Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes (Group 3) 6f
- (3yo+, 6f, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner €42,250 2nd €12,350 3rd €5,850 4th €1,950
- Going: Soft (Soft to Heavy on round course)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 17.15s
- Off time: 14:45:08
|1st||2 Slade Power||5/2|
|7||140 10-0||Miss E McCutcheon||D P McDonogh||115||11/8f|
Slade Power (IRE) 167
|5||140 10-0||E Lynam||W M Lordan||115||5/2|
|4||138 9-12||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||114||7/1|
Viztoria (IRE) 217
|4||137 9-11||E Lynam||P J Smullen||111||5/1|
An Saighdiur (IRE) 26
|7||135 9-9||A Slattery||W J Lee||106||20/1|
Focus On Venice (IRE) 19
|3||126 9-0||J S Bolger||K J Manning||104||12/1|
||8||9-9||T D Barron||Johnny Murtagh||13/2|
Aidan O'Brien is the only Irish trainer to have won this in the past eight years but there are no UK challengers this time. Darwin represents the yard and he looks to have been earmarked for a sprinting career as he's in all the top races over the summer. He's never raced over a trip this short for Ballydoyle but beat the useful Gordon Lord Byron over 7f here last summer. But his overall form so far doesn't match that of MAAREK and Slade Power and it's the former who is handed the vote. The Prix De L'Abbaye winner loves these conditions as he showed in the Duke Of York Stakes last time and could just have the edge on Eddie Lynam's charge, who wasn't beaten far in this last year on his comeback and went on to greater glory in the British Champion Sprint at Ascot where he had his stablemate Viztoria over three lengths back in third. An Saighdiur is a fine handicapper but Listed class at best and the three-year-old Focus On Venice has a lot to do in this class.
Slade Power (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) 10th of 14, 8l behind Lord Kanaloa (9-0) at Sha Tin(HK) 6f Grp 1 (1) gd in Dec.
Maarek 12-1 (9-13) In touch, headway 2f out, led and edged right inside final furlong, ran on, won at York 6f Grp 2 (1) sft beating Astaire (9-3) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
An Saighdiur (IRE) 9-2 (9-12) Close up in near side group to 2f out where 6th, dropped to moderate 8th and no impression 1f out, 8th of 10, 7l behind Guerre (9-0) at Naas 5f Listed stks (1) in Apr.
Viztoria (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) Raced on near side rail, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, never going pace of leading duo, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Slade Power (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in Oct.
Focus On Venice (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Led, ridden 1 1/2f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Alkasser (9-3) at Curragh 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gf.
Darwin 4-7fav (9-5) Settled behind leaders in 4th, closer in 3rd 3f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, no impression final furlong, kept on same pace, just held 3rd at line, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Brendan Brackan (9-7) at Curragh 1m Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.