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13:05 Thurles (IRE)

I.N.H. Stallion Owners E.B.F. Novice Hurdle

  • 8 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 6f
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • €14,000 added
  • Winner: €9,660
  • 2nd: €2,240
  • 3rd: €980
  • 4th: €560
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 57.60s
  • Off Time: 13:05:11
  • 8 Ran
1
Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow sleeves, Yellow cap, Royal Blue star
10/3
  • Form 42-1221
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-10

waited with, no impression from before 4 out, soon no extra and behind when pulled up before last

2
Silk - BLACK, large red spots, red spots on sleeves, red cap
7/1
  • Form 210741
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 119

waited with until stumbled and unseated rider 4th

3
Silk - EMERALD GREEN & RED STRIPED, red sleeves, quartered cap
  • Form 313-0U1
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5

soon led, headed 5 out, weakened and pulled up before 3 uot

4
Silk - ORANGE & LIGHT BLUE DIAMONDS, orange sleeves, orange cap, light blue diamonds
  • Form 04FF21
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-5

tracked leaders, lost place and struggling from before 4 out, soon moderate 4th, went moderate 3rd and kept on same pace from last

5
Silk - YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star
  • Form 510-021
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5

close up, led 5 out, headed before straight, soon no impression and kept on same pace

6
Silk - Red & Black Diamonds, Red Cap
  • Form 7-6241
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-2
  • Official Rating 109

prominent, no extra from 3 out, dropped to moderate 4th from last

7
Silk - MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star
  • Form 223-21
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-2

chased leaders, closed from 5 out, led before straight, soon clear, stayed on well, comfortably

8
Silk - LIGHT BLUE & YELLOW HOOPS, light blue sleeves, yellow cap
  • Form 4P1-67
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0

towards rear, dropped behind 5 out, pulled up before 3 out

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

A potentially decent contest made even more intriguing by the presence of Ruby Walsh on board Benefficient for Tony Martin. He rode the six-year-old to an impressive success at Navan last time and the 5lb he receives from PICKAPOCKETORTWO may have swayed him. However, the latter has been ridden by Patrick Mullins in all of his nine races to date and the form of his latest success at Thurles could hardly have worked out better as his three opponents that day have all won subsequently. He gets the nod though Star Neuville looked a smart performer when defeating Mullins' odds-on Vesper Bell at Leopardstown and is very much on the upgrade. Folsom Blue is another going places and though attempting this trip for the first time under Rules should have no problems staying while Castle Wings ploughed through the Limerick mud for a very impressive success last time and is another to consider.

Formwatch

Pickapocketortwo (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Tracked leader in 3rd, took keen hold, went 2nd before halfway, led 2 out, slight mistake last, ridden and edged right run-in, kept on best when challenged, won at Thurles 2m 6f nov hdl sft in Nov beating Ipsos Du Berlais (11-10) by 1/2l, 4 ran.

Archie Meade (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Waited with, closed up 6th, soon tracked leaders, challenged and on terms 2 out, led approaching last where not fluent, stayed on well run-in, won at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec beating Jack Bene (11-4) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.

Benefficient (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Made all, challenged 3 out, asserted before last, pushed out briefly run-in, easily, won at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Dec beating Knockgraffon King (11-12) by 8l, 10 ran.

Castle Wings (IRE) 15-8fav (11-9) Prominent, keen hold, on terms 3 out, soon led and went on from before straight, slight mistake 2 out, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Limerick 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec beating Noble Pageant (11-12) by 12l, 12 ran.

Star Neuville (FR) 5-2 (11-5) Made all, ridden to assert approaching last, kept on under pressure run-in, won at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec beating Vesper Bell (11-12) by 2l, 8 ran.

Firebird Flyer (IRE) 9-4fav (10-8) Led early, prominent, led after 3 out, joined from before next where not fluent, gained advantage from before last where good jump, stayed on well run-in, won at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy beating Mazuri Cowboy (10-13) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.

Folsom Blue (IRE) 2-5fav (11-0) Tracked leader, mistake 6 out, led before 2 out, soon pressed, stayed on best to assert run-in, won at Limerick 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec beating Essexbridge (11-7) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.

Handsome Dan (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Way off pace in mid-division best, poor 5th and no extra approaching straight, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Distant Memories (11-9) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.