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Recital only third in Ballysax

Recital's Derby hopes were dealt a blow at Leopardstown as he suffered a shock odds-on reverse in the PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes.

The Montjeu colt had swept towards the head of the ante-post betting for the Epsom showpiece when rounding off his juvenile campaign with a Group One triumph in France, and he was sent off the 8-13 favourite for the Group Three contest.

Recital pulled hard in the early stages and Ryan Moore anchored him at the rear of the field, but he was slow to pick up in the straight and could get no nearer than third as Kevin Manning urged the Jim Bolger-trained Banimpire (14-1) past Regent Street by half a length.

Recital made up ground once he got going, but it was all too late, and he passed the post a further length behind.

Stan James pushed Recital out to 12-1 from 8s for the Epsom Derby, leaving Banimpire unchanged at 66-1 for the 1000 Guineas but cutting her to 25-1 from 50s for the Oaks.

Bolger said: "That wasn't a big surprise as she had run a very good race at the Curragh the last day and we always felt she would stay this trip.

"We've a few options to start thinking about now, but the Guineas is a definite option."

Aidan O'Brien and Moore did find the target in the 10-furlong Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden with 13-8 market leader Quest For Peace, and Stan James reacted with a 20-1 (from 50s) quote for Epsom.

The Ballydoyle handler said: "Quest For Peace won nicely and came on well from his first run of the season. We've no immediate plans for him."

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