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Poplar Square Chase (Grade 3)

  • Prize money: £14486.61
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 6 runners
  • Win time: 4m 8s
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Poplar Square Chase (Grade 3)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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7/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.10
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 12F3U- D

Last run: 191 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Managed a respectable showing when 13l third behind Shishkin in last season's five-runner Arkle at Cheltenham; however, more lows than highs in a campaign which ended with an unseat when out of contention in a Punchestown Grade 1; needs to show he can become more dependable; risky proposition for now.

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

1st

2

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Captain Guinness

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Cheltenham Festival form includes a third in the 2021 Arkle and second (no match for winner) in this race in 2023; beaten by Jonbon at Sandown last April; successful in Grade 2 and Grade 3 races but last-time-out defeat (about 14l behind El Fabiolo) in the Dublin Chase took his Grade 1 record to 0-13; still has place claims, given his position 12 months ago.

7/1

3rd

1

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:10 Leopardstown

Captain Guinness

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

High class chaser over this trip but has fallen short at Grade 1 level; looks as good as ever when winning the Fortria at Navan before pulling up in the Grade 1 here at Christmas; was found to be clinically abnormal post race so that can be ignored; could make a bold bid from the front but likely to find a couple too good.

12/1

0

1

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

13:10 Leopardstown

Captain Guinness

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

raced in third behind clear leader, mistake 6th, weakened quickly 4 out, pulled up before 2 out

5/4

9/4

  • Place: £1.30

Form: /113P- D

Last run: 216 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Made effective transition to chasing last season, recording smooth wins at Wexford and in a Grade 3 at Navan, though neither race had any depth; no match for high-class stayers Monkfish and Latest Exhibition in Grade 1 over extended 2m5f at Leopardstown; stamina doubts underlined over 2m4f at Fairyhouse; return to shorter trip should suit.

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

4th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 193y

16:15 Thurles

Andy Dufresne

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Promise behind Zanahiyr in October but really struggled for form since; tailed off in Grade 2 chase latest; drops in class at least.

10/1

5th

3

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 90y

16:23 Navan

Andy Dufresne

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

raced wide

8/1

15th

5

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Andy Dufresne

11st 6lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

Five career wins but out of form for some time and looks up against it here.

50/1

Form: 138F-4 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict

Former Grade 1-winning novice hurdler; mixed fortune over fences last season but managed to win a Punchestown Grade 2 (Darver Star third) before disappointing at Leopardstown and let down by his jumping at Thurles; has an edge in terms of race-fitness over his three serious rivals, having had a run over hurdles at Tipperary; that could be decisive.

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

5

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 30y

17:30 Punchestown

Felix Desjy

11st 4lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: Gordon Elliott

Big run behind HMS Seahorse at Navan in January; tailed off in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham last time but he has a better record at this venue (four wins from six starts) and he's on a good mark.

20/1

14th

1

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Felix Desjy

11st 12lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: Gordon Elliott

Campaigned mostly at about 2m but performed well returned to 2m4f last time, finishing second at Navan (soft); has respectable Cheltenham Festival form having finished sixth in the 2018 Champion Bumper, fifth in the 2019 Supreme and tenth in the 2022 County; should give his running.

28/1

2nd

2

21st Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:07 Navan

Felix Desjy

11st 8lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade 1 winning hurdler who signed off last season with a win in a competitive Punchestown handicap; fair way below that form in four starts this term; 2lb above last winning mark; off four months.

13/2

Form: -07047 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Not a bad sort at a less demanding level; race-fit but not suited by the race-conditions.

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

0

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 5

15:39 Catterick

Choungaya

11st 11lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Mike Sowersby

towards rear, reminder after 7th, struggling after 7th, pulled up before 9th

66/1

8

6th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

16:20 Wetherby

Choungaya

11st 1lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Mike Sowersby

Well handicapped on his old Irish form but that's a fading memory and he was 150-1 when pulled up behind Fiadh here the last time.

100/1

3

21st Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

16:35 Wetherby

Choungaya

11st 7lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Mike Sowersby

Well handicapped on his old Irish form but he's been struggling more recently and a major turnaround is needed.

66/1

Form: -39708

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Won a 2m4f Bellewstown maiden hurdle last year; modest chase form; out of her depth.

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

19th

21

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 165y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Serpolette

10st 0lb

J: Jake Coen

T: E D Delany

Doesn't win often and now 2-37; hit the frame last time but 8lb wrong for this.

100/1

3rd

17

25th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 7f 195y

14:45 Roscommon

Serpolette

11st 1lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: E D Delany

First reserve; pretty reliable and place chance; one win since August 2020.

7th

11

30th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 90y

17:05 Bellewstown

Serpolette

11st 2lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: E D Delany

prominent, went second after 5 out

14/1

Form: 2776-6 BF

Last run: 180 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Highly progressive hurdler two seasons ago, culminating in third placing in the Champion Hurdle; novice chasing campaign started brightly last season, but things went downhill after second in six-runner Leopadrstown Grade 1 at Christmas (Felix Desjy third); well below his best when returned to hurdling prior to break, best watched against that background.

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

0

1

18th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 120y

16:25 Tramore

Darver Star

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Bounced back to form when runner-up at Wexford in March but struggled twice since; not easy to predict and probably needs a career best chase effort to land this off joint-topweight.

6/1

5th

1

7th Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 170y

19:23 Wexford

Darver Star

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

prominent, soon raced in second, pushed along and weakened quickly before 2 out

7/2

1

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

14:50 Punchestown

Darver Star

11st 13lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Gavin Cromwell

10-time winner, just one over fences and has been hit and miss in this sphere; decent second in a handicap chase at Wexford followed by a sub-standard effort in a 3m handicap at the festival here; best horse in the race and has a chance but just that bit vulnerable these days.

5/1

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Payout
Exacta €42.00
Straight Forecast €42.30
Trifecta €104.00

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Captain Guinness

SPOTLIGHT:

Felix Desjy

POSTDATA:

Darver Star

TOPSPEED:

Captain Guinness

The Irish Sun:

Captain Guinness