The Ballysax Stakes (Saturday 6 April @ 15:50) is a Group 3 race that takes place over ten furlongs and is restricted to three-year-olds. It was first run in 1986 at The Curragh and was moved to Leopardstown in 1993. It was won by the Derby winner Harzand in 2016 and is an important trial for many of Europe’s classic races. The 2017 winner Rekindling went on to win the Melbourne Cup.
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Ballysax Stakes 10-Year-Trends
Nine of the last 10 winners of the Ballsax Stakes were drawn in stalls 1-4, though two of those races where three and four runner races. All ten winners had run at least twice and seven of the last 10 winners had also won their previous start.
Trainer Jim Bolger has won four of the last 10 renewals, Aidan O’Brien three, and Dermot Weld two. The lowest-priced winner was returned at 8/13 but there have been four winners returned at double-figure odds in the last nine years.
Ballsax Stakes Runner-By-Runner Guide
Jim Bolger’s Teofilio colt won two of his six races as a two-year-old including his last race in a Group 3 at Leopardstown. He also ran well on his only other run at Leopardstown but was well-beaten in two group 2 races behind Aidan O’Brien trained horses. Must concede 3lb all-round and is officially only the third highest-rated horse in the race.
Aidan O’Brien trained coly by Australia who only boasts a maiden win form five starts in his two-year-old season. However, he ran well in defeat in a group 2 at Leopardstown on his penultimate start and again finished second in the group 1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere in his final start at Longchamp.
Didn’t see a racecourse until last July but made a winning start at Leopardstown. He was then sent-off at 8/1 for a group 2 but finished only sixth of eight behind an Aidan O’Brien trained winner. Not seen since and looking to defy the longest absence of the sextet on this year’s race.
Sired by Galileo, so he should appreciate stepping up in trip. He also finished in front of both Pythion and Guaranteed when behind a couple of stablemates on his penultimate start last season. However, he was beaten by Guaranteed on his final start.
Sydney Opera House
The third of Aidan O’Brien’s trio and he’s another by the sire Australia. He’s the most experienced of the field after seven runs and has also run at 10 furlongs twice already. He also finished three and a half lengths behind stablemate Broome when the two finished behind Madhmoon last season.
Highly regarded sort that was odds-on when winning his maiden last season. Hard to equate that form against more experienced horses but is respected, especially if the money comes for him. His trainer Dermot Weld has won the race seven times in total, including twice in the last five years with horses that had raced just twice.
Ballysax Stakes 2019 Verdict
Guaranteed, Pythion, and Sovereign look up against it on ratings and form. Sydney Opera House is respected with his stamina proven at the trip, but stablemate Broome holds him on a form line through Madhmoon, whilst the booking of Aidan O’Brien also suggests he’s the most-fancied of the O’Brien trio.
However, with O’Brien throwing three darts at the race which probably aren’t the best three-year-old in the yard, it could be worth taking a chance on Tankerville. Dermot Weld has won this with Fascinating Rock and Harzand in recent seasons, who both failed to win as two-year-olds, but this fellow was well-backed and won well on debut and is a really promising three-year-old.