McCarthy Insurance Group Mares Handicap Hurdle (80-109) 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, 11 runners)
- Winner €7,245 2nd €1,680 3rd €736 4th €419
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 37.30s
- Off time: 14:11:11
|1st||1 Avondhu Lady||6/4f|
|2nd||6 Evesham Star||4½||8/1|
|3rd||5 Special Token||5||7/1|
Avondhu Lady (IRE) 34
|9||165 11-11||David Fenton||B J Cooper||104||6/4f|
Sherika (IRE) 37
|9||164 11-10||Mrs G O'Connor||D N Russell||103||11/1|
Definite Elegance (IRE) 8
|7||160 11-6||Denis Hogan||D G Hogan||99||14/1|
Girl In Blue (IRE) 257
|8||160 11-6 h||R Tyner||P T Enright||99||6/1|
Special Token (IRE) 7
|9||156 11-2 p||J P O'Keeffe||D E Splaine (3)||95||7/1|
Evesham Star (IRE) 8
|10||155 11-1||C Byrnes||R J Jones||94||8/1|
Serra Nova (IRE) 28
|9||153 10-13||Daniel G Murphy||B T O'Connell||92||8/1|
Castlerock Rose (IRE) 7
|10||152 10-12||D Rohan||P Townend||91||16/1|
Sweet Vic (IRE) 55
|6||144 10-4 pt||P J Rothwell||D E Mullins||83||33/1|
Nanos Witness (IRE) 6
|11||142 10-2||Mrs G O'Connor||S J Crimin (7)||81||33/1|
Rose's Emma (IRE) 9
|9||142 10-2||F Flood||A P Crowe||81||16/1|
||8||11-7||E F Gallagher||A P Heskin||10/1|
AVONDHU LADY should be up to this as she has been going very well over fences and connections are taking advantage of a much lower mark over hurdles. Sherika is better handicapped over fences and faces a stiff task but Robert Tyner does well here so Girl In Blue is one to note despite her long absence as she was in very good form here in the Spring. Serra Nova is consistent but rarely wins yet is still on her highest ever mark after another good run behind Hold Em Cowboy at Navan. Definite Elegance hails from a yard going well though she didn't appear to enjoy heavy ground at Limerick last week.
Avondhu Lady (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Tracked leader and 3rd halfway, ridden from 2 out, under pressure and no impression on winner run-in, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind She's Got Grit (9-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp chs in Dec.
Evesham Star (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, progress 3 out, ridden in 8th before straight, no impression and kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 12l behind Pumbaa (11-0) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec.
Special Token (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Led early, tracked leaders, 5th approaching 6 out, no extra from before straight,, 7th of 18, 32l behind Day Dream Boy (11-5) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec.
Castlerock Rose (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, pulled up after 3 out,, in a race won by Day Dream Boy (11-5) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec, 18 ran.
Nanos Witness (IRE) 22-1 (9-3) Towards rear, pushed along and improved approaching 6 out, weakened next, pulled up before 2 out,, in a race won by Carrow Queen (9-10) at Limerick 3m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Serra Nova (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders on inner, 7th after 4 out, headway into 2nd next, ridden in 2nd 2 out, no impression on winner run-in and dropped ot 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 24, 5l behind Hold Em Cowboy (11-9) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in Dec.
Sherika (IRE) 7-1 (10-3) Soon tracked leaders, slight mistake 5th, 7th before 7 out, no impression 5 out, soon no extra, tailed off,, 6th of 12, well behind Baily Dusk (10-10) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Nov.
Definite Elegance (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Mid-division, progress into 4th briefly 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, tailed off, 9th of 16, well behind Pumbaa (11-0) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec.
Girl In Blue (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, closer order from before 4 out, 2nd going well into straight, challenged and almost on terms before 2 out, kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 20, 10l behind Teochew (11-2) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Apr.
Sweet Vic (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Always rear, never a factor, trailing from 4 out, 17th of 22, well behind Pint Of Porter (9-10) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
Rose's Emma (IRE) 12-1 (10-3) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, disputed briefly before 4 out, weakened approaching 3 out, 13th of 17, well behind Royal Flight (11-7) at Down Royal 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Dec.