Christmas Party Race Day On 15th December At Fairyhouse Maiden Hurdle 2m
- (6yo+, 2m, 15 runners)
- Winner €5,174 2nd €1,200 3rd €526 4th €300
- Going: Heavy (Soft to Heavy in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 17.20s
- Off time: 13:51:34
|1st||7 High Desert||8/1|
|2nd||1 Champagne Agent||1½||9/4f|
|3rd||6 Fire Belt||4½||4/1|
Champagne Agent (IRE) 24
|6||166 11-12||W P Mullins||R Walsh||114||9/4f|
Shannon Spirit (IRE) 242
|7||166 11-12||H de Bromhead||A E Lynch||112||11/4|
All Honours (IRE) 15
|6||158 11-4||P J Rothwell||B T O'Connell||50/1|
Ballyspellan Lad (IRE) 15
|7||158 11-4||Miss M M Gannon||R J Jones (3)||66/1|
Bonadventure (IRE) 169
|9||158 11-4 t||I J Monaghan||E J O'connell||91||33/1|
Fire Belt (IRE) 3
|7||158 11-4||B Nolan||B R Dalton (5)||4/1|
High Desert (GER) 182
|7||158 11-4||A L T Moore||G Malone (7)||108||8/1|
Milanphardantetime (IRE) 13
|6||158 11-4||W J Austin||A D Leigh||25/1|
Real Rashar (IRE) 200
|6||158 11-4||S K Ryder||S G McDermott||100/1|
Thrupenny Blue (IRE) 11
|7||158 11-4||N Meade||D J Condon||14/1|
Wells China (IRE) 87
|6||158 11-4 bt||M Butler||M P Butler (5)||50/1|
Carrig Rua Lady (IRE) 199
|6||151 10-11||Peter Fahey||A P Crowe||14/1|
Secret Valley (IRE) 13
|6||151 10-11 t1||Denis Hogan||D G Hogan||33/1|
Shershewill (IRE) 18
|6||151 10-11||A Stronge||Mr A Stronge (7)||10/1|
Wing It Lady (IRE) 613
|6||151 10-11||J G Coogan||I J McCarthy (3)||20/1|
Ceol Rua (IRE)
||6||11-5||W P Mullins||R Walsh||8/11|
Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh have several outstanding chances today and no doubt Champagne Agent will be expected to be amongst them but he's become extremely disappointing and contrived to get beaten when long odds-on at Wexford last time. His overall form would give him the edge but he's difficult to side with at present and SHERSHEWILL is handed the vote. She showed a bit of promise last season and reappeared with her best run to date at Down Royal earlier this month and her allowances plus her rider's claim can see her home. Shannon Spirit ran his best race to date over today's track and trip on heavy ground and he should be winning soon while Fire Belt makes a very quick reappearance after a promising return to action behind Champagne Fever at Cork on Sunday.
High Desert (GER) 7-1 (11-0) Prominent, under pressure in 2nd 3 out, soon lost place and no impression, 8th of 15, well behind Curragh Golan (11-2) at Sligo 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in May.
Champagne Agent (IRE) 4-9fav (11-12) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, ridden along in 4th approaching 3 out, no impression on winner from 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Bombadero (11-4) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Fire Belt (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Soon tracked leaders, 5th after 4 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next, 6th of 22, 16l behind Champagne Fever (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft.
Shershewill (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, 6th after 3 out, ridden into 3rd at last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Art Of Logistics (11-9) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gs.
Milanphardantetime (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Prominent, 3rd 4 out, lost place and no impression from before next, 5th of 16, 28l behind Home Farm (11-4) at Thurles 2m 2f Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo).
Ballyspellan Lad (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Waited with towards rear, no impression and slipped up on final bend, in a race won by Just A Par (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy, 10 ran.
Wells China (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Refused to race, in a race won by Too Scoops (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl in Aug, 17 ran.
Wing It Lady (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Soon mid-division, niggled along briefly 6th, closed 4 out, struggling in 3rd before straight, dropped to 4th and kept on same pace from after 2 out, 4th of 10, 9l behind Steele's Rock (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Mar '11.
Secret Valley (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Waited with, niggled along in 5th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 16l behind Heath Hunter (12-0) at Thurles 2m N H flat.
Thrupenny Blue (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, moderate 8th entering straight, no extra and weakened, 12th of 14, well behind Rory O'Moore (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl.
Real Rashar (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Badly hampered 1st, always behind, 15th of 17, well behind He's Our Man (11-12) at Limerick 2m 2f mdn hdl in May.
Carrig Rua Lady (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Mstk & ur 4th, in a race won by Manogue Supreme (12-0) at Largy 3m ire ptp gd in Apr '11, 17 ran.
All Honours (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Waited with, no impression from before 2 out, kept on same pace, 6th of 10, 28l behind Just A Par (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy.
Bonadventure (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 14, well behind Hu Ha Jo (10-5) at Downpatrick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jun.
Shannon Spirit (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and no impression before straight, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 27l behind Its The Ice I Like (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl in Mar.