Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase (0-116) 2m 2f
- (4yo+, 2m 2f, 13 runners)
- Winner €8,625 2nd €2,000 3rd €875 4th €499
- Going: Yielding to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 37.90s
- Off time: 12:21:13
|3rd||8 Hans Crescent||½||25/1|
Musawama (IRE) 22
|5||166 11-12 bt||Daniel Howard||K C Sexton (4)||116||9/1|
Prince Of Milan (IRE) 138
|8||166 11-12||A Slattery||S J Hassett||116||20/1|
Sitcom (IRE) 24
|5||166 11-12 h||C Roche||J S McGarvey (4)||116||13/2|
Captain Canada 140
|6||165 11-11||T O'Brien||D E Splaine||115||8/1|
Moiqen (IRE) 29
|8||163 11-9 h||P Byrne||S E Butler (2)||113||12/1|
Beckwith Star (IRE) 15
|8||162 11-8||H De Bromhead||M P Butler||112||22/1|
Colls Corner (IRE) 32
|10||161 11-7||Michael Barry||P D Kennedy (2)||111||20/1|
Hans Crescent (FR) 15
|8||158 11-4 b||M Hourigan||M W Bowes (2)||108||25/1|
Innocentman (IRE) 24
|6||157 11-3||J Monroe||I J McCarthy||107||12/1|
Bendala Bleu 53
|6||145 10-5||D Hassett||B F Cawley (4)||95||7/2f|
Steady Ed (IRE) 208
|9||144 10-4||J J Walsh||B Hayes (2)||94||8/1|
Foritsa (IRE) 33
|9||142 10-2||G M Doyle||A F O'Neill (4)||92||4/1|
Reality Dose (IRE) 29
|9||140 10-0 p1||Miss E Doyle||A Ring (4)||90||22/1|
Noras Fancy (IRE)
||6||11-10||J J Mangan||D E Splaine||7/2|
FORITSA had been showing improved form before scoring at Wexford last month. The placed horses then fought out a finish on their next starts so the form looks decent and he can defy an 8lb rise which is halved by his rider's claim. Sitcom is making his handicap debut over fences after landing a beginners' event here last month. He's only five so there's more to come and he looks a danger. Bendala Bleu ran two very good races at Punchestown in October and the winning point-to-pointer is well enough treated to make his presence felt but Steady Ed is still a maiden after 17 starts over the bigger obstacles. Musawama went up a massive 10lb for winning here last month and was unable to cope in a much better race at Fairyhouse subsequently but Moiqen looked the likely winner when falling at Gowran and has a chance if staying on his feet.
Foritsa (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Led, headed 2nd, disputed lead from 5 out, led 3 out, ridden and headed briefly after 2 out, regained lead before last, stayed on well run-in, won at Wexford 2m 6f hcp chs 0-102 sft in Nov beating Dog Barrel Hill (10-9) by 3l, 15 ran.
Moiqen (IRE) 11-1 (11-6) Soon chased leaders, 4th before 4 out, smooth headway and closed before straight, every chance in 2nd when fell 3 out, in a race won by Araglen Lad (10-10) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 in Nov, 8 ran.
Hans Crescent (FR) 20-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, 6th 5 out, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, 10th of 19, 32l behind Good Egg (11-3) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116.
Captain Canada 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 6th 5 out, no impression from next, 5th of 10, 47l behind Darwins Fox (11-12) at Galway 2m 1f beg chs sft in Aug.
Sitcom (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Soon chased leaders, moderate 4th from 3 out, closed to challenge in 2nd from before last, soon gained narrow lead, pushed out to assert closing stages,, won at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs gd in Nov beating Kilcarry Bridge (11-12) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Musawama (IRE) 9-2 (9-11) Led and disputed, headed and ridden 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 18l behind Sraid Padraig (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f in Nov.
Reality Dose (IRE) 11-1 (10-3) Soon chased leaders, dropped to remote 6th before 4 out, beaten when impeded 3 out where left 5th, left 4th and kept on same pace from next, 4th of 8, 35l behind Araglen Lad (10-10) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 in Nov.
Prince Of Milan (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Prominent, 7th from 6 out, no extra from after 3 out, 14th of 17, well behind Taken Twice (10-2) at Roscommon 3m hcp hdl 80-109 gf in Aug.
Innocentman (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Close up, on terms before straight, headed from 2 out, soon no impression, slight mistake last, kept on one pace run-in,, 6th of 12, 12l behind Sitcom (11-5) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs gd in Nov.
Beckwith Star (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, tailed off, 13th of 19, well behind Good Egg (11-3) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116.
Colls Corner (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 7th approaching 4 out, no impression from next, 9th of 16, well behind Not For Changing (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov.
Steady Ed (IRE) 5-1 (9-11) Chased leaders early, slow 1st and 2nd, 6th halfway, improved to dispute 4 out, ridden to lead after 3 out, headed 2 out, no extra in 3rd when pecked last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Muzak (11-0) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 sft in May.
Bendala Bleu 9-2fav (10-6) Mid-division, headway in 5th entering straight, ridden into 2nd after 2 out, 2 lengths down when slight mistake last and drifted left, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Keep On Track (10-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 in Oct.