Today's racecards

Down Royal

  • 16:35 European Breeders Fund Coolmore Stud Ulster Oaks Fillies Handicap1m 2f 100y

  • Winner €22,750 2nd €6,649 3rd €3,150 4th €1,050
  • Going: Good, Good to Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 16.22s
  • Off time: 16:37:06
16:35 Down Royal Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Fionnuar (IRE) 5/1
2nd Valbucca (IRE) 7/1
3rd Salhooda (IRE) 4/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (5) 1778-31 YELLOW, blue spots, yellow slvs, blue cap Dane Street (USA) 9
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-12 p Mrs J Harrington F M Berry 96 11/26.50
2 (2) 241-115 PINK, brown sash & sleeves, brown spots on cap Valbucca (IRE) 13
Nag meDistance Winner
6 9-3 b W McCreery S B Kelly (3) 87 7/18.00
3 (3) 21-71 Royal blue,white epaulettes, light blue and dark Blue striped cap Salhooda (IRE) 26
Nag me
3 9-1 D K Weld P J Smullen 97 4/15.00
4 (9) 655-898 Light blue, maroon spots, light blue sleeves, yellow spots, light blue cap, maroon spots Balrath Hope (IRE) 13
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
4 9-0 b1 G P Cromwell L P Dempsey (7) 84 20/121.00
5 (8) 69-0730 RED, yellow seams, green cap Jazz Girl (IRE) 9
Nag meDistance Winner
5 8-11 A Oliver G F Carroll 81 14/115.00
6 (1) 587900 ORANGE & WHITE CHEVRONS, white sleeves, striped cap Strandfield Lady (IRE) 9
Nag meDistance Winner
8 8-10 b H Rogers C D Hayes (3) 80 28/129.00
7 (6) 083-251 WHITE, purple panel, check cap Fionnuar (IRE) 15
Nag meDistance Winner
4 8-9 pt J S Bolger D Robinson (7) 79 5/16.00
8 (7) 31-2 MAROON, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Opera Gloves (IRE) 34
Nag me
3 8-9 M Halford S Foley 91 3/14.00
9 (10) 425599- EMERALD GREEN, yellow sleeves, white cap, yellow spots Cnocan Diva (IRE) 67
Nag me
5 8-7 A J Martin N G McCullagh 77 7/18.00
10 (4) 9268-86 Red, large White spots, White cap Headford Lady (IRE) 4
Nag me
8 8-4 pt Miss Simpson I J Brennan (3) 72 33/134.00

Verdict

Balrath Hope won this last year as a three-year-old and it's that age group who have easily the best recent record. Just two are engaged this time - Opera Gloves, who finished runner-up to today's rival Valbucca at Navan with subsequent winner Dane Street in third, and SALHOODA who is handed the vote. Dermot Weld's filly beat the useful Hanky Panky on heavy ground at the Curragh last season and reappeared to make all when long odds-on at Ballinrobe last month. She's still in the Oaks next month and can enhance her prospects. Valbucca was completing a hat-trick in that Navan event but couldn't handle a 9lb rise at the Curragh subsequently. Fionnuar is progressing really well and even a massive 12lb rise for her very easy Leopardstown success shouldn't prevent a big run.