IRE-Incentive Huxley Stakes
Group 2, Chester 14:40
£120,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
1m 2f 70y, Class 1    
Friday 12th May 2023


1 Point Lonsdale 5/6
2 Mujtaba 4/1
3 Layfayette 20/1
6 ran Distances: nk, 1½l, ¾l
Time: 2m 13.98s (slow by 5.38s)

Successful in four of his five juvenile starts two years ago, the Point Lonsdale only made it to the racecourse once as a three-year-old, finishing down the field in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

However, having proved his talent remains intact with a comeback victory in the Group Three Alleged Stakes at the Curragh last month, he was a 5-6 shot to give trainer Aidan O’Brien a fourth Huxley Stakes win and he ultimately got the job done, albeit in workmanlike fashion.

It was not easy viewing for his supporters, with Ryan Moore rowing along in the saddle a long way from home in behind the pacesetting Poker Face.

But to his credit, Point Lonsdale kept responding to his rider’s urgings and after striking the front in the straight, he had enough in hand to see off the late charge of Mujtaba by a neck.


Moore said: “He was a good two-year-old who won a Listed race, a Group Three and a Group Two but he wasn’t around for most of last year. 

“It wasn’t very pretty, was it? He’s a real galloper and he probably hasn’t been round a tight track like this before.

“He’s only really been to the Curragh, Leopardstown and Ascot and he was just a bit unsure what to do with himself.

“Today’s race was well up to standard and the track didn’t suit him, but he has a great attitude to be fair to him and plenty of ability. It was a very good performance.”


Huxley Stakes
(For The Tradesman's Cup) (Group 2)
£120,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 1m 2f 70y, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Soft, Heavy in places

1 (3)    Point Lonsdale 4 9-3 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 5/6F
2 (4)
nk Mujtaba 5 9-3 William Haggas Jim Crowley 4/1
3 (5)
Layfayette 6 9-3 Noel Meade Colin Keane 20/1
4 (2)
¾ Poker Face 4 9-3 Simon & Ed Crisford Jamie Spencer
5 (6)
Royal Champion 5 9-3 Roger Varian Jack Mitchell
6 (1) 22 Foxes Tales 5 9-3 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy

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