Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 2f
- (4yo+, 2m 2f, Class 1, 8 runners)
- Winner €19,500 2nd €5,700 3rd €2,700 4th €900
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 45.70s
- Off time: 13:20:48
|1st||9 Gitane Du Berlais||100/1f|
|2nd||3 Vicky De L'Oasis||5||33/10|
|3rd||7 Romantic Fashion||22||12/1|
Theatre Bird (IRE) 21
|6||160 11-6||Sean Doyle||B J Cooper||130||9/2|
Akatara (IRE) 7
|7||157 11-3||M J Bowe||J S McGarvey||104||661/10|
Vicky De L'Oasis (FR) 50
|5||155 11-1||W P Mullins||R Walsh||131||33/10|
Dantes Firth (IRE) 8
|7||153 10-13||T Foley||R Loughran||12/1|
Fair Funny (IRE) 13
|6||153 10-13||E U Hales||J L Cullen||102||50/1|
Honey Bach (IRE) 24
|7||153 10-13 t1||B R Hamilton||P Carberry||111||14/1|
Romantic Fashion (IRE) 21
|7||153 10-13||Mrs P Dobbs||M P Fogarty||12/1|
Gitane Du Berlais (FR) 43
|4||144 10-4||W P Mullins||P Townend||131||100/1f|
||6||1013||Peter Fahey||D N Russell||NR|
Theatre Bird has a penalty but his front-running style will be suited to this and he'll be difficult to catch. However, the four-year-old GITANE DU BERLAIS will be receiving 16lb and the easy Aintree Listed winner can take this for the champion trainer, who also has Vicky De L'Oasis entered. The latter won three bumpers in France and was unbeaten over hurdles in Ireland before travelling to Newbury and being put in her place by As I Am. Pru Dobbs won this in 2011 with Our Girl Salley so Romantic Fashion should make a bold bid though she'll need to improve from her debut success over timber at Limerick where she had Fair Funny 3l behind.
Sunday Serenade (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, slight mistake 3rd, progress to lead 2 out and soon asserted, ridden and kept on well run-in,, won at Tramore 2m mdn hdl in Dec beating Davinia's Tip (10-8) by 4 1/2l, 12 ran.
Gitane Du Berlais (FR) 5-4fav (11-3) Made all, soon clear, unchallenged, won at Aintree 2m 1f Lstd fills juv hdl (1) sft in Dec beating Mystery Drama (10-12) by 8l, 5 ran.
Vicky De L'Oasis (FR) Evensfav (11-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, smooth headway after 3 out, disputing well held 4 lengths 2nd last, kept on same pace in 3rd flat, 3rd of 6, 10l behind As I Am (11-0) at Newbury 2m mares listed nov hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Romantic Fashion (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, not always fluent jumping, not fluent 3 out and ridden, went 4th before 2 out, good run on rail to lead approaching last, stayed on well run-in,, won at Limerick 2m 2f mdn hdl hvy in Dec beating Shaunas Dream (11-7) by 2 3/4l, 18 ran.
Dantes Firth (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden into 2nd entering straight, challenged last and slightly hampered, pressed winner run-in, held close home, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Railway Zira (11-7) at Punchestown 2m mares mdn hdl.
Fair Funny (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Prominent and 2nd halfway, chased clear leader after 6th, closer 4 out and led before next, mistake 2 out and headed, no impression on easy winner in 3rd before last, kept on one pace run-in, 3rd of 18, 10l behind Urano (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy.
Honey Bach (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Mid-division, not fluent 3rd, improved into 2nd travelling smoothly on inner into straight, no extra in 3rd from before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 10l behind Emily Gray (10-13) at Limerick 2m mares hcp hdl 80-123 hvy in Dec.
Theatre Bird (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Made all, ridden before last, kept on strongly, won at Leopardstown 2m 4f hdl G3 (1) sft in Dec beating Caoimhe's Delight (10-13) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Akatara (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) Soon behind in rear, pushed along to close a little approaching straight, went remote 2nd and kept on same pace from after 2 out, 2nd of 3, well behind Un De Sceaux (11-6) at Navan 2m hdl sft.