Limestone Lad Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 3f
- (5yo+, 2m 3f, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner €19,500 2nd €5,700 3rd €2,700 4th €900
- Going: Soft to Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 52.50s
- Off time: 13:01:02
|1st||2 Rule The World||5/4f|
|2nd||6 Jennies Jewel||7½||6/1|
Mourad (IRE) 18
|9||162 11-8||W P Mullins||P Townend||154||16/1|
Rule The World 21
|7||162 11-8||M F Morris||B J Cooper||150||5/4f|
Dunguib (IRE) 1040
|11||153 10-13||P Fenton||B T O'Connell||148||13/2|
|9||153 10-13 t||M F Morris||D N Russell||140||7/1|
Upsie (FR) 20
|6||153 10-13||W P Mullins||R Walsh||145||11/4|
Jennies Jewel (IRE) 20
|7||150 10-10||J P Fahey||D E Mullins||139||6/1|
||9||10-13||C Byrnes||D N Russell||4/5|
Last Instalment produced a cracking effort at Thurles on Thursday after a very long absence and another Philip Fenton stable star, Dunguib, can probably do the same though he's not been out since the 2011 Champion Hurdle. Mourad probably needs further and it's a surprise to see his stablemate Upsie over this trip as she didn't appear to last out 2m4f at Leopardstown after looking the likely winner for much of the race. Jennies Jewel finished just in front of her that day but could need more of a stamina test than she'll get here. Since finishing runner-up to The New One at Cheltenham, RULE THE WORLD has been found wanting in Grade 1 company. This looks more his level and he can return to winning ways. His stablemate Rathlin has been in tremendous form over fences and won't go down without a fight in receipt of 9lb.
Rule The World 10-3 (11-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, slight mistake 1st, led 8th, not fluent 2 out, ridden and challenged approaching last, headed run-in and soon no impression on winner, eased close home, 2nd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Zaidpour (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m hdl G1 (1) sft in Dec.
Jennies Jewel (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, mistake 1st, 4th halfway, ridden 3 out, under pressure in 5th entering straight, kept on same pace run-in to 3rd close home, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Theatre Bird (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hdl G3 (1) sft in Dec.
Dunguib (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Held up in mid-division, in touch towards rear when hampered 3 out, no impression and soon beaten, weakened 2 out, 8th of 11, 18l behind Hurricane Fly (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m hdl G1 (1) gd in Mar '11.
Upsie (FR) 10-11fav (11-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to 2nd 3 out, ridden and no impression winner before last, tired run-in and dropped to 4th close home, 4th of 7, 7l behind Theatre Bird (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hdl G3 (1) sft in Dec.
Rathlin 13-8 (11-10) Chased leader in 2nd, close up from 5 out, led 4 out, pushed out to assert entering straight, ridden and kept on strongly run-in, won at Galway 2m 6f chs gd in Jul beating Hidden Cyclone (11-10) by 6l, 5 ran.
Mourad (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Held up in touch, no impression from 3 out, last when slight mistake 2 out, 5th of 7, 45l behind Boston Bob (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl hvy in Dec.