Hook Beginners Chase 2m 3f
- (4yo+, 2m 3f, 7 runners)
- Winner €5,520 2nd €1,280 3rd €560 4th €320
- Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 55.00s
- Off time: 13:45:14
|2nd||1 King Of The Refs||5||2/1|
King Of The Refs (IRE) 14
|7||166 11-12||A J Martin||B J Geraghty||116||2/1|
Lord Rudi (IRE) 339
|8||166 11-12||R K Watson||T P Treacy||33/1|
Thouva (FR) 39
|5||166 11-12||N Meade||D N Russell||13/8f|
Western Man (IRE) 7
|5||166 11-12 p||R O'Leary||D J Casey||7/1|
Clonbeale Vacation (IRE) 6
|7||159 11-5||R H Lalor||Mr J R Lalor (7)||10/1|
Dante Anna (IRE) 34
|7||159 11-5 t||R O'Connor||Mr C L Murphy (7)||33/1|
Westhaven (IRE) 17
|4||155 11-1 t||N Meade||P Carberry||11/2|
Noel Meade complicates matters by saddling Westhaven and THOUVA and though Paul Carberry is on board the former it's Davy Russell's mount, who was fancied to make a winning start over fences here in October but was impeded at a crucial stage, who looks the one to be on. Winning point-to-pointer Western Man makes his debut over regulation fences but his hurdling form was moderate so it's King Of The Refs who looks more of a threat as he ran some fair races in decent company over hurdles and will be better for the experience of his two chase runs to date.
Thouva (FR) 11-10fav (11-11) Led and disuputed lead, hampered by loose horse 6th, headed 4 out and dropped to 5th, went 3rd entering straight but no impression from before last where not fluent, kept on one pace, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Klepht (11-12) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs gd in Oct.
King Of The Refs (IRE) 10-3 (11-4) Prominent in chasing group, closer in 2nd 4 out, challenged under pressure and briefly on terms before last, soon no chance with easy winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Twigline (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Dante Anna (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, lost place 4 out, soon no impression, kept on one pace from before straight, 8th of 17, 23l behind Carries Darling (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl in Nov.
Clonbeale Vacation (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Prominent and led before 2nd, headed 5th, tracked leaders until dropped to 6th 4 out, left 5th next but no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 30l behind Make A Track (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Western Man (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Mid-division, 7th halfway, headway into 4th approaching straight, no impression from 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 10l behind Happy New Year (11-6) at Limerick 2m 5f am hcp hdle 80-95 hvy in Nov.
Westhaven (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Soon mid-division, 7th 5 out, no impression next, moderate 6th into straight, kept on same pace, 7th of 13, well behind Snooze (11-9) at Cork 2m 5f beg chs sft in Nov.
Lord Rudi (IRE) 28-1 (10-13) Led and clear early, headed 6th until regained lead 5 out, headed approaching 3 out and soon no extra, no threat in straight, 7th of 9, 36l behind Galant Ferns (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens16 sft in Jan.