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  • Prize money: £8428.57
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 12 runners
  • Win time: 4m 14s
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Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £13.20
  • Place: £3.80

Form: 5FP-74

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Won over 2m4f at Down Royal last season and progressed from comeback at that venue when fourth at Cork last month; has a bit to find with Halsafari on that form but could be more to come.

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8

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:10 Down Royal

Arahecan

11st 1lb

J: Shane Mulcahy

T: Neill McCluskey

in touch with leaders, soon dropped to midfield, mistake 5th, clipped heels and fell before 4 out

25/1

2

1st Jul 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

19:45 Wexford

Arahecan

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

always towards rear, mistake 1st, detached when pulled up 5 out

8/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 35-896 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Dual handicap hurdle winner last term and market will be a guide on handicap chase bow; trip and ground are fine.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 90y

16:23 Navan

Fighting Fit

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: J P Dempsey

raced wide, raced in third after last, jumped left after 1st, not fluent 9th, lost third and weakened before 2 out

13/2

9th

4

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

13:57 Fairyhouse

Fighting Fit

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: J P Dempsey

Has really got back on track over fences this season and only found one too good in his hat-trick bid here latest over slightly shorter; loses Brouder's 5lb claim here though and he'll need to improve again to defy his current mark.

13/2

2nd

3

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:00 Fairyhouse

Fighting Fit

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J P Dempsey

Rejuvenated after a break earlier in the year and career-bests when winning handicap chases at Galway and Listowel; total of 17lb rise for those wins and back from another short break so respected.

9/1

9/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 12-588

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Won a 2m4f handicap off 116 over hurdles last season so hasn't been let in that lightly for handicap chase debut and would prefer a bit further.

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0

9

4th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 114y

15:35 Tipperary

Millen To One

11st 12lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Francis J Flood

in touch with leaders, pushed along and lost position before 4 out

22/1

8th

14

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 80y

19:30 Down Royal

Millen To One

11st 1lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Francis J Flood

Sole win in 32 starts came in 2020; fair way below his best in three runs over hurdles this year and was pulled up at Wexford last month; first-time blinkers need to spark a revival.

25/1

3

20th May 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:25 Wexford

Millen To One

11st 11lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Francis J Flood

towards rear

25/1

Form: -53P27

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Has winning form over further but ran well over extended 2m when runner-up at Down Royal (with three of these rivals behind him); went well for a long way over 3m in Troytown at Navan but coming back in trip could be the key to him.

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5th

4

28th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 165y

17:25 Downpatrick

Samurai Cracker

11st 13lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Mrs Caroline McCaldin

Former useful hunter chaser is winless for over two years and not been at his best for some time; was mostly point-to-pointing over the winter and weakened tamely in Perth handicap last time having had a summer break.

12/1

3rd

3

1st Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

19:25 Perth

Samurai Cracker

11st 3lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Mrs Caroline McCaldin

disputing second, raced in second after 4th, outpaced and no chance with winner after halfway, lost second before 2 out, soon weakened

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: P2F-43 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Grade 3 winner over hurdles and on paper looks well-handicapped compared to his mark in that discipline; hasn't convinced with his jumping over the larger obstacles, though, including when third in a hot beginners' chase at Thurles last time; somewhat risky at present.

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5th

2

7th Aug 2022

Good

2m 2f 165y

15:00 Downpatrick

Soviet Pimpernel

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, soon prominent in chasing group, headway and went third after 3 out, ridden and weakened approaching last

6/1

3rd

6

8th Jul 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

19:35 Cork

Soviet Pimpernel

11st 0lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, soon outpaced, awkward jump 2 out, no match for first two

8/1

3rd

6

28th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 170y

15:08 Punchestown

Soviet Pimpernel

11st 4lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

In an out for Peter Fahey; never involved but kept on to close on tiring Off You Go on stable debut at Killarney; not sure he is capable of closing the gap but was a Grade 3 winner back in the day; chance.

2/1

Form: 11-737 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Won his final two chase starts last season and good comeback when not far behind runner-up Samurai Cracker at Down Royal; got worked up beforehand when disappointing on latest run at Cork but probably still on a decent handicap mark.

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1st

11

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

Weihnachts

10st 9lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P J Rothwell

held up in rear, headway and in touch with leaders 3 out, led last, ridden out

20/1

Form: 9329P- D

Last run: 274 days

W: 10st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

2-14 as a chaser but better form over hurdles than fences last season and coming back from nine-month absence.

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10

9th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 77y

14:05 Thurles

Spare Brakes

11st 3lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: V C Ward

Five wins for Robert Tyner; 13-year-old pulled up on all three starts for his current trainer and makes no appeal.

50/1

6

21st Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 6f 110y

14:37 Fairyhouse

Spare Brakes

11st 11lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: V C Ward

Five-time winner was poor over fences when last seen and looks best watched on return.

33/1

Form: 5-6137 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 6lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Been a good servant and won over hurdles at Sligo in September but only 1-32 in this discipline; tried in cheekpieces.

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0

9

27th Jul 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

19:35 Limerick

My Manekineko

11st 0lb

J: Gearoid Brouder

T: Peter McCreery

Prolific winner; last two runs in claimers, with his latest effort nowhere near his best; probably vulnerable.

