Northern Ireland Maiden Hurdle 2m 2f 50y

  • (4yo, 2m 2f 50y, 9 runners)
  • Winner €5,174 2nd €1,200 3rd €526 4th €300
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 54.20s
  • Off time: 12:35:41
Full result
Result 12:35 Downpatrick
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 7 Sizing Jo'burg 9/4
2nd 6 Sarabad 2/1f
3rd 2 Anthem Royale 28 7/2

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 1
WHITE & RED HALVED, hooped sleeves, striped cap Bottle Rattler (IRE) 71
  • T:P J Rothwell
  • J:A P Crowe
  • Form: 1
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-9
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 163 11-9 P J Rothwell A P Crowe 10/1
2 24
White & black diamonds, black chevrons on sleeves, white cap, black stars Anthem Royale (IRE) 24
  • T:G Elliott
  • J:P Carberry
  • Form: 24
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 158 11-4 G Elliott P Carberry 7/2
3
Emerald green, yellow epaulettes, emerald green cap, yellow star Crazy Lad (IRE)
  • T:P Coffey
  • J:R M Moran
  • Form:
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 158 11-4 P Coffey R M Moran 33/1
5 5-50
WHITE, emerald green sash & sleeves, orange cap, white star Knockanarrigan (IRE) 11
  • T:J J Hanlon
  • J:B Hayes
  • Form: 5-50
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 158 11-4 J J Hanlon B Hayes (5) 33/1
6 2270-
PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Sarabad (FR) 300
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:P Townend
  • Form: 2270-
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 119
  • Naps:
4 158 11-4 W P Mullins P Townend 119 2/1f
7 7-38
EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Sizing Jo'burg (IRE) 25
  • T:H De Bromhead
  • J:A E Lynch
  • Form: 7-38
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 158 11-4 H De Bromhead A E Lynch 9/4
8
MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Ussius (FR)
  • T:C O'Dwyer
  • J:D N Russell
  • Form:
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 158 11-4 C O'Dwyer D N Russell 14/1
9 70-4603
RED, black stars on sleeves, black star on cap I C Gold (IRE) 17
  • T:D O'Brien
  • J:H D Dunne
  • Form: 70-4603
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-11
  • OR: 99
  • Naps:
4 151 10-11 D O'Brien H D Dunne (7) 99 9/1
10 497P
Dark Blue, White seams, check cap Sultana Belle (IRE) 32
  • T:J J Lambe
  • J:E J O'connell
  • Form: 497P
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-11
  • OR: 92
  • Naps:
4 151 10-11 J J Lambe E J O'connell 92 25/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
4 60-954
Kilmainham (IRE) 7
  • Nag Me
  • T:F Flood
  • J:M P Walsh
  • Form: 60-954
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 114 F Flood M P Walsh NR

In depth

Verdict

SARABAD has been an expensive failure in his two races since arriving from France with a big reputation after just being touched off in a Listed event at Auteuil. He ran a shocker when tailed off at Thurles in January but Willie Mullins has given him time to mature and very much better is expected. Bottle Rattler has a penalty to carry as the only winner in the race having gained a surprise success in a bumper on this track in September. He's bred to be a stayer over jumps so that victory was a bonus and he'll make his presence felt. Anthem Royale has shown a little potential in a pont-to-point and a Naas bumper while Kilmainham produced by far his best run to date when a close fourth behind Blacklough at Fairyhouse last week. Sizing Jo'Burg is superbly bred for this game and is definitely one for the future as is the French-bred newcomer Ussius, while I C Gold ran her best race to date at Wexford last time.

Formwatch

Kilmainham (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, close 2nd 2 out, soon ridden, no extra run-in, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Blacklough (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft.

Sizing Jo'burg (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Prominent early, held up in touch, ridden over 4f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 17, 17l behind Southfield Theatre (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m NH flat (4) gs in Oct.

Sarabad (FR) 2-1fav (10-7) Soon led, headed from 5 out, weakened approaching 3 out, 10th of 17, well behind Argocat (10-5) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.

Anthem Royale (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Mid-division, 8th 5f out, went moderate 5th and ridden 2f out, kept on one paced, 4th of 13, 24l behind Road To Riches (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat hvy in Oct.

Knockanarrigan (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Towards rear for most, no extra from 3 out, 12th of 14, 40l behind Art Of Logistics (11-9) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gs.

I C Gold (IRE) 33-1 (10-2) Mid-division, 6th halfway, pushed along in 5th 2 out, kept on same pace in straight to go 3rd run-in, no threat to first 2, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Cops And Robbers (11-7) at Wexford 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Oct.

Ussius (FR) Voix Du Nord gelding out of Law.

Bottle Rattler (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Waited with towards rear, headway to chase leaders 5f out, soon close up, stayed on well under pressure final furlong to lead on line, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f ldy N H flat gd in Sep beating Balboni (11-3) by shd, 15 ran.

Crazy Lad (IRE) Millenary gelding out of Luso Lass.

Sultana Belle (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Never better than mid-division, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Underdefloorboards (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 in Oct, 16 ran.