Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase (0-123) 2m 6f
- (5yo+, 2m 6f, 14 runners)
- Winner €11,730 2nd €2,720 3rd €1,190 4th €680
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 20.90s
- Off time: 16:35:33
|2nd||11 Hans Crescent||2½||14/1|
|3rd||4 On The Way Out||½||12/1|
Alf Wright (IRE) 107
|8||166 11-12 h||E Doyle||M P Butler||120||14/1|
Knocklong (IRE) 28
|6||165 11-11 p1||C Roche||J S McGarvey (2)||119||8/1|
Ballysteen (IRE) 24
|8||162 11-8||M F Morris||K C Sexton (2)||116||11/2|
On The Way Out (IRE) 27
|11||162 11-8||J E Kiely||C M Walsh (4)||116||12/1|
|8||162 11-8 p||E O'Grady||B Hayes (2)||116||6/1|
Fever Pitch (IRE) 43
|8||159 11-5 t||A L T Moore||G Malone (4)||113||12/1|
Prince Of Milan (IRE) 24
|9||159 11-5||A Slattery||F J Hayes (4)||113||25/1|
Tullintain (IRE) 27
|11||157 11-3 bt||R Tyner||G N Fox (4)||111||14/1|
Hidden Crack 21
|10||156 11-2 v||S Fahey||S E Butler (2)||110||14/1|
Ross Na Righ (IRE) 102
|10||155 11-1 v1||D T Hughes||I J McCarthy||109||18/1|
Hans Crescent (FR) 28
|9||151 10-11 b||M Hourigan||S J Crimin (4)||105||14/1|
Betterthanalright (IRE) 22
|8||147 10-7 b||Liam Casey||D E Splaine||101||9/1|
Notimetoserve (IRE) 28
|7||143 10-3 t||P J Rothwell||A Ring (4)||97||3/1f|
Bourbon Ellie (IRE) 81
|11||136 9-10||J Barcoe||B R Dalton||90||25/1|
||9||11-11||A Maguire||Mr R J Jones||8/1|
Unoccupied needs a thorough test of stamina which he had when finishing first past the post over 3m4f in the Ulster National at Downpatrick last month but unfortunately he impeded the runner-up and lost the race. To make matters worse he's been raised 6lb though it will still be a surprise if he's not thereabouts. Hidden Crack, who was over 20l back in fourth, looks held but BALLYSTEEN went to Thurles last month for only his fifth start over fences and came home a very easy winner. Connections can't be unhappy with a 3lb rise and a follow-up looks on the cards. Knocklong has yet to score over fences and looks a few pounds high but Betterthanalright ran his best race for a long time at Gowran last month and is at the right end of the weights.
Notimetoserve (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, progress into 6th after 5 out, ridden entering straight, kept on into 4th 2 out, close 3rd last, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Knock Beauty (10-5) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 sft in Mar.
Hans Crescent (FR) 20-1 (10-7) Towards rear, improved from 6th, 9th before straight, soon no impression, kept on one pace, 7th of 10, 15l behind Once And Always (10-3) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Mar.
On The Way Out (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Mid-division, progress into 4th before halfway, 3rd 3 out, ridden in 4th entering straight and no impression before last, no extra, 4th of 14, 10l behind Foritsa (9-4) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs (10yo+) in Mar.
Fever Pitch (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division, towards rear 5 out, soon no impression, 9th of 16, 38l behind Refused A Name (10-12) at Navan 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 in Mar.
Prince Of Milan (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Led, headed before 5 out, soon ridden in 3rd, no extra appproaching 3 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 16, 19l behind Do Be Doin' (10-12) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Mar.
Tullintain (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Led, joined 3rd, headed after 5th, 2nd 4 out, soon ridden and no extra in 5th approaching 2 out, weakened, 7th of 14, 38l behind Foritsa (9-4) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs (10yo+) in Mar.
Knocklong (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, fell 8 out, in a race won by My Murphy (11-10) at Navan 3m nov chs sft in Mar, 16 ran.
Unoccupied 7-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, progress into 3rd 6 out, improved to lead after 4 out, ridden and disputed from 3 out, led before last, kept on run-in, strongly pressed and drifted left inside final 100 yards, kept on close home (finished 1st - placed 2nd), 2nd of 15 Hidden Horizons (10-3) at Downpatrick 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 sft in Mar.
Bourbon Ellie (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Rear of mid-division, not fluent 6th, 13th halfway, no extra from 3 out, weakened, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Day Dream Boy (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 in Jan.
Alf Wright (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and weakened 3 out, tailed off, 11th of 16, well behind Pumbaa (11-0) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec.
Betterthanalright (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Towards rear, steady progress to chase leaders in 3rd after 9th, ridden early straight and kept on same pace from 2 out, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Carry Each Other (11-3) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Mar.
Hidden Crack 14-1 (10-8) Chased leader in 2nd, led 9th, disputed after 10th, slight mistake and led 6 out, headed after 4 out, soon ridden in 3rd, no extra 3 out, dropped to 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 15, 21l behind Hidden Horizons (10-3) at Downpatrick 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 sft in Mar.
Ballysteen (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Chased leader, moderate 2nd halfway, left in lead 6 out, ridden entering straight, kept on well under pressure from before last, pulled clear run-in, won at Thurles 2m 2f beg chase sft in Mar beating Bar Stool Bob (11-12) by 10l, 15 ran.
Ross Na Righ (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Rear of mid-division, 8th 5 out, no extra after 3 out and pulled up before next,, in a race won by Thelobstercatcher (11-2) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 in Jan, 14 ran.