Athlone Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, 11 runners)
- Winner €10,350 2nd €2,400 3rd €1,050 4th €600
- Going: Good to Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 2.50s
- Off time: 19:45:11
|2nd||12 Mount Gunnery||4½||6/1|
|3rd||15 Give Me A Break||½||7/4f|
Il Fenomeno (ITY) 14
|8||165 11-11 b||N Meade||G N Fox (7)||131||25/1|
Pyrus Gold Wind (IRE) 14
|7||160 11-6 pt||S J Mahon||B J Geraghty||126||8/1|
Won In The Dark (IRE) 8
|10||160 11-6 p||D Cullen||P Townend||126||16/1|
Kilcarry Bridge (IRE) 14
|7||159 11-5||J P Ryan||R P Treacy (7)||125||5/1|
Takeyourcapoff (IRE) 26
|9||157 11-3 t||G Elliott||P Carberry||123||6/1|
Days Ahead (IRE) 10
|7||150 10-10 p||E Doyle||M P Butler (3)||116||22/1|
Blossom Gate (IRE) 60
|7||149 10-9 t||Yvonne Latta||K C Sexton (5)||115||25/1|
Mount Gunnery 19
|6||142 10-2 p||P A Fahy||D J Casey||108||6/1|
Wontbelongnow (IRE) 23
|7||139 9-13 p||J J Walsh||P T Enright||105||9/1|
Baby Grey 5
|6||138 9-12||J Monroe||S J Hassett (3)||104||33/1|
Give Me A Break (IRE) 26
|5||138 9-12||M Hourigan||A P Heskin||104||7/4f|
||9||118 h||P W Flynn||D N Russell||128||NR|
||5||115||A P O'Brien||R M Power||125||NR|
||9||1010||E Hogan||D E Mullins||116||NR|
||10||108||S O'Farrell||Miss K O'Farrell||114||NR|
Cara's Oscar (IRE)
||7||11-6||C A Murphy||R M Power||14/1|
Give Me A Break had shown nothing before a comfortable handicap victory at Tipperary and though raised 9lb she's still on an attractive mark. Wontbelongnow might well have won at Limerick last time but for a mistake at the last while Mount Gunnery came good when making all in a Clonmel maiden and is progressing nicely. Takeyourcapoff is in foal and landed a nice race at Perth last month. She's another that doesn't look badly treated but the novice Shield disappointed at Limerick after beating a big field of maidens at Cork. The front-running Kilcarry Bridge has really found his form since the better ground arrived, completing a double at Sligo and Ballinrobe though a 9lb rise could stop him in in hat-trick attempt. PYRUS GOLD WIND finished 9l behind the latter at Ballinrobe but that was his first start since September and with a big pull in the weights he's taken to get back on the winning trail.
Moon Dice (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 8th of 11, 45l behind Kilcarry Bridge (9-10) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl gd in May.
Shield (IRE) 5-2 (11-10) Raced in 3rd, mistake 5 out, slight mistake next and pushed along briefly, under pressure into straight, soon no impression, mistake last, kept on same pace run-in,, 3rd of 4, 7l behind Draycott Place (11-10) at Limerick 2m 3f nh nov hdl in May.
All The Aces (IRE) 28-1 (11-8) Towards rear, no extra from before straight, 15th of 16, well behind Hop In (10-8) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Dec.
Diamond's Return (IRE) 11-10fav (11-0) Held up in last, ridden after 8th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by General Miller (11-7) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Sep, 7 ran.
Takeyourcapoff (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Tracked leading pair, switched right before last, soon 2nd, upsides last, led soon after, driven and kept on well run-in, won at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in May beating Bordoni (11-12) by 3l, 5 ran.
Mount Gunnery 6-5fav (11-4) Made all, asserted and clear from before last where not fluent, ridden out and stayed on well run-in, won at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl in May beating Domesday Book (10-12) by 4 1/2l, 18 ran.
Give Me A Break (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Mid-division, closer in 7th halfway, improved to dispute after 3 out, led entering straight, ridden after 2 out, kept on well from before last, comfortably, won at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in May beating Bye Bye O Bye (11-2) by 7l, 20 ran.
Days Ahead (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) In touch in last early, raced 3rd/4th from 4th, ridden in 3rd from 3 out, kept on one paced from next, 3rd of 5, 30l behind Toner D'Oudairies (11-6) at Sligo 2m 4f chs hvy in Oct.
Wontbelongnow (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Ridden along early to soon chase leaders, improved to get on terms 6 out, led approaching 2 out, joined last where pecked slightly, headed and kept on same pace run-in,, 3rd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Hareth (10-2) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-116 in May.
Kilcarry Bridge (IRE) 9-1 (9-10) Made virtually all, joined briefly 2 out, soon ridden and regained lead, stayed on well under pressure from last, won at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl gd in May beating Mrs Mac Veale (9-8) by 4l, 11 ran.
Pyrus Gold Wind (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, improved to dispute lead 2 out, soon ridden and headed, dropped to 3rd before last, mistake at last, soon dropped to 4th, 4th of 11, 9l behind Kilcarry Bridge (9-10) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl gd in May.
Won In The Dark (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Towards rear, some headway under pressure from 3 out, 11th before straight, soon no impression,, 10th of 17, 17l behind Our Man Zebo (11-4) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl gd.
Il Fenomeno (ITY) 11-2 (11-12) Held up towards rear, bad mistake 3rd, some progress 4 out, pushed along in moderate 6th 3 out, soon no impression, 6th of 10, 30l behind Arzembouy Premier (10-8) at Ballinrobe 2m 2f beg chs gd in May.
Blossom Gate (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Towards rear on outer, no impression from 5 out, never a factor, 12th of 15, well behind Maguire's Glen (10-6) at Wexford 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Apr.
Baby Grey 33-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression after 3 out, kept on one pace straight, 9th of 20, 28l behind Big Generator (11-8) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gd.