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20:15 Dundalk (IRE)

Al Basti Equiworld Mercury Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1)

  • 13 Runners
  • Distance: 5f
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
  • €75,000 added
  • Winner: €45,001
  • 2nd: €15,001
  • 3rd: €7,500
  • 4th: €3,750
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 0m 58.36s
  • Off Time: 20:26:13
  • 13 Ran
1(2)
Silk - White, emerald green cross of lorraine, emerald green chevrons on sleeves, pink cap
10/1
  • Form 145003
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-11
  • Official Rating 101

tracked leaders on inner, 5th and ridden under 2f out, under pressure and no impression 1f out, kept on one pace

2(12)
Silk - Yellow & white quartered, yellow sleeves, white armlets, yellow cap
  • Form 158921
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-11
  • Official Rating 99

tracked leaders on outer, pushed along entering straight and 6th 2f out, soon ridden and no impression over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong

4(1)
Silk - Black, pink cross sashes, pink armlet, pink cap, black star

Hit The Bid

27 t DCD
9/10
  • Form 227683
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-11
  • Official Rating 105

prominent and disputed lead, led halfway, ridden under 2f out and headed over 1f out, under pressure and no impression inside final furlong, no extra closing stages

5(11)
Silk - White, royal blue chevron, yellow sleeves & cap
  • Form 111081
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-11
  • Official Rating 104

tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden 2f out and no impression over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on one pace

6(3)
Silk - EMERALD GREEN, grey braces & sleeves, hooped cap

Primo Uomo (IRE)

21 t DCD
14/1
  • Form 936402
  • Age 7
  • Weight 9-11
  • Official Rating 99

towards rear, some headway on inner early straight, pushed along and no impression 1f out, no extra inside final furlong

7(5)
Silk - White, orange chevron, yellow & orange hooped sleeves, yellow cap, white diamond
5/1
  • Form 091-371
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-8
  • Official Rating 101

tracked leaders, 4th and pushed along early straight, soon ridden and no impression 1f out, kept on one pace

8(13)
Silk - Dark green, beige hoop,  halved sleeves

Deia Glory

28 D
33/1
  • Form 465640
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-8
  • Official Rating 92

towards rear, ridden 2f out and no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, never a factor

9(7)
Silk - Royal blue, emerald green panel, emerald green star on cap
20/1
  • Form 01-1580
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-8
  • Official Rating 98

always towards rear, never a factor, pushed along 2f out and no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace

10(9)
Silk - EMERALD GREEN, red hoop, red sleeves, striped cap
33/1
  • Form 539020
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-8
  • Official Rating 97

mid-division, pushed along 2f out, soon ridden and no impression over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong

12(8)
Silk - White, red sash, red & white striped cap
6/1
  • Form 327182
  • Age 2
  • Weight 8-7
  • Official Rating 105

mid-division, pushed along halfway, ridden and switched right over 1f out, 7th 150 yards out, kept on well on outer to go 2nd close home

13(6)
Silk - Dark blue, orange stars, sleeves & stars on cap
16/1
  • Form 183274
  • Age 2
  • Weight 8-4
  • Official Rating 93

led, joined after 2f and headed halfway, pushed along 2f out, ridden and led again over 1f out, under pressure and kept on well inside final furlong, reduced advantage close home

14(10)
Silk - Royal blue, dark blue seams, royal blue sleeves & cap
25/1
  • Form 11R830
  • Age 2
  • Weight 8-4
  • Official Rating 95

rear of mid-division, pushed along early straight, ridden under 2f out and 8th on outer 1f out, kept on one pace

15(15)
Silk - ORANGE, black epaulettes, black cap, orange star
50/1
  • Form 034740
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-8
  • Official Rating 86

rear of mid-division, ridden and no impression towards rear under 2f out, no extra

3(4)
NR
  • Form 125853
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-11
  • Official Rating 111

