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Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase

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  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 14 runners
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Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

Form: 123F3- D

Last run: 228 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

High-class novice hurdler last season, rated 148 in that sphere; second to Bob Olinger in Naas Grade 1 before third to Appreciate It at Dublin Racing Festival; booked for second in Supreme Novices' Hurdle when falling at the last and below best at Punchestown festival when last seen; now switches to fences and looks the one to beat; interesting to see tongue-tie added.

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4th

3

26th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 150y

14:30 Punchestown

Blue Lord

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Good 6-10 record over fences; career-best when winning 2m1f Grade 1 at Leopardstown last Christmas; overturned at long odds-on by stablemate Gentleman de Mee at Dublin Racing Festival; never going well in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham and made little impact in third behind stablemate Energumene when dropped in trip here at the festival.

13/2

3rd

1

25th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Blue Lord

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, went fourth after 3 out, ridden and went third approaching last, kept on, no match for first two

13/2

8th

1

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Blue Lord

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Turned over at short odds in the Dublin Chase most recently but could well bounce back from that defeat; progressive otherwise and he was impressive at Leopardstown (2m1f, yielding) the time before, recording a third Grade 1 win; confirmed his stamina for 2m4f with Grade 2 win at Clonmel (soft to heavy) in November and remains particularly unexposed at this trip; respectable third in the Arkle at this meeting last year; major player.

11/2

Form: 1200-2 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

144-rated hurdler, in good form around this time last year, winning a competitive handicap at Down Royal before taking second in a similar event at Fairyhouse; mid-field finishes on final two starts in handicaps at Cheltenham and Punchestown were no disgrace; just deprived Mt Leinster of second on chase debut at Wexford; should be on the premises if progressing.

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5

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:55 Gowran Park

Cayd Boy

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Liz Doyle

No wins since a hurdle success in 2020 and 0-10 over fences but one of his better recent efforts when a distant second at Naas in January; well treated on old form if he can build on that; drops back in trip.

6/1

2nd

6

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:00 Naas

Cayd Boy

11st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Liz Doyle

raced in fourth behind clear leaders, went third after 3rd, good headway before 2 out, went second approaching last, no chance with winner from last

10/1

9th

7

26th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

Cayd Boy

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Liz Doyle

held up in rear, mistake 1st

12/1

Form: -42134 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Kilbeggan maiden hurdle winner took nice step forward when third at Punchestown before safely-held fourth on recent chasing bow; will be of greater interest in calmer waters.

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5th

1

(6)

18th Aug 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 180y

20:05 Killarney

Dark Spark

11st 11lb

J: Miss A L Fitzgibbon

T: Michael Winters

slowly away, lost many lengths start, soon recovered in rear, minor headway after 3f, soon midfield, pressed leaders and pushed along when raced wide over 3f out, soon outpaced and no impression

14/1

6th

1

15th Jul 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

16:00 Killarney

Dark Spark

11st 12lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Michael Winters

led, wandered around 1st, not fluent 4th, not fluent 6th, headed and tracked leader 7th, pushed along and led again before 3 out, headed and ridden before 2 out, soon weakened gradually

5/1

12th

5

2nd Jul 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 188y

17:35 Bellewstown

Dark Spark

11st 7lb

J: Richard Condon

T: Michael Winters

held up in midfield, pushed along 4 out, ridden and kept on after 3 out, went third run-in, no extra final 110yds

5/1

Form: 04211- C

Last run: 225 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Smart bumper winner improved as season went on over hurdles, landing maiden hurdle here before finding plenty of improvement to win Punchestown festival novice event; seemingly viewed as more of a chasing prospect than an out-and-out hurdler so interesting to see how he fares on debut over fences; tough ask against stablemate Blue Lord.

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16th

11

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

El Barra

10st 9lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Conor O’Dwyer

Three-time winner over fences but pulled up in both runs this season and up against it.

100/1

0

1

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

El Barra

12st 0lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Conor O’Dwyer

Useful for Willie Mullins, including when third of 15 finishers in the Galway Plate (2m6f, good; has won on soft/heavy) in July 2022; however, he has failed to complete in two starts this year, pulling up for new yard over hurdles in October, and has something to prove back over fences.

20/1

Form: 394-56

Last run: 7 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Pretty useful hurdler has shown up well on first two starts in this sphere since switching to current stable; that experience should stand to him here but needs to find another chunk of improvement to hit the target.

