Herald Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner €49,600 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400 5th €1,600
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 10.60s
- Off time: 16:20:29
|2nd||6 Ted Veale||16||12/1|
Art Of Logistics (IRE) 55
|5||166 11-12||D T Hughes||B J Cooper||132||33/1|
Champagne Fever (IRE) 42
|6||166 11-12||W P Mullins||R Walsh||157||Evsf|
Jezki (IRE) 42
|5||166 11-12||Mrs J Harrington||B J Geraghty||153||2/1|
Mallowney (IRE) 22
|7||166 11-12||T Doyle||Andrew J McNamara||141||33/1|
Rule The World 41
|6||166 11-12||M F Morris||D N Russell||152||4/1|
Ted Veale (IRE) 39
|6||166 11-12||A J Martin||P Carberry||142||12/1|
||8||11-12||T Mullins||A P McCoy||5/2|
Champagne Fever had just under 3l to spare over JEZKI in the Supreme Novices' at Cheltenham but there are reasons to believe the latter, who had beaten the winner at Fairyhouse in December, can reverse the form and take this. Jessica Harrington's charge was having his first start since December at The Festival and looked a bit ring-rusty and the winner's strong gallop just saw him come up short. Rule The World couldn't quite match the pace of The New One in the Neptune Investment but had the much touted Pont Alexandre behind. This shorter trip may not quite play to his strengths against a pair of very pacey performers. The remaining trio are all very useful but haven't proved themselves at this level.
Jezki (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway and in touch 3 out, chased leading pair between last 2, every chance when not fluent last, one pace and held flat, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Champagne Fever (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Mar.
Ted Veale (IRE) 10-1 (10-6) Mid-divisoin, smooth headway after 3 out, went 2nd going well after next, poised to challenge between last 2, led after last, ridden and kept on flat, won at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Mar beating Tennis Cap (10-13) by 1 1/2l, 28 ran.
Champagne Fever (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Made all, driven between last 2, hard pressed last, soon ridden, edged right and stayed on gamely flat, won at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Mar beating My Tent Or Yours (11-7) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Art Of Logistics (IRE) 9-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, improved travelling well to lead after 2 out, mistake last, soon pressed, stayed on best run-in to soon assert, won at Fairyhouse 2m hdl sft in Feb beating Midnight Oil (11-11) by 2l, 5 ran.
Mallowney (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Settled in rear, fell heavily 4th, in a race won by Pique Sous (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hdl G2 (1), 6 ran.
Rule The World 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent and lost several places 2nd, closed 5th, ridden and every chance when edged left before last, stayed on flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 4l behind The New One (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Mar.