Down Royal

  • 14:25 Guinness Maiden Hurdle2m 140y

  • Winner €6,775 2nd €2,101 3rd €1,001 4th €451
  • Going: Heavy (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 24.30s
  • Off time: 14:41:07
14:25 Down Royal Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Icario (FR) 13/8
2nd Free Ranger (IRE) 11/8
3rd Make It Hurrah (IRE) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 427-17 Light blue, purple stars, purple star on cap Fred The Foot (IRE) 83
6 11-12 t J C McConnell J M Moore 12/113.00
2 463P22 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Icario (FR) 9
5 11-12 ht G Elliott D N Russell 123 13/82.62
3 P0 Black, white star, maroon sleeves & cap Communion Day (IRE) 22
6 11-4 Francis J Flood L P Dempsey 50/151.00
4 Royal blue, yellow hoop, white & royal blue hooped sleeves & cap Haughton Shore (IRE)
5 11-4 h J Larkin C D Maxwell 100/1101.00
5 9 BLACK, white stars, striped sleeves, white star on cap Imperial Reprise (IRE) 110
7 11-4 C A McBratney L P Gilligan (7) 66/167.00
6 5/6-8055 Red, royal blue star, royal blue stars on cap Rock On Westie (IRE) 33
9 11-4 t Miss S Barkley P D Kennedy (3) 88 20/121.00
7 UP-1308 ROYAL BLUE, orange cap The White Volcano (IRE) 22
6 11-4 J Woods D J Hand (7) 25/126.00
8 97 Red, white star, white stars on sleeves, striped cap Make It Hurrah (IRE) 30
4 11-0 h Mrs J Harrington R M Power 25/126.00
9 F0 Orange & black quartered, black chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap Ask Madge (IRE) 47
6 10-11 N C Kelly A W Short (5) 100/1101.00
10 P46070 Light Blue, Dark Blue seams, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Purple star Drumnagreagh (IRE) 47
5 10-11 t1 S R B Crawford R C Colgan 50/151.00
11 4-0 WHITE, red stars, red cap Tina Marie (IRE) 140
5 10-11 Ross O'Sullivan I J McCarthy 66/167.00
12 2 Emerald green & red quartered, hooped sleeves, striped cap Free Ranger (IRE) 40
Beaten Favourite
4 10-9 N Meade S W Flanagan 11/82.38
13 - White & black hoops, pink cap Hague Convention (IRE) 157
4 10-9 W J Bryson R A Doyle (5) 40/141.00
14 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Ilikedwayurthinkin (IRE)
4 10-9 G P Cromwell J S McGarvey 7/18.00
15 6 Pink & white diamonds Itsalonglongroad 23
4 10-9 ht J C McConnell M A Enright 16/117.00

Verdict

Icario bids to break his duck over hurdles at the 17th attempt. Man-of-the-moment Davy Russell keeps the partnership intact but the five-year-old has to be vulnerable to a less-exposed type. FREE RANGER started favourite on his hurdling debut at Fairyhouse last month but had nothing more to give having been headed on the run-in. We’ll take the view that it was a lack of condition rather than stamina that cost him victory but he should be suited by this easier course regardless. Itsalonglongroad faced an impossible task on his debut in a Grade 3 though will need to show more if he’s to win races, but Ilikedwayurthinkin is worth a market check. He’s by champion stayer Yeats out of a useful hurdler/chaser and Gavin Cromwell trains his talented full brother Spades Or Trumps for JP McManus.