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Paddy Power Cork Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade B)

  • Prize money: £21071.43
  • 3m 4f 0y
  • 13 runners
  • Win time: 8m 0s
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Paddy Power Cork Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade B)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £14.00
  • Place: £3.40

Form: 35226- BF

Last run: 265 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Winning hurdler is 0-6 over fences, pick of last season's form when second in 2m5f Fairyhouse handicap; absent since disappointing favourite in beginners' event at same venue in February; not entirely sure he's one for this sort of stamina test.
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2

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Braeside

11st 6lb

J: Mr R James

T: Gordon Elliott

The best of him has not been seen on last two starts (hot handicap and stiff task in Grade 2) but he looked the right type for this earlier this term, winning the Cork Grand National (3m4f, heavy) and running-on fourth in top 3m handicap at Leopardstown (3m, good to yielding); every yard should suit.

12/1

3rd

3

22nd Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:05 Navan

Braeside

11st 3lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Gordon Elliott

Returned with handicap chase win at Cork before a big run in a valuable Leopardstown handicap over Christmas; made an error before pulling up at Gowran since; yet to prove he can be a player at this sort of level.

10/1

7/1

  • Place: £3.60

Form: 12224-

Last run: 225 days

W: 11st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Has very low mileage for a 10yo and was having his first run beyond 3m1f when nearly winning Punchestown's 3m4f Grand National Trial (soft) last season before finishing solid fourth of 20 in 4m2f Midlands National at Uttoxeter, despite some indifferent jumping; trip/ground no problem and runs well fresh so plenty of positives, especially if avoiding serious error.
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4th

12

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 5f 50y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Screaming Colours

11st 1lb

J: Mr J J Codd

T: William Durkan

Veteran with low mileage; terrifically consistent in seven starts since November 2020; has looked better than ever in two runs this season; well clear of third-placed Mister Fogpatches when second in the 3m4f Cork National in October; improved on last year's fourth placing when winning the Midlands National at Uttoxeter; up 15lb for those two runs.

1st

7

19th Mar 2022

Soft

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:35 Uttoxeter

Screaming Colours

10st 9lb

J: Conor Orr

T: William Durkan

Has very low mileage for an 11yo and he was a big market mover when beaten only 5l into fourth in this 12 months ago, which was an excellent show on good to soft as he'd have preferred it slower; no concerns on that score this time and he was a very good second - and clear of the rest - when runner-up in the Cork National (3m4f, heavy) in October; goes well fresh and looks to have been saved for this; strong claims.

10/1

2nd

7

31st Oct 2021

Heavy

3m 4f 0y

15:00 Cork

Screaming Colours

11st 6lb

J: Conor Orr

T: William Durkan

Has very low mileage for a 10yo and was having his first run beyond 3m1f when nearly winning Punchestown's 3m4f Grand National Trial (soft) last season before finishing solid fourth of 20 in 4m2f Midlands National at Uttoxeter, despite some indifferent jumping; trip/ground no problem and runs well fresh so plenty of positives, especially if avoiding serious error.

7/1

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9/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 5431-4

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Strong stayer improved for marathon trips last season, finishing fourth in the Scottish National before taking a Punchestown handicap over 3m7f; creditable return at Listowel last month over an inadequate 2m6f (hampered late) and will have improved from that; big player.
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12th

27

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 5f 50y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Mister Fogpatches

10st 6lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: P A Fahy

Third in last season's Scottish National before winning over 3m7f at the Punchestown festival; can make mistakes but has been highly consistent in big-value handicaps, including third placings in the Troytown and the Thyestes, second in the Betfair and sixth in the Kim Muir; each-way chance if first-time cheekpieces do the trick.

6th

9

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Mister Fogpatches

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: P A Fahy

Third in last season's Scottish National before winning at the Punchestown festival (3m7f); can makes mistakes but he's been admirably consistent in defeat across his last few starts (including over C&D) and holds sound each-way claims if minimising the blunders; versatile ground-wise.

15/2

3rd

17

27th Jan 2022

Soft

3m 1f 0y

15:05 Gowran Park

Mister Fogpatches

10st 0lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: P A Fahy

Third in the Scottish National in April before taking a Punchestown handicap over 3m7f; at least as good this term, taking third in the Troytown and 15l second at Cheltenham last time; big chance for trainer who won this with Nuaffe in 1994.

