Racing TV '12 Per Month This Weekend Only' Spring Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
- (4yo, 2m, Class 1, 9 runners)
- Winner €75,000 2nd €25,000 3rd €12,500 4th €6,250 5th €3,750 6th €2,500
- Going: Yielding
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 2.20s
- Off time: 13:36:01
|2nd||2 Fil Dor||3||6/5f|
|3rd||4 Il Etait Temps||2¾||40/1|
Ben Siegel (IRE) 74
|4||156 11-2||N Meade||S W Flanagan|
Fil Dor (FR) 41
|4||156 11-2||G Elliott||D N Russell||141|
Icare Allen (FR) 40
|4||156 11-2 t||W P Mullins||M P Walsh|
Il Etait Temps (FR) 261
|4||156 11-2||W P Mullins||D E Mullins|
The Tide Turns 19
|4||156 11-2||G Elliott||J W Kennedy|
Vauban (FR) 36
|4||156 11-2 t1||W P Mullins||P Townend|
Scenic Look (IRE) 41
|4||149 10-9||M L Fagan||D J O'Keeffe||116|
Six Feet Apart (IRE) 8
|4||149 10-9||J P O'Brien||J J Slevin||116|
Vadaly (FR) 175
|4||149 10-9||W P Mullins||Rachael Blackmore|
||4||11-2||G Elliott||J W Kennedy||4/6|
Vauban, a Listed winner on the Flat in France, started odds-on for his hurdling debut on heavy ground at Punchestown but couldn't quite get to grips with Pied Piper. The subsequent impressive victory of the winner at Cheltenham gave the form a massive boost and the winner's trainer takes Vauban on again with FIL DOR. A narrow winner over Lunar Power in a Fairyhouse Grade 3, he easily beat that rival in a Grade 2 here on St Stephen's Day and gets the nod. Icare Allen, a winning bumper in France, made an impressive hurdling debut here in December though takes a huge step-up in class as does The Tide Turns, a comfortable maiden winner at Punchestown.
Vauban (FR)4-9fav (11-2) Chased leaders, slight mistake 2nd, 4th halfway, 2nd 3 out, ridden entering straight, switched to inner and challenged before last, slight mistake last, under pressure in 2nd run-in, kept on well close home to press winner, 2nd of 20, 1/2l behind Pied Piper (11-2) at Punchestown 2m mdn hvy in Dec.
Fil Dor (FR)4-9fav (11-3) Tracked leader in 2nd, on terms 2 out, led travelling well before last, pushed out and went clear run-in, readily, won at Leopardstown 2m (1) sft in Dec beating Lunar Power (11-0) by 7l, 7 ran.
Il Etait Temps (FR)6-1 (10-1) Held up in mid-division, ridden and good headway from 2f out, stayed on, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Il Est Divin (10-1) at Vichy 1m 4f hvy in May.
The Tide Turns9-4fav (11-9) Always prominent, 2nd halfway, disputed lead 3 out and led after next, pushed along and asserted approaching last, ridden and kept on run-in, won at Punchestown 2m mdn sft in Jan beating Hms Seahorse (11-9) by 2 3/4l, 20 ran.
Icare Allen (FR)13-8fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, headway before 2 out and soon 2nd, travelled well and led last, ridden to assert run-in and kept on well, won at Leopardstown 2m mdn Yielding - Soft in Dec beating Privilege (11-2) by 3l, 18 ran.
Ben Siegel (IRE)4-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, went 2nd next, led on inner entering straight, went clear approaching last, stayed on well run-in, eased close home, easily, won at Punchestown 2m mdn Good - Yielding in Nov beating Prairie Dancer (11-2) by 4 1/2l, 20 ran.
Six Feet Apart (IRE)6-1 (10-12) Midfield, smooth progress to lead narrowly before 3 out, ridden after 2 out, all out, won at Doncaster 2m 1f lst fll (1) gd in Jan beating Sea Sessions (11-3) by shd, 6 ran.
Vadaly (FR)10-1 (10-5) Held up in mid-division, headway to lead 3 out, hard ridden and stayed on after last, won at Dieppe 2m 1f sft in Aug beating Aurore Verte (11-2) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Scenic Look (IRE)100-1 (10-7) Held up in touch on outer, 3rd halfway, on terms 2 out, soon ridden and headed, no impression in 4th before last, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 13 1/4l behind Fil Dor (11-3) at Leopardstown 2m (1) sft in Dec.