One Eye on the Spring Carnival – Ballyroan Stakes

This time we take a look at the Caulfield Cup-exempt Ballyroan Stakes from Leopardstown, Ireland, a race that in the past has given us some big name Melbourne Cup entrants.

A race with a field of five taking place in Dublin during the early hours of a Friday morning wouldn’t usually garner much attention in this part of the globe. But with the winner earning Caulfield Cup ballot exemption, the Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown is a race Aussie punter should keep an eye on.

The 2,414 meter Group 3 takes place at Leopardstown each August for horses aged three years or older. It’s not just Caulfield Cup runners we might see come out of the Ballyroan with previous Melbourne Cup runners Vinnie Roe (2002), Profound Beauty (2010) and Galileio’s Choice (2012).

Vinnie Roe, who shares the record with Profound Beauty for most Ballyroan wins with two, enjoyed the best showing out of the trio in the cup as the Dermot Weld trained stallion started the race favourite and lead the race two furlongs out before getting charged down by stable mate Media Puzzle to finish fourth.

This year’s edition of the Ballyroan looks an easy choice withFields Of Anthenry dominating the small field. The three year old is 1.52 to take the fifth at Leopardstown ahead of next bestMorning Mix at 5.6.

Aiden O’Brien‘s colt is in fine form and expected to bring that to this race. Successful at the same distance, Fields Of Anthernry cleaned up last race winning by 10l as a 7/4 favourite and is fully expected repeat that effort Friday morning our time.

Morning Mix appears to be his only legitimate rival winning his last race at an 11/10 favourite. Edelpour is also expected to give a good shout, winning twice at the same distance and offers value at 7.

The Ballyroan Stakes is another terrific example that races that may seem insignificant to the Aussie punter offers insight and valuable information for our Spring Carnival. Stay tuned toBetfair Racing as we continue to highlight the races from the UK and Ireland you should be paying attention to!