Dundalk

  • 21:20 Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Race1m 2f 150y

  • Winner €8,625 2nd €2,000 3rd €875 4th €499
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 15.19s
  • Off time: 21:22:19
21:20 Dundalk Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Steps To Freedom (IRE) Evs
2nd Ozeta (FR) 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (3) 03522-1 RED, pink epaulettes, striped cap Akasaka (IRE) 28
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-13 E Lynam I J Brennan (3) 101 13/82.62
2 (4) 906334- PURPLE & WHITE STRIPES, hooped sleeves & cap Solo Performer (IRE) 70
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 9-13 b H Rogers A P Thornton (3) 88 25/126.00
3 (6) 313769- EMERALD GREEN, black sash & sleeves, green cap Steps To Freedom (IRE) 153
Nag meCourse Winner
7 9-13 t Mrs J Harrington S Foley 107 Evs2.00
4 (2) 924232- Royal blue & red chevrons, red & white striped sleeves, red & white quartered cap Rich Coast 140
Nag me
5 9-6 T Carmody L P Dempsey (7) 93 4/15.00
5 (1) 6117/ EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Ozeta (FR) 45
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-1 N Madden W M Lordan 100 16/117.00
6 (5) 575079- WHITE, red star, black sleeves, red stars, white cap, red star Colla Pier (IRE) 20
Nag me
4 8-10 t D English R P Cleary 61 66/167.00

Verdict

Akasaka dropped down to a mile to gain his fourth success on the track last month but is very adaptable to distances and is favoured by the race conditions. Steps To Freedom is warming up for the Champion Hurdle and should be ready for this though the trip looks on the short side. He's only run once here and landed a handicap over 2m but he's the obvious class act in the race. RICH COAST was a smart handicapper in France last season and makes his debut for new connections. The fact that he's entered in the Winter Derby at Lingfield next month suggests he's well regarded and his new stable are very adept at getting one ready after a break so he's handed the vote. Solo Performer has done well to land nine races in his career and can never be ruled out though he has a bit to find.