Down Royal

  • 16:40 Dale Farm Maiden Hurdle2m

  • Winner €5,174 2nd €1,200 3rd €526 4th €300
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 11.90s
  • Off time: 16:40:58
16:40 Down Royal Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sizing Machine (IRE) 6/1
2nd Defence Of Duress (IRE) 11/8
3rd Faustina Pius (IRE) 10/3


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3F3 Pink, Emerald Green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Defence Of Duress (IRE) 30
Beaten Favourite
4 11-7 T J Taaffe D J Casey 11/82.38
2 5 PINK, maroon star, striped cap Dumbarton (IRE) 18
4 11-7 G Elliott Andrew J McNamara 6/17.00
3 324-914 DARK BLUE, yellow braces & armlet, quartered cap Smithfield (IRE) 9
4 11-7 t N Meade Paul Carberry 5/16.00
5 U- BLACK, yellow seams, maroon sleeves, black cap, yellow star Over Presented (IRE) 176
4 11-2 M Torrens M A Enright (5) 25/126.00
6 67 BLACK & RED CHEVRONS, black sleeves, red cap Port Of The Oak (IRE) 27
4 11-2 J J Hanlon D E Mullins 50/151.00
7 60-0077 Royal blue, yellow sash, royal blue & white hooped cap Raydari (FR) 18
4 11-2 t A J Martin N P Madden 93 25/126.00
8 0-4 EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Sizing Machine (IRE) 18
Beaten Favourite
4 11-2 H de Bromhead K M Donoghue (3) 6/17.00
9 00 ROYAL BLUE & BLACK CHEVRONS, purple sleeves, black cap Templeton (IRE) 47
4 11-2 H de Bromhead Mr P Power (7) 20/121.00
10 0 BLACK, yellow braces, hooped sleeves, yellow cap Anjum (USA) 49
4 10-9 b1 J J Hanlon S G McDermott 50/151.00
11 DARK BLUE, white sleeves, dark blue seams, white cap, dark blue spots Ballywooden Queen (IRE)
4 10-9 S J Treacy S W Flanagan 50/151.00
12 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Cut The Cake (IRE)
4 10-9 T J Taaffe B T O'Connell 12/113.00
13 904-325 Emerald green & mauve halved, slvs reversed, quartered cap Faustina Pius (IRE) 26
4 10-9 b J Queally B Hayes (5) 114 10/34.33
14 0 ORANGE, dark green triple diamond, orange cap, dark green stars Great Promises (IRE) 18
4 10-9 D M Kelly I J McCarthy (3) 50/151.00
15 49 Dark Blue, White seams, check cap Sultana Belle (IRE) 47
4 10-9 J J Lambe R C Colgan 33/134.00
Non runners
42-62Decade Player (IRE)411-2P J RothwellA Ring


Defence Of Duress made his debut for Tom Taaffe at Sligo and ran very well before falling when holding every chance at Wexford. His latest start came when beaten a short-head on the Flat at Galway and he looks certain to be winning soon though possibly over further. Smithfield won on the Flat at Killarney last month and looks a nice hurdling prospect for Noel Meade but it's DECADE PLAYER who gets the vote. Paul Rothwell's charge showed tremendous improvement when runner-up to Font Of Wisdom at Ballinrobe and with further progress likely and Andrew Ring's claim a major plus he can gain his first success. He holds both Sizing Machine and Dumbarton on that latest run though it would be no great surprise if those two got much closer this time. Faustino Pius looks best of the remainder.