Galway

  • 17:05 Topaz Novice Hurdle2m

  • Winner €14,300 2nd €4,180 3rd €1,980 4th €660
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 49.10s
  • Off time: 17:06:40
17:05 Galway Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Shield (IRE) 15/8
2nd Queen Alphabet (IRE) 9/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3-13D31 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Shield (IRE) 12
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-12 A P O'Brien R M Power 130 15/82.88
2 265-313 Royal blue & white stripes, red sleeves, emerald green cap Here For The Craic (IRE) 23
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-9 D Budds D J Condon 116 25/126.00
3 PP-P13 White, dark blue hoop, dark blue sleeves, quartered cap Johnny Suku (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-9 William P Murphy B M Cash 119 25/126.00
4 5P-31 EMERALD GREEN, white star, white chevrons on sleeves, white cap Rich Coast 9
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-9 h N Meade B J Geraghty 125 5/23.50
5 25F-421 Red, large white spots, white sleeves, red spots, white cap Shemshal (FR) 24
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-9 A J Martin R P McNamara 118 9/110.00
6 75-5131 Red, black diamond, striped sleeves, black diamond on cap Queen Alphabet (IRE) 16
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-5 ht Peter Fahey D N Russell 120 9/25.50
7 431 Black, red cross sashes, white sleeves, black cap, red star Damefirth (IRE) 11
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-2 H de Bromhead B Hayes (3) 116 7/18.00

Verdict

This looks a cracking start to proceedings and SHIELD will come in for plenty of support despite a double penalty. Aidan O'Brien's charge seems best over this trip on ground with a bit of ease as he showed with an impressive victory at Killarney and though he meets better rivals here he's given the nod to concede weight all round. Rich Coast is a Listed winner on the Flat but didn't look a natural over timber until a much better run at Tipperary. He's definitely on the upgrade and could provide the main threat. Useful bumper Queen Alphabet has already beaten some smart hurdlers and her only defeat came over a trip too far. She'll ensure the principals don't have things their own way. All of the remainder will need to improve but have the ability to do so.