derekoneill.com Handicap Chase (0-116) 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, 8 runners)
- Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 37.70s
- Off time: 13:06:00
|1st||3 Luke's Benefit||2/1f|
|3rd||2 Whats On The Menu||½||7/2|
Any Bets (IRE) 25
|8||166 11-12 t||O McKiernan||R C Colgan||114||18/1|
Whats On The Menu (IRE) 23
|8||165 11-11||J A Berry||R Walsh||113||7/2|
Luke's Benefit (IRE) 16
|10||161 11-7 t||Denis Hogan||B F Cawley (7)||109||2/1f|
Down Under (IRE) 25
|5||153 10-13||F Flood||M P Walsh||101||14/1|
Itsuptoyou (IRE) 61
|8||153 10-13||Mrs D Foster||R M Power||101||5/1|
Hidden Present (IRE) 15
|10||152 10-12 t||Bernard Jones||A E Lynch||100||7/2|
Tequila Lord (IRE) 25
|10||147 10-7||M McCabe||H D Dunne (7)||95||12/1|
|12||137 9-11 t||M McElhone||A P Heskin||85||12/1|
Luke's Benefit (IRE)
||9||10-9||Denis Hogan||D G Hogan||7/4|
LUKE'S BENEFIT won this a year ago and followed up under a 12lb higher mark a week later. He's been running over hurdles this season but looks to have been primed for this following a very good effort at Fairyhouse a couple of weeks ago. Itsuptoyou is still a maiden and looking a few pounds high in the weights but Hidden Present is capable of going well after a fair reappearance at Navan a fortnight ago. Whats On The Menu was well beaten at Navan last time but his earlier run behind Mount Benbulben at Fairyhouse puts him in the picture.
Luke's Benefit (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, improved to lead after 3 out, soon ridden and strongly pressed, headed inside final furlong, kept on close home, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Speed Dial (10-7) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft.
Itsuptoyou (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Prominent, led from 4th, ridden entering straight, headed before last, soon no impression, 5th of 10, 17l behind Mr Goodenough (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Oct.
Whats On The Menu (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Led and disputed, led from 9th, headed after 4 out, moderate 3rd 2 out, no impression, 4th of 8, 45l behind The Westener Boy (11-11) at Navan 3m beg chase hvy.
Hidden Present (IRE) 14-1 (10-1) Soon led, tended to jump right, joined 5 out, headed from next, no extra and kept on same pace approaching last, 4th of 15, 7l behind Sole Witness (11-6) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy.
Tequila Lord (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Ros Brin (11-2) at Clonmel 2m beg chs, 15 ran.
Down Under (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, no threat from 4 out, completely tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Fever Pitch (11-8) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116.
Any Bets (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Always behind, 11th of 15, well behind Fever Pitch (11-8) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116.
Rakamasi 7-1 (9-8) Settled towards rear, some headway on inner 5 out and 5th 3 out, soon ridden and no extra, pulled up before last, in a race won by Noras Fancy (11-6) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy, 9 ran.