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8th

3

16th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 68y

12:30 Fairyhouse

Everglow

11st 7lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

prominent, went second 5th, weakened from 3 out

7/1

5th

13

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 130y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Everglow

10st 5lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

towards rear of midfield, some headway 3 out, kept on approaching last, never near to challenge

16/1

Form: 00980

Last run: 28 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Not many miles on the clock but career-best effort required if he's to make an impact in this company.

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8th

10

13th Mar 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 0y

15:05 Limerick

Fantastic Allen

11st 5lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Mrs Grainne M O’Connor

Little to recommend in maiden hurdles last season or over fences this season; makes little appeal.

33/1

11th

6

10th Feb 2022

Good

2m 0f 77y

14:20 Thurles

Fantastic Allen

11st 1lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Mrs Grainne M O’Connor

Hasn't been competitive in points, maiden hurdles or beginners' chases so far and hasn't done anything to justify an opening mark of 96.

50/1

Form: 44654-

Last run: 227 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Rated 113 over hurdles and showed up fairly well at the Punchestown festival when last seen; first start over fences after 227-day break and will likely find more manageable openings in time.

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14

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 7f 68y

15:05 Punchestown

History Of Fashion

10st 8lb

J: Richard Condon

T: P A Fahy

Sole win from 23 attempts chasing came in 3m Down Royal handicap over two years ago; retains a fair level of ability evidenced by second to Street Value in the Porterstown at Fairyhouse in December; two below-par runs before gallant fifth at 50-1 in the Irish Grand National; third in this last year when Sir Bob was second.

10/1

5th

21

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

History Of Fashion

10st 0lb

J: Richard Condon

T: P A Fahy

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, brief headway 3 out, no extra after 2 out

50/1

8th

12

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 174y

16:37 Naas

History Of Fashion

10st 0lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: P A Fahy

Sole win from 21 attempts chasing came in 3m Down Royal handicap over two years ago; retains fair level of ability evidenced by 3m6f Fairyhouse second in December but pulled up when attempting repeat Down Royal win last time; 5lb wrong here.

14/1

Form: 2715F0

Last run: 6 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Hard to take encouragement from three starts since opening hurdles account at Punchestown in October; best watched.

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10th

5

25th Aug 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

19:20 Kilbeggan

Quantum Realm

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual chase winner has been consistent in the last year and ran a fine race to be second in the valuable Galway Blazers Chase last time; raised 5lb for that but can go well again up to a trip he stays; has run well at this course.

6/1

2nd

19

4th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 111y

18:00 Galway

Quantum Realm

10st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won over fences at Downpatrick and Perth last summer; should strip fitter as a result of last month's run over hurdles at Kilbeggan; fair fourth then for 7lb claimer; Jack Kennedy aboard; mark looks fair enough but might want better ground

10/1

4th

10

6th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

19:25 Tipperary

Quantum Realm

11st 6lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, pushed along after 3 out, ridden and headway from 2 out, went third approaching last, kept on but lost third final strides

16/1

Form: B243P5

Last run: 16 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Rated 111 over hurdles and will be of more interest when switching to handicap chases in time, although not disgraced last time.

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0

7

8th Sep 2023

Good

2m 3f 0y

18:50 Kilbeggan

Top Line Tommy

10st 12lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: E J O’Grady

led narrowly or disputed lead, not fluent 4th, lost position 4 out, dropped to rear and pulled up before 3 out

10/1

Form: P0908

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Doesn't have many miles on the clock but rated just 99 over hurdles and can only be watched on chasing debut.

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0

5

9th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 43y

Class 5

15:45 Market Rasen

A Cheap Thrill

10st 7lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

took keen hold, held up in rear, detached 5 out, pulled up after 4 out

20/1

7th

8

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

12:30 Newcastle

A Cheap Thrill

10st 7lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Disappointing maiden who hasn't shown a great deal since joining Micky Hammond in the summer; today's less-testing ground may enable him to better his recent efforts but others appeal more all the same.

25/1

8th

8

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

14:50 Newcastle

A Cheap Thrill

11st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Micky Hammond

His form has gone the wrong way and there was no upturn in fortunes when he was back over hurdles at Carlisle last month (again pulled up).

25/1

Form: P0930

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Entitled to improve for experience gained on recent chasing bow but hard to fancy on overall form.

