19:20 Leopardstown Thu 16 August 2018

  • Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1)
  • 1m, Good
  • 8 Runners
  • Winner€37,170.002nd€11,970.003rd€5,670.004th€2,520.005th€1,260.006th€631.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:1m 41.36sOff time:19:22:01
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1
(1)
49-7OR: 104BFD
7/2

Looked a little unlucky in the run at Glorious Goodwood last time and likely he's still progressing. Needs more up in this company but yard do well with the runners they send here and fast ground will suit.

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2
(6)
59-7OR: 106CD
16/1

Won twice last year but all his best form is on soft or heavy ground and he was disappointing at Cork last time out. Others preferred.

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3
(9)
49-7OR: 105CD
10/1

Has improved since joining this yard and ran okay at Cork last time in Listed class. Best form is with cut in the ground but has won over C&D and he's not without place claims here.

4
(4)
49-7OR: 105CD
10/1

Two-time course winner and consistent filly. Produced a career best to win a Group 3 at Fairyhouse last time and there was no fluke about that. Exciting prospect who should run well.

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5
(8)
49-7OR: 102CD
16/1

A shade inconsistent but his best form has come at this course and he won a C&D Listed contest here in June. Not in the same form at the Curragh last time but a return to this course should suit.

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6
(2)
39-4OR: 108CD
5/1

Won each of his first three starts including a Group 3 over C&D in May. Not seen to best effect in the Irish 2,000 Guineas last time but he's better than that and less exposed than most.

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7
(5)
39-1OR: 109D
7/4

Rates as the type to carry on improving for this yard and produced a career best effort to win in Listed class in France last time out. First-time blinkers could see him in an even better light here.

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8
(3)
39-1OR: 104BF
8/1

Full-brother to US Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and there's a fair chance this step up in trip could suit. Has disappointed in two start so far for this trainer but may do better here in first-time blinkers.

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Non-Runners

9
(7)
Threeandfourpence13
39-1OR: 109
T: A P O'BrienJ: J A Heffernan

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
2Alexios Komnenos39-16/1Full Result
T: J A StackJ: C D Hayes

Betting

Forecast

Masaarr (7/4), Escobar (7/2), Zihba (5/1), St Patrick's Day (8/1), Threeandfourpence (8/1), Pincheck (10/1), Xenobia (10/1), Zorion (16/1), On The Go Again (16/1)

Verdict

The Classic generation looks strong here and MASAARR gets the vote in first-time headgear after the colt's display in Listed class at Deauville when last seen. It's likely we haven't seen the best of St Patrick's Day just yet and he's another who gets first-time blinkers here while Zihba was unbeaten in three starts before his run in the Irish Guineas at the Curragh and he can resume progress here.
  1. Masaarr
  2. St Patrick's Day
  3. Zihba

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