January 23 / 14.05 Thurles

14.05 Thurles Yielding

Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7932.77
  • 1m 7f 101y
  • 17 runners
  • Win time: 4m 1s
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Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 17 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.10
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 112-40 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Built on his maiden hurdle success when making it back-to-back wins over hurdles on handicap debut at Naas last season and was only narrowly denied a hat-trick at the Punchestown festival; below form in three runs this term though and handicapper has only dropped him 1lb.
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1st

5

23rd Jan 2022

Yielding

1m 7f 101y

14:05 Thurles

Light Brigade

11st 6lb

J: Jack Foley

T: C Byrnes

Built on his maiden hurdle success when making it back-to-back wins over hurdles on handicap debut at Naas last season and was only narrowly denied a hat-trick at the Punchestown festival; below form in three runs this term though and handicapper has only dropped him 1lb.

14/1

11th

12

28th Nov 2021

Good

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Light Brigade

10st 4lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: C Byrnes

Won a maiden hurdle here in January; landed a competitive handicap at Naas the following month and just touched off in a novice handicap hurdle at the Punchestown festival; beaten 23l in fourth behind Eskylane at Down Royal; balance of form makes good reading.

13/2

4th

10

30th Oct 2021

Soft

2m 0f 190y

13:15 Down Royal

Light Brigade

10st 11lb

J: Jack Foley

T: C Byrnes

Didn't stop improving after winning a Fairyhouse maiden hurdle in January, winning a competitive handicap at Naas the following month and only mugged close home in a novice handicap hurdle at the Punchestown festival; should come on for a pipe-opener on the Flat at Listowel last month and be a big player here.

5/1

66/1

  • Place: £4.10

Form: 1/99

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Won on the Flat and over hurdles in France but tailed off in two runs for this yard and he seems to be on a very tough mark.
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3rd

8

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:30 Wexford

Francois

11st 4lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Mary Ellen Doyle

Shaped well when second at Limerick two starts ago but difficult to fancy in this company after pulling up at Punchestown latest.

33/1

15

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 180y

15:40 Punchestown

Francois

11st 9lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: Mary Ellen Doyle

2nd

4

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

15:38 Limerick

Francois

11st 11lb

J: Jack Foley

T: Mary Ellen Doyle

20/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: 806474

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Got off the mark from 7lb lower at Ballinrobe earlier in the season; handicapper seemed to overreact a little but he's held his form okay; others appeal more for win purposes.
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4th

11

13th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

17:30 Kilbeggan

Union Park

10st 11lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: P J Rothwell

Series of good runs this spring but RPRs 94 chasing since and not sure what to expect; 1-21.

14/1

27

28th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 40y

15:40 Punchestown

Union Park

10st 7lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: P J Rothwell

6th

14

17th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

14:55 Cork

Union Park

11st 12lb

J: James O’Sullivan

T: P J Rothwell

Fair (102-rated) hurdler, sole win coming in good-ground Ballinrobe handicap last summer; didn't count on last month's chase bow at Clonmel and likely to need more time to make his mark over fences.

50/1

Form: -U1314 C

Last run: 177 days

W: 11st 12lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Has taken advantage of his lower hurdle mark twice already this season and ran a blinder in a valuable handicap hurdle at Galway when last seen 177 days ago; not getting any younger but still feasibly handicapped on last season's chase form.
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3rd

1

6th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:55 Wexford

Goulane Chosen

11st 12lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Seamus Spillane

Very consistent despite his advancing years and only beaten 5l at Naas last week; same mark and should be in the mix again but vulnerable to anything well handicapped.

8/1

4th

1

27th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 101y

17:00 Naas

Goulane Chosen

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Seamus Spillane

Won twice last summer on his preferred better ground and it was a respectable return from six months off when fourth of 15 at Thurles last month; doesn't look particularly well treated at present but hard to dismiss.

10/1

4th

1

23rd Jan 2022

Yielding

1m 7f 101y

14:05 Thurles

Goulane Chosen

11st 12lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Seamus Spillane

Has taken advantage of his lower hurdle mark twice already this season and ran a blinder in a valuable handicap hurdle at Galway when last seen 177 days ago; not getting any younger but still feasibly handicapped on last season's chase form.

7/1

Form: 04235U CD

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Sole win in 22 starts came over C&D; has run some big races in defeat in competitive handicaps this term and was in the process of doing so again when unseating on the flat at Leopardstown last time; probably needs a bit further than this these days but booking of Blackmore is eyecatching.
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10th

11

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Whatsnotoknow

11st 0lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: M F Morris

7th

15

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Whatsnotoknow

10st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: M F Morris

One win from 15 hurdle starts; couldn't hang on to Sassy Yet Classy's coattails at Punchestown in November (3m, good to yielding), albeit with not much between them on that form; has since run well at Leopardstown but it's hard to view him as well handicapped.

