Alfred Nobel Rochestown (C & G) Stakes (Listed) 6f
- (2yo, 6f, Class 1, 8 runners)
- Winner €39,000 2nd €11,400 3rd €5,400 4th €1,800
- Going: Good to Yielding
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 11.29s
- Off time: 16:01:37
|1st||6 Kool Kompany||7/2|
|3rd||9 War Envoy||¾||8/15f|
Bwana (IRE) 28
|2||129 9-3||P J Prendergast||D P McDonogh||20/1|
I Will Excel (IRE)
|2||129 9-3||M O'Callaghan||F Lynch||33/1|
Intense Style (IRE) 8
|2||129 9-3||J S Bolger||K J Manning||14/1|
Kasbah (IRE) 35
|2||129 9-3||J P Murtagh||P J Smullen||25/1|
Kool Kompany (IRE) 14
|2||129 9-3||R Hannon||P J Dobbs||7/2|
Sors (IRE) 9
|2||129 9-3||A Slattery||W M Lordan||16/1|
Toscanini (IRE) 19
|2||129 9-3||M Halford||S Foley||7/1|
War Envoy (USA) 35
|2||129 9-3||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||8/15f|
||2||93||G M Lyons||G F Carroll||NR|
||2||9-3||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||8/13|
This race invariably throws up a few likely sorts for the season and there's British interest with Kool Kompany lining up from the Richard Hannon yard. A winner at Leicester and Windsor, he fully deserves to take his chance at Listed level. Aidan O'Brien won this race last year and he appears to have another likely sort with WAR ENVOY. The colt won on debut over C&D in taking fashion and he can follow up on this occasion. Dandyleekie has been mentioned as a possible Royal Ascot type by connections so the bookmakers won't be as dismissive as they were at Navan. Sors and Toscanini won't be maidens for too much longer while Intense Style has his fourth run inside a month having turned over an O'Brien hotpot at the Curragh last time out.
Dandyleekie (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, progress to go 2nd over 1f out, ridden and kept on well inside final furlong, led close home, won at Navan 5f 2yo mdn gd in May beating Araner (9-5) by hd, 9 ran.
Kool Kompany (IRE) 8-11fav (9-4) Soon led on rail, shaken up inside final furlong, ran on and on top in closing stages, won at Windsor 5f 2yo nov stk (2) gf in May beating Merdon Castle (9-7) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Toscanini (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Slowly into stride, closer halfway, ridden to challenge on outer 2f out, improved into 2nd 1f out and kept on same pace, no impression on winner, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Cappella Sansevero (9-2) at Naas 6f 2yo stk in May.
War Envoy (USA) 1-3fav (9-5) Prominent early, soon chased leaders, 5th after halfway, travelling smoothly and headway in 4th from 2f out, led under 1f out, pushed out, comfortably, won at Naas 6f 2yo mdn in Apr beating Packing Go Go (9-5) by 1l, 8 ran.
Kasbah (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Went right out of stalls, tracked leaders, pushed along before halfway where 3rd, 2nd from 2f out, 3rd and no impression from 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 4l behind War Envoy (9-5) at Naas 6f 2yo mdn in Apr.
I Will Excel (IRE) Exceed And Excel colt out of Da's Wish.
Bwana (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Held up early, 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, challenged 1 1/2f out, under pressure in 2nd 1f out, no chance with winner inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 3l behind The Great War (9-7) at Curragh 5f 2yo stk gf in May.
Intense Style (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Chased leaders in 4th, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Curragh 6f mdn stks hvy in May beating Dick Whittington (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Sors (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Pushed along in rear from early, moderate 4th 1f out, switched right to outer 100yds out, soon moderate 2nd and kept on without troubling winner, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Cappella Sansevero (9-3) at Curragh 5f 2yo lst stk (1) in May.