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Romanised Minstrel Stakes (Group 2)

  • Prize money: £62654.87
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • 11 runners
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Romanised Minstrel Stakes (Group 2)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 51-031 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Progressive handicapper last season; game short-head winner of a Listed race over 7f at Naas last time; needs to find a bit extra in order to make a serious impact at this level; ground-versatile.

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7th

1

(6)

1st Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

0m 7f 100y

14:40 Tipperary

Cosmic Vega

9st 10lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: M Halford & T Collins

led early, headed but prominent after 1f, weakened over 1f out

8/1

5th

1

(6)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 30y

17:30 Killarney

Cosmic Vega

9st 12lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: M Halford & T Collins

midfield but in touch with leaders, outpaced 1f out, kept on, not reach leaders

11/4

3rd

1

(5)

18th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

17:20 Cork

Cosmic Vega

9st 10lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: M Halford & T Collins

Progressive handicapper last year; game short-head winner of a 7f Listed event at Naas in May following a respectable third in seven-runner race Group 3 race at the Curragh (Carrytheone, fourth); did as well as could have been expected in a Group 2 at Leopardstown on latest; 2l behind Tawara then.

100/30

OUR TIP

Abandoned

Form: 51-561 C

Last run: 77 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Winner of four stakes races; third in this race two years ago; suited by plenty of cut in the ground, and holds a leading chance on the basis of Group 3 win over 1m at Leopardstown in May; slightly preferred on overall form to Cosmic Vega who finished in front of him in the Gladness Stakes.

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4th

4

(2)

12th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

15:00 Leopardstown

Power Under Me

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: G M Lyons

Rock solid gelding goes well here and won this last year on soft to heavy; nothing wrong with his C&D return on heavy but he wouldn't want the ground to get any faster.

7/2

2nd

2

(2)

10th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

15:15 Leopardstown

Power Under Me

9st 12lb

J: Colin Keane

T: G M Lyons

soon pressed leader, led narrowly 2f out, ridden when headed 1f out, kept on well, just held

4/1

Form: 4-1452 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Seven-time winner; latest success was in January at Dundalk over this trip before finishing a solid fourth in a valuable 1m event in Qatar; below his best on soft behind Power Under Me at Leopardstown in May; much better on good ground at the same venue last time.

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2nd

6

(5)

12th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

15:00 Leopardstown

Real Appeal

9st 9lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Adrian McGuinness

Group 2 winner over C&D in 2021 for Jessica Harrington; best turf run for this yard last year was when second in 7f Group 3 here in June; AW winner in March and will like the ground.

12/1

1st

4

(4)

8th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

18:45 Dundalk (AW)

Real Appeal

9st 5lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: Adrian McGuinness

travelled strongly, soon raced in second, challenging when switched right from 2f out, led towards near side inside final furlong, ridden and ran on towards finish, readily

5/2

Form: 0/70-8 D

Last run: 79 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Dual Listed winner on soft ground at this trip in 2021; struggled in two outings last season; mid-division in a Cork handicap on return; cheekpieces on now; trainer has stronger contenders in Jumbly and Honey Girl.

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19th

2

(16)

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

16:10 Curragh

Snapraeterea

10st 0lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Ground will be right for him and won at Listed level for third time at Tipperary in October; second off 99 at Galway festival the last time he ran in a handicap; jockey rides him for the first time.

10/1

4th

2

(4)

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

14:10 Leopardstown

Snapraeterea

9st 12lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Was gaining his third win at Listed level when taking Concorde Stakes at Tipperary early this month, just five days after finishing second in similar Cork contest (in which Power And Me disappointed); clearly in good heart, handles the ground and has to be respected.

11/2

1st

6

(11)

1st Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

0m 7f 100y

14:40 Tipperary

Snapraeterea

9st 7lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

towards rear, headway towards near side from under 2f out, ridden but still plenty to do 1f out, ran on well against near rail to lead towards finish

5/1

Form: 5-1159 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

0-8 for Henry de Bromhead but ran creditably when highly tried on several occasions; started off for Joseph O'Brien with maiden and Group 3 wins over C&D in spring, showing a liking for soft ground; has since finished behind stablemate Jumbly on good ground here and at Royal Ascot; further easing would boost her chance.

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2nd

5

(3)

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

14:10 Leopardstown

Honey Girl

9st 9lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

in touch with leaders, bit short of room when switched right and headway over 1f out, soon ridden, ran on and went second inside final 110yds, just held

7/2

3rd

1

(11)

15th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

14:50 Naas

Honey Girl

9st 10lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

midfield

9/2

5th

1

(5)

3rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

0m 7f 110y

15:45 Tipperary

Honey Girl

9st 10lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

midfield, headway waiting for room over 1f out, kept on final 110yds, not reach leaders

15/8

Form: 861-24 D BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Won three of her four starts at two, sole defeat when fourth in Rockfel Stakes; competed at a high level for the Charltons last season; changed hands for 1,250,000gns last November; Group 2 second over 1m here in May with Honey Girl in fifth; Ryan Moore sticks with her after Duke of Cambrdige Stakes fourth, Honey Girl again behind; strong chance.

