Downpatrick Handicap Chase (0-109) 2m 2f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 2f 110y, 9 runners)
- Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
- Going: Good, Yielding in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 5.50s
- Off time: 14:52:02
|1st||2 Slew Charm||18/1|
|2nd||3 Tipped Up Harry||5½||11/2|
|3rd||10 Refused A Name||10||25/1|
Araglen Lad (IRE) 8
|7||166 11-12||J J Lambe||R C Colgan||108||7/1|
Slew Charm (FR) 12
|11||164 11-10||Mrs S Dawson||Mr N McParlan (7)||106||18/1|
Tipped Up Harry 13
|7||163 11-9 h||Mrs D Foster||A P Heskin||105||11/2|
Obispo (IRE) 5
|7||154 11-0||C A McBratney||S W Flanagan||96||12/1|
Martin Cash (IRE) 20
|7||148 10-8 b||M Cunningham||R Loughran||90||16/1|
Baraka Boy (IRE) 23
|7||145 10-5||P O Brady||M J Bolger||87||20/1|
Hold Em Cowboy (IRE) 6
|9||145 10-5||G Elliott||R Walsh||87||4/7f|
Accordion To Paddy (IRE) 15
|9||143 10-3||M O'Hare||A E Lynch||85||14/1|
Refused A Name 37
|6||138 9-12 pt||J J Hanlon||D G Hogan||80||25/1|
||8||108 b1||P J Rothwell||A Ring||90||NR|
Araglen Lad gained his first success under Rules in emphatic style at Gowran but couldn't handle an 8lb rise at Clonmel and was struggling when coming to grief. Hold Em Cowboy makes a quick reappearance after beating Easy Vic over hurdles at Navan on Saturday but a 10lb rise looks harsh. Imperial Joey made all for a very emphatic victory here in September but couldn't handle a big step up in the ratings and trip at Tramore then fell over fences on a return visit here. Slew Charm was once taking on the likes of Somersby and Overturn but that was a long time ago and a career strike-rate of 1-56 tells its own story. TIPPED UP HARRY scored over fences at Clonmel in February and has been running well over hurdles recently so looks well enough handicapped to go in again.
Imperial Joey (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) 8th of 9, well behind More Madness (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 2f beg chs sft in Oct.
Slew Charm (FR) 25-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, progress 5 out, no impression entering straight, hampered and left moderate 7th 2 out, eased run-in, 8th of 14, 48l behind Thelobstercatcher (9-10) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140.
Tipped Up Harry 16-1 (10-7) Mid-division, progress from 3 out, ridden in 4th 2 out, 5th at last, kept on same pace, 4th of 24, 2 3/4l behind Followmeuptocarlow (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 in Nov.
Refused A Name 25-1 (10-2) Bad mistake and almost unseated rider 1st, towards rear, moderate 9th and no extra from before straight, 11th of 13, well behind Flying Windsor (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 sft in Nov.
Martin Cash (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, led 6th, attempted to assert under pressure before 3 out, headed and dropped to 3rd approaching straight, soon no impression, 5th of 12, 21l behind Balrath Hope (11-5) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-95 in Nov.
Araglen Lad (IRE) 4-1fav (11-8) Disputed lead early, prominent, slight mistake 4th, dropped to 4th but still prominent when fell 2 out,, in a race won by Mitebeall Forluck (11-5) at Clonmel 2m hcp chs 0-116 gd, 9 ran.
Accordion To Paddy (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders on outside, not fluent 6th or when losing place 10th, weakened next, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Russe Blanc (11-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Baraka Boy (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Led, headed before straight, soon weakened, 8th of 14, 50l behind Ballyroe Rambler (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Obispo (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Led, ridden and headed after 2 out, soon no extra and weakened, 11th of 15, 36l behind Sullane Chief (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116.
Hold Em Cowboy (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 10th after 4 out, 9th next, ridden and headway into 3rd 2 out, soon led, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 beating Easy Vic (10-11) by 4 1/2l, 24 ran.