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13:35 Thurles (IRE)

W.T. O'Grady Memorial Irish EBF Novice Hurdle

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 6f 61y
  • Going: Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
  • €14,500 added
  • Winner: €8,700
  • 2nd: €2,900
  • 3rd: €1,450
  • 4th: €725
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 37.20s
  • Off Time: 13:35:24
  • 6 Ran
1
Silk - RED & EMERALD GREEN STRIPES, red sleeves, hooped cap
25/1
  • Form F-43125
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-5

tracked leaders, 4th halfway, headway approaching straight, pushed along when left 2nd 2 out, soon no impression on winner, slight mistake last, kept on one pace

2
Silk - PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap
  • Form P/1-221
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5

tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, closer approaching straight and challenging when left in front 2 out, soon clear and stayed on well, easily

3
Silk - MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star
  • Form 3161-31
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5

tracked leader, hampered 1st, 2nd halfway, led 3 out, pushed along entering straight, strongly pressed when fell 2 out

4
Silk - Royal blue, emerald green triple diamond, emerald green diamonds on cap
  • Form 3/133
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 136

led, jumped left and bumped rival 1st, headed 3 out and soon pushed along, lost place entering straight and left 3rd 2 out, ridden and no impression approaching last

5
Silk - Yellow, emerald green triple diamond, emerald green diamonds on sleeves, yellow cap
  • Form 11
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-2

tracked leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along after 3 out and left 4th next, soon no impression and no extra when not fluent last

7
Silk - BLACK & WHITE CHECK, white sleeves, check cap
  • Form 220240
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-7

always rear, never a factor, detached before 3rd, pushed along and no impression halfway, weakened, completely tailed off

6
NR
  • Form 115
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-2

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott both saddle two here. MONKFISH and Vis Ta Loi represent the champion trainer and the former looked a potentially smart stayer when winning easily over 2m7f at Fairyhouse on heavy ground. The latter has been narrowly beaten in two starts in graded company since landing a Clonmel maiden so looks certain to make his presence felt as he holds Alpine Cobra on their run in a Limerick Grade 2 last time. Gordon Elliott's pair Run Wild Fred and Festival D'ex also enter the fray in top form. The former was always in the front rank when scoring at Navan while the latter, a bumper winner, sauntered home over 2m on the same track and is likely to be suited by this much longer trip.

Formwatch

Alpine Cobra (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Soon raced in 5th, slight mistake 2nd, pushed along approaching straight, soon no impression, 5th of 8, 20 3/4l behind Fury Road (11-6) at Limerick 2m 7f (1) hvy in Dec.

Monkfish (IRE) 1-2fav (11-4) Tracked leaders on outer, took keen hold, disputed lead briefly from 7th to 8th, led from 3 out, went clear from 2 out, stayed on well under hands and heels inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 2m 7f mdn hvy in Dec beating Time To Get Up (11-4) by 11l, 9 ran.

Run Wild Fred (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Soon close up and disputed, led before 2 out, not fluent last, strongly pressed and stayed on best run-in, won at Navan 2m 4f mdn sft in Dec beating Joshua Webb (11-8) by 1/2l, 14 ran.

Vis Ta Loi (FR) 7-1 (11-3) Led, a little slow 4 out, joined before next, pushed along before straight, soon headed, kept on without matching front pair run-in, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Fury Road (11-6) at Limerick 2m 7f (1) hvy in Dec.

Festival D'ex (FR) 5-4fav (11-7) Close up and disputed lead briefly early, 4th from 3rd, soon 3rd, slight mistake 6th, well off pace from next, closed from 3 out, stayed on well run-in to lead from over 50yds out, pushed out, won at Navan 2m mdn sft in Dec beating Fusain (11-7) by 1 3/4l, 26 ran.

Celine Soprano (IRE) 28-1 (11-5) Mid-division, 7th after 4 out and no extra early straight, weakened, never a factor, 10th of 14, dist behind Escaria Ten (11-12) at Cork 3m mdn sft in Jan.

French Dynamite (FR) 25-1 (11-7) Held up in touch in last, niggled along early, ridden in moderate last before 3 out, went remote 5th after 2 out, never a factor, 5th of 6, 33 1/2l behind Envoi Allen (11-10) at Naas 2m 4f (1) Good - Yielding in Jan.