Today's racecards

Curragh

  • 15:35 Lanwades Stud Blandford Stakes 1m 2f

  • Winner €65,001 2nd €19,000 3rd €9,000 4th €3,000
  • Going: Good, Good to Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 4.75s
  • Off time: 15:36:38
15:35 Curragh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Belle de Crecy (IRE) 16/1
2nd Hot Snap 5/4
3rd Magical Dream (IRE) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (2) 321124 Royal blue & red chevrons, red & white striped sleeves, red & white quartered cap Belle de Crecy (IRE) 7
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
4 9-7 J P Murtagh J P Murtagh 102 16/117.00
2 (8) 1370-37 BLACK, white slvs, red cap, black star Princess Highway (USA) 76
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-7 D K Weld P J Smullen 110 14/115.00
3 (6) 422-532 Black, white spots, black sleeves, white cap Shirocco Star 21
Nag meBeaten Favourite
4 9-7 b1 H Morrison C D Hayes 106 7/18.00
4 (7) 3-11 BLACK, white epaulettes, white cap, black stars Alive Alive Oh 130
Nag meDistance Winner
3 9-0 T Stack F M Berry 107 7/42.75
5 (1) 1-193 EMERALD GREEN, pink sash, white sleeves, pink cap Hot Snap 42
Nag me
3 9-0 Lady Cecil T P Queally 113 5/42.25
6 (3) 1-22680 Dark Blue Magical Dream (IRE) 7
Nag meCourse Winner
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 105 25/126.00
7 (4) 4-21113 Yellow, royal blue stars, yellow cap Pearl Of Africa (IRE) 13
Nag meCourse Winner
3 9-0 E Lynam F Lynch 104 16/117.00
8 (5) 128-844 Grey, maroon epaulets Purr Along 25
Nag me
3 9-0 W R Muir L Dettori 109 14/115.00

Verdict

Raiders from the UK have won this five times in the last ten years and hold a very strong hand this time. Shirocco Star is undoubtedly the form pick but her record of one victory in twelve starts tells a story. She's been regularly placed at Group 1 and 2 level but disappointed at Warwick last time and is overlooked. HOT SNAP has only run four times, landing a Newmarket Group 3 on her second run and producing excellent efforts at the highest level in both subsequent starts. Her close third behind Winsili in the Nassau Stakes was particularly impressive as she didn't get the best of runs and can gain compensation here. Purr Along is the third of the raiders and by no means the least fancied as she's another who has been competing with distinction at the highest level. Alive Alive Oh leads the home contingent and she could hardly have been more impressive when slamming Magical Dream in a Listed contest at Navan in May.