KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes (Group 2) 1m
- (2yo, 1m, Class 1, 9 runners)
- Winner €75,000 2nd €24,999 3rd €12,500 4th €6,250 5th €3,750 6th €2,500
- Going: Good (Good to Firm in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 40.93s
- Off time: 15:40:42
|2nd||10 Van Gogh||3½||7/2|
|3rd||8 Reve De Vol||2¾||40/1|
Cadillac (IRE) 21
|2||131 9-5||Mrs J Harrington||S Foley|
Fernando Vichi (IRE) 51
|2||131 9-5||Donnacha O'Brien||G M Ryan|
|2||131 9-5||J P Murtagh||S B Kelly|
Ides Of August (USA) 83
|2||131 9-5||G M Lyons||C T Keane|
Jack Duggan (USA) 36
|2||131 9-5||J S Bolger||K J Manning|
Liffey River (FR) 9
|2||131 9-5||J P O'Brien||W M Lordan|
Reve De Vol (IRE) 37
|2||131 9-5||G M Lyons||G F Carroll|
Snapraeterea (IRE) 21
|2||131 9-5||J P O'Brien||D P McDonogh|
Van Gogh (USA) 21
|2||131 9-5||A P O'Brien||R L Moore|
Blue For You (IRE) 47
|2||95||D K Weld||O J Orr|
||2||9-3||A P O'Brien||R L Moore||1/2|
Aidan O'Brien has won six of the last eight and Van Gogh flies the flag for the yard here. He's probably been waiting to step up to a mile though he'll need to improve on his run behind Mac Swiney in the Group 2 Futurity. CADILLAC finished runner-up that day and may have won but for running green. He was only beaten half-a-length and had Snapraeterea 2 lengths back in fourth though the latter was also staying on and will be suited by the extra furlong. His yard is also represented by Liffey River, who had a ton in hand when landing a Punchestown maiden, while Ideas Of August gained plenty of admirers when beating subsequent winner Southern Cape over 7f here in June. Fernando Vichi sauntered home in a track and trip maiden in July and is greatly respected.
Blue For You (IRE)8-1 (9-5) In touch on inner, 5th halfway, switched left under 3f out and bumped rival, ridden and progress 1f out, ran on well to lead closing stages, won at Galway 7f mdn sft in Jul beating Wembley (9-5) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Cadillac (IRE)4-5fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along and some headway under 2f out, 3rd and ridden 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression on winner closing stages, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Mac Swiney (9-5) at Curragh 7f Grp 2 stks (1) sft in Aug.
Van Gogh (USA)7-2 (9-5) Mid-division, some headway in 3rd 3f out, pushed along and no impression 1 1/2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 6 1/4l behind Mac Swiney (9-5) at Curragh 7f Grp 2 stks (1) sft in Aug.
Reve De Vol (IRE)28-1 (9-5) Slowly away, held up in rear, ridden and no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 10, 3 1/4l behind Military Style (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f Grp 3 stks (1) gd in Aug.
Fernando Vichi (IRE)8-15fav (9-5) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, pushed along entering straight, ridden to close on leader over 1f out, led 150 yards out, kept on well, comfortably, won at Leopardstown 1m mdn gd in Jul beating Sword Zorro (9-5) by 3 1/4l, 6 ran.
Ides Of August (USA)3-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden and some headway when edged left over 1f out, soon went 2nd, kept on well inside final furlong to lead close home, won at Leopardstown 7f mdn gd in Jun beating Southern Cape (9-2) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Snapraeterea (IRE)6-1 (9-5) Rear of mid-division, pushed along and some headway 2f out, went 4th early final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Mac Swiney (9-5) at Curragh 7f Grp 2 stks (1) sft in Aug.
Liffey River (FR)10-11fav (9-7) Prominent, led after 1f, still travelling smoothly and went on straight, pushed along over 1f out, kept on final furlong, reduced lead but holding on well close home, won at Punchestown 1m mdn sft in Sep beating Agrimony (9-7) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Fourhometwo6-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, pushed along 2f out, switched left entering straight and ridden to challenge 1f out, soon led and edged right, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Galway 7f mdn sft in Aug beating Dame Dandy (9-2) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Jack Duggan (USA)20-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, travelled well and not clear run briefly under 2f out, headway to lead 1f out, ridden to assert and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Tipperary 1m mdn Yielding - Soft in Aug beating Skilled Warrior (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.