20:15 Dundalk Fri 18 October 2019

  • Al Basti Equiworld Mercury Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1)
  • 5f, Standard
  • 13 Runners
  • Winner€45,001.002nd€15,001.003rd€7,500.004th€3,750.005th€2,250.006th€1,500.00
  • Surface: Polytrack
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Winning time:58.36sOff time:20:26:13
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1
(2)
59-11OR: 101CD
10/1

Winner of three of his eight starts over C&D. In good form, finished third of eight over the combination last month. Could be capable of having his say here.

2
(12)
49-11OR: 99BFD
20/1

British raider winner of a Listed contest in Sweden over 6f last month closing inside the final furlong to lead in the last 50 yards. Place claims.

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4
(1)
59-11OR: 105CD
9/10

Has a win and a place to his name in two starts over C&D including winning this contest 12 months ago. Not discredited in a couple of recent starts in Group 1 and Group 3 company and one of the more intriguing contenders here.

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5
(11)
39-11OR: 104D
7/1

Another British raider. Winner on most recent start in a Chelmsford 5f contest last month. Well held in Listed company at Sandown in June finishing last of eight in the Scurry Stakes.

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6
(3)
79-11OR: 99CD
14/1

Winner of two of his nine starts over C&D and has hit the frame on a further five occasions. 6L adrift of El Astronaute in the Listed Summer Sprint in June and more needed here.

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7
(5)
49-8OR: 101CD
5/1

One from two starts over C&D winning on his latest start last month when finishing 1L ahead of Primo Uomo. Plenty to prove at this level but not to be taken lightly.

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8
(13)
39-8OR: 92D
33/1

Has not prevailed since scoring at Catterick over a similar trip in July 2018. Interesting British raider with significant jockey booking.

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9
(7)
39-8OR: 98D
20/1

Won at this level at Fairyhouse last October and at Cork first time out this season before struggling in a couple of warm Curragh Group races. Well held when last seen in July at Naas in a Listed contest over 6f. Improvement needed.

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10
(9)
49-8OR: 97D
33/1

Has hit the frame over C&D from three starts over the combination. Mixed bag of efforts this term and needs first time cheekpieces to have a positive effect.

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12
(8)
28-7OR: 105D
6/1

Back to winning ways at Chelmsford in August, and didn't get a clear run when eighth of 12 to Alligator Alley in Listed contest at York. Career best effort last month in the Group 2 Flying Childers finishing second of seven behind A'Ali.

13
(6)
28-4OR: 93D
16/1

Running well in defeat in a number of starts over the summer in Group and Listed company without getting her head in front. Plenty of questions to be answered.

14
(10)
28-4OR: 95CD
25/1

Dual winner at the start of the season and got her career back on track with good third in 5f Listed contest at Ayr last month before being outpointed in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes earlier this month when down the field.

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15
(15)
49-8OR: 86CD
50/1

First Reserve: Course winner that has also won over this trip. Winner on her sole visit to this track but looks well out of her depth in this company.

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Non-Runners

3
(4)
El Astronaute12
69-11OR: 111
T: J J QuinnJ: Jason Hart
11
(16)
Alligator Alley35
28-7OR: 104
T: J P O'BrienJ: W M Lordan
16
(14)
Jungle Jane21
39-8OR: 81
T: W McCreeryJ: Reserve 2

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
6Hit The Bid49-114/1Full Result
T: D BunyanJ: C D Hayes

Betting

Forecast

Hit The Bid (9/10), El Astronaute (5/2), Blue Uluru (5/1), Dream Shot (6/1), Leodis Dream (7/1), Alligator Alley (7/1), Alfredo Arcano (10/1), Primo Uomo (14/1), Dr Simpson (16/1), Corinthia Knight (20/1), Lethal Promise (20/1), Ickworth (25/1), Deia Glory (33/1), Rapid Reaction (33/1), Julia's Magic (50/1), Jungle Jane (50/1)

Verdict

The gallant EL ASTRONAUTE for the John Quinn yard can land his third win in Ireland in five months by landing the spoils in this Group 3 event. The six-year-old landed the Listed Straight Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Cork and the Rockingham handicap over 5f in June before finishing second of nine in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes a month later at the Curragh. Winner of this contest 12 months ago Hit The Bid and the James Tate-trained Dream Shot who ran Group 2 winner A'Ali to 1L at Doncaster last month can give good accounts of themselves.
  1. El Astronaute
  2. Hit The Bid
  3. Dream Shot

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