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  • 12:20 Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle 2m

  • (Grade 1) €79,999 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 1.70s
  • Off time: 12:21:08

Full result

12:20 Fairyhouse Result 15th December 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Zaidpour (FR) 11-7 P Townend W P Mullins 4 4/7f
Held up on inner, close 5th 3 out, smooth headway to challenge when mistake 2 out, soon recovered and effortless progress to lead before last, drew clear on the bridle run-in, impressive opened 8/11 touched 8/11
2nd 12 Pineau De Re (FR) 11-10 B T O'Connell P Fenton 7 14/1
Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden from 3 out, challenging at next when mistake, kept on one pace under pressure to go moderate 2nd run-in opened 10/1 touched 14/1
3rd Perfect Smile (IRE) 11-10 P Carberry N Meade 5 6/1
Tracked leaders in 4th, headway to lead travelling well after 3 out, pressed next, headed before last, no chance with winner, kept on one pace opened 9/2 touched 6/1
4th 13 The Shepherd King (IRE) 11-10 B J Cooper T Cooper 6 10/1
Held up in touch, progress into close 4th travelling well 3 out, pushed along before next, soon no extra opened 8/1 touched 10/1
5th ½ Carloswayback (IRE) 11-10 D N Russell P Nolan 5 7/1
Led or disputed lead until headed 4th, dropped to rear when mistake 4 out, no threat in straight opened 13/2 touched 7/1
6th dist Mount Helicon 11-10 J L Cullen T Hogan 5 16/1
Prominent, led from 4th until headed after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off opened 16/1 touched 16/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.30 Tote Place: £1.10,2.90
Straight Forecast: £9.72 Exacta: £5.50

Placepot: €86.00, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

ZAIDPOUR followed in the footsteps of Dunguib and Hurricane Fly when winning the Grade One Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse. The Willie Mullins trained four year-old had impressed when winning his first start for the yard at Punchestown when landing a two and a half mile maiden hurdle by 12 lengths and the odds-on favourite coped well with this step up in class and drop back in trip to run out an easy winner by the same margin as on debut. The field were tightly grouped as Carloswayback and Mount Helicon cut out much of the early running at a steady pace with Paul Townend settling the odds-on favourite on the inside towards the rear. He had the gelding under a tight hold but he did settle better than The Shepherd King who was a shade keen in the early stages under Bryan Cooper. Mount Helicon attempted to quicken the pace with about seven furlongs to run and opened up by about four lengths but the field, with the exception of Carloswayback, quickly closed up again on the approach to four from home. Mount Helicon, Pineau De Re and Perfect Smile formed a line of three as they jumped the third last with Noel Meade's Punchestown winner travelling the best of that trio but both The Shepherd King and Zaidpour loomed up large in behind. Perfect Smile appeared to be travelling well as he led over the second last with Zaidpour a little clumsy at that flight but it quickly became apparent that Paul Townend had plenty of horse left underneath him and the four year-old effortlessly opened up a clear advantage following a shake of the reins from his pilot after a spring-heeled leap at the last. It is a difficult race to assess as it's hard to ascertain how much preparations have been held-up by the inclement weather over the past month with Perfect Smile and The Shepherd King both finding disappointingly little having travelled strongly into the race but this was certainly a very taking performance from the favourite (a half-brother to Zaynar) who scored with the minimum of fuss. Pineau De Re was one of the first of the principals to come under pressure and deserves credit for the way that he battled back but Mount Helicon, who didn't always look the most willing when with Alan King, weakened tamely having injected some pace into the race. Carloswayback was beaten a long way but this represented a step forwards from the five year-old on just his third start.