Best Of Luck Kilkenny Hurlers Handicap 7f
- (3yo+, 7f, 9 runners)
- Winner €13,000 2nd €3,800 3rd €1,800 4th €600
- Going: Good to Firm (Watered)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 27.61s
- Off time: 15:47:21
|1st||6 Toccata Blue||9/2|
|2nd||10 In Salutem||½||7/1|
|3rd||4 Six of Hearts||s.h||6/1|
Elusive Ridge (IRE) 375
|8||138 9-12||H Rogers||C D Hayes||89||25/1|
Earth Drummer (IRE) 15
|4||137 9-11||J S Bolger||K J Manning||88||4/1|
Six of Hearts 8
|10||134 9-8||C Ross||T P Madden (7)||85||6/1|
Hi Emperor (IRE) 11
|5||132 9-6 b||D Marnane||F M Berry||83||7/2f|
Toccata Blue (IRE) 20
|4||132 9-6||G M Lyons||C T Keane (3)||83||9/2|
Surreal (IRE) 21
|5||131 9-5 h||Jane M Foley||G F Carroll||82||16/1|
Lady Ultra (IRE) 24
|3||128 9-2 h||Ms Sheila Lavery||P J Smullen||86||12/1|
Glassatura (IRE) 20
|3||127 9-1||M Halford||S Foley||85||20/1|
In Salutem (ex5) 2
|4||127 9-1 pt||K J Condon||C P Hoban (3)||73||7/1|
||5||911||M O'Callaghan||F Lynch||88||WD|
Sligo second Fastidious has won on the Polytrack so should handle this quicker surface. Limerick winner Earth Drummer is unexposed but doesn't look particularly well treated while the three-year-old Lady Ultra is 12lb higher than for her last win. Toccata Blue was running well on the all-weather off similar marks at the end of last year but needs to improve on a recent run at Naas. HI EMPEROR was a bit disappointing on a yielding surface at Naas last month but recouped losses on quicker ground at Fairyhouse 11 days ago and can go close again with a repeat effort.
Fastidious 7-1 (9-13) Reared in stalls, led, ridden 2f out, headed under 1f out, slightly short of room close home, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Wexford Opera (10-1) at Sligo 6f hcp in May.
Toccata Blue (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out and kept on same pace, 8th of 15, 6l behind Machete Mark (9-7) at Naas 7f hcp.
In Salutem 14-1 (8-8) Dwelt, towards rear, pushed along in 8th halfway, no extra over 1f out, 8th of 11, 7l behind Shipyard (9-3) at Navan 6f hcp 60-95 gf.
Six of Hearts 16-1 (9-5) Towards rear, some progress in 7th 1f out, kept on inisde final furlong to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Shipyard (9-3) at Navan 6f hcp 60-95 gf.
Glassatura (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Raced in rear, ridden under 3f out, no impression from over 1f out and kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 9, 9l behind Due Diligence (9-3) at Naas 6f 3yo lst stk (1).
Hi Emperor (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Held up, took keen hold, 6th before straight, soon pushed along, improved to lead over 1f out, soon clear, stayed on well, won at Fairyhouse 7f hcp 50-80 gf beating City Of Culture (9-5) by 4l, 10 ran.
Earth Drummer (IRE) 5-2 (9-12) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, progress between horses 1f out and ridden to lead 150 yards out, kept on well, won at Limerick 7f mdn stks gf beating Zaindera (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 15 ran.
Lady Ultra (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Soon led, pressed from 2f out, soon joined, headed and kept on without matching winner from under 1f out, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Pearl Earing (9-5) at Fairyhouse 6f 3yo stk in May.
Surreal (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, disputed and led halfway, joined under 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 9l behind Talitha Kum (9-10) at Listowel 1m hcp 60-90 gd.
Elusive Ridge (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Chased leaders early, ridden in 6th halfway, no extra over 2f out, last of 10, 15l behind Banna Boirche (9-9) at Fairyhouse 7f stks gd in Jun '13.