Customer Care Christmas Hurdle 2m 2f 50y
- (4yo+, 2m 2f 50y, 5 runners)
- Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
- Going: Good, Yielding in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 44.60s
- Off time: 12:40:26
Call Box (IRE) 41
|8||166 11-12 p||S R B Crawford||Mr S Crawford (3)||106||9/1|
Flemross (IRE) 13
|10||166 11-12 p||R T J Wilson||G N Fox (7)||103||33/1|
Seskinane (IRE) 46
|7||166 11-12||M M McNiff||D R Fox (5)||133||2/1|
Arnaud (IRE) 186
|5||159 11-5||C Byrnes||D N Russell||137||4/5f|
Diyala (IRE) 6
|4||156 11-2 ht||G Elliott||A E Lynch||6/1|
Seskinane won a Kilbeggan maiden before being disqualified after finishing first at Sligo. He stepped up in class against Rule The World at Naas and ran very well to be beaten just 3three lengths. ARNAUD competed at a high level over hurdles without quite making the top grade but he's been a revelation over fences and jumped superbly to complete a double at Roscommon when Flemross was nine lengths behind. He again gets an age allowance and looks set to land his hat-trick. It's a surprise to find the four-year-old Diyala turning to fences so quickly and he faces a stiff task and though Call Box has a chase victory to his credit on this track it was over a much longer trip
Arnaud (IRE) 9-4 (10-9) Chased leader, closed when mistake 4 out, challenged and on terms next, gained narrow lead 2 out, soon strongly pressed, stayed on well run-in, all out, won at Roscommon 2m chs gf in Jun beating Steps To Freedom (10-13) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Seskinane (IRE) 11-2 (10-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along and no impression after 2 out, kept on same pace run-in without troubling winner, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Rule The World (11-10) at Naas 2m 4f hdl in Oct.
Call Box (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Tracked leader, mistake 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 9, 25l behind Trucking Along (11-6) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Diyala (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear and took keen hold early, ridden from 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 25l behind Faugheen (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f nh nov hdl.
Flemross (IRE) 25-1 (10-1) Always towards rear, trailing 5 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Sraid Padraig (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f in Nov, 13 ran.