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16:35 Naas

Soft

Ballyroan Stakes (Group 3)

  • Prize money: £26106.19
  • 1m 3f 202y
  • 8 runners
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Ballyroan Stakes (Group 3)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

1st
4 (6)
Vauban

10/11 (Won)

  • Win: £1.60
  • Place: £1.02

Form: 4411/1 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Crack juvenile hurdler was unable to win in his second season over flights but kept the best of company; Listed winner in France (1m4f, soft) at three and wildly impressive off mark of 101 in 1m6f Royal Ascot handicap, his first start on the level for best part of two years; manner of that victory makes him hard to oppose.

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1st

4

(6)

7th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 202y

16:35 Naas

Vauban

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: W P Mullins

prominent on outer, led going easily over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well

10/11

1st

7

(7)

20th Jun 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Vauban

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: W P Mullins

Won French Listed race (1m4f, soft) in 2021 on final Flat start and has since become a high-class hurdler for this yard, winning the Triumph Hurdle in March 2022 and finishing second in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle (2m, yielding) this April; could be well treated now back on the Flat and top Irish trainer has enjoyed plenty of success at this meeting; unraced on fast ground.

13/8

Form: 34-212

Last run: 46 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Mark is 98 but you feel he can go a lot higher; was chucked in off 83 when should have won Leopardstown handicap on his return and, having coasted home in Navan maiden (soft) in the meantime, touched off in 1m4f Royal Ascot handicap where not the greatest of runs in the straight; the winner, who gave him 2lb, won Goodwood Group 3 last week and is now St Leger contender; fascinating runner.

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5th

6

(3)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

16:30 Leopardstown

Valiant King

9st 1lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent, soon went third, outpaced under 2f out, no extra final furlong

15/2

2nd

8

(3)

7th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 202y

16:35 Naas

Valiant King

8st 13lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

in touch with leaders, headway on outer and went second over 2f out, hung left 1f out, kept on, no match for winner

8/1

2nd

11

(8)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:05 Ascot

Valiant King

8st 11lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Entered in Irish Derby and Irish St Leger; showed promise on good ground last summer and stayed on strongly from off the pace, but a fraction too late, in handicap at Leopardstown (1m2f, heavy) on reappearance; no difficulty when 4-9 in maiden at Navan (1m2f, soft) on his only start since; into a hot race but he's a striking candidate for 1m4f.

10/1

15/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 1-1747

Last run: 24 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Won Navan Listed contest (1m5f, soft) on reappearance but well held in Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot; 9l fourth in the Irish Derby reads better at first glance than when you delve into what that actually amounted to in this year's renewal and no better in the Grand Prix de Paris latest; plenty to prove at present.

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5th

2

(8)

11th May 2024

Good

1m 3f 133y

Class 2

13:50 Lingfield

Peking Opera

9st 10lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Gary & Josh Moore

Very useful (1m4f-1m6f) last year for Aidan O'Brien and made 100,000gns in September; won hurdles debut in February but weakened right out of it three weeks later and tailed off in a Group 3 (125-1) when returned to Flat three weeks ago; has first-time headgear in revival bid for handicap debut.

25/1

10th

9

(5)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Peking Opera

9st 2lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Gary Moore

prominent, weakened over 3f out

66/1

5/1

Form: 323414 C

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Very capable 1m2f/1m4f stakes performer; early season hat-trick last term culminated in Group 2 Mooresbridge Stakes win at the Curragh; first win since when winning 1m4f Limerick Listed contest in June; not at his best on quicker ground at the Curragh on Derby weekend but good record at this track and ground will be more suitable.

