Irish Racing Writers Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle (Listed) 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 13 runners)
- Winner €16,250 2nd €4,750 3rd €2,250 4th €750
- Going: Yielding to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 52.10s
- Off time: 14:59:55
|1st||4 Empire Of Dirt||5/1|
|2nd||2 The Game Changer||2||20/1|
|3rd||8 Sizing Codelco||2½||10/1|
Carriganog (IRE) 73
|5||163 11-9||A P O'Brien||R M Power||130||7/1|
The Game Changer (IRE) 43
|5||163 11-9||C F Swan||D J Casey||125||20/1|
Champagne James (IRE) 29
|6||160 11-6||T M Walsh||D E Mullins||130||4/1|
Empire Of Dirt (IRE) 14
|7||160 11-6||C A Murphy||B J Cooper||130||5/1|
Kick On Boss (IRE) 50
|8||160 11-6||W McCreery||B J Geraghty||129||12/1|
Quickpick Vic (IRE) 28
|7||160 11-6 h||A J Martin||P Carberry||139||2/1f|
Shantou Ed (IRE) 17
|5||160 11-6||P A Fahy||M P Walsh||33/1|
Sizing Codelco (IRE) 46
|5||160 11-6||H de Bromhead||A E Lynch||10/1|
The Pounds (IRE) 10
|8||160 11-6 t||Thomas Foley||R Loughran||123||20/1|
Best Of Bocelli (IRE) 215
|11||156 11-2||Peter Croke||R C Colgan||100/1|
Martello Tower (IRE) 316
|6||156 11-2||Ms M Mullins||D N Russell||16/1|
Pink Hat (IRE) 35
|6||149 10-9||W P Mullins||P Townend||20/1|
The Big Apple (IRE)
|4||144 10-4||C Roche||A P Crowe||50/1|
||7||11-9||T Doyle||P Carberry||10/1|
This has brought out a good field for a Listed contest. QUICKPICK VIC easily landed his maiden before being supplemented for the Grade 1 Deloitte at Leopardstown where he came up against the likes of Vautour and The Tullow Tank. He couldn't match strides with them but shouldn't find anything of their quality here and can gain compensation. Empire Of Dirt's second to Faugheen at Navan in December was a good run but he's been beaten three times since and might prefer further. Dual bumper winner Pink Hat has been expensive to follow over hurdles and faces a stiff test in this company and Carriganog jumped moderately when well beaten by Smashing at Limerick. Champagne James is progressing nicely and beat a big field with ease over a longer trip here a month ago while winning point-to-pointer and bumper Martello Tower could be anything.
Empire Of Dirt (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Tracked leader in 2nd, dropped to 3rd before last, kept on same pace run-in and relegated to 4th close home, 4th of 6, 4l behind Real Steel (11-4) at Naas 2m nov hdl G2 (1) in Feb.
The Game Changer (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Mid-division, ridden and no extra entering straight, 17th of 24, 35l behind Gilgamboa (10-9) at Leopardstown 2m Handicap Hurdle (0-150) (Grade B) (4yo+) sft in Jan.
Sizing Codelco (IRE) 4-6fav (11-2) Tracked leader in 2nd, led 3 out, asserted approaching last where not fluent, kept on well run-in, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl in Jan beating Black Spot On (10-13) by 2 1/4l, 16 ran.
Martello Tower (IRE) 7-4fav (12-0) Keen hold early, close up and disputed lead, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, soon pressed, stayed on well final furlong, won at Punchestown 2m N H flat hvy in Apr beating Rock The World (11-7) by 2l, 14 ran.
Shantou Ed (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) In rear, not fluent 6th, no impression from 4 out, no extra from before straight, 5th of 10, 50l behind Don Poli (10-13) at Clonmel 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Feb.
The Pounds (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, disputed from 5 out, narrow lead 2 out, ridden and headed before last, no extra, 4th of 7, 12l behind Giantofaman (11-3) at Thurles 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Champagne James (IRE) 4-9fav (11-12) Chased leaders, led after 3rd, went clear 2 out, mistake last, ridden run-in, comfortably, won at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl in Feb beating Spa Hill (11-11) by 8l, 20 ran.
The Big Apple (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Bannow Girl.
Pink Hat (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Chased leader in 2nd, challenged 4 out, soon disputed, slight mistake 3 out, led before 2 out, challenged 2 out, ridden entering straight, narrowly headed last, no extra run-in, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 13, 5l behind Chancol (11-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Kick On Boss (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Made all, clear from 5th, slight mistake 3 out, hit 2 out, slight mistake last, stayed on well run-in, easily, won at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl sft in Jan beating Zip Wyatt (11-10) by 12l, 13 ran.
Best Of Bocelli (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Prominent, lost place from before 5 out, no extra from after next, completely tailed off, 11th of 15, well behind Mount Sion (11-1) at Roscommon 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 gf in Aug.
Carriganog (IRE) 6-4fav (11-7) Held up, closer in 4th 6 out, 3rd 3 out, 2nd approaching straight, switched right towards inner 2 out, no extra from before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Smashing (11-7) at Limerick 2m 4yo hdl hvy in Dec.
Quickpick Vic (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, no extra in 3rd early straight, moderate 4th run-in, 4th of 6, 17l behind Vautour (11-9) at Leopardstown 2m 2f nov hdl G2 (1) in Feb.