Gowran Park Centenary Weekend June 21st & 22nd Handicap 7f
- (3yo, 7f, 11 runners)
- Winner €5,866 2nd €1,360 3rd €595 4th €340
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 38.96s
- Off time: 14:21:08
|2nd||3 Prussian Eagle||½||5/1|
|3rd||8 Northern Surprise||6½||14/1|
Silver Gauntlet (IRE) 169
|3||140 10-0||D K Weld||P J Smullen||72||6/1|
Fight U For It (IRE) 29
|3||136 9-10 v||A Oliver||C P Hoban (3)||68||5/1|
Prussian Eagle (IRE) 13
|3||136 9-10||C O'Brien||F M Berry||68||5/1|
Spring Focus (IRE) 13
|3||135 9-9 p||J S Bolger||K J Manning||67||7/1|
Rathealy (IRE) 176
|3||134 9-8||K Prendergast||C D Hayes||66||9/2f|
Water Sprite (IRE) 13
|3||134 9-8||J J Murphy||J M Conneely (10)||66||14/1|
Northern Surprise (IRE) 161
|3||129 9-3||T Doyle||W J Lee||61||14/1|
Singapore Secret (IRE) 15
|3||129 9-3||D A McLoughlin||J A Heffernan||61||14/1|
Pennys Angel (IRE) 246
|3||126 9-0||J T Gorman||W M Lordan||58||8/1|
Little Sweetheart (IRE) 194
|3||120 8-8||P J Flynn||D M Grant||52||16/1|
Grace Daisy (IRE) 64
|3||116 8-4||Michael Mulvany||R P Cleary||47||12/1|
||3||95||J P Murtagh||Caroline Murtagh||63||NR|
Fix It beat Political Party over this trip at Dundalk then the form was reversed a fortnight later over an extra furlong when Singapore Secret was behind. Fight U For It was a close third in that former event and is 4lb better off so there's little between them again. RATHEALY progressed as his first campaign went on when trained by Alan Bailey in the UK. Beaten just a length by Earthflight at Wolverhampton in October, the winner has boosted the form with a subsequent double so Kevin Prendergast's charge looks the one to be on. Spring Focus has had all three starts to date at the Curragh without showing much but makes his handicap debut in this moderate event and is likely to be capable of much better.
Fix It (IRE) 2-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, 3rd 1f out, kept on into 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Political Policy (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3yo hcp pol in Mar.
Rathealy (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd and keen, pushed along over 2f out, soon led, ridden over 1f out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Earthflight (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Prussian Eagle (IRE) 66-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride and towards rear, 13th halfway, ridden in 10th 2f out, kept on without threatening, 7th of 20, 12l behind Iveagh Gardens (9-0) at Curragh 6f mdn stks in Mar.
Northern Surprise (IRE) 100-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders and 5th halfway, pushed along and no impression in 6th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 10, 13l behind Adelaide (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m mdn stks sft in Oct.
Grace Daisy (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden entering straight, weakened from 2f out, last of 7, 27l behind Shanooan (9-0) at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn fll pol in Jan.
Singapore Secret (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden and progress into 3rd 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 6th of 10, 7l behind Political Policy (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3yo hcp pol in Mar.
Spring Focus (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Always towards rear, no impression from 2f out, never a factor, 15th of 20, 19l behind Iveagh Gardens (9-0) at Curragh 6f mdn stks in Mar.
Fight U For It (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Edged left leaving stalls, prominent and led before halfway, ridden 2f out and headed 1f out, under pressure and no impression inside final furlong, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Fix It (8-11) at Dundalk 7f 3yo hcp pol in Mar.
Pennys Angel (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders and 7th halfway, ridden and no impression entering straight, moderate 5th 1f out and no extra, 5th of 9, 22l behind Hidden Oasis (9-5) at Galway 7f 2yo mdn aut hvy in Aug.
Water Sprite (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride and in rear, ridden 2f out, went 14th 1f out, kept on without threatening, 10th of 20, 16l behind Iveagh Gardens (9-0) at Curragh 6f mdn stks in Mar.
Silver Gauntlet (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, ridden along 4f out, soon trailing, 7th of 9, 15l behind Masai (9-5) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn stks pol in Oct.
Little Sweetheart (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Soon prominent on near side, keen hold, 4th 1f out, soon no extra, kept on same pace, 7th of 14, 10l behind Diamond Stilettos (8-11) at Tipperary 5f 2yo mdn gd in Sep.