Dundalk Driving Tourism Forward 28th February Rated Race 1m 2f 150y
- (4yo+, 1m 2f 150y, 11 runners)
- Winner €5,520 2nd €1,280 3rd €560 4th €320
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 2m 14.36s
- Off time: 20:16:22
|1st||5 Attraction Ticket||14/1|
|2nd||4 The Ring Is King||nk||6/1|
|3rd||11 Hoe Hoe||4½||4/1|
High Importance (USA) 179
|7||136 9-10 t||A J Martin||C T Keane (3)||75||3/1f|
Balmont Flyer (IRE) 190
|6||135 9-9||Ms J Morgan||J P O'Brien||74||8/1|
Mountain Pride (IRE) 82
|9||133 9-7||D T Kelly||C R King (5)||72||25/1|
The Ring Is King (IRE) 136
|5||133 9-7||P W Flynn||C P Hoban (3)||72||6/1|
Attraction Ticket 12
|5||131 9-5 b1||Peter Fahey||W J Lee||69||14/1|
Little Arrows (IRE) 28
|8||131 9-5 p||K J Condon||S Foley||70||9/2|
Muck 'N' brass (IRE) 14
|5||131 9-5||J Larkin||J A Heffernan||70||20/1|
Northern Dream (FR) 109
|7||131 9-5 p1||G Keane||A P Thornton (3)||50/1|
Revolution (FR) 21
|5||131 9-5 p1||J J Lambe||K J Manning||69||20/1|
Timjoe (IRE) 7
|7||131 9-5||T Cleary||R P Cleary||69||6/1|
Hoe Hoe (IRE) 28
|4||129 9-3 t1||T Kodama||P J Smullen||70||4/1|
Atmospheric High (IRE)
||5||9-6||E Lynam||I J Brennan||3/1|
HIGH IMPORTANCE is better known as a hurdler but he finished runner-up on his latest start on the Flat over this trip in June. Tony Martin's charge is just preferred to The Ring Is King, who is 8lb higher than when scoring over 1m1f at Ballinrobe in the same month. Balmont Flyer was in double winning form at this time a year ago but shot up the weights and has struggled since while Attraction Ticket won three times on Polytrack in the UK and landed an Epsom handicap off today's mark in August. Little Arrows has finished in the first four in his last nine starts on the Flat but hasn't won off a mark this high since 2011, although he just holds Timjoe on their placed efforts three weeks ago when Hoe Hoe was well beaten. Revolution has been out of form but will have found 7f much too short last time.
Attraction Ticket 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division, outpaced 4f out, last of 8, 10l behind Save The Bees (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
The Ring Is King (IRE) 9-2fav (9-10) Led early, headed after 1f and soon held up behind leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, no impression in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 3l behind Maundy Money (9-1) at Killarney 1m hcp gf in Jul.
Hoe Hoe (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden 3f out, no extra over 2f out, 11th of 13, 9l behind Senyuman (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol.
Little Arrows (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden 2f out, stayed on into 4th 1f out, kept on in 3rd final furlong, just held for 2nd, 3rd of 13, nk behind Senyuman (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol.
Timjoe (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, close 4th and ridden 2f out, disputed lead 1 1/2f out, headed 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 5l behind Gretzky (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol.
Balmont Flyer (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Tracked leader on outer racing keenly, ridden approaching straight and soon weakened, last of 8, 33l behind Castle Guest (9-10) at Leopardstown 1m 2f App hcp gd in Jul.
High Importance (USA) 10-1 (9-8) Settled in mid-division on inner and 6th halfway, ridden and switched left in 5th 1 1/2f out, kept on well under pressure to go 2nd final 100 yards, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Cyclone (9-1) at Down Royal 1m 2f hcp 50-80 gs in Jun.
Revolution (FR) 20-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd entering straight, no impression from 2f out, 6th of 8, 7l behind Maontri (9-6) at Dundalk 7f Stakes (0-75) (4yo+) pol.
Muck 'N' brass (IRE) (9-0) Slowly into stride and pushed along early, always towards rear, ridden 2f out and no impression in 5th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, last of 6, 8l behind Maontri (9-7) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol.
Mountain Pride (IRE) 25-1 (8-3) Held up towards rear, headway in 7th 3f out, improved on inner entering straight to dispute 2f out, ridden in close 3rd 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 16, 5l behind Tobar Na Gaoise (8-12) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp sft in Nov '11.
Northern Dream (FR) (9-5) 98th of 16, 10l behind Tamburini (9-1) at Lyon La Soie(FR) 1m 1f 4yo stk fbs in Oct '11.