11(16)
NR
7/1
  • Form 431216
  • Age 2
  • Weight 8-7
  • Official Rating 104

16(14)
NR
50/1
  • Form 1-056
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-8
  • Official Rating 81

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Hit The Bid won this last year after finishing runner-up the year before but UK runners won the previous four renewals. The former had a spell in Dubai last winter and looked on the way back to form with a very good run at this level at Newbury last time. No two-year-old has won this but Dream Shot and Dr Simpson wouldn't be travelling from the UK without hope, though the former was four lengths behind Alligator Alley in the Listed Roses Stakes at York and Joseph O'Brien's colt looks best of the youngsters. Alfred Arcano has won seven times on the track and was conceding 9lb when narrowly beaten by Blue Uluru three weeks ago so should reverse the places but EL ASTRONAUTE has visited Ireland twice, winning a Cork Listed contest then following up in a major handicap at the Curragh. John Quinn's charge has been competing at a high level subsequently and can return to winning ways.

Formwatch

Alfredo Arcano (IRE) 4-1 (9-10) Pushed along briefly early, prominent, effort straight, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Blue Uluru (9-1) at Dundalk 5f pol in Sep.

Corinthia Knight (IRE) (9-4) won at Bro Park 1m lst stks gd in Sep beating Ambiance (9-4) by nk, 13 ran.

Hit The Bid 15-2 (9-1) Prominent, led 3f out, driven over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Maid In India (8-12) at Newbury 5f Grp 3 stks (1) gf in Sep.

Leodis Dream (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Made all, travelled well, pushed clear over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Chelmsford City 5f hcp (2) pol in Sep beating Rocket Action (8-12) by 1l, 5 ran.

Primo Uomo (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) Prominent between horses early, quickly lost position and in rear briefly, soon tracked leaders on inner, effort straight, impeded 1f out, kept on without threatening inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Blue Uluru (9-1) at Dundalk 5f pol in Sep.

Blue Uluru (IRE) 5-4fav (9-1) Soon led, pressed and edged left 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 5f pol in Sep beating Primo Uomo (9-6) by 1l, 8 ran.

Deia Glory 25-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden over 1f out, no impresion, 12th of 16, 7 1/4l behind Lady In France (8-12) at Ayr 5f lst fll stks (1) gd in Sep.

Lethal Promise (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, close 7th halfway, ridden and no extra 1 1/2f out, 15th of 17, 12 1/4l behind Servalan (9-0) at Naas 6f lst fll stks (1) gd in Jul.

Rapid Reaction (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, 8th before halfway, soon headway and effort, no impression from over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 15th of 20, 12 3/4l behind Make A Challenge (9-8) at Curragh 5f hcp sft in Sep.

Dream Shot (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Held up, headway over 1f out, soon pushed along, edged left inside final furlong, ridden and ran on well to snatch 2nd post, 2nd of 7, 1l behind A'ali (9-1) at Doncaster 5f Grp 2 stks (1) gf in Sep.

Dr Simpson (FR) 10-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Piece of Paradise (8-12) at Ayr 5f lst stks (1) gd in Sep.

Ickworth (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, 11th of 12, 5 1/2l behind Good Vibes (8-12) at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 stks (1) gs in Oct.

Julia's Magic (IRE) 28-1 (9-2) In touch in far side group, under pressure halfway, lost place and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 8 3/4l behind Nitro Boost (9-0) at Tipperary 5f lst stks (1) gd in Aug.

El Astronaute (IRE) (9-10) 3rd of 16, 3 1/4l behind Glass Slippers (9-7) at ParisLongchamp 5f Grp 1 sft in Oct.

Alligator Alley Evensfav (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden and weakened 1f out, 6th of 7, 5l behind A'ali (9-1) at Doncaster 5f Grp 2 stks (1) gf in Sep.

Jungle Jane (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) A little keen, soon chased leaders, effort straight, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Blue Uluru (9-1) at Dundalk 5f pol in Sep.