Ken Whelan Hangs Up His Boots Handicap Chase (0-109) (Div 1) 2m 6f
- (4yo+, 2m 6f, 16 runners)
- Winner €8,280 2nd €1,920 3rd €840 4th €480
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 10.00s
- Off time: 14:45:12
|1st||10 Saoirse Dun||4/1f|
|3rd||13 Steady Ed||1½||5/1|
Jolily (IRE) 21
|10||164 11-10||T Doyle||M P Burke (7)||107||8/1|
King Of Ardcarne (IRE) 19
|9||163 11-9 t||M M McNiff||D R Fox (7)||106||20/1|
Annacarton (IRE) 21
|8||162 11-8 t||J J Mangan||Miss J M Mangan (7)||105||7/1|
High Way Hunter (IRE) 23
|6||159 11-5 pt||C Bowe||Mr H D Dunne (7)||102||20/1|
Borolee (IRE) 209
|9||153 10-13 pt||Miss E Doyle||D J Bates (5)||96||25/1|
Shellys Creek (IRE) 234
|6||153 10-13 p||F Flood||P D Kennedy (5)||96||16/1|
Mattara (IRE) 23
|6||152 10-12||C Bowe||Andrew J McNamara||95||12/1|
Offside Rule (IRE) 21
|6||152 10-12 t||M Cullen||N P Madden||95||25/1|
Saoirse Dun (IRE) 19
|6||152 10-12||P J Rothwell||P Townend||95||4/1f|
Saigheada Beaga (IRE) 31
|9||150 10-10||T O'Brien||P F Mangan||93||20/1|
Ponmeword (IRE) 35
|8||149 10-9 t||E McNamara||R M Power||92||9/1|
Steady Ed (IRE) 18
|8||148 10-8||J J Walsh||B T O'Connell||91||5/1|
Dunroe Boy (IRE) 8
|7||147 10-7 bt||John G Carr||P Carberry||90||8/1|
Lion Valley (IRE) 1
|9||140 10-0 t||S Braddish||P T Enright||83||20/1|
What's In Front (IRE) 23
|11||140 10-0||Mrs G Callaghan||D J Condon||83||12/1|
Optime (IRE) 19
|7||137 9-11||Mrs P Gavin||A P Heskin||80||12/1|
||6||1012||C Roche||A P Crowe||95||NR|
Miss Pepperpot (IRE)
||7||11-6||F Flood||B T O'Connell||7/2|
Jolily, runner-up in this over slightly shorter a year ago, went one better on his next start but is now 10lb higher. He was just behind prolific point-to-point winner Annacarton here last time though both were racing over a trip well short of their best. Steady Ed, a winner between the flags, showed only moderate form over fences last season but improved massively to land a maiden hurdle at Limerick earlier this month. He reverts to chasing on a very lowly mark so has to be a threat to all. SAOIRSE DUN has had very little experience but looked a promising staying chaser when coming from a long way back to land a novice handicap at Naas three weeks ago. He'll appreciate stepping up in trip and though 11lb higher is expected to complete the double. Ponmeword is still a maiden over fences after a dozen starts but is handicapped accordingly and is likely to be thereabouts.
Micks (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Prominent and disputed lead, headed before 7th, 3rd entering straight but dropped to 7th 2 out and no extra, 7th of 15, 43l behind Saoirse Dun (9-10) at Naas 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-109.
Saoirse Dun (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Settled in rear, some headway after halfway and 8th entering straight, good progress into 3rd at last and soon led run-in, stayed on well, won at Naas 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-109 beating Lascalahall (10-8) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Optime (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Prominent and disputed early, 3rd halfway, 2nd briefly entering straight, ridden and dropped to 4th 2 out, no extra, moderate 3rd close home, 3rd of 15, 14l behind Saoirse Dun (9-10) at Naas 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-109.
Steady Ed (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, 3rd before 3 out and ridden to challenge entering straight, led approaching 2 out and asserted before last, driven out and kept on well, won at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy beating The Crafty Butcher (11-12) by 6l, 7 ran.
Ponmeword (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Rear of mid-division, 12th halfway, some headway into 6th approaching 4 out where left 4th, went 2nd entering straight but no impression on winner from 2 out, no extra run-in and lost 2 places closing stages, 4th of 18, 7l behind Son Of Moyne (10-2) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-109 in Oct.
Lion Valley (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th halfway, no threat from 5 out and weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Highdownhill (11-12) at Punchestown 3m 1f am hcp ch 0-102 hvy in Oct, 21 ran.
What's In Front (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Waited with, closer in 8th after 4 out, ridden into moderate 5th approaching last, kept on, 5th of 10, 20l behind Vic Chic (11-10) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy.
Annacarton (IRE) 9-2fav (11-6) Soon chased leaders, moderate 5th before 4 out, left in pursuit of winner and no impression from after next, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 7l behind Best Of Bocelli (11-3) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-109.
Saigheada Beaga (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, no impression approaching 2 out, 8th of 13, 44l behind Lyreen Legend (11-10) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Oct.
Dunroe Boy (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, soon well off the pace, lost place 4 out, soon no impression, 9th of 11, 31l behind For A Finish (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft.
Shellys Creek (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, bad mistake 9th, soon weakened pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Caduceus (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123 gs in Apr, 20 ran.
High Way Hunter (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Waited with, 6th approaching 3 out, soon no extra, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Banjaxed Girl (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs hvy.
Offside Rule (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Soon mid-division, kept on same pace from before 4 out, 8th of 16, 20l behind Tillahow (11-12) at Thurles 2m beg chs.
Mattara (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, off the pace 6 out, some headway when not fluent 3 out, soon no impression, left poor 2nd from 2 out, mistake last and soon dropped to 3rd, 3rd of 7, 40l behind Dedigout (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs hvy.
Borolee (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Soon mid-division, 7th 5 out, no extra from next, 10th of 14, well behind Liberty Counsel (11-4) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-109 gd in May.
Jolily (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Soon mid-division, moderate 7th before 4 out, hampered next, soon no impression, kept on, 5th of 13, 7l behind Best Of Bocelli (11-3) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-109.
King Of Ardcarne (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, never a factor, 8th of 15, 45l behind Saoirse Dun (9-10) at Naas 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-109.