Cheltenham Trial Day 24th February Handicap Chase (0-109) 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, 11 runners)
- Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 47.70s
- Off time: 15:50:08
|1st||8 Reality Dose||13/2|
|2nd||6 Hold Em Cowboy||12||10/1|
|3rd||7 Wild Salmon||s.h||13/2|
Lucky Spring (IRE) 16
|10||166 11-12 t1||P Martin||A P Thornton||104||10/1|
Itsuptoyou (IRE) 19
|9||164 11-10||Mrs D Foster||R M Power||102||6/1|
Baby Whizz (IRE) 56
|7||157 11-3||T Mullins||M P Walsh||95||4/1j|
Yeoman (FR) 7
|12||157 11-3 bt||D J Ryan||A P Heskin||95||11/1|
My Galway Man (IRE) 7
|6||156 11-2 t||Mrs D Foster||K M Donoghue (3)||94||14/1|
Hold Em Cowboy (IRE) 27
|9||153 10-13 p||W F Codd||M A Enright (5)||91||10/1|
Wild Salmon (IRE) 24
|9||150 10-10||William P Murphy||A E Lynch||88||13/2|
Reality Dose (IRE) 27
|9||149 10-9||Miss E Doyle||D J Bates (5)||87||13/2|
|7||147 10-7 b||P J Rothwell||B T O'Connell||85||4/1j|
Torremuelle (IRE) 7
|11||147 10-7 b||D E Finn||P D Kennedy (5)||85||10/1|
Valours Minion (IRE) 50
|10||143 10-3 t||V T O'Brien||P T Enright||81||20/1|
Lead Kindly Light (IRE)
||8||11-0||S Byrne||A D Leigh||8/1|
Itsuptoyou is still a maiden after 15 career starts but couldn't have gone much closer when caught close home by Luke's Benefit at Punchestown. Reality Dose is also a maiden and has been beaten off lower marks than this so POPAFLORA looks the one to be on despite this being short of his best trip. Paul Rothwell's charge is a front-runner and galloped his rivals into submission over 2m4f at Punchestown so hopefully revering to the minimum trip won't be a problem. Torremuelle couldn't match strides with the selection last time but was up with the pace for most of the way and rates a threat but Yeoman was well beaten and looks held.
Reality Dose (IRE) 7-2fav (9-8) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and no impression early straight, no extra and dropped to 4th run-in, 4th of 9, 16l behind Noras Fancy (11-6) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec.
Hold Em Cowboy (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, driven along and no impression approaching 2 out, no extra and dropped to 5th before last, 5th of 9, 25l behind Noras Fancy (11-6) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec.
Wild Salmon (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Towards rear, in touch approaching straight, went moderate 4th before 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 15l behind Take A Shot (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 hvy in Dec.
Yeoman (FR) 7-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, mistake 6th, 7th halfway, ridden before 4 out and no threat approaching straight, 7th of 9, 37l behind Popaflora (10-1) at Punchestown 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-109) hvy.
Torremuelle (IRE) 13-2 (10-9) Prominent and led after 4th, ridden and headed entering straight, no impression in 3rd before last, no extra, 4th of 9, 11l behind Popaflora (10-1) at Punchestown 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-109) hvy.
Popaflora 11-2 (10-1) Led, slight mistake 1st and slow 3rd, headed after 4th but remained prominent, led again entering straight and asserted after 2 out, kept on under pressure run-in, held on, won at Punchestown 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-109) hvy beating Letterlee Star (10-4) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Itsuptoyou (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders in 5th, ridden in 4th entering straight and headway to lead soon after 2 out, strongly pressed run-in and headed closing stages, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Luke's Benefit (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec.
Baby Whizz (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Always towards rear, never a factor, last of 10, 45l behind Clashnabrook (9-10) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Nov.
My Galway Man (IRE) 40-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 16, 48l behind Madam Bovary (11-5) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chase hvy.
Lucky Spring (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, no extra from 4 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 26l behind Pineau De Re (11-12) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chase.
Valours Minion (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, 7th halfway, 6th 3 out, soon ridden, 5th 2 out, one pace, 6th of 15, 36l behind Rating Queen (10-12) at Thurles 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 80-95 in Nov.