Today's racecards

Dundalk

  • 20:00 Mercury Stakes 5f

  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 0m 57.35s
  • Off time: 20:02:10
20:00 Dundalk Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Balmont Mast (IRE) 7/2
2nd Nocturnal Affair (SAF) 13/2
3rd Timeless Call (IRE) 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (2) 629109 Royal Blue, Maroon stars Borderlescott 19
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 10-0 R Bastiman P J Smullen 111 10/111.00
2 (11) 056221 RED, white sleeves, red seams, white & red striped cap Balmont Mast (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 9-11 E Lynam J P Murtagh 101 7/24.50
3 (1) 739401 EMERALD GREEN, red hoop, red sleeves, striped cap Katla (IRE) 12
Nag me
4 9-11 J F Grogan J A Heffernan 102 12/113.00
4 (7) 740-729 Red, White sash, Royal Blue cap Kingsgate Native (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
7 9-11 R M H Cowell E J McNamara 110 6/17.00
5 (9) 471- BLACK, pink seams, quartered cap Nero Emperor (IRE) 343
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
3 9-11 T Stack W M Lordan 96 9/110.00
6 (12) 362082 White, emerald green epaulettes, emerald green seams on sleeves, emerald green cap, white star Nocturnal Affair (SAF) 21
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-11 t D Marnane F Lynch 110 13/27.50
7 (3) 605330 BLACK, red epaulettes, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, red star Oor Jock (IRE) 10
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-11 J P Shanahan T P O'Shea 87 33/134.00
8 (6) 5113-80 WHITE, brown sash, emerald green cap Roicead (USA) 44
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-11 bt W McCreery D P McDonogh 101 25/126.00
9 (14) 125/620 ROYAL BLUE, orange disc, striped sleeves & cap Starspangledbanner (AUS) 19
Nag meDistance Winner
6 9-11 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 113 3/14.00
10 (10) 24-2865 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Experience (IRE) 21
Nag me
3 9-8 p D Wachman W J Lee 99 22/123.00
11 (8) 0-19910 RED, royal blue seams, check cap Timeless Call (IRE) 44
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
4 9-8 R Roberts C D Hayes 98 20/121.00
13 (5) 143 Dark blue, yellow seams, yellow cap, dark blue spots Liberating 144
Nag meDistance Winner
2 8-4 Mrs J Harrington S Foley 96 25/126.00
14 (4) 132 Pink and Purple quartered, Pink sleeves, quartered cap Zoola (IRE) 35
Nag meDistance Winner
2 8-4 A Heffernan N G McCullagh 99 8/19.00
17 8-11951 Red, black cross of lorraine, black spots on sleeves, red cap, black spots Grey Danube (IRE) 29
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
3 9-11 D Bunyan G F Carroll 82 25/126.00
Non runners
12 (13)912419Liber28-7Sir Mark PrescottM C Hussey97
15541309Knock Stars (IRE)49-8P MartinReserve 182
16414154Queen Grace (IRE)59-8M J BrowneReserve 282

Verdict

A very strong turnout for this nice prize. Nocturnal Affair won the race a year ago when Balmont Mast was a close third but the latter had the worst of the draw and reversed to form over 6f here three weeks ago. The veteran Borderlescott is still capable of a big run though doesn't have much experience on the surface but fellow UK raider Liber represents a yard who don't tilt at windmills and he's looked very speedy in winning three juvenile events since July. This basically boils down to whether STARSPANGLEDBANNER retains his ability and the evidence is that he does after his narrow defeat by Saturday's Group 2 winner Maarek at the Curragh last month. Aidan O'Brien's dual 2010 Group 1 winner has since run poorly over 7f on heavy ground at Longchamp but is taken to bounce back and gain his first success in over two years.