Kerry Group E.B.F. Mares Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 8 runners)
- Winner €21,450 2nd €6,270 3rd €2,970 4th €990
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 13.30s
- Off time: 14:40:35
|1st||3 Katie T||13/2|
|3rd||2 Que Pasa||1||9/1|
Emily Gray (IRE) 35
|6||159 11-5||T E Hyde||M J Ferris||117||7/1|
Que Pasa (IRE) 135
|6||159 11-5||David Kelly||D J Condon||130||9/1|
Katie T (IRE) 21
|5||152 10-12||K Prendergast||A P Heskin||121||13/2|
Love On Top (IRE) 80
|6||152 10-12||J J Walsh||Mr A McCurtin||120||33/1|
Railway Zira (IRE) 24
|6||152 10-12||David Kelly||S W Flanagan||10/1|
Sunday Serenade (IRE) 42
|6||152 10-12||Peter Fahey||D N Russell||13/2|
The Cookie Jar (IRE) 84
|7||152 10-12||C A Murphy||J S McGarvey||116||20/1|
Urticaire (FR) 25
|6||152 10-12||W P Mullins||P F Mangan||134||9/10f|
||6||11-2||M Winters||B J Geraghty||11/8|
Que Pasa is comfortably the pick of those with an official rating as she was narrowly beaten in a similar race to this at Tipperary in October. However, her three victories have come on very much faster ground and today's conditions are likely to be against her. Katie T landed a strong maiden at Naas last month but was earlier put in her place by URTICAIRE at Navan. Willie Mullins' mare has twice been beaten subsequently, though over longer trips, and a return to the minimum can see her back on track. Dual bumper winner Railway Zira looked a nice hurdling recruit when landing a Punchestown maiden in January then found 3m much too far in a Grade 3 at Clonmel the following month.
Katie T (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, mainly 5th, challenged in 2nd from before last, gained narrow lead run-in, stayed on well closing stages, won at Naas 2m mdn hdl in Feb beating Shield (11-11) by 1 1/2l, 17 ran.
Urticaire (FR) 9-4 (10-11) Held up in 3rd, ridden into 2nd entering straight, led before last, headed last, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Upsie (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl hvy in Feb.
Que Pasa (IRE) 9-4fav (11-3) Tracked leaders and 6th halfway, pushed along after 3 out and went 3rd next, soon no chance with winner and not fluent last, no extra run-in, 5th of 10, 13l behind Gambling Girl (10-7) at Down Royal 2m mrs nov hdl G3 (1) in Nov.
Love On Top (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Soon in mid-division, no extra 5 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Emily Gray (10-13) at Limerick 2m mares hcp hdl 80-123 hvy in Dec, 12 ran.
Emily Gray (IRE) 11-4fav (11-11) Mid-division, closer in 7th 2 out, ridden and no impression approaching last, kept on one pace run-in, 5th of 12, 6l behind Lughnasa (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 2f mares hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Feb.
Sunday Serenade (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up in last, mistake 4 out, ridden next, no impression and kept on one pace, moderate 4th approaching last, 4th of 5, 19l behind Wicklow Brave (11-8) at Punchestown 2m lst nov hdl (4yo+) (1) hvy in Feb.
Railway Zira (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Held up, 7th before halfway, weakened and eased before straight, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Don Poli (10-13) at Clonmel 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Feb, 10 ran.
The Cookie Jar (IRE) 9-4fav (10-8) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 3rd 3 out, ridden to lead last and kept on well to assert run-in,, won at Thurles 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec beating Dantes Firth (11-7) by 3l, 18 ran.