Happy St Valentine's Day Handicap Chase (0-130) 3m
- (5yo+, 3m, 8 runners)
- Winner €10,005 2nd €2,320 3rd €1,015 4th €581
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 7m 16.80s
- Off time: 15:50:24
|3rd||7 Outlaw Pete||4||11/4f|
Paddy Pub (IRE) 28
|10||166 11-12||K Purcell||P Townend||130||10/1|
The Bishop Looney (IRE) 61
|9||162 11-8||T J Nagle-Jr||T J Doyle||126||12/1|
Castle Wings (IRE) 21
|8||156 11-2||J J Mangan||P F Mangan||120||7/2|
Kakagh (IRE) 60
|9||154 11-0||W Harney||D N Russell||118||9/2|
Outlaw Pete (IRE) 21
|9||154 11-0||J Halley||Mr Josh Halley (7)||118||11/4f|
Pontiac (FR) 60
|10||145 10-5 b||G Webb||D G Hogan||109||25/1|
Jolily (IRE) 47
|11||143 10-3||T Doyle||A E Lynch||107||9/2|
Boland's Corner (GER) 11
|8||140 10-0 p||R J Tierney||D E Splaine (5)||104||7/1|
||9||114||M F Morris||D J Casey||122||NR|
||6||113||J H Culloty||R M Power||121||NR|
||9||911||D T Hughes||B J Cooper||101||NR|
Outlaw Pete comfortably landed the cross country handicap at Cheltenham in December before starting favourite for the Thyestes Chase at Gowran. He never got involved and no doubt could have done with further but this isn't in that class and he can run into a place at least. Jolily hasn't won since scoring over the track and trip over a year ago but looked on the way back to form at Leopardstown in December though he could have done without a 2lb rise. WISE OSCAR has shown little to date over fences which is why he's languishing at the bottom of the handicap. However, he's improved dramatically over hurdles recently and can revert to the bigger obstacles on a 23lb lower mark so has to be the selection. Castle Wings is consistent enough but finds it difficult to get his head in front and Spring Heeled should do better as he hasn't had much experience and is young enough to make further progress in this sort of grade.
Tinakellylad (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, mistake 6th, weakened from 5 out, pulled up before
Spring Heeled (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Led and disputed, ridden in 3rd before last and no extra, kept on one pace (poor visibility), 3rd of 10, 22l behind Alderwood (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f beg chase hvy in Jan.
Wise Oscar (IRE) 6-4fav (11-5) Mid-division, pushed along in 5th before 3 out, improved into 2nd entering straight, led 2 out and soon stretched well clear, stayed on strongly from last, eased inside final furlong, very easily, won at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Jan beating Miss Xian (10-9) by 8l, 9 ran.
Jolily (IRE) 11-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden in 7th approaching 2 out, stayed on into 4th last, kept on run-in to 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 13, 10l behind Tarquinius (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-116 sft in Dec.
Kakagh (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Soon mid-division, moderate 5th approaching straight, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 5th of 15, 10l behind Sole Witness (11-6) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy in Dec.
Outlaw Pete (IRE) 4-1fav (9-9) Towards rear, never a factor, left moderate 8th 3 out, kept on from next, 6th of 18, 28l behind Jadanli (10-7) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs hvy in Jan.
Castle Wings (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, no impression on easy winner from early straight, left moderate 3rd and hampered last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 13, 18l behind Lookoutnow (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan.
Paddy Pub (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Rear of mid-division, headway on inner after halfway, no extra approaching 3 out, weakened, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind Sherika (9-5) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Jan.
Boland's Corner (GER) 25-1 (9-13) Mid-division, ridden after 4 out, moderate 12th entering straight, kept on one pace, 7th of 22, 21l behind Colbert Station (10-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl hvy.
The Bishop Looney (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened from 4 out, 7th of 8, well behind Apt Approach (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl hvy in Dec.
Pontiac (FR) 33-1 (11-1) Towards rear for most, no extra from 5 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Sole Witness (11-6) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy in Dec, 15 ran.