Michael Kenny Memorial Apprentice Handicap (47-65) 1m 3f
- (4yo+, 1m 3f, 9 runners)
- Winner €4,830 2nd €1,120 3rd €490 4th €280
- Going: Yielding to Soft (Yielding in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 36.24s
- Off time: 19:52:50
|1st||9 Inis Meain||7/2|
|2nd||4 Little Green||4¾||3/1f|
|3rd||8 Catch Light||1¼||4/1|
Table Forty Six (IRE) 59
|6||140 10-0 t||J P Fahey||R Coakley (4)||64||16/1|
Walter De La Mare (IRE) 17
|5||139 9-13 p||J J Murphy||R A Doyle (4)||63||5/1|
Marcus Attilius (IRE) 30
|4||132 9-6 p1||A J McNamara||James J Doyle (7)||56||16/1|
Little Green (IRE) 106
|5||130 9-4||E McNamara||E J McNamara||54||3/1f|
Mellow Manner (IRE) 62
|4||130 9-4||A J McNamara||M A Enright (4)||54||7/1|
Bessie Lou (IRE) 59
|6||123 8-11||M J Fitzgerald||M M Monaghan (4)||47||6/1|
Catch Light 24
|4||123 8-11 pt||P J Flynn||C T Keane (4)||47||4/1|
Inis Meain (USA) 93
|5||123 8-11||Denis Hogan||R P Whelan||47||7/2|
Princess Tuptin (IRE) 24
|4||123 8-11||T J O'Mara||D A Parkes (4)||47||25/1|
||8||92||C P Donoghue||S H James||52||WD|
||6||9-2||J J Murphy||B A Curtis||12/1|
Grade 2 winning hurdler Little Green hasn't had much experience on the Flat but is very well handicapped as a consequence and has to be on the short-list. Mellow Manner was brought with a late run to score over a mile here in May and though raised 6lb the longer trip will definitely suit and she can get competitive. Gothen Niece had shown only glimpses of form before almost pulling off a shock victory at Cork though whether she can repeat that with a 5lb rise is another matter. Catch Light produced her best run to date over this trip at Limerick though she never looked likely to win so a chance is taken with WALTER DE LA MARE. He's hardly the most prolific winner having a strike-rate of 2-21 on the Flat but he's generally competed at a higher level and Ricky Doyle's claim is a major bonus.
Gothen Niece (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Rear of mid-division, headway from 3f out, soon ridden, 6th and switched to outer 1 1/2f out, stayed on well to go 2nd final furlong, pressed winner to line, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind First Friday (8-11) at Cork 1m 4f hcp 47-65 sft in Jun.
Inis Meain (USA) 25-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, last of 13, 18l behind Aragorn Rouge (9-4) at Dundalk 1m mdn clm pol in Jan.
Little Green (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Towards rear, never a factor, 11th early straight, kept on one pace final furlong, 6th of 14, 15l behind Mojita (9-0) at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo fll stks gd in Aug.
Catch Light 14-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, held up, progress to chase leaders into straight, kept on without threatening under pressure from over 1f out, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Placere (9-10) at Limerick 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 sft in Jun.
Table Forty Six (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Settled in rear of mid-division on inner, 9th halfway, no impression from 1 1/2f out, 8th of 12, 6l behind Polly Ella (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in May.
Mellow Manner (IRE) 8-1 (8-6) Soon mid-division, progress on outer to chase leaders under 2f out, ridden into 3rd and challenged from 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead near finish, won at Killarney 1m hcp 47-65 gs in May beating Whitethorne Scent (9-4) by nk, 13 ran.
Walter De La Mare (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden in moderate 6th 3f out, kept on one pace from 2f out, no impression leaders, 4th of 9, 13l behind Shamiran (9-6) at Curragh 1m 4f app stks sft in Jun.
Princess Tuptin (IRE) 14-1 (8-4) Waited with, no impression and kept on same pace from under 4f out, 9th of 14, 20l behind Placere (9-10) at Limerick 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 sft in Jun.
Bessie Lou (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders on inner, went 3rd before halfway, ridden in 2nd early straight and soon no extra, weakened, last of 12, 8l behind Polly Ella (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in May.
Marcus Attilius (IRE) 18-1 (9-10) Soon towards rear, never a factor, 15th of 16, 28l behind Mctaggart (9-6) at Limerick 1m app hcp 47-65 gd in Jun.