Naas

  • 13:15 Paddy Power Cheltenham Trial Sunday 23rd February Maiden Hurdle 2m

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 4.00s
  • Off time: 13:15:02
13:15 Naas Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sea Beat 5/1
2nd Le Vent D'Antan (FR) 8/13
3rd Powder Hound 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 34 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap A Grey Matter (IRE) 21
5 11-12 M Brassil M P Walsh 25/126.00
2 P7 Dark blue, orange braces, halved sleeves, orange spots on cap Golden Boot (IRE) 43
5 11-12 t1 O McKiernan P F Mangan 66/167.00
3 Emerald Green & Orange hoops, Royal Blue cap I Knew Well (IRE)
5 11-12 T J Taaffe Andrew J McNamara 33/134.00
4 80 ROYAL BLUE, red epaulettes, red slvs,royal blue spots,red cap,royal blue spots Jayo Time (IRE) 13
5 11-12 Mrs G Callaghan K M Donoghue 100/1101.00
5 F White & black diamonds, black chevrons on sleeves, white cap, black stars Jpevie (IRE) 20
5 11-12 t J C McConnell M J Bolger 66/167.00
6 17-3 Black, Red Cross of Lorraine, Red cap Le Vent D'Antan (FR) 20
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-12 Miss E Doyle M P Fogarty 8/131.62
7 0 Emerald green & orange hooped, orange and  emerald green quartered cap Pencilled In (IRE) 63
5 11-12 F Flood A P Crowe 50/151.00
8 Dark blue, orange braces, halved sleeves, orange cap, dark blue spots Proud Prince (IRE)
5 11-12 h O McKiernan S J Crimin (7) 66/167.00
9 F-P006 Yellow, Royal Blue star, Royal Blue sleeves, Yellow stars, Yellow cap, Royal Blue star Too Straight (IRE) 23
5 11-12 Martin Hassett S J Hassett (3) 50/151.00
10 144308- Emerald green, yellow triple diamond, yellow diamond on cap Zeftan (IRE) 177
5 11-12 P McCreery M Darcy 50/151.00
11 56-58P RED, yellow star & sleeves, red cap, white stars Miss Coley (IRE) 43
5 11-5 t1 J J Walsh B T O'Connell 66/167.00
12 0999- EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE DIABOLO, quartered cap Achtung 109
4 10-12 L Comer C D Timmons (5)(ex1) 66/167.00
13 EMERALD GREEN Flight Plan (IRE)
4 10-12 D T Hughes M A Enright 25/126.00
14 43- EMERALD GREEN, yellow spots, check sleeves, emerald green cap, yellow spots Kahdian (IRE) 111
4 10-12 T Cooper D N Russell 14/115.00
15 24 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Powder Hound 13
4 10-12 N Meade B J Cooper 7/24.50
16 45 MAROON & WHITE STRIPES, maroon cap, white hoop Sea Beat 21
4 10-12 A L T Moore R C Colgan 5/16.00
17 47 Black, emerald green stars, black cap Truly Delightful (IRE) 21
4 10-5 T Cleary S A Shortall (7) 40/141.00

Verdict

Fairyhouse runner-up POWDER HOUND failed to quicken when only fourth at Leopardstown a couple of weeks ago but that was probably a hotter contest than this and Noel Meade's four-year-old is worth another chance to fulfil the promise of his debut effort. Le Vent D'Antan, who was a decent sort in bumpers last year, is sure to have learned plenty from his hurdling introduction at Fairyhouse and will strip fitter here while Sea Beat was taking on some smart juveniles when fifth here last month, ahead of Truly Delightful, and wasn't beaten far at Leopardstown earlier. A Grey Matter was fourth here last month but the drop in trip might not be in his favour.