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Leopardstown

  • 13:05 Spring Juvenile Hurdle 2m

  • (Grade 1) €70,000 added 4yo 12 ran
  • Winner €45,500 2nd €13,300 3rd €6,300 4th €2,100
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 56.30s
  • Off time: 13:05:23

Full result

13:05 Leopardstown Result 12th February 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Hisaabaat (IRE) 11-0 A E Lynch D K Weld 4 15/2
Mid-division on inner, 7th halfway, went 3rd entering straight and challenged at last, led early run-in and kept on well opened 8/1 touched 8/1
2nd Shadow Catcher 11-0 D J Condon G Elliott 4 11/2
Tracked leaders racing keenly, 5th halfway, good headway to dispute 2 out and led entering straight, strongly pressed last and soon headed, no impression on winner run-in opened 5/1 touched 6/1
3rd Countrywide Flame 11-0 D C Costello J J Quinn 4 9/2
Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, ridden early straight and 3rd at last, no impression run-in opened 11/2 touched 11/2
4th Asaid 11-0 B J Geraghty J P Ferguson 4 7/1
Rear of mid-division, 9th halfway, pushed along after 3 out, went moderate 6th approaching last, kept on same pace without troubling leaders opened 15/2 touched 15/2
5th s.h Burrenbridge Lodge (IRE) 11-0 T J Doyle K Purcell 4 25/1
Chased leaders, 7th 2 out, ridden in 5th entering straight, no impression from before last, kept on one pace opened 33/1 touched 33/1
6th Sportsmaster (IRE) 11-0 A P McCoy E J O'Grady 4 7/1
Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, headway to dispute 2 out, soon ridden and headed entering straight, dropped to 4th at last, no extra run-in opened 7/1 touched 7/1
7th 17 Ut De Sivola (FR) 11-0 R Walsh W P Mullins 4 2/1f
Held up towards rear, not fluent early, pushed along in 8th 2 out, no extra in straight opened 2/1 touched 9/4
8th Gorgeous Sixty (FR) 10-7 P Townend W P Mullins 4 20/1
Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, 5th 2 out, no extra from early straight opened 20/1 touched 20/1
9th 6 His Excellency (IRE) 11-0 D N Russell G Elliott 4 16/1
Held up towards rear, never a factor opened 16/1 touched 16/1
10th ½ Crafty Roberto 11-0 Jack Quinlan Noel Quinlan 4 66/1
Always towards rear opened 50/1 touched 66/1
11th 20 One Cool Shabra (IRE) 11-0 J L Cullen P O Brady 4 33/1
Led, strongly pressed and joined 2 out, soon headed and no extra early straight, eased when beaten opened 33/1 touched 33/1
12th 8 In Bloom (IRE) 10-7 N P Madden E P Harty 4 50/1
Prominent, 3rd halfway, no extra from 3 out, weakened opened 66/1 touched 66/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £8.30 Tote Place: £2.10,4.30,2.50
Straight Forecast: £49.04 Exacta: £79.30

Placepot: €607.60, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

Dermot Weld cunningly reapplied the blinkers to HISAABAAT and that seemed to work the oracle as he ended a streak of three second places. There are few riding better at the moment than Andrew Lynch and he gave the winner a beautiful ride, making his ground through the pack off the home turn and then pouncing at the last hurdle. He has earned his place in the Triumph Hurdle after that. It is probably not particularly insightful but Shadow Catcher looked the horse to take out of the race and I would fancy him to reverse form with the winner if they met again. He and Asaid were the least experienced duo in the race and he looked all set to land the prize turning into the home straight having travelled very strongly. He could have been more fluent two out and rather bunny-hopped the last which cost him momentum and handed the advantage to Hisaabaat. But this was a really taking performance and he is sure to win plenty more races. Countrywide Flame fared best of the three British raiders and basically doesn't know how to run a bad race. He seemed likely to be put his place by the first two as he was being strongly ridden turning for home but dug deep bravely on the run-in and lost little in defeat. He is a very solid yardstick and this sort of form puts him in the first half-dozen in the Triumph Hurdle. Sportsmaster was in front at the top of the home straight but Tony McCoy soon had to resort to the whip and he faded out of contention. Burrenbridge Lodge jumped the second-last almost level with the winner in mid-division and while the latter zipped through the field Tom Doyle was adminstering reminders to his mount. He plugged on quite well for pressure all things being equal and was just done for fourth place by Asaid. The latter ran a strange sort of race having been held up in rear and bumped along after three out by Barry Geraghty before making late headway without ever threatening. He never seemed to be on an even keel and if that can be put down to inexperience, then it is likely we have not heard the last of him by any means. One Cool Shabra assumed pacemaking duties again and still led two out but he flicked through that flight and cried enough from the home turn. He is tough but has had a busy time this winter. The Willie Mullins-trained duo Gorgeous Sixty and Ut de Sivola were both well beaten - the former dropped away off the home bend while Ut de Sivola never ever got into a position to make an impact. He had got the better of Hisaabaat last time - rather fortuitously - but even so this was well below what was expected. To say His Excellency is not straightforward is an understatement and it was long odds-against Davy Russell was going to be able to coax him into this much tougher race. The tail started flashing as usual when the pressure was applied after two out and that was that on this occasion. Crafty Roberto was out of his depth and In Bloom dropped right away.