Don't You Just Love Downpatrick Hurdle 2m 2f 50y
- (5yo+, 2m 2f 50y, 4 runners)
- Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 48.20s
- Off time: 14:55:27
|1st||5 Un Beau Matin||8/11f|
Passage Vendome (FR) 9
|8||159 11-5||W P Mullins||Mr P W Mullins||130||9/2|
Seskinane (IRE) 31
|8||159 11-5||Brian M McMahon||D R Fox (5)||131||3/1|
Un Beau Matin (IRE) 35
|6||159 11-5||G Elliott||P Carberry||136||8/11f|
Twin Plan (IRE) 141
|9||152 10-12||J J Lambe||L A McKenna (7)||117||12/1|
||9||1112||S R B Crawford||Mr B G Crawford||123||NR|
||8||115 b||Mrs J Harrington||M J Bolger||130||NR|
||7||11-8||G Elliott||D N Russell||6/5|
Seskinane had a couple of runs over fences before reverting to hurdles in a Grade 3 at Clonmel last month but the 3m trip looked too far for him. UN BEAU MATIN has been placed in two Grade 2 events this year and was by no means disgraced behind Dunguib and Zaidpour at Navan last month. This looks easier and he should prove too good for these. Gimli's Rock fell over fences last time and hasn't won a race since 2012 so the main threat looks like being Passage Vendome, who has been well beaten over fences this season including at Cheltenham last time.
Call Box (IRE) 3-1fav (11-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd 5 out, led after 4 out, clear 3 out, stayed on strongly, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jan beating Los Nadis (11-8) by 8l, 7 ran.
Gimli's Rock (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Chased leaders in 4th, 6th when slight mistake 3 out and no extra when blundered and unseated rider next, in a race won by Minella For Value (11-5) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f chs gd in Sep, 10 ran.
Un Beau Matin (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Led and soon 5 lengths clear, reduced advantage when not fluent 6th, headed before 5 out, no impression on easy winner after 3 out, no extra when slight mistake last and dropped to moderate 3rd run-in, 3rd of 4, 9l behind Dunguib (11-3) at Navan 2m 5f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Passage Vendome (FR) 33-1 (10-10) Behind, fell 1st, in a race won by Savello (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd, 23 ran.
Seskinane (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up, slight mistake 4th, closer in 5th approaching straight, 4th 2 out, 3rd and no impression from before last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 12l behind Don Poli (10-13) at Clonmel 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Feb.
Twin Plan (IRE) 6-4fav (11-2) Held up towards rear, bad mistake 2nd, headway into moderate 4th 6 out, improved to 2nd entering straight, closed on leader 3 out, soon challenged, led 2 out, pushed out to assert before last, kept on strongly run-in to go clear, won at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Nov beating Kilcommon Pride (10-11) by 10l, 8 ran.