Christmas Festival December 26th-29th Maiden Hurdle 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, 17 runners)
- Winner €5,174 2nd €1,200 3rd €526 4th €300
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
Line View (IRE) 21
|6||166 11-12||James Dullea||B Hayes (5)|
Prince Chaparral (IRE) 18
|6||166 11-12||P J Flynn||M P Walsh||112|
Breens Boy (IRE) 256
|6||158 11-4||P J Rothwell||P Townend|
Fire Belt (IRE) 207
|7||158 11-4||B Nolan||B R Dalton (5)|
Flying Acrobat (IRE) 18
|6||158 11-4||John O'Shaughnessy||R Loughran|
Fourmilewater (IRE) 67
|5||158 11-4||J F O'Shea||S G McDermott|
Lions Charge (USA) 78
|5||158 11-4||C Wilkinson||B M Cash|
Lord Orphan (FR) 14
|7||158 11-4||S Aherne||P F Mangan|
Pairc Na Leasa (IRE) 8
|6||158 11-4 t||D E Finn||P D Kennedy (5)|
Port Ferreol (FR) 322
|7||158 11-4 t1||M J McDonagh||B J Cooper|
Sigtrygg Silkbeard (IRE) 25
|6||158 11-4 t||P J Rothwell||B T O'Connell|
Smart Money (IRE) 263
|5||158 11-4||J H Culloty||T J Doyle|
|6||158 11-4||E O'Grady||M J Ferris|
My Old Lady (IRE) 529
|7||151 10-11||Denis Hogan||D G Hogan|
Zane Grey (IRE) 202
|5||158 11-4||H De Bromhead||Reserve 1|
Andunowhat (IRE) 8
|7||159 11-5 b1||J J Walsh||Reserve 2||98|
Plan In Action (IRE) 22
|5||158 11-4||A J McNamara||Reserve 3||96|
Tell Dawstown (IRE)
||5||11-4||Ms Debbie Hartnett||J R Barry||20/1|
Two of the reserves, Andunowhat and Zane Grey, would have to be considered if getting a run as this looks a weak maiden but PRINCE CHAPARRAL has the form to gain his first success. Pat Flynn's charge, three times a winner on the Flat, has run 10 times over timber but generally against stronger opposition than he meets here. Fire Belt made a disappointing start when fancied on his hurdling debut at Tipperary in April but much more was expected that day after he'd shown very good form in bumpers and he looks a likely threat. Winning point-to-pointer and bumper Line View is another who ran poorly on his hurdling debut at Tipperary last month but he'll have learned plenty from that and should get into the mix along with Smart Money, twice runner-up between the flags and making his debut over timber.
Line View (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, 8th approaching 4 out, no impression from next, 8th of 12, well behind American Flyer (10-11) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Prince Chaparral (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 7th halfway, headway into 4th approaching straight, no extra between final 2 flights, kept on one pace, 4th of 18, 10l behind Pique Sous (11-12) at Thurles 2m Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) in Oct.
Breens Boy (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, pulled up before 6 out, in a race won by Paddy The Oscar (11-12) at Thurles 3m beg chase in Mar, 11 ran.
Fire Belt (IRE) 7-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd approaching straight, no extra from before 2 out, weakened, 11th of 20, 40l behind Pageboy (10-11) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl sft in Apr.
Flying Acrobat (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace from 3 out, 9th of 18, 31l behind Pique Sous (11-12) at Thurles 2m Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) in Oct.
Fourmilewater (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Ran loose before start, prominent, not fluent and weakened 4 out, tailed off, last of 18, well behind Playtime Ben (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Lions Charge (USA) 50-1 (11-12) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 17th of 23, 47l behind Ted Dolly (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in Aug.
Lord Orphan (FR) 6-4 (12-0) Tr ldrs, not qckn 3out, ko onepce, 4th of 11, 21l behind Nevskij (12-0) at Glenbane 3m ire ptp gd in Oct.
Pairc Na Leasa (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Never better than mid-division, 11th of 16, 26l behind Blossom Gate (10-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Port Ferreol (FR) 50-1 (11-12) Mounted going out on to track, chased leaders, 7th approaching 6 out, no extra from 3 out, pulled up straight, in a race won by Castle Wings (11-9) at Limerick 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec, 12 ran.
Sigtrygg Silkbeard (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Settled towards rear, 5th approaching straight, soon ridden and no extra in 6th from early straight, weakened, 6th of 8, 49l behind Heck Thomas (11-10) at Punchestown 2m Maiden Nat Hunt Flat (4-7yo) hvy in Oct.
Smart Money (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) In rear, headway to chase leaders approaching 4f out, soon moderate 3rd and no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, well behind Shotgun Paddy (11-6) at Thurles 2m N H flat in Feb.
Unoccupied 50-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, 11th of 13, well behind Oscars Well (11-12) at Punchestown 2m beg chs sft in Oct.
My Old Lady (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, no impression and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 13th of 19, 32l behind Life Of Reilly (11-4) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl gd in Jun '11.
Zane Grey (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division, progress into 5th on outer 3f out, ran slightly wide off bend entering straight, no extra from 1 1/2f out, 7th of 13, 19l behind Some Article (10-6) at Punchestown 2m nhf gs in Apr.
Andunowhat (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Soon chased leaders, kept on same pace from before straight, 8th of 15, 45l behind Masked Phantom (11-10) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109.
Plan In Action (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Fell 4th, in a race won by The Boat People (11-2) at Cork 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-102 in Oct, 15 ran.