Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Novice Hurdle 2m 7f
- (5yo+, 2m 7f, 9 runners)
- Winner €10,350 2nd €2,400 3rd €1,050 4th €600
- Going: Yielding to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 56.30s
- Off time: 16:00:23
|1st||5 Thunder And Roses||5/1|
|2nd||9 The Westener Boy||1||9/1|
|3rd||1 Festive Felon||hd||11/4f|
Festive Felon (IRE) 42
|7||158 11-4||N Meade||P Carberry||135||11/4f|
Flaming Dawn (IRE) 74
|6||158 11-4||E J O'Grady||M P Walsh||8/1|
Rightdownthemiddle (IRE) 75
|6||158 11-4||Michael Mulvany||J L Cullen||121||12/1|
Say It Again (IRE) 39
|6||158 11-4||N G Hynds||Andrew J McNamara||20/1|
Thunder And Roses (IRE) 42
|6||158 11-4||D T Hughes||Mr J J King (5)||129||5/1|
Wicklow Gold (FR) 22
|6||158 11-4||W P Mullins||D J Casey||125||12/1|
Mr Fiftyone (IRE) 49
|5||157 11-3||Mrs J Harrington||R M Power||130||9/1|
Noble Endeavor (IRE) 25
|5||157 11-3||G Elliott||R C Colgan||7/2|
The Westener Boy (IRE) 24
|7||154 11-0||C A Murphy||A P Crowe||9/1|
||7||11-4||W P Mullins||R Walsh||7/4|
Festive Felon beat Friday's Cheltenham winner Don Poli over a slightly shorter trip here in December and bounced back to form when close-up in a tough Punchestown handicap last time. Thunder And Roses, who finished runner-up in that latter event, isn't certain to confirm the form on the revised terms. FLAMING DAWN won a Tramore bumper in December by a long way and was equally impressive on his hurdling bow there in January despite still looking inexperienced. He's taking on much better company here but could be up to the task. Rightdownthemiddle has been running well while Wicklow Gold won a Tramore maiden by a distance before finding handicap company too hot at Fairyhouse. Mr Fiftyone will appreciate this drop in grade after competing against top opposition since his impressive victories in the autumn.
Thunder And Roses (IRE) 4-1fav (9-11) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, progress in 5th 2 out, challenged entering straight, ridden to narrow lead approaching last, headed and slight mistake last, kept on to dispute briefly run-in, no extra in 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 16, 1l behind Jetson (10-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl hvy in Feb.
The Westener Boy (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) In rear, pushed along straight, 4th before 2 out, soon no impression, kept on, 3rd of 5, 10l behind Perfect Gentleman (11-5) at Clonmel 2m 4f hdl hvy in Feb.
Festive Felon (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Led and disputed, ridden and narrowly headed before last, led again last, headed run-in, no extra closing stages and lost 3rd close home, 4th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Jetson (10-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl hvy in Feb.
Flaming Dawn (IRE) 5-2fav (11-12) Chased leaders, closer order travelling well from after 3 out, on terms approaching next, soon led, slight mistake 2 out, clear from between last 2, awkward jump last, swished tail and stayed on tail run-in, comfortably, won at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Jan beating Ichey Feet (10-11) by 15l, 12 ran.
Mr Fiftyone (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Chased leaders at sedate pace, not fluent 3 out, 4th approaching straight, dropped to rear from before last, no extra run-in, last of 6, 10l behind Sure Reef (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) in Jan.
Noble Endeavor (IRE) 6-4fav (11-10) Mid-division, progress into 5th 2 out, ridden into 3rd entering straight, challenged before last, stayed on to narrow lead last, kept on well run-in, won at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Feb beating Ttebbob (11-2) by 1 3/4l, 15 ran.
Say It Again (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Made all, ridden from before 2 out, clear from last, stayed on well run-in, won at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Feb beating Leavethelighton (11-1) by 4 1/2l, 13 ran.
Wicklow Gold (FR) 4-1fav (11-2) Led, ridden and strongly pressed 2 out, headed before last, no extra run-in, 5th of 12, 14l behind Valmy Baie (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 in Feb.
Rightdownthemiddle (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, ridden and led entering straight, headed before last, kept on well under pressure run-in, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Gilgamboa (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Dec.