25/1

11th

11

10th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

17:00 Roscommon

My Manekineko

10st 8lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Peter McCreery

in rear throughout, mistake 8th, brief headway before 3 out, soon no impression

12/1

4th

9

13th Jun 2023

Good

2m 2f 51y

16:55 Sligo

My Manekineko

10st 8lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Peter McCreery

towards rear, pushed along and still plenty to do 2 out, ran on well from last, went fourth towards finish, nearest finish

16/1

Form: 431F-5

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Won valuable prize at Gowran (2m2f) last term but again jumped left when well held on comeback there in November.

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5

16th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 7f 0y

15:50 Punchestown

Montagne Dargent

11st 4lb

J: Mr D G Lavery

T: M J Tynan

Landed a valuable handicap chase over 2m2f at Gowran in March; well beaten since; steps up in trip but would appear to be an unlikely player here.

16/1

7th

12

9th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:20 Fairyhouse

Montagne Dargent

10st 12lb

Pulled-up when last seen at Limerick over Christmas; running from 9lb out of the handicap here; very hard to fancy.

66/1

15

28th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 3f 160y

14:40 Limerick

Montagne Dargent

10st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: M J Tynan

Gained a first win when landing a handicap chase at Gowran in March but below that level in three runs since and tailed off both starts this term.

20/1

Form: /75-P8

Last run: 146 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Talented but sole chase win was over two years ago and missed last year; below-par in four starts this year and hard to recommend on first start since July; new headgear combination.

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Verdict Starting price

8th

1

24th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 0f 125y

14:30 Thurles

Castlebrook

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: James Joseph Mangan

Looked a useful chasing prospect when winning a beginners' event at Wexford in October and highly-tried at the end of that year; missed all of 2020 and struggled in four starts in 2021 and at Cork recently; would need the ground to come up testing to merit any consideration.

33/1

7th

1

8th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:23 Cork

Castlebrook

12st 12lb

Looked a useful chasing prospect when winning a beginners' event at Wexford in October and highly-tried at the end of that year; missed all of 2020 and struggled in four starts in 2021; first-time cheekpieces as well as usual tongue-tie; hard to be confident.

14/1

2

11th Dec 2021

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:30 Fairyhouse

Castlebrook

11st 9lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: James Joseph Mangan

Talented but sole chase win was over two years ago and missed last year; below-par in four starts this year and hard to recommend on first start since July; new headgear combination.

16/1

Form: 03P147 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Useful front-runner gained second chase win at Clonmel last month but outclassed in Grade 2 company last twice; this represents a more realistic target for her.

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11

11th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:45 Gowran Park

Kitty Galore

10st 3lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: John Patrick Ryan

Had been consistent enough this season but pulled too hard over 2m5f at Leopardstown last week; has a squeak down in trip on some of her earlier efforts but yard form is quiet.

18/1

4th

9

5th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 97y

16:55 Leopardstown

Kitty Galore

10st 3lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: John Patrick Ryan

Four-time winner and normally runs her race; decent third at Thurles last month; more needed but not one to discount.

14/1

3rd

4

23rd Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 149y

15:05 Thurles

Kitty Galore

11st 1lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: John Patrick Ryan

led, not fluent 2nd, headed but pressed leader from 3rd

10/1

Form: F-43U6 C

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Only 1-16 over fences and well beaten over 2m4f at Navan last weekend but has a chance by virtue of his third over 2m at Cork where he finished a place ahead of Arahecan.

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3rd

2

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 92y

15:05 Limerick

Halsafari

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Andrew Slattery

Infrequent winner but ran loads of good races chasing/hurdling last winter including first time out and ground no issue; new trainer fits a tongue-tie.

10/1

10th

4

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 130y

16:00 Punchestown

Halsafari

11st 6lb

J: Sarah Kavanagh

T: Michael J Bowe

in touch with leaders

8/1

2

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 5f 120y

20:00 Tramore

Halsafari

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Michael J Bowe

14/1

Form: P88447

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

12-race maiden over fences; not far off two of these rivals when fourth on latest handicap start at Down Royal but big outsider from 8lb out of the handicap.

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5

26th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 1f 50y

14:33 Down Royal

Benefit North

10st 12lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: C A McBratney

Yet to win in 13 attempts over fences; no real sign that he can make the breakthrough, though he takes a drop in class here after contesting a stronger race at Fairyhouse; jumped poorly then; blood found in both nostrils afterwards.

8/1

13

11th Dec 2021

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:30 Fairyhouse

Benefit North

9st 12lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: C A McBratney

12-race maiden over fences; not far off two of these rivals when fourth on latest handicap start at Down Royal but big outsider from 8lb out of the handicap.

25/1

7th

3

9th Nov 2021

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:15 Fairyhouse

Benefit North

11st 5lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: C A McBratney

More exposed over fences than these and now 0-11; tough ask on these terms and would be of more interest in a handicap.

20/1

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Selections

The Irish Sun:

Fighting Fit

SPOTLIGHT:

Samurai Cracker

RP Ratings (IRE):

Millen To One

POSTDATA:

Arahecan

TOPSPEED:

My Manekineko