Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner €54,000 2nd €18,000 3rd €9,000 4th €4,500 5th €2,700 6th €1,800
- Going: Yielding (Good to Yielding in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 57.10s
- Off time: 14:20:22
|1st||3 Envoi Allen||1/4f|
|2nd||2 Elixir D'Ainay||3½||8/1|
Conflated (IRE) 21
|6||164 11-10 h||G Elliott||J W Kennedy|
Elixir D'Ainay (FR) 57
|6||164 11-10||W P Mullins||M P Walsh|
Envoi Allen (FR) 35
|6||164 11-10||G Elliott||D N Russell||152|
Longhouse Poet (IRE) 29
|6||164 11-10 t||M Brassil||Mr D O'Connor|
Midnight Run (IRE) 35
|6||164 11-10||J P O'Brien||J J Slevin|
French Dynamite (FR) 38
|5||161 11-7||M F Morris||R M Power|
Anything Will Do (IRE) 28
|5||117||J P O'Brien||S A Shortall||136|
||6||11-10||G Elliott||J W Kennedy||2/1|
ENVOI ALLEN, unbeaten in seven starts including a point-to-point, looks certain to be suited by stepping up in trip and is impossible to oppose. He had little difficulty brushing off his Grade 3 winning stable companion Abacadabras in the Grade 1 Royal Bond at Fairyhouse, when Midnight Run was a long way behind, and should continue his winning sequence. Elixir D'Ainay just outstayed Longhouse Poet over 2m3f here in November and will ensure there's no hanging about but the remaining trio are taking a huge leap in class including four times winner Anything Will Do, who just keeps doing enough.
Anything Will Do (IRE)9-4 (11-3) Led, almost joined from 5th, pushed along and went on from 2 out, reduced lead and pressed from before last, edged slightly left and stayed on best run-in, won at Punchestown 2m Yielding - Soft in Dec beating Quartz Du Rheu (11-9) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.
Envoi Allen (FR)8-11fav (11-10) Led and disputed, led from 5th, pressed and briefly joined 2 out, ridden to lead before last, edged left after last, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong, won at Fairyhouse 2m (1) Yielding - Soft in Dec beating Abacadabras (11-10) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Elixir D'Ainay (FR)13-8fav (11-12) Prominent, disputed before 3rd, led after 4th, pressed 3 out, joined 2 out, soon ridden, narrow lead before last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Naas 2m 3f mdn Soft - Heavy in Nov beating Longhouse Poet (11-12) by 1 3/4l, 16 ran.
Longhouse Poet (IRE)Evensfav (11-12) Soon prominent, 2nd from 4th, on terms travelling smoothly before straight, soon narrow leader, pushed out to assert run-in, kept on well, eased near line, won at Navan 2m 4f mdn sft in Dec beating Column Of Fire (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 25 ran.
Conflated (IRE)16-1 (11-2) In rear, pushed along from 3 out, soon moderate 3rd and no impression, kept on without troubling front pair run-in, 3rd of 4, 6 3/4l behind Latest Exhibition (11-2) at Navan 2m 4f (1) sft in Dec.
French Dynamite (FR)6-1 (11-2) Soon led, travelled well after 3 out, pressed approaching last where jumped left, kept on well run-in, won at Thurles 2m mdn sft in Nov beating Trevena (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 18 ran.
Midnight Run (IRE)6-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders on outer in 5th, headway into 3rd 4 out, ridden in 3rd entering straight, no impression and dropped to 6th when bad mistake 2 out, no impression, last of 9, dist behind Envoi Allen (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m (1) Yielding - Soft in Dec.