14:35 Leopardstown

Saturday 28 December 2019

All12:1512:5013:2514:0014:3515:1015:40

Irish Daily Star Christmas Handicap Hurdle (80-116)

2m 4f 75y  |   Soft  |   23 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 14:35  |   Winning time: 5m 19.9s

1st
6
9/2f
T: D K WeldJ: J W Kennedy
Mid-division early, 14th at 3rd, impeded at 4th, soon headway and effort straight, led inside final 100yds, stayed on well tchd 4/1
2nd
2 ½
22
25/1
T: Shane NolanJ: J J Slevin
Waited with towards rear, hampered 4th, soon headway and effort straight, led before last, headed inside final 100yds, one pace op 28/1
3rd
4 ¾
10
5/1
T: Miss E DoyleJ: M P Walsh
Mid-division early, 9th at 3rd, headway and not fluent 3 out, effort and tight for room straight, kept on same pace run-in op 6/1
4th
½
7
25/1
T: Mrs J HarringtonJ: P D Kennedy
Waited with, 15th at 3rd, closed up and slight mistake 2 out, effort and slightly impeded by loose horse straight, kept on same pace run-in op 20/1
5th
1 ½
3
8/1
T: Matthew J SmithJ: K M Donoghue
Soon chased leaders, 7th at 3rd, slight mistake 3 out, soon on terms, led from 2 out, headed before last, no extra and one pace after tchd 15/2
6th
6
20
12/1
T: Ross O'SullivanJ: D J O'Keeffe
Waited with towards rear, impeded 7th, soon headway but no impression when not fluent last, one pace
7th
14
17
16/1
T: Gary McGillJ: K Brogan (7)
Prominent, not fluent 6th, left in lead from next, slight mistake 3 out, soon joined, headed before 2 out, no extra straight
8th
5
9
11/1
T: E P HartyJ: D Meyler
Waited with, bad mistake 1st, not fluent and impeded at 4th, no impression approaching 2 out, kept on same pace op 10/1
9th
2 ¼
5
411-7
25/1
T: Denis HoganJ: P J Cawley (7)
Soon tracked leaders, some slight mistakes, 6th at 3rd, hit 3 out, soon on terms, headed from 2 out, no extra straight op 33/1
10th
4 ¾
16
410-10
33/1
T: G P CromwellJ: J M Moore
Waited with, slight mistake 1st, not fluent 4th, impeded 7th, soon one pace
11th
17
1
611-12
10/1
T: H De BromheadJ: S W Flanagan
Prominent, mistake 1st, no extra approaching 2 out tchd 12/1
12th
11
15
50/1
T: Mrs A MooneyJ: M F Mooney
Waited with, impeded 4th, headway 3 out, no extra straight
13th
8 ½
25
109-13
33/1
T: R DonohoeJ: A W Short (3)
Prominent, slightly slow at 3rd, impeded 7th, no extra approaching 2 out op 40/1
14th
11
8
50/1
T: T GibneyJ: K J Brouder (3)
Waited with, 16th at 3rd, no extra approaching 2 out

Also Ran

UR
4
16/1
T: Mrs J HarringtonJ: R M Power
Mid-division early, 13th at 3rd, badly hampered and unseated rider 4th op 25/1
RO
11
6/1
T: J E KielyJ: D F O'Regan
Mid-division early, slight mistake 1st, 11th at 3rd, hampered 7th and forced out op 7/1 tchd 11/2
PU
12
16/1
T: J P DempseyJ: S D Torrens (7)
Mid-division early, pushed along after 5th, soon lost position, pulled up before 6th op 14/1
UR
13
8/1
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
Prominent, on terms after 5th, soon led, slight mistake 6th, stumbled and unseated rider next op 7/1
PU
18
1010-8
50/1
T: R K WatsonJ: R A Doyle (3)
Soon led, joined after 5th, soon headed, impeded 7th, no extra and pulled up 2 out
PU
19
40/1
T: J W NicholsonJ: M A Enright
Mid-division early, 10th at 3rd, not fluent 5th, lost position from 3 out, soon no extra, pulled up last
PU
21
25/1
T: T MullinsJ: B J Cooper
Pushed along from early, soon towards rear, impeded 4th, pulled up after next op 33/1
F
26
50/1
T: Anthony CurranJ: C D Maxwell
Chased leaders, slow jump 2nd, fell 4th op 66/1
BD
28
50/1
T: Ms M KellyJ: G Brouder (7)
Mid-division early, 12th at 3rd, badly hampered and unseated rider next

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Non-Runners

14
Cherif De L'Isle34
Weight: 11-4|  Age: 7
T: G Elliott  J: D N Russell
2
Miracle In Medinah20
Weight: 11-10|  Age: 8
T: G Elliott  J: B J Geraghty
23
Important Message14
Weight: 10-0|  Age: 7
T: D P Dunne  J: G P Brouder
27
Brave Love461
Weight: 9-10|  Age: 10
T: L Whitmore  J: M P O'Connor
24
Unchago19
Weight: 10-0|  Age: 7
T: M M McNiff  J: D R Fox
Betting

Forecast

Dalton Highway (9/2), Encore Lui (5/1), Goodbye Someday (6/1), Cherif De L'Isle (7/1), The Church Gate (8/1), Punitive (8/1), Visioman (10/1), Whatucallher (11/1), Bythesametoken (12/1), Electricitywork (16/1), Iknowwhereiamnow (16/1), Rapid Response (16/1), Brave Love (16/1), Youngnedofthehill (25/1), Thegoaheadman (25/1), Bua Boy (25/1), Emily Square (25/1), Tashman (33/1), Shantelle (33/1), Miracle In Medinah (33/1), Important Message (33/1), Unchago (33/1), Pat Coyne (40/1), King's War (50/1), Bold Emperor (50/1), Balaclava (50/1), Nomanbehind (50/1), Manomine (50/1)

Verdict
The first time cheekpieces could be the ingredient that's been missing for CHERIF DE L'ISLE, who can reverse recent placings with Electricitywork over this more appropriate trip. The selection isn't the first to improve since joining Gordon Elliott and the combination of heargear and a lesser test of stamina all look part of a good plan today. Last year's winner The Church Gate is respected once more although there was a lot to like about the latest effort from Bythesametoken and he too gets a solid mention. Whatucallher and Youngnedofthehill are a couple of other suggestions for the shortlist.
  1. Cherif De L'Isle
  2. Electricitywork
  3. The Church Gate

Previous Winners

2018
The Church Gate
Weight: 10-13  |Age: 7
Weight: 10-13  |  
Age: 7  |  
J: R M Power
  |  
T: Matthew J Smith
8/1
Prize Money
1st:
€9,000.00
2nd:
€3,000.00
3rd:
€1,500.00
4th:
€750.00
5th:
€450.00
6th:
€300.00

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