17:50 Cork Fri 14 June 2019

  • Matchbook Straight Midsummer Sprint Stakes (Listed) (Class 1)
  • 5f, Good to Yielding
  • 11 Runners
  • Winner€29,500.002nd€9,500.003rd€4,500.004th€2,000.005th€1,000.006th€500.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:58.7sOff time:17:52:27
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1
(6)
69-12OR: 104D
11/4

Very consistent throughout last year and capped the campaign off with a Listed win at Maisons-Laffitte in France. Not at his best throughout this campaign but very much capable of landing this race if he can bounce back for a yard in flying form.

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2
(7)
69-12OR: 104
8/1

Belatedly got his head back in front in a Listed race at Leopardstown at the end of last season. Running okay in defeat this year but he doesn't give the impression he will be best suited by a drop back to the minimum trip here.

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3
(12)
49-12OR: 102D
7/2

Has won four of his eight starts, the most recent success a Listed win at Naas in April. Found the step up in class to Group 2 level tough at the Curragh last time but not one to underestimate back down in class with some cut in the ground.

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4
(1)
79-9OR: 104CD
4/1

Group 2 winner at the Curragh back in 2016 but has only managed to get his head in front once since. Capable at this level and not beaten far in a Curragh Group 2 last time.

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5
(3)
79-9OR: 104CD
6/1

C&D winner in 2017 and while his only win since came at Navan in at the start of last year in Listed class, it was a better effort when staying on well at Naas last time. Not ruled out if he can build on that.

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6
(8)
49-9OR: 98
14/1

Maiden winner for Bob Baffert at Del Mar but hasn't built on that since joining this yard. Well beaten at the Curragh on return and has plenty to prove at present.

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7
(5)
49-9OR: 98D
20/1

Listed winner at Navan at the start of last year's campaign but has regressed subsequently and well beaten 13th of 14 when last seen at Doncaster. Plenty to prove on his return here.

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8
(2)
59-4OR: 78D
33/1

Maiden winnner at the Curragh last year and only found one potentially smart sprinter too good back at that venue last time out. Could come on for that run and while she has plenty to find on ratings, she's open to more improvement than most.

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9
(10)
49-4OR: 66BFD
33/1

Maiden winner at Dundalk in 2018 but that is her sole win to date and she was well beaten in a Curragh handicap last time out from a mark of 68. Hard to fancy on that evidence with a first-time visor fitted.

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10
(9)
49-4OR: 86D
33/1

Won twice over the minimum trip at Naas but hasn't looked up to Pattern level in four previous attempts. Well beaten at the Curragh last time and others preferred.

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12
(11)
38-11OR: 89D
16/1

Only a maiden win to her name to date, though shaped like a return to form may be imminent at Naas last month. Best efforts have come on quick ground.

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Non-Runners

11
(4)
Angelic Light35
39-0OR: 93
T: M O'CallaghanJ: R P Whelan

Last Year's Winner

Last year's winner is unavailable

Betting

Forecast

El Astronaute (11/4), Urban Beat (7/2), Ardhoomey (4/1), Primo Uomo (6/1), Smash Williams (8/1), St Patrick's Day (14/1), Angelic Light (14/1), Fantasy (16/1), The Broghie Man (20/1), Rapid Reaction (33/1), Optionality (33/1), Peshkova (33/1)

Verdict

EL ASTRONAUTE is well up to this level and with the yard flying in recent weeks, it would be no surprise to see the son of Approve return to form. Urban Beat will appreciate the drop back in class and softer conditions than his run last time out. Optionality has it all to do on Official Ratings but she's less exposed than most and ran with great credit last time in a career best effort.
  1. El Astronaute
  2. Urban Beat
  3. Optionality

Video Replay

Most Followed

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T: C G Cox

Pinatubo

F: 11

T: C Appleby

Raheeq

F: -

T: R Varian

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F: 2220-11

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Japan

F: 711-43

T: A P O'Brien

Most Followed

Positive

F: -

T: C G Cox

Pinatubo

F: 11

T: C Appleby

Raheeq

F: -

T: R Varian

Dream Of Dreams

F: 2220-11

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Japan

F: 711-43

T: A P O'Brien

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