W.T. O'Grady Memorial E.B.F. Novice Chase 2m 4f

  • (5yo+, 2m 4f, 4 runners)
  • Winner €12,075 2nd €2,799 3rd €1,225 4th €700
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 34.20s
  • Off time: 13:40:38
Full result
Result 13:40 Thurles
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Mikael D'haguenet 1/2f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 23-3721
ROYAL BLUE, emerald green hoop, royal blue sleeves, quartered cap He'llberemembered (IRE) 6
  • T:P G Fahey
  • J:S E Butler
  • Form: 23-3721
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 132
  • Naps:
10 166 11-12 P G Fahey S E Butler (7) 132 4/1
2 P5-021F
PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 22
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: P5-021F
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 147
  • Naps:
9 166 11-12 W P Mullins R Walsh 147 1/2f
3 610-51F
Royal blue, yellow cross of lorraine & sleeves, yellow star on cap Tabhachtach (IRE) 128
  • T:S Slevin
  • J:A E Lynch
  • Form: 610-51F
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 115
  • Naps:
6 166 11-12 S Slevin A E Lynch 115 33/1
4 22P-301
YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Western Leader (IRE) 16
  • T:J J Hanlon
  • J:Andrew J McNamara
  • Form: 22P-301
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-12p
  • OR:
  • Naps:
9 166 11-12 p J J Hanlon Andrew J McNamara 7/2

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Quietly Fancied (IRE)
  • T:O McKiernan
  • J:Mr R P Quinlan
8 11-5 O McKiernan Mr R P Quinlan 8/1
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In depth

Verdict

Enigmatic is certainly the right word for MIKAEL D'HAGUENET but he won't get a better chance to get back on track. A triple Grade 1 winner over timber, he's never really recovered from his fall at the last on his chasing bow at Fairyhouse two years ago but looked to be gradually coming back until falling again at Limerick. He couldn't be backed with confidence but his overall form looks too good for these. He'llberemembered is a progressive novice but it's the useful staying handicap hurdler Western Leader who could provide the main threat as he looked a decent recruit to chasing when scoring at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day. Tabhachtach landed a beginners' event at Galway in August but has had a break since falling there a month later.

Formwatch

Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 8-11fav (11-6) Disputed lead early, prominent, still close 3rd when fell 5 out, in a race won by Argocat (10-9) at Limerick 2m 3f nov chs Grade 2 (1) hvy in Dec, 5 ran.

He'llberemembered (IRE) 2-1fav (11-5) Settled in mid-division, 6th halfway, good headway to join issue 3 out, led 2 out where jumped left, asserted approaching last where again jumped left, drew clear run-in, easily, won at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs hvy in Dec beating Johannisberger (11-12) by 7l, 9 ran.

Western Leader (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Led and disputed for much and jumped well, disputed lead from 3 out, ridden entering straight, led after last, stayed on well under pressure run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase hvy beating Rupert Lamb (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.

Tabhachtach (IRE) 11-2 (10-11) Chased leaders early, mistake 3rd, soon settled 4th, 3rd 4 out, 4th 2 out, fell last, in a race won by Imperial Shabra (10-13) at Galway 2m 1f nov chs sft in Sep, 5 ran.