15:10 Naas

Sunday 23 February 2020

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Paddy Power Betting Shop Novice Hurdle (Grade 2)

Class 1  |   1m 7f 170y  |   Heavy (Soft in places)  |   9 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 15:12  |   Winning time: 3m 54.2s

1st
4
25/1
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
Led, joined straight, narrowly headed last, soon regained lead, kept on well run-in to just hold on op 33/1
2nd
nse
2
11/1
T: N MeadeJ: D F O'Regan
Prominent, 3rd after 2nd, closed and on terms straight, gained narrow lead last and slight mistake, soon headed, rallied well, just failed op 12/1
3rd
4
1
6/5f
T: G ElliottJ: M P Walsh
A little keen, prominent, 2nd after 2nd, switched right early straight, soon pushed along, challenged 2 out, not fluent last, one pace run-in op 10/11 tchd 9/10
4th
½
5
9/4
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
A little keen, soon tracked leaders, 4th after 2nd, effort straight, slight mistake last, one pace run-in op 11/4 tchd 3/1
5th
9
6
8/1
T: B T MurphyJ: K J Brouder
Waited with, 7th after 2nd, closed up from 4th to be prominent, slight mistake 3 out, one pace between last 2 op 9/1
6th
½
10
10/1
T: W P MullinsJ: D E Mullins
Waited with, 6th after 2nd, one pace from between last 2, slight mistake last op 12/1 tchd 9/1
7th
8
8
33/1
T: G ElliottJ: K M Donoghue
Waited with, a little keen, 8th after 2nd, one pace from between last 2, slight mistake last tchd 40/1
8th
½
9
16/1
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Waited with in rear, pushed along at stages from 4th, no impression straight, slight mistake 2 out, one pace
9th
31
7
25/1
T: D P DunneJ: K C Sexton
A little keen, soon chased leaders, 5th after 2nd, pushed along approaching straight, soon no extra op 20/1

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Non-Runners

3
Exit Poll29
Weight: 11-4|  Age: 6
T: Mrs J Harrington  J: R M Power
Betting

Forecast

Andy Dufresne (6/5), Mt Leinster (9/4), Exit Poll (7/1), Pakens Rock (8/1), Tiger Tap Tap (10/1), Beacon Edge (11/1), Grangeclare Native (16/1), Jason The Militant (25/1), Department Of War (25/1), Fighter Allen (33/1)

Verdict
Despite having to weight away all round, ANDY DEFRESNE may be the answer in the Grade 2 contest. The gelding relished stepping back in trip last time to score well at Punchestown in January and while he obviously lacks experience he has shown himself to be a tough performer given his defeat over 2m4f came at the hands of a future Grade 1 winner. It has been frustrating for connections of Beacon Edge who have been unable to get a run into the six-year-old due to meetings being called off. The gelding certainly has talent but needs to overcome a lengthy absence. Department Of War is an interesting candidate from unfashionable connections. He did little wrong in defeat last time.
  1. Andy Dufresne
  2. Beacon Edge
  3. Department Of War

Previous Winners

2019
Chosen Mate
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 6
Weight: 11-4  |  
Age: 6  |  
J: D N Russell
  |  
T: G Elliott
9/10
Prize Money
1st:
€27,900.00
2nd:
€9,300.00
3rd:
€4,650.00
4th:
€2,325.00
5th:
€1,395.00
6th:
€930.00

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