September 17 / 13.00 Downpatrick

13.00 Downpatrick

Yielding

Franco Hughes Bookmaker Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5794.64
  • 2m 2f 165y
  • 12 runners
  • Win time: 4m 42s
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Franco Hughes Bookmaker Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £16.10
  • Place: £5.10

Form: P0-465

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Six career wins, most recently in a Punchestown handicap hurdle in September; has struggled a little for form this year, including on the Flat, and others make more appeal.
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13th

1

(6)

18th Jun 2022

Good

1m 4f 175y

17:05 Down Royal

So Near So Farhh

10st 0lb

J: Danny Sheehy

T: C A McBratney

towards rear, pushed along and dropped to last over 6f out, became detached from 5f out, eased 3f out, made no impression

16/1

9th

7

6th May 2022

Good

2m 1f 100y

18:50 Downpatrick

So Near So Farhh

11st 7lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: C A McBratney

16/1

10th

5

1st Jan 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 110y

13:30 Fairyhouse

So Near So Farhh

11st 9lb

J: James O’Sullivan

T: C A McBratney

Seven-time winner; the most recent of those victories was at Downpatrick in September (2m3f, yielding) off a mark of 99; never involved at Punchestown latest; dropped 2lb for that; others preferred.

16/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 960-81

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
In fine form over the summer and comes here on a hat-trick seeking mission after wins in a Galway Flat handicap and a Down Royal handicap hurdle; up 7lb for that but still potentially well handicapped and has an obvious chance here.
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4th

10

8th Oct 2021

Soft

2m 2f 165y

13:17 Downpatrick

Dazzling Darren

10st 13lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: Gavin Cromwell

Youngster has been in good form; won a Flat handicap at Galway and a Down Royal handicap hurdle before second here three weeks ago; could not be ruled out at these weights.

13/2

2nd

8

17th Sep 2021

Yielding

2m 2f 165y

13:00 Downpatrick

Dazzling Darren

11st 7lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: Gavin Cromwell

In fine form over the summer and comes here on a hat-trick seeking mission after wins in a Galway Flat handicap and a Down Royal handicap hurdle; up 7lb for that but still potentially well handicapped and has an obvious chance here.

4/1

5/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 23-571

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Came right back to form to land a competitive handicap hurdle at Wexford two weeks ago; up 5lb for that and every chance of another bold showing here.
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9

27th Sep 2021

Good

1m 7f 89y

12:55 Roscommon

Amlad

11st 8lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Andrew McNamara

Deservedly got his head in front for the first time over hurdles at Wexford on his penultimate run and ran to a similar level when third of 12 at Downpatrick since from 5lb higher; vulnerable to any well handicapped rivals but likely to give his running again.

8/1

3rd

9

17th Sep 2021

Yielding

2m 2f 165y

13:00 Downpatrick

Amlad

11st 5lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Andrew McNamara

Came right back to form to land a competitive handicap hurdle at Wexford two weeks ago; up 5lb for that and every chance of another bold showing here.

5/1

Form: 033-65

Last run: 104 days

W: 11st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Modest enough performer; ran well in a Naas handicap hurdle and a Tramore maiden hurdle in the spring; others preferred.
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25th

18

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

1m 7f 0y

18:35 Punchestown

Saeer

12st 0lb

J: Leanne Holton

T: Gordon Elliott

14-race maiden and probably needs further; modest form when last seen on Flat.

7th

12

17th Oct 2021

Good

3m 0f 50y

13:30 Cork

Saeer

11st 7lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Flashes of form but needs to raise his game judged on last month's Downpatrick fourth; cheekpieces on for the first time.

10/1

4th

5

17th Sep 2021

Yielding

2m 2f 165y

13:00 Downpatrick

Saeer

11st 11lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Modest enough performer; ran well in a Naas handicap hurdle and a Tramore maiden hurdle in the spring; others preferred.

16/1

Form: -79974

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Still a maiden on the track, but comes in here on the back of a good run in a handicap hurdle at Galway and has an each-way chance on that form.
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5th

12

17th Sep 2021

Yielding

2m 2f 165y

13:00 Downpatrick

Back To Bataan

10st 4lb

J: Jennifer Torrens

T: Mervyn Torrens

Still a maiden on the track, but comes in here on the back of a good run in a handicap hurdle at Galway and has an each-way chance on that form.

10/1

Form: U935

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Winner on the Flat and has shown some ability in a handful of runs over hurdles; handicapper seems to have taken few chances with him and looks best watched.
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9

12th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 95y

17:35 Clonmel

Odd Venture

11st 7lb

J: Derek Thomas McGrath

T: R K Watson

10th

6

2nd May 2022

Good

2m 0f 100y

14:00 Down Royal

Odd Venture

11st 12lb

J: Derek Thomas McGrath

T: R K Watson

Form: 804-01 C

Last run: 96 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Stepped up on anything that he had done prevously when readily going clear in a handicap hurdle here in June; up 7lb for that does not look at all excessive and has a big chance of following up.
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17

4th Jul 2022

Good

1m 7f 90y

19:30 Roscommon

Massons Castle

11st 7lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

took keen hold, midfield, dropped to rear when mistake 5th, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out

66/1

4

2nd Nov 2021

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

14:45 Fairyhouse

Massons Castle

11st 10lb

J: Adam Short

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Stepped up on previous form when winning a handicap hurdle at Downpatrick in June; down the field over 2m here on latest.

