Irish Stallion Farms EBF Star Appeal Stakes (Listed) 7f
- (2yo, 7f, Class 1, 8 runners)
- Winner €28,501 2nd €9,500 3rd €4,750 4th €2,375 5th €1,425 6th €950
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 25.12s
- Off time: 18:45:14
|1st||9 Zaffy's Pride||7/1|
|3rd||1 Admiral Nelson||½||6/1|
Admiral Nelson 54
|2||131 9-5||A P O'Brien||E J McNamara|
Deputy Sandy (IRE) 15
|2||131 9-5||Mrs J Harrington||C P Hoban|
|2||131 9-5||J P Murtagh||S B Kelly|
Ides Of August (USA) 6
|2||131 9-5||G M Lyons||C T Keane|
Magnanimous (IRE) 10
|2||131 9-5||J P O'Brien||S M Crosse|
Toshizou (IRE) 18
|2||131 9-5||J P O'Brien||D P McDonogh|
Sziget (IRE) 15
|2||126 9-0||J F Grogan||W J Lee|
Zaffy's Pride (IRE) 14
|2||126 9-0||Mrs J Harrington||T P Madden|
|2||S Lavery||R C Colgan|
Fort Myers (USA)
||2||9-3||A P O'Brien||D O'Brien||1/1|
All of these have won at least once. Deputy Sandy made a successful debut at Naas in what looked a very strong maiden. He can only improve but would need to against this stiffer opposition. After a winning start at the Curragh, ADMIRAL NELSON has raced exclusively at Group 2 and 1 level without being disgraced. This represents a big drop in class and he can make it count. Magnanimous has won competitive nurseries at Cork and Listowel and deserves a crack at this grade as does his superbly-bred stablemate Toshizou, who landed the odds at Tipperary. Ides Of August hasn't been able to handle Group 2 company since a winning debut at Leopardstown and this is more his level.
Avagardner20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden 2f out, under pressure in 4th 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Belle Image (9-2) at Curragh 6f gd in Sep.
Zaffy's Pride (IRE)3-1 (8-11) Disputed briefly, soon chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden to challenge 1 1/2f out, led final 150 yards, kept on well closing stages, won at Dundalk 6f mdn pol in Sep beating Anjalawi (8-9) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Magnanimous (IRE)11-4 (9-10) Tracked leaders, closed travelling smoothly straight, soon effort, ridden to lead narrowly inside final furlong, kept on well to just prevail, won at Listowel 1m hcp Good - Yielding in Sep beating San Martino (9-7) by hd, 7 ran.
Admiral Nelson14-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, soon pushed along and lost place under 2f out, no extra final furlong, 9th of 10, 9 1/2l behind Lucky Vega (9-5) at Curragh 6f Grp 1 stks (1) Good - Yielding in Aug.
Fourhometwo22-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, bumped after 1 1/2f, 4th halfway, pushed along and no impression early straight, no extra from over 1f out, 8th of 9, 14 1/4l behind Cadillac (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m Grp 2 stks (1) gd in Sep.
Toshizou (IRE)10-11fav (9-7) Soon prominent, closed travelling smoothly straight, pushed along under 2f out and effort, challenged and on terms over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon strongly pressed, stayed on well to just prevail, won at Tipperary 7f mdn Good - Yielding in Sep beating Baseman (9-7) by hd, 15 ran.
Sziget (IRE)10-1 (9-2) Mid-division on outer, pushed along 2f out, ridden and headway to lead 1f out, kept on well and drew clear closing stages, won at Naas 7f mdn gd in Sep beating Emporio (9-7) by 3 3/4l, 12 ran.
Ides Of August (USA)12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden and no impression 2f out, soon no extra, 9th of 13, 12l behind High Definition (9-5) at Curragh 1m Grp 2 stks (1) Good - Yielding in Sep.
Deputy Sandy (IRE)7-2 (9-7) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, pushed along to dispute lead 1f out, ridden and kept on well inside final furlong to lead closing stages, won at Naas 7f mdn gd in Sep beating Southern Lights (9-7) by hd, 10 ran.