Athlone Handicap Hurdle (81-123) 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, 16 runners)
- Winner €10,005 2nd €2,320 3rd €1,015 4th €581
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 58.90s
- Off time: 19:19:59
|1st||4 Cara's Oscar||14/1|
|2nd||15 Imperial Shabra||3¼||14/1|
|3rd||12 Realt Den Chathair||3||10/1|
|4th||20 Never A Secret||2||9/1|
Bombadero (IRE) 122
|6||163 11-9 t||D Cullen||M P Walsh||118||20/1|
Baresi (IRE) 8
|8||162 11-8||J Long||D E Splaine (5)||117||6/1|
Lastofthepilots (IRE) 63
|9||161 11-7 p||M P Fitzgerald||D J Casey||116||16/1|
Cara's Oscar (IRE) 205
|7||160 11-6 t1||C A Murphy||R M Power||115||14/1|
Notimetoserve (IRE) 14
|6||159 11-5 t||Denis Hogan||T Kelly (5)||114||5/1j|
Pyrus Gold Wind (IRE) 14
|6||159 11-5 t||S J Mahon||P Merrigan||114||14/1|
Face Facts (IRE) 18
|8||157 11-3||Mrs P Dobbs||B J Geraghty||112||11/2|
Fourth Class (IRE) 167
|9||157 11-3||H de Bromhead||Mr P Power (7)||112||20/1|
Realt Den Chathair (IRE) 254
|7||155 11-1||E Griffin||Mr E J O'connell||110||10/1|
Zemario (IRE) 11
|7||154 11-0||J G Murphy||S J Gray (3)||109||20/1|
Elijah Gardner (IRE) 19
|4||152 10-12||N Meade||P Townend||115||5/1j|
Imperial Shabra (IRE) 13
|9||150 10-10||P O Brady||R P Treacy (7)||105||14/1|
Ahorsecalledmolly (IRE) 611
|12||149 10-9 t||A Lynch||R C Colgan||104||20/1|
Shabra's Bertolini (IRE) 15
|4||146 10-6||P O Brady||A P Heskin||109||20/1|
The Lady Granuaile (USA) 9
|8||149 10-9||Mrs Pauline Gavin||A P Crowe||104||20/1|
Never A Secret (IRE) 9
|9||147 10-7||H P Finegan||J C Tobin (7)||102||9/1|
||9||113||D T Hughes||M A Enright||112||NR|
||10||113||D T Hughes||R Loughran||112||NR|
||7||112 t||M Brassil||N P Madden||111||NR|
||8||109||A L T Moore||A E Lynch||104||NR|
||7||106 t||Mrs D A Love||Reserve 3||101||NR|
Last weekend's winner Never A Secret would have to be considered if getting a run but in her likely absence it's NOTIMETOSERVE who looks the one to be on. Denis Hogan was on board when his charge won nicely on soft ground at Ballinrobe and though 10lb higher the trainer relies on Tony Kelly's claim this time. A bit of rain wouldn't go amiss but Celestial Prospect relished the fast going when scoring on the Flat at Wexford last month and scored there when last seen over hurdles in October. Realt Den Chathair has been waiting for the quicker ground and, having scored over 2m and 3m on his last two starts, should be ideally suited by tonight's trip. Elijah Gardner stepped up to this trip for the first time at Clonmel and won a maiden in good style so he doesn't look badly treated on his handicap debut.
Ross Na Righ (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, weakened before 5 out, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Irish Soul (11-3) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in May, 18 ran.
Sarteano (FR) 16-1 (11-7) Prominent, lost place from before 4 out, soon no extra and pulled up before last, in a race won by Shanpallas (10-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gd in May, 19 ran.
Celestial Prospect (AUS) 6-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, joined issue 4 out and led 2 out, asserted early straight and kept on well, won at Wexford 2m 2f cond hcp hdl (80-109) gd in Oct beating Bulletproof (10-10) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Claragh Native (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Led, jumped right 2 out, pressed and went right again last, stand's side run-in and soon headed, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Pur Style (10-9) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp chs 0-109 sft in May.
Grainne Delight (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Waited with, closed 6 out, 6th after 4 out, 3rd before 3 out, ridden in pursuit of winner from next, no impression and kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 18, 4l behind Thynetocatcher (11-0) at Killarney 2m 4f mares mdn hdl gd in May '12.
Cara's Oscar (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, 10th 4 out, no extra and pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Come To The Party (10-1) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl sft in Nov, 15 ran.
Imperial Shabra (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Led, headed briefly 3rd, headed and ridden 4 out, moderate 3rd entering straight, kept on one paced from 2 out, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Tribes And Banner (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 2f chs gf in May.
Realt Den Chathair (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, good headway into 4th 4 out, 2nd entering straight, soon ridden, disputed lead last, stayed on well run-in on near side to lead near line, won at Clonmel 3m Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (5yo+) gf in Sep beating Playtime Ben (11-6) by shd, 18 ran.
Never A Secret (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) Soon chased leaders, a bit slow 4 out, went 2nd before 2 out, challenged and on terms into straight, rider without left iron from before last, led and stayed on best run-in, won at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gf beating Vinniespride (10-3) by 2l, 14 ran.
Zemario (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, moderate 7th after 3 out, 6th and no impression approaching last, kept on same pace, 5th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Howwoulduno (10-13) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gd in May.
Notimetoserve (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Prominent early, 3rd halfway, 2nd 2 out, ridden to challenge entering straight, led last, kept on well run-in, asserted close home, won at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in May beating Samantha Jones (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 16 ran.
Lastofthepilots (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Chased leaders early, mid-division in 9th halfway, pushed along 4 out, ridden into 4th entering straight, 3rd 2 out, stayed on to lead before last, kept on well run-in, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Apr beating Gino Trail (11-12) by 8l, 16 ran.
Pyrus Gold Wind (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway into 3rd after 2 out, ridden before straight, soon no extra in 4th and kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 17l behind Hunting Party (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hdl hvy in May.
Shabra's Bertolini (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Led, ridden and strongly pressed from 2 out, soon headed, no extra in 3rd from before last, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Call Me Bubbles (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo hdl hvy in May.
Bombadero (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders on inner, 9th halfway, no threat from 3 out, weakened, 22nd of 24, 29l behind Tennis Cap (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Feb.
Face Facts (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Mid-division, 7th 3 out, ridden into 6th 2 out, no impression before last, kept on one pace, 5th of 16, 7l behind Cnoc Na Sioga (10-7) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl gf in May.
The Lady Granuaile (USA) 12-1 (11-1) Soon mid-division, no extra from 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Fahamore (11-9) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec, 11 ran.
Fourth Class (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Prominent, left 2nd 5 out, 3rd 3 out, mistake and lost place 2 out, no extra, 13th of 16, well behind Jacksonslady (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs sft in Dec.
Ahorsecalledmolly (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Soon mid-division, struggling 4 out, pulled up after next, in a race won by Muirhead (11-2) at Limerick 3m hcp chs in Oct '11, 15 ran.
Baresi (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Waited with, 8th before straight, moderate 5th and no impression 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 17, 14l behind Bangonform (10-5) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl.
Elijah Gardner (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Soon mid-division, closer order from before 5 out, 3rd before straight, challenged and on terms 2 out, led last and stayed on well run-in, won at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in May beating Bally Longford (11-12) by 2l, 18 ran.