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  • 14:10 Dubai Duty Free Railway Stakes 6f

  • (Group 2) €95,001 added 2yo 5 ran
  • Winner €57,150 2nd €18,050 3rd €8,550 4th €2,850
  • Going: Good (Good to Yielding in places on straight course)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:10:11

Full result

14:10 Curragh Result 26th June 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (2) Lilbourne Lad (IRE) 9-1 R Hughes Richard Hannon 2 9/4
Always prominent, disputed lead from before halfway, ridden over 1f out, edged right under pressure inside final furlong, led and kept on best final 100 yards opened 2/1 touched 5/2
2nd (1) ¾ Tough As Nails (IRE) 9-1 G F Carroll Michael Mulvany 2 15/8f
Always prominent, disputed lead from before halfway, driven along from well over 1f out, kept on well under pressure and carried slightly right inside final furlong, headed and no extra final 100 yards opened 9/4 touched 9/4
3rd (5) French Emperor (IRE) 9-1 W M Lordan E Lynam 2 33/1
Towards rear, 4th from halfway, pushed along 2f out and soon no impression on leading pair, kept on one pace opened 28/1 touched 33/1
4th (3) 1 Choir (IRE) 9-1 R L Moore A P O'Brien 2 2/1
Chased leaders, pushed along in 3rd halfway, no impression on leading pair from well over 1f out, kept on one pace opened 15/8 touched 2/1
5th (4) 7 Vault (IRE) 9-1 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 2 12/1
Led early, ridden along and dropped to rear before halfway, no extra from 2f out, weakened opened 10/1 touched 12/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.00 Tote Place: £1.30,1.20
Straight Forecast: £6.80 Exacta: £5.50

Placepot: €144.50, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

Aidan O'Brien has dominated the Dubai Duty Free Railway Stakes in recent years, winning 11 of the last 14 renewals. He brought two once-raced unbeaten Danehill Dancer juveniles to the contest this time around in the shape of Choir and Vault but the pair finished fourth and fifth in the five-runner field, the more experienced trio finishing ahead of them in very windy conditions at the Curragh. LILBOURNE LAD got the better of Tough As Nails after the pair pulled away from French Emperor and the O'Brien duo in the final two furlongs, Richard Hannon's raider quite a comfortable winner in the end and confirmed so after a short stewards' inquiry. It was an easy decision for the Curragh officials to make; Lilbourne Lad drifted off the rail in the closing stages but made minimal, if any, contact with the runner-up and was well on top at the line despite an official winning distance of just three quarters of a length. Vault had led initially with stablemate Choir in his slipstream, but Lilbourne Lad and Hughes took over after just two furlongs with the Ballydoyle pair quickly under pressure. Tough As Nails, a tad keen in the early stages, loomed up on Lilbourne Lad's outside but the winner found more for pressure late on and was undoubtedly a worthy winner. Initial impressions are that this was a substandard renewal of the race with an underwhelming victor. He certainly didn't need to show improved form to take this as his winning deficit over French Emperor decreased by two lengths from their listed form at Naas earlier in the month, though that was run on faster ground. Victor Chandler went 25/1 about the winner for the 2000 Guineas immediately afterwards but such quotes make little appeal at this stage as the form is questionable. The winner and second will probably take their chance in top company later in the season and we'll get a better idea of their talents and long-term prospects when they do so. The O'Brien pair both deserve another chance given their inexperience and the windy conditions. Clearly held in high regard by their trainer who has run some of his best horses in this contest, they could well leave this form well behind in the future.