Dundalk Driving Tourism Forward 28th February Rated Race 7f
- (4yo+, 7f, 6 runners)
- Winner €5,520 2nd €1,280 3rd €560 4th €320
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 25.96s
- Off time: 18:45:39
|1st||3 The Firm||6/4f|
|2nd||6 Shabra Emperor||½||5/1|
Above The Law (IRE) 14
|5||132 9-6 h||A Oliver||C P Hoban (3)||67||3/1|
She's Not Simple (IRE) 70
|4||132 9-6 ht||J J Lambe||E J McNamara||68||4/1|
The Firm (IRE) 42
|5||132 9-6||K Prendergast||C D Hayes||65||6/4f|
Cappadocia (IRE) 151
|4||129 9-3 t||S Fahey||W M Lordan||66||8/1|
|4||129 9-3 h||J T Gorman||Gearoid Patrick Brouder (10)||52||22/1|
Shabra Emperor (IRE) 7
|5||129 9-3 b||P O Brady||J A Heffernan||60||5/1|
The Firm (6/4), Above The Law (3/1), She's Not Simple (4/1), Shabra Emperor (5/1), Cappadocia (8/1), Relay (22/1)
Shabra Emperor has won once in 50 starts and though that was on this track it was also over a much longer trip. Above The Law stayed on to score over 6f last month but has been disappointing in two subsequent runs, the latest over the minimum trip. SHE'S NOT SIMPLE won a Naas maiden in July and the assessor overreacted. But she ran well when last seen here in early December and can gain her first victory on the track. The Firm looked to have a very simple task in a similar race to this last month but, though eventually getting on top, he made hard work of landing the odds. Relay's only success came on this track a year ago from 5lb higher and she's been inconsistent though there are bits and pieces of form that give her a shout at big odds. Cappadocia's two career victories have been on Polytrack at Kempton and his two runs last summer were on very testing ground.
The Firm (IRE) 8-15fav (9-1) Held up behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and progress under 2f out, switched out 1 1/2f out, 3rd 1f out, stayed on to lead last 100 yards, kept on well closing stages, won at Dundalk 1m mdn clm pol in Jan beating Ballynakelly (8-12) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Shabra Emperor (IRE) 16-1 (8-4) Dwelt and pushed along, soon tracked leaders, 2nd before straight, 3rd under 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Equation Of Time (8-5) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol.
Cappadocia (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Soon chased leaders, 7th approaching straight, no extra from over 1f out, 10th of 14, 21l behind Hail Shower (9-5) at Listowel 6f 3yo hcp in Sep.
Above The Law (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Prominent early, ridden entering straight, weakened from 2f out, last of 9, 8l behind Sylvan Mist (9-5) at Dundalk 5f hcap pol in Jan.
Relay 20-1 (9-2) Led and disputed, ridden and headed under 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 10th of 14, 9l behind Our Manekineko (9-6) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
She's Not Simple (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden 2f out, under pressure in 2nd 1f out, no extra in 3rd closing stages, just held 3rd, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Antiquus (9-5) at Dundalk 6f Classified Stakes (0-65) (3yo+) pol in Dec.