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Fairyhouse

  • 14:30 Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Steeplechase 2m 4f

  • (Grade 1) €79,999 added 4yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 5.90s
  • Off time: 14:30:50

Full result

14:30 Fairyhouse Result 15th December 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Jessies Dream (IRE) 11-10 Timmy Murphy G Elliott 7 7/2
Tracked leaders on inner, 5th halfway, 3rd 4 out, headway to lead narrowly 2 out, joined and strongly pressed before last where left clear, kept on well run-in opened 7/2 touched 7/2
2nd 5 Realt Dubh (IRE) 11-10 P Carberry N Meade 6 9/2
Held up in rear, 7th 4 out, good headway on outer into close 3rd before 2 out, no impression approaching last where left 2nd, kept on one pace opened 9/2 touched 9/2
3rd hd Head Of The Posse (IRE) 11-10 D J Casey J E Kiely 7 8/1
Held up, 6th halfway, went 4th before 4 out, close up when blundered 2 out, left moderate 3rd after last, kept on run-in opened 10/1 touched 10/1
4th 24 Bostons Angel (IRE) 11-10 R M Power Mrs J Harrington 6 8/1
Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, dropped to 6th before 4 out, no extra under pressure before 2 out where left moderate 5th, left distant 4th after last opened 10/1 touched 10/1
5th Berties Dream (IRE) 11-10 A E Lynch P J Gilligan 7 20/1
Prominent early, dropped to rear halfway, no threat from 3 out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
6th 26 Gold Cygnet (IRE) 11-10 P F Mangan J J Mangan 5 66/1
Always towards rear, mistake 5 out, tailed off opened 66/1 touched 66/1
F Bob Lingo (IRE) 11-10 M P Walsh T Mullins 8 33/1
Led, strongly pressed from 3 out, headed early straight, dropped to 5th when fell 2 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
F Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 11-10 P Townend W P Mullins 6 6/4f
Tracked leader in 2nd, disputed briefly entering straight, narrowly headed 2 out, disputed and appeared to be travelling best when fell last opened 11/8 touched 6/4
BD Lucky William (IRE) 11-10 Andrew J McNamara T Cooper 6 14/1
Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 5th 4 out, no impression in 6th when brought down 2 out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
NR Quito De La Roque (FR) 11-10 D N Russell C A Murphy 6 f

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.90 Tote Place: £1.40,1.40,1.80
Straight Forecast: £20.34 Exacta: £15.20

Placepot: €86.00, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

Mikael D'Haguenet looked set to make his eagerly awaited return a winning one when stumbling after the last having jumped the fence alongside JESSIES DREAM. Willie Mullins' six year-old was having his first start over fences in Ireland and his first run since May 2009 but had been ready to run for some time and was reported to have had plenty of schooling. He jumped well in the main and was quickly away from his fences if not always that fast through the air; he was travelling well enough to believe that he would have gone on to score although that was not a foregone conclusion. He was quickly up on his feet and connections will hopefully have the time to get more experience under his belt before the Spring Festivals for which he will have leading claims wherever he lines up. Gordon Elliott had hopes at the start of the season that Jessies Dream could develop into a Grade One performer after a truncated campaign last season and he duly handed the trainer his first winner at this level. He had won well over two miles six at Galway on his seasonal reappearance (Berties Dream shaped well in fourth that day but now has plenty to prove after two poor runs). and travelled well into the race and was finding plenty for pressure when left alone in front but Paul Townend hadn't asked many questions of his mount at that point. Nothing should be taken away from Jessies Dream though and he has the scope to continue to progress, particularly when stepped back up in trip and he may now head to Kempton for the Feltham. Realt Dubh had enjoyed a confidence boosting success at Punchestown over the minimum having fallen at Galway in October in a race that went the way of Head Of The Posse. He ran well but was readily outpointed in the run for home and only just managed to repel a renewed challenge from the third. Bob Lingo had cut out the running and was weakening out of contention when falling at the second last and bringing down Lucky William; Thomas Cooper's gelding would not have troubled the principals but had run a fine race and can make the most of easier opportunities later in the season if none the worse for this mishap.