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Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Novice Chase

  • Prize money: £9745.54
  • 2m 5f 110y
  • 9 runners
  • Win time: 5m 47s
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Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Novice Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.90
  • Place: £1.80

Form: BF

Last run: 13 days

W: 12st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

125-rated hurdler has a clear chance in this company on that basis; however, he is beginning to look limited over fences; no sign of progress since the first of his three fourth placings in recent months.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

4

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Farceur Du Large

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Had some smart form in Ireland before losing his way and changing hands for £16,000; kicked off for Jamie Snowden in winning two military races for amateurs at Sandown (3m, soft) and the horses he beat on both occasions have won handicaps subsequently; didn't get home on heavy in the Midlands National here but ran well enough for long enough to believe he's still in good form.

13/2

5th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Farceur Du Large

11st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Had some smart form in Ireland before losing his way and changing hands for £16,000; a feather in Jamie Snowden's cap to have got him back on track with two 3m soft-ground wins at Sandown; those were military races for amateurs and yet the form has substance with the horses he beat on both occasions subsequently winning handicaps; probably on a good mark and he wasn't in form when pulled up in last season's Irish National on his only previous crack at a marathon trip; effective on heavy.

12/1

1st

1

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:05 Sandown

Farceur Du Large

12st 10lb

J: Maj Will Kellard

T: Jamie Snowden

Ex-Noel Meade; £16,000 buy last August and surged back to his best form at the first time of asking for his new connections, winning the Grand Military Gold Cup over C&D (soft) three weeks ago under Major Will Kellard, a race in which Fil D'Ariane was about 15l back in third (same weights as today) and Broken Halo unseated before push came to shove; solid chance.

5/4

33/1

  • Place: £3.50

Form:

Last run: 35 days

W: 12st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Stayed well when winning a 2m7f maiden hurdle at Thurles last season; soundly beaten in his first two attempts over fences; major improvement required.

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21

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Flash De Touzaine

10st 2lb

J: Reserve

T: Liz Doyle

First reserve; third in Scottish National (4m, good) last April; likely to be back on better ground today but has handled testing conditions in the past, so has plenty to prove in view of this season's struggles.

100/1

12th

17

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Flash De Touzaine

11st 1lb

J: Mr J C Barry

T: Liz Doyle

Won at Galway (2m6f, soft to heavy) in October 2022 and last season ended with highly creditable third in the Scottish National (4m, good); however, he's struggled on both runs this season; return to form is needed.

66/1

0

29

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Flash De Touzaine

10st 6lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Liz Doyle

never better than midfield, weakened from 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

33/1

11/2

  • Place: £1.10

Form:

Last run: 11 days

W: 12st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

125-rated hurdler though managed only one win from 13 starts; little impact in beginners' chases before fair third over 2m on handicap debut at this venue, no match for winner in 2m5f Leopardstown event 11 days ago.

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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

8/1

Form:

Last run: 9 days

W: 12st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Capable 131-rated hurdler; made reasonable start to chasing career when third at Punchestown last May; unplaced on first run after a break and has fallen on his last two starts; in touch when exiting at the second-last in a Punchestown handicap nine days ago.

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Verdict Starting price

14th

2

19th Dec 2022

Frozen

2m 7f 100y

13:10 Punchestown

Wingin A Prayer

12st 2lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: A J Martin

prominent, led 1st, pecked on landing and headed 2nd, disputed lead after 7th

20/1

5/1

Form: BF

Last run: 70 days

W: 12st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

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

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8th

1

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 7f 40y

12:47 Punchestown

Spades Are Trumps

12st 0lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

always towards rear, in touch with leaders when mistake 3 out, soon became detached when nudged along, weakening when jumped slightly right 2 out, tailed off

12/1

7th

11

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 5f 0y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Spades Are Trumps

10st 6lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gavin Cromwell

towards rear, pushed along and some headway 3 out, ridden from 2 out, kept on run-in, never near to challenge

11/1

12

6th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 4f 0y

15:13 Cork

Spades Are Trumps

10st 6lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Easy winner of Ulster National over this trip on good ground at Downpatrick in March and found things happening too quickly over shorter at Galway in mid-summer; has bits and pieces of form on testing ground but was pulled up in this race last year on heavy.

12/1

9/2

Form:

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Three-time hurdles winner; runner-up in two of her first three handicap chase starts before going one better at Clonmel in October; another satisfactory display when third over 2m2f at the same venue early last month.

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4

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 90y

16:58 Navan

Shopping Around

11st 5lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Tom Dreaper

Has won over fences but she was tailed off in a point on return from two years off a fortnight ago and remains best watched for now

12/1

5th

3

19th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

16:40 Gowran Park

Shopping Around

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: J T R Dreaper

Three-time hurdles winner; runner-up in two of her first three handicap chase starts before going one better at Clonmel in October; held in a rated novice chase last time but solid claims back in grade here.

4/1

7th
4
Agent Boru

12/1

Form: C

Last run: 42 days

W: 12st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Belatedly off the mark chasing in 2m7f Mayo National at Ballinrobe last May; has found things too demanding in more competitive staying handicaps since then; 1-16 chase record is off-putting.

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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:

Last run: 13 days

W: 12st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Progressive handicap hurdler at around time last season, rated 119 at the end of the campaign having begun in handicaps off 96; struggled in races won by top novices on his first two starts over fences; unseated at first in Limerick event in which Farceur Du Large was fourth.

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9

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 130y

13:20 Punchestown

Low Lie The Fields

11st 4lb

J: Mr B T Stone

T: Peter Maher

Two wins over hurdles, rated 109; sure to know his job for this but faces formidable opposition.

33/1

11th

14

23rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:45 Listowel

Low Lie The Fields

10st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Dual hurdle winner has run well enough at times in the last year; needs to do more than when last seen and is 2lb out of handicap.

20/1

Form:

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fair placed form over hurdles, and again in the money in small-field events on his first two starts over fences; doubts raised by his failure to complete at Down Royal two weeks ago, jockey reporting that he was never travelling.

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2

26th Dec 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

13:23 Down Royal

Champagne Sparkles

11st 12lb

J: James O’Sullivan

T: Gordon Elliott

Definite promise in his first two starts over fences but hard to recommend having been pulled up in three subsequent chase starts; returns from 228-day absence and Pats Choice is the yard's first-string.

16/1

2

12th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

14:45 Perth

Champagne Sparkles

10st 12lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

Fairly useful on his day; placed in two maiden chases in October, better effort when second of five at Tramore (2m5f, good) on first occasion; however, he now has to bounce back from two bleak runs in midwinter; tongue-strap goes on; not discounted but carries risks.

9/2

13th

13

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

1m 7f 0y

18:35 Punchestown

Champagne Sparkles

12st 0lb

J: Paul Bell

T: Gordon Elliott

0-10 and pulled up last two chase starts but looked promising in maiden hurdles last term.

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Straight Forecast €611.20
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Selections

POSTDATA:

Farceur Du Large

SPOTLIGHT:

Shopping Around

RP Ratings (IRE):

Millen To One

The Irish Sun:

Farceur Du Large

TOPSPEED:

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