12/1

12/1

Form: U64F0- C

Last run: 183 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Won a 2m6f beginners' event at Thurles last season (soft); looked out of depth in Graded novices and in valuable staying handicaps fell at first in Irish Grand National and didn't jump well when down the field in 3m7f Punchestown contest; hard to be confident in although handles ground and yard's good form are positives.
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4

28th Nov 2021

Good

3m 5f 0y

14:05 Fairyhouse

Eurobot

10st 8lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Noel Meade

Won a 2m6f beginners' event at Thurles last season (soft); looked out of depth in Graded novices and in valuable staying handicaps; fell at the first in the Irish Grand National and didn't jump well when down the field in 3m7f Punchestown contest; well-beaten fourth on very testing ground in the Cork National on his return; quicker ground not ideal; cheekpieces tried.

6/1

4th

2

31st Oct 2021

Heavy

3m 4f 0y

15:00 Cork

Eurobot

11st 8lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

Won a 2m6f beginners' event at Thurles last season (soft); looked out of depth in Graded novices and in valuable staying handicaps fell at first in Irish Grand National and didn't jump well when down the field in 3m7f Punchestown contest; hard to be confident in although handles ground and yard's good form are positives.

12/1

Form: -5F2U1

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Second-season novice has only completed on three of 6 attempts chasing but seemingly much improved under forcing tactics early this month to land 2m5f Fairyhouse beginners' on good ground; extended trip and soft ground make this a whole different test and opening mark looks plenty.
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5th

1

31st Oct 2021

Heavy

3m 4f 0y

15:00 Cork

Russian Diamond

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Emmet Mullins

Second-season novice has only completed on three of 6 attempts chasing but seemingly much improved under forcing tactics early this month to land 2m5f Fairyhouse beginners' on good ground; extended trip and soft ground make this a whole different test and opening mark looks plenty.

5/1

1st

9

9th Oct 2021

Good

2m 5f 0y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Russian Diamond

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Emmet Mullins

A beaten favourite on three of his five starts over fences; didn't look like being involved in the finish when bring brought down by a faller three out in Tipperary Group 3 on Sunday; would have a squeak here on some of his earlier form over hurdles.

8/1

Form: 625-17

Last run: 114 days

W: 10st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Belatedly off the mark chasing in quite valuable 2m7f Mayo National at Ballinrobe in May in testing conditions; never involved but not beaten that far in Midlands National at Kilbeggan on quicker ground latest; should appreciate return to soft ground although still unproven over this far.
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12

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 150y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Agent Boru

10st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

2nd

12

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Agent Boru

10st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Belatedly opened chase account in 2m7f Mayo National at Ballinrobe last May; appears held by Conquredalofeurope and Thunderosa on Navan running last time has not managed to replicate that form; 1-19 record over fences is a negative.

12/1

7th

3

22nd Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:40 Navan

Agent Boru

11st 9lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Belatedly opened chase account in 2m7f Mayo National at Ballinrobe last May; has not managed to replicate that form, though put in one of his better efforts at Down Royal last time; 1-18 record over fences is a negative.

14/1

Form: P32700 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Career highlights came when winning 3m Grade 3 contest here last season and when second in 3m1f Midlands National at Kilbeggan over the summer; Munster National run was moderate however and probably wants better ground.
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6th

3

16th May 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

19:30 Killarney

Waitnsee

11st 7lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: John Patrick Ryan

12/1

3rd

9

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 7f 0y

15:10 Punchestown

Waitnsee

11st 2lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: John Patrick Ryan

Career highlight when winning Grade 3 Cork chase a year ago; hasn't added to that win this season, tame effort back hurdling latest; ground to suit but question marks.

16/1

11th

5

8th Apr 2022

Good

2m 6f 22y

18:10 Ballinrobe

Waitnsee

11st 7lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: John Patrick Ryan

Form: 250P-2

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Hurdles winner and went closest over fences when caught close home in a Fairyhouse beginners chase last winter and on seasonal return early this month when second in similar 3-finisher 2m6f Galway contest; handles testing conditions but stamina remains unproven on return to handicap ranks.
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5

17th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 50y

15:45 Fairyhouse

Eleazar Des Neiges

11st 4lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Has finished runner-up in two beginners' chases but very much out of form in handicaps before the turn of the year and hard to fancy on return from a break.

16/1

11

28th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 3f 160y

14:40 Limerick

Eleazar Des Neiges

10st 6lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

0-9 over fences; went close in a beginners' at Galway on return but has paid the prices for errors in two runs since and seems on a tough mark for now.

