Galway

  • 14:45 Lord Hemphill Memorial Handicap Chase2m 1f

  • Winner €21,125 2nd €6,175 3rd €2,925 4th €975
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 41.00s
  • Off time: 14:45:24
14:45 Galway Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Ballyfinboy (IRE) 9/2
2nd Darenjan (IRE) 14/1
3rd Toner D'Oudairies (FR) 9/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11330-2 DARK GREEN, red hollow box, red sleeves, dark green cap Pires 28
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
9 11-10 A J Martin R Walsh 137 7/24.50
2 28-1206 Maroon, white star & armlet, white cap Uncle Tom Cobley (IRE) 28
Distance Winner
9 11-4 t C O'Dwyer B R Dalton (5) 131 12/113.00
3 3F1-350 RED & PINK STRIPES, pink sleeves, black cap Darenjan (IRE) 5
Course Winner
10 11-2 b J J Hanlon D E Mullins 129 14/115.00
4 21-2F44 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Toner D'Oudairies (FR) 19
Distance Winner
6 11-0 bt G Elliott D N Russell 127 9/25.50
5 P28F2-P Dark green, white star, white stars on sleeves, white cap, dark green star Rubert (IRE) 90
10 10-7 t D Cullen P Townend 120 12/113.00
6 51F43-9 Royal blue, yellow cross of lorraine & sleeves, yellow star on cap Tabhachtach (IRE) 46
Course and Distance Winner
6 10-2 S Slevin Mr J J Slevin (7)(ex2) 115 8/19.00
7 4P/04-87 DARK BLUE, light blue Cross of Lorraine, white cap The Shepherd King (IRE) 18
Course Winner
9 10-2 T Cooper D J Casey 115 6/17.00
8 11-P587 RED, light blue stars, red sleeves, white cap, red star Paddy O Dee 21
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 10-1 pt P J Rothwell A P Heskin 114 10/111.00
9 F79-642 MAROON, white panel, halved sleeves, maroon cap Ballyfinboy (IRE) 14
7 9-13 J R Finn Mr E J O'connell 112 9/25.50
10 19/4U-87 BLACK, black & yellow check cap Steeltown (IRE) 14
8 9-10 T J Taaffe N P Madden 109 16/117.00

Verdict

The last three winners have carried 10st or less and BALLYFINBOY can continue the trend. He was having just his fourth start over fences when making Slieveardagh pull out all the stops at Tipperary and in that kind of form will take all the beating. Pires has an obvious chance for the Martin/Walsh team and he remains a class act over both hurdles and fences. He's better handicapped over the smaller obstacles, though only 2lb higher than when a close third in a top handicap at Punchestown in February. Toner D'Oudairies has won once in 10 starts over fences but has been tackling strong novice company, though last year's winner Paddy O'Dee is better handicapped over hurdles.