Bellewstown

  • 18:50 Byrne Marquees Hilltown Hurdle3m

  • Winner €10,638 2nd €3,438 3rd €1,638 4th €738
  • Going: Good (Good to Yielding in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 11.00s
  • Off time: 18:51:17
18:50 Bellewstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Macgiloney (IRE) 2/1
2nd Make My Heart Fly (IRE) 4/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3221-11 DARK BLUE, yellow diamond & sleeves, yellow cap, red diamond Count Simon (IRE) 24
Distance Winner
5 11-11 b G Elliott D N Russell 134 5/61.83
2 23P-715 BLACK & YELLOW HOOPS, white & yellow quartered cap Macgiloney (IRE) 24
Course WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-7 Denis Hogan D G Hogan 118 2/13.00
3 24335-F Orange, royal blue chevron, diabolo on sleeves, orange cap Make My Heart Fly (IRE) 15
Distance Winner
7 11-4 t G Elliott D F O'Regan 130 4/15.00
4 P48P0-6 ROYAL BLUE & WHITE CHECK, white sleeves & cap Artic Quest (IRE) 17
7 11-1 J A Berry D J O'Keeffe (7) 87 100/1101.00
5 P/P-6 ROYAL BLUE, red hoop, red sleeves & cap Hague Convention (IRE) 15
5 11-1 S Millar Mr N Gault (7) 33/134.00

Verdict

Gordon Elliott looks to have the answer to this. Count Simon had been in fine form over hurdles before making a successful start over fences with a comfortable victory at Punchestown but has to concede 7lb to stable companion MAKE MY HEART FLY. The latter, who completed a four-timer over fences last summer, would have made a winning start over fences but for falling two out at Downpatrick, can come out on top with only Macgiloney likely to provide much of a threat on his chasing bow.