford 28
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
2 9-3 G Elliott P J Smullen 113 6/42.50
2 (8) 62153 Grey Berkeley Square (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
2 9-3 A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 102 20/121.00
3 (3) 1143 White, red cross sashes, black sleeves, red cap Brother Bear (IRE) 57
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
2 9-3 Mrs J Harrington C O'Donoghue 106 7/18.00
4 (1) 0322 Pink Coat Of Arms (IRE) 21
2 9-3 A P O'Brien D O'Brien 106 8/19.00
6 (7) 112 Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves & cap Lethal Steps 30
Beaten Favourite
2 9-3 G M Lyons C T Keane 97 16/117.00
7 (5) 7131 ROYAL BLUE, orange disc, striped sleeves & cap Rostropovich (IRE) 21
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
2 9-3 t A P O'Brien R L Moore 107 7/18.00
8 (4) 12 WHITE, purple panel, check cap Verbal Dexterity (IRE) 71
Course and Distance Winner
2 9-3 J S Bolger K J Manning 110 5/23.50
Non runners
5 (2)511Gustav Klimt (IRE)29-3A P O'BrienR L Moore109

Verdict

This has a brilliant roll of honour including Churchill, who completed a hat-trick of victories for his stable when successful last year. GUSTAV KLIMT will carry the main Ballydoyle hopes here and will probably win, though the form of his victory in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket hasn't worked out as well as expected. Beckford had looked very smart before finding Sioux Nation too quick on fast ground over 6f in the Phoenix Stakes so today's extra and easier conditions are in his favour and he rates a big threat. Brother Bear has been found wanting at Group level while Lethal Steps and Verbal Dexterity need more though the latter will be better back up in trip after finding Beckford too quick in the 6f Railway Stakes.