Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Mares Novice Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, 5 runners)
- Winner €8,280 2nd €1,920 3rd €840 4th €480
- Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 2.50s
- Off time: 15:25:15
|1st||2 Queen Alphabet||3/10f|
|2nd||6 Annagh Haven||1½||6/1|
Queen Alphabet (IRE) 42
|5||155 11-1 ht||Peter Fahey||D N Russell||120||3/10f|
Fantastic Gold 47
|8||150 10-10 pt||M Cullinane||Mr E J O'connell||97||13/2|
Heavenly Star (IRE) 9
|5||150 10-10||P J Rothwell||A Ring (7)||40/1|
Annagh Haven (IRE) 9
|4||144 10-4 t||Michael Mulvany||J J Burke (5)||102||6/1|
Rock Me Rosie (IRE)
|4||144 10-4||P J Gilligan||R C Colgan||20/1|
||5||111||J T R Dreaper||A E Lynch||116||NR|
||9||1010||P J Rothwell||B T O'Connell||NR|
Ellie Mia has gradually improved and beat a big field at Roscommon though she's only raced on ground with plenty of give. QUEEN ALPHABET had done well in bumpers before beating subsequent winner Erlkonig in good style at Kilbeggan. She stepped up in trip and grade on the same track a couple of weeks later and couldn't handle Pink Hat but this should prove within her capabilities. Annagh Haven has never won in eleven starts but she's still likely to prove best of the remainder.
Ellie Mia (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Soon mid-division, improved to track leaders from after 4 out, challenged travelling smoothly straight, on terms 3 out, led after 2 out, ridden clear from before last, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Roscommon 2m 4f mdn hdl in Jun beating Easter Hunt (11-4) by 5l, 18 ran.
Blue Shirt Lily 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, 3rd 4 out, ridden from next, no impression, 8th of 20, 19l behind Terminal (11-8) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Jan '12.
Queen Alphabet (IRE) 5-6fav (11-9) Took keen hold early, tracked leaders, drifted slightly off rail approaching 4th, slight mistake 6th, checked on inner before 4 out, soon went 2nd, bad mistake 3 out, no impression approaching straight, dropped to 3rd run-in, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Pink Hat (11-9) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hdl gd in Jun.
Annagh Haven (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Chased leaders and 5th halfway, 3rd 3 out but no impression on winner next, no extra before last and dropped to moderate 4th run-in, 4th of 16, 19l behind Gerdago (11-0) at Navan 2m 3yo mdn hdl in Nov.
Fantastic Gold 20-1 (10-8) Always behind, weakened from 5 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Sammy Black (10-9) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f hcp chs gd in May, 16 ran.
Heavenly Star (IRE) 40-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, jumped right early on, weakened from 5 out, 14th of 16, well behind Beach Of Falesa (11-7) at Wexford 2m 2f mares mdn hdl.
Rock Me Rosie (IRE) Rainwatch filly out of Kanekt Lady.