Michael Higgins & Co. Race 1m
- (3yo+, 1m, 4 runners)
- Winner €9,315 2nd €2,160 3rd €945 4th €540
- Going: Good to Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 35.24s
- Off time: 19:55:29
Hot Bed (IRE) 8
|4||140 10-0 p||D Wachman||W M Lordan||99||11/2|
Moran Gra (USA) 24
|6||133 9-7 p||Ms J Morgan||R P Whelan (3)||95||11/4|
|3||132 9-6 v1||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||109||8/11f|
|3||127 9-1||K Prendergast||C D Hayes||98||8/1|
||3||9-6||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||2/5|
FORTIFY has been runner-up four times since gaining his only success at Cork in March but there's nothing wrong with his resolution and he just keeps bumping into useful opposition. This should be his chance and he should hold too many guns for Hot Bed, who arrives in good form having chased home Royal Blue Star in a similar race to this at Killarney last week. Moran Gra was over 2l behind the selection at the Curragh last time so looks held and Starbright, who would have a chance on her juvenile form, finished tailed off last on her latest start at Gowran in April.
Fortify 9-2 (9-4) Settled in rear of mid-division, headway early straight and 7th over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 16, 3/4l behind Tandem (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp gf.
Hot Bed (IRE) 5-1 (10-0) Chased leaders in 4th, ridden in 4th 2f out, went 3rd 1 1/2f out, kept on final furlong without troubling winner, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Royal Blue Star (8-10) at Killarney 1m stks gf.
Moran Gra (USA) 5-1 (9-6) Chased leaders on outer, 5th 3f out, soon ridden, 4th 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Ansgar (9-7) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in Jun.
Starbright 9-1 (8-9) Chased leaders in 6th, ridden and weakened 3f out, last of 7, 29l behind Caponata (9-12) at Gowran Park 1m 1f fll lst stks (1) sft in Apr.