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15:35 Fairyhouse (IRE)

Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Novice Chase

  • 5 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 4f
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
  • €20,000 added
  • Winner: €12,320
  • 2nd: €3,821
  • 3rd: €1,820
  • 4th: €820
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 51.00s
  • Off Time: 15:37:05
  • 5 Ran
1st
Silk -
1
Silk - BLACK, white hollow box, black sleeves, white seams, black cap, white star
4/1
  • Form 17/2-14
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-7

held up disputing 4th, slight mistakes 3rd and 8th, ridden in last before 2 out, no impression

2
Silk - EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap

Close Shave

57 BFCD
6/5
  • Form 18-7213
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 123

tracked leaders in 3rd, took keen hold and mistake 2nd, close 3rd 2 out, soon ridden, went 2nd before last, stayed on well inside final furlong to lead on line

3
Silk - LIGHT GREEN, red diamond & sleeves, quartered cap
3/1
  • Form 0962/9-1
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-3

held up disputing 4th, slight mistake 9th, ridden from 3 out, soon no impression

4
Silk - MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star
  • Form 34U5U2
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 121

led early, jumped left at 1st, slight mistake and joined next, led again 7th, joined 10th, ridden and led after 2 out, strongly pressed at last, kept on well inside final furlong, headed on line

5
Silk - WHITE, royal blue stars, royal blue armlet, royal blue star on cap
  • Form 339634
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 123

soon disputed lead, headed 7th until disputed lead again at 10th, ridden entering straight, headed after 2 out, 3rd at last, kept on same pace run-in

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

The lightly-raced Alto Esqua looked one to follow when making a winning start over fences at Listowel and can't have been right when beaten a long way in a Roscommon Grade 3 a few days later. He's expected to do much better here. Close Shave battled on to lead on the line over 2m6f at Thurles and started favourite for a tough Punchestown handicap but never really got going. This should be more to his liking while Ballela Boy got his jumping together in the latter stages at Limerick after a few early mistakes and would be a threat with a clear round. ART OF SYNERGY has always looked a chaser in the making and what he achieved over timber was a bonus. He has a long absence to overcome but should be ready and can take this as the veteran Inis Meain has had 12 starts over fences without winning.

Formwatch

Alto Esqua (FR) 9-4 (11-1) Prominent, pushed along from 4 out, lost place and no impression from 3 out, eased from next, left 4th from last, 4th of 6, 37l behind Landofhopeandglory (10-5) at Roscommon 2m (1) hvy in Sep.

Close Shave 7-2jfav (10-7) Prominent, mistake 4 out, no extra and one pace straight, 3rd of 11, 21 1/4l behind Coeur Joyeux (10-2) at Punchestown 2m 7f hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov.

Art Of Synergy (IRE) 3-1jfav (11-4) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, progress after 2 out, switched left and challenged last, soon ridden to lead, kept on well, won at Kilbeggan 2m 3f mdn Yielding in May beating Great Khan (11-4) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.

Ballela Boy (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Slow jump 1st and reminders early, settled in 5th, not fluent 4th, progress into 2nd from 4 out, ridden in 3rd from 2 out, kept on well run-in without matching winner, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Surf Instructor (11-3) at Limerick 2m 2f hvy in Dec.

Inis Meain (USA) 33-1 (11-4) Slow into stride and in rear early, improved to lead after 1st, headed before 6th and soon dropped to rear, detached when mistake 6 out, soon no extra. tailed off, 4th of 6, dist behind Dounikos (11-4) at Limerick 2m 4f (1) hvy in Dec.