Darley European Breeders Fund (C & G) Maiden 7f

  • (2yo, 7f, 5 runners)
  • Winner €11,730 2nd €2,720 3rd €1,190 4th €680
  • Going: Yielding to Soft (Round Course: Yielding)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 26.27s
  • Off time: 14:12:00

Full Result

14:10 Curragh
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st (7) 1 Apollo (IRE) A P O'Brien 2 9-0 R L Moore 11/10f
SP 11/10f Chased leader in 2nd, disputed after 2f, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, kept on well final furlong opened 13/8
2nd (6) 3 4 Newbury Hall (IRE) Mrs J Harrington 2 9-0 F M Berry 6/4
SP 6/4 Led, disputed after 2f, narrow lead halfway, ridden and headed 1 1/2f out, swished tail, no extra final furlong, kept on same pace opened 9/10
3rd (1) 10 2 Hit The Jackpot (IRE) D K Weld 2 9-0 P J Smullen 6/1
SP 6/1 Settled 3rd, ridden and no impression leaders 2f out, kept on one pace opened 8/1
4th (5) ¾ 3 Kashmir Peak (IRE) G M Lyons 2 9-0 K Latham 20/1
SP 20/1 Held up, 5th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, moderate 4th 1f out, kept on one pace opened 25/1
5th (3) 6 Shabra Emperor (IRE) P O Brady 2 9-0 C D Hayes 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up, 4th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, weakened to rear over 1f out opened 66/1
NR (4) 5 Qatar's Pearl (USA) G M Lyons 2 9-0 J P Murtagh
NR (2) 7 Strait Of Zanzibar (USA) K J Condon 2 9-0 D P McDonogh

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.90 Tote Place £1.10 £1.02 Straight Forecast £3.03 Exacta £3.10

Placepot €92.30

Analysis

A good impression from APOLLO, easily beating two horses with experience and rewarding the considerable market support prior to the off. Aidan O'Brien's son of Galileo was always in the front rank with main market rival Newbury Hall and the pair settled to fight out the finish at the two furlong pole. He was off the bridle earlier than Jessica Harrington's charge but responded well to pressure and took a length out of his rival with a furlong to go. He looked to change his legs, probably through greenness just after, but it didn't really halt his progress and he was well on top at the line. He has a Derby entry, and being by a Derby winner may have that path ahead of him, however there is pace on his dam's side so he is certainly likely to head for one of the various Guineas early next year, especially if he proves himself further in either the Futurity or National Stakes. Newbury Hall ran very well, but has probably just been unlucky to bump into two smart Ballydoyle prospects in his two runs to date. He doesn't have quite such a taking pedigree but should have no problem breaking his maiden tag before long. The front two were miles clear of the third, with Hit The Jackpot taking that spot. Dermot Weld's son of Pivotal was never in the race and he looks more of a long term prospect.