Header
Text here

Leopardstown Sun, 2nd Mar, 2008

Going - Good to Yielding (Good in places). 

Jackpot Pool - €15,000.00 Winning Units - 20 Dividend - €562.50. Placepot Pool - €18,150.23 Winning Units - 178 Dividend - €76.00. Tote Aggregate - €218186.00.

Irish Stallion Farms EBF M´dn H´dle of €16000.00 5-y-o plus 2m. 4f.

1st - €11056.00, 2nd - €2720.00, 3rd - €1280.00, 4th - €800.00 27 Ran

Shakervilz showed sufficient improvement from his hurdling debut at Punchestown in the middle of February to take this tricky looking maiden and in doing so justified the support that saw him backed from 5/1 into 3/1 before being sent off at 100/30 second favourite.

The race saw 2/1 favourite Sandymount Earl pulled up after breaking a hind leg and he will be a sad loss to connections who could have expected a big run on this good to yielding ground which would have been right more up his street.

In pulling up Sandymount Earl brought wide Sorrentina who subsequently ran out and afterwards questions were raised about the lay out of the track with some suggesting the hurdle track is too close the chase track.

For the winner however the Fairyhouse and Punchestown festivals are now his targets with Willie Mullins afterwards remarking that he will be campaigned over ?two and a half miles if not further, as he looked like he would stay well on that performance.?

Shakervilz jumped well throughout just in behind the leaders and Ruby Walsh crept closer as the race developed and he went to the front two hurdles from home and despite the best efforts of the chasing Stewarts House and Rare Bob they could never look like getting their head in front.

Both that pair have had their fair share of chances to break their maiden tag and while they will both do so before long Stewarts House will probably be seen at his best over a fence while Rare Bob - who was filling third spot for a fourth consecutive occasion - may need to drop back to two and a quarter to find his ideal conditions.

Khazzar's rider Adrian Joyce reported to the stewards secretary that his saddled slipped and that is why he pulled up, Paddy Flood reported that Rushane Lodge was hanging and not jumping well and pulled up as he thought the horse was lame.

Paul Carberry reported of Waterside Inn that he never travelled and pulled up as he thought the horse was lame and Robbie Colgan who was aboard Sorrentina reported he received accidental interference and was carried out at the first hurdle past the finish line.
 

  • Race Conditions
1st Shakervilz (FR) 11-11 (Thomas Gilligan)
(4:49.5 13.56 secs faster on today's going )
Villez (USA) - Zamsara (FR)(Zino)
Breeder - Alain Tilhos

SP 10/3

W P Mullins

R Walsh

Tote Win €5.50

Place €1.50

loading past form
always prominent, 4th 3 out, improved into close 2nd next, led entering straight, strongly pressed from last, kept on well under pressure
2nd1L Stewarts House (IRE) 11-12 (C Jones)
(4:49.8)
Overbury (IRE) - Osocool (GB)(Teenoso (USA))
Breeder - Goldford Stud

SP 7/1

A L T Moore

D N Russell

Place €1.90

loading past form
led and disputed, headed halfway, 3rd 2 out, soon ridden, 2nd and challenged last, every chance, kept on under pressure
3rd0.75L Rare Bob (IRE) 11-12 (D A Syndicate)
(4:50.0)
Bob Back (USA) - Cut Ahead(Kalaglow)
Breeder - Don Hadden

SP 6/1

D T Hughes

R Loughran

Place €1.50

loading past form
always prominent, 4th approaching halfway, improved into 2nd after halfway, led 2 out, headed entering straight, 3rd when switched approaching last, kept on under pressure
4th8L Rocco's Hall (IRE) 11-12 (A Germano Terrinoni)
(4:51.9)
Saddlers' Hall (IRE) - Miss San Siro (IRE)(Zaffaran (USA))
Breeder - Germano Terrinoni

SP 13/2

E J O'Grady

Andrew J McNamara

Place €2.90

loading past form
tracked leaders, 5th 3 out, 6th and ridden 2 out, kept on same pace
5th5L Moscow Towers (IRE) 11-9 (Seamus Roche)
(4:53.1)
Moscow Society (USA) - Fandango Girl(Last Fandango)

SP 25/1

Seamus Roche

S W Jackson(3)

loading past form
prominent, slightly hampered 2nd, 5th halfway, driven along before 2 out, kept on same pace
6th1.75L Some Run (IRE) 11-12 (Mrs B Geraghty)
(4:53.6)
Saddlers' Hall (IRE) - Lovely Run(Deep Run)
Breeder - Rathcannon Lodge

SP 25/1

T K Geraghty

R Geraghty

loading past form
chased leaders, 7th 2 out, kept on same pace
7th2.5L Kyle's Turn (IRE) 11-12 (Sean Macklin)
(4:54.1)
Charente River (IRE) - The Grey Mare (IRE)(Roselier (FR))
Breeder - Paul And Jarlath Fahey

SP 33/1

Mrs John B Ross

A P Lane

loading past form
led and disputed, headed 2 out, weakened straight
8th4.5L A Pal Of Mine (IRE) 11-5 (P F O'Brien)
(4:55.4)
Flemensfirth (USA) - Still Optimistic (IRE)(Le Moss)

SP 50/1

P A Fahy

R J McCarth(7)

loading past form
held up towards rear, not fluent 1st, progress after halfway, 8th 2 out, no extra before last
9th2.5L East Beach (IRE) 11-12 (Desmond English)
(4:56.0)
Broken Hearted - Seskitano (IRE)(Capitano)
Breeder - Longlea Stud

