2013 Membership 'The Ideal Xmas Present' Handicap Hurdle (80-102) (Div 2) 2m 6f
- (4yo+, 2m 6f, 9 runners)
- Winner €5,520 2nd €1,280 3rd €560 4th €320
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
Five Point Plan (IRE) 22
|6||166 11-12||P Fenton||B T O'Connell||102|
Chance A Grand (IRE) 70
|5||165 11-11||E Doyle||J R Barry||101|
Miss Xian (IRE) 16
|5||161 11-7||F Flood||A E Lynch||97|
Mollys Captain (IRE) 17
|6||160 11-6 t||J P Dempsey||P Carberry||96|
Kilnafrehanstar (IRE) 83
|6||159 11-5||J E Kiely||P Townend||95|
Volkis O'blue (FR) 13
|7||159 11-5 b||A Slattery||M J Ferris||95|
Willies Girl (IRE) 55
|8||155 11-1||Dermot Day||D G Hogan||91|
Twelve Gold Bars (IRE) 167
|5||151 10-11||J Nash||D J Casey||87|
Day Dream Boy (IRE) 70
|7||150 10-10||E Cawley||P T Enright||86|
Philip Fenton won this last year but Five Point Plan makes his handicap debut with a big weight and hasn't really shown much. Chance A Grand has shown even less over timber but arrives in winning form after scoring between the flags in October. DAY DREAM BOY started at huge prices in his opening runs and never got involved but ran much better on his handicap debut at Fairyhouse in October. He was staying on strongly at the end of that 2m4f event so today's trip looks ideal and he can record his first success. Mollys Captain will attract support after a good run behind the in-form Speed Dial at Wexford but that was over the minimum trip and he's yet to win a race of any description. Kilnafrehanstar looked to be making progress before a poor effort when favourite at Clonmel though the quicker ground may have been responsible.
Five Point Plan (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Always behind, 14th of 18, well behind Touch The Eden (11-12) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Chance A Grand (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Rcd 3rd, chall aftr 2out, went on last, kow, won at Maralin 3m ire ptp hvy in Oct beating Our Man Zebo (12-0) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Miss Xian (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, driven along approaching straight and dropped to 8th 2 out, no extra and weakened, 9th of 15, 30l behind Glens Melody (11-3) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Mollys Captain (IRE) 7-2fav (10-12) Soon mid-division, under pressure 5 out, ridden to chase leaders approaching straight, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Speed Dial (10-1) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-109.
Kilnafrehanstar (IRE) 5-1fav (10-12) In rear, no impression from 4 out, 13th of 17, 44l behind Handsome Dan (10-9) at Clonmel 3m Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (5yo+) gf in Sep.
Volkis O'blue (FR) 14-1 (11-0) Never a factor, 11th of 16, 42l behind Happy New Year (10-5) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy.
Willies Girl (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Chased leaders in 3rd, no extra from 4 out, weakened, 9th of 15, 39l behind Alf Wright (10-6) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 gd in Oct.
Twelve Gold Bars (IRE) 33-1 (9-12) Waited with towards rear, no danger and kept on from 3 out, 10th of 18, 27l behind First Impressions (11-2) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 8Evens16 in Jul.
Day Dream Boy (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Soon mid-division, 10th approaching 4 out, no impression from before straight, kept on, 3rd of 16, 17l behind Dactik (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 in Oct.