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Gowran Park

  • 13:35 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle 3m

  • (Grade 2) €40,000 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 42.10s
  • Off time: 13:36:13

Full result

13:35 Gowran Park Result 26th January 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Zaidpour (FR) 11-10 R Walsh W P Mullins 6 11/8
Dictated from front at slow pace, slight mistake 5th, joined from 7 out, headed before 4 out, back in front with good jump next, travelling best 2 out, stayed on well under pressure run-in opened 11/8 touched 11/8
2nd 1 Voler La Vedette (IRE) 11-3 A E Lynch C A Murphy 8 4/6f
Tracked leader at slow pace, keen hold, raced in 3rd from 4th, ridden in 2nd 2 out, kept on without matching winner run-in opened 8/11 touched 8/11
3rd 14 Chicago Grey (IRE) 11-3 D J Condon G Elliott 9 25/1
Raced 4th of the 5 at slow pace, dropped to last and ridden from 3 out, no impression from before next, kept on without threatening into 3rd close home opened 25/1 touched 25/1
4th Whatuthink (IRE) 11-3 T J Doyle O McKiernan 10 50/1
Soon prominent at slow pace, on terms from 7 out, led before 4 out, headed next, no impression in 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace, dropped to 4th close home opened 40/1 touched 50/1
5th 15 Benash (IRE) 11-3 Andrew J McNamara John G Carr 8 40/1
Held up last of the 5, went 4th from 3 out, no extra from after next opened 40/1 touched 40/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.00 Tote Place: £1.10,1.10
Straight Forecast: £2.73 Exacta: £2.40

Placepot: €249.70, Pool: €0.0


Something of a surprise result with ZAIDPOUR following up last season's victory for Mourad to hand Willie Mullins back-to-back winners in this race. A half-brother to Zaynar, his novice season had ended in disappointment with three consecutive Grade One defeats following an easy win in the Royal Bond but he could be set for another crack at that level following his third success of the campaign in as many starts. The gallop was a slow one and Zaidpour may well have been a reluctant leader until Whatuthink briefly went on but he settled well for Ruby Walsh and was untroubled by the lack of pace. He lost his position when the tempo did eventually quicken but had plenty left in the tank and was always holding the runner-up having regained the initiative. He is in the World Hurdle and the Champion with the former contest his most likely option should connections decide to go to Cheltenham. He was held in high regard last term and is apparently now showing what he was thought capable of last season - far tougher tasks await but it would be dangerous to underestimate him until his limitations have been exposed. Colm Murphy believes that Voler La Vedette has returned an improved performer this season and the mare has certainly been in fine form winning all three starts and accounting for World Hurdle third (and stablemate of the winner) Mourad the last twice. Her improvement has been partly attributable to settling better in her races than ever before but she refused to settle on this occasion and that couldn't have helped her finishing effort. She was marginally favoured at the weights but time may tell that she faced a stiff task against a smart sort although this defeat does seemingly expose her limitations when it comes to considering her claims for the World Hurdle and the David Nicholson. Chicago Grey was back over hurdles for his fourth run in a season that was more stop than start and was readily left behind by the main protagonists. Even so, there was a hint in this run that he could be back on the right path and it will be interesting to see if he can build on it next time.