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Fairyhouse

  • 12:50 Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle 2m 4f

  • (Grade 1) €85,000 added 4yo+ 11 ran
  • Winner €55,250 2nd €16,150 3rd €7,650 4th €2,550
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 6.40s
  • Off time: 12:52:00

Full result

12:50 Fairyhouse Result 15th December 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Hurricane Fly (IRE) 11-10 P Townend W P Mullins 6 11/4
Settled in mid-division on inner, 5th halfway, closer 3 out, smooth headway to challenge after 2 out, led early run-in, ridden to assert closing stages opened 10/3 touched 10/3
2nd Solwhit (FR) 11-10 D N Russell C Byrnes 6 Evsf
Settled in mid-division, 6th halfway, good headway to tracked leaders 3 out, led early straight, strongly pressed approaching last, headed under pressure early run-in, kept on but not match winner opened 9/10 touched evs
3rd Voler La Vedette (IRE) 11-5 A E Lynch C A Murphy 6 8/1
Rear of mid-division, 8th halfway, headway approaching straight, 5th 2 out, kept on well under pressure on run-in without reaching principals opened 10/1 touched 10/1
4th 2 Mourad (IRE) 11-10 Ms K Walsh W P Mullins 5 12/1
Towards rear on outer, 9th halfway, headway approaching straight, went 2nd briefly 2 out, no impression in 3rd before last, kept on one pace opened 16/1 touched 16/1
5th 7 Oscar Dan Dan (IRE) 11-10 Timmy Murphy T Mullins 8 20/1
Prominent, 2nd halfway, led briefly entering straight, headed under pressure and no impression in 6th after 2 out, kept on one pace opened 16/1 touched 20/1
6th hd Jumbo Rio (IRE) 11-10 Andrew J McNamara E J O'Grady 5 20/1
Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, challenged briefly approaching straight, no extra from 2 out opened 16/1 touched 20/1
7th 3 On The Way Out (IRE) 11-10 T J Doyle J E Kiely 7 66/1
Towards rear, some headway approaching straight, moderate 8th after 2 out, kept on one pace opened 66/1 touched 66/1
8th Powerstation (IRE) 11-10 N P Madden E O'Connell 10 50/1
Always towards rear, never a factor opened 50/1 touched 50/1
9th Donnas Palm (IRE) 11-10 P Carberry N Meade 6 14/1
Mid-division on inner, 7th halfway, closer 3 out, ridden and no threat from next opened 16/1 touched 16/1
10th 16 Aitmatov (GER) 11-10 D J Condon N Meade 9 33/1
Led, strongly pressed and headed after 3 out, soon no extra and weakened opened 33/1 touched 33/1
11th 28 Summit Meeting 11-10 R M Power Mrs J Harrington 5 16/1
Chased leaders in 3rd, driven along in 4th before 3 out, soon weakened opened 16/1 touched 16/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.80 Tote Place: £1.30,1.20,1.90
Straight Forecast: £6.10 Exacta: £5.00

Placepot: €86.00, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

HURRICANE FLY produced a brilliant performance to get the better of Solwhit with the two stand-out Irish hurdlers pulling comfortably clear of the field. Willie Mullins had expressed doubts about his charge being able to lower the colours of Charles Byrnes' star over a trip that he felt was Solwhit's best with the ground and lack of a run rather than the trip concerning him. Hurricane Fly had beaten Solwhit by a neck in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown in April over two miles and the way that this race panned out was not dissimilar. Paul Townend had Hurricane Fly settled on the inside of Solwhit in mid-division with the pair tracked by Voler La Vedette and the order remained more or less unchanged until the run to the third last. Davy Russell moved Solwhit wider on the track to ensure that he had racing room but Hurricane Fly momentarily looked as though he could be trapped on the inside with Voler La Vedette and Mourad following Solwhit through raising the possibility that the weakening Summit Meeting and Jumbo Rio could hamper his progress. However, Paul Townend was able to move his mount wide as they turned for home and was well placed in third at the second last which Solwhit jumped about a length in front of Mourad. Solwhit came under pressure having jumped that flight with Hurricane Fly travelling ominously well just in behind but the result was still in doubt as Solwhit always finds plenty for pressure and was certain to see out the trip. He battled bravely but never really looked like getting the better of Hurricane Fly who, arguably, won a shade cosily although the winning margin was exacerbated with Solwhit eased up in the shadow of the post. Solwhit will continue to be a major factor in all of the top races between two miles and this trip whilst Willie Mullins will be hoping that he can get a clear run with Hurricane Fly who was having only his sixth start for the trainer having made his debut in November 2008. It's unlikely that we have seen the best of this strong traveller who looks set to have one or possibly two more starts before heading to the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham which would be his first visit to Prestbury Park having missed out through injury for the preceding two seasons. Voler La Vedette ran another excellent race but she is just shy of top class and will need to return to racing against her own sex or to be dropped in grade to resume winning ways. Mourad, a Grade Three winner at this trip, ran an eyecatching race on this return having run well over three miles at Punchestown in April; he may well have been able to hold on to third with a better jump at the last and, as this was only his twelfth career start, he still looks to be improving but connections will have more options for him if he can prove beyond doubt that he stays three miles.