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13:40 Cork (IRE)

Paddy Power Acca Insurance Irish EBF Novice Hurdle (Listed) (Class 1)

  • 5 Runners
  • Distance: 3m
  • Going: Soft (Soft to Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • €40,000 added
  • Winner: €23,600
  • 2nd: €7,600
  • 3rd: €3,600
  • 4th: €1,601
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 27.40s
  • Off Time: 13:41:10
  • 5 Ran
1
Silk - Red, pink hoop, pink armlet, red cap
9/4
  • Form 122112
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4

led, not fluent at 1st, 5 lengths clear after 1st, increased advantage at 2nd, not fluent at 3rd, reduced advantage before 8th, under pressure and headed before 3 out, no extra in 3rd before 2 out

2
Silk - BEIGE, dark green diabolo on sleeves, black cap
  • Form 121211
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 142

held up, 3rd to clear leader at 6th, closer before 8th, slight mistake 4 out, travelled well to dispute 3 out, 2nd 2 out, no impression on leader before last where not fluent, kept on one pace

3
Silk - MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star
  • Form F21-1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

tracked clear leader, closer in 2nd before 8th, travelled well to lead before 3 out, joined 3 out where not fluent, led narrowly 2 out where slight mistake, asserted before last where not fluent, kept on well, comfortably

6
Silk - Emerald green,orange star,emGreen sleeves,orange stars,green cap,orange stars
33/1
  • Form 3P-511
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-13
  • Official Rating 123

reluctant to race and detached at start, closed up on field before 2nd, under pressure and detached at 9th, weakened, pulled up before 3 out

7
Silk - Red, emerald green sash & sleeves, yellow cap
  • Form 142244
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-7
  • Official Rating 114

chased clear leader in 4th, detached at 9th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off

4
NR
  • Form 411037
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 121

5
NR
  • Form 155-18
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Cracking Smart had to work hard to beat Shady Operator at Punchestown though did it well in the end and is an obvious contender though Willie Mullins looks to hold the key. Robin Des Foret had 7l to spare over stable companion FABULOUS SAGA in a Listed contest over 2m5f at Limerick but Ruby Walsh must believe the runner-up is capable of reversing the form over this longer trip so his mount gets the nod. Balakani was a fortunate winner at Limerick and the remaining trio have plenty of improving to do against this opposition.

Formwatch

Fabulous Saga (FR) 8-11fav (11-6) Led, 2 lengths clear at 6th, reduced advantage after 7th, not fluent at 8th and almost joined, headed after 2 out, no impression on winner before last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Robin Des Foret (11-6) at Limerick 2m 5f lst (1) sft in Oct.

Robin Des Foret (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Raced 3rd, not fluent 3 out, travelled well and closed in 2nd before 2 out, led after 2 out, asserted before last, kept on well, easily, won at Limerick 2m 5f lst (1) sft in Oct beating Fabulous Saga (11-6) by 7l, 7 ran.

Cracking Smart (FR) 4-7fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 3rd 4 out, travelled well to dispute after 2 out, led before last, ridden and ran around slightly approaching last, kept on well run-in, comfortably, won at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn Yielding - Soft in Oct beating Shady Operator (11-7) by 4l, 22 ran.

Balakani (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, 2nd at 4th, closer after 5th, niggled along after 3 out, soon no impression on leader, left in lead 2 out where not fluent, kept on, fortunate, won at Limerick 2m 2f sft in Oct beating Penneys Hun (11-0) by 9l, 3 ran.

High Nellie (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Led, jumped slightly right at times, pushed along after 3 out, headed before 2 out, soon dropped to 3rd, no extra in last run-in, last of 4, 6 1/2l behind Court Artist (11-3) at Wexford 2m 4f hvy in Oct.

Snugsborough Benny (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression 3 out, soon no extra, 7th of 11, dist behind Dinaria Des Obeaux (10-10) at Wexford 2m sft in Oct.

The Rory Story (IRE) 5-2 (11-5) Chased leader, 3rd at 6th, 4th 3 out, weakened to 7th before last, no extra run-in, last of 8, 29 3/4l behind Just Janice (11-1) at Galway 2m 4f Soft - Heavy in Oct.