Athlone Handicap Hurdle (80-109) 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, 14 runners)
- Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 58.40s
- Off time: 15:22:06
|2nd||5 The Parishioner||½||6/1|
|3rd||12 Zane Grey||4||10/1|
Katys Girl (IRE) 14
|8||166 11-12 b||Mrs G Callaghan||Mr F J Harford (7)||109||25/1|
Why But Why (USA) 232
|6||166 11-12 p||Mrs J Harrington||P D Kennedy (5)||109||16/1|
Boxer Beat (IRE) 15
|7||162 11-8 t||P W Flynn||Mr K J Quigley (7)||105||10/1|
Noble Call (IRE) 40
|6||162 11-8 pt||P J Rothwell||A Ring (7)||105||4/1|
The Parishioner (IRE) 113
|5||162 11-8||J E Kiely||M P Walsh||105||6/1|
Rasco (IRE) 11
|5||160 11-6||L Young||R M Moran||103||20/1|
Dubawi Phantom 16
|7||159 11-5 bt||P J Gilligan||B M Cash||102||33/1|
Vinniespride (IRE) 263
|7||158 11-4 t||M M McNiff||M P Butler (3)||101||14/1|
Silver Shuffle (IRE) 26
|7||157 11-3 p||J G Coogan||I J McCarthy (3)||100||20/1|
Billybuster (IRE) 151
|9||155 11-1 b||W Delahunty||Andrew J McNamara||98||12/1|
Posh Frock (IRE) 51
|5||155 11-1||L Byrne||A P Crowe||98||50/1|
Zane Grey (IRE) 234
|7||154 11-0||H de Bromhead||A E Lynch||97||10/1|
Greatness (IRE) 22
|4||147 10-7||A J Martin||D J Casey||97||3/1f|
Shabra's Bertolini (IRE) 23
|5||147 10-7||P O Brady||R P Treacy (7)||90||8/1|
||7||1012 bt||Shane Nolan||S A Shortall||95||NR|
||4||102 p1||P O Brady||Reserve 1||92||NR|
||5||104||Denis Hogan||Reserve 3||87||NR|
Never A Secret (IRE)
||9||10-12||H P Finegan||J C Tobin||6/1|
GREATNESS is only a four-year-old and hasn't shown much over timber in three runs but he's now on a handicap mark and produced an improved effort on the Flat last time so is handed the vote. He's up against some in-form rivals including Noble Call, who had been threatening to win over timber before doing so at Ballinrobe for which he's been raised 7lb. Billybuster completed a double in October and has had a break since a poor run at Tramore on New Year's Day but Zane Grey could be given a chance on his victory at Wexford in July, though that came on very fast going. Vinniespride invariably goes well here and, providing the ground doesn't ease, should be respected.
Trazar (FR) 14-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, 7th approaching straight, soon no impression, 7th of 17, 19l behind Cordelia Belle (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf in May.
Diesel Ten (IRE) 10-1 (9-12) Mid-division early, soon towards rear, hampered 4th, ridden and weakened 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Seamus Mor (10-7) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Feb, 12 ran.
Island Villa (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, 4th 3 out, soon pushed along and no impression in 6th next, weakened,, 10th of 12, 42l behind Tidy Zag (11-12) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Dec.
Greatness (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Towards rear, no danger from 3 out, 15th of 20, 40l behind Shantou Ed (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
The Parishioner (IRE) 9-2 (11-8) Mid-division early, soon towards rear, slightly hampered 4th, ridden and no impression 4 out, moderate 9th 2 out, 6th last, kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 40l behind Seamus Mor (10-7) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Feb.
Zane Grey (IRE) 7-4fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and no impression before 2 out, no extra in 6th when fell last, in a race won by Coldstonesober (11-12) at Tramore 2m 6f beg chs gd in Oct, 8 ran.
Katys Girl (IRE) 18-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, on terms 6th, slightly slow 6 out, pushed along after 3 out in 2nd, lost place and no extra from before straight, tailed off,, last of 6, well behind Cailin Annamh (10-11) at Limerick 2m 3f in May.
Silver Shuffle (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, slightly impeded 4 out, improved into 6th approaching straight, no impression when not fluent 2 out and at last, kept on same pace run-in, 6th of 17, 18l behind Cordelia Belle (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf in May.
Dubawi Phantom 25-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, no extra from before straight, 10th of 12, 41l behind Alf Wright (10-12) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gd in May.
Shabra's Bertolini (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Towards rear, progress into 5th before 2 out and soon ridden, progress into 3rd after last, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Patrolman (11-10) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in May.
Boxer Beat (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, impeded by faller 4th where left disputing lead, headed before 6th, mistake 4 out, 6th when slight peck 3 out, kept on one pace under pressure from before straight,, 5th of 8, 13l behind Art Of Logistics (11-4) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs gd in May.
Why But Why (USA) 12-1 (11-5) Chased leaders and 6th halfway, 5th entering straight but no impression before last where dropped to 8th, no extra, 8th of 15, 8l behind Top Spin (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gf in Oct.
Billybuster (IRE) 9-4 (11-1) Led and disputed, headed approaching 2 out where dropped to 3rd, soon no extra, 4th of 7, 30l behind Federici (11-8) at Tramore 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Jan.
Posh Frock (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) In rear, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 10th of 16, 50l behind Seven Acres (10-11) at Wexford 3m hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Apr.
Noble Call (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, not fluent 3 out, progress to lead after next, ridden to assert approaching straight, kept on well run-in, won at Ballinrobe 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Apr beating Catchin Time (10-3) by 2 1/4l, 16 ran.
Vinniespride (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Waited with towards rear, a little impeded by faller 5 out, went moderate 7th and no impression approaching straight, kept on same pace, 7th of 15, 25l behind Bridgequarter Girl (10-12) at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gf in Sep.
Rasco (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra 3 out, weakened, 8th of 9, well behind Kilcarry Bridge (11-5) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in May.