Limerick

  • 13:00 Christmas Festival December 26th-29th Maiden Hurdle2m

  • Winner €5,174 2nd €1,200 3rd €526 4th €300
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 31610-8 Purple, yellow sash, yellow & purple striped sleeves, white cap Line View (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
6 11-12 James Dullea B Hayes (5) 1001
2 4373-24 LIGHT GREEN, yellow sash & armlet, check cap Prince Chaparral (IRE) 18
6 11-12 P J Flynn M P Walsh 112 1001
3 P/41F6P- DARK GREEN, royal blue chevron, royal blue chevrons on sleeves, hooped cap Breens Boy (IRE) 256
6 11-4 P J Rothwell P Townend 1001
4 3222/20- Dark blue, white diamond & sleeves, dark blue cap Fire Belt (IRE) 207
7 11-4 B Nolan B R Dalton (5) 1001
5 U-0R9 White, red inverted triangle, white cap Flying Acrobat (IRE) 18
6 11-4 John O'Shaughnessy R Loughran 1001
6 P-0 Royal blue, white epaulettes, check cap Fourmilewater (IRE) 67
5 11-4 J F O'Shea S G McDermott 1001
7 6/7-0 PURPLE, white hollow box, white stars on sleeves, white star on cap Lions Charge (USA) 78
5 11-4 C Wilkinson B M Cash 1001
8 2/34 Light green & red halved, sleeves reversed, white cap Lord Orphan (FR) 14
7 11-4 S Aherne P F Mangan 1001
9 P-6P000 BLACK & RED CHEVRONS, hooped sleeves & cap Pairc Na Leasa (IRE) 8
6 11-4 t D E Finn P D Kennedy (5) 1001
10 00P0/3P- EMERALD GREEN, white disc & sleeves, yellow & red striped cap Port Ferreol (FR) 322
7 11-4 t1 M J McDonagh B J Cooper 1001
11 6 ROYAL BLUE & ORANGE CHEVRONS, royal blue cap, white star Sigtrygg Silkbeard (IRE) 25
6 11-4 t P J Rothwell B T O'Connell 1001
12 2/276- Mauve, grey sleeves, mauve diabolo, grey & mauve quartered cap Smart Money (IRE) 263
5 11-4 J H Culloty T J Doyle 1001
13 P1-0860 Dark blue, red sleeves, check cap Unoccupied 12
6 11-4 E O'Grady M J Ferris 1001
14 00- Royal blue & yellow quartered, dark green sleeves, white stars, red cap, white stars My Old Lady (IRE) 529
7 10-11 Denis Hogan D G Hogan 1001
15 B7- RED, pink epaulettes, red cap, pink stars Zane Grey (IRE) 202
5 11-4 H de Bromhead Reserve 1 1001
16 3P-3798 RED, white stars, white sleeves, white star on cap Andunowhat (IRE) 8
7 11-5 b1 J J Walsh Reserve 2 98 1001
17 086F White & black hoops, black & white check cap Plan In Action (IRE) 22
5 11-4 A J McNamara Reserve 3 96 1001

Verdict

Two of the reserves, Andunowhat and Zane Grey, would have to be considered if getting a run as this looks a weak maiden but PRINCE CHAPARRAL has the form to gain his first success. Pat Flynn's charge, three times a winner on the Flat, has run 10 times over timber but generally against stronger opposition than he meets here. Fire Belt made a disappointing start when fancied on his hurdling debut at Tipperary in April but much more was expected that day after he'd shown very good form in bumpers and he looks a likely threat. Winning point-to-pointer and bumper Line View is another who ran poorly on his hurdling debut at Tipperary last month but he'll have learned plenty from that and should get into the mix along with Smart Money, twice runner-up between the flags and making his debut over timber.