Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (80-109) 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, 9 runners)
- Winner €8,625 2nd €2,000 3rd €875 4th €499
- Going: Soft, Yielding in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 4.50s
- Off time: 14:15:11
|1st||9 Sizing Australia||6/1|
|2nd||7 Mojito Royale||2¾||7/1|
|3rd||12 Tynaghs Trooper||nk||8/1|
Frawley (IRE) 22
|8||166 11-12 t1||David A Kiely||P D Kennedy (2)||109||8/1|
Pure Style (IRE) 164
|5||166 11-12||C Byrnes||L A McKenna (4)||109||6/1|
Luimneach Abu (IRE) 33
|5||162 11-8||J P Broderick||J S McGarvey (4)||105||7/4f|
Hide The Evidence (IRE) 17
|12||161 11-7 t||M McElhone||S E Butler (4)||104||20/1|
Mojito Royale (IRE) 13
|9||159 11-5 t||E Doyle||M P Butler||102||7/1|
Curragh Golan (IRE) 347
|8||158 11-4||G J Power||S A Shortall (4)||101||25/1|
Sizing Australia (IRE) 183
|11||157 11-3 p||H de Bromhead||K C Sexton (4)||100||6/1|
Timjoe (IRE) 23
|6||149 10-9||T O'Brien||D E Splaine||92||7/1|
Tynaghs Trooper (IRE) 17
|7||147 10-7||P J Rothwell||A Ring (4)||90||8/1|
||6||1111||J G Coogan||I J McCarthy||108||NR|
||7||119||James Dullea||B Hayes||106||NR|
||6||Miss E Doyle||B R Dalton||97||NR|
||7||102||T Cleary||M P Burke||85||NR|
Sizing Australia is no doubt warming up for a crack at the cross-country events though he's no slouch over hurdles and is very well handicapped. Pure Style won two bumpers in the UK and has shown promise over hurdles so any market move should be noted. Silver Shuffle has been in action on the Flat but hasn't won in 14 starts over timber but the lightly-raced Sensing improved at Limerick last time and wouldn't need much more to get involved. Timjoe has never reached a place over hurdles but he's been running well on the Flat this summer and arrives here on such a lowly mark that he can get involved without beating LUIMNEACH ABU. He's been very unfortunate to come up against in-form winners in his last three starts and his second to the prolific Ancient Sands at Ballinrobe would be good enough for this.
Silver Shuffle (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, some headway in 8th entering straight, ridden in th before last and kept on well run-in, not reach principals, 4th of 15, 2l behind Top Spin (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gf.
Line View (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Soon led, headed after 3 out, no extra from next, 15th of 19, well behind Paudi The Punter (10-9) at Galway 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 gf in Sep.
Sensing (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Mid-division, 7th before straight, moderate 6th before 2 out, soon went 3rd, left 2nd and slightly hampered last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Emily Gray (11-7) at Limerick 2m mares mdn hdl gd.
What About Harry (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, led 3rd, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra in 5th last, kept on one pace, 7th of 19, 11l behind King Of Oriel (11-2) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf.
Sizing Australia (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Soon tracked leaders, on terms approaching 3 out, slight mistake 2 out, led before last, stayed on well run-in, all out, won at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Apr beating Zest For Life (11-5) by shd, 15 ran.
Mojito Royale (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Settled towards rear on inner, some headway early straight, went 5th approaching last, kept on well under pressure run-in, short of room close home, 4th of 11, 8l behind Green To Gold (10-6) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gf in Oct '10.
Tynaghs Trooper (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden after 3 out, kept on into 3rd 2 out, no impression last, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 17l behind Billybuster (10-11) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
Luimneach Abu (IRE) 7-4fav (11-4) Tracked leaders and 6th halfway, good headway to join issue 3 out and led next, ridden and headed entering straight, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 16, 5l behind Ancient Sands (11-10) at Ballinrobe 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Sep.
Hide The Evidence (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Chased leader, led after 3 out, headed before last, no extra flat, 4th of 8, 5l behind Formal Bid (11-4) at Perth 2m clm hdl (4) gs in Sep.
Pure Style (IRE) 13-2 (11-9) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and weakened 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 20, well behind Young Finnegan (11-12) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl hvy in May.
Timjoe (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Mid-division, bad mistake 5 out, ridden in 8th after 4 out, no extra and weakened, 9th of 15, 41l behind Invincible Don (10-13) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Jul.
Curragh Golan (IRE) 11-1 (11-6) Settled in 7th, headway into 4th before 4 out where fell, in a race won by Urban Gale (11-3) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp chs 0-102 sft in Nov, 9 ran.
Frawley (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, 9th early, no extra straight and pulled up before last, in a race won by Hurricane Ridge (11-3) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-116, 18 ran.