Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final (Grade 1) 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 8 runners)
- Winner €58,500 2nd €17,100 3rd €8,100 4th €2,700
- Going: Soft to Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 16.80s
- Off time: 15:16:53
|1st||8 Adriana Des Mottes||15/8f|
Beluckyagain (IRE) 7
|6||161 11-7||W P Mullins||D J Casey||20/1|
Elsie (IRE) 85
|7||161 11-7||T Mullins||D E Mullins||50/1|
Layla Joan (IRE) 36
|6||161 11-7 t||G Elliott||P Carberry||145||11/4|
Little King Robin (IRE) 26
|6||161 11-7 ht||C Bowe||M P Walsh||116||16/1|
The Cookie Jar (IRE) 21
|7||161 11-7||C A Murphy||J S McGarvey||115||66/1|
Urticaire (FR) 21
|6||161 11-7||W P Mullins||D N Russell||127||3/1|
Adriana Des Mottes (FR) 23
|4||150 10-10||W P Mullins||P Townend||127||15/8f|
Florishwells D'ete (FR) 50
|4||150 10-10||W P Mullins||A P McCoy||7/1|
||5||117 h||Mrs J Harrington||R M Power||132||NR|
Annie Power (IRE)
||5||11-6||W P Mullins||R Walsh||4/11|
Willie Mullins had an astonishing eight of the original 17 entries in this Grade 1 and is still mob-handed with a quartet of runners. All are in different ownership so jockeys sort themselves out. It's difficult to know what to make of Florishwells D'Ete, a winner on the Flat in France and a debut winner for her new connections on heavy ground at Gowran. Beluckyagain had looked promising before beaten a long way at Limerick last week so it's a surprise to see her turning out so quickly. ADRIANA DES MOTTES was just touched off by stablemate Abbyssial in a Grade 2 here and both came to grief in the Triumph Hurdle. The former is only a four-year-old and her allowance can see her home. Layla Joan landed a point-to-point then completed a hat-trick over timber before stumbling and unseating Paul Carberry at the first at Doncaster. She should come out best of those not trained by the champion.
Gambling Girl 16-1 (11-0) In rear, no extra and dropped behind approaching 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by The Tullow Tank (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Dec, 7 ran.
Adriana Des Mottes (FR) 20-1 (10-7) Mid-division when brought down 2nd, in a race won by Tiger Roll (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar, 15 ran.
Beluckyagain (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, slight mistake 1st, not fluent 2nd, closer order from after 5th, lost place and towards rear 4 out, pushed along in moderate 5th approaching straight, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 45l behind Our Katie (11-2) at Limerick 2m 3f hvy in Mar.
Urticaire (FR) 9-10fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, improved after 2nd, went 4th on outer before straight, soon challenged, led 2 out, strongly pressed run-in and headed close home, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Katie T (10-12) at Limerick 2m mrs nov hdl G3 (1) hvy in Mar.
Little King Robin (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, headway and effort when left in lead 2 out, headed and ridden before last, weakened flat, 9th of 16, 14l behind Quevega (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) gs in Mar.
The Cookie Jar (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, dropped to last and ridden from 3 out, no extra approaching straight, last of 8, 30l behind Katie T (10-12) at Limerick 2m mrs nov hdl G3 (1) hvy in Mar.
Elsie (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 6th before 3 out, ridden in 5th entering straight, under pressure in 4th when fell last, in a race won by Railway Zira (11-7) at Punchestown 2m mares mdn hdl in Jan, 12 ran.
Florishwells D'ete (FR) 4-7fav (11-0) Chased leaders, improved to lead before 4th, headed 2 out, ridden before last, regained lead approaching last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Feb beating Space Ship (11-7) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Layla Joan (IRE) 9-4 (11-2) Held up, mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Mayfair Music (11-2) at Doncaster 3m mares Listed nov hdl (1) gd in Mar, 6 ran.