Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Novice Chase 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, 7 runners)
- Winner €14,300 2nd €4,180 3rd €1,980 4th €660
- Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 29.20s
- Off time: 13:05:39
|2nd||5 Mount Benbulben||hd||9/2|
Ballyadam Brook (IRE) 77
|9||162 11-8||T O'Brien||R M Power||16/1|
Beeverstown (IRE) 9
|7||162 11-8 t||J H Culloty||Mr R P McNamara||10/1|
Jenari (IRE) 9
|6||162 11-8||Mrs J Harrington||M P Walsh||138||9/2|
Marito (GER) 38
|7||162 11-8||W P Mullins||R Walsh||4/6f|
Mount Benbulben (IRE) 9
|8||162 11-8||G Elliott||P Carberry||136||9/2|
Tillahow (IRE) 11
|6||162 11-8||M F Morris||D N Russell||128||20/1|
Clear Hills (IRE) 9
|6||156 11-2||M Hourigan||A P Heskin||66/1|
||7||11-8||P Casey||A E Lynch||6/5|
Jenari is a Grade 2 winner over hurdles and made a fine start over fences here in October but has failed in better company subsequently. He had Mount Benbulben 5l behind when scoring here and should take care of that rival again but Beeverstown benefited from a superb Robbie McNamara ride when poaching a long lead at Limerick and is unlikely to be given such leeway again. MARITO hasn't had much racing over the past couple of years but showed what a good prospect he is at Thurles last time and can continue his progress. Ballyadam Brook hasn't made the expected progress after his opening success over fences at Killarney.
Marito (GER) 9-10fav (11-12) Tracked leader in 3rd, headway to dispute approaching 4 out and led before 3 out, asserted before last and coasted clear run-in, easily, won at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs hvy in Nov beating He'llberemembered (11-5) by 11l, 16 ran.
Mount Benbulben (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Towards rear, blundered 8th and rider lost irons, pulled up before next, in a race won by Back In Focus (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Jenari (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 7th when mistake and unseated rider 10th, in a race won by Back In Focus (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Ballyadam Brook (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Led and disputed, clear of remainder, jumped left 7th, 2nd and hanging left 7 out, no extra and pulled up after 5 out, in a race won by Moon Dice (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f nov chs sft in Oct, 6 ran.
Tillahow (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Led and disputed early, headed approaching 6th, soon lost place but still well in touch, no extra approaching straight, 4th of 5, 10l behind Argocat (10-9) at Limerick 2m 3f nov chs Grade 2 (1) hvy in Dec.
Clear Hills (IRE) 18-1 (10-5) Chased clear leader, 6th halfway, no extra from 4 out, weakened, 9th of 14, 27l behind Flying Light (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m nov hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Beeverstown (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Led and clear, reduced lead from before last, stayed on well run-in, won at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs hvy in Dec beating Turban (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.