2023 Alleged Stakes & Gladness Stakes Recap

Potential superstar Point Lonsdale digs deep to shrug off a 12 month layoff to outbattle the long time leader Visualisation and takes the G3 2023 Alleged Stakes in Curragh

Alleged Stakes

Grade 3 – Purse $61,000 – 1 mile 2 furlongs – Turf – 4-Year-Olds and Up

As expected, it was Visualisation who set out to go gate to wire here in this small five runner field and he set a strong pace on the front end.

However, the chalk was not going to let the leader go clear and sat in a stalking position just a length off in the two lane, while in behind Fastnet Crown, Lafayette and Self Belief stalked the pace.

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As they went down the backstretch it was still the recent winner of the Devoy Stakes, Visualisation, who controlled the speed under Declan McDonogh and as they reached the middle of the far turn he urged his mount for more, and he and eventual winner POINT LONSDALE quickly widened by five lengths.

They entered the home stretch and the chalk looked in trouble as Visualisation widened by two and a half lengths and Wayne Lordan was now getting serious on the chalk.

Two furlongs to the wire and Point Lonsdale looked beaten but as they hit the furlong pole he had got to the leaders quarters and was digging deep. As they hit the sixteenth pole, it was here that Point Lonsdale nosed to the front and ran gamely to the wire.

Visualisation was a fine second, just a length and a quarter behind with Lafayette gamely taking third but seven lengths behind the front two.

The well fancied Self Belief was a disappointing fourth, with Fastnet Crown clearly outclassed in the last spot.


2023 Alleged Stakes Payouts

HorseWinPlace
1. Point Lonsdale$2.50$1.40
2. Visualisation $1.50
3. Lafayette 

WINNING TIME: 2 mins 24.79 secs

Gladness Stakes

Grade 3 – Purse $61,000 – 7 furlongs – Turf – 3-Year-Olds And Upwards

German import Goldana makes a winning debut for trainer Jospeph O’Brien to take the Grade 3 Gladness Stakes at the Curragh racecourse.

As the gates opened, Cosmic Vega bobbled and was immediately on the back foot in the last spot, while up front it was the chalk Mea Domina who was setting a decent pace and she was stalked by the eventual winner GOLDANA who was making life tough early for the jockey.

He soon tucked his filly in and allowed Power Under Me to come inside and take the second spot as they both tracked the leader.

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The other four runners were closely bunched, and with five furlongs to go there were just five lengths separating the whole field.

With two furlongs to go, it was still Mea Domina in hand and a couple of lengths clear with the other jockeys urging for more, and as they hit the furlong pole it was first Carry The One and then Goldana who came over the top of both of them and she soon widened to win by a length and three quarters from the weakening chalk.

The early bobbler Cosmic Vega closed strongly to take third while Carry The One backed out of it late and finished in fourth spot, and will surely benefit from a cut back in distance next time.

Gladness Stakes Payouts

HorseWinPlace
1. Goldana$9.50$2.75
2. Mea Domina $1.50
3. Cosmic Vega 

WINNING TIME: 1 mins 34.17 secs

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