13:20 Limerick (IRE)

Shannon Airport Christmas Racing Festival 26th-29th December Handicap Hurdle (80-123)

  • 11 Runners
  • Distance: 2m
  • Going: Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
  • €16,000 added
  • Winner: €9,840
  • 2nd: €3,040
  • 3rd: €1,440
  • 4th: €641
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 57.50s
  • Off Time: 13:21:22
  • 11 Ran
  • Form: 5521F-1
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • Official Rating: 120
  • Trainer: A Fleming
  • Jockey: D F O'Regan

mid-division, slight mistake 1st, progress into 4th entering straight, ridden in 3rd 2 out, disputed 2nd last and no impression on leader, 3rd and kept on same pace run-in


Shamar (FR)

19 ht D
  • Form: 3/88B-79
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-12
  • Official Rating: 120
  • Trainer: R K Watson
  • Jockey: M A Enright

always towards rear, slight mistake 4 out, ridden and no impression after 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, tailed off

  • Form: 768611-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-11
  • Official Rating: 119
  • Trainer: C Bowe
  • Jockey: M P Walsh

chased leader, led 2nd, headed after 5th, soon 3rd, ridden in 5th before straight, no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace

  • Form: U35110
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-11
  • Official Rating: 119
  • Trainer: J J Hanlon
  • Jockey: Rachael Blackmore

led, headed 2nd, led again after 5th, ridden and pressed before 2 out, headed 2 out, no extra before last

  • Form: 80-000P
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-8
  • Official Rating: 116
  • Trainer: Mrs S A Bramall
  • Jockey: Andrew Ring

mid-division, ridden in 8th before straight, soon no extra

  • Form: 1521-0F
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-7
  • Official Rating: 115
  • Trainer: E O'Connell
  • Jockey: E O'Connell

held up towards rear, ridden and no impression before straight, kept on one pace

  • Form: 80/222-4
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-1
  • Official Rating: 109
  • Trainer: A Maguire
  • Jockey: R M Power

held up, mainly mid-division, progress into 6th before 2 out, ridden 2 out, no impression before last, kept on one pace

  • Form: 4614-05
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-0
  • Official Rating: 108
  • Trainer: S Spillane
  • Jockey: Mr D M Spillane

chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden entering straight, under pressure in 4th 2 out, stayed on to dispute 2nd last, 2nd and kept on same pace run-in, no chance with winner

  • Form: 433164
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Official Rating: 106
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Jockey: Ruby Walsh

chased leaders, disputed briefly after 5th, soon 2nd, improved to lead 2 out, soon ridden clear, kept on strongly, eased close home

  • Form: F3-1402
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Official Rating: 106
  • Trainer: D A McLoughlin
  • Jockey: C D Maxwell

held up in mid-division, towards rear and slight mistake 3 out, soon ridden, no impression before straight, soon no extra

  • Form: 83-8761
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-3
  • Official Rating: 97
  • Trainer: J Grace
  • Jockey: J J Burke

chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd before straight, no impression in 5th 2 out, kept on one pace from before last

  • Form: 7P-1228
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • Official Rating: 115
  • Trainer: P J Rothwell
  • Jockey: P Townend

In depth


The combination of Gordon Elliott and Ruby Walsh looks formidable and they team up with Orchard Road again after the nine-year-old’s close fourth at Navan where he was staying on at the finish. Mick The Boyo was having his 17th start when getting off the mark at Cork but was well supported and came home in good style so another big run is anticipated. HURRICANE DARWIN is only lightly raced and could prove much better than a 120-rated handicapper. He easily landed a maiden hurdle at Thurles in February and would have made a successful chasing debut there the following month but for falling. He gained compensation at Down Royal and, though chasing will be his game and he has an absence to overcome, looks potentially useful. Go It Alone completed a double in testing conditions in the spring but he's another who can make progress though a 14lb rise tempers enthusiasm. Magna Cartor won twice in October before heading for Cheltenham where he was in the process of running a big race before almost falling at the last. He probably would have finished in front of Runyon Rattler that day but Wither Hills reverts to hurdling on a 14lb lower mark after finishing runner-up over fences at Wexford.


Hurricane Darwin (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Soon raced in 4th, pushed along to chase leader approaching 2 out, challenged and led between last 2, ridden to assert run-in, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Down Royal 2m 4f gd in May beating Sue Oscar (11-5) by 6l, 8 ran.

Shamar (FR) 66-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, 9th halfway, closer 4 out, pushed along and no impression after next, weakened, 9th of 10, 19 1/2l behind That's A Wrap (10-13) at Navan 2m hcp Yielding - Soft in Nov.

Go It Alone (IRE) 11-2 (11-8) Soon tracked leaders, slight mistake 6th, soon 5th, on terms 3 out, soon led, jumped slightly right 2 out, soon asserted, slightly right again last, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp Yielding - Soft in Apr beating Highest Benefit (10-7) by 5 1/2l, 20 ran.

Magna Cartor 14-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, driven and effort between last 2, every chance when sprawled on landing last, not recover, 17th of 18, dist behind Wildmoor Boy (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gd in Nov.

Elmono (FR) (10-12) at Clairefontaine 2m 2f sft in Jul.

Admiral Brian (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division for most, fell 5 out, at Tipperary 2m 4f Yielding - Soft in May.

Knockraha Pylon (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 6th, mistake 5 out, no impression from 3 out, no extra and not fluent 2 out, 4th of 6, dist behind The Winkler (11-10) at Killarney 2m 6f gd in May.

Goulane Davina (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 5th from 7th, on terms before 3 out, soon led, pressed and joined straight, headed before 2 out, one pace from before last, 5th of 16, 16 1/4l behind Jo Go (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 7f hcp sft in Nov.

Orchard Road (USA) 6-1 (10-13) Towards rear on outer, 12th 3 out, ridden in 11th on outer next, 8th at last, headway early run-in, kept on same pace close home, 4th of 17, 3 1/4l behind Bull Ride (11-6) at Navan 2m hcp Yielding - Soft in Nov.

Wither Hills (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Towards rear, slight mistake 1st, 10th halfway, pushed along and progress entering straight, left 3rd 2 out, ridden to go 2nd last, kept on one pace run-in, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Lilly The Lioness (10-10) at Wexford 2m hcp Yielding in Jun.

Mick The Boyo (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Held up, 9th from 3rd, closed up in 2nd travelling smoothly approaching straight, soon led, asserted from 3 out, stayed on well run-in, won at Cork 2m hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov beating Kiera Royale (11-1) by 4l, 14 ran.

Runyon Rattler (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, outpaced when not much room on inside after 4 out, kept on under pressure from next, no impression, 8th of 18, 18l behind Wildmoor Boy (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gd in Nov.