33/1

4th

16

5th Feb 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Whatsnotoknow

10st 9lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: M F Morris

Was still involved when unseating in last month's Pertemps qualifier and probably unsuited by the much shorter trip when fifth of seven at Thurles since; place claims back up in trip.

28/1

Form: 3/7-9P CD

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 1lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Course winner; no wins over hurdles since 2017; struggled for form over fences since returning last year and reportedly bled last time; risky.
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4th

3

3rd May 2022

Good

2m 1f 0y

20:00 Ballinrobe

Charlie Stout

11st 5lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: Shane Nolan

6th

5

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 150y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Charlie Stout

11st 8lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: Shane Nolan

Gained the most recent of his five wins in the Dan & Joan Moore Memorial over 2m1f here early last year; has been mixing hurldling/chasing this season; little apparent chance having been tailed off at Leopardstown last time.

13th

7

6th Mar 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 97y

16:50 Leopardstown

Charlie Stout

11st 3lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: Shane Nolan

Good run in a competitive Thurles handicap hurdle on his return in January but hasn't quite matched it since; back over fences now and could have his work cut out to be a factor.

33/1

Form: 72-F29

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
No wins since 2017; showed he was still capable when runner-up at Galway in October but was then a beaten favourite on the Flat and he was well held again here last time; unreliable and has a bit to prove.
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10th

7

8th Apr 2022

Good

2m 1f 142y

17:35 Ballinrobe

Andratx

10st 12lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Mark Michael McNiff

15th

7

27th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 101y

17:00 Naas

Andratx

11st 1lb

J: Hugh Morgan

T: Mark Michael McNiff

Hasn't won over hurdles since a hat-trick in 2017 but got back to something like his best when runner-up at Galway in October; hasn't managed to build on that since and others are probably better treated.

25/1

10th

1

30th Jan 2022

Good To Yielding

1m 7f 156y

15:40 Naas

Andratx

11st 12lb

J: Hugh Morgan

T: Mark Michael McNiff

Went as close as he has for a while when second in a Galway handicap hurdle in October; below his best since although not disgraced at Thurles last week; others preferred.

33/1

Form: 584-40 CD

Last run: 123 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Won back-to-back here last season but has finished tailed off on his last couple of starts and he seems on a tough mark; tongue-tie now tried with cheekpieces; off 123 days.
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11th

1

7th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

15:45 Cork

Sullane Hill

12st 2lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: P C O’Connor

Dual Thurles winner in 2020 and easily pick of form in light campaign last year when in frame in 2m4f handicap at Punchestown Festival; looked in need of the run on Thurles comeback in January when today's headgear combination tried; back from further short break but has run well fresh; wants softer ground and others preferred.

16/1

8th

7

23rd Jan 2022

Yielding

1m 7f 101y

14:05 Thurles

Sullane Hill

11st 3lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: P C O’Connor

Won back-to-back here last season but has finished tailed off on his last couple of starts and he seems on a tough mark; tongue-tie now tried with cheekpieces; off 123 days.

40/1

13th

5

22nd Sep 2021

Good

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Listowel

Sullane Hill

11st 3lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: P C O’Connor

Faded tamely at Wexford when last seen but has chance on general form; 3m still looks an issue for him.

20/1

Form: 2867-4 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Kept on well for fourth on his reappearance at Punchestown (2m3f, heavy) but handicapper probably has his measure at present and he may want more cut in the ground than what he will get here, particularly at this trip.
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8th

24

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 30y

17:30 Punchestown

Aarons Day

10st 2lb

J: Barry Browne

T: Oliver McKiernan

On a losing run since back-to-back wins a couple of seasons ago but best run for some time here on Wednesday when staying-on fourth of 24 over this trip in first-time cheekpieces; could go well again but this is a much better race.

12/1

4th

2

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 180y

15:40 Punchestown

Aarons Day

11st 12lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Oliver McKiernan

5th

3

8th Apr 2022

Good

2m 1f 142y

17:35 Ballinrobe

Aarons Day

11st 5lb

J: Barry Browne

T: Oliver McKiernan

Form: 911/60 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Won back-to-back over hurdles in 2019 but has struggled for form since returning from a lengthy absence in October and tailed off again latest.
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4th

3

10th Feb 2022

Good

2m 0f 77y

13:45 Thurles

For Everyone

11st 12lb

J: Ian Power

T: Mark Michael McNiff

Hasn't yet shown his best since returning from layoff this season and difficult to fancy on chasing debut.

33/1

10th

11

23rd Jan 2022

Yielding

1m 7f 101y

14:05 Thurles

For Everyone

11st 0lb

J: Ian Power

T: Mark Michael McNiff

Won back-to-back over hurdles in 2019 but has struggled for form since returning from a lengthy absence in October and tailed off again latest.

