Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (80-95) 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, 8 runners)
- Winner €6,554 2nd €1,520 3rd €665 4th €380
- Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 28.70s
- Off time: 13:46:27
|2nd||4 War Of Words||5||4/1|
|3rd||3 Pretty Happy||3¾||4/1|
Farmaland (IRE) 557
|11||166 11-12 p||N G Hynds||R P Treacy (2)||95||25/1|
Playing (FR) 542
|9||165 11-11||T Foley||S E Butler||94||7/2j|
Pretty Happy (IRE) 54
|10||164 11-10||J A Berry||A F O'Neill||93||4/1|
War Of Words (IRE) 8
|6||161 11-7||D Ahern||G Malone||90||4/1|
Hu Ha Jo (IRE) 54
|10||154 11-0||D J Barry||S J Crimin||83||16/1|
Coolaught (IRE) 15
|9||153 10-13 b1||S Slevin||B F Cawley||82||14/1|
Jack The Ref (IRE) 22
|5||152 10-12 t||P J Rothwell||A Ring (2)||81||4/1|
Yeoman (FR) 21
|11||152 10-12 t||D J Ryan||H D Dunne||81||7/2j|
||7||11-10||Peter Fahey||S E Butler||11/1|
Most of these have been around the block a few times and are probably on a downward curve. Jack The Ref is possibly an exception and last month's Downpatrick third has a decent chance of gaining a first win here but we'll give another chance to PRETTY HAPPY. She was taking on better opposition when well backed at Fairyhouse in October having been placed here and at Tramore earlier in the year. Yeoman won off a 9lb higher mark over fences at Galway in October and can't be ignored while War Of Words was third at Limerick last month and is another with claims.
Playing (FR) 18-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, closed into 3rd before straight, dropped to 5th and no impression 2 out, kept on same pace, 7th of 18, 15l behind Take A Shot (10-12) at Roscommon 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 in Jun '11.
War Of Words (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, travelling well in 2nd 3 out, dropped to 3rd next and no impression before last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 14, 9l behind Happy New Year (11-6) at Limerick 2m 5f am hcp hdle 80-95 hvy in Nov.
Pretty Happy (IRE) 4-1fav (11-4) Chased leaders, closer order from before 5 out, challenged 2 out, soon no extra and kept on same pace, 6th of 16, 13l behind Underdefloorboards (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 in Oct.
Farmaland (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 8th of 15, well behind Strolling Home (11-5) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp chs 0-102 gf in May '11.
Hu Ha Jo (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 9th approaching 4 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next, 9th of 16, well behind Dactik (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 in Oct.
Yeoman (FR) 15-2 (9-10) Held up early, 7th halfway, ridden and no impression before straight, 5th 2 out, kept on one pace from before last, 4th of 11, 10l behind Code Of The West (10-13) at Clonmel 2m 3f hcp chs sft in Nov.
Jack The Ref (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Towards rear well off pace, closer halfway, 5th 3 out and went moderate 3rd before next, kept on well under pressure run-in without reaching first 2, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Yachvili (10-12) at Downpatrick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Nov.
Coolaught (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Waited with in mid-division, kept on without threatening under pressure from before straight, 5th of 14, 26l behind Doc Hollywood (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Nov.