Askeaton Handicap Chase (0-109) 3m
- (4yo+, 3m, 13 runners)
- Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
Doctor Woodfield (IRE) 1
|11||166 11-12 b||C Ross||B M Cash||106|
Happy New Year (IRE) 6
|8||158 11-4||O McKiernan||S J Crimin (7)||98|
Sensational Sema (IRE) 12
|8||157 11-3||A J Martin||R Walsh||97|
Borolee (IRE) 192
|9||156 11-2 pt||Miss E Doyle||D J Bates (5)||96|
Shellys Creek (IRE) 217
|6||156 11-2||F Flood||P D Kennedy (5)||96|
Amber Knight (IRE) 239
|9||155 11-1||D Deacon||K T Coleman||95|
Sherika (IRE) 25
|7||154 11-0||Mrs G O'Connor||D N Russell||94|
Saigheada Beaga (IRE) 14
|9||153 10-13||T O'Brien||D J Condon||93|
Ponmeword (IRE) 18
|8||152 10-12 t||E McNamara||R M Power||92|
Dont Tell De Purty 9
|6||146 10-6||A A Howard||A P Crowe||86|
Lion Valley (IRE) 25
|9||143 10-3 t||S Braddish||N P Madden||83|
Chestnut Friar (IRE) 47
|7||141 10-1||Martin Hassett||S J Hassett (3)||81|
Robertstown Rover (IRE) 32
|10||136 9-10||M McDonagh||M A Enright (5)||66|
Amber Knight is 9lb higher than when successful at Down Royal in February and may just need this after a long break. Happy New Year was beaten a very long way at Punchestown last week and hasn't won a race in 20 starts. SENSATIONAL SEMA came in for support at Punchestown at the end of last month and though not quite managing to get there the fact that Ruby Walsh has been booked again suggests he's expected to gain compensation and he's handed the vote. Ponmeword has dropped to a very fair mark nowadays but the fact that he's been placed just once in 20 starts has to be a major negative.
Doctor Woodfield (IRE) 20-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, 7th 4 out, no extra from next, 13th of 16, 47l behind Victrix Gale (9-13) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp chs in Jul.
Happy New Year (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Waited with, off the pace from 6 out, some headway when not fluent 3 out, soon no impression, went poor 2nd from last, 2nd of 7, 34l behind Dedigout (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs hvy.
Sensational Sema (IRE) 10-3fav (10-5) Tracked leaders, 3rd 4 out, ridden entering straight, 5th on outer 2 out, kept on in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Mr Goodenough (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Oct.
Borolee (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Soon mid-division, 7th 5 out, no extra from next, 10th of 14, well behind Liberty Counsel (11-4) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-109 gd in May.
Shellys Creek (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, bad mistake 9th, soon weakened pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Caduceus (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123 gs in Apr, 20 ran.
Amber Knight (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Towards rear, some headway into 8th 4 out, no impression in moderate 6th when fell last, in a race won by Molly's Boy (10-13) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 sft in Mar, 12 ran.
Sherika (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway into 5th before 3 out and briefly went 2nd approaching straight, no extra from 2 out, 6th of 21, 32l behind Highdownhill (11-12) at Punchestown 3m 1f am hcp ch 0-102 hvy in Oct.
Saigheada Beaga (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, no impression approaching 2 out, 8th of 13, 44l behind Lyreen Legend (11-10) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Oct.
Ponmeword (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Rear of mid-division, 12th halfway, some headway into 6th approaching 4 out where left 4th, went 2nd entering straight but no impression on winner from 2 out, no extra run-in and lost 2 places closing stages, 4th of 18, 7l behind Son Of Moyne (10-2) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-109 in Oct.
Dont Tell De Purty 16-1 (9-11) Disputed lead for much, headed 3 out, dropped to 5th and kept on same pace from next, 5th of 13, 19l behind Kyle's Turn (11-7) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gs.
Lion Valley (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th halfway, no threat from 5 out and weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Highdownhill (11-12) at Punchestown 3m 1f am hcp ch 0-102 hvy in Oct, 21 ran.
Chestnut Friar (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Led, driven along after 3 out (usually 4 out) and soon headed, dropped to 4th before 2 out, no extra, 4th of 7, 39l behind Bundle Of Fun (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 7f beg chase sft in Sep.
Robertstown Rover (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, closer in 3rd after 3 out, bumped next, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 11l behind Kilmurry Kid (10-12) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 sft in Oct.