40/1

16th

12

27th Dec 2021

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

For Everyone

10st 5lb

J: Cathal Landers

T: Mark Michael McNiff

Came back from a long absence in October but was well beaten on the Flat and over hurdles; others preferred.

33/1

16/1

Form: 18-98 D

Last run: 70 days

W: 10st 8lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Made a winning debut in a maiden hurdle at Cork in March last year but lesser form in three runs since and tailed off on handicap debut last time; plenty to prove.
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4th

3

6th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

17:00 Wexford

Dreamsrmadeofthis

11st 7lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: E Bolger

Won a Cork maiden hurdle on debut a year ago but well beaten since, including two starts over fences at Thurles; others preferred.

16/1

8th

11

10th Feb 2022

Good

2m 0f 77y

13:45 Thurles

Dreamsrmadeofthis

11st 3lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: E Bolger

Well-bred mare is rated 109 over hurdles so will need to make big step up on chasing debut to make immediate impact; could be all the better for this experience.

20/1

11th

12

23rd Jan 2022

Yielding

1m 7f 101y

14:05 Thurles

Dreamsrmadeofthis

10st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: E Bolger

Made a winning debut in a maiden hurdle at Cork in March last year but lesser form in three runs since and tailed off on handicap debut last time; plenty to prove.

16/1

Form: /P40/8 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Struggled in three runs on the Flat having missed two years off the track but showed she retained ability when returned to hurdles at Leopardstown last month when eighth of 18; 2lb below her last winning mark and could be involved if she builds on her latest outing.
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8th

2

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 2

16:05 Ayr

Pearl Of The West

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: John C McConnell

6th

6

24th Mar 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

14:55 Cork

Pearl Of The West

10st 9lb

J: Jack Foley

T: John C McConnell

Returned from a long absence last September and has been unable to recapture her useful 2018/19 form, highlighted by a Punchestown festival handicap hurdle win; plenty to prove.

10/1

5th

4

5th Feb 2022

Good

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:40 Musselburgh

Pearl Of The West

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: John C McConnell

Returned from a long absence last September and has been unable to recapture her useful 2019 form; however, her Irish trainer has an excellent 30% strike-rate with his British raiders so she's worth a second look off a handy mark in first-time cheekpieces; one to watch in the betting.

16/1

Form: 353531 CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Course winner; ended a long losing run with a chase win here last month; interesting back over timber from his lower hurdle mark and he's improved since he was last seen in this sphere; rider good value for his 7lb.
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3

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 102y

15:27 Thurles

Western Sea

12st 0lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Course winner and a consistent sort; not beaten far in a couple of starts here last month; probably has one in him from this mark and has leading claims here.

3/1

3rd

9

24th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 0f 125y

14:30 Thurles

Western Sea

10st 10lb

J: Cathal Landers

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Battled hard to secure his second chase win here in December and, after posting a disappointing effort over hurdles, he was much better back over fences here latest; soft ground would have to be a major worry.

16/1

5th

2

10th Feb 2022

Good

2m 0f 77y

14:20 Thurles

Western Sea

12st 0lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Shaped like a return to form was imminent when beaten just 3l here (good, 2m2f) in November and gained compensation over same C&D when making all on his last chasing start in December; too bad to be true back over hurdles here latest but can't be ruled out if the return to fences sparks a revival.

4/1

50/1

Form: 3-1547

Last run: 135 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
1-10 over hurdles in France but his best form is over a bit further than this; beaten 21l in a Flat claimer on yard debut last month.
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3rd

3

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16th Apr 2022

Good

1m 2f 50y

Class 5

18:15 Nottingham

Gaius

9st 5lb

J: Dane O’Neill

T: Richard Hannon

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Form: 324F41 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Got off the mark at the 11th attempt in a 26-runner novice handicap hurdle at Leopardstown last month; leniently only put up 7lb and likely to give another good account.
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10th

1

13th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

17:30 Kilbeggan

The Greek

12st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Really rare off-day at Thurles but bounced back in far more competitive race than this at Punchestown; major player; 1-11 hurdling; travels well.

5/1

8th

5

28th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 40y

15:40 Punchestown

The Greek

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Lots of placed form in maidens before geting off the mark in 26-runner novice handicap at Leopardstown over Christmas; never going when pulled up at Thurles the following month but something was clearly amiss on that occasion; has run well after a break and could bounce back.

16/1

9

23rd Jan 2022

Yielding

1m 7f 101y

14:05 Thurles

The Greek

11st 1lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Got off the mark at the 11th attempt in a 26-runner novice handicap hurdle at Leopardstown last month; leniently only put up 7lb and likely to give another good account.

5/2

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Payout
Exacta €894.00
Straight Forecast €544.80
Tricast €4941.60
Trifecta €6723.00

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

The Greek

The Irish Sun:

Light Brigade

TOPSPEED:

Whatsnotoknow

SPOTLIGHT:

Western Sea

POSTDATA:

The Greek