Limestone Lad Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 3f
- (5yo+, 2m 3f, Class 1, 4 runners)
- Winner €17,875 2nd €5,225 3rd €2,474 4th €826
- Going: Soft to Heavy (Soft in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 51.00s
- Off time: 13:05:24
|1st||3 Mikael D'haguenet||2/9f|
Luska Lad (IRE) 23
|8||162 11-8||J J Hanlon||Andrew J McNamara||150||11/2|
Rick (FR) 23
|8||160 11-6||D T Hughes||D N Russell||137||8/1|
Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 21
|8||157 11-3||W P Mullins||P Townend||152||2/9f|
The Hurl (IRE) 25
|9||153 10-13||M F Morris||N P Madden||128||25/1|
Shinrock Paddy (IRE)
||7||11-10||P Nolan||A P Cawley||5/1|
MIKAEL D'HAGUENET was one of seven original entries from Willie Mullins' yard and it will be a surprise if he doesn't continue his rehabilitation here. Nothing went right for him over fences last season but he's come back to hurdles in fine form and his recent victories at a slightly lower level will have put him right for this. Luska Lad will provide a stern test as his recent losses have been in higher grade events. He had Grade 2 and 3 victories to his credit but conceding 5lb to the selection may prove beyond him. Rick's best run came in a Grade 2 at Navan in November when not far behind the selection where The Hurl was a long way behind.
Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 2-5fav (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, improved to lead entering straight, ridden to assert before last, kept on well, won at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl hvy in Dec beating Western Leader (10-11) by 8l, 4 ran.
Rick (FR) 16-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders in 4th when fell at 4th, in a race won by Jetson (10-9) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec, 25 ran.
Luska Lad (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, dropped to 4th before 2 out, ridden and no extra early straight, 6th of 7, 27l behind Unaccompanied (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m hdl G1 (1) sft in Dec.
The Hurl (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, fell 2 out, in a race won by Cross Appeal (10-4) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 in Dec, 26 ran.