Today's racecards

Clonmel

  • 17:15 Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner €11,385 2nd €2,640 3rd €1,155 4th €661
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 30.20s
  • Off time: 17:15:20
17:15 Clonmel Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hidden Crack 10/1
2nd Mister First (FR) 9/1
3rd Zardsky (IRE) 10/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 963673 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Uncle Tom Cobley (IRE) 39
Nag me
9 11-12 t C O'Dwyer B R Dalton (2) 123 7/18.00
2 115205 Emerald green, white braces, yellow sleeves, maroon cap Fair Dilemma (IRE) 42
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-10 t J J Mangan D E Splaine (2) 121 16/117.00
3 330U15 LIGHT BLUE & MAROON HOOPS, blue sleeves, striped cap Mister First (FR) 30
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-9 R Hennessy M A Enright (2) 120 9/110.00
4 P-024PP YELLOW, royal blue sleeves, pink cap, light green spots Zardsky (IRE) 5
Nag me
7 11-7 t T J Nagle-Jr S J Gray 118 10/111.00
5 4P4859 Emerald green, white cross sashes, check sleeves, quartered cap Cloughmile (IRE) 66
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-5 bt M Hourigan K M Donoghue 116 9/110.00
6 862607 DARK GREEN, yellow hoop, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, dark green star Colls Corner (IRE) 39
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-5 b Michael Barry R J Jones 116 12/113.00
7 4F665P Royal blue, light blue spots, brown cap, emerald green spots Shabra Charity (IRE) 32
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-5 t P O Brady M W Bowes (2) 116 20/121.00
8 F-80327 BLACK, red spots, yellow sleeves & cap Quiet Thought (IRE) 42
Nag me
7 11-3 E J O'Grady S J Hassett 114 8/19.00
9 15497-6 YELLOW, red stars, yellow sleeves, white cap Hidden Crack 43
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-2 b S Fahey S E Butler (4) 113 10/111.00
10 542U2/6 Emerald green & orange hooped, orange and  emerald green quartered cap Franchoek (IRE) 14
Nag me
9 10-11 E P Harty D J Bates 108 12/113.00
11 3001P5 YELLOW, black chevron & chevrons on sleeves, yellow cap, black spots Weslife (IRE) 157
Nag me
8 10-8 I Madden M J Bolger 105 25/126.00
12 89B513 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Take A Shot (IRE) 54
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
9 10-5 F Flood J S McGarvey (4) 102 5/16.00
13 0-80502 Black, white cross sashes, striped cap Prince Of Forwards 21
Nag me
9 10-2 p P Hughes T Carroll (2) 99 11/26.50
14 3861P3 ROYAL BLUE, large white spots, striped sleeves, royal blue cap, white spots Urban Gale (IRE) 66
Nag me
8 10-0 p P J Rothwell A Ring (4) 97 20/121.00

Verdict

It's a very long time since Franchoek was winning top-class juvenile hurdles at Cheltenham and Chepstow but he should be better for a recent run here, his first for almost three years. Mister First reverts to fences after a recent success over timber at Fairyhouse but isn't well handicapped compared to his hurdles rating. Uncle Tom Cobley has only won once from 24 starts over fences and still looks a few pounds high but TAKE A SHOT is well handicapped and can take advantage. A Boxing Day winner at Down Royal, he couldn't quite cope with a 6lb rise in a better race at Punchestown the following month but has won from this sort of mark over hurdles and his rider's claim will be a help. Prince Of Forwards is another at the foot of the handicap with a chance though he's produced his best form on testing ground.