Jockey Club Of Turkey Meld Stakes (Group 3) 1m 1f
- (3yo+, 1m 1f, Class 1, 7 runners)
- Winner €39,000 2nd €11,400 3rd €5,400 4th €1,799
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 52.64s
- Off time: 19:20:39
Sweet Lightning 36
|8||135 9-9 t||J P Murtagh||Johnny Murtagh||108||16/1|
Along Came Casey (IRE) 22
|5||132 9-6||D K Weld||P J Smullen||109||7/2|
Dane Street (USA) 7
|4||132 9-6 p||Mrs J Harrington||R P Whelan||95||40/1|
La Collina (IRE) 25
|4||132 9-6||K Prendergast||C D Hayes||108||16/1|
Elleval (IRE) 26
|3||126 9-0||D Marnane||F M Berry||107||16/1|
Mars (IRE) 19
|3||126 9-0 h||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||118||8/11f|
Scintillula (IRE) 5
|3||123 8-11 t||J S Bolger||K J Manning||112||6/1|
||7||9-12||D K Weld||P J Smullen||3/10|
Famous Name won the last three of these for Dermot Weld who has Along Came Casey engaged this time. She's a very useful mare who landed a Listed contest here last month and ran the progressive Fiesolana close in a Fairyhouse Group 3 last time. That winner is trained by Jim Bolger, who is represented here by Scintillula, who makes a quick reappearance after her cracking effort behind Chicquita in the Irish Oaks on Sunday. This trip probably suits her better and she must be a threat though MARS will take all the beating. The Ballydoyle colt has plied his trade at the very highest level since landing a Dundalk maiden a year ago and this represents a big drop in class from chasing home Dawn Approach in the St James's Palace Stakes and Al Kazeem in the Eclipse.
Scintillula (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders at ordinary pace, 3rd approaching straight, kept on under pressure without matching principals inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 1l behind Chicquita (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gf.
Mars (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Tracked leader after 1f, pushed along inside final 3f, wandered and lost 2nd over 2f out, soon no chance with leading duo, one pace and no impression when lost 3rd over 1f out, switched left and kept on in closing stages, 4th of 7, 4l behind Al Kazeem (9-7) at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf.
Along Came Casey (IRE) 6-4fav (9-8) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 2nd 2f out, strongly pressed winner 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong to strongly press winner to line, 2nd of 9, hd behind Fiesolana (9-11) at Fairyhouse 7f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd.
Sweet Lightning 25-1 (9-3) Raced near side, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 20th of 28, 8l behind Belgian Bill (8-11) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Elleval (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Waited with, headway into 5th 2f out, 3rd on rail 1f out, no impression under pressure inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Count Of Limonade (9-0) at Curragh 1m Listed stks (1) gf in Jun.
La Collina (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, ridden in 8th 3f out, soon no impression, went 6th final furlong, kept on one paced, 6th of 9, 5l behind Ambivalent (9-10) at Curragh 1m 2f flls Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Dane Street (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden to challenge early straight but no impression on winner from 1f out, no extra in 3rd inside final 100 yards, 3rd of 16, 2 3/4l behind Tandem (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp gf.