O'Connor O'Shea Solicitors Novice Chase 2m 6f
- (5yo+, 2m 6f, 4 runners)
- Winner €8,970 2nd €2,080 3rd €910 4th €520
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 56.80s
- Off time: 17:15:01
|1st||4 You Must Know Me||1/2f|
Rodriguez (IRE) 21
|7||164 11-10 p1||C F Swan||D J Casey||116||14/1|
Winter Magic (IRE) 22
|6||164 11-10||J J Mangan||P F Mangan||111||12/1|
Sammy Black (GER) 22
|6||158 11-4||A Mullins||D E Mullins||118||5/2|
You Must Know Me (IRE) 39
|8||158 11-4||H de Bromhead||A E Lynch||138||1/2f|
Mad Brian (IRE)
||7||11-4||Mrs G Callaghan||K M Donoghue||5/1|
Rodriguez was having his seventh start over fences when gaining a fortunate victory at Ballinrobe where he was left clear after the last. He's up against much stiffer opposition here. Winter Magic is a useful point-to-pointer who landed a maiden hunter chase at Cork last month and he's certainly worth this step-up in grade. Sammy Black reverted to hurdles after a couple of runs over fences in November and arrives in good form. His opening run behind Ballyburke at Cork was a fair effort and he could prove the main threat to YOU MUST KNOW ME. Henry De Bromhead's charge hasn't quite lived up to the promise he showed on his chasing bow when narrowly beaten by Boston Bob but he's contested much better races than this and can finally get off the mark.
You Must Know Me (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Mistakes, mid-division, chased leaders after 3 out, ridden and kept on same pace from last, no impression, 6th of 30, 13l behind Ma Filleule (11-7) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr.
Sammy Black (GER) 4-1fav (10-6) Held up towards rear, 8th halfway, progress approaching straight and went 3rd 2 out, no impression on winner in 2nd before last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 14, 7l behind Cara's Oscar (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 in Apr.
Winter Magic (IRE) 9-4fav (11-9) Held up, soon in mid-division, closer order when slight mistake 5 out, pushed along from next, 4th from 2 out, 2nd and challenged from last, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Cork 3m hts chs in Apr beating The Tourard Man (12-0) by 3/4l, 16 ran.
Rodriguez (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 2nd halfway, mistake 3 out, soon ridden and no impression on leader approaching last, led early run-in and soon left clear, kept on same pace, won at Ballinrobe 2m 6f beg chase gd in Apr beating Green Thirty Two (11-12) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.