Down Royal

  • 21:00 Her Majesty's Plate1m 4f 195y

  • Winner €13,000 2nd €3,800 3rd €1,800 4th €600
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 50.19s
  • Off time: 21:01:07
21:00 Down Royal Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Manalapan (IRE) 4/5

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (2) 892711 ORANGE, royal blue hoop & armlet, check cap El Salvador (IRE) 10
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-0 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 104 15/82.88
2 (3) 574542 GREY, dark green spots on sleeves, grey cap, dark green star Manalapan (IRE) 8
Nag me
4 9-9 P J Prendergast C D Hayes 107 4/51.80
3 (1) 51-4400 Maroon, white star & sleeves, hooped cap Sir Ector (USA) 27
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 9-9 b J J Lambe P J Smullen 100 4/15.00

Verdict

Nine of the last ten favourites have won this though finding the market leader this time is no easy matter. Sir Ector came to the race a year ago in excellent form but couldn't cope with the odds-on Dabadiyan. He faces similar opposition this time and is better over further these days. El Salvador is rated 3lb lower than MANALAPAN but has to concede 5lb, which should hand the initiative to Patrick Prendergast's colt, who has been consistent enough in Listed company since completing a double in strong handicaps at this time last summer. He should just about have the edge on the Ballydoyle entry, whose best run this season was when runner-up to Pique Sous in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Ascot and who has won a couple of minor races already this month.