Irish Stablestaff Association Awards 23rd February Apprentice Handicap 1m 4f
- (4yo+, 1m 4f, 14 runners)
- Winner €5,520 2nd €1,280 3rd €560 4th €320
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 2m 30.85s
- Off time: 20:51:14
|3rd||7 Days Ahead||½||11/4f|
Fleur De Nuit (IRE) 21
|8||141 10-1||John Bleahen||C R King (7)||76||12/1|
Atmospheric High (IRE) 14
|5||140 10-0 p||E Lynam||I J Brennan||75||4/1|
|4||137 9-11||T Carmody||L P Dempsey (4)||75||11/1|
Carlito Brigante (IRE) 91
|7||137 9-11 t||G Elliott||C P Hoban||72||8/1|
Shukhov (IRE) 14
|4||137 9-11 p1||G M Lyons||C T Keane (2)||75||9/1|
Blue Ridge Lane (IRE) 7
|7||131 9-5 bt||J C McConnell||R Coakley (4)||66||14/1|
Days Ahead (IRE) 28
|6||131 9-5 p||E Doyle||S H James||66||11/4f|
Fairylike (IRE) 14
|5||131 9-5 p||A P O'Brien||Anastasia O'Brien (7)||66||10/1|
Home Secretary 14
|9||131 9-5 t||G Donnelly||Megan Carberry (4)||66||16/1|
Why But Why (USA) 19
|5||131 9-5 p||Mrs J Harrington||C J Elliott (7)||66||20/1|
Habesh (IRE) 7
|4||123 8-11||E M O'Sullivan||S B Kelly||61||8/1|
Diamondgeezer Luke (IRE) 14
|6||121 8-9||F Costello||P C O'Donnell (7)||56||25/1|
|8||119 8-7||L Comer||Gary Paul Halpin (7) (ex2)||54||25/1|
Fellisha (IRE) 7
|5||118 8-6||A Heffernan||I T Queally||53||25/1|
||5||813 b||Ms J Morgan||C J Orr||60||NR|
||5||84||J Hagan||Reserve 2||50||NR|
Shake The Bucket (IRE)
||5||9-6||N Madden||Megan Carberry||14/1|
Days Ahead has returned from jumping fences in sparkling form and completed a double last month where his battling qualities came into play. He hasn't been too harshly treated so another big run is expected though Noverre Princess, who was just behind in the first of those two events, will be fancied to turn the tables on the revised terms. Carlito Brigante will be warming up for Cheltenham and Blue Ridge Lane has been hit with a massive 9lb rise for last week's victory. ATMOSPHERIC HIGH had Shukhov and Fairylike adrift when landing a rated race a fortnight ago and though neither of the latter pair had a clear run the winner battled on well for Ian Brennan and the combination can prevail again.
Noverre Princess (IRE) 11-4fav (9-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, led briefly 1 1/2f out, headed 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Blue Ridge Lane (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol.
Pleasing Sunset (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Mid-division best, no extra 5f out, weakened and tailed off, last of 14, well behind Pique Sous (9-11) at Dundalk 2m mdn stks pol.
Fairylike (IRE) 7-1 (8-5) 6th of 10, 4l behind Atmospheric High (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f 4yo stk pol.
Benbecula 10-1 (8-11) Prominent and disputed lead, headed approaching straight, ridden 2f out and dropped to 4th over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong and kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Gretzky (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Jan.
Days Ahead (IRE) 13-8fav (9-10) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd 2f out, stayed on to challenge 1f out, kept on to lead final 100 yards, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan beating Noverre Princess (9-5) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Habesh (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, under pressure in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 5l behind Blue Ridge Lane (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol.
Atmospheric High (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Mid-division, headway in 5th 2f out, ridden to challenge in 3rd 1f out, disputed inside final furlong and led close home, won at Dundalk 1m 3f 4yo stk pol beating Prospectorous (9-0) by shd, 10 ran.
Shukhov (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, not clear run 1 1/2f out, ridden and switched to inner 1f out, kept on same pace in 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2l behind Atmospheric High (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f 4yo stk pol.
Diamondgeezer Luke (IRE) 50-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden into 3rd 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on same pace, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 14, 10l behind Pique Sous (9-11) at Dundalk 2m mdn stks pol.
Fleur De Nuit (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders in 5th, pushed along early straight and no impression from over 1f out, no extra, 11th of 13, 7l behind Gretzky (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Jan.
Bashkirov 9-1 (9-0) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 3f out, 8th of 11, 16l behind Waterloo Sunrise (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Home Secretary 13-2 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden into 7th 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 10, 7l behind Atmospheric High (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f 4yo stk pol.
Carlito Brigante (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th 3f out, no extra in 6th 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 10, 2l behind Prince Of Fire (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Feb '12.
Blue Ridge Lane (IRE) 7-1 (9-9) Mid-division, ridden into 5th 2f out, stayed on to lead 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol beating Casimir Road (9-8) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Why But Why (USA) 7-1 (9-4) Towards rear, mid-division before halfway, weakened from 4f out, last of 11, 23l behind Final Flashback (9-8) at Wexford 1m 4f hcp 50-80 gd in Jul.
Fellisha (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division early, 6th halfway, ridden 2f out, no impression and kept on one pace, 9th of 14, 19l behind El Salvador (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol.