Ani-Pets Veterinary Clinic Novice Handicap Hurdle (80-109) 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, 7 runners)
- Winner €7,245 2nd €1,680 3rd €736 4th €419
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 15.10s
- Off time: 12:30:19
|2nd||4 Pleased As Punch||5½||7/2|
Federici (ex6) 3
|5||162 11-8||E Bolger||A P Heskin||101||13/8f|
Billybuster (IRE) 18
|9||155 11-1 b||W Delahunty||Andrew J McNamara||98||9/4|
Kalaroa (IRE) 19
|5||152 10-12 b1||S J Treacy||M Darcy||97||16/1|
Pleased As Punch (IRE) 5
|6||142 10-2 h||A Leahy||M P Walsh||85||7/2|
Perfect Focus (IRE) 149
|7||139 9-13||James Dullea||R C Colgan||82||12/1|
Ask Joe (IRE) 6
|7||138 9-12||Laurence Butler||S J Gray (3)||81||16/1|
Black Waterfall 81
|6||137 9-11 p1||P J Rothwell||A Ring (7)||80||12/1|
||7||11-8||M McDonagh||M A Enright||8/1|
FEDERICI warmed to his task as the race unfolded at Limerick on Sunday and looked a progressive hurdler. He arrives here with a 6lb penalty which doesn't look enough to prevent a follow-up. Billybuster won here and at Wexford in October before beaten on his hat-trick attempt when 7lb higher and faces another stiff task. Kalaroa won a maiden here in October but has run poorly since and though Pleased As Punch makes a quick reappearance after her placed effort at Limerick on Friday she was beaten almost 14l and is still a maiden.
Federici 11-2 (11-8) Soon mid-division, improved to track leaders approaching straight, on terms 2 out when not fluent, soon led and stayed on well run-in,, won at Limerick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-103 hvy in Dec beating Sacre Malta (11-5) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Pleased As Punch (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Rear of mid-division, progress into 5th 4 out, ridden in 4th and no impression before straight, kept on one pace straight, 3rd close home, 3rd of 17, 14l behind De Chissler (11-1) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec.
Black Waterfall 33-1 (10-4) Prominent and 2nd halfway, pushed along and losing place when stumbled before 2 out, no extra, 10th of 16, 12l behind Sir Loujay (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Oct.
Billybuster (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Led, still narrow leader 2 out, headed and dropped to 3rd last, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 16, 6l behind Luke's Benefit (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Dec.
Kalaroa (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Close up, pushed along and lost place after 3 out, no extra from before straight,, 12th of 15, 48l behind Afatcat (10-11) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Dec.
Perfect Focus (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Towards rear, no impression from before straight, kept on, 12th of 20, 22l behind Lancing (11-3) at Cork 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Aug.
Ask Joe (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Soon mid-division, ridden and no extra before 4 out, 11th of 17, 36l behind Royal Flight (11-7) at Down Royal 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Dec.