Leopardstown

  • 12:15 attheraces.com Maiden Hurdle2m 4f 35y

  • Winner €8,624 2nd €2,673 3rd €1,274 4th €574
  • Going: Soft (Yielding in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 21.50s
  • Off time: 12:16:57
12:15 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Flawless Escape 11/4
2nd Jetez (IRE) 10/1
3rd Francin (FR) 6/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2 9-3 Dark blue, orange braces, halved sleeves, orange spots on cap Best Behavior (IRE) 39
4 11-7 O McKiernan B Browne (5) 20/121.00
3 34 DARK BLUE, white seams, striped sleeves & cap Border Control (IRE) 198
Beaten Favourite
4 11-7 J P O'Brien S A Shortall (3) 33/134.00
4 F9-F8 Maroon, white star & armlet, white cap Commandant (IRE) 28
4 11-7 M F Morris Rachael Blackmore 66/167.00
5 F-5 Maroon, white star and armlets, blue cap Cut Em Down (IRE) 19
4 11-7 t J P O'Brien D N Russell 66/167.00
6 3 Black, yellow cross sashes, striped cap Daybreak Boy (IRE) 53
4 11-7 H De Bromhead N D Fehily 7/24.50
7 2-12 Royal blue, light green star & sleeves, light green star on cap Flawless Escape 40
4 11-7 G Elliott R Loughran 11/43.75
8 /- PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Francin (FR) 574
4 11-7 W P Mullins P Townend 6/42.50
9 3U1-4 CERISE Heroesandvillains 25
4 11-7 N Meade S W Flanagan 33/134.00
10 0-37 MAROON & WHITE DIABOLO, white sleeves, maroon cap Incredible Black (IRE) 111
4 11-7 L Comer R M Short (7) 100/1101.00
11 0-443 Orange, black star , black & orange hooped sleeves, orange cap, black star Jetez (IRE) 40
4 11-7 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 10/111.00
13 4- MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Momus (IRE) 284
4 11-7 N Meade B J Cooper 40/141.00
14 1-43 Pink & white halved, black sleeves, black cap, pink star Not Many Left (IRE) 18
4 11-7 Mrs J Harrington M P Walsh 33/134.00
15 7 Dark Blue, Pink seams, Dark Blue sleeves, Pink cap Pincer Movement (IRE) 19
4 11-7 Mrs J Harrington M A Enright 25/126.00
16 5-8 White & royal blue hoops, royal blue armlet, white cap Pluto Montes (IRE) 26
4 11-7 E J O'Grady D F O'Regan 66/167.00
17 4-110 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Tower Bridge (IRE) 54
Beaten Favourite
4 11-7 t J P O'Brien B J Geraghty 20/121.00
Non runners
17P-450Bazarov (IRE)411-7J O CliffordRachael Blackmore
12-Kalamkan (USA)411-7T G McCourtC D Timmons

Verdict

Francin won twice on the Flat in France last summer and has joined Willie Mullins. A long absence is rarely a problem for one from his yard so the market should be monitored. Tower Bridge won two bumpers on summer ground and started favourite for his hurdling debut at Down Royal but never looked like winning and will need major improvement here. DAYBREAK BOY made good progress on the Flat during the summer and ran very well on his debut over timber at Cork, staying on strongly over the minimum trip. He looks certain to improve again and gets the nod over Flawless Escape, a winning bumper who also made a fine start over hurdles when chasing home the odds-on Burrows Saint at Punchestown with Jetez back in third.