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Leopardstown

  • 14:45 Deloitte Novice Hurdle 2m 2f

  • (Grade 1) €80,001 added 5yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,199 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Heavy (Soft to Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 28.40s
  • Off time: 14:47:27

Full result

14:45 Leopardstown Result 12th February 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Oscars Well (IRE) 11-10 R M Power Mrs J Harrington 6 7/1
Held up early, 5th halfway, 6th after 3 out, 4th travelling well after 2 out, improved to lead before last, ridden clear, easily opened 7/1 touched 8/1
2nd Zaidpour (FR) 11-9 P Townend W P Mullins 5 Evsf
Held up, progress into 5th after 3 out, 6th and ridden after 2 out, 4th under pressure straight, moderate 2nd and kept on from last opened 5/4 touched 5/4
3rd Shot From The Hip (GER) 11-10 Andrew J McNamara E J O'Grady 7 6/1
Tracked leaders, progress into 4th after 3 out, close 3rd 2 out, ridden to dispute lead entering straight, headed before last, soon no extra opened 13/2 touched 13/2
4th Hidden Universe (IRE) 11-9 Mr R P McNamara D K Weld 5 9/2
Moderate 3rd, took closer order 4 out, close 2nd and challenged 2 out, disputed lead entering straight, headed and one pace from before last opened 7/2 touched 9/2
5th 7 Cottrelsbooley (IRE) 11-10 E Mullins W P Mullins 7 11/1
Led, ridden and strongly pressed from before 2 out, headed entering straight, soon no extra opened 10/1 touched 11/1
6th Old McDonald 11-10 P Carberry N F Glynn 6 16/1
Held up towards rear, moderate 7th approaching 2 out, ridden and no impression opened 16/1 touched 16/1
7th 5 Si C'etait Vrai (FR) 11-9 D N Russell D T Hughes 5 25/1
Held up, last 4 out, ridden and no impression from next opened 25/1 touched 25/1
8th Far Away So Close (IRE) 11-10 A P Cawley P Nolan 6 66/1
Close 2nd, challenged approaching 2 out, dropped to 6th entering straight, weakened opened 66/1 touched 66/1
9th ½ Endless Intrigue (IRE) 11-10 D J Casey D K Weld 7 33/1
Towards rear, some progress approaching 2 out, no extra straight opened 40/1 touched 40/1
10th dist The Bull Hayes (IRE) 11-9 A D Leigh Mrs J Harrington 5 20/1
Tracked leaders in moderate 4th, weakened 3 out, behind when bad mistake last, tailed off opened 16/1 touched 20/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £7.10 Tote Place: £2.10,1.02,2.10
Straight Forecast: £15.24 Exacta: £22.80

Placepot: €88.90, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

The most impressive performance of the day here as OSCARS WELL firmly pressed his Cheltenham Festival claims. Given a confident ride by Robbie Power, he saved ground on the inner throughout having been settled nicely in midfield. The only slight moment of worry was that he might not get a run as the pack bunched up turning for home, but like Moses and the Red Sea, the gap opened perfectly and he showed a nice turn of foot to scoot clear of his rivals. His trainer thinks a lot of him and the Neptune Novices' Hurdle in March looks an ideal race. He looks sure to stay, he has a nice turn of foot, and better ground shouldn't be a problem. Bookmakers agree, shortening him up into a general 7-1 shot. It's worth remembering that they went a good gallop due to Cottrelsbooley and Far Away So Close going off at a rare old pace, and it was no surprise to see both flail late on in tiring ground. Hot favourite Zaidpour ran a rather strange race. He made a mess of the first flight, but was then buried away in midfield. However even before the home turn he was heavily under pressure and looked like dropping away completely. However it is testament to the horse that he rallied and in the end jumped into second over the last flight, although with no hope of catching the easy winner. Taken on face value, he looks slightly overrated, however a return to a longer trip will suit him and he shouldn't be discounted from the big novice races over 2 1/2 - 3 miles. Shot From The Hip looked a big danger, looming up on the outside before the home turn. He shared the lead at the next but his finishing effort was tamer than the first two. His trainer had expressed some concern over the going so that looks a valid excuse and he must be a threat if travelling to Cheltenham next month. Hidden Universe ran well in fourth, albeit well-held in the end and he may have just found this trip stretching him too far, whilst the one-eyed Cottrelsbooley did well to finish in fifth. He has to go this way round but will take a lot of beating when he has his sights slightly lowered: a smaller field would also aid his cause.