Goffs Future Stars (C & G) I.N.H. Flat Race (Grade 2) 2m
- (4-7yo, 2m, Class 1, 7 runners)
- Winner €60,000 2nd €20,000 3rd €10,000 4th €5,000 5th €3,000 6th €2,000
- Going: Yielding
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 59.30s
- Off time: 16:26:12
|1st||5 Facile Vega||8/11f|
|2nd||7 Sandor Clegane||12||17/2|
The Big Doyen (IRE) 83
|5||168 12-0||Peter Fahey||Mr D O'Connor|
Carnfunnock (IRE) 81
|5||165 11-11||S R B Crawford||Mr B G Crawford|
Da Capo Glory (IRE) 105
|5||165 11-11||Padraig Butler||Mr D Allen|
Embassy Gardens 40
|6||165 11-11||W P Mullins||Miss J Townend|
Facile Vega (IRE) 41
|5||165 11-11||W P Mullins||Mr P W Mullins|
Itswhatunitesus (IRE) 63
|5||165 11-11||G Elliott||Mr J J Codd|
Sandor Clegane (IRE) 62
|5||165 11-11||P Nolan||Mr B O'Neill|
||6||11-13||W P Mullins||Mr P W Mullins||11/10|
This has been run four times and every favourite has won, three of them trained by Willie Mullins, who has two engaged this time. Embassy Gardens got up close home to score here in December but those who witnessed FACILE VEGA winning here on St Stephen's Day are unlikely to oppose him as he bids for a double. He cantered all over subsequent winner Joyeux Machin that day and will take some beating. The latter's yard is represented by Sandor Clegane, who won a Punchestown bumper by 15l, while Itswhatunitesus landed the odds in impressive fashion from a subsequent winner at Navan. The Big Doyen has an extra penalty for completing a double with the latest success coming by 15l at Punchestown.
Facile Vega (IRE)10-11fav (11-11) Chased leaders, headway to dispute lead halfway, led 5f out, pushed along to assert over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Leopardstown 2m sft in Dec beating Joyeux Machin (11-11) by 6l, 16 ran.
Sandor Clegane (IRE)8-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, disputed halfway, led 3f out, ridden to assert 1 1/2f out, clear over 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, impressive, won at Punchestown 2m Yielding in Dec beating The Flier Begley (12-0) by 15l, 11 ran.
Carnfunnock (IRE)11-8fav (11-0) Held up in touch in mid-division, headway from over 5f out, challenged over 2f out, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, readily, won at Ayr 2m (5) gs in Nov beating Geordies Dream (11-7) by 5 1/2l, 14 ran.
Itswhatunitesus (IRE)10-11fav (12-2) Mid-division on outer, headway into 2nd travelling well 3f out, improved to lead 1 1/2f out, pushed along and stayed on well final furlong, easily, won at Navan 2m Yielding in Dec beating Killer Mode (12-2) by 6l, 15 ran.
Embassy Gardens4-6fav (12-2) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, headway on outer approaching straight, 2nd and pushed along 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong to lead on line, won at Leopardstown 2m 4f Yielding - Soft in Dec beating Santonito (12-2) by ns, 12 ran.
The Big Doyen (IRE)11-4 (11-9) Soon raced in 3rd, closed up and on terms 3f out, led travelling smoothly into straight, quickly asserted, stayed on well, very easily, won at Punchestown 2m Good - Yielding in Nov beating Cool Survivor (11-2) by 15l, 5 ran.
Da Capo Glory (IRE)9-2 (11-9) Tracked leader, 4th halfway, 5th 4f out, improved to 3rd under 2f out, led entering straight, ridden under 1f out, kept on well, won at Galway 2m sft in Oct beating Halligator (11-9) by 4 3/4l, 7 ran.