Down Royal

  • 15:00 Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle 2m

  • Winner €7,245 2nd €1,680 3rd €736 4th €419
  • Going: Soft, Yielding to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 13.90s
  • Off time: 15:00:19
15:00 Down Royal Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Royal Flight (IRE) 4/1
2nd Luddsdenene (IRE) 25/1
3rd Court Jester (IRE) 7/1
4th Gallant Oscar (IRE) 4/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 F-00890 Maroon, white star, light green sleeves, maroon cap Royal Flight (IRE) 75
Distance Winner
5 11-11 C Roche J S McGarvey (4) 101 4/15.00
2 40/36-09 Blue, green slvs, black cap Dancin' Glory (IRE) 118
Course and Distance Winner
7 11-10 R K Watson R J Molloy 100 20/121.00
3 972404- DARK BLUE, red panel, red & dark blue halved sleeves, red cap Regal Warrior (IRE) 349
10 11-8 J J Lambe L A McKenna (4) 98 10/111.00
4 050 Emerald green & orange hooped, orange and  emerald green quartered cap Afootinthedoor (IRE) 11
4 11-6 C A Murphy M W Bowes (2) 99 12/113.00
5 313/ WHITE, red sleeves, striped cap Echua (IRE) 15
Distance Winner
7 11-5 E Butterly P D Kennedy (2) 95 10/111.00
6 P0P0F9 RED & BLACK CHEVRONS, halved sleeves, black stars on cap Milanphardantetime (IRE) 12
Distance Winner
7 11-4 W J Austin I J McCarthy 94 20/121.00
7 99041F- WHITE, red triple diamond, red sleeves, white diamonds, red cap, white diamonds Gallant Oscar (IRE) 283
7 11-3 A J Martin S A Shortall (4) 93 4/15.00
8 030-307 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Mad For Road (IRE) 15
4 11-2 N Madden G N Fox (4) 95 12/113.00
9 990 Emerald Green & Orange hoops, Royal Blue cap My Kind Of Town (IRE) 26
4 11-2 C A Murphy J M Moore (4) 95 20/121.00
10 550007 BLACK, red spots, black cap, white spots Shabra's Bertolini (IRE) 12
4 11-1 P O Brady R P Treacy (4) 94 20/121.00
11 04-55F9 YELLOW, emerald green sleeves, green & red check cap Mullaghwillin Boy (IRE) 18
7 11-0 t J Larkin C D Maxwell 90 20/121.00
12 090962 YELLOW, white sleeves, red cap Firethorn (IRE) 32
4 10-13 C A McBratney K C Sexton (4) 92 6/17.00
13 0-83 YELLOW, royal blue sleeves, red cap Arkansas Dave (IRE) 226
6 10-12 t M M McNiff D R Fox (2) 88 20/121.00
15 F1UP-04 Purple, purple cap, mauve diamond Court Jester (IRE) 36
Course and Distance Winner
7 10-10 S Wilson B F Cawley (4) 86 7/18.00
16 700/08-7 Royal Blue, White star, check cap Ask Joe (IRE) 32
6 10-7 Laurence Butler C Brassil (4) 83 25/126.00
17 P-P0898 MAROON, yellow hoop, maroon sleeves, yellow star on cap Luddsdenene (IRE) 18
Distance Winner
8 10-7 t P J Rothwell T Dowling (4) 83 25/126.00
18 07010/0 YELLOW, red sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Rose's Emma (IRE) 57
Course and Distance Winner
8 10-7 F Flood A F O'Neill (4) 83 12/113.00
Non runners
140-F900Seven Acres (IRE)410-11P NolanJohn Winston90

Verdict

COURT JESTER won this a year ago and has only had four subsequent runs, the latest easily the best of them when fourth to Might Be Magic at Fairyhouse. He looks to have been prepared for a repeat and might just be good enough. Firethorn is still a maiden after 15 career starts but not for much longer judged on his fine run behind the in-form Go Paddy Go at Navan. Gallant Oscar scored over fences last season and is reverting to hurdles after falling at Navan in March. Regal Warrior has never won over hurdles but was going very well on Polytrack at Dundalk at this time last year and is on a low enough mark to make his presence felt. Echua is a recent Polytrack winner at Wolverhampton and won't fail through lack of sharpness.