Ash Apprentice Handicap 1m 2f
- (3yo+, 1m 2f, 8 runners)
- Winner €5,520 2nd €1,280 3rd €560 4th €320
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 9.26s
- Off time: 19:55:12
|1st||3 Castle Guest||5/1|
|2nd||6 Golden Silence||½||14/1|
|3rd||2 Pivot Bridge||4½||6/1|
Balmont Flyer (IRE) 7
|5||139 9-13 v1||Ms J Morgan||Mr Conor Orr (7)||70||16/1|
Pivot Bridge 114
|5||139 9-13||A McGuinness||C T Keane||70||6/1|
Castle Guest (IRE) 10
|4||136 9-10 t1||M Halford||C P Hoban||67||5/1|
Little Arrows (IRE) 7
|7||136 9-10 v||K J Condon||R Coakley (4)||67||5/1|
Neophilia (IRE) 8
|3||135 9-9 t||J S Bolger||R P Whelan||76||9/4f|
Golden Silence (IRE) 9
|3||126 9-0||K Prendergast||G P Halpin (4)||67||14/1|
Street Party 14
|3||123 8-11 pt||D Wachman||C R King (4)||64||4/1|
Maal (IRE) 7
|10||122 8-10||D Marnane||S H James||53||12/1|
||3||84||W McCreery||S B Kelly||57||NR|
Waltzing Cat (USA)
||4||9-6||W T Farrell||M M Monaghan||7/2|
NEOPHILIA defied a 5lb rise for her Gowran success when scoring comfortably on this track then very nearly overcame a massive 12lb extra at Killarney last week where she was caught on the line over 1m4f. She's up another 3lb but Jim Bolger wouldn't be running her again so quickly unless he thought she was capable of getting back on the winning trail. Pivot Bridge was running poorly over hurdles when last seen earlier this year but has some decent form on the Flat and Colin Keane's presence in the saddle is a bonus. Castle Guest ran his best race for a long time at Killarney last week and a repeat would see him in the frame and though Pim Street is held by the selection on Gowran running that was her first start in a handicap and she can get closer.
Pim Street (USA) 8-1 (9-5) Soon tracked leaders, 3rd from 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 15, 7l behind Neophilia (9-6) at Gowran Park 1m 1f 3yo hcp 47-65 gf.
Castle Guest (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Led, ridden and challenged under 2f out, headed final 150 yards, kept on same pace, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Shalaman (9-9) at Killarney 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 gf.
Golden Silence (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Went right leaving stalls and very slowly away, pushed along in rear early, always behind, never a factor, 12th of 15, 17l behind Dark Crusader (9-8) at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo hcp gf.
Pivot Bridge 4-1 (12-3) last of 14, well behind Clondaw Warrior (12-3) at Fairyhouse 2m charity stks in Apr.
Maal (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Waited with, 9th early, ridden to chase leaders and no impression from over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 13, 7l behind Measured Approval (10-0) at Killarney 1m hcp gf.
Neophilia (IRE) 9-4fav (8-4) Keen hold and chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to lead 3f out, soon ridden, kept on, strongly pressed close home and headed on line, 2nd of 9, shd behind Khothry (9-6) at Killarney 1m 3f fll hcp gf.
Little Arrows (IRE) 5-1 (9-11) Slowly away but soon in touch towards rear, ridden entering straight and went 6th 1 1/2f out, kept on inside final furlong to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 13l behind Fairylike (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m 2f App hcp gf.
Street Party 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 3rd 3f out, ridden under 3f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Great Explorer (10-2) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo hcp gf.
Balmont Flyer (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden early straight and no impression in 4th 1f out, no extra, 5th of 9, 18l behind Fairylike (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m 2f App hcp gf.