Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (80-109) 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, 15 runners)
- Winner €8,626 2nd €2,000 3rd €875 4th €500
- Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 18.30s
- Off time: 15:05:50
|2nd||5 Fair Dilemma||½||4/1j|
|3rd||6 William Wordsworth||2¼||12/1|
Imperial Shabra (IRE) 22
|9||165 11-11||P O Brady||R P Treacy (2)||108||14/1|
King Of Ardcarne (IRE) 5
|10||164 11-10 t||M M McNiff||D R Fox||107||12/1|
College Boy (IRE) 29
|6||163 11-9||C O'Dwyer||A F O'Neill||106||18/1|
Chestnut Charlie (IRE) 407
|11||162 11-8 p1||Lindsay Woods||C M Walsh (2)||105||11/2|
Fair Dilemma (IRE) 91
|8||162 11-8 t||J J Mangan||Mr H D Dunne||105||4/1j|
William Wordsworth (IRE) 5
|7||161 11-7 t||Miss S J Harty||A Ring (2)||104||12/1|
Misca Musca (IRE) 24
|5||159 11-5||L Byrne||K C Sexton||104||4/1j|
Supreme Bob (IRE) 5
|7||159 11-5 p||P Fenton||C Brassil (2)||102||12/1|
Tinas Exhibition (IRE) 5
|6||159 11-5||S Fahey||S E Butler||102||12/1|
Whosaidso (IRE) 36
|10||158 11-4||D Cullen||J S McGarvey||101||10/1|
|8||151 10-11 t||G Hayes||M P Burke||94||9/1|
Martin Cash (IRE) 343
|7||150 10-10||M Cunningham||G Malone||93||20/1|
Khan Tengri (IRE) 2
|7||149 10-9 t||P O Brady||B F Cawley||92||8/1|
Sonic Beat (IRE) 6
|8||142 10-2||J P Fahey||L A McKenna (2)||85||20/1|
Cantrell (IRE) 69
|10||139 9-13 b||H Smyth||S J Crimin||82||20/1|
||4||10-8||G Elliott||Mr D J Benson||3/1|
FAIR DILEMMA scored over hurdles and fences at Listowel in September before jumping poorly over the bigger obstacles at Tipperary. He's on a fair mark over timber and gets the vote. Misca Musca landed a minor handicap at Navan and though unable to cope with a 7lb rise at Gowran ran well for a long way before fading. Supreme Bob may be better suited by further but has dropped to his lowest mark though he was behind Tinas Exhibition at Tramore on New Year's Day. The latter is still a maiden over timber after 18 starts but Whosaidso arrives on a fair mark over hurdles and didn't run badly behind Midnight Gunner in a much better race at Fairyhouse last month. Imperial Shabra enters the fray on a 21lb lower mark than over fences so shouldn't be dismissed despite a big weight.
Thepartysover 6-1 (11-4) Prominent, in front from 3 out and soon clear, reduced lead and headed before 2 out where mistake, soon no extra, 6th of 11, 23l behind Forjoethepainter (10-10) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec.
Fair Dilemma (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd before 5 out, ridden before straight, no extra in 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 24l behind Pride Of The Artic (11-8) at Tipperary 2m 4f nov chs (1) hvy in Oct.
William Wordsworth (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Waited with, moderate 5th after 3 out, no impression and kept on without troubling winner from next, 2nd of 9, 21l behind High Desert (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chase hvy.
Chestnut Charlie (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Prominent, jumped left 7th, on terms 4 out, no extra from before straight, 10th of 20, 23l behind Micks (10-8) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Nov '11.
King Of Ardcarne (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders on outer, ridden in 6th before 3 out, no impression from next, 5th of 9, 21l behind Wise Oscar (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy.
Supreme Bob (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Waited with, 7th after 3 out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from after next, 5th of 9, 14l behind Shesonlyahorse (11-3) at Tramore 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 hvy.
College Boy (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders on outer, jumped right at 4th, progress into 2nd when mistake 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind Moscow Mannon (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Tinas Exhibition (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 6th after 3 out, ridden next, not get to principals from before last, kept on, 4th of 9, 11l behind Shesonlyahorse (11-3) at Tramore 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 hvy.
Misca Musca (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, led 4 out, strongly pressed early straight and headed after 2 out, no impression in 4th before last, 4th of 10, 12l behind Treat Yourself (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m nov hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Martin Cash (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Mid-division, no extra from 4 out, weakened, 19th of 20, well behind Ros Brin (10-8) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Jan '12.
Imperial Shabra (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Tracked winner, lost place 5 out, outpaced next, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Shooters Wood (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs (2) hvy in Dec.
Whosaidso (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Held up in last, slight mistake 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, last of 5, 40l behind Midnight Game (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl sft in Dec.
Cantrell (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Never a factor, 12th of 17, 42l behind Worldor (10-11) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Oct.
Khan Tengri (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division on outer, 6th halfway, 3rd 3 out, ridden and no extra after next, 7th of 10, 13l behind Court Jester (10-4) at Down Royal 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec.
Sonic Beat (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division when fell 3rd, in a race won by World Citizen (10-11) at Punchestown 2m cond hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec, 15 ran.