16/1

10th

13

21st Nov 2021

Good

3m 0f 0y

14:50 Navan

Eleazar Des Neiges

10st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

0-8 over fences, went closest when caught close home in a 2m5f Fairyhouse beginners' chase last winter and on seasonal return when second in similar three-finisher 2m6f Galway contest; did not stay and pulled-up over 3m4f on heavy ground in the Cork National.

14/1

Form: -47PP6 CD

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Last year's win in this race came off 125 but very mixed form since, best run when fourth to Agent Boru in Mayo National; pulled up in Munster National and never involved at Galway last Sunday so hard to be confident in although handicapper giving him a chance.
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9th

15

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 110y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Dromore Lad

10st 13lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: James Andrew Fahey

33/1

9

31st Oct 2021

Heavy

3m 4f 0y

15:00 Cork

Dromore Lad

10st 11lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: John Patrick Ryan

Last year's win in this race came off 125 but very mixed form since, best run when fourth to Agent Boru in Mayo National; pulled up in Munster National and never involved at Galway last Sunday so hard to be confident in although handicapper giving him a chance.

14/1

6th

2

24th Oct 2021

Soft

2m 6f 111y

13:17 Galway

Dromore Lad

11st 3lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: John Patrick Ryan

Cork Grand National winner last year; one of the few stable runners not to perform this season (pulled up last twice) and others look far more likely.

25/1

Form: 59PP-1

Last run: 85 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Ended a losing run when gaining his first chase win in 3m1f Kilbeggan beginners' event in August (beating recent Cheltenham handicap winner Definite Plan) comfortably; earlier handicap form was generally moderate but could have turned a corner and interesting off this mark.
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1st

10

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Spades Are Trumps

10st 12lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Maiden hurdle winner in 2107; ended a losing run when landing a 3m1f Kilbeggan beginners' chase last August (beating subsequent Cheltenham handicap winner Definite Plan at levels); flopped when well fancied for 3m4f Cork National; ran in a novice race last time; good chance for in-form stable.

11/2

5th

2

9th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 5f 110y

15:20 Fairyhouse

Spades Are Trumps

12st 12lb

Maiden hurdle winner in 2107; ended a losing run when landing a 3m1f Kilbeggan beginners' chase last August (beating subsequent Cheltenham handicap winner Definite Plan); failed to make any impact when apparently well fancied for 3m4f Cork National

5/1

10

31st Oct 2021

Heavy

3m 4f 0y

15:00 Cork

Spades Are Trumps

10st 11lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Ended a losing run when gaining his first chase win in 3m1f Kilbeggan beginners' event in August (beating recent Cheltenham handicap winner Definite Plan) comfortably; earlier handicap form was generally moderate but could have turned a corner and interesting off this mark.

7/1

Form: 210PP-

Last run: 183 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Punchestown win last winter (heavy) came just shy of 3m2f so stays well; ended last season under question marks after being pulled up twice and hard to be confident in returning from summers' break here.
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6th

4

6th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 110y

19:50 Downpatrick

Arverne

11st 9lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gavin Cromwell

7

24th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 219y

15:05 Thurles

Arverne

11st 11lb

J: Mr J Dunne

T: Gavin Cromwell

Well treated on old form Well-treated on his old form but hasn't convinced with his jumping at times; career-low mark.

8/1

5th

4

29th Jan 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 110y

13:05 Fairyhouse

Arverne

11st 7lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gavin Cromwell

Well treated on old form but most recent showings have been disappointing; blinkers need to work the oracle.

20/1

Form: P315-P

Last run: 168 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Best form at Limerick, including wide-margin handicap success over an extended 3m on heavy ground in March; early mistake seemed to shatter his confidence at Wexford when last seen in May but not one to rule out with ground in his favour.
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13

16th May 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

19:30 Killarney

Glorious Galway

10st 4lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: D McNamara

25/1

7th

4

16th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 7f 0y

15:50 Punchestown

Glorious Galway

11st 5lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: D McNamara

Dual chase winner; seemed to be weakening when falling four out in the Cork Grand National; out of his depth in a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Limerick last time.

12/1

8th

6

27th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 7f 0y

14:05 Limerick

Glorious Galway

11st 5lb

J: Mr J C Barry

T: D McNamara

Both victories over fences have come here and goes well on heavy ground but 9yo will hardly be winning this on belated hurdling bow.

33/1

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Exacta €367.00
Straight Forecast €1814.80
Tricast €11067.90
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Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Russian Diamond

SPOTLIGHT:

Screaming Colours

TOPSPEED:

Glorious Galway

POSTDATA:

Russian Diamond

The Irish Sun:

Screaming Colours