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13:35 Naas

Soft

Eastcoast Seafood & Gouldings Hardware Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £8691.96
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 9 runners
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Eastcoast Seafood & Gouldings Hardware Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

OUR TIP

Form: FP-741 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Won a Down Royal beginners' chase last over 2m4f and notched a second win when beating Fighting Fit by 5l at Fairyhouse last time over this trip; a 7lb rise makes this more difficult but a repeat of that run will still see him go close.

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Verdict Starting price

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

Form: 44P84R

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Record of 2-17 over fences and ran several solid races in defeat last year, including when runner-up in this event last year; tailed-off when refused at Fairyhouse last time; has to return to best.

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0

8

25th Aug 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

19:20 Kilbeggan

Jack Hackett

11st 3lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

Dual course winner over 2m3f but was 33l behind Mica Malpic over that trip here last time and has to improve enormously on that.

33/1

8th

4

12th Aug 2023

Good

2m 3f 0y

19:55 Kilbeggan

Jack Hackett

11st 7lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

Dual C&D winner has had excuses for some of his recent form figures; back after a break but has a chance if returning to the form of his 3rd in this race last year.

16/1

Form: 2F5430 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Generally reliable but is just 2-18 over fences; solid third in a Grade B handicap at Fairyhouse in November but was well below his best at Leopardstown a week ago; a squeak if bouncing back.

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8th

1

15th Sep 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

18:30 Ballinrobe

Benefit Run

12st 0lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Three years since latest win in a Sligo handicap chase; not in great form lately although hurdling third at Roscommon in July was fair effort; blinkers tried.

8/1

9th

8

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 93y

17:40 Sligo

Benefit Run

11st 4lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Twice a course winner; unsurprisingly struggled from 19lb out of the handicap over fences at Galway; possible he can feature now judged on his previous third behind Presenting Lad over hurdles at Roscommon; the winner has continued to perform well and beat Listentillitellyea at Ballinrobe last time.

6/1

8th

14

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 2f 54y

15:30 Galway

Benefit Run

10st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Ross O’Sullivan

prominent

33/1

Form: 3-4255 D

Last run: 71 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Winner of 1-9 over hurdles but consistent type was placed many times; made a decent chasing start behind a 130-rated stablemate at Listowel but was below that level twice after; considered on handicap debut; market might inform.

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11

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Gevrey

11st 7lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Versatile trip-wise, having been a strong-finishing fourth in the 2m4f Plate here last March, then runner-up in the Irish National (3m5f, soft); signs of further improvement when winning the Munster National in October but two pulled-up runs since temper enthusiasm for this task.

25/1

0

5

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Gevrey

11st 5lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Second to I Am Maximus in last year's Irish Grand National; won the Munster National at Limerick in October, but failed to complete his two races on either side of that, the Kerry National and the Troytown.

25/1

0

5

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Gevrey

11st 3lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Gordon Elliott

Second in last year's Irish National; stayed on best to land last month's Munster National; handles heavy ground but this looks tougher and an 8lb rise may be enough to anchor him.

8/1

Form: 06P2F5 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Record of 1-10 over fences; decent runner-up in a Fairyhouse novice in November before falling at Gowran; beaten 33l at Navan last time and has to bounce back.

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9

9th May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 110y

18:10 Tipperary

Stansfield

11st 5lb

J: Anna McGuinness

T: Paul Traynor

held up in rear, struggling before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

33/1

8th

7

10th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

14:30 Punchestown

Stansfield

10st 3lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Paul Traynor

Sole chase win came in 2021; not too much of note this year since returning from point-to-points although fair run over hurdles in between; hard to fancy.

16/1

13th

4

23rd May 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 7f 180y

15:45 Punchestown

Stansfield

11st 8lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Paul Traynor

Has only won a novice chase in 27 starts under rules; no worse for cheekpieces when under 5l away at Down Royal and has each-way claims after that.

20/1

Form: 143217 CD

Last run: 57 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Four-time chase winner, including over C&D in 2020; won at Down Royal in October before running a rare poor race at Aintree last time; needs to bounce back off a career-high mark.

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8th

6

22nd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 158y

13:53 Thurles

Espion Du Chenet

10st 5lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: Louise G Lyons

didn't always jump with fluency, in rear throughout, detached when weakened after 4 out, tailed off when eased after 2 out

25/1

9th

11

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:25 Listowel

Espion Du Chenet

10st 5lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: Louise G Lyons

Has done a lot of racing since his last win, two most recent runs provide no encouragement; tailed off in Kilbeggan race in which Irish Blaze was third two week ago.

25/1

Form: /5766- D

Last run: 370 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Maiden hurdle winner didn't show the same level of ability in four novice chases last year and returns after a year away for handicap debut; however, his yard is in sparkling form lately and market strength would be significant.

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6th

4

19th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

16:40 Gowran Park

Carrigmoorna Pine

11st 11lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Robert Tyner

Maiden hurdle winner; yet to hit the frame over fences but encouraging comeback effort at Naas to build on and 12lb lower in this sphere.

8/1

Form: 1-3144 D

Last run: 109 days

W: 10st 6lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Second runner for yard; hurdle winner on heavy in France a year ago before transfer to this yard; won a Roscommon beginners' chase in August over this trip but didn't really progress in two subsequent starts; can be keen so a hood is added now; considered.

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7th

5

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 1f 0y

13:01 Fairyhouse

Alice Avril

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Fair novice last season; needs to step considerably on this term's form; held by Razzle Dazzle Love on the basis of a 2m4f clash at this venue; jumping let her down last time when going left-handed in a Leopardstown event in which Halsafari was third.

10/1

7

26th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

Alice Avril

10st 2lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Henry De Bromhead

jumped right, always towards rear, weakened 2 out, pulled up before last

13/2

5th

8

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 3f 165y

11:55 Fairyhouse

Alice Avril

10st 11lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

raced freely, towards rear, headway after 3 out, still plenty to do after 2 out, kept on from last, never on terms

7/1

Form: 5-8962 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner is rated 116 in that sphere; didn't cut much ice in beginners' chases but shaped much better on handicap debut behind Arahecan at Fairyhouse last time over this trip; is 5lb better off with that rival today and the heavy ground will suit.

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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

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Betting Forcast

9/2 Arahecan, 16/1 Jack Hackett, 16/1 Benefit Run, 4/1 Gevrey, 16/1 Stansfield, 15/2 Espion Du Chenet, 7/1 Carrigmoorna Pine, 4/1 Alice Avril, 4/1 Fighting Fit

Verdict

An interesting race. FIGHTING FIT might be capable of reversing Fairyhouse form with Arahecan now that the ground has softened considerably since then, with his sole win coming on heavy. The latter's stablemate, Alice Avril also goes well on this ground, while the handicap debutants Carrigmoorna Pine and Gevrey need to be monitored in the market. [Tyrone Molloy]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Fighting Fit

RP Ratings (IRE):

Gevrey

TOPSPEED:

Jack Hackett

POSTDATA:

Arahecan

The Irish Sun:

Fighting Fit