17:30 Newmarket

Curragh 'home Of Irish Classics' Handicap (Class 3)

  • 14 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 2f
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
  • £14,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 6.35s
  • Off Time: 17:33:07
  • 14 Ran
  • Form 0210-
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-4
  • Official Rating 87

held up and never dangerous

Silk - WHITE, RED seams, RED and WHITE quartered cap
  • Form 153443-
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-2
  • Official Rating 85

mid-division, lost place over 2f out

Silk - Black and Red (quartered), Black sleeves, Red stars, Red cap
  • Form 84210-2
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-2
  • Official Rating 85

mid-division, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon no impression

Silk - Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves
  • Form 221-
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-1
  • Official Rating 84

held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, hard ridden and headed inside final furlong, rallied and stayed on well

Silk - Purple, Yellow star and armlets
  • Form 231-
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-1
  • Official Rating 84

mid-division, lost place over 2f out

Silk - Yellow, Black diamond and sleeves, Red cap
  • Form 41-
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-1
  • Official Rating 84

held up in rear, good headway over 3f out, weakened well over 1f out

Silk - Black and White (halved), sleeves reversed, Red cap
  • Form 811-
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-1
  • Official Rating 84

in touch, driven to challenge over 2f out, soon every chance, hard ridden to lead inside final furlong, battled gamely

Silk - Royal Blue, White striped sleeves, White cap
  • Form 11
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 83

held up in rear, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra

Silk - Royal Blue, Emerald Green stars, sleeves and stars on cap
  • Form 032-
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-13
  • Official Rating 82

held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon pushed along, weakened final furlong

Silk - Yellow and Black diamonds, spots on sleeves and diamonds on cap

Black Rain

167 t C
  • Form 031-
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-13
  • Official Rating 82

held up in touch, under pressure over 3f out, soon faded

Silk - YELLOW, BLACK epaulets
  • Form 84-113
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-13
  • Official Rating 82

dwelt, soon tracking leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, soon faded

  • Form 9177-
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-12
  • Official Rating 81

led 2f, remained prominent, led again over 4f out, headed over 2f out, soon faded

Silk - Red and Yellow (halved), Yellow sleeves, Red cap
  • Form 11-
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-11
  • Official Rating 80

pulled hard and prominent, raced wide of pack to halfway, led after 2f, headed over 4f out, weakened over 2f out

Silk - Red and White (halved), diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap
  • Form 731-
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-10
  • Official Rating 79

prominent, ridden and effort over 3f out, weakened over 2f out

In depth


A race chock-full of talent where Doctor Fremantle has to be to the fore of calculations as Sir Michael Stoute has twice won this race with Group race performers and the Sadler's Wells colt will be expected to follow a similar path. He's not alone in that respect though and it may be worth taking him on with Prime Exhibit whilst Bronze Cannon, Irish Mayhem and Goodwood Starlight are others to bear in mind. Prime Exhibit finished behind one of today's opponents in Ballochroy on debut but stepped up considerably on that form when running out an impressive winner at Leicester. He still held an entry for the Racing Post Trophy at that stage which is an indication of the regard in which he is held and he should give a good account. Doctor Fremantle was an expensive failure on his second start but the winner, who has not been out since, is in the Oaks and he won his subsequent start as he liked; he is entered in the Irish Derby. Irish Mayhem improved with each outing whilst Bronze Cannon and Dream Desert have both caught the eye and hold entries for the Dante. Not an easy race to get to the bottom of but we'll take Prime Exhibit to strut his stuff.


Presbyterian Nun (IRE) 11-4 (9-1) Held up, mid-division, driven and headway over 2f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 11th of 12, 6l behind Talk of Saafend (8-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll hcp (2) gf in Oct.

The Betchworth Kid 10-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Jack Dawkins (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp (3) gd in Oct.

Ballochroy (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Chased leading pair, ridden to join winner and every chance from 2f out, half a length down when hampered inside final furlong, not recover, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Captain Webb (8-4) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp (3) sft.

Doctor Fremantle 8-13fav (9-0) Held up, rapid headway to lead 3f out, clear over 1f out, pushed out final furlong, won at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf in Oct beating St Jean Cap Ferrat (9-0) by 5l, 11 ran.

Mystery Star (IRE) 11-8fav (9-1) In touch, ridden over 3f out, headway soon after, led over 1f out, edged right, kept on, won at W'hampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc (5) pol in Nov beating Magical Fantasy (8-10) by 1l, 9 ran.

Prime Exhibit 4-6fav (9-0) Held up and keen, shaken up to lead approaching final furlong, kept on well, won at Leicester 7f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Oct beating Endless Luck (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.

Bronze Cannon (USA) 11-2 (9-2) Held up last, still plenty to do entering straight, good headway from 2f out, ran on strongly final furlong to lead final strides, won at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (5) pol in Oct beating Palm Court (9-3) by a hd, 14 ran.

Dream Desert (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Held up, headway to lead 1f out, ran on well, won at W'hampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp (3) pol in Mar beating Segal (8-11) by 2l, 4 ran.

Irish Mayhem (USA) 7-2 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, driven to lead again inside final furlong, caught close home, 2nd of 10, nk behind Mukhber (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (3) sft in Oct.

Black Rain 3-1 (9-0) With leader, ridden to lead over 2f out, ran on under pressure inside final furlong, headed post, awarded race, 2nd of 12, shd behind Classic Descent (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Nov. Later awarded race.

Grand Strategy (IRE) 2-1 (9-3) Steadied start, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on, not pace of winner, 3rd of 4, 3l behind Dream Desert (8-13) at W'hampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp (3) pol in Mar.

Giant Love (USA) 7-1 (9-6) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, faded, 7th of 12, 6l behind Unbreak My Heart (9-6) at Goodwood 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.

Goodwood Starlight (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and hung left from 3f out, strong run on stands rail inside final furlong, joined leader on line, won at Goodwood 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sept deadheating with Townkab (8-0), 7 ran.

Ragamuffin Man (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Led, headed over 3f out, hung left over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, led near finish, won at Bath 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct beating Celtic Dragon (9-3) by a shd, 14 ran.