Diamond Stakes (Group 3) 1m 2f 150y
- (3yo+, 1m 2f 150y, Class 1, 12 runners)
- Winner €37,375 2nd €10,925 3rd €5,174 4th €1,726
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 2m 11.66s
- Off time: 20:01:33
|1st||9 Declaration Of War||11/10f|
|2nd||7 Along Came Casey||½||20/1|
Banna Boirche (IRE) 26
|6||134 9-8||M Halford||S Foley||105||16/1|
Barack (IRE) 14
|6||134 9-8 bt||W McCreery||B A Curtis||97||33/1|
Black Spirit (USA) 13
|5||134 9-8 t||C G Cox||C O'Donoghue||104||13/2|
Salam Alaykum (IRE) 57
|4||134 9-8||R Roberts||J F Egan||79||66/1|
Light Heavy (IRE) 27
|3||132 9-6 pt||J S Bolger||K J Manning||112||4/1|
Along Came Casey (IRE) 30
|4||131 9-5||D K Weld||P J Smullen||98||20/1|
Brendan Brackan (IRE) 20
|3||129 9-3||G M Lyons||E J McNamara||108||9/1|
Declaration Of War (USA) 5
|3||129 9-3||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||105||11/10f|
Honourable Emperor (IRE) 66
|3||129 9-3||N Meade||C D Hayes||95||33/1|
Muck 'N' brass (IRE) 47
|3||129 9-3||E Lynam||F Lynch||98||33/1|
Prince Alzain (USA) 34
|3||129 9-3||G A Butler||D P McDonogh||103||18/1|
Aloof (IRE) 12
|3||126 9-0||D Wachman||W M Lordan||107||8/1|
||7||98 t||T Carmody||J P Murtagh||102||NR|
||3||9-0||A P O'Brien||J A Heffernan||13/2|
Light Heavy looked as though he might be a superstar after landing the Derby Trial at Leopardstown but hasn't fulfilled expectations though, to be fair to him, he's twice raced in Group 1 company. Aidan O'Brien has won two of the last three renewals and brings DECLARATION OF WAR out quickly after his easy victory at the Curragh on Sunday. He's entered in the Champion Stakes and will need to win this comfortably to take up that engagement but he's only had four career starts and could prove much better than this. Clive Cox sends Black Spirit from the UK and the five-year-old scored at this level at Newbury last month while fellow traveller Prince Alzain has won three times at Wolverhampton so won't mind the surface. Aloof is a very progressive daughter of Galileo who scored at this level last time and will be aided by her allowances.
Sweet Lightning 5-2fav (9-9) Held up towards rear, 6th halfway, ridden on outer 2f out and no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 8, 6l behind Soon (9-0) at Killarney 1m Listed stks (1) hvy in Aug.
Declaration Of War (USA) 11-10fav (9-2) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, headway travelling well in 3rd 2f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, led last 150 yards, kept on well, won at Curragh 1m 2f stks in Sep beating Ebazan (9-6) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Along Came Casey (IRE) 6-4fav (9-8) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to lead 3f out, pushed out to assert 1f out, soon in command, eased closing stages, won at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp gs in Sep beating Cheval Rouge (9-5) by 4 1/2l, 13 ran.
Aloof (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Prominent, improved to lead over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Gowran Park 1m 1f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Sep beating Beatrice Aurore (9-5) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Brendan Brackan (IRE) 13-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, smooth headway to lead 1 1/2f out, driven out and stayed on well final furlong, won at Curragh 1m hcp 60-100 in Sep beating Elusive In Paris (8-8) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
Light Heavy (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Chased pacemaker in moderate 3rd, closer and ridden approaching straight, no extra in 4th from over 1f out, 4th of 6, 8l behind Snow Fairy (9-4) at Leopardstown 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
Banna Boirche (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 5th of 8, 5l behind Famous Name (9-12) at Curragh 1m Grp 3 (1) in Sep.
Prince Alzain (USA) (8-11) 3rd of 9, 7l behind Hunter's Light (9-6) at Veliefendi(TUR) 1m 2f Group 2 sks (1) pol in Sep.
Black Spirit (USA) 4-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, challenged 2f out, led soon after, ridden and strongly pressed 1f out, driven and in command inside final furlong, idled towards finish, held on, all out, won at Newbury 1m 3f Grp 3 (1) gf in Sep beating Lay Time (9-3) by hd, 4 ran.
Barack (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) Slowly into stirde and held up towards rear, ridden and stayed on past beaten horses straight, 5th of 12, 12l behind Inis Meain (9-0) at Listowel 1m 1f hcp hvy in Sep.
Salam Alaykum (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Mid-division, progress and ridden over 4f out, 2nd entering straight, no extra from 1 1/2f out, 4th of 12, 8l behind Sir Ector (9-12) at Leopardstown 2m hcp gs in Aug.
Muck 'N' brass (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Aug beating Sindjara (9-5) by hd, 14 ran.
Honourable Emperor (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 13th of 14, 31l behind Vastonea (9-0) at Galway 1m hcp sft in Jul.