Star Best For Racing Christmas Rated Hurdle 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, 16 runners)
  • Winner €11,040 2nd €2,560 3rd €1,120 4th €640
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 2.60s
  • Off time: 13:55:10
Full result
Result 13:55 Leopardstown
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 15 Supreme Carolina 5/1
2nd 10 Persian Gayle ½ 16/1
3rd 11 Pires 1 6/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 431-218
YELLOW & ROYAL BLUE STRIPES, maroon sleeves, white cap Casimir Road (IRE) 137
  • T:M J Grassick
  • J:P Carberry
  • Form: 431-218
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR: 122
  • Naps:
4 160 11-6 M J Grassick P Carberry 122 20/1
2 67-12
EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Sizing Italy (IRE) 61
  • T:J T R Dreaper
  • J:A E Lynch
  • Form: 67-12
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR: 118
  • Naps:
5 160 11-6 J T R Dreaper A E Lynch 118 11/1
3 173/33P-
EMERALD GREEN,white sash & diamonds on slvs,emerald green & white striped cap Chebona Bula 209
  • T:E Doyle
  • J:M P Butler
  • Form: 173/33P-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 112
  • Naps:
6 156 11-2 E Doyle M P Butler (5) 112 33/1
4 051112
PURPLE & YELLOW HOOPS, white cap Dont Tell Pa (IRE) 28
  • T:J J Mangan
  • J:B R Dalton
  • Form: 051112
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2t
  • OR: 117
  • Naps:
5 156 11-2 t J J Mangan B R Dalton (5) 117 8/1
5 20321P
DARK BLUE, yellow diamond & sleeves, yellow cap, red diamond El Fontan (FR) 12
  • T:D T Hughes
  • J:B J Cooper
  • Form: 20321P
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 117
  • Naps:
7 156 11-2 D T Hughes B J Cooper 117 16/1
6 45R1/05-
Purple,light green triple diamond & diamonds on slvs,purple cap,green diamonds Hide The Evidence (IRE) 65
  • T:M McElhone
  • J:B M Cash
  • Form: 45R1/05-
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 116
  • Naps:
11 156 11-2 M McElhone B M Cash 116 28/1
7 16/134-
White, white & black striped sleeves, striped cap Hit The Headlines (IRE) 302
  • T:C F Swan
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 16/134-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 118
  • Naps:
6 156 11-2 C F Swan B J Geraghty 118 7/1
8 P9-PP4P
Emerald green & orange hooped, orange and  emerald green quartered cap Moville (IRE) 12
  • T:M Brassil
  • J:M P Walsh
  • Form: P9-PP4P
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-2t
  • OR: 123
  • Naps:
7 156 11-2 t M Brassil M P Walsh 123 33/1
9 2113-70
LIGHT BLUE, pink star, light blue cap, pink star Owennacurra Milan (IRE) 28
  • T:Miss M L Hallahan
  • J:D J Condon
  • Form: 2113-70
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-2t1
  • OR: 120
  • Naps:
7 156 11-2 t1 Miss M L Hallahan D J Condon 120 20/1
10 PF-9U05
Purple, yellow epaulettes, white & royal blue hooped sleeves & cap Persian Gayle (IRE) 40
  • T:Ross O'sullivan
  • J:Andrew J McNamara
  • Form: PF-9U05
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-2p
  • OR: 118
  • Naps:
8 156 11-2 p Ross O'sullivan Andrew J McNamara 118 16/1
11 201-211
DARK GREEN, red hollow box, red sleeves, dark green cap Pires 56
  • T:A J Martin
  • J:R M Moran
  • Form: 201-211
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 123
  • Naps:
8 156 11-2 A J Martin R M Moran 123 6/1
12 F/4910F-
EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Quiscover Fontaine (FR) 258
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: F/4910F-
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 123
  • Naps:
8 156 11-2 W P Mullins A P McCoy 123 4/1f
13 U0-4P62
MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Rocky Wednesday (IRE) 12
  • T:G Elliott
  • J:D N Russell
  • Form: U0-4P62
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 120
  • Naps:
5 156 11-2 G Elliott D N Russell 120 12/1
14 22-P344
RED, dark blue sleeves, black & white quartered cap Wilde Wit Pleasure (IRE) 33
  • T:S O O'Brien
  • J:J R Barry
  • Form: 22-P344
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 119
  • Naps:
9 156 11-2 S O O'Brien J R Barry 119 16/1
15 2572-14
Royal blue, light blue star, white sleeves, royal blue stars, white cap, royal blue star Supreme Carolina (IRE) 208
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 2572-14
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-13
  • OR: 119
  • Naps:
5 153 10-13 W P Mullins R Walsh 119 5/1
16 0300P-8
MAROON & WHITE STRIPES, maroon cap, white hoop What A Charm (IRE) 62
  • T:A L T Moore
  • J:G Malone
  • Form: 0300P-8
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-9p
  • OR: 122
  • Naps:
5 149 10-9 p A L T Moore G Malone (7) 122 8/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2011   Quiscover Fontaine (FR)
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:A P McCoy
7 11-2 W P Mullins A P McCoy 9/4
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In depth

