Galway

  • 15:55 Lord Hemphill Memorial Handicap Chase2m 1f

  • Winner €21,125 2nd €6,175 3rd €2,926 4th €974
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 30.10s
  • Off time: 15:55:39
15:55 Galway Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Fosters Cross (IRE) 12/1
2nd Pires 8/1
3rd Croco Bay (IRE) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 P5121-4 Yellow, black sleeves, black cap, yellow tassel Croco Bay (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-9 B I Case Kielan Woods 135 14/115.00
2 P/0B20-1 ROYAL BLUE, white cross of lorraine, white armlet, red cap, royal blue star Orpheus Valley (IRE) 18
Nag me
11 11-8 t T Gibney A P Heskin 134 10/111.00
3 51395-4 DARK GREEN, red hollow box, red sleeves, dark green cap Pires 17
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-8 A J Martin S A Shortall (7) 134 8/19.00
4 241540- BLACK & EMERALD GREEN CHECK, emerald green sleeves, yellow cap Cootamundra (IRE) 119
Nag me
11 11-7 J A Berry J J Burke (5) 133 18/119.00
5 03512U- Dark blue, yellow star, yellow & dark blue halved sleeves, dark blue cap, yellow stars Saint Gervais (IRE) 6
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-7 J E Kiely P Townend 133 9/110.00
6 367280- WHITE, black & royal blue hooped sleeves, black & royal blue striped cap Fosters Cross (IRE) 6
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
12 11-6 T Mullins D N Russell 132 12/113.00
7 1115-96 EMERALD GREEN, yellow braces, white cap Muzak (IRE) 12
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-4 p J Monroe R T Dunne 130 14/115.00
8 66U6-04 Emerald green, yellow cross sashes, yellow cap, emerald green star Supreme Doc (IRE) 17
Nag me
9 11-4 p M T O'Donovan P F Mangan 130 25/126.00
9 897-812 Emerald green & orange hooped, orange and  emerald green quartered cap Nearly Nama'd (IRE) 19
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
6 11-0 h D T Hughes B J Geraghty 126 10/34.33
11 027636- RED & PINK STRIPES, pink sleeves, black cap Darenjan (IRE) 10
Nag meCourse Winner
11 10-12 b J J Hanlon B Hayes (3) 124 14/115.00
12 09256-1 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Formidableopponent (IRE) 18
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-11 N Meade M P Walsh 123 13/27.50
13 193F0-1 White,maroon cross sashes,maroon slvs,white chevrons,emGreen & red qtd cap Afatcat 51
Nag me
6 10-7 t S J Mahon R C Colgan 119 9/110.00
18 0850F-4 MAROON, pink sleeves, white cap Cnoc Na Sioga (IRE) 10
Nag me
7 9-11 J P Ryan D E Mullins 109 16/117.00
19 8700-07 RED, light blue stars, red sleeves, white cap, red star Paddy O Dee 58
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 9-10 bt P J Rothwell S J Crimin (7) 108 20/121.00
Non runners
10U24-135Back To Balloo (IRE)810-12C A McBratneyMr N McParlan124
142-86026Toostrong (FR)710-7G ElliottK C Sexton119
1550-5833Boxer Beat (IRE)710-5P W FlynnP E Corbett117
1690-P112Big Generator810-4P NolanD J Condon116
172196-37Musawama (IRE)610-1C W J FarrellS W Flanagan113

Verdict

The versatile Pires is better over fences than hurdles and will be better for his recent run, his first since December. Orpheus Valley landed a Grade A handicap at Punchestown in April and had a spin on the Flat to put him straight last month but UK raider Croco Bay is barely out of the novice stage and faces a stiff task. NEARLY NAMA'D comfortably landed a beginners' event on his chasing bow before an excellent second to Mahrajaan in a tough Killarney handicap with Boxer Beat not far behind. He was unlucky that day and with a rise of just 3lb can gain compensation. Saint Gervais has some smart form to his credit and had a run on the Flat here during the week so he's a definite contender and Formidableopponent, though fortunate to win at Killarney, is on a reasonable mark for his handicap debut.