Fairyhouse

  • 17:25 Joseph R. O'Reilly Memorial Hunters Chase3m 1f

  • Winner €5,520 2nd €1,280 3rd €560 4th €320
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 7m 14.20s
  • Off time: 17:30:18
17:25 Fairyhouse Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hix Fix (IRE) 33/1
2nd Burren River (IRE) 9/2
3rd James (IRE) 5/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 04P-17P EMERALD GREEN, pink diamond & sleeves, white cap Quel Esprit (FR) 29
10 11-13 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 155 5/16.00
2 1415F3 EMERALD GREEN & RED CHEVRONS, red sleeves, emerald green cap, red diamond Burren River (IRE) 29
Beaten Favourite
8 11-10 William P Murphy Mr J C Barry (7) 116 9/25.50
3 111442 Dark blue, light blue epaulettes, light blue cap, dark blue star James (IRE) 20
Beaten Favourite
7 11-10 I R Ferguson Mr W Thompson (7) 5/42.25
4 P208F4 PURPLE, white star & cap The Mull (IRE) 20
10 11-10 W J McLernon Mr D J O'Leary (7) 92 33/134.00
5 8-4PB73 EMERALD GREEN, white sash, emerald green cap, white spots Classic Cut 28
Distance Winner
10 11-6 p Peter Maher B Browne (7) 95 50/151.00
6 B2 Emerald green & orange hooped, quartered cap Fade Away (IRE) 155
6 11-6 E Bolger Mr B M Linehan (7) 33/134.00
7 1/19-231 Emerald green & orange chevrons, emerald green sleeves, orange & emerald green quartered cap Fence Me In (IRE) 7
8 11-6 Miss E Lalor Mr R P Quinlan (3) 12/113.00
8 23145 Green, red slvs, white cap, green hoop Hix Fix (IRE) 20
7 11-6 G Stewart Mr M J Lynch (7) 33/134.00
9 4-41281 White & royal blue diamonds, royal blue sleeves, royal blue spots on cap Need To Know (IRE) 35
6 11-6 t1 J P Brennan Mr J J Burke (7) 10/111.00
10 1P7PP3 Emerald green, large pink spots, pink & emerald green hooped sleeves, emerald green cap Turtle Express (IRE) 15
9 11-6 p1 V Halley Mr P Power (7) 99 40/141.00
11 3-PP213 Yellow, red stars, red sleeves, red cap, yellow star Bee Fallon (IRE) 14
9 10-13 Patrick Day Mr M J Scallan (7) 25/126.00
12 P2-76 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Be Positive (IRE) 158
5 10-11 E Bolger Ms N Carberry 14/115.00

Verdict

This is invariably won by a useful hunter. JAMES undoubtedly fits that bill and has more scope than most, though he didn't look the easiest of rides when touched off at Down Royal when the 2m4f was probably too short. He had Burren Hill around behind in a top-class event won by Tammys Hill at Leopardstown in February but the pair could dominate this. Quel Esprit was further behind in that latter event and has since pulled up at Gowran. Enda Bolger's pair Be Positive and Fade Away are both young hunters who should do better in time.