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12:10 Down Royal

Soft

Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6848.21
  • 2m 6f 110y
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 6m 11s
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Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

2/9 (Won)

  • Win: £1.10
  • Place: £1.02

Form: 11-

Last run: 304 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Impressed when winning a Turtulla maiden for Ellen Doyle in March 2020; subsequently bought for 255,000GBP at Cheltenham; odds-on for bumper wins at Punchestown and Leopardstown towards the end of last year; Leopardstown runner-up Eurotiep won his first two starts over hurdles with minimum fuss; high-class recruit to hurdling for top stable.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

18:15 Clonmel

Hollow Games

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped left on occasions, led, briefly disputed lead early

7/4

10th

2

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Hollow Games

11st 11lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

Chase form has gone pear-shaped since finishing third in the Galway Plate in August; filled the same position in this contest two years ago (good to soft; off 1lb lower) and holds each-way claims provided the effort is repeated on this return to hurdles.

20/1

13

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Hollow Games

10st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual bumper winner and Grade 3-winning novice hurdler; decent chaser too, third in the Galway Plate and probably did not get home in the Paddy Power; more at home over this trip and the choice of Jack Kennedy; each-way chance.

16/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 235

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Promising start to her career when second in a 2m3f mares' maiden hurdle at Limerick in May; disappointing in outings at Perth in July and September.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Ailie Rose

11st 4lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Made it four wins over hurdles when leading for much of the way at Ayr (3m, heavy) in January, albeit facing only three opponents; pulled up in a much stronger race at the Dublin Racing Festival next time; needs to bounce back with a personal best off a career-high mark.

33/1

7

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Ailie Rose

11st 7lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: S R B Crawford

Four from 17 over hurdles and justified favouritism in handicap hurdle at Ayr last month; only 1lb higher here but this is much more competitive.

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Placed seven times from 11 Flat starts in Britain, competing at a modest level for William Haggas and Gay Kelleway; below best form on last three starts.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

13th

14

27th Nov 2021

Good

2m 0f 0y

13:01 Fairyhouse

Coqueta

11st 7lb

J: James O’Sullivan

T: C A McBratney

Placed seven times from 11 Flat starts in Britain, competing at a modest level for William Haggas and Gay Kelleway; remote third on hurdling debut in Down Royal maiden won by Hollow Games at extremely short odds.

33/1

3rd

9

29th Oct 2021

Soft

2m 6f 110y

12:10 Down Royal

Coqueta

11st 5lb

J: James O’Sullivan

T: C A McBratney

Placed seven times from 11 Flat starts in Britain, competing at a modest level for William Haggas and Gay Kelleway; below best form on last three starts.

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: 5360

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Good run at Downpatrick in May on the second of three bumper runs; struggled on hurdling debut at Clonmel last month.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

28th Feb 2023

Good

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

16:45 Catterick

Golden Cosmos

12st 0lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

in touch with leaders

3/1

4th

4

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

16:12 Catterick

Golden Cosmos

11st 4lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

led, jumped right on occasions

4/1

2

31st Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:10 Lingfield

Golden Cosmos

12st 0lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

Ex-Irish maiden; struggled on stable debut in October but ended last year with two very respectable efforts (both over 3m) and has each-way claims at least here.

7/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Yeats mare, not a likely first-time hurdles scorer on the evidence of point-to-point form.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

2

11th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:28 Down Royal

Menindee

11st 11lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: D M Christie

Five-time winner; three of them this summer, two when bouncing back from sub-standard efforts; needs to do the same here having been pulled-up at Cheltenham last month but capable of doing so.

14/1

0

8

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

16:30 Cheltenham

Menindee

11st 10lb

J: Mr R James

T: D M Christie

Northern Irish challenger who made a successful return to fences at Roscommon (2m5f, heavy) despite her preference for a longer trip and drier ground; a thorough test around here should be up her street.

12/1

1st

3

25th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 5f 63y

17:05 Roscommon

Menindee

11st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: D M Christie

jumped well, led, briefly headed after 5th, disputed lead after 8th, led clearly when ridden and switched left after 3 out, kept on well run-in

6/1

Form: 0-37

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Long-priced third at Downpatrick on the second of three bumper runs; makes little appeal on hurdling debut.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

22

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Woodstream Lad

10st 1lb

J: Conor Owens

T: P J Rothwell

towards rear, headway when not fluent 2 out, went second towards near side approaching last, slightly hampered after last, kept on

12/1

Form: 5-32

Last run: 157 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Improved from his hurdling debut when third at 50-1 in Ballinrobe in May (10l behind runner-up Eat The Book); proved that was not a fluke with second at the same venue later that month; faces stiff task against a rival of the calibre of Hollow Games, but should reach the money.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

12th

3

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 2f 185y

17:20 Downpatrick

Simply Shabra

11st 11lb

J: Conor Brassil

T: Anthony McCann

Off the mark at the 19th attempt under rules at Naas in January before finishing tailed off in a novice chase; distant sixth back at Naas last time from his new mark and his inconsistency makes him hard to fancy.

20/1

6th

9

10th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 116y

14:52 Naas

Simply Shabra

11st 4lb

J: Conor Brassil

T: Anthony McCann

led, clear before 4th

13/2

Form: 092-23

Last run: 65 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Runner-up at 66-1 in a 2m4f Fairyhouse maiden hurdle in April; backed it up with another second placing at Ballinrobe, 10l clear of today's rival Simply Shabra; a bit below that form when third at Bellewstown in August; solid place claims here.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1

9th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

17:40 Tipperary

Eat The Book

12st 0lb

J: Mr S W Condon

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

prominent

100/1

0

7

10th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

16:45 Punchestown

Eat The Book

11st 2lb

J: Mr S W Condon

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Second runner for yard; pulled-up after returning from a long absence at Sligo and best watched for now.

40/1

0

4

10th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 80y

19:35 Sligo

Eat The Book

11st 8lb

J: Mr S W Condon

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Veteran rider partnered him to an unlikely victory at Kilbeggan in April last year; tailed off at Wexford the following month and now has a lengthy absence to overcome; first start for Dermot McLoughlin.

25/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Undistinguished Flat form for his three previous trainers including Charlie Appleby; stablemate of Eat The Book; transformation needed.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

15

(7)

15th Jun 2023

Yielding

1m 7f 0y

20:30 Leopardstown

Reflectionist

8st 11lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Gavin Cromwell

1st

2

26th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 0y

18:15 Limerick

Reflectionist

11st 11lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

in touch with leaders, headway and prominent 4 out, challenging on inner when edged left and bumped rival before 2 out, soon led, clear approaching last, easily

Evs

1st

8

23rd May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 80y

17:20 Punchestown

Reflectionist

11st 4lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

A 17-race maiden who has had a few trainers but it was an encouraging start for this one when going close at Clonmel (2m3f, soft); finished well there in the new hood and the winner had gone close the time before; strongly considered.

2/1

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