Thurles

  • 12:20 Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase 2m 2f

  • Winner €8,625 2nd €2,000 3rd €875 4th €499
  • Going: Yielding to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 37.90s
  • Off time: 12:21:13
12:20 Thurles Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Foritsa (IRE) 4/1
2nd Moiqen (IRE) 12/1
3rd Hans Crescent (FR) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 703219 White, black seams, check cap Musawama (IRE) 22
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-12 bt Daniel Howard K C Sexton (4) 116 9/110.00
2 75-8900 Royal blue, white epaulettes, white diamond on cap Prince Of Milan (IRE) 138
Nag me
8 11-12 A Slattery S J Hassett 116 20/121.00
3 0-18441 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Sitcom (IRE) 24
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-12 h C Roche J S McGarvey (4) 116 13/27.50
4 819-445 Red, white panel, white cap Captain Canada 140
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-11 T O'Brien D E Splaine 115 8/19.00
5 4143-FF EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE HOOPS, white sleeves, green cap, orange star Moiqen (IRE) 29
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-9 h P Byrne S E Butler (2) 113 12/113.00
6 D01-580 WHITE & YELLOW DIAMONDS, yellow sleeves, quartered cap Beckwith Star (IRE) 15
Nag me
8 11-8 H de Bromhead M P Butler 112 22/123.00
7 7F37-99 DARK GREEN, yellow hoop, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, dark green star Colls Corner (IRE) 32
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-7 Michael Barry P D Kennedy (2) 111 20/121.00
8 80-P000 YELLOW, dark blue seams, white cap, dark blue star Hans Crescent (FR) 15
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-4 b M Hourigan M W Bowes (2) 108 25/126.00
9 331-776 EMERALD GREEN, yellow braces, white cap Innocentman (IRE) 24
Nag me
6 11-3 J Monroe I J McCarthy 107 12/113.00
10 107R22 ROYAL BLUE & WHITE HOOPS, royal blue sleeves, white stars on cap Bendala Bleu 53
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 10-5 D Hassett B F Cawley (4) 95 7/24.50
11 0502-53 LIGHT BLUE, dark blue sleeves, dark blue cap, light blue star Steady Ed (IRE) 208
Nag me
9 10-4 J J Walsh B Hayes (2) 94 8/19.00
12 P-37331 Orange & black chevrons, black seams on sleeves, quartered cap Foritsa (IRE) 33
Nag me
9 10-2 G M Doyle A F O'Neill (4) 92 4/15.00
13 U674-84 Grey, red cross sashes, red cap, grey star Reality Dose (IRE) 29
Nag me
9 10-0 p1 Miss E Doyle A Ring (4) 90 22/123.00

Verdict

FORITSA had been showing improved form before scoring at Wexford last month. The placed horses then fought out a finish on their next starts so the form looks decent and he can defy an 8lb rise which is halved by his rider's claim. Sitcom is making his handicap debut over fences after landing a beginners' event here last month. He's only five so there's more to come and he looks a danger. Bendala Bleu ran two very good races at Punchestown in October and the winning point-to-pointer is well enough treated to make his presence felt but Steady Ed is still a maiden after 17 starts over the bigger obstacles. Musawama went up a massive 10lb for winning here last month and was unable to cope in a much better race at Fairyhouse subsequently but Moiqen looked the likely winner when falling at Gowran and has a chance if staying on his feet.