Micheal O'Murchadha Memorial Rated Hurdle 2m 4f
- (4yo+, 2m 4f, 7 runners)
- Winner €10,694 2nd €2,480 3rd €1,085 4th €620
- Going: Yielding, Soft in places.
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 5.80s
- Off time: 16:05:03
|1st||5 Mister Hotelier||7/1|
Beau Michael 153
|10||160 11-6 pt||A McGuinness||A E Lynch (3)||123||16/1|
Blossom Gate (IRE) 8
|7||160 11-6||P M Pierce||A P Crowe||120||25/1|
Captainofthefleet (IRE) 25
|7||160 11-6||E O'Connell||D N Russell||123||2/1f|
Lughnasa (IRE) 36
|7||160 11-6||R Tyner||G N Fox (7)||123||3/1|
Mister Hotelier (IRE) 51
|7||160 11-6 t||C A Murphy||M P Fogarty||119||7/1|
O Maonlai (IRE) 22
|6||160 11-6||T E Hyde||M J Ferris||121||11/4|
Mrs Mac Veale (IRE) 113
|9||156 11-2||R Murphy||J S McGarvey (5)||115||11/1|
Gates Of Rome (IRE)
||9||11-2||C A Murphy||B J Cooper||5/2|
The excellent BEAU MICHAEL has now won fifteen races in his career and returns after a break. He's probably building up to the Punchestown Festival but should be fit enough and has the class to see off his younger rivals.. Lughnasa narrowly defeated the luckless Lipinski, who runs earlier, in a Leopardstown handicap and would have to be a threat if in similar form while Captainofthefleet has competed at Grade level since easily landing a Limerick maiden and will find this less daunting. Mrs Mac Veale completed a hat-trick before failing in Grade 2 company but O Maonlai was disappointing in a Naas handicap after looking progressive when scoring at Fairyhouse.
Mister Hotelier (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, progress into 5th 3 out, ridden in 4th entering straight, no impression in 3rd before last, 4th last and kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 19l behind Zabana (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp hdl sft in Jan.
Lughnasa (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, progress approaching 2 out and went 2nd before last, under pressure and kept on well run-in to lead close home, won at Leopardstown 2m 2f mares hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Feb beating Lipinski (10-0) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Captainofthefleet (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Led, some slight mistakes, joined early straight, soon headed and dropped to 5th, left 4th from last, 4th of 10, 25l behind Don Poli (10-13) at Clonmel 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Feb.
O Maonlai (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Chased leaders, closer order from 4 out, not fluent 3 out, 4th before straight, no impression in 3rd from before last where not fluent, kept on same pace run-in and dropped to 4th closing stages, 4th of 10, 10l behind Getoutwhenyoucan (10-8) at Naas 2m hcp hdl in Feb.
Mrs Mac Veale (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, ridden after 4 out, moderate 6th 2 out, no impression, 6th of 8, 26l behind Apache Stronghold (11-3) at Navan 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) in Nov.
Blossom Gate (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Always behind, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, last of 17, well behind Sammy Black (10-0) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140.
Beau Michael 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden along after 4 out, 6th next, soon no impression, 7th of 12, 19l behind Courtncatcher (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens30 sft in Oct.