'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
- Winning time: 2m 5.93s
- Off time: 20:00:44
|1st||5 Castle Of Argh||2/1f|
|2nd||3 Waterloo Sunrise||1¾||20/1|
Blackstone (IRE) (ex5) 2
|3||143 10-3 b||A P O'Brien||Anastasia O'Brien (2)||78||9/4|
King Of Oriel (IRE) 13
|5||135 9-9||D Kinsella||I T Queally (2)||65||10/1|
Waterloo Sunrise (IRE) 32
|9||134 9-8 e||S M Duffy||G P Brouder (2)||64||20/1|
Sea's Aria (IRE) 91
|3||132 9-6||J M Oxx||R Coakley||72||5/1|
Castle Of Argh (USA) 42
|4||130 9-4||J M Oxx||Gary Paul Halpin (2)||60||2/1f|
Gold Focus (IRE) 2
|3||126 9-0||J S Bolger||K K Hennessy (2)||66||7/1|
Red Castle (IRE) 15
|4||125 8-13 p1||Ms J Morgan||Katherine S O'Brien (2)||55||20/1|
Killary Harbour 256
|3||124 8-12 h||T Collins||D A Murphy (7)||64||25/1|
Wagadoogoochoochoo (IRE) 47
|5||121 8-9||P J F Murphy||R P Downey (2)||51||18/1|
||5||10-0||A P O'Brien||Anastasia O'Brien||4/1|
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.
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.