Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase (0-109) 2m 4f

  • (5yo+, 2m 4f, 9 runners)
  • Winner €8,280 2nd €1,920 3rd €840 4th €480
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 49.20s
  • Off time: 13:08:23
Full result
Result 13:05 Punchestown
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 8 Popaflora 11/2
2nd 7 Letterlee Star 15/2
3rd 1 Take A Shot 1 11/8f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 089B51
EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Take A Shot (IRE) 17
  • T:F Flood
  • J:J S McGarvey
  • Form: 089B51
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 101
  • Naps:
9 166 11-12 F Flood J S McGarvey (4) 101 11/8f
2 771462
Black, emerald green triple diamond, emerald green sleeves, black diamonds, emerald green cap, black stars Yeoman (FR) 17
  • T:D J Ryan
  • J:M A Enright
  • Form: 771462
  • Age: 12
  • Weight: 11-7t
  • OR: 96
  • Naps:
12 161 11-7 t D J Ryan M A Enright (2) 96 7/1
3 080-06F
MAROON & WHITE DIAMONDS, white cap Nivek's Dream (IRE) 17
  • T:P Martin
  • J:M P Butler
  • Form: 080-06F
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 93
  • Naps:
10 158 11-4 P Martin M P Butler 93 14/1
4 6157PP
RED & YELLOW STRIPES, white & red striped sleeves, yellow & red striped cap Noble Commander (IRE) 28
  • T:G Donnelly
  • J:R J Jones
  • Form: 6157PP
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-3b
  • OR: 92
  • Naps:
10 157 11-3 b G Donnelly R J Jones 92 12/1
5 F41/859
Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves, dark blue spots on cap Royalor (FR) 14
  • T:O McKiernan
  • J:S J Crimin
  • Form: F41/859
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-13
  • OR: 88
  • Naps:
8 153 10-13 O McKiernan S J Crimin (4) 88 14/1
6 0P6P52
RED, black hoop, black sleeves, hooped cap Torremuelle (IRE) 12
  • T:D E Finn
  • J:B R Dalton
  • Form: 0P6P52
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-11b
  • OR: 86
  • Naps:
11 151 10-11 b D E Finn B R Dalton (2) 86 13/2
7 0215-PP
EMERALD GREEN, white disc & sleeves, yellow & red striped cap Letterlee Star (IRE) 66
  • T:M J McDonagh
  • J:D E Splaine
  • Form: 0215-PP
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-6v1
  • OR: 81
  • Naps:
9 146 10-6 v1 M J McDonagh D E Splaine (2) 81 15/2
8 000092
PURPLE, yellow spots, pink sleeves, purple & yellow striped cap Popaflora 17
  • T:P J Rothwell
  • J:A Ring
  • Form: 000092
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-5b1
  • OR: 80
  • Naps:
7 145 10-5 b1 P J Rothwell A Ring (4) 80 11/2
9 1/P00-7P
White, royal blue diamonds, white slvs, white cap, blue spots Star Of Hollywood (IRE) 11
  • T:I McCaghy
  • J:R P Treacy
  • Form: 1/P00-7P
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 9-10
  • OR: 70
  • Naps:
10 136 9-10 I McCaghy R P Treacy (4) 70 20/1

In depth

Verdict

Jody McGarvey gave TAKE A SHOT a superb ride at Down Royal on Boxing Day and the combination can follow up as a 6lb rise isn't excessive. Runner-up Popaflora should get closer on the revised terms but the winner had a bit in hand and should confirm the form. Yeoman has won once in 19 starts over fences and is now on his highest ever mark following his second place behind Ponmeword at Limerick while Torremuelle has an even worse strike-rate though he almost doubled his winning tally at Tramore on New Year's Eve and looks the main threat if able to repeat.

Formwatch

Popaflora 12-1 (10-3) Led, headed before 7th but remained prominent, disputed again approaching straight, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, kept on under pressure but no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Take A Shot (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 hvy in Dec.

Letterlee Star (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, weakened rapidly from 6th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Lady Olwyn (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Nov, 13 ran.

Take A Shot (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Settled towards rear, headway approaching straight and ridden to go 2nd 3 out, led before next and kept on under pressure run-in, won at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 hvy in Dec beating Popaflora (10-3) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.

Torremuelle (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Soon tracked leaders, close up in 2nd after 3 out, struggling to get to winner when left with a chance last, kept on well and every chance run-in, just denied, 2nd of 8, ns behind Count Salazar (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Dec.

Noble Commander (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 8th 4 out, soon ridden and no impression, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Robertstown Rover (9-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 sft in Dec, 16 ran.

Royalor (FR) 66-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, 9th of 12, well behind Lord Windermere (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 3f beg chs sft in Dec.

Yeoman (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, a bit slow 3rd, lost place a bit 6 out, 4th into straight, 3rd and no impression 2 out, kept on, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Ponmeword (10-6) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Dec.

Nivek's Dream (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Towards rear when fell 3rd, in a race won by Take A Shot (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 hvy in Dec, 11 ran.

Star Of Hollywood (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, lost place and no extra 6 out, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Preswell Lad (10-12) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 hvy, 12 ran.