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0

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

11:45 Aintree

Hardy Bloke

11st 8lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

raced in fourth, lost touch from 10th, pulled up before 13th

10/1

4th

4

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 127y

Class 2

13:50 Haydock

Hardy Bloke

11st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

in rear, not fluent 1st, in touch with leaders when mistake 7th, not fluent 9th, outpaced after 5 out, kept on but no impression

50/1

Form: 168-F

Last run: 6 days

W: 11st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Impressive on debut in France at Compiegne and too bad to be true when last of six back at that venue next time out (seemingly amiss); no match for Jeff Kidder in the Grade 1 juvenile hurdle at Punchestown in the spring and has since switched to this trainer; faller at the fifth when 150-1 for chasing/stable bow last weekend; best watched for now.

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3rd

1

26th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

11:40 Punchestown

Mica Malpic

12st 0lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: E Bolger

held up in rear, headway and went fourth after 3 out, outpaced when nudged along after 2 out, kept on and went third towards finish, no match for first two

5/1

4th

1

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:50 Limerick

Mica Malpic

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: E Bolger

Course winner stays much further but latest win was over this trip at Kilbeggan in August; followed that with fine third to subsequent Kerry National winner over 3m1f at same venue; below par latest and cheekpieces worn for all three wins are missing here; goes on soft but doesn't want it this heavy.

11/2

5th

7

23rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 6f 0y

16:30 Listowel

Mica Malpic

11st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: E Bolger

Is 3-15 as a chaser; under a big weight he was an excellent third over 3m1f at Kilbeggan last month (soft) and the winner landed the big chase here on Wednesday; fine over this shorter trip and has won here; solid.

3/1

Form: /2116- BF

Last run: 251 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Listed mares' novice hurdle winner at Navan (heavy, 2m5f) last season makes first start since proving a touch disappointing as 4-1fav in Fairyhouse Grade 1 in April (ground may have been faster than ideal on that occasion); could make into smart chaser; respected.

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Form: 3678-2 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Solid start to life over fences when second at Galway seven weeks ago; meets better opposition here so improvement needed.

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8th

2

30th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 40y

18:30 Ballinrobe

Razzle Dazzle Love

11st 9lb

J: E Walsh

T: Thomas Gibney

Bumper and hurdle winner lost her form over fences earlier this year but there was some encouragement from her hurdle run here last time; has to do more, though.

16/1

3rd

4

14th Apr 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 98y

17:50 Ballinrobe

Razzle Dazzle Love

11st 6lb

J: E Walsh

T: Thomas Gibney

Bumper and maiden hurdle winner in 2020 has been chasing in the last year without success; has dropped down the handicap returned to hurdles but others still preferred.

20/1

1

20th Mar 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 0y

16:25 Navan

Razzle Dazzle Love

12st 2lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Is 0-9 over fences and failed to complete in her last two starts, albeit very much up against it at Listed level last time; doesn't look well treated on any of her chase form to date.

7/1

Form: 089-0

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Reserve; needs to jump better than on recent chasing bow at Gowran when down the field.

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12th

4

9th May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 110y

18:10 Tipperary

Know The Game

11st 11lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Tom Dreaper

took keen hold, disputed lead, mistake and lost position 3 out, weakened quickly before 2 out

5/1

2nd

5

19th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 100y

19:20 Limerick

Know The Game

11st 4lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Tom Dreaper

Poor effort over hurdles at Roscommon on his final start last year; wore a tongue-tie on for the first time when a fair sixth in a novice handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse on his recent return; should be better for the run and is more effective as a chaser; worth considering.

11/2

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Betting Forcast

5/6 Blue Lord, 11/2 Cayd Boy, 14/1 Dark Spark, 5/1 El Barra, 10/1 Everglow, 100/1 Fantastic Allen, 50/1 History Of Fashion, 40/1 Quantum Realm, 40/1 Top Line Tommy, 50/1 A Cheap Thrill, 50/1 Hardy Bloke, 50/1 Mica Malpic, 7/1 Atlantic Fairy, 12/1 Razzle Dazzle Love, Know The Game

Verdict

Paul Townend looks to have the perfect opportunity to return from injury with a winner in the shape of BLUE LORD, a classy novice hurdler last season who could develop into a very capable chaser. Cayd Boy and Everglow, who have the advantage of a run over the Willie Mullins-trained selection, should be thereabouts at the business end, but El Barra appeals most to chase home his stablemate. Atlantic Fairy will be worth watching with a view to the rest of the season. [Mark Boylan]

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Cayd Boy

SPOTLIGHT:

Blue Lord

POSTDATA:

Razzle Dazzle Love

TOPSPEED:

Cayd Boy

The Irish Sun:

Cayd Boy