Clonmel

  • 14:35 Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle 2m 6f

  • Winner €18,850 2nd €5,510 3rd €2,610 4th €870
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 22.50s
  • Off time: 14:35:34
14:35 Clonmel Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Inish Island (IRE) 11/10
2nd Venture Capital (IRE) 2/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1U7-112 Grey, red cap, grey diamond Maggio (FR) 68
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 11-5 t P Griffin J Reveley 123 20/121.00
2 237112 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Shrapnel (IRE) 26
Nag meBeaten Favourite
7 11-5 t G Elliott D N Russell 137 4/15.00
3 183593 WHITE, emerald green chevron, emerald green armlet, hooped cap Whispering Hills (IRE) 29
Nag me
8 11-5 b D T Hughes B J Cooper 128 10/111.00
4 395133 PURPLE & PINK DIAMONDS, purple cap, pink diamonds Dushybeag (IRE) 42
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-2 M Hourigan A P Heskin 127 18/119.00
5 3343-12 Dark blue, large white spots & sleeves, dark blue cap Inish Island (IRE) 55
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-2 W P Mullins R Walsh 135 11/102.10
6 10-12 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Venture Capital (IRE) 42
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 11-2 P Fenton B T O'Connell 2/13.00
7 16-524P White, red sash, dark blue sleeves, red cap, white star Quarryvale (IRE) 42
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 10-9 b J J Mangan P F Mangan 28/129.00

Verdict

INISH ISLAND was making his debut for Willie Mullins when landing a Downpatrick maiden in November and can hardly be faulted for his narrow defeat by At Fishers Cross at Cheltenham a month later as the winner was in the middle of completing a hat-trick which has included a Grade 2. He's taken to get back to winning ways in a strong line-up that includes Shrapnel, whose hat-trick bid was only just thwarted by the promising Si C'Etait Vrai at Punchestown. Venture Capital battled on well against the Grand National hope Prince De Beauchene at Limerick when the remainder, including Dushybeag, were in another parish. The chaser Quarryvale has only run once over hurdles and along with Whispering Hills doesn't look good enough.