P.J.Foley Memorial Hurdle 2m
- (4yo, 2m, 5 runners)
- Winner €13,650 2nd €3,990 3rd €1,890 4th €630
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 10.70s
- Off time: 13:05:05
|1st||1 Burrenbridge Lodge||10/1|
|2nd||2 One Cool Shabra||1¼||12/1|
Burrenbridge Lodge (IRE) 12
|4||157 11-3||K Purcell||T J Doyle||10/1|
One Cool Shabra (IRE) 12
|4||157 11-3 b1||P O Brady||J L Cullen||12/1|
Arnaud (IRE) 29
|4||154 11-0||C Byrnes||D N Russell||6/4|
Gorgeous Sixty (FR) 119
|4||147 10-7||W P Mullins||R Walsh||5/4f|
In Bloom (IRE) 60
|4||147 10-7||E P Harty||N P Madden||8/1|
Burrenbridge Lodge was conceding 7lb to One Cool Shabra when beating him a head here in October. The pair have beaten each other in turn subsequently but the former should just about come out on top again. Both have double penalties to carry and will find this tough as Arnaud looked a very nice prospect when gaining a surprise victory on his debut over timber at Limerick where connections felt he just needed the run. The filly In Bloom was only moderate on the Flat but made an impressive start over hurdles at Navan in a race that has worked out very well. She looks certain to go well but it's another filly, GORGEOUS SIXTY, who gets the vote. Willie Mullins' acquisition from France was Listed class on the Flat and was beaten half-a-length in that grade on her hurdling bow before scoring impressively at Auteuil in September.
Burrenbridge Lodge (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders on inner, 6th halfway, some headway into 3rd entering straight, no impression on first 2 and kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Ut De Sivola (10-10) at Punchestown 2m hdl Grd 3 (1).
One Cool Shabra (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Led, slow 4th, strongly pressed and headed approaching straight, soon no extra in 4th, beaten when mistake last, 4th of 7, 21l behind Ut De Sivola (10-10) at Punchestown 2m hdl Grd 3 (1).
Gorgeous Sixty (FR) (10-5) won at Auteuil(FR) 2m 1f hdl sft in Sep beating Chegei Has (10-5) by 10l, 13 ran.
Arnaud (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Waited with towards rear, headway to track leaders from 3 out, close up travelling well from before straight, in front 2 out, good jump last and pushed out to assert run-in, won at Limerick 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec beating Around The Clock (11-0) by 1 3/4l, 15 ran.
In Bloom (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Always prominent, led before 4 out, travelling best 2 out, slight mistake last and joined briefly, soon asserted and kept on well, comfortably, won at Navan 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Nov beating Chill (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.