Downpatrick

  • 17:20 Joe Rea Memorial Handicap Hurdle 2m 7f

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 50.00s
  • Off time: 17:21:59
17:20 Downpatrick Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st I C Gold (IRE) 10/3
2nd Lucky Pigeon (IRE) 6/1
3rd Toca Deed (IRE) 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 6311-21 EMERALD GREEN, yellow sash, yellow cap, emerald green star Preswell Lad (IRE) 38
Course Winner
11 11-9 p M Butler A Ring (7) 92 11/43.75
2 P/0580-2 White & purple diamonds, emerald green sleeves, white armlet, emerald green & white striped cap Ni Sin E Mo Ainm (IRE) 26
6 11-7 E Doyle R M Moran 90 6/17.00
3 089-P56 EMERALD GREEN & WHITE CHEVRONS, orange & white hooped cap Golden Olive (IRE) 21
8 11-4 b1 G M Doyle M Darcy 87 16/117.00
4 5/00P-41 YELLOW, emerald green star & chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap I C Gold (IRE) 52
6 11-4 G Elliott P Carberry 87 10/34.33
5 1-44940 ROYAL BLUE & YELLOW CHECK, yellow sleeves, check cap Nevada Rose (IRE) 10
7 11-2 p1 H Smyth M J Ferris 85 20/121.00
6 980-473 BLACK, red spots, black cap, white spots Duroob 29
Course Winner
12 11-0 b1 P O Brady M J Bolger 83 14/115.00
7 700-P77 BLACK, yellow braces, hooped sleeves, yellow cap Josam (IRE) 26
5 11-0 bt J J Hanlon B Hayes (3) 83 25/126.00
8 079-009 Black & white hoops, white hoop on cap Boker Hill (IRE) 10
8 10-12 bt J A White R C Colgan (3) 81 33/134.00
9 886P-P6 Black & pink halved, reversed sleeves, pink cap Mad Money (IRE) 26
8 10-12 t D McNamara A E Lynch 81 16/117.00
10 940P/60- PURPLE, white epaulettes, white cap, purple spots Flamenco Prince 119
Course and Distance Winner
10 10-11 b P O Brady B F Cawley (5) 80 25/126.00
11 6008-06 Emerald green & light green check, light green sleeves, emerald green stars, emerald green & light green check cap Gortmore Express (IRE) 10
7 10-11 bt John O'Shaughnessy R Loughran 80 25/126.00
12 006-538 ROYAL BLUE, white seams, white cap Lucky Pigeon (IRE) 3
7 10-11 pt A Fogarty K C Sexton (5) 80 6/17.00
13 0983P-5 RED, emerald green sash, emerald green cap, red star Toca Deed (IRE) 20
7 10-11 W J Austin S A Shortall (7) 80 7/18.00

Verdict

The veteran PRESWELL LAD continues to defy the years and is in the form of his life. He completed a double over fences in the spring, including on this track, then finished runner-up on his hat-trick bid before reverting to hurdles and gaining an easy victory over a slightly shorter trip here. He's still 9lb lower than over fences so another success looks on the cards. Ni Sin E Mo Ainm will need to step up on his 14l defeat at Wexford to get involved but another veteran, Duroob, is a different matter. He has also been in action over fences on the track and gone well so it would be no great shock to see him return to winning ways. This appears the right distance and ground for Lucky Pigeon though he followed a good run at Down Royal with a poor effort at Cork.