13:30 Leopardstown

Sunday 29 January 2017

All13:3014:0014:3015:0015:3016:0016:30

    Donohue Marquees Maiden Hurdle

  • 4YO plus  |   2m  |   Good (Good to Yielding in places)  |   13 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:30  |   Winning time: 3m 47.7s
1st
Horse silk
9
511-10
4/9f
T: W P MullinsJ: Ruby Walsh
A little keen, chased leaders, 3rd from 3rd, slight mistake 5th, closer in 2nd from 3 out, on terms on inner before straight travelling smoothly and soon led, asserted approaching last where mistake, stayed on well run-in, easily tchd 2/5
2nd
Horse silk
10
1
7/2
T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy
Led and soon went on, hit 2 out and reduced lead, joined from before straight, soon headed, no extra approaching last, one pace op 10/3
3rd
Horse silk
12
13
9/2
T: A J MartinJ: D N Russell
Soon chased leaders, moderate 5th from 3rd, moderate 4th into straight and no impression, 3rd approaching last and kept on same pace without threatening op 5/1
4th
Horse silk
¾
6
33/1
T: A L T MooreJ: M P Walsh
Held up, moderate 8th from 3rd, went moderate 6th before 2 out, kept on same pace without threatening from before straight
5th
Horse silk
5
5
100/1
T: A MurrayJ: G N Fox
Towards rear, not fluent 5th, went moderate 7th into straight, kept on same pace without threatening
6th
Horse silk
3 ¾
12
25/1
T: L ComerJ: M J Bolger
Prominent, soon 2nd, not fluent 2nd and 3 out, soon 3rd, not fluent 2 out, no extra straight tchd 20/1
7th
Horse silk
4 ¼
11
33/1
T: A J MartinJ: D F O'Regan
Towards rear, moderate 9th at 4th, moderate 8th into straight, kept on same pace
8th
Horse silk
11
3
711-12
66/1
T: A A HowardJ: B M Cash
Soon in rear, slight mistake 3rd, some headway and kept on same pace from before straight op 80/1
9th
Horse silk
1
7
66/1
T: E P HartyJ: M A Enright
Held up, some slight mistakes, moderate 10th at 4th, never a factor
10th
Horse silk
2
10
100/1
T: K ThorntonJ: D Meyler (3)
Held up, soon towards rear, mistake 5th, never a factor
11th
Horse silk
¾
2
80/1
T: G DonnellyJ: S W Flanagan
Chased leaders, moderate 4th at 5th, dropped to moderate 5th into straight, weakened
12th
Horse silk
20
4
100/1
T: J T GormanJ: M P Fogarty
Soon chased leaders, moderate 6th from 3rd, not always fluent jumping, weakened from before straight
13th
Horse silk
hd
8
80/1
T: M HalfordJ: L P Dempsey
Held up, moderate 7th from 3rd, towards rear when slight mistake 3 out, soon no danger

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:€1.30Pl:€1.02, €1.20, €1.20EX:€3.30Trifecta:€5.60SF:€2.68

Forecasts

Melon (4/9), Broken Soul (7/2), Prince Charmin' (9/2), Mystique Heights (25/1), Crossed My Mind (33/1), Diamond Warrior (33/1), Excelli (66/1), General Trickery (66/1), Equation Of Time (80/1), King Of Country (80/1), Billy's Angel (100/1), William Tyndale (100/1), Athenry Boy (100/1)

Verdict

A race that apparently revolves around the potential of MELON for the champion trainer. He's never jumped a hurdle in public and has been off the course for 16 months since being imported from France but there's no doubting he is held in the highest regard. The spring festivals await should he make the desired start now and it is hard to oppose him. He'll be set a fair challenge however with Broken Soul having won nicely at Down Royal last month and he won't go down without a fight. Prince Charmin' can make his presence felt too having run encouragingly on hurdling bow here last month. Newcomer Diamond Warrior and Mystique Heights are also worth of consideration for what may be minor roles. 1. Melon 2. Broken Soul 3. Prince Charmin'

Prize Money

1st: €7,995.002nd: €2,470.003rd: €1,170.004th: €519.005th: €195.00

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