Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m

  • (4yo, 2m, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner €24,374 2nd €7,126 3rd €3,374 4th €1,126
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 6.00s
  • Off time: 13:25:17

Full Result

13:25 Fairyhouse
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Abbyssial (IRE) W P Mullins 4 11-0 P Townend 11/4
SP 11/4 Made all, went clear from 2 out, ridden before last, swished tail under pressure run-in and kept on well opened 10/3
2nd ½ 12 Adriana Des Mottes (FR) W P Mullins 4 10-7 (+1) R Walsh 8/11f
SP 8/11f Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd from halfway, ridden in 2nd from 2 out, no impression on winner at last, kept on inside final furlong opened 4/6
3rd 7 Gerdago (IRE) K J Condon 4 11-0 t Mr E J O'connell 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up, 7th halfway, closer in 5th 3 out, ridden in 3rd at mext, kept on same pace from last
4th 23 5 Blue Hell (FR) A Mullins 4 11-0 D E Mullins 12/1
SP 12/1 Tracked leaders, 4th 3 out, soon ridden, no impression from 2 out opened 10/1
5th 9 9 Henry Higgins (IRE) C O'Brien 4 11-0 M P Walsh 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up in rear, headway from 4 out, 3rd 3 out, soon ridden, no impression straight opened 20/1
6th 4 Bertimont (FR) J J Lambe 4 11-0 L A McKenna 33/1
SP 33/1 In rear, some progress 3 out, ridden in moderate 6th next, no extra opened 25/1
7th 20 3 All Pepper (GER) W P Mullins 4 11-0 D J Casey 8/1
SP 8/1 Tracked leaders, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened
8th 38 2 Achtung L Comer 4 11-0 t1 C D Timmons 100/1
SP 100/1 Tracked leader in 2nd, slight mistake 3rd, dropped to 3rd halfway, weakened from 3 out
9th 17 6 Elishpour (IRE) A J Martin 4 11-0 R C Colgan 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division, dropped to rear from 4 out, behind straight opened 40/1
NR 8 Halling's Treasure G Elliott 4 11-0 B J Cooper
NR 10 Orgilgo Bay (IRE) J C McConnell 4 11-0 M J Bolger
NR 11 Plinth (IRE) A P O'Brien 4 11-0 R M Power

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win 4.20 Tote Place 1.70,1.02,3.50 Straight Forecast 5.52 Exacta 9.90

Placepot €4.80


Willie Mullins dominated this race and duly came away with a one-two albeit not in the order that the market predicted. Racing prominently throughout, ABBYSSIAL appeared to have the race in safe keeping at the last but appeared to idle in front, flashing his tail under pressure and ultimately had to work quite hard to repel the renewed challenge of Adriana Des Mottes. He had won both previous starts in Ireland and is clearly progressing but didn't cause any great waves in the Triumph Hurdle market (he also has the Fred Winter as an option) and his trainer suggested that a return to France could be on the agenda instead with cut in the ground deemed important. Adriana Des Mottes was expected to make good use of her fillies allowance and posted a determined performance which bodes well for her future. There should be more to come from her as well although it's debateable as to whether either the Triumph or the Fred Winter would be suitable targets for her at this stage of her career. The one disappointment for the yard was All Pepper who had attracted ante-post support at fancy prices during the week but was one of the first beaten. He had shown a reasonable level of form in France and can be expected to leave this effort behind in due course. He had got the better of Blue Hell (who was conceding 11lbs) the last time the pair clashed and the latter was a big eyecatcher on debut for Tony Mullins. He looked likely to take a hand in the finish having travelled strongly only to weaken out of it as though the run was needed and he's one to be interested in next time. Gerdago was the most experienced runner and helps to provide a line on the form and his performance suggests they're someway behind the leading Irish juvenile Guitar Pete. Henry Higgins has finished down the field in races won by Dessie Hughes' juvenile on both starts over hurdles and he is now qualified for a mark and should be more competitive once handicapping.