Leopardstown

  • 20:30 Independence Day Handicap1m 4f

  • Winner €5,520 2nd €1,280 3rd €560 4th €320
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 33.22s
  • Off time: 20:31:33
20:30 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Neophilia (IRE) 5/4
2nd Hootie (IRE) 22/1
3rd Tooreen Legend (IRE) 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (8) 4022-63 Royal blue, red stars on sleeves, red cap If Per Chance (IRE) 14
8 10-1 pt J J Hanlon G F Carroll 71 16/117.00
2 (12) 1200-85 WHITE, red epaulettes, striped sleeves, white cap, red spots Phantom Of Plenty (IRE) 15
Course Winner
4 10-0 h W McCreery P J Smullen 70 8/19.00
3 (2) 33-6632 Dark Blue Sword Of Honour (IRE) 7
Beaten Favourite
6 9-12 P J Flynn D M Grant 68 7/24.50
4 (4) 0435-50 WHITE, emerald green chevron, yellow sleeves & cap Total Reality (IRE) 22
6 9-8 p D Cullen N G McCullagh 64 25/126.00
5 (6) 43416 Pink, purple star, striped sleeves, purple star on cap Tooreen Legend (IRE) 25
Distance Winner
3 9-7 T Stack W J Lee 76 6/17.00
6 (1) 8/9-8000 ROYAL BLUE, maroon braces, striped slvs, blue cap with orange star Black Belt (IRE) 11
5 9-2 Mrs C Harrison Katherine S O'Brien (7) 58 25/126.00
7 (13) 39397 LIGHT BLUE, dark blue seams, striped cap Vim (IRE) 13
4 9-2 S P Hennessy S A Gray (5) 58 33/134.00
8 (10) 906646 Red, dark green cross sashes, dark green cap, red star Gumption (IRE) 9
4 9-0 T Doyle L P Dempsey (7) 56 20/121.00
9 (3) 804000 Red & black quartered, black & red halved sleeves, red cap, black star Knight Of Bangkok 22
4 9-0 t P Martin R P Whelan (3) 56 33/134.00
10 (5) 06450/5- Royal blue, emerald green cross of lorraine, emerald green seams on sleeves, yellow cap, emerald green star Carlowsantana (IRE) 54
10 8-12 S T Nolan C P Hoban (3) 54 14/115.00
11 (9) 877-778 Black, white star, hooped sleeves, pink cap Hootie (IRE) 29
5 8-9 hb S Donohoe L F Roche (3) 51 22/123.00
12 (7) 0-85041 WHITE, purple panel, check cap Neophilia (IRE) 2 (ex5)
3 8-6 t J S Bolger R P Cleary 56 5/42.25
13 (11) 0980-3 MAROON & WHITE QUARTERED, halved sleeves, quartered cap Wyoyo (IRE) 20
3 8-4 G M Lyons I J Brennan (3) 59 14/115.00

Verdict

Sword Of Honour doesn't look the most straightforward but has gone well the last twice and looks sure to be be in the mix once again. It will be interesting to see if the drop back to a mile and a half works the oracle after those useful efforts over 2f further. If Per Chance warrants respect but the eight-year-old has it to do off topweight despite his excellent latest effort, whilst Tooreen Legend contested a good Curragh handicap last time, having previously landed a small Wexford contest on lively ground. Jim Bolger has wasted no time in getting NEOPHILIA out again under a 5lb penalty after her authoritative 4l defeat of Island In The Sun at Gowran Park this week. She's asked to handle a dramatic increase in trip but it's dangerous to ignore a filly in form, didn't look like stopping at Gowran and remains temptingly weighted.