The Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (Sunday 3.10, Curragh) is a 5-furlong group-2 race, that was moved to the Curragh in 2002, and is open to horses aged 3 and older.
The classic generation have won just 3 of the last 10 renewals, with 5-year-olds the most successful in that period with 4 wins, whilst one 6-year-old and two 8-year-olds have also been successful.
14 runners are set to go to post for the 2016 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes.
This wining handicapper has plenty to find on the ratings, and is 0/4 at the Curragh.
Missed defending his Listed Race win at Doncaster this week to run here, but has been beaten by Take Cover 3 of the 4 times they’ve met this season. Looks solid each-way material all the same.
Improving handicapper, but a line through The Happy Prince gives him something to find with the leading protagonists. Also just 1/18 at the Curragh.
Admirable 9-year-old who was runner-up last year, but has really struggled for form so far this season, and age may just have caught up with him.
Regular visitor to Ireland, but this would be a step-up on anything he has achieved before.
An Irish Hero, and his win in this last year was the last time he troubled the judge. A repeat victory would raise the roof, but he’s looked to have declined this season.
Spirit Of Quartz
Was allowed to go off at a big price last time, but duly obliged for his second Irish win of the season. Will like the ground, and may go close.
Only third last year, but been in the form of his life this year, and won a Group-2 at Goodwood. Stable form a worry, but a big player if not affected.
Improving 4-year-old who likes it at the Curragh, but it remains to be seen whether he has the speed for 5-furlomngs.
Got immense natural speed, but has a terrible attitude, and flopped badly on his last foray to Ireland.
Capable of a big run on his day, such as when second at Glorious Goodwood, but may be at his best on quicker ground. Second both course starts.
Dikta Del Mar
Regressive this year, and is rated 25lb below the principles.
Only eighth last year, and not really shown much since to suggest she’ll step-up.
Likeable three-year-old but, having raced mainly at 6 and 7 furlongs, she may not have the raw speed for this.
Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes Summary
Take Cover has been in flying form this year, whilst the two horses that finished in front of him last year Sole Power and Maarek have looked in decline this season, and he looks the most likely winner, though the poor form of his stable is a worry.