N.I. Childrens Hospice Maiden Hurdle 2m
- (4yo, 2m, 10 runners)
- Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 25.40s
- Off time: 14:01:50
|1st||4 Call Me Bubbles||11/8f|
|3rd||1 Boss's Star||3||7/1|
Boss's Star (IRE) 147
|4||161 11-7||P Casey||A P Crowe||7/1|
Brother Rabbit (IRE) 211
|4||161 11-7 b||W McCreery||B M Cash||33/1|
Byron Blue (IRE) 56
|4||161 11-7||E McNamara||R J Jones (3)||25/1|
Call Me Bubbles (FR) 65
|4||161 11-7 t||W P Mullins||P Townend||11/8f|
Courage (IRE) 14
|4||161 11-7 h||C Byrnes||D N Russell||2/1|
Hurricane Sky (IRE) 128
|4||161 11-7||C O'Brien||M P Walsh||20/1|
Synchronicity (IRE) 300
|4||161 11-7||C Byrnes||P T Enright||7/1|
Busted Tycoon (IRE) 22
|4||154 11-0||A J Martin||B J Cooper||10/1|
Daring Queen (IRE) 50
|4||154 11-0||P Stafford||D E Splaine (5)||50/1|
Whispering Down (IRE) 78
|4||154 11-0||Mrs H McGahan||A E Lynch||33/1|
||4||11-7||D Cullen||T J Doyle||11/1|
CALL ME BUBBLES progressed nicely on the Flat and though not making the best of starts over timber at Leopardstown he will have learned plenty and gets the vote as he'll be a different proposition here. Boss's Star was lightly raced on the level and made a very promising debut over timber when giving the odds-on Fisher a fright at Gowran in October. Courage finished runner-up three times for Sir Michael Stoute and showed some promise on his hurdling bow at Gowran a fortnight ago while Busted Tycoon has been going reasonably well at Dundalk over the winter and looks the type to do well over obstacles. as does Synchronicity, who has joined Charles Byrnes from Richard Hannon.
Call Me Bubbles (FR) 3-1 (11-0) Chased leaders early, mid-divison in 8th halfway, ridden 2 out, no extra entering straight, 10th of 17, 21l behind Flaxen Flare (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Courage (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, moderate 3rd approaching straight where raced towards stand's side, closed before 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 21l behind Djakadam (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Boss's Star (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Tracked leader, disputed lead briefly 4 out and 3 out, ridden inside 3rd 2 out, stayed on well to go 2nd run-in, strongly pressed winner inside final furlong, no extra on easy winner close home, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Fisher (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 3yo hdl gd in Oct.
Hurricane Sky (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Mid-division, no threat from before 3 out, weakened, last of 15, well behind Everything Zain (10-12) at Thurles 2m 3yo mdn hdl in Oct.
Synchronicity (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Prominent, led after 1f, headed over 7f out, ridden over 5f out, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 12, 16l behind Estimate (8-12) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo mdn (5) sft in May (flat).
Byron Blue (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, kept on same pace from before straight, 10th of 12, 41l behind Dalasiri (11-0) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Jan.
Busted Tycoon (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Chased leaders early, 7th halfway, ridden 2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on same pace into 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 5l behind El Salvador (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol in Feb (flat).
Brother Rabbit (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Soon tracked leaders, lost place and no extra from before straight, 10th of 12, 22l behind South South West (9-0) at Galway 1m 3yo hcp 50-70 sft in Aug (flat).
Whispering Down (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden in 2nd 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 14, 8l behind Cottesloe (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec (flat).
Daring Queen (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 3f out, 10th of 11, 23l behind Saratoga Baby (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 4yo stk pol in Jan (flat).