SP 33/1

Terence O'Brien

D J Condon

loading past form
held up, kept on one pace from before 2 out
10th3L Mighty John McGee (IRE) 11-12 (Martin Doran)
(4:56.7) (Tongue Strap)
Rashar (USA) - Miss Lurgan (IRE)(Euphemism)
Breeder - Lawrence Roche

SP 66/1

Miss Martina Anne Doran

J P Elliott

loading past form
chased leaders, 7th halfway, no extra from before 2 out
11th4L Leap O'Faith (IRE) 11-6 (Stephen Curran)
(4:57.8)
Presenting (GB) - Womenofninetyeight (IRE)(Mandalus)
Breeder - J Mangan

SP 33/1

Andrew Lynch

R T Dunne(5)

loading past form
rear of mid-division, 9th before 4 out, no impression after next
12thhd The Grove (IRE) 11-4 (Brian Kearney)
(4:57.8)
Supreme Leader - Bint Alsarab (GB)(Rainbow Quest (USA))

SP 50/1

Mrs John Harrington

M J Bolger(7)

loading past form
mid-division, kept on same pace from after 3 out
13th5L Brother Herbie (IRE) 11-11 (Bernard McEnteggart)
(4:59.1)
Lord Americo - Trolly Dolly (IRE)(The Parson)

SP 33/1

G A Kingston

R P McNally

loading past form
never a factor
14th0.5L Princess Mairead (IRE) 11-6 (William Mangan)
(4:59.3)
Blueprint (IRE) - Maries Gale (IRE)(Strong Gale)

SP 66/1

Terence O'Brien

A E Lynch

loading past form
rear of mid-division throughout
15th4L Happiness Is Free (IRE) 11-11 (Thomas Gilligan)
(5:00.2)
Bob Back (USA) - Ennel Lady (IRE)(Erin's Hope)

SP 16/1

T J Taaffe

T G M Ryan

loading past form
always towards rear
16th2L Nobetter Buachaill (IRE) 11-12 (Miceal Martin Sammon)
(5:00.8)
Carroll House - Current Liability(Caribo)

SP 50/1

Mrs John Harrington

R M Power

loading past form
never a factor
17th1.75L Grigg Oak (IRE) 11-8 (Tessa Foreman)
(5:01.2)
Rashar (USA) - Head Of The Gang(Pollerton)
Breeder - Miss Fiona M D Bennett

SP 50/1

C F Swan

Mr L P Flynn(3)

loading past form
always towards rear
18th11L Hey Porter (IRE) 11-8 (Ms H Somers)
(5:03.9)
Snurge - Bishops Girl (IRE)(Dromod Hill)
Breeder - Mrs Evelyn Sheridan

SP 66/1

John A Codd

R M Moran(3)

loading past form
mid-division, no extra from 3 out
19th4.5L Monaco Flyer (IRE) 11-11 (Monaco Flyer Partnership)
(5:05.1)
Flemensfirth (USA) - Willmakemoney (IRE)(Executive Perk)

SP 33/1

Mrs John Harrington

T P Treacy

loading past form
never a factor
20th35+L Follow The Plan (IRE) 11-11 (Cavan Developments Bloodstock)
(5:23.0)
Accordion - Royal Rosy (IRE)(Dominion Royale)
Breeder - Patrick Sheehan

SP 33/1

Oliver McKiernan

D J Howard

loading past form
always behind, completely tailed off
21st22L Peterpiper (IRE) 11-9 (M J Perry)
(5:28.5)
Pierre (GB) - Walter's Oyster (IRE)(Meneval (USA))

SP 50/1

Niall Moran

N J O'Shea(3)

loading past form
always behind, completely tailed off
p.u. Beroni (IRE) 11-12 (Mrs Margaret O'Rourke)
Rated 106
Accordion - Niamh's Dream (IRE)(Kambalda)
Breeder - Denis Cusack

SP 16/1

Ms Margaret Mullins

D J Casey

loading past form
never a factor, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out
p.u. Rushane Lodge (IRE) 11-12 (Sir Anthony O'Reilly)

Oscar (IRE) - Pafelto (GB)(Ragapan)

SP 25/1

M F Morris

P W Flood

loading past form
rear of mid-division, pulled up after 4th
p.u. Waterside Inn (IRE) 11-12 (Usual Suspects Syndicate)

Bob Back (USA) - Magic Sunset (GB)(Magic Ring (IRE))

SP 16/1

Noel Meade

P Carberry

loading past form
never a factor, trailing when eased 2 out, pulled up approaching last
p.u. Sandymount Earl (IRE) 11-11 (R Wood)
Rated 115
Hernando (FR) - Joleah (IRE)(Ela-Mana-Mou)
Breeder - R Wood

SP 2/1fav

Mrs John Harrington

B J Geraghty

loading past form
mid-division, 10th when pulled up quickly after 4th
p.u. Khazzar (IRE) 11-2 (Miss Stephanie Robinson)

Exit To Nowhere (USA) - Khazna(Stanford)

SP 50/1

Mrs John Harrington

A B Joyce(5)

loading past form
towards rear, pulled up after 2nd
r.o. Sorrentina (IRE) 11-4 (Mrs W Harney)
Rated 97
Muroto - Cats Concert (IRE)(Montelimar (USA))
Breeder - D Delahunty

SP 20/1

W Harney

R C Colgan(3)

loading past form
mid-division on outer, forced out approaching 4th
Off 1.55
Time 4m. 49.50 secs, which is 13.56 secs faster than the course average
Tote Exacta €69.40.