Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap (47-65) (Div 1) 1m
- (4yo+, 1m, 8 runners)
- Winner €4,830 2nd €1,121 3rd €490 4th €280
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 39.95s
- Off time: 18:45:02
|1st||2 Settle For Red||13/8f|
|2nd||5 Cristy's Call||½||5/1|
|3rd||4 Punches Pious||¾||14/1|
Valley Queen 21
|5||140 10-0 h||T G McCourt||C T Keane (3)||65||4/1|
Settle For Red (IRE) 14
|4||134 9-8||M Halford||C P Hoban (3)||59||13/8f|
Punches Pious (IRE) 51
|5||124 8-12 p||T Doyle||T P Madden (7)||49||14/1|
Cristy's Call (IRE) 56
|5||123 8-11 b1||G P Cromwell||M C Hussey||48||5/1|
Beau Sakhee 151
|4||122 8-10||A McGuinness||C R King (5)||47||16/1|
Liberty To Rock (IRE) 42
|8||122 8-10 p||J T Gorman||D P McDonogh||47||9/2|
Only Exception (IRE) 63
|5||122 8-10 h||M C Grassick||N G McCullagh||47||10/1|
Orion's Might (IRE) 14
|4||122 8-10||N Carolan||F Lynch||47||14/1|
||5||J C McConnell||C D Hayes||51||NR|
||4||9-10||E Lynam||S M Gorey||7/2|
LIBERTY TO ROCK last won here in July from a 1lb higher mark and he showed on his latest start that he's dropped to a winnable mark. He's taken to get back to winning ways though Valley Queen has continued to run well after her victory here in November and Colin Keane's claim will be a big help. Settle For Red is still a maiden and has been running over much longer trips. He generally leads at around tonight's distance but whether he'll have the pace to hold off the selection is debatable. Phils Wish is another maiden and he's now had 18 starts without winning. He wasn't beaten far behind California Rose last month and is probably the main threat.
Phils Wish (IRE) 2-1fav (9-6) Chased leaders, 2nd 2f out, soon ridden, 3rd when short of room briefly over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind California Rose (9-11) at Dundalk 1m app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Settle For Red (IRE) 2-1fav (9-2) Took keen hold early, prominent, 2nd into straight, led 1f out, stayed on well, headed near line, 2nd of 14, hd behind Bog War (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Cristy's Call (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, 18l behind Rose Angel (8-11) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Punches Pious (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Rear of mid-division and 8th halfway, ridden 2f out and no extra over 1f out, last of 11, 11l behind Rose Angel (9-3) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Valley Queen 7-1 (10-0) Held up in touch, ridden in 7th 2f out, 3rd 1f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind Our Manekineko (10-0) at Dundalk 1m app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Orion's Might (IRE) 25-1 (8-3) Soon led and clear of remainder with 2 rivals, headed 5f out, dropped to 8th and no extra 1f out, 10th of 14, 11l behind Bomber Jackson (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Liberty To Rock (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, led approaching halfway, ridden and headed 1 1/2f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Hoppsan (9-2) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Only Exception (IRE) 14-1 (8-1) Slowly into stride, soon improved on outer to chase leaders, disputed lead halfway, ridden and headed entering straight, weakened, 9th of 14, 16l behind King Of Oriel (8-13) at Gowran Park 1m 1f app hcp 50-75 gd in Sep.
Beau Sakhee 20-1 (8-6) Towards rear, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 12th of 19, 8l behind Doonard Prince (9-3) at Naas 6f hcp 47-65 in Aug.