Thurles

  • 16:35 Littleton Handicap Hurdle 3m

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 7m 32.20s
  • Off time: 16:36:09
16:35 Thurles Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Missie Ella (IRE) 11/2
2nd War Correspondent (IRE) 8/1
3rd Bonifacio (IRE) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 UP-8U7F RED & WHITE STRIPES, red sleeves, white cap Leggy Lad (IRE) 32
Distance Winner
10 11-8 S McConville Mr M McConville (7) 111 10/111.00
2 F-66423 ROYAL BLUE, emerald green sleeves, blue & white striped cap Alasty (IRE) 32
Beaten Favourite
7 11-7 K P Egan B M Cash 110 7/18.00
3 46213P Yellow, red cross sashes, striped sleeves, royal blue cap A Decent Excuse (IRE) 46
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-6 E M O'Sullivan P D Kennedy (5) 109 7/18.00
4 F2-4427 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star War Correspondent (IRE) 41
Beaten Favourite
6 11-6 p M F Morris D N Russell 109 8/19.00
5 634804 Emerald green & royal blue diabolo, royal blue sleeves, emerald green stars, white cap, emerald green stars Katys Girl (IRE) 32
7 11-4 t1 Mrs G Callaghan K M Donoghue (3)(ex1) 107 14/115.00
6 P-82321 Purple, yellow diamond, red cap Zekarya (FR) 21
Distance Winner
7 11-3 P M J Doyle J J Doyle 106 5/16.00
7 211109 Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves, dark blue spots on cap Happy New Year (IRE) 17
Distance Winner
9 10-13 O McKiernan S J Crimin (7) 102 8/19.00
8 70-7607 White, red hoop, red armlet, striped cap Bonifacio (IRE) 47
9 10-12 t P G Kelly Mr S D Bohan (7) 101 25/126.00
10 U090P9 ROYAL BLUE & YELLOW HOOPS, royal blue sleeves, royal blue cap, yellow star Ocean Bright (USA) 39
7 10-11 D A McLoughlin C D Maxwell (3) 100 40/141.00
11 7077-90 Emerald green, black epaulettes, halved sleeves, black cap, emerald green star Luck Pennie (IRE) 17
6 10-10 b S Buggy D J Bates (3) 99 25/126.00
12 321237 PURPLE, white chevron, white cap The Blarney Rose (IRE) 39
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 10-8 E M O'Sullivan Mr B Crowley (7) 97 9/110.00
13 980123 WHITE, royal blue stars, royal blue sleeves, royal blue cap, white stars Missie Ella (IRE) 8
Course Winner
5 10-4 Denis Hogan D G Hogan 96 11/26.50
14 167024 Royal blue, white cross of lorraine, white & royal blue hooped sleeves, yellow cap Thats The Dream (IRE) 52
Distance Winner
5 10-3 R Tyner P T Enright 95 7/18.00
Non runners
9831474Dante Anna (IRE)810-12R O'ConnorMr C L Murphy101
15353-90PCross To Boston (IRE)710-1P J RothwellA Ring90

Verdict

War Correspondent had looked a bright prospect in his early races which is why he was an odds-on chance for a maiden here last month but he fluffed his lines and finished tailed off. That wasn't his true running and he can do better but he'll need to in an open handicap. Alasty has been staying on strongly over shorter trips but the handicapper hasn't done him any favours. He finished runner-up to today's rival Happy New Year at Punchestown in December but that winner, who was completing a hat-trick, has been hit hard by the assessor. ZEKARYA won a beginners' chase in a canter at Limerick and has to be the selection as he was conceding 7lb to the 108-rated American Flyer over hurdles at Tipperary in October and was beaten less then 2l. There should be more to come and he's handed the vote. Missie Ella and Thats The Dream are at the right end of the handicap and can make their presence felt.