Leopardstown

  • 13:40 January Jumps Weekend Maiden Hurdle2m 4f

  • Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 4.70s
  • Off time: 13:40:27
13:40 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Mister Nibbles (IRE) 4/1
2nd Champagne James (IRE) 13/8
3rd Emperor Of Exmoor (IRE) 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 P-00 WHITE & YELLOW DIAMONDS, yellow sleeves, quartered cap Above The Ground (IRE) 137
6 11-12 T Collins A P Crowe 100/1101.00
2 16000-4 Royal blue, yellow cross of lorraine & sleeves, yellow star on cap Ash Rowe (IRE) 30
7 11-12 S Slevin Mr M T Slevin (7) 50/151.00
3 1/ CERISE Avidius Cassius (IRE) 707
6 11-12 N Meade P Carberry 14/115.00
4 12-2 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Champagne James (IRE) 29
Beaten Favourite
6 11-12 T M Walsh D E Mullins 13/82.62
5 260-4 ROYAL BLUE & WHITE HOOPED, quartered cap Emperor Of Exmoor (IRE) 29
7 11-12 D T Hughes R Loughran 16/117.00
6 24-5830 White, emerald green star, striped sleeves, white cap, emerald green diamonds Isle View (IRE) 30
6 11-12 pt Jason Cairns K M Donoghue 33/134.00
7 421-622 Orange, royal blue star, yellow & royal blue check sleeves, yellow & royal blue quartered cap Mister Nibbles (IRE) 30
Beaten Favourite
6 11-12 S R B Crawford Mr S Crawford (3) 4/15.00
8 5-3005 White & black halved, sleeves reversed, black cap Monte Wildhorn (IRE) 13
6 11-12 W McCreery M A Enright 50/151.00
9 3/ BLACK, yellow hoop & sleeves, yellow cap, black diamonds Night Benefit (IRE) 643
7 11-12 Miss B A K Murphy J L Cullen 50/151.00
10 7 Black, purple seams, black sleeves, striped cap Rough Copy (IRE) 28
6 11-12 J Nash T E Doran (7) 50/151.00
11 83322/7 Crazy Quilt The Engineer (IRE) 13
8 11-12 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 16/117.00
12 PURPLE, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap Crown Of Gold (IRE)
5 11-9 J H Culloty M P Fogarty 25/126.00
13 F2 Mauve, dark blue cross belts, red cap Drumacoo (IRE) 41
5 11-9 M Hourigan A P Heskin 33/134.00
14 2229-93 PINK & WHITE DIAMONDS, white sleeves, white diamond on cap Ibsen (IRE) 30
5 11-9 J J Murphy A E Lynch 114 7/18.00
15 0F0 Black, white panel, pink cap Karkasar (IRE) 30
5 11-9 Peter Fahey A D Leigh 66/167.00
16 221363 YELLOW, royal blue sash, check cap Spa Hill (IRE) 113
5 11-9 J W Nicholson Mr J J Burke (7) 25/126.00
17 12-137 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Wrath Of Titans (IRE) 30
5 11-9 D T Hughes B J Cooper 3/14.00

Verdict

Winning bumper Champagne James had no answer to Double Irish on his hurdling bow here last month and though that form hasn't worked out he'll definitely improve. Dual bumper winner MISTER NIBBLES couldn't hold off Roll It Out at Down Royal but this longer trip should bring out the best in him and he looks the one to be on. Ibsen stepped up to 2m6f for the first time at Limerick and ran his best race to date over timber so he should be in the shake-up along with Wrath Of Titans, who has shown up well in strong maidens here and at Navan. Spa Hill hasn't quite got his act together so far over timber but Avidius Cassius, who cost £85,000 at the sales in 2012 after landing a point-to-point, is one to keep an eye on.