Racecards

14:10 Limerick (IRE)

Greenmount Park Novice Chase (Grade 2) (Class 1)

  • 4 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 3f 120y
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
  • €37,500 added
  • Winner: €24,375
  • 2nd: €7,125
  • 3rd: €3,374
  • 4th: €1,125
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 19.30s
  • Off Time: 14:10:24
  • 4 Ran
1
  • Form: 537-212
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 135
  • Trainer: M F Morris
  • Jockey: Andrew J McNamara

led, headed before straight, soon dropped to 3rd and no impression, left 2nd and kept on without troubling winner from 2 out

2
  • Form: R12/472
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 117
  • Trainer: O McKiernan
  • Jockey: Mr R P Quinlan

tracked leader, dropped last of the 4 approaching straight, left poor 3rd from 2 out

3
  • Form: 1/11-1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Jockey: E Mullins

waited with behind leaders, 2nd and challenged into straight, every chance when left clear 2 out, stayed on well

4
5/2
  • Form: 196211
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Trainer: C Byrnes
  • Jockey: N P Madden

waited with behind leaders, a bit slow in jumping more than once, closed up to lead before straight, strongly pressed but every chance when ran out 2 out

In depth

Verdict

There will be some long faces if SIR DES CHAMPS is beaten here as he looked a horse with enormous potential when easily scoring on his chasing bow at Fairyhouse and the Martin Pipe Conditionals winner looks one to follow until beaten. Knockfierna, a Grade 2 winner over timber, has taken really well to chasing and will prove a worthy opponent if running anywhere near as well as she did when beating Shop Dj in a Cork Grade 3 last time. Four Commanders ran into a high-class opponent when beaten by Last Instalment at Punchestown and looks better than Quietly Fancied, who will need to improve.

Formwatch

Four Commanders (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Led, challenged 4 out, ridden and headed entering straight, disputed 2nd 2 out, 2nd last, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 7l behind Last Instalment (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 6f nov chs G2 (1) sft in Nov.

Quietly Fancied (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Led, pressed and headed briefly entering straight, regained narrow lead and kept on well, strongly pressed last and headed run-in, no impression closing stages, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Crash (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs.

Sir Des Champs (FR) 2-7fav (11-12) Tracked leaders and travelled well throughout, close 3rd 4 out, led from 2 out, went clear before last, not extended, won at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs sft beating Gran Torino (11-12) by 9l, 9 ran.

Knockfierna (IRE) 5-4fav (10-11) Chased leaders, jumped left 2nd and 3rd where slightly hampered, closer order approaching 4 out, left in lead next, drifted a bit left before 2 out, good jump and asserted from last, stayed on well, won at Cork 2m 1f mares nov chs Grade 3 (1) beating Shop Dj (10-11) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.