Leopardstown

  • 14:40 Ballsbridge Hurdle2m 2f

  • Winner €13,000 2nd €3,799 3rd €1,799 4th €600
  • Going: Yielding to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 30.10s
  • Off time: 14:40:28
14:40 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Fosters Cross (IRE) 10/1
2nd Blackstairmountain (IRE) 6/5
3rd Pageboy (IRE) 11/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 17-1142 Emerald green, yellow hoop, white sleeves, emerald green cap, yellow star Mount Colah (IRE) 11
7 11-10 J G Cosgrave Mr N McParlan (7) 127 16/117.00
2 61-135 RED, black spots, white sleeves, dark blue cap Pageboy (IRE) 67
5 11-10 D Wachman B J Geraghty 134 11/26.50
3 513435 Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves, dark blue spots on cap Whatuthink (IRE) 12
Course Winner
11 11-10 vt O McKiernan S J Crimin (7) 152 12/113.00
4 52-3521 PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Blackstairmountain (IRE) 57
Course Winner
8 11-5 t W P Mullins R Walsh 143 6/52.20
5 421285 Red, emerald green star,emGreen slvs,black armlet,black & green quartered cap Gimli's Rock (IRE) 140
Distance Winner
7 11-5 b Mrs J Harrington T P Treacy 135 25/126.00
6 0078-50 PINK, white spots, pink sleeves, quartered cap Made In Taipan (IRE) 265
Course Winner
11 11-5 A J Martin M P Walsh 137 50/151.00
7 2PP-015 LIGHT BLUE & MAROON HOOPS, blue sleeves, striped cap Mossley (IRE) 112
7 11-5 t R Hennessy A E Lynch 139 14/115.00
8 B-18270 RED, dark blue chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Won In The Dark (IRE) 22
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-5 Miss S J Harty D E Mullins 133 20/121.00
9 4-2P153 RED & WHITE STRIPES, hooped sleeves, striped cap Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 24
Course and Distance Winner
11 11-0 T Cooper B J Cooper 143 12/113.00
10 1F3U37 WHITE, black & royal blue hooped sleeves, black & royal blue striped cap Fosters Cross (IRE) 28
Distance Winner
11 11-0 t T Mullins P Townend 138 10/111.00
11 1222P-7 PURPLE, gold sleeves, hooped cap Noble Prince (GER) 127
9 11-0 P Nolan D N Russell 144 6/17.00
12 2P3-97U YELLOW, purple star, yellow slvs, purple cap, yellow star Saddlers Storm (IRE) 140
11 11-0 A J Martin Mr S J Craig (7) 66/167.00
13 PU3215- RED, white chevron, halved sleeves, red cap, white star Takeyourcapoff (IRE) 206
8 10-12 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 122 20/121.00
14 111402 Yellow, emerald green hoop, emerald green sleeves, emerald green cap, yellow star Victrix Gale (IRE) 164
7 10-12 A J Martin S A Shortall (7) 112 33/134.00

Verdict

Won In The Dark landed this in 2010 and has finished runner-up for the past two years. He hasn't been in the best of form but shouldn't be discounted though it's a very strong line-up this year headed by BLACKSTAIRMOUNTAIN and Whatuthink. The former, third in last year's Galway Plate and a Grade 1 winner over both hurdles and fences, has reverted to the smaller obstacles in great style and should have the legs of his main rival, who may find this on the short side nowadays. High-class chaser Noble Prince, the 2011 Jewson winner at Cheltenham, is engaged in the Coral Cup at the Festival and hasn't run since October so may just need this to put the edge on him. Mossley was a long way behind Whatuthink last time but is better than that though he's currently a 100/1 chance for the World Hurdle.