Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Irish Racing Writers Novice Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, 6 runners)
- Winner €13,111 2nd €3,041 3rd €1,330 4th €760
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 22.20s
- Off time: 14:45:32
|1st||3 Un Atout||2/7f|
|2nd||1 Rory O'Moore||19||4/1|
Rory O'Moore (IRE) 23
|8||163 11-9||R O'Neill||Andrew J McNamara||128||4/1|
Art Of Logistics (IRE) 77
|5||161 11-7||D T Hughes||B J Cooper||127||12/1|
Un Atout (FR) 42
|5||161 11-7||W P Mullins||D N Russell||2/7f|
Tangled Web (IRE) 22
|5||157 11-3||C F Swan||D J Casey||10/1|
Celtic Passion (IRE) 19
|5||150 10-10||Laurence Butler||A E Lynch||100/1|
Title Music (IRE) 57
|4||140 10-0||L Smyth||A P Heskin||100/1|
||5||11-7||W P Mullins||D N Russell||7/4|
Celtic Passion and Title Music look outclassed but the remaining quartet are all winners. Tangled Web won a Leopardstown bumper last month and has a fine jumping pedigree and though Art Of Logistics will need to step up on his narrow victory at Down Royal there is every chance of him doing so. Rory O'Moore finished runner-up in a Listed contest at Punchestown last month before finding Grade 1 company much too hot at Leopardstown. He'll find this easier though those who witnessed the Navan victory of UN ATOUT last month won't want to miss him here. Willie Mullins' charge sauntered home that day after travelling easily throughout and is already fancied for the Supreme Hurdle.
Un Atout (FR) 1-2fav (11-7) Made all, clear from 4th, not fluent 3 out, stayed on strongly from 2 out, not extended, won at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec beating Fickle Fortune (11-0) by 5l, 14 ran.
Rory O'Moore (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Led, mistake 1st and headed, chased leader in 2nd, ridden and weakened 3 out, 8th of 9, well behind Jezki (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Dec.
Art Of Logistics (IRE) 11-10fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead approaching last where joined, stayed on best run-in to edge ahead near line, won at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gs in Nov beating Toye Native (10-6) by nk, 14 ran.
Tangled Web (IRE) 7-4fav (11-11) Tracked leaders mainly 3rd, ridden to challenge entering straight and soon led, asserted 1f out and kept on well under pressure, won at Leopardstown 2m NH flat sft in Dec beating Emperor Of Exmoor (11-11) by 2l, 8 ran.
Celtic Passion (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Prominent, lost place from over 3f out, soon no impression, 7th of 10, 50l behind Golden Plan (11-7) at Tramore 2m ldy N H flat hvy in Dec.
Title Music (IRE) 50-1 (8-7) Rear of mid-division on outer, dropped to rear before straight, no extra, last of 12, well behind Epic Encounter (9-5) at Dundalk 1m mdn stks pol in Nov (flat).