14/1

9th

12

9th Oct 2021

Good

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Massons Castle

10st 11lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Stepped up on previous form when readily going clear in a handicap hurdle at Downpatrick in June; soundly beaten in seventh at the same venue last month; represents much-respected local stable here.

10/1

Form: 4-5455

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Consistent performer over hurdles since the spring without winning; failed to get home over 2m4f at Down Royal last time and this trip might well suit; each-way chance.
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8th

3

17th Sep 2021

Yielding

2m 2f 165y

13:00 Downpatrick

Decimal Day

11st 13lb

J: Conor Orr

T: William Durkan

Consistent performer over hurdles since the spring without winning; failed to get home over 2m4f at Down Royal last time and this trip might well suit; each-way chance.

12/1

Form: 83P824 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Consistent performer whose last victory came in a Cork handicap hurdle last August; returning back from a short stint over fences which included a narrow defeat at Killarney last month; 10lb lower over hurdles with a further 5lb taken off and comes into calculations.
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4th

3

25th Nov 2021

Good

2m 6f 0y

13:05 Thurles

Knock On Steel

11st 6lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Brian Jordan

1-14 over fences; never in the hunt when 100-1 in similar contest at Wexford a month ago.

66/1

4th

3

25th Oct 2021

Heavy

2m 7f 0y

14:30 Wexford

Knock On Steel

11st 2lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Brian Jordan

1-13 over fences and no chance in a race of this standard.

66/1

9th

1

17th Sep 2021

Yielding

2m 2f 165y

13:00 Downpatrick

Knock On Steel

12st 0lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Brian Jordan

Consistent performer whose last victory came in a Cork handicap hurdle last August; returning back from a short stint over fences which included a narrow defeat at Killarney last month; 10lb lower over hurdles with a further 5lb taken off and comes into calculations.

6/1

Form: -24668

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Second of two career wins came in a Tramore handicap hurdle a year ago; not at his best since the beginning of the summer though and others look more likely.
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14th

3

24th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 115y

14:25 Punchestown

Jazz Ranger

11st 13lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: James Andrew Fahey

Only two wins from 37 runs over hurdles; has run well when fresh in the past, but getting on in years now and may need the run after a break.

16/1

17

12th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 98y

19:20 Clonmel

Jazz Ranger

11st 13lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: James Andrew Fahey

Form: 000-

Last run: 151 days

W: 10st 8lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Down the field in a trio of maiden hurdles earlier in the year; very hard to assess but not hard to conclude that she could be considerably better than that.
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4th

12

1st Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 1f 100y

19:00 Wexford

Ocean Legacy

10st 7lb

J: Adam Short

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

First reserve; let down by jumping latest but previous Punchestown run had been encouraging and 7yo could still have more to offer.

18

3rd Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:51 Clonmel

Ocean Legacy

11st 1lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Second reserve; left her previous form behind with a couple of promising efforts in handicaps and still just about involved before a bad mistake, unseating last time.

14

10th Feb 2022

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

16:30 Thurles

Ocean Legacy

11st 1lb

J: J B Kane

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Eight-race maiden; career best third of 22 at Punchestown ten days ago when beaten 10l; will need to build on that now.

13/2

OUR TIP

Form: 080-94

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Winning hurdler in Britain; comes here on the back of two decent enough runs in handicap hurdles at Roscommon and Downpatrick; should go well.
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3rd

4

26th Jun 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 31y

Class 4

16:30 Cartmel

Building Bridges

11st 7lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Gary McGill

led, not fluent 3 out, pushed along after 2 out, ridden when headed run-in, lost second final 110yds

8/1

5th

3

20th May 2022

Soft

2m 2f 165y

17:35 Downpatrick

Building Bridges

11st 11lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Gary McGill

Bounced back to form with a course success a fortnight ago; a while since he's shown form at this sort of trip but soft ground may help bring his stamina in to play and there's nothing wrong with a 7lb rise,.

1st

4

6th May 2022

Good

2m 5f 180y

17:50 Downpatrick

Building Bridges

11st 11lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Gary McGill

Winning hurdler in Britain in 2019, and previously a Flat scorer for Jessica Harrington; overall underwhelming form for current yard, dropping out tamely on latest last October; hard to fancy although does have his preferred ground.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta €503.00
Straight Forecast €482.50
Tricast €1767.00
Trifecta €1800.00

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Dazzling Darren

SPOTLIGHT:

Massons Castle

The Irish Sun:

Decimal Day

POSTDATA:

Amlad

TOPSPEED:

Dazzling Darren