BESS Ball 16th of February Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, 11 runners)
- Winner €10,005 2nd €2,320 3rd €1,015 4th €581
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 27.80s
- Off time: 15:20:22
|1st||7 Tennis Cap||3/1f|
|2nd||11 Beneficial Spirit||5½||4/1|
|3rd||6 Rory Anna||1||16/1|
Dul Ar An Ol (IRE) 18
|12||161 11-7||J C McConnell||M J Bolger (3)||121||20/1|
Moville (IRE) 22
|8||160 11-6||M Brassil||M P Walsh||120||25/1|
El Mondo (FR) 49
|7||159 11-5||N Madden||N P Madden||119||25/1|
Matsukaze (IRE) 34
|6||158 11-4||A J Martin||P Carberry||118||4/1|
Courageous Cry (IRE) 24
|5||156 11-2||T Doyle||M P Burke (7)||118||12/1|
Rory Anna (IRE) 49
|7||156 11-2 p||J J Walsh||B T O'Connell||116||16/1|
Tennis Cap (FR) 23
|6||155 11-1||W P Mullins||R Walsh||115||3/1f|
Vics Canvas (IRE) 625
|10||151 10-11||D A McLoughlin||C D Maxwell (3)||111||14/1|
Labeille (FR) 24
|6||149 10-9||E P Harty||D J Casey||109||6/1|
Speed Dial 18
|8||147 10-7||P Hughes||T C Carroll (5)||107||11/2|
Beneficial Spirit (IRE) 13
|10||140 10-0||P J Rothwell||A Ring (7)||100||4/1|
Pass The Hat
||5||11-3||A L T Moore||B M Cash||6/1|
Tennis Cap scored over 2m4f at Cork before running poorly when fancied over the minimum trip at Leopardstown. He's better than he showed that day and will need to be if he's to see off MATSUKAZE. Tony Martin's charge made a very impressive handicap debut at Navan last month and the assessor has taken note with a massive 14lb rise. This looks tougher but he probably has more in hand and can complete the double. Speed Dial has been in outstanding form and gained his third success from his last four starts at Fairyhouse where he had something in hand and Tim Carroll's claim is a major plus. Beneficial Spirit won over fences here a couple of weeks ago and is much better handicapped over hurdles so has to be respected.
Tennis Cap (FR) 11-4fav (10-4) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden entering straight, no extra before last, 10th of 17, 13l behind Cairdin (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Dec.
Beneficial Spirit (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Towards rear, steady headway after 3 out, close 3rd on inner 2 out, soon ridden to lead, stayed on well from last, won at Naas 2m hcp chs 0-130 beating Quiet Thought (10-7) by 3l, 13 ran.
Rory Anna (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and weakened 4 out, 16th of 18, well behind Bog Warrior (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Dec.
Vics Canvas (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Prominent, led after 2 out, slipped up before straight, in a race won by Kerb Appeal (11-8) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 88-130 gs in May '11, 24 ran.
Labeille (FR) 25-1 (11-5) Prominent, 2nd halfway, led after 3 out, strongly pressed 2 out, headed early straight, soon no extra, 5th of 23, 18l behind Shariyan (10-11) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Matsukaze (IRE) 9-2 (10-9) Waited with in rear, 7th and closing into straight, strong run to lead from before last, soon clear, stayed on well, easily, won at Navan 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Dec beating Rocky Wednesday (11-9) by 7l, 8 ran.
Speed Dial 5-2fav (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden in close 6th 2 out, improved into 3rd at last, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl hvy beating Acriveen (10-12) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Dul Ar An Ol (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, progress into 3rd and ridden 2 out, soon no impression, 6th of 8, 16l behind Speed Dial (9-10) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl hvy.
Courageous Cry (IRE) 22-1 (10-10) Waited with 5th of the 6, mistake and unseated rider 6 out, in a race won by Love Rory (11-3) at Limerick 2m 4yo hdl hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
El Mondo (FR) 20-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, fell 2 out, in a race won by King Of Queens (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl sft in Dec, 14 ran.
Moville (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Led, strongly pressed 2 out and headed approaching straight, soon no extra and weakened, 14th of 16, 31l behind Supreme Carolina (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m hdl sft in Dec.