September 23 / 14.30 Curragh

14.30

Soft

Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes (Group 2)

  • Prize money: £62654.87
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • 6 runners
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Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes (Group 2)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

1st
2 (5)
Deepone

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.80
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 1124 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 5lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
After winning his first two he wasn't helped by a steady pace when second in a Listed at Tipperary and then finished a 4l fourth behind Diego Velasquez in a 1m Group 2 at Leopardstown's big meeting two weeks ago (good); could do with settling better if he's to fulfil his potential but the form is right up there.
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4th

1

(5)

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

15:30 Leopardstown

Deepone

9st 10lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

took keen hold, soon raced in second, led from under 5f out

11/4

4th

1

(5)

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

15:30 Leopardstown

Deepone

9st 10lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

took keen hold, soon raced in second, led from under 5f out

11/4

1st

2

(5)

23rd Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

14:30 Curragh

Deepone

9st 5lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

prominent, led narrowly after 1f, shaken up and clear under 2f out, ridden and kept on well final furlong

11/2

OUR TIP

10/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 21 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 5lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict
Both runs over 1m at Leopardstown (soft then good); well positioned throughout before doing just enough when off the mark a month ago; a couple of formlines would suggest he has something to find with his two stablemates.
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2nd

4

(5)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:25 Newmarket

Chief Little Rock

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Appeared to do only enough when off the mark at Leopardstown (1m, good) and duly found plenty on that form to finish runner-up in the Group 2 Beresford at the Curragh (1m, yielding to soft), defying market vibes that had him the outsider of his stable's three runners; respected, for all that he doesn't appear to do much in a hurry.

7/2

2nd

1

(3)

23rd Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

14:30 Curragh

Chief Little Rock

9st 5lb

J: Gavin Ryan

T: A P O’Brien

led, headed and raced in second after 1f, 3 lengths down under 2f out, kept on final furlong, just held second

10/1

1st

2

(4)

17th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

17:35 Leopardstown

Chief Little Rock

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Brother to Duke of Edinburgh Stakes winner Okita Soushi; outperformed a shorter-priced stablemate when second over C&D on debut; leading chance with Ryan Moore opting for him over Gasper De Lemos.

4/5

Form: 1

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 5lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict
Half-brother to Irish Derby winner Santiago; grew into the race at Galway (1m, soft) and was nicely on top in the finish to justify odds of 6-4, beating four rivals; difficult to know how much improvement he might find only 11 days later but clearly a danger to all.
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1st

3

(3)

21st Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

1m 1f 0y

15:36 Leopardstown

Grosvenor Square

9st 5lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

made all, travelled strongly, clear when nudged along from 2f out, ridden briefly over 1f out, ran on, comfortably

15/8

3rd

3

(1)

23rd Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

14:30 Curragh

Grosvenor Square

9st 5lb

J: Colin Keane

T: A P O’Brien

prominent, soon went third, 4 lengths down under 2f out, kept on final furlong

9/4

1st

3

(5)

12th Sep 2023

Yielding

1m 0f 123y

15:50 Galway

Grosvenor Square

9st 7lb

J: Killian Hennessy

T: A P O’Brien

pressed leader

15/8

Form: 51

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 5lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict
Only fifth at Killarney and he took an age to get on top before eventually pulling clear at Galway (1m, heavy); hard to get excited about the bare form but Seamie Heffernan was highly complimentary afterwards and a more polished performance seems assured here.
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3rd

2

(1)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

19:15 Dundalk (AW)

Navy Seal

9st 11lb

J: Wayne Lordan

T: A P O’Brien

soon disputed lead, led narrowly after 2f, joined when pushed along from over 2f out, ridden when headed 1f out, soon no extra when edged left

9/4

4th

4

(2)

23rd Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

14:30 Curragh

Navy Seal

9st 5lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: A P O’Brien

held up in midfield, pushed along halfway, headway under 2f out, went fourth against far rail inside final furlong, kept on, never on terms

11/4

1st

4

(6)

5th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 73y

15:05 Galway

Navy Seal

9st 7lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

in touch with leaders, went second over 2f out, reminders when outpaced and ran green home turn, ran on well to lead inside final furlong, won going away

2/5

Form: 211

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 5lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict
Not the easiest colt to assess, as it was a fairly ordinary Leopardstown maiden in which he came up short first time out and he was long odds-on in bossing inferior opposition at Galway (yielding to soft) and Roscommon (yielding); however, clearly very talented and now goes 1m for the first time.
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5th

6

(4)

23rd Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

14:30 Curragh

Stromberg

9st 5lb

J: Mikey Sheehy

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

midfield, staying on when not clear run 2f out, kept on final furlong, never on terms

11/4

1st

2

(7)

4th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 55y

15:27 Roscommon

Stromberg

9st 8lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

in touch with leaders, headway over 2f out, pushed along to lead under 2f out, ridden clear 1f out, kept on well, easily

Evs

1st

4

(6)

6th Aug 2023

Yielding

0m 7f 0y

16:30 Galway

Stromberg

9st 3lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

held up in midfield, pushed along 2f out, shaken up to lead over 1f out, soon clear, easily

4/9

100/1

Form: 5

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 5lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict
Pedigree a mix of speed and stamina; prominent for a long way at Naas (7f, good to yielding; 20-1) but dropped out to be beaten 6l; has to leave that form miles behind.
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2nd

7

(6)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

19:50 Dundalk (AW)

Ozark Daze

9st 8lb

J: W J Lee

T: A Oliver

prominent, lost second after 2f

13/2

2nd

7

(6)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

19:50 Dundalk (AW)

Ozark Daze

9st 8lb

J: W J Lee

T: A Oliver

prominent, lost second after 2f

13/2

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Payout
Exacta €15.50
Straight Forecast €19.55
Trifecta €80.50

Selections

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Stromberg

SPOTLIGHT:

Navy Seal

POSTDATA:

Deepone

TOPSPEED:

Stromberg

The Irish Sun:

Navy Seal