McCarthy Insurance Group Beginners Chase 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, 7 runners)
- Winner €8,625 2nd €2,000 3rd €875 4th €499
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 43.90s
- Off time: 14:45:50
|1st||1 Castle Wings||7/2|
|2nd||6 West Council||24||66/1|
Castle Wings (IRE) 8
|9||166 11-12||J J Mangan||P F Mangan||119||7/2|
Leap Dearg (IRE) 7
|6||166 11-12||R Tyner||P T Enright||50/1|
Merry In Moscow (IRE) 9
|10||166 11-12||E M O'Sullivan||P D Kennedy (5)||33/1|
Our Ollie (IRE) 13
|8||166 11-12 t1||P J Gilligan||B M Cash||96||20/1|
Trixiebarry (IRE) 590
|9||166 11-12||T O'Callaghan||B T O'Connell||66/1|
West Council (IRE) 68
|9||166 11-12||I Madden||E D Linehan (5)||66/1|
Blood Cotil (FR) 230
|5||155 11-1||W P Mullins||P Townend||1/4f|
||6||11-12||W P Mullins||P Townend||1/2|
Castle Wings has now had twelve starts over fences without scoring but keeps bumping into useful winners and should be scoring soon. However, he's now up against a potentially smart novice in BLOOD COTIL and has to concede him 11lb, which looks beyond him. Willie Mullins' youngster, a Grade 2 winner over hurdles as a three-year-old, produced an outstanding performance to beat stablemate Diakali and some highly-rated French hopes in a Grade 3 at Auteuil in May where the very testing ground played to his strengths. He makes his chasing debut here and could go all the way to the top. The remainder will need mishaps to the main contenders to get involved with Our Ollie possibly the best of them.
Castle Wings (IRE) 9-2 (10-2) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden into 2nd before straight, under pressure in 3rd before 2 out, kept on one pace, left moderate 2nd last, 2nd of 16, 15l behind Make A Track (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-145 hvy in Dec.
West Council (IRE) 66-1 (9-4) Soon mid-division, 10th early, no impression from before 2 out, 10th of 14, 46l behind Viaduct Joey (10-9) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens30 hvy in Oct.
Leap Dearg (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Held up, bad mistake 3rd, brought down next,, in a race won by Page Turner (11-5) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs hvy in Dec, 13 ran.
Our Ollie (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Raced in 3rd throughout, detached before halfway, remote 3rd 3 out,, last of 3, well behind Un De Sceaux (11-9) at Thurles 2m hdl sft in Dec.
Trixiebarry (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, 11th of 17, 14l behind Do Ya Feel Lucky (12-0) at Tipperary 2m 2f N H flat gf in May '12.
Merry In Moscow (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Prominent, weakened after 3 out, 9th of 17, 45l behind Horendus Hulabaloo (11-8) at Limerick 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Blood Cotil (FR) 8-1 (10-1) won at Auteuil(FR) 2m 3f 4yo hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in May beating Diakali (10-5) by 1l, 10 ran.