Fairyhouse

  • 15:25 Tote Sports Lounge Novice Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 50.10s
  • Off time: 15:26:17
15:25 Fairyhouse Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Dactik (IRE) 14/1
2nd Dunroe Boy (IRE) 12/1
3rd Missie Ella (IRE) 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 338-113 PURPLE & YELLOW QUARTERED, purple sleeves, yellow armlet, quartered cap The Amarillo Kid (IRE) 203
Nag me
8 11-12 W F Codd M P Fogarty (3) 116 16/117.00
2 4330U1 LIGHT BLUE & MAROON HOOPS, blue sleeves, striped cap Mister First (FR) 27
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-9 R Hennessy A E Lynch 113 9/25.50
3 U1F192 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Romanesco (FR) 40
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-7 t G Elliott D N Russell 111 6/42.50
4 9-61159 Dark blue, yellow hoop, dark blue sleeves, yellow star on cap Dactik (IRE) 41
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-1 t N Brett P Carberry 105 14/115.00
5 49932D WHITE, royal blue stars, check sleeves, white cap, royal blue star Dunroe Boy (IRE) 27
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-0 bt John G Carr P Townend 104 12/113.00
6 550910 EMERALD GREEN, yellow sleeves, white cap, yellow spots Living Next Door (IRE) 9
Nag me
7 10-12 A J Martin R Walsh 102 11/26.50
7 431-665 Mauve, white star, white stars on sleeves, white star on cap Maccas Lad (IRE) 30
Nag me
8 10-12 P O Brady R P Treacy (7) 102 20/121.00
8 2P-8921 ROYAL BLUE, yellow cross of lorraine, white sleeves, royal blue & yellow striped cap Miss Xian (IRE) 27
Nag meCourse Winner
6 10-12 F Flood M P Walsh 102 12/113.00
9 098012 WHITE, royal blue stars, royal blue sleeves, royal blue cap, white stars Missie Ella (IRE) 39
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 10-4 Denis Hogan D G Hogan 96 7/18.00

Verdict

It's difficult to ignore the claims of ROMANESCO, who finished runner-up to the gambled-on Colbert Station over fences at Leopardstown's Christmas fixture. The winner has since reverted to hurdles and beaten a huge field so Gordon Elliot is taking the same route with the eight-year-old, who can run from a 19lb lower mark than over the bigger obstacles. Missie Ella won a novices' handicap at Thurles then ran well under a penalty at Leopardstown while Miss Xian brought her stamina into play when scoring over 2m7f here last month. The Amarillo Kid, who has been running over fences, could find the ground too testing but Mister First gained an emphatic victory over the course and distance last time and even an 11lb rise shouldn't prevent another big effort.