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- (5yo+, 2m, 3 runners)
- Winner €13,000 2nd €3,799 3rd €1,799 4th €600
- Going: Soft, Soft/Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 10.80s
- Off time: 13:10:07
|1st||3 Un De Sceaux||1/12f|
Foildubh (IRE) 15
|10||160 11-6||J P Ryan||P Carberry||143||7/1|
Un De Sceaux (FR) 21
|6||160 11-6||W P Mullins||R Walsh||156||1/12f|
Akatara (IRE) 29
|7||149 10-9||M J Bowe||J S McGarvey (5)||104||66/1|
||5||1110 b||G Elliott||D N Russell||142||NR|
Cause Of Causes (USA)
||5||11-10||G Elliott||D J Condon||6/4|
It's quite a surprise to find UN DE SCEAUX running in a conditions event as he's not a big price for the Champion Hurdle and is in the Irish version in a fortnight's time. Unbeaten and hardly tested in all five starts to date, he'll be a short price here despite coming up against the high-class chaser Foildubh, who beat another Willie Mullins hot-pot in Rubi Ball over hurdles at Thurles in November. Flaxen Flare is saddled with a penalty for his victory in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham but returned to something like that form in the Ladbroke at Ascot last time. Akatara has a massive amount to find at the weights.
Flaxen Flare (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, mistake 4th, hampered 3 out, stayed on under pressure from 2 out, went modest 3rd before last, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 20, 11l behind Willow's Saviour (10-5) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Dec.
Un De Sceaux (FR) Evens6fav (11-9) Made all, extended advantage to 10 lengths 3 out, drew well clear in straight, slight mistake last, very easily,, won at Thurles 2m hdl sft in Dec beating Rory O'Moore (11-2) by 29l, 3 ran.
Akatara (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Soon mid-division, closed to chase leaders approaching 3 out, moderate 7th 2 out, moderate 6th last, kept on same pace, 6th of 16, 14l behind Luke's Benefit (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Dec.
Foildubh (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Chased leaders and 6th halfway, 8th 2 out and ridden entering straight, under pressure and kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 11l behind Bobs Worth (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m chs G1 (1) in Dec.