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Michael John Kennedy Memorial Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares)

  • Prize money: £28716.81
  • 1m 1f 0y
  • 8 runners
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Michael John Kennedy Memorial Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 21-146 C

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Former German-trained filly and better than ever in winning a 7f Listed event here (heavy) in April; now back down in class from the Group 1 Pretty Polly and, while she has to concede weight all round, her form is right up there.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

(5)

8th May 2024

Heavy

1m 1f 100y

18:50 Gowran Park

Goldana

9st 12lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Formerly trained in Germany; won 7f Group 3 Gladness Stakes against geldings at the Curragh on seasonal/yard debut early last season; highly tried after that; did not quite run to market expectations when third in a 1m Group 3 event at the Curragh on reappearance; landed the odds at Leopardstown four weeks ago; missed an engagement on Monday.

11/10

OUR TIP

Abandoned

Form: 129-22

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Has a record of 3-11, with her most notable success at Listed level (1m); can hold her own in Group 3s as she showed at Fairyhouse (7f) last time but proved no match for the winner that day and she'll do well to reverse previous Navan placings with Cadeau Belle.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

1

(2)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 1f 0y

17:40 Curragh

Cigamia

9st 7lb

J: W J Lee

T: W McCreery

in touch with leaders

7/2

2nd

1

(1)

12th Jul 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

18:50 Fairyhouse

Cigamia

9st 9lb

J: Nathan Crosse

T: W McCreery

prominent, pushed along 3f out, ridden and chased clear leader under 2f out, kept on final furlong, no match for winner

9/2

Abandoned

Form: 009-11 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Ex-Ralph Beckett, for whom she was aggressively campaigned (ran in the Oaks); changed hands for 98,000gns and has gone 2-2 for new connections, latterly winning a 1m1f good-ground (fine on softer) Listed event at Leopardstown; didn't have much in hand that day and this company demands more from her.

Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

4

(1)

29th Jul 2023

Soft To Heavy

1m 1f 0y

14:30 Gowran Park

Moon De Vega

9st 9lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

Course winner on yard debut in May and followed up in a Listed race at Leopardstown last month; needs to prove she's as effective on slower ground but warrants respect for a yard in flying form.

9/4

1st

6

(3)

8th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

18:30 Leopardstown

Moon De Vega

9st 4lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

Quite ambitiously campaigned last year in Britain by Ralph Beckett but regressed; picked up for 98,000gns at Tattersalls February Sales and fine debut for new connections when dropped in class and tongue tie tried in five-runner Gowran fillies/ conditions event last month, comfortably brushing aside an odds-on favourite to win going away over extended 1m1f; back up in grade here and major player.

15/8

Abandoned

Form: 11

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Comfortable winner of her 7f maiden (soft) and was nicely on top of Cigamia when maintaining her unbeaten record in a 1m Listed event at Navan (good); that's very solid form with the front two dominant and, after just two starts, there should be plenty more to come.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9th

4

(3)

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

15:40 Curragh

Cadeau Belle

9st 11lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

Won a Listed contest over 1m at Navan on good ground last summer having won her maiden on soft; failed to beat a rival in two starts since; tongue-tie.

10/1

12th

6

(12)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Cadeau Belle

9st 2lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

towards rear

20/1

9th

5

(5)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

0m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Cadeau Belle

8st 11lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: J P Murtagh

took keen hold, towards rear

7/2

Abandoned

Form: 1250 BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Not sure what happened in a 1m handicap at Royal Ascot (perhaps fast ground was a factor) but she was a highly credible fifth in the 1,000 Guineas here the time before, with that after coming up shy behind Village Voice at Listed level; only had the four races and is entitled to improve some more.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

9

(9)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Jackie Oh

9st 1lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

raced wide early, took keen hold

7/2

2nd

6

(7)

10th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

14:25 Curragh

Jackie Oh

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

towards rear

11/4

1st

9

(11)

29th Jul 2023

Soft To Heavy

1m 1f 0y

14:30 Gowran Park

Jackie Oh

9st 0lb

J: Colin Keane

T: A P O’Brien

prominent, pressed leaders when switched left over 2f out, keeping on when switched right and ridden over 1f out, led and ran on inside final furlong

7/2

Abandoned

Form: 132-74

Last run: 78 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Galway maiden winner at two (7f, soft) and later threatened at Group 3/Listed level; quiet start to this campaign (at 1m2f) and now returns from a break with cheekpieces given a whirl; others have less to prove right now.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

10th

9

(1)

10th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

18:30 Dundalk (AW)

Keep In Touch

9st 2lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

in touch with leaders on inner, headway disputing third halfway

4/1

5th

11

(2)

1st Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

0m 7f 100y

14:40 Tipperary

Keep In Touch

9st 2lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

prominent on inner, went second over 2f out, weakened gradually final furlong

10/1

Abandoned

Form: -16540

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Since winning her maiden on reappearance (9.5f) she's come up well short in Listed/Group 3 assignments; has to find improvement from somewhere and she's starting to look exposed.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

12

(10)

13th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 2f 0y

15:50 Curragh

Lambada

9st 1lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

led, headed but prominent after 2f, disputed lead 4f out

12/1

10th

6

(1)

13th Jul 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

20:00 Leopardstown

Lambada

8st 9lb

J: Leigh Roche

T: A P O’Brien

Maiden winner over 9.5f on return; well held in first two goes in stakes company before creditable front-running fourth over 1m2f at Naas in Listed contest won by Library; has nearly 3l to find with that rival on this first try at 1m6f.

15/2

Form: 13-10

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Her two defeats have come at Group level, with fast ground perhaps a factor in her modest run at Royal Ascot (1m4f); better judged on her cosy defeat of Jackie Oh in a 1m2f Listed race at Navan (heavy) the time before and that form brings her into it, especially with rain about.

Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

7

(1)

6th May 2024

Soft

1m 2f 0y

16:10 Curragh

Village Voice

9st 2lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

Decent filly goes best on testing ground, winning a Navan Listed and Saint-Cloud Group 3 last season in such conditions over this trip; is 3lb better off for a 3/4l beating by White Birch in the Group 3 Alleged Stakes on return, so there should be little between them today.

3/1

3rd

9

(3)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

15:55 Curragh

Village Voice

9st 5lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

5/1

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Verdict

The pick of Goldana’s form is right up there at this level, which represents a welcome drop in grade from contesting the Pretty Polly. However, she does have to concede weight all round, and CADEAU BELLE smacks of a filly with plenty more to offer if her taking defeat of Cigamia at Navan is anything to go by. With plenty of rain about, Village Voice is by no means dismissed lightly.[Alistair Jones]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Cadeau Belle

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Goldana

TOPSPEED:

Village Voice

The Irish Sun:

Cadeau Belle

POSTDATA:

Goldana