Down Royal

  • 18:55 3fivetwo & Kingsbridge Hospital Hurdle2m

  • Winner €10,350 2nd €2,400 3rd €1,050 4th €600
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 2.50s
  • Off time: 18:56:10
18:55 Down Royal Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Whatuthink (IRE) 7/2
2nd Alpine Eagle (IRE) 10/3
3rd His Excellency (IRE) 10/3


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 90332-1 Light blue, light blue & yellow striped sleeves, yellow cap, light blue star Back To Balloo (IRE) 46
Course and Distance Winner
6 11-12 C A McBratney D J Casey 9/110.00
2 5610/21- DARK BLUE, light blue star, light blue stars on sleeves, light blue cap, dark blue star Clonsilla Fath (IRE) 5
Distance Winner
7 11-12 D Broad Mr J P McKeown 116 8/19.00
4 23134-0 White, emerald green disc, grey sleeves, emerald green & grey check cap Hidden Future (IRE) 23
Distance Winner
6 11-12 C A McBratney A P Crowe 115 16/117.00
5 13- PURPLE, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap Sulwaan (IRE) 333
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-12 D K Weld D T Evans 9/110.00
6 0/3115-1 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Alpine Eagle (IRE) 15
Distance Winner
8 11-6 Mrs J Harrington A D Leigh 130 10/34.33
7 1/F32P6- WHITE, black & royal blue hooped sleeves, black & royal blue striped cap Fosters Cross (IRE) 14
Distance Winner
10 11-6 T Mullins P Townend 141 9/110.00
10 0/P1-414 Royal blue, yellow chevron, yellow spots on sleeves, royal blue cap, yellow spots Right Strategy (IRE) 17
6 11-6 T G McCourt T C Carroll (5) 33/134.00
12 0446P4- Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves, dark blue spots on cap Whatuthink (IRE) 6
Distance Winner
10 11-6 bt O McKiernan T J Doyle 142 7/24.50
13 9869-21 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star His Excellency (IRE) 38
Distance Winner
4 11-5 G Elliott B J Geraghty 126 10/34.33
Non runners
311/144-4Greenbelt Star611-12Mrs J HarringtonR M Power120
812232-9Now This Is It (IRE)811-6S R B CrawfordC I Gillies135
91643P-7Perfect Smile (IRE)711-6N MeadeP Carberry130
112553P-7Slew Charm (FR)1011-6Mrs S DawsonMr N McParlan117


Whatuthink alternates between hurdles and fences nowadays and is still highly rated despite not having won over timber since 2007. Fosters Cross is very versatile but is probably warming up for another crack at Galway where he ran two superb races last year. Sulwaan won twice on the Flat and a novice hurdle at Sligo last July but was beaten at the Galway Festival on his only subsequent start and may just need this. ALPINE EAGLE is better known as a chaser these days and was returning from a long break when beating a strong field at Tipperary a fortnight ago. He just gets the vote though the only four-year-old in the line-up, His Excellency, who gained a debut success over fences at Killarney last month, looks a danger. Now This Is It should be winning again soon but may just need another run after a moderate effort at Aintree following a break.