Love Racing, Love Dundalk Stadium Handicap (47-65) 5f
- (3yo+, 5f, 8 runners)
- Winner €4,830 2nd €1,120 3rd €490 4th €280
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Off time: 19:16:21
|1st||4 Strategic Heights||2/1f|
|3rd||3 Mr Bounty||2||11/4|
|6||140 10-0||M Kelly||J A Heffernan||65||10/1|
Catwilldo (IRE) 35
|4||135 9-9 b||G Donnelly||G J Phillips (7)||60||5/2|
Mr Bounty 65
|4||129 9-3 p||M O'Callaghan||D P McDonogh||54||11/4|
Strategic Heights (IRE) 35
|5||125 8-13||John Feane||P J Smullen||50||2/1f|
Affinia Fifty (IRE) 21
|4||122 8-10 t||P Martin||C P Hoban (3)||47||14/1|
Chillie Billie 28
|5||122 8-10 t||J Larkin||C D Hayes||47||11/1|
Little Bells (IRE) 21
|4||122 8-10||P Downey||I T Queally (10)||47||25/1|
The Hamptons (IRE) 21
|9||122 8-10 b||N Madden||T P Madden (7)||47||25/1|
Catwilldo finished half-a-length in front of STRATEGIC HEIGHTS over the course and distance last month with Breezolini just a length back in fourth. The weights favour the latter pair and the runner-up, who was having his first start for six months, should reverse the form and take this. Affinia Fifty, who finished seventh, has since occupied the same position behind Stoichkhov and Chillie Billie has now had 29 starts without winning but Mr Bounty, who began in handicaps off a mark of 60 and hasn't run badly, appears to have been handed a chance with a drop to 54. Little Bells makes her handicap debut after just three moderate runs.
Strategic Heights (IRE) 6-1 (8-7) Led, ridden and strongly pressed 2f out, joined under 1f out, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Catwilldo (8-11) at Dundalk 5f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Catwilldo (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden in 6th on outer 2f out, close 4th 1f out, soon disputed lead, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Dundalk 5f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan beating Strategic Heights (8-7) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Mr Bounty 11-1 (9-7) Soon tracked leaders, challenged 2f out, soon every chance, edged right under 1f out, soon no impression, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Mountain Coral (10-0) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Affinia Fifty (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, checked briefly 1f out, no impression, 7th of 14, 5l behind Stoichkhov (8-5) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Chillie Billie 66-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders and ran freely, 3rd halfway, ridden 2f out and no impression in 4th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 7l behind Above The Law (9-0) at Dundalk 6f stks 0-70 pol in Jan.
The Hamptons (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Soon chased leader in 2nd on outer, ridden in 2nd over 2f out, soon no impression on leaders, weakened final furlong, 13th of 14, 9l behind Stoichkhov (8-5) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Breezolini 16-1 (9-11) Rear of mid-division, progress entering straight, ridden in 8th 2f out, went 5th 1f out, kept on without threatening, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Catwilldo (8-11) at Dundalk 5f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Little Bells (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden in 5th entering straight, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 8l behind Palace Of Winds (9-2) at Dundalk 1m pol in Jan.