Cheltenham Trial Day 23rd February Handicap Chase (0-109) 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, 12 runners)
- Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
- Going: Soft to Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 22.40s
- Off time: 15:21:01
|1st||9 Reality Dose||13/2|
|2nd||1 Heavenly Brook||2¾||14/1|
|3rd||7 El Mondo||1½||10/1|
Heavenly Brook (IRE) 125
|10||166 11-12||N Henley||S A Shortall (7)||109||14/1|
Louisville Lip (IRE) 13
|7||166 11-12 h||P J Flynn||D J Casey||109||12/1|
Colls Corner (IRE) 21
|11||164 11-10 b||Michael Barry||P D Kennedy (5)||107||18/1|
Monelissio (IRE) 23
|7||162 11-8 p||P Casey||J S McGarvey (5)||105||11/2|
Kennoway (IRE) 18
|8||161 11-7 t||C O'Connell||A E Lynch||104||11/4f|
Whats On The Menu (IRE) 7
|10||161 11-7||J A Berry||A F O'Neill (7)||104||10/1|
El Mondo (FR) 18
|8||159 11-5||N Madden||M P Walsh||102||10/1|
Mark Me Up 20
|9||151 10-11 pt||P J Rothwell||D N Russell||94||9/2|
Reality Dose (IRE) 18
|10||146 10-6 p||Miss E Doyle||A P Heskin||89||13/2|
Our Ollie (IRE) 6
|8||145 10-5 t||P J Gilligan||R C Colgan||88||10/1|
Yeoman (FR) 23
|13||144 10-4 bt||D J Ryan||P F Mangan||87||16/1|
Fla's Long Shot (IRE) 17
|8||136 9-10 b1||M McDonagh||A Ring (7)||72||25/1|
Reality Dose (IRE)
||9||10-9||Miss E Doyle||D J Bates||13/2|
KENNOWAY appears best at the minimum trip and loves heavy going. His latest effort behind the in-form Luke's Benefit gives him an obvious chance and he gets the nod. Winning hurdler Louisville Lip hasn't shown much over fences while El Mondo was well beaten behind Luke's Benefit last time and looks held by the selection. Whats On The Menu generally races over further and is still a maiden over fences after 14 starts so Reality Dose could pose more of a threat as he's only 2lb higher than when landing this a year ago and has conditions in his favour. The veteran Yeoman has a poor strike-rate but this isn't much of a race and it would be no shock to see him in the frame.
Reality Dose (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden in 5th after 3 out, 4th entering straight, no impression, 5th of 10, 13l behind Luke's Benefit (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec.
Heavenly Brook (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Prominent at ordinary pace, dropped to rear and no extra approaching straight, tailed off, last of 12, well behind The Real Article (11-4) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp chs in Sep.
El Mondo (FR) 10-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, some progress on outer after 3 out, ridden in 5th entering straight, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 17l behind Luke's Benefit (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec.
Whats On The Menu (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Prominent early, soon chased leaders, improved to lead at 8th, ridden and challenged 2 out, headed before last, no extra and kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 12l behind Refused A Name (10-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-109).
Monelissio (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression before 3 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 10, 27l behind Leish Oscar (11-2) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs sft in Dec.
Mark Me Up 16-1 (10-3) Mid-division, ridden in 7th 2 out, stayed on into 3rd entering straight, no extra in 4th last, kept on one pace, 6th of 18, 20l behind Wrong Turn (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-116 in Dec.
Kennoway (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd 3 out, 3rd entering straight, kept on without threatening winner to go 2nd run-in, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Luke's Benefit (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec.
Fla's Long Shot (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Soon mid-division, no extra from 4 out, pulled up after next, in a race won by Thats The Dream (11-8) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 hvy, 14 ran.
Yeoman (FR) 8-1 (10-9) Led briefly early, soon in rear, no extra in moderate 6th 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Rory's Brother (10-7) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Dec, 9 ran.
Colls Corner (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, dropped to 6th approaching straight, soon no extra and pulled up before 2 out,, in a race won by Playing (10-8) at Limerick 2m 6f hvy in Dec, 12 ran.
Louisville Lip (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and dropped to moderate 5th from 3 out, soon trailing, 5th of 6, 45l behind Mallowney (11-2) at Naas 2m nov chs sft.
Our Ollie (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Soon raced in moderate 4th, no impression straight, left distant 3rd from last, 3rd of 5, 47l behind Irish Thistle (11-5) at Navan 2m 4f nov chs sft.