Connacht Derby Handicap 1m 2f
- (3yo+, 1m 2f, 9 runners)
- Winner €14,300 2nd €4,180 3rd €1,980 4th €660
- Going: Yielding, Soft in places.
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 26.47s
- Off time: 19:00:38
|1st||9 Queen Of Alba||9/1|
|2nd||12 Corona Borealis||5½||7/2j|
|3rd||3 Stony Grey||4||8/1|
Specific Gravity (FR) 8
|6||136 9-10 h||A McGuinness||S Corby (7)||95||9/1|
Whimsical (IRE) 22
|5||133 9-7 v||P D Deegan||C D Hayes||92||10/1|
Stony Grey (IRE) 5
|4||131 9-5 b1||A Oliver||W J Lee||90||8/1|
Third Dimension 40
|3||125 8-13||G M Lyons||C T Keane||93||7/2j|
Barack (IRE) 14
|8||118 8-6 bt||W McCreery||L F Roche (3)||77||8/1|
Park Ranger (IRE) 3
|8||118 8-6 b||C Roche||T P Madden (7)||77||9/2|
Queen Of Alba (IRE) 6
|5||116 8-4||T Cleary||R P Cleary||75||9/1|
|7||116 8-4||M M McNiff||D M Grant||74||25/1|
Corona Borealis 80
|3||116 8-4||J P Murtagh||N G McCullagh||81||7/2j|
||4||94||D K Weld||P J Smullen||89||NR|
||3||88||J S Bolger||K J Manning||88||NR|
||3||84 t||A Oliver||C P Hoban||82||NR|
Cheval Rouge (IRE)
||6||9-8||H Rogers||C D Hayes||14/1|
SPRING FOCUS, a winner over this trip at Leopardstown a month ago, ran very well despite a 7lb rise at Down Royal and again when dropped to a mile at Galway last week. He's probably still capable of further progress and looks on a reasonable mark so can take this. Park Ranger enters the fray in fine shape having on over hurdles at Galway on Sunday and he's another looking well in as he's 9lb lower than his all-weather mark. Whimsical has been racing in better company since arriving from Richard Hannon's yard though he's gone up in the weights without winning. The lightly-raced handicap debutant Corona Borealis will find this trip and ground to his liking and is one to note along with Jayed Jidan, who has had just two runs this season after completing a double around this time a year ago.
Jayed Jidan (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd under 3f out, no impression from 2f out, 8th of 16, 5l behind Table Rock (9-3) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in Jun.
Fiscal Focus (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Settled towards rear of mid-division, ridden along under 2f out and soon no impression, 11th of 12, 14l behind Table Rock (9-2) at Naas 1m 3yo hcp in Jun.
Spring Focus (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Disputed early, soon chased leaders, 5th halfway, 3rd 3f out, ridden over 2f out, disputed briefly under 1f out, 2nd and no extra final 150 yards, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Sophie's World (8-9) at Galway 1m 3yo hcp gd in Jul.
Queen Of Alba (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Prominent and disputed after 3f, ridden and headed 3f out, soon no extra, 12th of 16, 21l behind Hasanour (8-12) at Galway 1m hcp 60-90 gd in Jul.
Corona Borealis 7-2 (9-5) Ran 3rd, ridden 3f out and no extra in 5th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 10, 12l behind John Constable (9-5) at Navan 1m 5f 3yo mdn gd in May.
Stony Grey (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression over 3f out, soon no extra, last of 11, 36l behind Artful Artist (7-11) at Galway 1m 4f hcp gd.
Third Dimension 9-2fav (8-10) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, soon no impression, never a factor, 12th of 16, 8l behind Table Rock (9-3) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in Jun.
Park Ranger (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Always rear, pushed along and no extra early straight, last of 14, 15l behind Castle Guest (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp sft in Nov.
Whimsical (IRE) 10-3 (9-6) Raced mainly in 3rd, dropped to 4th and ridden over 2f out, no impression and kept on inside final furlong to take 3rd on line, 3rd of 5, 3l behind Stay De Night (9-5) at Killarney 1m stks 0-90 gd in Jul.
Barack (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden in 3rd over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Vector Force (9-4) at Naas 1m hcp gf in Jul.
Mataaleb 5-1 (10-0) Took keen hold, held up in 6th, headway on outside 3f out, chased leaders and edged right 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 10l behind Rosairlie (9-0) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jul '12.
Specific Gravity (FR) 14-1 (8-11) Chased leaders on inner, ridden in 5th entering straight, weakened, 16th of 18, 18l behind Vastonea (8-5) at Galway 1m hcp gd in Jul.