Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase (0-116) 2m 2f
- (4yo+, 2m 2f, 9 runners)
- Winner €8,626 2nd €2,000 3rd €875 4th €500
- Going: Soft to Heavy (chase: heavy)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 15.70s
- Off time: 12:30:41
|1st||4 Noras Fancy||7/2j|
|2nd||1 Colls Corner||3||10/1|
|3rd||6 Quiet Thought||12||20/1|
Colls Corner (IRE) 38
|9||166 11-12 b||Michael Barry||R J Jones||116||10/1|
Lord Lir (IRE) 17
|6||164 11-10||D M O'Brien||M J Bolger||114||14/1|
Noras Fancy (IRE) 52
|6||164 11-10 t||J J Mangan||D E Splaine (4)||114||7/2j|
Erritt Lake (IRE) 107
|9||162 11-8||D T Hughes||M A Enright (2)||112||4/1|
Quiet Thought (IRE) 21
|6||161 11-7||E J O'Grady||S J Hassett||111||20/1|
Sword Fish (IRE) 17
|6||156 11-2 b||C Roche||J S McGarvey (4)||106||6/1|
Hold Em Cowboy (IRE) 7
|8||143 10-3 p||W F Codd||A F O'Neill (4)||93||9/1|
Reality Dose (IRE) 18
|8||137 9-11||Miss E Doyle||K C Sexton (4) (ex1)||87||7/2j|
|12||136 9-10 t||M McElhone||Mr H D Dunne (4) (ex2)||85||7/1|
||6||1110||R Tyner||N J O'Shea||114||NR|
||7||P J Rothwell||A Ring||90||NR|
||7||11-10||J J Mangan||P F Mangan||4/1|
The veteran Rakamasi is 1lb out of the handicap but that won't be a problem as he's on the same mark as when last scoring in January. Erritt Lake is the other C&D winner in the line-up but he hasn't made much progress since his victory in October 2010. Lord Lir produced his best run to date when narrowly beaten by Tillahow over 2m here early last month but ran poorly at Clonmel a couple of weeks ago. Colls Corner has plenty of weight but would have a chance on his victory in heavy ground at Listowel in September though it's time NORAS FANCY was scoring over fences and this looks her chance. A Listed winner over hurdles in March, she's competed against decent types over fences so far and testing conditions are what she requires. Reality Dose ran very well over the C&D last month and could prove the main threat from his lowly mark.
Daring Article (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, dropped behind leaders after 3 out (usual 4 out), no extra straight, 5th of 7, well behind Sword Of Destiny (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Ta Blazes (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Always rear, 14th of 16, well behind Cnoc Seoda (11-2) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Noras Fancy (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Mid-division, pushed along in 6th 4 out, ridden and no extra before straight, 8th of 15, 28l behind Avondhu Lady (11-2) at Clonmel 2m 4f beg chs in Nov.
Colls Corner (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 6th 3 out, no impression before straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 11l behind Code Of The West (10-13) at Clonmel 2m 3f hcp chs sft in Nov.
Quiet Thought (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Mid-division, weakened from 3 out, last of 11, well behind Avondhu Lady (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp chs sft.
Reality Dose (IRE) 10-3 (10-11) Tracked leaders, led 5th, a bit slow 6 out, went on with eventual winner from 4 out, headed next, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 19l behind Saoirse Dun (11-9) at Wexford 2m 6f hcp chs 0-102.
Hold Em Cowboy (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Prominent, moderate 4th approaching straight, soon no extra and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Sole Witness (11-6) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy, 15 ran.
Sword Fish (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, kept on one pace, 9th of 15, 28l behind Ros Brin (11-2) at Clonmel 2m beg chs.
Erritt Lake (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Soon prominent, 2nd from 4th, weakened quickly approaching 5 out, trailing from next, 9th of 10, 20l behind Let The Show Begin (10-3) at Kilbeggan 3m hdl gd in Sep.
Lord Lir (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, no extra approaching straight, 7th of 15, 42l behind Dream Function (11-5) at Clonmel 2m 3f beg chs.
Rakamasi 10-1 (9-10) Always prominent on inner, tracked leader in 2nd, disputed lead 3 out, headed after next and no impression on winner run-in, dropped to 3rd closing stages, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Clashnabrook (9-10) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Nov.