Munster Hurdle 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, 7 runners)
- Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
- Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 24.70s
- Off time: 14:55:56
|2nd||7 Unika La Reconce||¾||8/11f|
Anonis (GER) 25
|7||163 11-9||Ms M Mullins||D E Mullins||3/1|
Dushybeag (IRE) 14
|6||163 11-9||M Hourigan||A P Heskin||127||14/1|
|8||163 11-9 t||M F Morris||B J Cooper||130||16/1|
Rye Martini (IRE) 122
|6||163 11-9||C A Murphy||D N Russell||13/2|
Whats Happening (IRE) 109
|6||163 11-9||M Hourigan||P Townend||33/1|
Blacklough (IRE) 56
|5||161 11-7||W J Austin||B F Cawley (7)||125||20/1|
Unika La Reconce (FR) 60
|5||154 11-0||W P Mullins||R Walsh||8/11f|
Stephanie Kate (IRE)
||6||11-2||C F Swan||D J Casey||2/1|
The mare UNIKA LA RECONCE was having her first start for Willie Mullins when making all in a Thurles maiden in December where she had subsequent winner Speckled Wood 12 lengths behind in second. This is much tougher but she will have come on for the run and her allowance is a major bonus. She's handed the vote though Dushybeag looks a big threat. Mick Hourigan's charge won a maiden over the track and trip in November and has been performing in much better class recently including when third to Inish Island in a Grade 3 here two weeks ago. Winning point-to-pointer Rye Martini looks a nice prospect for Colm Murphy and will have benefited from his opening victory under Rules at Tipperary in October while the very useful chaser Rathlin was certainly no slouch over timber at his best. Anonis could be the fly in the ointment here as the Listed bumper winner was still in touch and travelling well enough when falling in the Grade 2 won by Cheltenham hope Pont Alexandre at Leopardstown.
Rathlin 12-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, mistake 9th and dropped to rear before 4 out, no extra, 6th of 8, 41l behind Quito De La Roque (11-10) at Thurles 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Unika La Reconce (FR) 8-11fav (10-13) Made all, ridden to assert approaching last, stayed on well run-in, won at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec beating Speckled Wood (10-13) by 12l, 18 ran.
Dushybeag (IRE) 18-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 4th/5th, ridden and dropped to 6th 3 out, moderate 4th entering straight, went moderate 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Inish Island (11-2) at Clonmel 2m 6f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy.
Whats Happening (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Waited with, 8th after 4 out, kept on same pace from before next, 8th of 9, 22l behind Our Vinnie (11-0) at Cork 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) in Nov.
Blacklough (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Held up, 7th halfway, 6th after 3 out, ridden and no impression 2 out, 6th of 9, 23l behind Jezki (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Dec.
Rye Martini (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Always prominent and travelled well throughout, led before straight, ridden to assert and stayed on well run-in, won at Tipperary 2m 5yo mdn hdl hvy in Oct beating Reafadda (11-5) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Anonis (GER) 10-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, fell 3 out, in a race won by Pont Alexandre (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) in Jan, 8 ran.