Fairyhouse

  • 12:15 Racegoer's Package 25 Maiden Hurdle2m

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 18.90s
  • Off time: 12:15:15
12:15 Fairyhouse Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Mister Hotelier (IRE) 5/1
2nd Sarabad (FR) 5/4
3rd Akatara (IRE) 3/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 0 Emerald green & mauve halved, slvs reversed, quartered cap Barrow Island (IRE) 13
6 11-12 J J Hanlon Andrew J McNamara 25/126.00
2 8/00-F Yellow, royal blue cross sashes, royal blue armlet, royal blue star on cap Ainroe (IRE) 31
6 11-4 P J Gilligan B M Cash 66/167.00
3 YELLOW, royal blue sleeves, red cap Arkansas Dave (IRE)
6 11-4 t1 M M McNiff D R Fox (7) 50/151.00
4 6/F-6F04 ROYAL BLUE, yellow sash, yellow cap, royal blue spots Diamondgeezer Luke (IRE) 14
6 11-4 F Costello D E Splaine (5) 28/129.00
5 95222-4 LIGHT BLUE, red star & sleeves, white cap, red star Mister Hotelier (IRE) 53
6 11-4 C A Murphy R M Power 5/16.00
6 60/ RED, white hollow box, white star on cap Timely Decision (IRE) 827
7 11-4 T J Taaffe P Townend 20/121.00
7 0 EMERALD GREEN, yellow sleeves, white cap, yellow spots Cnocan Diva (IRE) 14
5 11-3 A J Martin B J Geraghty 14/115.00
8 3657 BLACK, white sash & sleeves, red cap, white star Colley Row (IRE) 34
5 11-2 p1 Mrs P Dobbs M A Enright (5) 28/129.00
9 2PFF4 Light blue, yellow hoop, emerald green cap Definite Daly (IRE) 52
5 11-2 A McGuinness R Loughran 50/151.00
10 8-5 RED & GREY QUARTERED, striped sleeves, purple cap Grand Partner (IRE) 25
5 11-2 T Mullins E Mullins 20/121.00
11 2270-22 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Sarabad (FR) 42
Beaten Favourite
5 11-2 W P Mullins R Walsh 117 5/42.25
12 P YELLOW & ROYAL BLUE HOOPS, yellow sleeves, emerald green cap Unzing (FR) 14
5 11-2 Mrs S A Bramall J L Cullen 50/151.00
13 323672 RED, emerald green sash & sleeves, black cap Akatara (IRE) 8
6 10-11 M J Bowe M P Burke (7) 104 3/14.00
14 0/0- Orange & white chevrons, diabolo on sleeves, orange cap Bellavic (IRE) 614
6 10-11 C O'Connell A E Lynch 50/151.00
15 04304/0 MAROON & ROYAL BLUE CHEVRONS, maroon sleeves & cap Bisoguet (IRE) 25
8 10-11 Mrs P Dobbs B J Cooper 8/19.00
16 3/5-FFP Red, black seams, black armlet, quartered cap Takemeandbreakme (IRE) 17
8 10-11 R T J Wilson D J Casey 66/167.00
Non runners
170Black Spice (IRE)810-11J S CullenReserve 1
1860-P0Whatwillwedonext (IRE)711-4S M DuffyReserve 2
19Juan De Gracia (IRE)611-4H de BromheadReserve 3

Verdict

Mister Hotelier had some strong bumper form last season but was beaten a long way on his reappearance at Punchestown in November. He should do better and make a hurdler but Akatara has become just about the most frustrating hurdler in the business. She was having her 29th start over timber when narrowly beaten by Milborough in a Tramore maiden over 2m5f on New Year's Day and though she has the best form in the race she's now been in the first four 16 times without winning. Willie Mullins has suffered a few reversals in recent weeks and SARABAD has been a short-priced beaten favourite on his last four starts. It wasn't the greatest of races when he finished runner-up to Courageous Cry at Limerick but there's probably some improvement left in him and he gets the vote. Cnocan Diva may do best of the remainder despite a poor debut over hurdles at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day.