Synergy Security Solutions Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 4f

  • (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner €25,675 2nd €7,505 3rd €3,554 4th €1,186
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 59.80s
  • Off time: 15:12:21

Full Result

15:10 Leopardstown
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 6 Sure Reef (IRE) W P Mullins 5 11-0 R Walsh 9/4j
SP 9/4j Prominent at sedate pace, dropped to last 2 out, progress on outer again straight, 3rd at last, stayed on well run-in to lead closing stages opened 15/8
2nd ¾ 4 Moonshine Lad (IRE) G Elliott 6 11-3 P Carberry 4/1
SP 4/1 Held up towards rear at sedate pace, went 3rd under pressure approaching straight, led approaching last, headed and kept on same pace closing stages opened 9/2
3rd 3 Gilt Shadow (IRE) S R B Crawford 6 11-3 Mr S Crawford 9/4j
SP 9/4j Held up towards rear at sedate pace, improved from 5 out to soon track leaders, 2nd before 3 out where slight mistake, struggling when switched right before last where not fluent in 4th, kept on same pace run-in opened 3/1
4th ½ 7 Wounded Warrior (IRE) N Meade 5 11-0 B J Cooper 9/2
SP 9/2 Prominent at sedate pace, 5th approaching straight, no impression when not fluent last, kept on same pace run-in opened 4/1
5th ½ 2 Gallant Tipp (IRE) E J O'Grady 6 11-3 A P McCoy 10/1
SP 10/1 Led at sedate pace, pushed along approaching straight, headed approaching last, no extra and kept on one pace run-in
6th 5 Mr Fiftyone (IRE) Mrs J Harrington 5 11-0 R M Power 16/1
SP 16/1 Chased leaders at sedate pace, not fluent 3 out, 4th approaching straight, dropped to last from before last, no extra run-in opened 14/1
NR 1 Double Irish (IRE) G Elliott 6 11-3 D E Mullins

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win 2.80 Tote Place 1.60,2.30 Straight Forecast 12.13 Exacta 13.10

Jackpot €40.30
Placepot €43.30


A slow pace ensured that the field was covered by under 10 lengths and raises doubts as to the value of the form but there's no doubt that SURE REEF is a very talented performer. Settled in second, he was badly outpaced on the sprint for home and was last turning in before picking up strongly in the straight to win convincingly in the manner of a horse who will appreciate a stiffer test, even allowing for the false pace here. That may be something of a surprise given he's by the Australian sprinter Choisir but the son of Danehill Dancer has sired a handful of jumps winners while Sure Reef, a mile and a half winner on the Flat, is a half-brother to a strong stayer and winning jumper Hollins. The Albert Bartlett would be the obvious race for him at Cheltenham although his trainer is concerned that he may race too keenly for that besides which the yard have a multitude of possibles for the race, including several that have shown better form thus far. Moonshine Lad, an £85,000 purchase in the spring after winning his point, was unbeaten in both completed starts under Rules and looks a fair prospect himself. He's all about stamina so wouldn't have been suited by the slow gallop and is open to any amount of improvement and it will be interesting to see where he heads next. They pulled nicely clear of Gilt Shadow who fared better here than when struggling to land a blow in the Royal Bond despite the dawdle not being in his favour. Wounded Warrior was dropping down in trip and found wanting for pace and is worth another chance to prove his mettle for graded races with his handler having spoken well of him but Mr Fiftyone has been found wanting in the face of a variety of different tests since making a promising start to the season. Gallant Tipp was another dropping back in trip so it's, perhaps, a shade surprising that his rider didn't make more use of him having found himself in front; he was readily left behind in the closing stages.