Limerick

  • 13:55 Christmas Festival December 26th-29th Maiden Hurdle2m

  • Winner €5,175 2nd €1,275 3rd €600 4th €375
  • Going: Soft (Soft to Heavy in places; Chase Course: Heavy)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 5.00s
  • Off time: 13:55:35
13:55 Limerick Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Pineau De Re (FR) 9/2
2nd Zagman (IRE) 9/4
3rd Goban Saor (FR) 10/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3-0 PINK & WHITE DIAMONDS, white sleeves, white diamond on cap King's Road 10
5 11-12 J J Murphy D E Splaine (7) 50/151.00
2 307900 ORANGE, brown seams, emerald green & yellow quartered cap Macarthur 46
6 11-12 J McAuley M Darcy 12/113.00
3 26173/ YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Pineau De Re (FR) 926
Distance Winner
7 11-12 P Fenton B T O'Connell 9/25.50
4 5-5 WHITE & YELLOW DIAMONDS, yellow sleeves, quartered cap Beckwith Star (IRE) 14
5 11-4 H de Bromhead A E Lynch 9/25.50
5 22/F-0 YELLOW, red stars, striped sleeves & cap Clashnabrook (IRE) 13
5 11-4 E O'Grady P T Enright 66/167.00
6 1-44342 Royal blue, white stars on sleeves, white cap For Dylan (IRE) 20
Beaten Favourite
6 11-4 Michael O'connor Mr M J O'Connor 10/111.00
7 0U/243U- Grey, pink sleeves, grey spots, grey cap, pink spots Goban Saor (FR) 23
6 11-4 E J O'Grady P F Mangan (5) 10/111.00
8 6-657 BLACK, white cross of lorraine & sleeves, white cap, black tassel Kellystown Jack (IRE) 10
5 11-4 J C McConnell B Browne (7) 50/151.00
9 0 Emerald Green, Yellow star, Yellow sleeves, Emerald Green stars, Emerald Green cap, Yellow star Lunaburg (FR) 60
6 11-4 p A Daly L P Flynn (3) 66/167.00
10 380059 DARK BLUE & ORANGE QUARTERED, dark blue sleeves, dark blue cap, orange star Sitting Back (IRE) 23
6 11-4 Martin Kenirons P A Gallagher (5) 50/151.00
11 2/23-4 Emerald green & mauve halved, slvs reversed, quartered cap Sparkling Tara 18
5 11-4 J J Hanlon Andrew J McNamara 7/24.50
12 18-4 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Zagman (IRE) 22
5 11-4 P Nolan D N Russell 9/43.25
13 5 WHITE, royal blue star & sleeves, white cap, red star Mayo Mystique (IRE) 21
6 10-13 P J Rothwell D J Bates (7) 33/134.00
14 08-04 DARK BLUE & PINK STRIPES, pink sleeves, striped cap Ten Pinhal (IRE) 22
6 10-13 t P A Roche P Townend 25/126.00
Non runners
1506/65-PPGortalasa (IRE)811-4V T O'BrienReserve 188
160/58-0Mr Shahady (IRE)511-4D T HughesReserve 2
170-00Abbey Raynger (IRE)611-4A J MartinReserve 3

Verdict

Macarthur is the interesting one here on his hurdling debut though this year he's looked a shadow of the horse who won the 2008 Hardwicke Stakes for Ballydoyle. Beckwith Star has shown promise on both starts and can improve along with point-to-point winner For Dylan, who has done well in bumpers and should make a decent hurdler. The latter remark also applies to Sparkling Tara, who was having his first start since last August when a close fourth in a bumper at Naas last month. Goban Saor has done enough to warrant respect but ZAGMAN is likely to take some beating judging on his return to action at Punchestown where he went clear over that 2m4f trip only to weaken in the closing stages.