EBF Median Auction Stakes
5f Standard, 1m1.93s, (slow by 4.23s on RP standard)
Sirici, Feb 1. Backed up quickly after close second seven days earlier here, once again drew the outside gate. Sat three wide, not a big concern on a one-bend trip. Jockey timed his run better this week, not saying go until the furlong pole and kicked away nicely to win. Given same RPR figure of 79.
Spirit Power, Mar 05. Big, rangy colt by Swiss Spirit, looked a bit new to it all. Dropped in sale price from foal to yearling, rarely a good sign. Jumped well, sat just behind Sirici, outpaced on the turn but kept on well when urged along. Ran through the line nicely. Might have been reluctant to challenge or run past the leader - keep an eye out for blinkers.
Pak Army, Apr 4. Significant upgrade in jockey from Ronan Whelan to Declan McDonogh and the addition of pacifiers since beaten a long way on debut at Naas on rain-affected track. Dwelt slightly, fell out the back of the field. Allowed to settle comfortably, pulled out wide in the last furlong and responded well to the whip. Sharp improvement here - maturity or switching to a firmer surface? Still learning the game.
Royal Diplomat, Mar 20. Made favourite after nice second at Naas on debut. Started well, pushed forward to lead, causing minor interference to My Silver Nails, crossing too early. No match for the winner when moves were made, and faded to miss the place. Came up remarkably short in betting, , was backed from 15/8 into 11/10. (not just after-timing!)
Doubt I'd have the fav so short in the 2yo race at Dundalk. My Silver Nails close behind on debut at Naas, Sirici quite handy last week too.— Scott Ferguson (@borisranting) April 7, 2017
Ragtime Red, Apr 30, €46k yearling. Leading stable, well supported at 11/4. Jumped well, soon eased into midfield. No real acceleration shown but kept on OK towards the end, not pushed out.
My Silver Nails, Apr 1. Another from the Naas race where she went too hard and emptied out. Tried to sit handy, was checked by Royal Diplomat on the turn, costing her a length or two and momentum. Bumping match with Lady Epaulette down the straight, trying to work past Royal Diplomat but when the gap emerged, there was nothing in the tank. Needs to settle or this will keep happening.
Amenette, Feb 18. Stablemate of Spirit Power and based on odds & jockey bookings, the weaker of the pair. Slow to begin, lost 3-4 lengths, pushed to stay in touch, took advantage of cutaway rail to make her run. Improved slightly then weakened late. Not pushed out.
Lady Epaulette, Apr 8. Dwelt slightly, pushed up to lead on the rail until the turn. Bumped with My Silver Nails early in the straight but simple answer is, just not very good. Started 25/1 beaten just over ten lengths.
Winner backed up quickly and looks good to hold form for a while. Keen to follow Spirit Power, he's a big colt who ran on nicely late. Once he works out what it's all about, we might see a pretty handy horse.