P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes (Group 3) 1m 2f
- (3yo, 1m 2f, Class 1, 8 runners)
- Winner €39,000 2nd €11,400 3rd €5,400 4th €1,800
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 16.89s
- Off time: 15:35:45
|1st||6 Fascinating Rock||5/2|
|3rd||1 All Set To Go||s.h||25/1|
All Set To Go (IRE) 13
|3||129 9-3||A Oliver||G F Carroll||97||25/1|
|3||129 9-3||J S Bolger||K J Manning||7/4f|
Carlo Bugatti (IRE) 215
|3||129 9-3||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||4/1|
Davids Park 13
|3||129 9-3||J J Murphy||F M Berry||97||25/1|
Ebasani (IRE) 185
|3||129 9-3||J M Oxx||D P McDonogh||13/2|
Fascinating Rock (IRE) 13
|3||129 9-3||D K Weld||P J Smullen||5/2|
Kingfisher (IRE) 196
|3||129 9-3||A P O'Brien||J A Heffernan||99||14/1|
Stirabout (USA) 13
|3||129 9-3||J S Bolger||R P Whelan||87||66/1|
Most of these have pretensions to greater things and Jim Bolger and Aidan O'Brien have dominated the race in recent years. The former has a pair entered with Answered, who made a very promising winning debut on testing ground at the Curragh despite looking inexperienced, likely to do better than the maiden Stirabout. O'Brien is represented by Kingfisher and Carlo Bugatti. The former has much the stronger form in Group company and must have found the ground too fast when last of five in the Royal Lodge at Newmarket but Joseph sides with the once-raced Carlo Bugatti, whose maiden success at Gowran doesn't look anything special but obviously much more is expected. EBASANI is entered in the Derbys at the Curragh and Epsom and his pedigree suggests he'll be suited by middle distances so it was a fine effort to beat Belisarius over a mile here in October. In the hope that he's ready for this challenge, he is given the nod. Fascinating Rock could hardly have made a better reappearance, seeing off several well-touted performers at Leopardstown last month, and he's the only one to have scored over the trip.
Fascinating Rock (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Settled in 6th, smooth progress early straight and challenged over 1f out, led 150 yards out, pushed out and kept on well, won at Leopardstown 1m 2f mdn stks in Mar beating Adjusted (9-5) by 1l, 8 ran.
Answered 2-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, improved to lead 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Curragh 1m 3yo mdn in Mar beating Onenightidreamed (9-5) by 2l, 10 ran.
All Set To Go (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Rear of mid-division, 8th halfway and pushed along approaching straight, under pressure and no impression in 9th 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind Go For Goal (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo lst stk (1) in Mar.
Carlo Bugatti (IRE) 5-2 (9-5) Mid-division, 6th halfway, headway in 4th 2f out, ridden to narrow lead entering straight, disputed 1f out, kept on best final furlong to assert closing stages, won at Galway 1m 2yo mdn gd in Sep beating Whitey O' Gwaun (9-5) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Kingfisher (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, outpaced and no impression from over 1f out, last of 5, 4l behind Berkshire (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep.
Ebasani (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, close 3rd 3f out, soon ridden, improved to lead over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Navan 1m mdn stks in Oct beating Belisarius (9-5) by 1l, 9 ran.
Davids Park 33-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along early straight and no impression in 4th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Go For Goal (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo lst stk (1) in Mar.
Stirabout (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, no extra early straight and eased final furlong, last of 10, 25l behind Go For Goal (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo lst stk (1) in Mar.