Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Star Appeal Stakes (Listed) 7f
- (2yo, 7f, Class 1, 10 runners)
- Winner €37,375 2nd €10,925 3rd €5,174 4th €1,726
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 24.36s
- Off time: 19:30:59
|1st||6 Lines Of Battle||9/4|
|2nd||8 Tennessee Wildcat||2½||16/1|
|3rd||5 Hudson's Bay||hd||12/1|
Blue Bullet (IRE) 14
|2||129 9-3||W P Mullins||P J Smullen||89||25/1|
Cougar Ridge (USA) 20
|2||129 9-3||D Wachman||W M Lordan||104||9/2|
Dark Pulse (USA) 7
|2||129 9-3||M O'Callaghan||F Lynch||33/1|
Horizon Sky (IRE) 37
|2||129 9-3||D Wachman||W J Lee||91||20/1|
Hudson's Bay (IRE)
|2||129 9-3||J S Bolger||K J Manning||12/1|
Lines Of Battle (USA) 78
|2||129 9-3 p1||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||101||9/4|
No Jet Lag (USA) 28
|2||129 9-3||D R Lanigan||T E Durcan||104||7/4f|
Tennessee Wildcat (IRE) 12
|2||129 9-3||G M Lyons||G F Carroll||97||16/1|
Infanta Branca (USA) 139
|2||126 9-0||A P O'Brien||J A Heffernan||95||8/1|
|2||126 9-0||K Prendergast||C D Hayes||96||16/1|
Bible Black (IRE)
||2||9-3||G M Lyons||K Latham||12/1|
Cougar Ridge was beaten a short-head by Leitir Mor in a Group 3 over 6f at the Curragh and though only sixth in the Mill Reef at Newbury he didn't get the clearest of runs. Stablemate Horizon Sky is making good progress but needs to step up from his nursery victory at Gowran while UK raider No Jet Lag, though twice a winner in mid-summer, has more to do. Roseraie has been staying on strongly over this trip in Group races and will probably do better with another furlong to travel so this is best left to Aidan O'Brien, who runs LINES OF BATTLE and Infanta Branca. The former began with a victory over Leitir Mor at the Curragh before a fair run behind Dawn Approach in the Coventry Stakes. He couldn't quite cope with Grafelli in a Leopardstown Group 3 last time but that was no disgrace and he can get back to winning ways. Infanta Branca had also beaten Leitir Mor narrowly at the Curragh but that was over 5f and she takes a big step-up in trip.
Lines Of Battle (USA) 5-6fav (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, travelled well entering straight, ridden 1 1/2f out, kept on to challenge inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 5, nk behind Grafelli (9-6) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Tennessee Wildcat (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden under 2f out, slightly hampered 1 1/2f out, 3rd and no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Viztoria (9-0) at Curragh 6f 2yo lst stk (1) in Sep.
Hudson's Bay (IRE) Teofilo colt out of Cache Creek.
Infanta Branca (USA) 7-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, ridden over 1f out and kept on same pace into 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Cay Verde (9-3) at Curragh 5f 2yo lst stk (1) gd in May.
Cougar Ridge (USA) 4-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, headway in centre halfway, chasing leaders and challenging when pushed left and bumped over 1f out, weakened soon after, 6th of 8, 7l behind Moohaajim (9-1) at Newbury 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep.
Horizon Sky (IRE) 3-1fav (9-10) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to lead over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, won at Gowran Park 7f 2yo hcp gs in Sep beating Ballyorban (9-7) by 2l, 13 ran.
No Jet Lag (USA) 9-2 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on and well held near finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Ashdan (9-2) at Doncaster 7f 2yo stks (2) gd in Sep.
Dark Pulse (USA) 12-1 (9-2) Pulled hard and soon disputed lead, led over 2f out, soon ridden and strongly pressed, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, shd behind Abbey Vale (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 2yo mdn auc stks pol.
Blue Bullet (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, 3rd over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, dropped to 4th close home, 4th of 9, 1l behind All Ablaze (8-4) at Dundalk 5f 2yo hcp pol in Sep.
Roseraie 12-1 (9-0) Held up in 5th, ridden and no impression in last 2f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 6, 7l behind My Special J's (9-0) at Curragh 7f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) in Aug.