October 29 / 13.20 Down Royal

13.20 Down Royal Soft

WKD Hurdle (Grade 2)

  • Prize money: £26339.29
  • 2m 0f 190y
  • 5 runners
  • Win time: 4m 26s
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WKD Hurdle (Grade 2)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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4/5 (Won)

  • Win: £1.30
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 11142- D

Last run: 181 days

W: 11st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict
Was the top juvenile hurdler last season until his limitations were somewhat exposed at Cheltenham and Punchestown; softer ground on offer here is likely to suit better but gives weight all round here and it is far from a simple task.
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Verdict Starting price

6

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Zanahiyr

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

3rd

8

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Zanahiyr

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Favourite when only fourth in last year's Triumph but could have done with a stronger pace to aim at; subsequent form comprises a Grade 2 win at Down Royal and four silver medals in Grade 1s, latest behind Honeysuckle in the Irish Champion where a bad early error wasn't ideal; cheekpieces are now added to usual tongue-tie; proving consistent and should give another good account of himself.

20/1

2nd

2

6th Feb 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Leopardstown

Zanahiyr

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart juvenile hurdler last season though some limitations were exposed at Cheltenham and Punchestown; exploited a good first opportunity in the senior ranks in a Grade 2 event at Down Royal; split Sharjah and Echoes In Rain in three-runner Morgiana Hurdle; enhanced reputation with neck second to Sharjah here last time, 4 3/4l in front of Saint Roi.

4/1

Evs

  • Place: £1.10

Form: /1120- D

Last run: 264 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Showed himself to be a novice hurdler very much on the upgrade last season before running well below his best at Leopardstown in February; showed his well being on his return when bolting up in a 1m4f Flat maiden at Bellewstown last month; should go close here.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

2

(9)

17th May 2022

Good

1m 6f 44y

20:30 Killarney

Cask Mate

9st 12lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Noel Meade

Won his only Flat start, a 1m4f Bellewstown maiden in September last year; a bit below his best over jumps of late but he can progress back in this sphere and the longer trip is certain to suit.

15/2

9

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Cask Mate

11st 2lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Noel Meade

Grade 1 novice hurdle runner-up last season and respectable second in Grade 2 at Down Royal in October, albeit no match for Tuesday's Champion Hurdle third Zanahiyr; however, he was well beaten in mid-division in the Liffey Handicap at Leopardstown last month and it might be best to look elsewhere.

33/1

14th

6

6th Feb 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:10 Leopardstown

Cask Mate

11st 5lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

Good novice hurdler last season with victories at Limerick and Punchestown and won a Flat maiden at Bellewstown in September; no match for Zanahiyr in a Grade 2 at Down Royal the following month and not seen since; first handicap and his mark of 139 is about fair; definitely one for the short-list.

5/1

20/1

Form: 086625 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Maiden hurdle winner at Clonmel in May and good second in a Grade 3 at Tipperary but has to improve massively to trouble the two market leaders.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11th

15

15th May 2022

Good

2m 1f 0y

15:30 Killarney

Bonarc

10st 0lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: John Patrick Ryan

1st

7

13th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

17:30 Kilbeggan

Bonarc

11st 4lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: John Patrick Ryan

Tends to give her running but 1-31 and seems held on handicap form.

16/1

3rd

6

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

16:15 Clonmel

Bonarc

11st 5lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: John Patrick Ryan

6/1

Form: -0F277

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Second in a 2m5f handicap hurdle at Downpatrick was his best effort; has a mountain to climb here.
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Verdict Starting price

6

22nd Jan 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

14:50 Navan

Monoxide

12st 0lb

J: Shane Mulcahy

T: Neill McCluskey

Flat winner but 0-13 over hurdles and impossible to fancy on chase debut.

66/1

17

15th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

11:45 Fairyhouse

Monoxide

12st 0lb

J: Mr S Connor

T: Neill McCluskey

First reserve; Flat winner but 0-13 over hurdles and impossible to fancy on chase debut.

12th

11

31st Dec 2021

Heavy

1m 7f 120y

14:30 Punchestown

Monoxide

11st 5lb

J: Neil Ryan

T: Neill McCluskey

Won on Flat in 2018; major improvement needed from his last two visits to this track, though both were over longer distances.

25/1

Form: 0/P-0P

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
92-rated hurdler that has had a couple of periods on the sidelines; no conceivable chance here.
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10

26th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 1f 0y

13:23 Down Royal

Justice Ears

11st 4lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: David Peter Dunne

0-14 but hasn't shown anything since he returned from a lengthy absence last year.

20/1

5th

3

29th Oct 2021

Soft

2m 0f 190y

13:20 Down Royal

Justice Ears

11st 0lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: David Peter Dunne

92-rated hurdler that has had a couple of periods on the sidelines; no conceivable chance here.

200/1

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Exacta €17.00
Straight Forecast €18.10
Trifecta €21.00

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Zanahiyr

SPOTLIGHT:

Cask Mate

TOPSPEED:

Bonarc

The Irish Sun:

Zanahiyr

POSTDATA:

Cask Mate