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16:30 Galway (IRE)

Mervue Maiden Hurdle

  • 15 Runners
  • Distance: 2m
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • €10,000 added
  • Winner: €6,900
  • 2nd: €1,600
  • 3rd: €700
  • 4th: €400
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 49.30s
  • Off Time: 16:30:47
  • 15 Ran
1
Silk - OLD GOLD, scarlet sash, white sleeves, flame cap
11/8
  • Form 3111/22
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-12

always prominent, 2nd for much, challenged from before last, every chance run-in, not match winner and kept on same pace close home

2
Silk - LIGHT BLUE & MAROON HOOPS, blue sleeves, striped cap
  • Form 800F-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-12

waited with towards rear, a bit slow 4 out, soon no impression

3
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, pink sash, pink cap, royal blue star
  • Form 0-40620
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-12

waited with, 9th early, niggled along after 3 out, soon no impression

4
Silk - WHITE, red stars, red sleeves, check cap
  • Form 1-52U63
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-12

soon led, jumped a little left at times, joined approaching 2 out where in front again, ridden before straight, strongly pressed and stayed on well from last

5
Silk - Royal blue, white stars, white seams on sleeves, royal blue cap, white stars
  • Form 00
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-12

chased leaders, slight peck 4th, not fluent 4 out, no impression from 3 out, drifted left and kept on same pace run-in

6
Silk - MAROON & EMERALD GREEN DIABOLO, emerald green sleeves, striped cap
  • Form P0-8
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-12

waited with towards rear early, closer order from 5 out, moderate 6th and no impression approaching 2 out, kept on same pace

7
Silk - WHITE, royal blue stars, royal blue armlet, royal blue star on cap
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5

waited with towards rear, a bit keen early, never a factor

8
Silk - PURPLE & YELLOW CHEVRONS, purple sleeves, hooped cap
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5

soon in rear, niggled along from 4th, never a factor

9
Silk - ROYAL BLUE & WHITE STRIPES, white sleeves, royal blue cap
  • Form 105-068
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5

mid-division early, 5th approaching 2 out, no impression under pressure from before straight, kept on same pace

10
Silk - Royal blue, white stars, white seams on sleeves, royal blue cap, white stars
5/1
  • Form 27
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5

tracked leaders, 4th 2 out, no impression in 3rd from before straight, a bit slow last and kept on same pace run-in

11
Silk - Royal blue & emerald green hoops, black sleeves, royal blue & emerald green hooped cap
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5

waited with towards rear, slight mistake 1st, never a factor, no danger from 3 out

12
Silk - White, yellow star, light green sleeves & cap
40/1
  • Form 0-00
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5

tracked leaders, lost place and no impression from 3 out

13
Silk - WHITE, emerald green stars, yellow sleeves, maroon cap, white stars
16/1
  • Form 00077
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5

prominent, on terms approaching 2 out where dropped to 3rd, soon no impression, kept on same pace

14
Silk - Pink, royal blue stars, pink sleeves, white cap
25/1
  • Form 50-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5

soon mid-division, a bit slow 4 out, no impression approaching 2 out, kept on same pace

15
Silk - WHITE & ORANGE DIAMONDS, white sleeves, emerald green & orange quartered cap
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5

rear of mid-division, 10th early, no impression and kept on same pace approaching 2 out

16
NR
  • Form 0-6P
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5

In depth

Verdict

DONATIS COMET is taken to make it third time lucky having found one too good in both starts over hurdles to date. The form of his latest second at Sligo is working out and he'll handle today's likely fast ground. Run For Firth posted his best effort over timber so far when third at Tramore and has the beating of Ittimetogo while Lady Bennett finished well ahead of Top Of The Town and Lisduane when runner-up at Ballinrobe last month. Parkers Mill is a decent handicapper on the Flat at his best and makes his hurdling debut today.

Formwatch

Donatis Comet (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, well off the pace, in pursuit of winner but no impression from 2 out, kept on same pace run-in and just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 16, 11l behind The Black Russian (11-4) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl in Aug.

Hero De Villeneuve (FR) 33-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, behind when fell 4 out, in a race won by Mad Brian (11-5) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Mar, 19 ran.

Parkers Mill (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden and no extra 2f out, 13th of 14, 18l behind Saxo Jack (8-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Aug (flat).

Run For Firth (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Soon prominent, some mistakes, no impression around bypassed 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 10l behind Prince Chaparral (11-5) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug.

Top Of The Town (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, no extra in 11th after 2 out, weakened, 12th of 15, 27l behind Massini's Trap (11-2) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl gf in Aug.

What About Harry (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Prominent, keen hold, lost place under pressure 5 out, soon no extra, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Fresh By Nature (10-8) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gf in Aug.

Boherna Lady (IRE) Shantou mare out of Bally Bolshoi.

Dawning Oscar (IRE) Oscar mare out of Forest Dawn.

Ittimetogo (IRE) 50-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, ridden in 7th before straight, soon no extra, 8th of 10, 33l behind Flatfoot Boogie (11-4) at Killarney 2m 6f nh nov hdl gd in Aug.

Lady Bennett (IRE) 9-4fav (11-7) Chased leaders, mistake 1st, mistake and lost place 5 out, soon towards rear and no impression, kept on same pace from 3 out, blowing hard post race, 7th of 13, 20l behind Kauto Mill Rose (10-6) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gf in Aug.

Lady Milan (IRE) Milan mare out of Marshys Mia.

Lisduane (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden and no extra after 2 out, weakened, 10th of 15, 21l behind Massini's Trap (11-2) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl gf in Aug.

Lost Book (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Soon well off pace towards rear, hampered 2nd, never a factor, kept on from 3 out, 7th of 16, well behind The Black Russian (11-4) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl in Aug.

Lotus Lily (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Soon mid-division, 10th 5f out, no extra from before straight, 16th of 18, 31l behind Magic Vixen (11-9) at Limerick 2m 4f mrs N H flat in Jul '12.

Routes Delight (IRE) Dushyantor mare out of Safe Route.

The Cookie Jar (IRE) 22-1 (10-11) In rear and niggled along from early, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Prince Chaparral (11-5) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug, 13 ran.