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4th

1

(7)

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

15:20 Leopardstown

Layfayette

9st 12lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Noel Meade

held up in last, headway on near side of group from over 2f out, keeping on when ridden over 1f out, no extra final 110yds

15/8

3rd

2

(5)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

16:30 Leopardstown

Layfayette

9st 12lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Noel Meade

dwelt start, in rear, headway but still plenty to do over 1f out, ran on well and went third towards finish

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 72-244

Last run: 88 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Regular in this type of contest and runs this track well; runner-up all three visits, all at Listed level, including when touched off over C&D last back-end; good second over 1m2f in March as well; might run well but would be a surprise winner (only a 2yo maiden win to his name).

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1st

4

(5)

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 98y

14:35 Naas

Sunchart

9st 7lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

Record of 1-26 on the Flat but has faced plenty of stiff tasks and run well in the face of them, including when runner-up in this last year; was a close second in a Leopardstown Listed race on penultimate start of last season; a repeat of that will see him run well.

5/1

Form: 137-16

Last run: 36 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Galway festival maiden winner at two and beat a horse who is likely to turn into quite a talented performer at Roscommon (1m2f) in June; all three runs in pattern company have been abroad, most recently when beaten 9l in German Derby where he didn't quite get home over this trip.

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10th

4

(8)

13th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newmarket

Pivotal Trigger

9st 7lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

always behind, tailed off

18/1

5th

5

(5)

20th Aug 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

16:05 Curragh

Pivotal Trigger

9st 2lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: Mrs John Harrington

Landed a Roscommon winners race on his seasonal bow in June; not disgraced in the German Derby subsequently but well beaten at Naas since and others look more likely.

14/1

6th

7

(1)

7th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 202y

16:35 Naas

Pivotal Trigger

8st 13lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

Galway festival maiden winner at two and beat a horse who is likely to turn into quite a talented performer at Roscommon (1m2f) in June; all three runs in pattern company have been abroad, most recently when beaten 9l in German Derby where he didn't quite get home over this trip.

10/1

12/1

Form: 2-5721 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Very consistent in premier handicaps and richly deserved to win one of them which he did off 97 at the Curragh (1m4f) on Derby weekend; first foray into stakes company; goes on easy ground.

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7th

2

(4)

7th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 202y

16:35 Naas

Safecracker

9st 9lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

Very consistent in premier handicaps and richly deserved to win one of them which he did off 97 at the Curragh (1m4f) on Derby weekend; first foray into stakes company; goes on easy ground.

12/1

1st

2

(15)

2nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

18:00 Curragh

Safecracker

10st 0lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

towards rear of midfield, pushed along 3f out, ridden and in touch with leaders against far rail 2f out, went second inside final furlong, ridden to lead final 110yds, kept on well

8/1

2nd

1

(3)

16th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

19:10 Cork

Safecracker

10st 0lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield halfway, ridden and headway 2f out, went second inside final furlong, ran on well towards finish

10/1

Form: 5-17

Last run: 16 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Navan maiden winner in March; ran like the outing was needed when well beaten in Group 2 Curragh Cup over 1m6f last month; won't mind the ground but has a lot to find.

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8th

5

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:42 Gowran Park

Gooloogong

11st 7lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Josh Halley

Ex-Ballydoyle, brother to Group 2 winner Cayenne Pepper; ran once at two; 1m2f Navan maiden winner on heavy ground last March; well beaten in Group 2 Curragh Cup over 1m6f and last of eight in 1m4f Group 3 event at Naas on August; gelded since; stable had a winner at Clonmel on Thursday.

10/1

8th

5

(8)

7th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 202y

16:35 Naas

Gooloogong

8st 13lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

Navan maiden winner in March; ran like the outing was needed when well beaten in Group 2 Curragh Cup over 1m6f last month; won't mind the ground but has a lot to find.

14/1

7th

9

(9)

22nd Jul 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 6f 0y

16:20 Curragh

Gooloogong

8st 13lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

pressed leader, nudged along 6f out

6/1

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Exacta €32.00
Straight Forecast €31.10
Trifecta €116.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Vauban

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Vauban

TOPSPEED:

Vauban

POSTDATA:

Vauban

The Irish Sun:

Vauban