Saltees Island Mares Novice Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, 8 runners)
- Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
- Surface: Turf
Somedaysomehow (IRE) 38
|6||161 11-7||M C Hickey||B R Dalton (5)||104|
Spring Hawk (IRE) 24
|6||161 11-7 t||T G McCourt||T C Carroll (5)||114|
Thynetocatcher (IRE) 18
|6||161 11-7||R J McGrath||D N Russell||118|
Reine Angevine (FR) 46
|4||158 11-4||W P Mullins||R Walsh|
Carrigeen Kigelia (IRE) 198
|5||154 11-0||R H Lalor||Mr J R Lalor (7)|
Close The Bar (IRE) 52
|12||154 11-0||M f O'dowd||A P Thornton|
Perfect Gemstone (USA) 38
|5||154 11-0||J I Mulhern||Mr N M Kelly (7)|
Slaney Conflict (IRE) 24
|8||154 11-0||S Slevin||P T Enright|
Leah Claire (IRE)
||5||11-0||M Palussiere||B R Dalton||9/4|
Some promising types here but REINE ANGEVINE looks the one to be on. Willie Mullins' filly, who has an engagement in the Grade 1 Royal Bond next month, fluffed her lines when odds-on for her hurdling debut at Listowel but made no mistake on her latest start at Gowran despite jumping less than fluently. She takes on better company here and won't find it easy but has enormous potential and can complete the double. Somedaysomehow has ben making steady progress and battled on strongly to beat Celtic Cailin at Fairyhouse but it's Thynetocatcher, who looks the main threat as she was only a length behind Top Madam in a Grade 3 at Down Ryal earlier this month. The consistent Spring Hawk is closely matched with the latter on a line through Top Madam though she could be better over further.
Somedaysomehow (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Waited with, progress 4 out, soon tracking leaders, challenged 2 out, gained marginal lead approaching last, stayed on well run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m mares mdn hdl in Oct beating Celtic Cailin (10-13) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Spring Hawk (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders on inner, 6th halfway, 4th 3 out and ridden next, went 3rd before last and kept on same pace without troubling winner, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Top Madam (10-10) at Wexford 2m 4f hdl gd in Oct.
Thynetocatcher (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along entering straight, ridden into 3rd 2 out, stayed on to 2nd last, not reach winner, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Top Madam (11-3) at Down Royal 2m mrs nov hdl G3 (1) gd.
Reine Angevine (FR) 4-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, moderate 3rd after halfway, took closer order 3 out, led travelling well approaching 2 out, soon drew clear, mistake last, eased run-in, impressive, won at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Oct beating Dumbarton (11-8) by 10l, 20 ran.
Carrigeen Kigelia (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Rcd 2nd, prog to lead 2out, qckn up well bef last, won well, won at Laurencetown 3m ire ptp gs in May beating Bonnie Theatre (12-0) by 3l, 12 ran.
Close The Bar (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and weakened 4 out, tailed off, 16th of 20, well behind Tasitiocht (11-7) at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Perfect Gemstone (USA) 20-1 (10-6) Soon chased leaders in 8th, kept on same pace from before straight, 10th of 16, 50l behind Somedaysomehow (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m mares mdn hdl in Oct.
Slaney Conflict (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) In rear, never a factor, moderate 7th after 2 out, kept on one pace under pressure, 6th of 10, 22l behind Top Madam (10-10) at Wexford 2m 4f hdl gd in Oct.