Winter Series Awards 21st March Apprentice Handicap 1m
- (4yo+, 1m, 11 runners)
- Winner €5,520 2nd €1,280 3rd €560 4th €320
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 38.97s
- Off time: 19:46:11
|3rd||8 Gold Falcon||1||9/1|
Cool Athlete (IRE) 21
|8||141 10-1 p||D Marnane||C R King||71||4/1|
Alvar (USA) 14
|6||140 10-0 t||M Halford||C P Hoban||70||7/2|
The Black Devil (IRE) 14
|5||140 10-0 p||G Keane||C T Keane||70||3/1f|
Zeftan (IRE) 23
|5||140 10-0||P McCreery||T P Madden (4)||70||5/1|
Granny On Fire (IRE) 7
|4||139 9-13||Michael Mulvany||R P Downey (4)||69||20/1|
Undecided (IRE) 28
|4||136 9-10||S Fahey||G P Halpin (4)||66||8/1|
Revolution (FR) 13
|5||135 9-9||J J Lambe||S Corby (7)||65||12/1|
Gold Falcon (IRE) 7
|5||129 9-3 h||A McGuinness||S B Kelly||59||9/1|
|4||121 8-9 h||J T Gorman||G P Brouder (7) (ex2)||51||20/1|
Trans City (IRE) 7
|6||121 8-9 b1||J Nash||Anastasia O'Brien (4)||51||16/1|
Imrite (IRE) 107
|5||118 8-6 t||D Bunyan||L F Roche||48||33/1|
||5||9-9||A P O'Brien||Anastasia O'Brien||4/1|
Alvar stepped up to 1m3f for the first time two weeks and appeared well suited as he saw off the challenge of The Black Devil. They have both been successful over this trip but the latter can take his revenge on slightly better terms. However, COOL ATHLETE had beaten them both at the end of January and though he hasn't run as well in two subsequent starts he's taken to bounce back and defy his big weight. Undecided landed a surprise victory in a poor maiden a month ago but there's probably more to come and he's on a low enough mark. Gold Falcon was gaining only his second victory on his 30th start last week so a 7lb rise looks harsh.
Revolution (FR) 20-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 2nd 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 8l behind Attraction Ticket (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f Stakes (0-75) (4yo+) pol in Jan.
Zeftan (IRE) 13-2 (10-0) Held up in rear, no impression from 3f out, never a factor, 8th of 9, 14l behind Prince Chaparral (8-13) at Tramore 1m 4f hcp 50-75 gs in Aug.
Gold Falcon (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, switched left and progress under 2f out, led 150 yards out and kept on well under pressure, won at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol beating Merry Mast (9-4) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Trans City (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Mid-division and 7th halfway, no impression over 1f out and kept on one pace, 10th of 14, 5l behind Gold Falcon (8-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
The Black Devil (IRE) 13-2 (9-9) Chased leader in clear 2nd, closer 2nd 3f out, ridden entering straight, 2nd 1f out, disputed lead briefly inside final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Alvar (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp pol in Feb.
Alvar (USA) 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, close 4th entering straight, ridden in 3rd 2f out, improved to dispute lead inside final furlong, led close home, won at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp pol in Feb beating The Black Devil (9-9) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Cool Athlete (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Rear of mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden 2f out and no impression 1f out, 9th of 12, 7l behind Fastidious (9-6) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol in Feb.
Relay 20-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, ran freely, ridden early straight and no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace, 11th of 14, 9l behind Well Insured (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
Granny On Fire (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Mid-division and ran freely, 8th halfway, ridden early straight and no extra over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, last of 11, 21l behind Dancing Cosmos (8-13) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol.
Undecided (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd 2f out, went 2nd on inner 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, led near line, won at Dundalk 1m mdn stks pol in Feb beating Bosstime (9-2) by nk, 6 ran.
Imrite (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 4f out, weakened 3f out, 11th of 12, 28l behind Juara (8-4) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 50-75 pol in Nov.