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
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 28.70s
  • Off time: 13:46:27
Full result
Result 13:45 Clonmel
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Playing 7/2j
2nd 4 War Of Words 5 4/1
3rd 3 Pretty Happy 4/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 P410/98-
LIGHT GREEN, red diamond, hooped sleeves, quartered cap Farmaland (IRE) 557
  • T:N G Hynds
  • J:R P Treacy
  • Form: P410/98-
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-12p
  • OR: 95
  • Naps:
11 166 11-12 p N G Hynds R P Treacy (2) 95 25/1
2 6F15F/7-
DARK GREEN & ROYAL BLUE DIABOLO, halved sleeves, striped cap Playing (FR) 542
  • T:T Foley
  • J:S E Butler
  • Form: 6F15F/7-
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-11
  • OR: 94
  • Naps:
9 165 11-11 T Foley S E Butler 94 7/2j
3 4-45236
ROYAL BLUE & WHITE CHECK, white sleeves & cap Pretty Happy (IRE) 54
  • T:J A Berry
  • J:A F O'Neill
  • Form: 4-45236
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 93
  • Naps:
10 164 11-10 J A Berry A F O'Neill 93 4/1
4 10-0003
RED, black seams, black cap, red star War Of Words (IRE) 8
  • T:D Ahern
  • J:G Malone
  • Form: 10-0003
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 90
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 D Ahern G Malone 90 4/1
5 75-81P9
ROYAL BLUE, red stars, royal blue sleeves, red star on cap Hu Ha Jo (IRE) 54
  • T:D J Barry
  • J:S J Crimin
  • Form: 75-81P9
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 83
  • Naps:
10 154 11-0 D J Barry S J Crimin 83 16/1
6 60P7-85
RED, white panel, striped sleeves & cap Coolaught (IRE) 15
  • T:S Slevin
  • J:B F Cawley
  • Form: 60P7-85
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-13b1
  • OR: 82
  • Naps:
9 153 10-13 b1 S Slevin B F Cawley 82 14/1
7 830803
EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Jack The Ref (IRE) 22
  • T:P J Rothwell
  • J:A Ring
  • Form: 830803
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-12t
  • OR: 81
  • Naps:
5 152 10-12 t P J Rothwell A Ring (2) 81 4/1
8 P3-7714
Black, emerald green triple diamond, emerald green sleeves, black diamonds, emerald green cap, black stars Yeoman (FR) 21
  • T:D J Ryan
  • J:H D Dunne
  • Form: P3-7714
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-12t
  • OR: 81
  • Naps:
11 152 10-12 t D J Ryan H D Dunne 81 7/2j

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2011   Derrinlanna (IRE)
  • T:Peter Fahey
  • J:S E Butler
7 11-10 Peter Fahey S E Butler 11/1
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In depth

Verdict

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.

Formwatch

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.