Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner €48,750 2nd €14,249 3rd €6,750 4th €2,250
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 1.90s
  • Off time: 12:50:25

Full Result

12:50 Fairyhouse
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 3 Sous Les Cieux (FR) W P Mullins 5 11-10 t R Walsh 6/4f
SP 6/4f Tracked leader in 2nd, headway to lead approaching straight, travelling well and in command between final 2 hurdles, ridden out to maintain advantage run-in opened 13/8
2nd 1 Galileo's Choice (IRE) D K Weld 5 11-10 Mr R P McNamara 3/1
SP 3/1 Settled towards rear, 4th halfway, closer before 3 out and went 2nd next, ridden and no impression before last, kept on same pace under pressure run-in without troubling winner
3rd 15 6 Miss Nomer (IRE) E J O'Grady 4 11-0 B J Geraghty 16/1
SP 16/1 In rear, headway before 3 out and went 2nd approaching straight, no extra in 3rd after 2 out, kept on one pace
4th 4 Midnight Game W P Mullins 4 11-7 P Townend 7/1
SP 7/1 Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th when blundered 2 out, kept on one pace without threatening opened 13/2
5th 2 Il Fenomeno (ITY) N Meade 5 11-10 D N Russell 5/2
SP 5/2 Settled in 3rd, closer approaching 3 out, soon ridden and no impression in 5th 2 out, no extra
6th 5 5 Dazzling Susie (IRE) P O'Callaghan 6 11-3 J R Barry 25/1
SP 25/1 Led racing freely, headed approaching straight and soon no extra, beaten when mistake 2 out

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £2.20 Tote Place £1.30 £1.80 Straight Forecast £6.86 Exacta £6.10

Placepot €32.10

Analysis

A really smart ride from Ruby Walsh on winner SOUS LES CIEUX as he tracked the pacesetting Dazzling Susie and therefore got first run on the pack in behind, who by accident or design let the first pair get on with things. Although his rivals closed before the home turn, Walsh still had his mount on the bridle in a fine rhythm and he kicked on off the home turn. Two quick and alert jumps at the closing flights sealed the win, as whilst Galileo's Choice tried to close in behind, there was never any hint that he would be overhauled. He did seem to idle a little late on, so connections may hold onto him a tad longer next time, but he beat his rivals up here and looks like a proper horse. His best performances have come on testing ground, so that's certainly something to bear in mind, as is the trainer's fine record in this race, but he was unsurprisingly cut for various Cheltenham races afterwards. Unless it comes up very testing the Neptune would look a more obvious route than the Supreme Novices', but there's plenty of time before then. Runner-up Galileo's Choice looks a fine beast, and he did by far the best of those who were held up. Classy on the flat, he has taken smartly to hurdles and was just very unfortunate to bump into a (well-ridden) class act here. To his credit he kept on trying all the way home but couldn't really trouble the winner. He looks a more interesting contender for the Supreme given his ability to act on good ground, along with his flat speed, and it was no surprise to see bookmakers generally leave him alone at around 16/1. Miss Nomer was third, and she ran well having been outpaced from around halfway. She was getting plenty of weight here but emerges with more credit than either Midnight Game or Il Fenomeno. The former looks a tad tricky and blundered any slim chance away two out, whilst the latter was well-backed but seemed to resent being ridden more patiently and found very little for pressure when the pace quickened.