20:00 Dundalk

Friday 29 September 2017

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    Koffy Diamond Stakes (Group 3)

  • 3YO plus  |   Class 1  |   1m 2f 150y  |   Standard  |   11 Runners  |   Polytrack
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 20:01  |   Winning time: 2m 12.66s
1st
Horse silk
9
(10)
7/2
T: A P O'BrienJ: D O'Brien
Close up, 3rd halfway, travelled well over 2f out, progress to 2nd 1 1/2f out, led over 1f out, asserted final 150 yards, kept on strongly, comfortably op 4/1 tchd 10/3
2nd
Horse silk
2 ¼
6
(6)
8/1
T: A WatsonJ: W J Lee
Chased leader, 6th halfway, ridden and headway to 3rd over 1f out, progress to 2nd final 100 yards, kept on, not trouble winner
3rd
Horse silk
1
5
(4)
7/4f
T: Sir Michael StouteJ: P J Smullen
Soon led, disputed 3f out, led narrowly entering straight, edged right and ridden 1 1/2f out, soon headed, dropped to 3rd final 100 yards, no extra tchd 6/4
4th
Horse silk
1 ½
7
(11)
50/1
T: C O'BrienJ: D P McDonogh
Slowly into stride, raced in rear, 11th halfway, switched left 2f out, ridden into 7th 1f out, kept on well final furlong, never nearer op 40/1
5th
Horse silk
½
4
(8)
33/1
T: G M LyonsJ: G F Carroll
Towards rear, 9th halfway, 8th 3f out, improved to 4th over 1f out, ridden under 1f out, kept on same pace
6th
Horse silk
½
10
(9)
39-0
22/1
T: K PrendergastJ: C D Hayes
Rear of mid-division, progress to 5th halfway, 4th 3f out, ridden and lost place under 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong op 20/1 tchd 16/1
7th
Horse silk
1 ¼
1
(7)
9/1
T: A P O'BrienJ: J A Heffernan
Soon tracked leader, 2nd halfway, disputed 3f out, close 2nd entering straight, ridden under 2f out, weakened over 1f out op 8/1
8th
Horse silk
1 ¾
2
(5)
8/1
T: G M LyonsJ: C T Keane
Rear of mid-division, 7th halfway, no impression over 1f out, ridden and kept on one pace under 1f out op 7/1
9th
Horse silk
1
8
(1)
49-5
66/1
T: Mrs J HarringtonJ: C O'Donoghue
Slowly into stride and reminders, soon rear of mid-division, 8th halfway, 9th 3f out, ridden under 2f out, no extra final furlong op 50/1
10th
Horse silk
2 ¾
11
(3)
39-0
50/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: P B Beggy
Rear, 10th halfway, ridden 1 1/2f out, weakened final furlong op 40/1
11th
Horse silk
11
3
(2)
5/1
T: A P O'BrienJ: W M Lordan
Ran freely in 3rd early, 4th halfway, 5th 3f out, weakened 2f out op 6/1 tchd 13/2

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:€4.20Pl:€1.20, €2.00, €1.40EX:€28.80Trifecta:€136.60SF:€30.96

Forecasts

Abingdon (7/4), War Decree (7/2), Long Island Sound (5/1), Absolute Blast (8/1), Elusive Heights (8/1), De Coronado (9/1), Aneen (22/1), Tennessee Wildcat (33/1), Santa Monica (50/1), Dilmun (50/1), Signe (66/1)

Verdict

An excellent fifth in the French Derby in June when last spotted, War Decree has decent claims of landing this prize on his return to action and should have problems handling this surface. He can go well and may be hard to topple but his price will reflect that. Stablemate Long Island Sound won this race a year ago and isn't to be underestimated returning from a break while the mare Absolute Blast is another that could have a say. Sir Michael Stoute has never graced Dundalk with a runner before now so it is interesting that ABINGDON comes here. She was no match for Enable in the Yorkshire Oaks but does have smart turf form and, with Smullen up, could provide a fruitful first raid at this track for her expert handler.
  1. Abingdon
  2. War Decree
  3. Long Island Sound

Previous Winners

2016
Long Island Sound
Weight: 9-3  |Age: 3
4/5

Prize Money

1st: €37,170.002nd: €11,970.003rd: €5,670.004th: €2,520.005th: €1,260.006th: €629.00

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