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Curragh

  • 16:05 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes 6f

  • (Group 1) €190,000 added 2yo 9 ran
  • Winner €110,200 2nd €36,100 3rd €17,100 4th €5,700
  • Going: Good to Yielding (Round Course: Good)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 13.30s
  • Off time: 16:05:40

Full result

16:05 Curragh Result 7th August 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (9) La Collina (IRE) 8-12 D P McDonogh K Prendergast 2 33/1
Towards rear, switched right under 2f out, headway into 4th 1f out, stayed on well under pressure to lead close home opened 33/1 touched 33/1
2nd (4) nk Power 9-1 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 2 7/4f
Always prominent, disputed lead before halfway, led under 2f out, soon ridden and kept on well inside final furlong, headed close home opened 2/1 touched 2/1
3rd (2) Tough As Nails (IRE) 9-1 G F Carroll Michael Mulvany 2 12/1
Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 3rd over 1f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace opened 12/1 touched 12/1
4th (6) ½ Lilbourne Lad (IRE) 9-1 R Hughes Richard Hannon 2 8/1
Led and disputed lead, headed under 2f out, soon ridden and no extra inside final furlong opened 8/1 touched 8/1
5th (7) Reply (IRE) 9-1 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 2 7/1
Prominent, tracked leaders in 4th halfway, no impression in 5th from over 1f out opened 8/1 touched 8/1
6th (8) hd Frederick Engels 9-1 J P Murtagh D H Brown 2 10/3
Held up towards rear, some headway on stands side rail when badly hampered 2f out, not recover, kept on inside final furlong opened 3/1 touched 7/2
7th (1) ½ Gatepost (IRE) 9-1 J P Spencer M R Channon 2 5/1
Chased leaders, 6th on outer 2f out, no impresion from over 1f out opened 5/1 touched 5/1
8th (5) ¾ Parish Hall (IRE) 9-1 K J Manning J S Bolger 2 14/1
Prominent, disputed lead before halfway, headed over 2f out, soon edged left, no extra from over 1f out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
9th (3) nk After (IRE) 8-12 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 2 50/1
Always towards rear, in touch 2f out, no extra from over 1f out opened 50/1 touched 50/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £22.00 Tote Place: £4.20,1.10,2.10
Straight Forecast: £94.00 Exacta: £212.20

Placepot: €354.50, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

Aidan O'Brien's stranglehold on this race was loosened for a year by a sparkling performance from Kevin Prendergast's filly LA COLLINA. The daughter of Strategic Prince had impressed on debut before finishing second to Maybe in a muddling race and provided a further boost for the winner of the preceding race on the card. The field were tightly bunched near the rail causing some congestion and Frederik Engels suffered more than modest. The Windsor Castle and July Stakes winner tried to make his challenge on the inside of the pack but just as he was quickening through the door was closed on him by Parish Hall who drifted to his left under a right hand drive as he weakened out of contention. The Iceman colt actually picked up again in the closing stages and it's not hard to think that he would have gone very close with a clear run through. The winner, however, actually started her challenge from behind David Brown's colt and had to be briefly snatched up when going for the same gap as Frederick Engels. She had to be switched right and then left in order to reach a challenging position as she weaved her way through the pack to reach a challenging position and was going away at the line. She is in the Moyglare Stud Stakes and, given that her dam is a half-sister to strong stayer Icon Dream, the extra furlong should be well within her compass as should middle distances next season; her turn of foot will make her a potent force wherever she turns up next. Coventry Stakes winner Power was always to the fore and saw off the challenges of fellow pacemakers Parish Hall (the first to crack) and then Lilbourne Lad but he had no answer to the late burst from the filly. The Coventry Stakes form has taken a few knocks and the race might not have been as strong as is often the case. The runner-up is entered in all the big races and may benefit from a step up in trip as he looked something of a galloper here. He extended his superiority over third home Tough As Nails from their meeting in the Marble Hill Stakes so still looks to be progressing. Tough As Nails reversed Railway Stakes form with Lilbourne Lad and is an extremely likeable individual; he kept finding for pressure and should be able to gain a deserved Pattern success when dropped in grade. There clearly isn't a great deal between the third and Lilbourne Lad and Richard Hannon's runner should continue to be a good account of himself below the top tier. Gatepost had looked unlucky not to finish closer in the Coventry so this was a disappointing performance from him; he appeared to travel well enough but didn't pick up as expected when asked. It would be no surprise to see him turned out quickly in the Gimcrack at York in an attempt to redeem his reputation and he's already won at the track. Reply had been off the track since winning his maiden impressively in May; he was well placed throughout but lacked the pace to get involved. There's plenty of speed in his pedigree but he is a half-brother to Indian Days so it's possible that he may now need further although it's also feasible that this run might have been needed after his absence.