Winter Series At Dundalk Handicap (47-65) 5f
- (4yo+, 5f, 11 runners)
- Winner €4,830 2nd €1,121 3rd €490 4th €280
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Off time: 18:16:16
|2nd||11 Strategic Heights||½||6/1|
|3rd||7 Times In Anatefka||½||9/2|
Above The Law (IRE) 30
|5||140 10-0||A Oliver||C P Hoban (3)||65||5/2f|
|6||140 10-0||M Kelly||A P Thornton (3)||65||16/1|
Never A Quarrel (IRE) 10
|4||139 9-13 h||J Gask||J P O'Brien||64||6/1|
|4||136 9-10||J M Barrett||R P Cleary||61||7/1|
Inishmot Duchess (IRE) 28
|6||135 9-9 v||T G McCourt||C T Keane (3)||60||10/1|
Catwilldo (IRE) 28
|4||130 9-4 b||G Donnelly||G J Phillips (7)||55||9/1|
Times In Anatefka (IRE) 35
|4||129 9-3 pt||A B Joyce||F Lynch||54||9/2|
La Canaada (IRE) 83
|6||124 8-12 t||G J Martin||R Coakley (7)||49||25/1|
Affinia Fifty (IRE) 35
|4||122 8-10 t1||P Martin||N G McCullagh||47||50/1|
Strategic Heights (IRE) 188
|5||122 8-10||John Feane||S B Kelly (3)||47||6/1|
The Hamptons (IRE) 28
|9||122 8-10 p||N Madden||T P Madden (7)||47||25/1|
||7||T G McCourt||C R King||51||NR|
Above The Law won on his handicap debut over the course and distance in May then followed up on soft ground at Navan. He reappeared under a 12lb higher rating last month and ran well for a long way behind Antiquus. Breezolini had her first start for new connections last week and led for a long way over that 7f trip, which proved beyond her. Never A Quarrel arrives from the UK with a Polytrack victory behind her though that was in a lowly handicap at Wolverhampton. Gallena caught Inishmot Duchess in the dying strides over 6f last month with Catwilldo a close third and the winner is expected to confirm the form on only slightly worse terms. Big Typhoon rarely runs over the minimum trip these days, though his only success came over the course and distance, while La Canaada has run poorly on her two visits here though she has dropped to a very lowly mark. TIMES IN ANATEFKA had looked a sure-fire future winner after two fine runs in November and was a short-priced favourite the following month but was never happy and disappointed. She's better than that and can gain compensation.
Big Typhoon (IRE) 16-1 (7-10) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, soon no extra, last of 9, 6l behind Victor's Beach (9-7) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol.
Catwilldo (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Gallena (9-5) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Strategic Heights (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders and 3rd halfway, ridden 2f out and dropped to 6th over 1f out, no extra, 7th of 15, 5l behind Patrickswell (9-7) at Bellewstown 5f hcp 47-65 gf in Jul.
Times In Anatefka (IRE) 7-4fav (9-7) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, no impression on leaders in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 8l behind Missile Command (9-5) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Breezolini 25-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, led after 2f, ridden and headed 2 1/2f out, no extra over 1f out, 7th of 9, 5l behind Victor's Beach (9-7) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol.
Never A Quarrel (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Pharoh Jake (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Gallena 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd 2f out, 2nd 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead close home, won at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec beating Inishmot Duchess (9-3) by hd, 11 ran.
Affinia Fifty (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Soon led, ridden and headed under 2f out, soon no extra, last of 13, 16l behind Missile Command (9-5) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
The Hamptons (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 10l behind California Rose (9-11) at Dundalk 1m app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Above The Law (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, pushed along 2f out, soon no impression, no extra in 4th final furlong and eased closing stages, 4th of 5, 4 1/2l behind Antiquus (9-7) at Dundalk 5f hcp pol in Dec.
Inishmot Duchess (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Prominent, 2nd 2f out, soon ridden to lead, strongly pressed 1f out, no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 11, hd behind Gallena (9-5) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
La Canaada (IRE) 11-1 (8-10) Led, challenged 2f out, soon headed and ridden, no extra in 2nd 1f out, kept on same pace, dropped to 4th closing stages, 4th of 14, 4l behind Enter The Red (8-7) at Cork 5f hcp 47-65 in Oct.