15:00 Down Royal

Tuesday 17 March 2020

All13:5014:2515:0015:3516:1016:4517:20
  • Cleary Contracting Ltd Novice Handicap Hurdle
  • 2m 3f 105y  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   10 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:00  |   Winning time: 5m 30.5s
1st
1
7/1
T: P FentonJ: B Hayes
Made all, 6-length advantage halfway, reduced advantage after 4 out, ridden to assert before 2 out, soon clear, eased run-in op 11/2
2nd
11
4
13/2
T: Mrs S DawsonJ: E Walsh (7)
Chased leaders, 5th halfway, closer in 3rd before straight, ridden and no impression before 2 out, 2nd and slight mistake 2 out, kept on one pace op 7/1 tchd 15/2
3rd
3 ¼
5
3/1f
T: A L T MooreJ: D Meyler
Mid-division, slight mistake 5th, ridden in 6th entering straight, no impression in 5th before 2 out, 4th last, kept on one pace op 9/4
4th
1 ¼
8
20/1
T: A J MartinJ: R M Power
Held up towards rear, slight mistake 5 out, progress into 7th entering straight, ridden into 2nd before 2 out, no extra in 3rd 2 out, kept on one pace op 14/1
5th
9 ½
10
11/2
T: C A McBratneyJ: S W Flanagan
Held up, 8th halfway, ridden into 6th after 3 out, no impression before 2 out, soon no extra op 9/1
6th
4 ½
6
13/2
T: P F McEneryJ: D E Mullins
Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd entering straight, ridden after 3 out, under pressure in 4th and slight mistake 2 out, soon no extra op 11/1
7th
1 ½
7
12/1
T: G ElliottJ: D F O'Regan
Mid-division early, slight mistakes 3rd and 4th, improved to chase leaders from 5th, 4th halfway, slight mistake 5 out, ridden and no extra before 3 out op 14/1 tchd 10/1

Also Ran

PU
2
66/1
T: N C KellyJ: J S McGarvey
Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden in 3rd entering straight, no extra approaching 3 out where mistake, weakened and pulled up before 2 out op 40/1
PU
3
13/2
T: S R B CrawfordJ: J J Slevin
Held up, 7th halfway, slight mistake 4 out, soon ridden towards rear, no extra next, pulled up before 2 out op 5/1
PU
9
13/2
T: P J RothwellJ: C D Maxwell
Held up towards rear, progress into 6th before straight, ridden and no extra 3 out, weakened, pulled up before last op 15/2 tchd 6/1

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Forecasts

Fag An Bealach (3/1), So Near So Farhh (11/2), Magic Sea (13/2), Granny Knot (13/2), Mc Alpine (13/2), Lily's Gem (13/2), Groody Rover (7/1), Metal Man (12/1), Nathaniel's Dream (20/1), Bachelor (66/1)

Gordon Elliot traditionally does well at this meeting and his METAL MAN is taken to follow up his recent maiden hurdle success Navan on his handicap debut. It took a while for the four-year-old to get the hang of things over hurdles but with his confidence up he can land this especially if given a soft lead. Granny Knot showed some good battling qualities to score on only his second run over hurdles last time at Punchestown. If this slight step back in trip does not inconvenience him them he can go well. Strong market support for recent winner Lily's Gem would suggest a degree of stable confidence and it should be noted.
  1. Metal Man
  2. Lily's Gem
  3. Granny Knot

Prize Money

1st: €9,600.002nd: €3,200.003rd: €1,600.004th: €800.005th: €480.006th: €320.00
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