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5th

4

(8)

6th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

15:35 Curragh

Jumbly

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Won four races for the Charltons including a 1m Group 3 event at Ascot in 2022; yet to score for Joseph O'Brien but has run well in defeat; second in a 1m Group 2 event here last May on Irish debut; fair fifth in Group 1 Matron Stakes before ending the season in a Grade 1 at Keeneland; started campaign well with second to a race-fit rival in the Gladness; leading chance.

9/4

2nd

5

(5)

21st Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

16:00 Curragh

Jumbly

9st 4lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Won four races for the Charltons including a 1m Group 3 event at Ascot in 2022; yet to score for Joseph O'Brien but has run well in defeat, including when second in a 1m Group 2 event here last May on Irish debut; fair fifth in Group 1 Matron Stakes before ending the season in a Grade 1 at Keeneland; has won on soft, but probably best on a sound surface.

7/2

5th

2

(2)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Jumbly

9st 7lb

J: Christophe Soumillon

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

midfield, bit short of room under 2f out, soon switched right, headway inside final furlong, no impression final 110yds

14/1

Abandoned

Form: 6-0780

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Good reason to believe that he can win a race but no apparent chance at this level.

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9th

5

(9)

22nd Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

19:30 Dundalk (AW)

Alexander John

9st 6lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Luke Comer

Opened his account at 16th attempt with a comfortable front-running success in 7f maiden here last month but too keen back in handicap company since; return to 1m not an obvious play and others preferred.

12/1

8th

5

(9)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

20:15 Dundalk (AW)

Alexander John

9st 7lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Luke Comer

Opened his account at 16th attempt with a comfortable front-running success in a 7f maiden here last Friday; previously, had often run well in defeat, in good company at times (has run in three Pattern races); 5f was too sharp here on his penultimate start; 1m should suit

9/2

1st

1

(8)

23rd Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

16:40 Dundalk (AW)

Alexander John

9st 9lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Luke Comer

made virtually all, clear when nudged along from over 2f out, ridden and ran on from over 1f out

5/1

Form: 13-114 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Reliable and progressive sort in conditions races and handicaps; has almost 3l to find with Tarawa on running in a Listed race here three weeks ago; that was a promising run considering it was her first run in a stakes races.

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2nd

3

(3)

6th May 2024

Soft

1m 2f 0y

16:10 Curragh

Lord Massusus

9st 5lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Joseph G Murphy

took keen hold, pressed leaders, lost position under 4f out, ridden from over 1f out, kept on and went second but no chance with winner inside final 110yds

10/1

3rd

1

(6)

10th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

15:15 Leopardstown

Lord Massusus

9st 12lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Joseph G Murphy

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway and prominent over 2f out, went third on near side of group when ridden under 2f out, kept on well final 110yds, no match for first two

5/2

Form: 6163- D

Last run: 343 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Group 3-placed over this trip at Deauville on his final start at two; makes seasonal debut now with tongue-tie on for the first time; lowest-rated of four runners for his trainer.

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7th

6

(2)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Goodwood

Montesilvano

9st 3lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Still unexposed but badly lacks recent match practice, having been absent since French Group 3 effort (7f) last August, and is bottom of this pack on ratings; gelded during layoff; now goes in tongue-tie.

33/1

Form: 015-25

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Won a 1m Navan maiden last October; good effort on seasonal debut in a 1m1f Listed race at Leopardstown; needs to reverse recent form course 1m form with Tarawa; 7f may not be ideal, but more crucially, Ryan Moore deserts him.

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9th

10

(10)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

15:55 Leopardstown

Salt Lake City

9st 5lb

J: Colin Keane

T: A P O’Brien

raced in second

14/1

1st

6

(5)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 30y

17:30 Killarney

Salt Lake City

9st 3lb

J: Killian Hennessy

T: A P O’Brien

in touch with leaders, headway and went third 2f out, ridden over 1f out, went second inside final 110yds, ran on well to lead post

4/1

16th

7

(12)

1st Aug 2023

Soft

1m 0f 123y

18:40 Galway

Salt Lake City

9st 10lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

Wide-margin Navan maiden winner last year before contesting the Vertem Futurity; neck second on seasonal debut in 1m1f Listed at Leopardstown; looked a bit one-paced over 1m on his next start and found 7f inadequate in a Group 2 event at Leopardstown last week; interesting on handicap debut, but no horse of his age has won this since 2004.

8/1

Abandoned

Form: 51-242 D BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Won a Leopardstown maiden last season, runner-up in a Group 3 event at same venue on return, both on soft; showed she handled good ground when a creditable fourth behind stablemate Tahyira in the Irish 1,000 Guineas; beaten by an outsider in a 1m Listed event last time; looks best of her age-group here but perhaps vulnerable to older rivals.

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3rd

12

(12)

29th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newmarket

Tarawa

9st 0lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

dwelt start, took keen hold, held up in rear, good headway on near side of group from over 2f out, briefly disputed lead over 1f out, kept on

9/1

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Verdict

Ryan Moore sticks with JUMBLY who is dropped in trip after two Group 2 attempts at 1m. She is slightly preferred to Tarawa, the most appealing of five runners in her age group here. Power Under Me was third in this event two years ago and can probably reach the money again. [Alan Sweetman]

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Tarawa

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Honey Girl

SPOTLIGHT:

Jumbly

POSTDATA:

Tarawa

The Irish Sun:

Tarawa