Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes (Group 3) 7f
- (3yo+, 7f, Class 1, 8 runners)
- Winner €40,625 2nd €11,875 3rd €5,626 4th €1,874
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 28.40s
- Off time: 15:57:20
|2nd||1 Custom Cut||1½||4/1|
|3rd||8 Wannabe Better||nse||4/1|
Custom Cut (IRE) 15
|5||136 9-10||D O'Meara||D Tudhope||108||4/1|
Sruthan (IRE) 189
|4||136 9-10 h||P D Deegan||C D Hayes||111||9/4f|
Bold Thady Quill (IRE) 7
|7||133 9-7 v||K J Condon||S Foley||98||25/1|
Bubbly Bellini (IRE) 7
|7||133 9-7 p||A McGuinness||F Lynch||96||33/1|
Cristoforo Colombo (USA) 162
|4||133 9-7 p||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||108||4/1|
Pop Art (IRE) 11
|4||130 9-4||C O'Brien||F M Berry||100||13/2|
Tobann (IRE) 163
|4||130 9-4 t||J S Bolger||R P Cleary||101||16/1|
Wannabe Better (IRE) 21
|4||130 9-4||T Stack||W M Lordan||108||4/1|
Custom Cut (IRE)
||4||9-3||G Kent||R P Whelan||25/1|
Custom Cut produced a shock victory in this a year ago when trained by George Kent. Now with David O'Meara, he ran really well on his reappearance in the Doncaster Mile but has a penalty here as does SRUTHAN though it's the latter who earns the vote. Unraced as a juvenile, he began last season with two victories and ran in three Group 3's before winning one at Tipperary in October where he had Wannabe Better and Bold Thady Quill behind. Cristoforo Colombo has never lived up to his tall reputation and his only victories have been in a maiden and a sprint at Dundalk though he has mainly competed at a higher level.
Sruthan (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, challenged and on terms 1 1/2f out, soon gained narrow advantage, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Tipperary 7f Grp 3 (1) in Oct beating Big Break (9-0) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Custom Cut (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, headway over 3f out, chased winner over 2f out until no extra towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Graphic (9-0) at Doncaster 1m Listed stks (1) sft in Mar.
Wannabe Better (IRE) 9-4fav (9-11) Mid-division, ridden in 7th 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 12, 9l behind Vote Often (8-9) at Curragh 1m flls Group 3 stks (1) in Mar.
Cristoforo Colombo (USA) 20-1 (8-11) Off bit slow,late btwn, 7th of 10, 7l behind Wise Dan (9-0) at Santa Anita(USA) 1m Grp 1 (1) gd in Nov.
Pop Art (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Raced in 5th, progress into 3rd over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Qewy (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m Listed stks (1) hvy.
Bubbly Bellini (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Chased leaders in 4th, ridden 2f out and no impression 1f out, no extra under pressure inside final furlong and dropped to 6th close home, 6th of 10, 10l behind An Saighdiur (9-7) at Cork 6f Listed stks (1) hvy.
Tobann (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, soon bumped, weakened from 1 1/2f out, 11th of 14, 10l behind Pearl Of Africa (9-0) at Dundalk 1m flls lst stks (1) pol in Nov.
Bold Thady Quill (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) Towards rear, 8th 2f out, soon ridden and no impression in 7th 1f out, kept on one pace under pressure inside final furlong to go 4th close home, 4th of 10, 9l behind An Saighdiur (9-7) at Cork 6f Listed stks (1) hvy.