Downpatrick Family Day (C & G) Maiden Hurdle 2m 2f 50y
- (4yo+, 2m 2f 50y, 5 runners)
- Winner €5,520 2nd €1,280 3rd €560 4th €320
- Going: Good to Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 38.10s
- Off time: 14:51:36
|1st||5 Moss Street||13/8|
|2nd||1 Big Kern||12||8/11f|
Big Kern (IRE) 38
|6||166 11-12||B R Hamilton||R M Power||8/11f|
Celtic Fire (IRE) 23
|6||158 11-4 t1||P Martin||R C Colgan||25/1|
Graney Town (IRE) 6
|5||158 11-4||P McCreery||B Hayes (3)||20/1|
Virgil Hilts (IRE) 6
|6||158 11-4 t||J C McConnell||P D Kennedy (5)||40/1|
Moss Street 11
|4||155 11-1 b||G Elliott||P Carberry||110||13/8|
||4||111 t1||P O Brady||M J Bolger||WD|
Big Kern finished runner-up three times between the flags before winning one at Necarne in May. He made a successful debut under Rules in a bumper on this track and should win plenty of races but the concession of 11lb to MOSS STREET looks beyond him. Gordon Elliott's charge hasn't done as well as expected since a close third to Plinth at Leopardstown in December but the combination of faster ground, the correct trip and Paul Carberry's presence should be enough for him to get off the mark. The remainder with form have shown nothing so the newcomer Two Cool Shabra may snatch third spot.
Two Cool Shabra (IRE) One Cool Cat gelding out of Mabrooka.
Moss Street 6-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 5l behind Mo Rouge (11-5) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Big Kern (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, ran freely to lead after 2f, headed after 6f, 3rd halfway, ridden 3f out, stayed on to challenge 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, kept on well under pressure final furlong, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f ldy N H flat gd in Jun beating Crofton Trail (11-7) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Virgil Hilts (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden and no extra 4 out, weakened, 8th of 14, 44l behind Up The Hill (11-2) at Roscommon 2m 4f cond mdn hdle gf.
Celtic Fire (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Mid-division, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 8th of 11, 39l behind Mumbo Bay (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl gd in Jun.
Graney Town (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Towards rear for most, ridden and no impression before straight, kept on one pace, 11th of 18, 21l behind Pack The Punch (11-0) at Roscommon 2m 4f NH flat gf.