Woodlands House Hotel Hurdle 2m 3f
- (4yo+, 2m 3f, 6 runners)
- Winner €9,314 2nd €2,160 3rd €946 4th €540
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 15.60s
- Off time: 13:06:24
|1st||4 Prince De Beauchene||3/1|
|2nd||5 Venture Capital||3¼||9/4j|
Carloswayback (IRE) 284
|7||165 11-11 t||P Nolan||M N Doran (5)||121||14/1|
Clonbanan Lad (IRE) 25
|6||165 11-11||H De Bromhead||M J Ferris||9/4j|
Dushybeag (IRE) 19
|5||165 11-11||M Hourigan||M A Enright (5)||127||6/1|
Prince De Beauchene (FR) 306
|9||165 11-11||W P Mullins||E Mullins||125||3/1|
Venture Capital (IRE) 22
|5||165 11-11||P Fenton||B T O'Connell||9/4j|
Edeymi (IRE) 55
|4||162 11-8 t||A J Martin||B R Dalton (5)||134||10/1|
||5||114||J J Mangan||P F Mangan||118||NR|
||4||11-8||M F Morris||B R Dalton||13/2|
Wining point-to-pointer and bumper Clonbanan Lad looked promising when making a winning hurdling debut at Punchestown and though well beaten in a Fairyhouse Grade 1 subsequently he wasn't disgraced and this is more his level. Edeymi has missed a couple of opportunities through bad weather recently so should be ready but his most recent form leaves plenty to be desired and he's best watched for now. Prince De Beauchene is the class-act here though it's almost four years since he last ran over hurdles. He's now a high-class chaser with a mark of 155 after his Grade 2 victory at Fairyhouse in February but he'll be back over fences shortly and could just need this. VENTURE CAPITAL has nowhere near the experience of most of these rivals and was having only his third start when running away with a maiden hurdle at Wexford. However, he looked potentially useful that day and with the slightly longer trip in his favour he's taken to surprise a few of his better fancied rivals.
Carries Darling 11-2 (11-7) Always prominent, ridden in 3rd 2 out, soon struggling until renewed effort approaching last, not match winner and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Tasitiocht (11-7) at Wexford 2m mrs nov hdl.
Prince De Beauchene (FR) 11-10fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, led travelling before straight, went on from before 2 out, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 3m 1f chs G2 (1) sft in Feb beating Black Apalachi (11-3) by 6l, 8 ran.
Venture Capital (IRE) 11-10fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 2nd, closed up travelling well approaching straight, gained narrow lead before last, stayed on well run-in, won at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl beating Our Native Land (10-13) by 2 3/4l, 14 ran.
Dushybeag (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, improved to lead 3 out, soon ridden and strongly pressed, headed after 2 out, dropped to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Rule The World (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f nh nov hdl hvy.
Clonbanan Lad (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden from 3 out, dropped to moderate 5th before next, 5th of 6, 31l behind Jezki (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft.
Carloswayback (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, 12th of 16, well behind Cadogan (11-1) at Navan 3m nov chs sft in Mar.
Edeymi (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Chased leaders in 3rd, weakened entering straight, last of 6, 39l behind Monksland (11-8) at Down Royal 2m hdl G2 (1) gd in Nov.