Ballymore Champion Four Year Old Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
- (4yo, 2m, Class 1, 6 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 6.90s
- Off time: 17:00:32
|2nd||1 Fil Dor||4||4/1|
Fil Dor (FR) 43
|4||154 11-0||G Elliott||D N Russell||146|
Hms Seahorse (IRE) 46
|4||154 11-0||P Nolan||B J Cooper||128|
Il Etait Temps (FR) 43
|4||154 11-0||W P Mullins||D E Mullins|
Man O Work (IRE) 48
|4||154 11-0||P G Fahey||Cian Cullinan|
Vauban (FR) 43
|4||154 11-0 t||W P Mullins||P Townend||152|
Innatendue (FR) 12
|4||147 10-7 t||J C McConnell||S D Torrens|
Jeff Kidder (IRE)
||4||11-2||N Meade||S W Flanagan||22/1|
VAUBAN followed an opening defeat on heavy ground here with Grade 1's victories at Leopardstown and Cheltenham, on both occasions beating Fil Dor by around three lengths with something to spare. The latter attempts to make it third time lucky but there's no obvious reason for a turn around in form. Il Etait Temps was also behind in those two Grade 1's but wasn't beaten far and if there was to be an upset he could be the one to provide it as he looks a very promising type. The remaining trio have too much to find to be considered.
Vauban (FR)6-4fav (11-0) Keen behind leaders, not fluent 2nd, travelled strongly when switched to near rail and led before last where not fluent, quickened clear flat, won at Cheltenham 2m 1f (1) gs in Mar beating Fil Dor (11-0) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Fil Dor (FR)11-2 (11-0) Pressed leader, disputed lead 2nd, close up 4th, led narrowly 2 out, ridden and headed before last, stayed on strongly flat, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Vauban (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f (1) gs in Mar.
Hms Seahorse (IRE)8-1 (11-0) Jumped first hurdle in false start, mid-division, headway out wide chasing leaders 4th, 3rd and one pace when hit last, weakened into 4th final 110 yards, 4th of 21, 3 1/2l behind Brazil (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (1) gs in Mar.
Il Etait Temps (FR)12-1 (11-0) Pulled hard in midfield, hit 1st, still keen approaching 2 out, ridden and almost upsides before last, faded flat, 5th of 12, 8 3/4l behind Vauban (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f (1) gs in Mar.
Man O Work (IRE)15-8 (11-7) Held up in mid-division, 6th halfway, not fluent 4 out, pushed along in 4th after next, close 3rd 2 out and soon led, ridden and asserted before last, kept on well, won at Limerick 2m Soft - Heavy in Mar beating Instit (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Innatendue (FR)33-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, headway between horses after 3 out, ridden to lead next, slight mistake last and headed, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Iberique Du Seuil (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m (1) Yielding in Apr.