Martinstown Opportunity Maiden Hurdle 2m 4f
- (6yo+, 2m 4f, 14 runners)
- Winner €7,246 2nd €1,680 3rd €734 4th €420
- Going: Good to Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 52.10s
- Off time: 18:50:16
|1st||10 Up The Hill||6/1|
|2nd||5 Festival Opera||5½||7/1|
|3rd||1 Blackstone Edge||13||25/1|
Blackstone Edge (IRE) 47
|6||158 11-4||C Ross||Mr D J Benson (4)||25/1|
Castlecave (IRE) 233
|8||158 11-4||D A McLoughlin||C D Maxwell||25/1|
Chakisto (FR) 296
|6||158 11-4||E Doyle||I J McCarthy||12/1|
Father Melvin (IRE) 15
|6||158 11-4||J R Finn||S A Shortall (4)||66/1|
Festival Opera (IRE) 28
|6||158 11-4||J P Dempsey||L P Dempsey (4)||1||7/1|
Glebeparkhawk (IRE) 36
|6||158 11-4||T Cleary||P E Corbett (2)||14/1|
Share Wood (IRE) 48
|10||158 11-4 t1||C Moore||P D Kennedy (2)||95||9/1|
Stop Road Lad (IRE) 17
|8||158 11-4||T Doyle||M P Burke (4)||93||7/2f|
Uachtaran (IRE) 42
|8||158 11-4||J H Scott||L A McKenna (4)||7/1|
Up The Hill 14
|6||158 11-4||J W Nicholson||K C Sexton (2)||93||6/1|
Virgil Hilts (IRE) 93
|6||158 11-4 t1||J C McConnell||D E Splaine||40/1|
Becheri (IRE) 17
|8||151 10-11||G Webb||B R Dalton||79||50/1|
Dolly Varden (IRE) 28
|7||151 10-11 t||S K Ryder||G N Fox (4)||25/1|
Tikka Light (IRE) 36
|6||151 10-11 b1||W J Burke||J J Burke (4)||102||9/2|
All Or Now (IRE)
||8||11-4||B T Murphy||B F Cawley||25/1|
Tikka Light is clear on official ratings but she hasn't convinced this year and is overlooked. Uachtaran was a 100/1 chance when fourth to King Leon at Ballinrobe and won't need to improve much to take a hand here while Up The Hill has shown the occasional flashes of form and won't mind the ground or distance. Blackstone Edge and Glebeparkhawk are both recent winners between the flags but in a moderate event it's STOP ROAD LAD who gets the nod as he was noted staying on over the minimum on fast going at Gowran last month.
Up The Hill 14-1 (11-7) Mid-division early, towards rear halfway, ridden and no impression 2 out, moderate 9th entering straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 13l behind Diamondgeezer Luke (11-0) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jun.
Festival Opera (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up, 15th halfway, no impression and kept on same pace from after 4 out, 9th of 18, 38l behind Ellie Mia (10-11) at Roscommon 2m 4f mdn hdl in Jun.
Blackstone Edge (IRE) 3-1 (12-2) Mid div, 6th 1/2way, slt prog to cl 5th 5out, eff to jn ldrs 2out, wo sn aftr, slt adv last, qcknd best run-in, won at Fairyhouse 3m ire ptp gs in May beating Better B Quick (12-2) by 2l, 9 ran.
Glebeparkhawk (IRE) 3-1 (12-2) Made most, kow when chall aftr 2out, won at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp in Jun beating An Tarbh Og (11-6) by 3l, 10 ran.
Stop Road Lad (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Rear of mid-division, closer in 10th 3 out, soon ridden, went 6th at last, kept on without threatening run-in, 4th of 19, 8l behind Mojito Royale (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Jun.
Becheri (IRE) 33-1 (10-1) Towards rear, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, 13th of 19, 30l behind Mojito Royale (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Jun.
Uachtaran (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Towards rear, progress into 8th 3 out, moderate 7th next, soon ridden, kept on without threatening, never nearer, 4th of 15, 16l behind King Leon (11-4) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in May.
Virgil Hilts (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Pr, 3l 2nd 1/2way, mstk 8th, rdn to hold pos 9th, lst tch 4out, cto 3out, wknd 2out, pu last, in a race won by Anthem Royale (11-6) at Tallanstown 3m ire ptp sft in Apr, 11 ran.
Chakisto (FR) 20-1 (11-7) Hampered and pulled up badly injured early, in a race won by Theos Well (11-7) at Listowel 2m NH flat in Sep, 18 ran.
Father Melvin (IRE) 66-1 (11-3) Towards rear, pushed along from 5 out, tailed off when slow jump 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by King Leon (11-10) at Kilbeggan 3m nov hdl gf in Jun, 8 ran.
Share Wood (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 3 out, soon no impression and kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 29l behind Back To Bracka (11-12) at Sligo 2m 4f cond mdn hdle sft in May.
Tikka Light (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, jumped slightly right 1st, 7th before straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 18, 18l behind Ask Vic (11-7) at Listowel 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Jun.
Castlecave (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Held up, moderate 12th before halfway, no extra 4 out, tailed off, 17th of 19, well behind Real Steel (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Dolly Varden (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Soon towards rear, never a factor, 13th of 18, 39l behind Ballychorus (11-5) at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl gd in Jun.