Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap 7f
- (4yo+, 7f, 13 runners)
- Winner €5,520 2nd €1,280 3rd €560 4th €320
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 24.63s
- Off time: 19:16:43
|1st||8 Reckless Lad||4/1j|
|2nd||2 Connacht Council||1¼||15/2|
|3rd||7 Cheers Buddy||s.h||11/2|
Cash Or Casualty (IRE) 21
|6||145 10-5 t||D English||L P Dempsey (7)||80||8/1|
Connacht Council (IRE) 233
|4||140 10-0 bt||W McCreery||P J Smullen||75||15/2|
Victor's Beach (IRE) 21
|4||139 9-13 bt||M Halford||S B Kelly (3)||74||12/1|
Ocean Legend (IRE) 25
|9||138 9-12||A W Carroll||J P O'Brien||73||4/1j|
Blue Bullet (IRE) 7
|4||137 9-11||V C Ward||M C Hussey||72||7/1|
Lightening Stricks (IRE) 119
|7||136 9-10 t||M J Tynan||C R King (5)||71||16/1|
Cheers Buddy (IRE) 21
|6||130 9-4||L Smyth||C D Hayes||65||11/2|
Reckless Lad (IRE) 49
|4||130 9-4 t||P Martin||A P Thornton (3)||65||4/1j|
Pierre D'or (IRE) 7
|5||129 9-3||J T Gorman||C O'Donoghue||64||14/1|
Amazing Star (IRE) 18
|9||128 9-2 t||Denis Hogan||J A Heffernan||63||10/1|
Missile Command (IRE) 35
|6||127 9-1 p||Jane M Foley||E J McNamara||62||25/1|
Rigid Rock (IRE) 219
|7||125 8-13||J T Gorman||K J Manning||60||28/1|
Badger Daly (IRE) 35
|8||122 8-10 pt||J Hagan||R Coakley (7)||57||22/1|
Connacht Council had her first three runs on this surface a year ago, running well in the last of them, and was very consistent in handicaps on Turf during the summer. Tony Carroll sends Ocean Legend over from Worcester and he isn't known for wasting journeys though the nine-year-old has been beaten in sellers and claimers recently. Cheers Buddy won twice over a mile here at the backend of last year but didn't quite have the pace to match Hilary from his higher mark three weeks ago. Victor's Beach had Reckless Lad and Blue Bullet behind early last month but has been unable to cope with a subsequent weight rise and a longer trip. AMAZING STAR was sent to Wolverhampton by his very shrewd connections to land what looked a competitive low-grade handicap. He was very well supported and as he's only been raised 3lb a follow-up looks likely.
Reckless Lad (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden in 5th entering straight, went 3rd 1f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Maontri (9-6) at Dundalk 7f Stakes (0-75) (4yo+) pol in Jan.
Connacht Council (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden along 3f out, no extra and dropped to 3rd under 1f out, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Rain God (10-1) at Naas 1m 3yo hcp gf in Jul.
Cheers Buddy (IRE) 3-1fav (10-0) Soon mid-division, 7th early, switched left and ridden from under 2f out, soon challenged in centre of track, almost on terms and every chance from 1f out, kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Hilary (8-9) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
Badger Daly (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden in 6th 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 4l behind Stoichkhov (8-5) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Amazing Star (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, led post, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Lutine Charlie (9-0) by ns, 10 ran.
Ocean Legend (IRE) 11-8fav (9-10) Raced keenly, led, ridden over 1f out, pressed and edged left inside final furlong, ran on, headed last strides, 2nd of 7, hd behind Ain't No Surprise (8-2) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol.
Victor's Beach (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, under pressure approaching straight, no impression from over 1f out, 8th of 9, 10l behind Equation Of Time (8-5) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol.
Cash Or Casualty (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Reared up leaving stalls, soon led, headed and dropped to 5th under 2f out, 7th and no impression from 1f out, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Equation Of Time (8-5) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol.
Rigid Rock (IRE) 14-1 (9-9) Mid-division early, dropped to rear halfway and niggled along, no impression from 2f out, last of 13, 15l behind Lily's Star (9-7) at Naas 5f hcp gf in Jul.
Blue Bullet (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders and 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 3l behind Fastidious (9-6) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol.
Pierre D'or (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Mid-division, 8th halfway, pushed along and no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind Fastidious (9-6) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol.
Missile Command (IRE) 14-1 (9-12) Settled in rear, last entering straight, effort 2f out, short of room briefly 1 1/2f out, soon ridden, no impression final furlong, 9th of 14, 6l behind Stoichkhov (8-5) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Lightening Stricks (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, ridden entering straight, soon weakened, eased and trailing final furlong, last of 14, 43l behind Hes Our Music (9-7) at Dundalk 1m hcp 60-80 pol in Nov.