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12:50 Fairyhouse (IRE)

Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) (Class 1)

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 2m
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
  • €75,000 added
  • Winner: €48,750
  • 2nd: €14,249
  • 3rd: €6,750
  • 4th: €2,250
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 1.90s
  • Off Time: 12:50:25
  • 6 Ran
1
Silk - PURPLE, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap
  • Form 1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-10

settled towards rear, 4th halfway, closer before 3 out and went 2nd next, ridden and no impression before last, kept on same pace under pressure run-in without troubling winner

2
Silk - MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star
  • Form 5411
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 131

settled in 3rd, closer approaching 3 out, soon ridden and no impression in 5th 2 out, no extra

3
Silk - PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap
6/4
  • Form 343/2-1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-10

tracked leader in 2nd, headway to lead approaching straight, travelling well and in command between final 2 hurdles, ridden out to maintain advantage run-in

4
Silk - MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star
7/1
  • Form 2
  • Age 4
  • Weight 11-7

chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th when blundered 2 out, kept on one pace without threatening

5
Silk - Brown, royal blue cross of lorraine, royal blue armlet, royal blue cap
  • Form 11-4137
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 125

led racing freely, headed approaching straight and soon no extra, beaten when mistake 2 out

6
Silk - RED, white panel & sleeves, white cap, red stars
16/1
  • Form 263121
  • Age 4
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 121

in rear, headway before 3 out and went 2nd approaching straight, no extra in 3rd after 2 out, kept on one pace

In depth

Verdict

Il Fenomeno, a Grade 3 winner on the Flat in France, will relish the conditions and showed class and battling qualities to hold off stablemate Dylan Ross in a Navan Grade 3. He'll improve again but will need to in this higher class. Miss Nomer also won a Grade 3 last time when comprehensively landing a mares' event at Down Royal with the odds-on Dazzling Suzie, who set off like a scalded cat and was soon done with, well beaten. Sous Les Sioux looks a potentially useful staying type and had no problems landing a maiden over 2m4f here last month. He can take care of stablemate Midnight Game but it's GALILEO'S CHOICE who gets the vote as he beat Drumfire on his hurdling debut at Galway and had his sights set on the Melbourne Cup subsequently. He didn't get to Australia but he's very highly regarded and could well turn out to be something special.

Formwatch

Galileo's Choice (IRE) 4-6fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to 2nd after 3 out, challenged 2 out, ridden to narrow lead approaching last, kept on run-in, all out close home, won at Galway 2m mdn hdl gd in Jul beating Drumfire (11-12) by nk, 11 ran.

Il Fenomeno (ITY) 13-8fav (11-1) Chased leader in 2nd, close up 3 out, improved to narrow lead 2 out, soon ridden and kept on well from before last, asserted run-in, won at Navan 2m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) in Nov beating Dylan Ross (11-1) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.

Sous Les Cieux (FR) 3-10fav (11-12) Settled mid-division, 9th halfway, headway into 4th 3 out, challenged 2 out and soon led, clear before last, not extended, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov beating Rourke's Cross (11-12) by 7l, 13 ran.

Midnight Game 6-5fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, 7th halfway, smooth headway into 2nd 2 out, soon challenged, under pressure when hampered after last, led briefly, headed and no impression closing stages, 2nd of 18, 1/2l behind Corbally Ghost (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl sft in Nov.

Dazzling Susie (IRE) 7-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression before straight, moderate 9th last, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 14l behind Dare To Doubt (11-7) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Nov.

Miss Nomer (IRE) 13-2 (10-7) Chased clear leader, 4th halfway, close 3rd before 3 out, headway to lead after 2 out, soon asserted and kept on well run-in, won at Down Royal 2m mrs nov hdl G3 (1) sft in Nov beating Noras Fancy (11-0) by 4l, 6 ran.