Verdict

Quiscover Fontaine won this for Willie Mullins and AP McCoy last year in a tremendous battle with PIRES and Wilde Wit Pleasure. The winner hasn't run since falling in the Grand National and the runner-up gets the nod as he arrives in excellent shape having won twice over fences recently. Mullins is also represented by Supreme Carolina, who won a maiden at Kilbeggan in May before a poor run there the following month. She doesn't look good enough at this stage but El Fontan, who is better known as a chaser these days, has to be respected back over hurdles. Dont Tell Pa has been going well in handicaps but has a bit to find on official ratings as does Sizing Italy, though he's a progressive type who can do better.

Formwatch

Supreme Carolina (IRE) 11-8fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and no impression approaching 3 out, no extra, 4th of 8, 22l behind White Feathers (11-2) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hdl gf in Jun.

Persian Gayle (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Prominent, on terms from 6 out, 3rd and not as good as 1st 2 at 3 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 5th of 15, 18l behind Come To The Party (10-1) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl sft in Nov.

Pires 3-1fav (11-7) Held up towards rear early, mid-division halfway, headway into 6th 4 out, 4th 3 out, closer in 3rd 2 out, ridden to challenge last, kept on to lead run-in and asserted close home, won at Down Royal 2m hcp chs gd in Nov beating Monastrell (11-3) by 3/4l, 11 ran.

Hit The Headlines (IRE) 13-8fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, mistake 6th, ridden before 3 out, weakened 2 out, 4th of 7, 23l behind Themilanhorse (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gd in Mar.

What A Charm (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Led, headed before halfway, ridden and weakened 3 out, 8th of 10, 41l behind Top Madam (10-10) at Wexford 2m 4f hdl gd in Oct.

Quiscover Fontaine (FR) 50-1 (10-4) Mid-division, fell 17th, in a race won by Neptune Collonges (11-6) at Aintree 4m 4f Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (7yo+) (1) gd in Apr, 40 ran.

Wilde Wit Pleasure (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Twrds rr, 8th at 8th, prog in 5th 6out, fair 4th & btn bef 3out, ko onepcd, 4th of 10, 25l behind The Blarney Rose (10-13) at Boulta 3m ire ptp hvy in Nov.

Rocky Wednesday (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Waited with in mid-division, closed from before 4 out, challenged travelling well straight, in front 2 out, pressed and headed before last, soon no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Matsukaze (10-9) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy.

Owennacurra Milan (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, 7th and some progress 4 out, no extra from next, trailing straight, 10th of 11, well behind Bishopsfurze (11-0) at Thurles 2m 6f hdl in Nov.

Dont Tell Pa (IRE) 3-1fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, improved into 2nd 4 out, led after 3 out, strongly pressed from next, headed approaching last, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Lough Roe Lady (11-2) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-116 in Nov.

Hide The Evidence (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Led, not jump fluently, strongly pressed and headed entering straight, soon dropped to 4th and no extra from 2 out, 5th of 6, 26l behind New Phase (11-12) at Cork 2m hdl in Nov '11.

Sizing Italy (IRE) 2-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders mainly 3rd, ridden and no impression approaching straight, headway under pressure and tried to challenge approaching last where mistake, not recover on short run-in, 2nd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Cnoc Na Sioga (11-5) at Wexford 2m nh nov hdl gd in Oct.

El Fontan (FR) 11-2 (11-12) Soon chased leaders, no extra 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Sole Witness (11-6) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy, 15 ran.

Moville (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Towards rear, slow jump 6 out, no extra and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Sole Witness (11-6) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy, 15 ran.

Casimir Road (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and weakened after 2 out, last of 8, 40l behind Whatever It Takes (10-5) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo hcp hdl in Aug.

Chebona Bula 20-1 (11-9) Always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by The Lady Granuaile (10-12) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Nov '11, 15 ran.