Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Handicap (50-70) (Div 1) 1m
- (3yo+, 1m, 13 runners)
- Winner €5,520 2nd €1,280 3rd €560 4th €320
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 36.60s
- Off time: 16:47:40
|1st||6 The Black Devil||5/1|
|2nd||8 Doc Holliday||2¼||4/1f|
|3rd||3 Moonbi Creek||nk||6/1|
Enigma Code (UAE) 13
|8||140 10-0 vt||D English||Megan Carberry (7)||70||12/1|
Landsdowne (IRE) 13
|6||138 9-12 t1||T Collins||M C Hussey||68||16/1|
Moonbi Creek (IRE) 18
|6||138 9-12||D K Weld||P J Smullen||68||6/1|
Daliyan (IRE) 18
|4||137 9-11||R Sweeney||S H James (3)||67||7/1|
Gold Falcon (IRE) 10
|4||136 9-10 h||A McGuinness||I J Brennan (3)||66||8/1|
The Black Devil (IRE) 10
|4||134 9-8 p||G Keane||C T Keane (5)||64||5/1|
Spring Up (IRE) 10
|4||132 9-6||T Kodama||T P O'Shea||62||33/1|
Doc Holliday (IRE) 20
|3||130 9-4 p1||E Lynam||R P Whelan (3)||66||4/1f|
Samollie (IRE) 9
|4||127 9-1||G Donnelly||G J Phillips (7)||57||10/1|
Whitethorne Scent 37
|5||126 9-0||J G Murphy||G F Carroll||56||9/2|
Ledwidge (IRE) 37
|3||124 8-12 t1||L Winters||S A Gray (5)||60||16/1|
My Rules (IRE) 15
|3||124 8-12 t||T Cleary||R P Cleary||60||25/1|
Runaiocht (IRE) 13
|3||122 8-10 b1||M C Connell||C R King (5)||58||25/1|
||4||9-3||Denis Hogan||L F Roche||4/1|
These low-grade handicaps are always difficult to sum up and the market is often a good guide, as it was a year ago. Gold Falcon is the only course and distance winner in the line-up and has to be considered on his return to the track though he was behind THE BLACK DEVIL at Leopardstown last time. The latter has yet to win here but has produced some decent performances and Colin Keane's claim can see him home. Doc Holliday was having just his fifth start when staying on strongly over 7f at Galway and should improve enough to give a good account while Enigma Code has won four times here and looked on the way back to form at Naas.
The Black Devil (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Soon led, ridden and headed entering straight, 3rd under pressure 1f out and no impression inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 20, 2 1/4l behind At Boolavogue (9-6) at Leopardstown 1m 1f stks gf.
Doc Holliday (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, 5th into straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 1l behind Target Acquired (10-5) at Galway 7f 3yo hcp 50-75 in Jul.
Moonbi Creek (IRE) 13-2 (9-12) Towards rear and never a factor, kept on one pace without threatening, 12th of 17, 26l behind Toufan Express (9-0) at Galway 1m hcp 50-70 sft in Jul.
Whitethorne Scent 11-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders and 6th halfway, headway entering straight and challenged over 1f out, no extra in 4th inside final furlong and lost further place closing stages, 5th of 14, 2l behind Liberty To Rock (8-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Jul.
Samollie (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Settled behind leaders, 8th halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, 4th 1f out, no extra final furlong, kept on same pace, 6th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Mamma Rosa (9-5) at Tipperary 7f app hcp 47-65.
Gold Falcon (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Rear of mid-division on outer, never a factor, 14th early straight, kept on one pace final furlong without threatening, 9th of 20, 4l behind At Boolavogue (9-6) at Leopardstown 1m 1f stks gf.
Daliyan (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Broke well and settled back into mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden entering straight and 7th 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong to go 3rd on line, 3rd of 17, 2 1/2l behind Toufan Express (9-0) at Galway 1m hcp 50-70 sft in Jul.
Landsdowne (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 16, 3 1/2l behind How Splendid (8-13) at Naas 7f hcp.
Ledwidge (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders on inner and 5th halfway, ridden early straight and no extra over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 14l behind Heirloom (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol in Jul.
Runaiocht (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no impression 2f out, pulled up injured 1 1/2f out, in a race won by Rockview Emperor (9-4) at Naas 7f 3yo hcp 47-65, 16 ran.
Enigma Code (UAE) 16-1 (9-2) Led and keen hold, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra in 2nd 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 5l behind Mona Brown (9-2) at Naas 1m Apprentice Handicap (50-80) (3yo+).
My Rules (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Reared up a bit out of stalls, chased leaders, moderate 6th 3f out, no extra into straight, 9th of 14, 11l behind Capitol Hill (9-6) at Galway 7f hcp 50-75 sft.
Spring Up (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Chased leaders and 8th halfway, no extra from early straight, weakened and eased, last of 20, 48l behind At Boolavogue (9-6) at Leopardstown 1m 1f stks gf.