Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes (Group 3) 1m 2f
- (3yo, 1m 2f, Class 1, 5 runners)
- Winner €42,250 2nd €12,350 3rd €5,850 4th €1,950
- Going: Yielding
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 16.79s
- Off time: 14:47:26
|2nd||4 Mekong River||3||7/1|
|3||129 9-3||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||4/6f|
Blue Hussar (IRE) 15
|3||129 9-3||A P O'Brien||R L Moore||11/4|
Boqa (IRE) 38
|3||129 9-3 t||T Stack||W M Lordan||89||25/1|
Mekong River (IRE) 15
|3||129 9-3 b||A P O'Brien||J A Heffernan||110||7/1|
Renaissance Art (USA) 329
|3||129 9-3 t1||J S Bolger||K J Manning||94||11/1|
||3||93 p1||J S Bolger||K J Manning||NR|
||3||D K Weld||P J Smullen||NR|
Leading Light (IRE)
||3||9-3||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||4/6|
Ballydoyle have won this eight times in the past ten years and look determined to land it again with three entries. Joseph O'Brien is on board ADELAIDE, who looks the stable number one after his fine run in the Group 2 Prix Hocquart at Longchamp. That was only his second start and with further progress to come the Derby entry looks the one to beat. Mekong River completed a four-timer before finding the company too hot and finished last in the Derby Trial at Lingfield when stablemate Blue Hussar was an honourable fourth. Jim Bolger runs the unbeaten pair Rennaissance Art, who beat Australia on his debut here in June, and Kevin Manning's mount Theophilus, a 9l maiden winner on heavy ground at Gowran. The filly Edelmira is highly-regarded and has numerous Group entries following her facile maiden success at Tipperary.
Theophilus (IRE) 5-4fav (9-5) Soon raced in 4th, pushed along 4f out, ridden to challenge and lead well over 1f out, stayed on well to draw clear final furlong, easily, won at Gowran Park 1m 4f 3yo mdn hvy in Apr beating Asknotwhat (9-5) by 9l, 6 ran.
Edelmira (IRE) 1-2fav (9-0) Jumped right leaving stalls, soon chased leader in 2nd, led 2 1/2f out, clear over 1f out, easily, won at Tipperary 1m 1f fll mdn stks sft in Apr beating Toe The Line (10-0) by 6l, 7 ran.
Adelaide 5-2fav (9-2) 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Free Port Lux (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 3f 3yo fll Grp 2 (1) gs.
Mekong River (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, eased final furlong, last of 9, 19l behind Snow Sky (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 3f 3yo lst stk (1) gd.
Boqa (IRE) 6-5fav (9-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and closer 2f out, challenged 1 1/2f out, led over 1f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, all out, won at Tipperary 1m 1f mdn stks sft in Apr beating Maskoon (9-5) by nk, 9 ran.
Renaissance Art (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Always prominent, improved to lead 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on well final furlong, strongly pressed close home, won at Curragh 7f mdn stks gf in Jun beating Australia (9-5) by nk, 9 ran.
Blue Hussar (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Dwelt and slow into stride, in rear, pushed along 3f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Snow Sky (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 3f 3yo lst stk (1) gd.