Today's racecards

Down Royal

  • 20:50 Her Majesty's Plate1m 4f 195y

  • Winner €13,000 2nd €3,799 3rd €1,799 4th €600
  • Going: Good to firm (watering)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 46.61s
  • Off time: 20:50:29
20:50 Down Royal Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Dabadiyan (IRE) 4/6
2nd Shu Lewis (IRE) 10/1
3rd Sir Ector (USA) 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (7) 1 WHITE,green triple diamond,green slvs,white diamonds,green cap,white diamonds Writers Block (IRE) 22
Nag me
10 9-12 vt R K Watson P C O'Donnell (10) 33/134.00
2 (2) 29/511- Royal blue, white star, white sleeves, royal blue stars, royal blue cap, white stars Acht (GER) 6
Nag me
4 9-9 t N C Kelly J A Heffernan 56 66/167.00
3 (6) 310-312 Maroon, white star & sleeves, hooped cap Sir Ector (USA) 8
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-9 b J J Lambe C D Hayes 99 5/16.00
4 (8) 701524 PURPLE & WHITE STRIPES, hooped sleeves & cap Solo Performer (IRE) 12
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 9-9 b H Rogers C R King (7) 89 14/115.00
5 (3) 916055/ Orange & light blue quartered, dark blue sleeves, white cap Vivaldi (IRE) 21
Nag me
8 9-9 J J Lambe Karen Kenny (7) 73 50/151.00
6 (5) 33713- BLACK & YELLOW HOOPS, red sleeves, black & yellow quartered cap Shu Lewis (IRE) 264
Nag me
7 9-7 Ms M Blake P J Smullen 95 10/111.00
7 (4) 44-411 GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Dabadiyan (IRE) 26
Nag me
3 9-1 M Halford D P McDonogh 107 4/61.67
8 (1) 81 Dark Blue Royal Irish Hussar (IRE) 9
Nag me
3 9-1 p A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 3/14.00

Verdict

Writers Block delivered a result that would have been rejected by even the most receptive of film studios as the 10-year-old landed a Leopardstown maiden on debut by a cool 14 lengths. He won't be 50/1 on this occasion but we believe that SIR ECTOR looks a safer bet to reproduce his form. The dual-purpose performer won over course and distance winner in June and proved that success to be no fluke when posting a fair effort in Listed company. Royal Irish Hussar landed one of the gambles of the season at Killarney and Aidan O'Brien knows how to win this race having done so last year. Along with Dabadiyan, the pair receive a sizeable weight-for-age allowance, and Mick Halford's colt can be considered a big player having won readily off a mark of 92 in a Curragh handicap.