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Leopardstown

  • 13:55 paddypower.com Future Champions Novice Hurdle 2m

  • (Grade 1) €80,001 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,199 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 55.00s
  • Off time: 13:56:01

Full result

13:55 Leopardstown Result 27th December 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Cash And Go (IRE) 11-7 A E Lynch E J O'Grady 4 11/2
Chased leader in 2nd, challenged entering straight, ridden to lead before last, strongly pressed from last, disputed briefly run-in, asserted close home opened 5/1 touched 11/2
2nd ½ Dylan Ross (IRE) 11-10 P Carberry N Meade 5 8/1
Held up in last, 4th 3 out, travelled well into 3rd before last, challenged last, ridden to dispute briefly run-in, no extra close home opened 10/1 touched 10/1
3rd Sous Les Cieux (FR) 11-10 R Walsh W P Mullins 5 2/5f
Keen hold and led, challenged entering straight, ridden and headed before last, no extra and kept on one pace opened 4/9 touched 1/2
4th Formidableopponent (IRE) 11-7 A P McCoy N Meade 4 11/2
Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden entering straight, no extra in 4th before last, kept on one pace opened 11/2 touched 6/1
5th 71 Ballysteen (IRE) 11-10 D N Russell M Hourigan 5 20/1
Chased leaders, 4th halfway, dropped to last and pushed along 3 out, ridden and mistake 2 out, weakened and tailed off opened 25/1 touched 25/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £6.80 Tote Place: £1.90,2.10
Straight Forecast: £41.99 Exacta: £76.90

Placepot: €1,006.80, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

There have been some smart winners of this race with First Lieutenant and Hurricane Fly successful in two of the last three renewals and this was expected to prove straightforward for Royal Bond winner Sous Les Cieux. He had a lead on his first two starts in Ireland and had to make his own running here but he was allowed his own way out in front so it was disappointing that he failed to pick up when challenged and he was, utlimately, well beaten off. He had raced a shade keenly but nor more than that and he was clearly a long way below the level of form he had shown at Fairyhouse earlier in the month; he was possibly ill at ease making the running or perhaps something was amiss but he has a little to prove now. That's not to say that CASH AND GO won't prove to be a decent winner of this race in time as he had shown a decent level of form in bumpers and had impressed in winning both starts over hurdles. His trainer admitted that they had been hopeful in the post race interview (they had a line on the winner from the Royal Bond) and indicated that the Supreme Novices' could be on the agenda and it would be wrong to underestimate his chances for that race just because of the odds-on favourite's performance. The bare form of this victory from Dylan Ross is short of the level required but he's three from three over hurdles and this half-brother to Catch Me will merit respect wherever he turns up next. Dylan Ross once again did little wrong in defeat despite travelling strongly into contention and he has been unfortunate to bump into above average performers on each of his last three starts. He is holding his form well and is capable of picking up a decent prize this season before, presumably, embarking on a chasing career next season. Formidableopponent was seemingly the better fancied of the stable's pair following an easy maiden success but couldn't go with the principals when the pace quickened and was made to look rather onepaced on this step up in class.