Today's racecards

Curragh

  • 16:20 Irish Open Alleged Stakes 1m 2f

  • Winner €27,300 2nd €7,980 3rd €3,780 4th €1,260
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 14.63s
  • Off time: 16:21:54
16:20 Curragh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Parish Hall (IRE) 11/8
2nd Inis Meain (USA) 12/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (2) 32211-1 WHITE & YELLOW DIAMONDS, yellow sleeves, quartered cap Captain Joy (IRE) 37
Nag me
4 9-5 T Collins P J Smullen 102 10/111.00
2 (4) 1702- Dark Blue Ernest Hemingway (IRE) 170
Nag me
4 9-5 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 105 7/24.50
3 (3) 12131-4 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Inis Meain (USA) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
6 9-5 Denis Hogan D E Mullins 100 12/113.00
4 (6) 12821/ WHITE, purple panel, check cap Parish Hall (IRE) 547
Nag me
4 9-5 J S Bolger K J Manning 112 11/82.38
5 (1) 13769-1 EMERALD GREEN, black sash & sleeves, green cap Steps To Freedom (IRE) 51
Nag me
7 9-5 t Mrs J Harrington F M Berry 107 9/25.50
6 (5) 3121- Grey, light green sleeves & cap Montebell (IRE) 210
Nag meCourse Winner
4 9-0 K J Condon S Foley 95 5/16.00

Verdict

Dylan Thomas won this for Ballydoyle in 2007 and it's Ernest Hemingway attempting to emulate him here. The son of Galileo has run just four times but was a major disappointment after scoring at Dundalk by 10 lengths on his debut a year ago. Steps To Freedom, a Grade 2 winning hurdler, generally performs over much further though he did have the pace to win over 1m3f at Dundalk in February. Captain Joy has been going great guns on Polytrack but takes a big step up in class but the lightly-raced filly Montebell deserves her place in this company after landing a premier handicap here in September. PARISH HALL makes a very welcome return after an absence since finishing runner-up in the 2011 Dewhurst. He's entered in two Group 1 races in the next few weeks so Jim Bolger should have him ready to make a successful reappearance.