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Fairyhouse

  • 12:40 Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle 2m

  • (Grade 1) €75,000 added 4yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner €48,750 2nd €14,250 3rd €6,750 4th €2,250
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 53.60s
  • Off time: 12:40:47

Full result

12:40 Fairyhouse Result 1st December 2013
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st The Tullow Tank (IRE) 11-10 D E Mullins P Fenton 5 5/1
Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, 5th halfway, progress to go 2nd before 2 out, ridden to challenge last, led run-in and kept on under pressure opened 6/1 touched 6/1
2nd ½ Renneti (FR) 11-7 P Townend W P Mullins 4 14/1
Led, challenged approaching last and headed run-in, kept on under pressure but no impression on winner final 50 yards opened 12/1 touched 14/1
3rd 1 Arctic Fire (GER) 11-7 D J Casey W P Mullins 4 16/1
Held up in rear, close up in 8th 2 out, not clear run between final 2, went 4th last and stayed on well run-in opened 16/1 touched 16/1
4th Alonso (SPA) 11-7 R Walsh W P Mullins 4 11/4f
Settled in rear of mid-division, progress into 3rd 2 out, ridden and no impression before last, kept on one pace in 4th run-in opened 7/2 touched 7/2
5th Very Wood (FR) 11-7 D N Russell N Meade 4 11/2
Settled in mid-division, ridden in 6th approaching 2 out and no impression in 5th before last, kept on one pace opened 11/2 touched 11/2
6th 6 Mr Fiftyone (IRE) 11-7 B J Geraghty Mrs J Harrington 4 11/1
Tracked leader and 3rd halfway, ridden 2 out and no impression in 6th before last, no extra run-in opened 10/1 touched 12/1
7th Minella Foru (IRE) 11-7 A P McCoy E P Harty 4 7/1
Held up in rear of mid-division, ridden in 7th early straight and no extra approaching last opened 6/1 touched 7/1
8th Gilt Shadow (IRE) 11-10 Mr S Crawford S R B Crawford 5 9/2
Tracked leader in 2nd, slight mistake 2nd, ridden entering straight and no extra after 2 out, dropped to 8th before last and eased run-in opened 5/1 touched 5/1
9th nse Somethingwonderful (IRE) 11-10 B J Cooper D T Hughes 5 66/1
Always rear, ridden and no impression early straight, no extra when slight mistake last opened 50/1 touched 66/1
10th 32 Gambling Girl 11-0 R M Power Mrs J Harrington 4 8/1
Ran freely, tracked leaders and 4th halfway, ridden entering straight and soon dropped to rear, eased opened 8/1 touched 8/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £6.90 Tote Place: £2.30,3.30,5.90
Straight Forecast: £74.15 Exacta: £110.80

Placepot: €302.40, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

Istabraq, Moscow Flyer and Hurricane Fly are among the previous winners of this race and THE TULLOW TANK more than justified his connections' decision to supplement him at the start of the week in reeling in the cannily ridden Renneti. Seemingly a reluctant leader, Paul Townend gradually wound the pace up before stacking his rivals up and then kicking off the turn. It was a move that almost paid dividends as the winner had to work hard to get on top after a slight mistake at the second last cost him valuable momentum. It's to his credit that he did get past and he's probably good value for a little more than the winning margin. Danny Mullins had the five year old in the perfect position but the same could not be said of Arctic Fire who was buried out the back only to make up ground hand over fist in the straight once in the clear. He had, presumably, been passed over by both Townend and Ruby Walsh but horses that surprise connections on the track are often well worth keeping onside and it will be interesting to see where he goes next and whether he can run to a similar level or better. Renneti may have been in the right place but still emerges with plenty of credit from his second start in Ireland; with winning form over 15 furlongs on the Flat, he'll stay further than this and looks to be yet another smart recruit for his powerful connections. Alonso was their favoured representative in the market but failed to justify his position having, seemingly, had every chance. He won his maiden over an extra half mile and may favour going back up in distance. Mr Fiftyone moved well for a long way but was found wanting when the pace quickened on the fastest ground that he's encountered to date. Minella Foru's jumping was a little novicey on this step up in class but he wasn't given too hard a time once his chance had gone and he should have learnt plenty from this experience; he's not one to give up on yet. He was unable to confirm Navan form with winning pointer Very Wood who is likely to appreciate a step up in trip. Punchestown bumper second Gilt Shadow proved a major disappointment and something may well have been amiss.