'Stunning' Apprentice Handicap 1m 2f

  • (3yo+, 1m 2f, 9 runners)
  • Winner €5,866 2nd €1,360 3rd €595 4th €340
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 2m 5.93s
  • Off time: 20:00:44
Full result
Result 20:00 Leopardstown
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 5 Castle Of Argh 2/1f
2nd 3 Waterloo Sunrise 20/1
3rd 1 Blackstone nk 9/4

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 (5) 736291
Dark Blue Blackstone (IRE) (ex5) 2
  • T:A P O'Brien
  • J:Anastasia O'Brien
  • Form: 736291
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 10-3b
  • OR: 78
  • Naps:
3 143 10-3 b A P O'Brien Anastasia O'Brien (2) 78 9/4
2 (4) 4510-40
Black, red chevron, white slvs, black & red hooped cap King Of Oriel (IRE) 13
  • T:D Kinsella
  • J:I T Queally
  • Form: 4510-40
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 9-9
  • OR: 65
  • Naps:
5 135 9-9 D Kinsella I T Queally (2) 65 10/1
3 (6) 36503-4
ROYAL BLUE & WHITE CHECK, white sleeves, royal blue cap, white star Waterloo Sunrise (IRE) 32
  • T:S M Duffy
  • J:Gearoid Patrick Brouder
  • Form: 36503-4
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 9-8e
  • OR: 64
  • Naps:
9 134 9-8 e S M Duffy Gearoid Patrick Brouder (2) 64 20/1
4 (2) 84-7
YELLOW, purple cap, yellow star Sea's Aria (IRE) 91
  • T:J M Oxx
  • J:R Coakley
  • Form: 84-7
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 9-6
  • OR: 72
  • Naps:
3 132 9-6 J M Oxx R Coakley 72 5/1
5 (1) 63-584
EMERALD GREEN, yellow braces, yellow sleeves & cap Castle Of Argh (USA) 42
  • T:J M Oxx
  • J:Gary Paul Halpin
  • Form: 63-584
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 9-4
  • OR: 60
  • Naps:
4 130 9-4 J M Oxx Gary Paul Halpin (2) 60 2/1f
6 (7) 0-677
WHITE, purple panel, check cap Gold Focus (IRE) 2
  • T:J S Bolger
  • J:K K Hennessy
  • Form: 0-677
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 9-0
  • OR: 66
  • Naps:
3 126 9-0 J S Bolger K K Hennessy (2) 66 7/1
7 (3) 0700
PALE BLUE, dark blue seams, navy blue cap Red Castle (IRE) 15
  • T:Ms J Morgan
  • J:Katherine S O'Brien
  • Form: 0700
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 8-13p1
  • OR: 55
  • Naps:
4 125 8-13 p1 Ms J Morgan Katherine S O'Brien (2) 55 20/1
8 (8) 090-
Old rose & pale pink quartered, rose coll & cuffs, pale pink slvs, qtd cap Killary Harbour 256
  • T:T Collins
  • J:D A Murphy
  • Form: 090-
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 8-12h
  • OR: 64
  • Naps:
3 124 8-12 h T Collins D A Murphy (7) 64 25/1
9 (9) 132-060
Yellow, black stars, halved sleeves, black cap, yellow stars Wagadoogoochoochoo (IRE) 47
  • T:P J F Murphy
  • J:R P Downey
  • Form: 132-060
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 8-9
  • OR: 51
  • Naps:
5 121 8-9 P J F Murphy R P Downey (2) 51 18/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013 9 Fairylike (IRE)
  • T:A P O'Brien
  • J:Anastasia O'Brien
5 10-0 A P O'Brien Anastasia O'Brien 4/1
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In depth

Verdict

Castle Of Argh has only shown moderate form to date and it would be no shock if he were beaten by stablemate Sea's Aria, a son of Sea The Stars who makes his handicap debut. Aidan O'Brien brings BLACKSTONE out quickly under a penalty after his hard-fought victory at Killarney on Tuesday. That was only his sixth run and though carrying a big weight the opposition isn't strong and a quick double looks on the cards. Gold Focus also ran at that Killarney meeting when making her handicap debut. She wasn't beaten far behind Rayna and should be good enough to get into the frame.

Formwatch

Castle Of Argh (USA) 7-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden 3f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 5l behind Money Spider (8-11) at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp gf in Jun.

Waterloo Sunrise (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) Towards rear, ridden entering straight, went 7th 2f out, 4th 1f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 14, 6l behind Cristy's Call (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.

Blackstone (IRE) 9-4 (9-5) Prominent early before settling in 3rd, ridden and improved to lead over 2f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Killarney 1m mdn stks gd beating Elusive Laurence (9-0) by 1/2l, 10 ran.

Gold Focus (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Impeded out of stalls and settled in mid-division, 9th 4f out and soon ridden, no impression from 1f out, 7th of 12, 5l behind Rayna (9-12) at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo hcp gd.

King Of Oriel (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Settled in rear, ridden over 3f out, no impression from over 1f out when reared slightly, 13th of 16, 12l behind Pyromaniac (8-12) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp gd in Jun.

Red Castle (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Soon mid-division, 9th 3f out, raced on outer straight, 10th 1f out, no extra and eased closing stages, 10th of 13, 8l behind Eljowzah (9-2) at Fairyhouse 7f hcp 47-65 gf.

Sea's Aria (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Mid-division, 5th halfway, ridden in 6th 3f out, no extra 2f out, 7th of 9, 15l behind Boqa (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 1f mdn stks sft in Apr.

Wagadoogoochoochoo (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Prominent early, ran freely, chased clear leader, 4th halfway, pushed along 4f out and soon no extra, weakened, 11th of 13, 35l behind Secret Seven (9-13) at Tramore 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gd in May.

Killary Harbour 50-1 (8-12) Mid-division and 8th halfway, no extra from early straight, 11th of 14, 11l behind Blue Hussar (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f mdn stks sft in Nov.