Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (80-102) 2m 100y
- (4yo+, 2m 100y, 9 runners)
- Winner €7,246 2nd €1,680 3rd €734 4th €420
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 5.80s
- Off time: 13:25:30
|1st||2 Chu Chu Thomas||6/4f|
|2nd||10 Short Grass||2¾||4/1|
|3rd||3 Do The Bookies||3¾||6/1|
Jacks Island (IRE) 32
|9||166 11-12 pt||J P Kenny||K C Sexton (2)||100||12/1|
Chu Chu Thomas (IRE) 14
|9||163 11-9||W Harney||H D Dunne||97||6/4f|
Do The Bookies 4
|8||161 11-7||J J Hanlon||S E Butler||95||6/1|
In The Haven (IRE) 18
|9||156 11-2 b||P J Rothwell||A Ring (2)||90||14/1|
Harangue (IRE) 12
|4||153 10-13||J J Hanlon||G N Fox (ex2)||90||14/1|
World Citizen (IRE) 14
|6||150 10-10||D McDonogh||S J Crimin||84||12/1|
Hugbensin (IRE) 19
|8||147 10-7||M McCabe||J M Moore (4)||81||10/1|
Arkmore Vallee (IRE) 32
|6||146 10-6||M McCabe||B F Cawley||80||8/1|
Short Grass (IRE) 7
|7||146 10-6 bt||C Roche||J S McGarvey (2)||80||4/1|
||8||D Kenneally||D R Fox||88||WD|
Dul Ar An Ol (IRE)
||10||11-11||J C McConnell||B R Dalton||5/2|
CHU CHU THOMAS was undoubtedly fortunate to make a winning handicap debut over the C&D a fortnight ago as he was left in front when the leader fell at the last. That was still a very good effort from Bill Harney's charge, who was regarded as potentially useful before an injury kept him out for over three years, and a follow-up looks likely. Do The Bookies was eight lengths behind and has since been well beaten at Limerick while World Citizen was further back and both look held. Short Grass was showing some ability at this time a year ago and will be better for last week's run at Thurles but successful point-to-pointer Hugbensin has gone 19 starts under Rules without winning.
Letterofapproval (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and weakened 3 out, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Truckin All Night (11-9) at Listowel 2m mdn hdl hvy in Sep.
Chu Chu Thomas (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Led and disputed, headed after 3 out, pushed along in 5th and slightly hampered entering straight, stayed on into 2nd 2 out, ridden and two-lengths down when left in lead last, kept on, won at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-95 beating Tyrone Tiger (11-5) by 3l, 17 ran.
Short Grass (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, no extra from before straight, 9th of 18, 22l behind Doc Hollywood (11-4) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-95.
Do The Bookies 8-1 (11-0) Soon led or disputed lead at steady pace, took keen hold, headed 4th, remained prominent until ridden and no impression in 5th 2 out, no extra, 5th of 8, 27l behind Dont Tell Pa (11-5) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-102 hvy.
World Citizen (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden into 2nd entering straight, no extra in 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 17, 14l behind Chu Chu Thomas (11-7) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-95.
Jacks Island (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Trkd ldr, cl 2nd at 8th, rddn 4out, sn lst pl, pu bef last, in a race won by Tammys Hill (12-0) at Tinahely 3m ire ptp gs in Oct, 10 ran.
Arkmore Vallee (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 4th and unseated rider 7 out, in a race won by Argocat (10-13) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs sft in Oct, 15 ran.
In The Haven (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Prominent, mistake 1st, soon led, headed 5th, ridden in 3rd 2 out, no extra after last, weakened and tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Yeoman (10-0) at Galway 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 in Oct.
Hugbensin (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Mid-division, 7th halfway, 4th 3 out and driven along in 3rd approaching straight, no impression in 4th before last, 4th of 15, 11l behind Marshim (11-2) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Oct.
Harangue (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division best, never a factor, 14th of 20, 45l behind Latin Connection (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 gs.