Downpatrick

  • 14:15 Martinstown Opportunity Maiden Hurdle2m 2f 50y

  • Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
  • Going: Yielding, Good to Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 48.50s
  • Off time: 14:20:18
14:15 Downpatrick Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Golden Firth (IRE) 7/1
2nd Faanan Aldaar (IRE) 7/2
3rd The Crafty Butcher (IRE) 5/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 784180 Royal blue, yellow star, yellow stars on sleeves, hooped cap Drumgooland (IRE) 14
Course and Distance Winner
6 11-12 b1 A Oliver L A McKenna (2) 7/18.00
2 6-95884 RED & WHITE STRIPES, white sleeves, yellow cap, red star Golden Firth (IRE) 62
6 11-5 M Torrens K C Sexton 93 7/18.00
3 004P WHITE, red spots, striped sleeves, white cap, red spots An Spailpin Fanach (USA) 70
6 11-4 J J Hanlon G N Fox 25/126.00
4 F YELLOW & PURPLE CHEVRONS, yellow sleeves, purple cap, yellow star Captain P K (IRE) 95
6 11-4 t1 N C Kelly D R Fox 12/113.00
5 P PURPLE,light green sleeves,white & purple striped cap Fruit Or Nut (IRE) 10
5 11-4 S Fahey S E Butler 33/134.00
6 50090 Dark blue, white stars on sleeves, quartered cap Known Witness (IRE) 29
6 11-4 P J Rothwell T Dowling (4) 66/167.00
7 668 Light blue, black epaulettes, black stars on sleeves, white cap, red spots Step One (IRE) 7
5 11-4 t P O Brady A F O'Neill 20/121.00
8 322506 Emerald green & orange stripes, emerald green sleeves, emerald green & white striped cap The Crafty Butcher (IRE) 10
6 11-4 t1 M Hourigan J S McGarvey 111 5/42.25
9 U/0 WHITE, red panel & sleeves, black & white hooped cap Four Kicks (IRE) 52
7 10-11 L Lennon G Malone 33/134.00
10 68 Red, large black spots, halved sleeves, black cap, red star Gentle Aussie (IRE) 39
4 10-9 A J Martin S A Shortall (2) 25/126.00
11 6245 WHITE, black star, diabolo on sleeves, hooped cap Faanan Aldaar (IRE) 29
4 10-2 P J Rothwell A Ring 113 7/24.50
12 9 Yellow, black spots, quartered cap Whispering Down (IRE) 4
4 10-2 Mrs H McGahan C M Walsh (2) 25/126.00

Verdict

FAANAN ALDAAR is still a maiden after 13 career starts and she's been beaten a long way on her two latest outings. She would have no problems winning this on her close second to Dalasiri at Cork in January but potential punters will need to forgive those last two runs which were run on very heavy ground. She should be good enough as The Crafty Butcher started off over hurdles in fine form but hasn't made the expected progress though his last two efforts have been in handicaps so he should find this a bit less daunting. Golden Firth is penalised for her bumper victory and is another who has been performing in handicaps without showing much while Four Kicks, a dual winner on the Flat in the UK in 2010, floundered in heavy going on her first start for Liam Lennon in January.