Christmas Novice Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, 6 runners)
- Winner €8,970 2nd €2,080 3rd €910 4th €520
- Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 3.30s
- Off time: 12:05:15
|1st||3 Valseur Lido||1/12f|
|2nd||1 King William||4¼||7/1|
King William (IRE) 21
|5||164 11-10||D M Kelly||R M Power||119||7/1|
Age Of Glory 28
|4||161 11-7||D Bunyan||A E Lynch||114||10/1|
Valseur Lido (FR) 34
|4||161 11-7||W P Mullins||D N Russell||1/12f|
Augher Castle (IRE) 21
|5||157 11-3||P Mooney||M F Mooney||100/1|
Moonunderwater (IRE) 14
|6||157 11-3||R Donohoe||S G McDermott||25/1|
Buachaill Tapa (IRE) 52
|4||154 11-0||H Rogers||D E Splaine (3)||100/1|
VALSEUR LIDO, a winning bumper in France, was mightily impressive on his debut for Willie Mullins at Cork and a Grade 3 entry at Limerick next week suggests he's held in high regard. He should have little more than an exercise canter if he's to fufil his engagement. King William has to concede him 3lb for his victory at Ballinrobe in July and that looks beyond him though he didn't run badly in a tough handicap last time. Age Of Glory had been running well before scoring at Killarney in May and reappeared with a decent effort behind Ange Balafre in what looked a strong novice event at Gowran. The remaining trio have shown nothing so far.
Valseur Lido (FR) 5-2 (11-7) Prominent, on terms 3rd, led next, asserted after 3 out, well clear from before last, stayed on well, easily, won at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Nov beating Voluptueux (11-7) by 13l, 14 ran.
King William (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) In rear, 11th 4 out, no impression from next, 8th of 13, 28l behind Pink Coat (9-10) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl in Nov.
Age Of Glory 28-1 (11-9) Prominent, on terms 3 out, headed and kept on same pace from before last, 5th of 10, 7l behind Ange Balafre (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo nov hdl in Nov.
Buachaill Tapa (IRE) 50-1 (11-8) Led, veered left and attempted to run out 1st, unseated rider, in a race won by Empire Of Dirt (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl in Oct, 15 ran.
Augher Castle (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 17th of 25, 33l behind Upazo (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mdn hdl in Nov.
Moonunderwater (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 4f out, kept on one paced, never a factor, 8th of 14, 34l behind Chancol (11-11) at Navan 2m N H flat.