Down Royal

  • 13:50 Billecart-Salmon Handicap Hurdle 2m

  • Winner €16,250 2nd €4,750 3rd €2,250 4th €751
  • Going: Soft, Soft/Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 6.30s
  • Off time: 13:50:37
13:50 Down Royal Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Lucky Spring (IRE) 12/1
2nd Montan (FR) 7/4
3rd Wither Hills (IRE) 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4214/9 Royal blue, emerald green epaulettes, emerald green armlet, check cap Hebridean (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 126 20/121.00
2 P-P0354 YELLOW, red braces, hooped sleeves, yellow cap Beau Michael 6
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-5 bt A McGuinness C D Maxwell (5) 124 25/126.00
3 926-141 DARK BLUE, orange chevron, white sleeves, dark blue cap, orange stars Lucky Spring (IRE) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-3 P Martin A P Thornton (3) 122 12/113.00
4 23F323 YELLOW, emerald green star & chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap Priors Gold 14
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-2 G Elliott P Carberry 124 10/111.00
5 0574/11- WHITE, purple panel, check cap Cothrom Na Feinne (IRE) 509
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-1 D McDonogh J L Cullen 120 20/121.00
6 111-545 LIGHT GREEN & ORANGE DIAMONDS, orange sleeves, orange & white striped cap Peak Raider (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-13 T Carberry Peter Carberry (5) 118 7/18.00
7 631P-01 BLACK, red striped sleeves & cap Catch The Moment (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-11 D Cullen M Darcy 116 7/18.00
8 232F22 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Worldly Wise 32
Nag me
8 10-11 P J Flynn D J Casey 116 12/113.00
9 1225-P2 Emerald green & red quartered, emerald green sleeves, em green cap, red star Montan (FR) 13
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 10-10 A J Martin D N Russell 115 7/42.75
10 50-1768 BLACK, pink star, pink cap, black stars Lend A Hand Son (IRE) 9
Nag meDistance Winner
6 10-9 M Hourigan A P Heskin (5) 114 20/121.00
11 547P37- RED & BLACK HALVED, yellow sleeves & cap Kilbrannish Hill (IRE) 203
Nag me
7 10-8 I R Ferguson P Townend 113 16/117.00
12 520-815 Yellow & royal blue quartered, yellow sleeves, yellow cap Great Value (IRE) 13
Nag meDistance Winner
6 10-6 D T Hughes B J Cooper 111 16/117.00
13 06PD41 Dark blue, light green chevron, light green star on cap Wither Hills (IRE) 24
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-1 p B R Hamilton A E Lynch 106 8/19.00
14 334P1/P WHITE, dark blue cross of lorraine, dark blue cap, pink star Merveilles 14
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-0 pt Mrs J Harrington A D Leigh 105 33/134.00

Verdict

MONTAN won this last year and will be difficult to beat from just 6lb higher. He ran very well when narrowly beaten on the Flat at Galway last month and looks to have been primed for this. Wither Hills is improving fast and looks a big danger as he was conceding 16lb to Monahullen Prince when scoring at Punchestown and the runner-up has won since. Lucky Spring is very consistent and always difficult to keep out of the frame but he's 6lb higher for his recent Fairyhouse success and that's his highest ever mark. Priors Gold is another consistent type but this will be his fifth run in just over a month and it could be a step too far. Catch The Moment may provide the main threat as he made all for a very convincing success over Banna Man at Cork. He's on a massive 15lb higher mark here though is very progressive but Worldly Wise has now finished runner-up in half of his 14 races over hurdles and is still a maiden.