14:25 Down Royal

Monday 19 March 2018

All14:2514:5515:3016:0016:3017:0517:35

    Guinness Maiden Hurdle

  • 4YO plus  |   2m 140y  |   Heavy (Soft in places)  |   15 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:41  |   Winning time: 4m 24.3s
1st
Horse silk
2
511-12
13/8
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Mid-division, 9th early, moderate 7th approaching 5th, chased leaders in 5th from next, closed to challenge from before 2 out where left in lead, stayed on well run-in op 6/4
2nd
Horse silk
3 ¾
12
11/8f
T: N MeadeJ: S W Flanagan
Soon chased leaders in 4th, slight mistakes 6th and 7th, closed and switched left before 2 out, soon chased winner and kept on same pace from last op 5/4
3rd
Horse silk
6 ½
8
25/1
T: Mrs J HarringtonJ: R M Power
Held up, 12th early, closed to chase leaders when slight mistake 7th, kept on same pace from after 2 out
4th
Horse silk
1 ¾
7
25/1
T: J WoodsJ: D J Hand (7)
Soon chased leaders in 3rd, pushed along approaching 3 out, kept on same pace from after 2 out
5th
Horse silk
23
1
12/1
T: J C McConnellJ: J M Moore
Held up, 13th early, some headway but no impression from before 3 out, kept on same pace without threatening op 14/1
6th
Horse silk
hd
14
7/1
T: G P CromwellJ: J S McGarvey
Mid-division, 10th early, some headway when slight mistake 7th, soon no impression and one pace op 14/1
7th
Horse silk
7 ½
5
66/1
T: C A McBratneyJ: Mr L P Gilligan (7)
Mid-division, 8th early, one pace from before 3 out
8th
Horse silk
7 ½
6
20/1
T: Miss S BarkleyJ: P D Kennedy (3)
Soon led, slight mistake 4th, headed from next, slight mistake 6th, no extra approaching 3 out
9th
Horse silk
15
4
100/1
T: J LarkinJ: C D Maxwell
Chased leaders in 6th early, no extra approaching 3 out
10th
Horse silk
9 ½
9
610-11
100/1
T: N C KellyJ: A W Short (5)
Mid-division, 11th early, pushed along approaching 7th, soon no danger
11th
Horse silk
4
11
66/1
T: R O'SullivanJ: I J McCarthy
Towards rear, no extra approaching 3 out
12th
Horse silk
27
10
50/1
T: S R B CrawfordJ: R C Colgan
Towards rear, reminders after 3rd, slight mistake next, soon no danger, tailed off

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
3
50/1
T: F J FloodJ: L P Dempsey
Chased leaders in 7th early, lost place approaching 7th, weakened and pulled up before 3 out
PU
Horse silk
13
40/1
T: W J BrysonJ: R A Doyle (5)
Chased leaders in 5th early, some slight mistakes, pushed along 6th, lost place approaching 7th, weakened and pulled up before 3 out op 50/1
F
Horse silk
15
16/1
T: J C McConnellJ: M A Enright
Close up, soon raced in 2nd, led after 5th, soon went on, wandered slightly before 3 out where reduced lead, strongly pressed and fell 2 out op 18/1 tchd 20/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:€2.60Pl:€1.10, €1.02, €8.00EX:€4.90Trifecta:€41.50SF:€4.43

Forecasts

Free Ranger (11/8), Icario (13/8), Ilikedwayurthinkin (7/1), Fred The Foot (12/1), Itsalonglongroad (16/1), Rock On Westie (20/1), Make It Hurrah (25/1), The White Volcano (25/1), Hague Convention (40/1), Drumnagreagh (50/1), Communion Day (50/1), Imperial Reprise (66/1), Tina Marie (66/1), Haughton Shore (100/1), Ask Madge (100/1)

Verdict

Icario has run well in second in his last two maiden hurdles but may be set to fill that position again as he takes on FREE RANGER. Noel Meade's charge finished second in a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse last time, and though it still remains to be seen how the form will fully work out from that it was a pleasing debut over obstacles and he can progress to get off the mark here. Ilikedwayurthinkin appeals most of the newcomers.
  1. Free Ranger
  2. Icario
  3. Ilikedwayurthinkin

Previous Winners

2017
Geneva Barracks
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 5
11/4

Prize Money

1st: €6,775.002nd: €2,101.003rd: €1,001.004th: €451.005th: €176.00

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