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Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase (Grade 2)

  • Prize money: £18096.64
  • 2m 4f 63y
  • 4 runners
  • Win time: 5m 10s
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Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase (Grade 2)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

1/2 (Won)

  • Win: £1.10

Form: 4112-1 CD

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 174

Form & Verdict

Won this last year before getting the better of Fakir D'oudairies in the Ryanair; well suited to this intermediate trip over fences and warmed to the task nicely when landing his second Grade 1 in the John Durkan on his seasonal reappearance last month; no obvious reason to oppose him here.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 35y

13:35 Thurles

Allaho

11st 8lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, jumped left on occasions, made all, faced challenge but going easily 3 out, went clear when nudged along after 2 out, easily

8/13

3rd

1

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Allaho

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won the 2m4f Ryanair Chase for the second consecutive season in March 2022 and easily followed up in the Punchestown Gold Cup that April (his first 3m Grade 1 win); a long absence followed until last month, when he comfortably won the three-runner 2m4f Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase; that latest performance isn't definitive confirmation that he retains all of his old, brilliant ability, but he will be tough to beat if at his best.

7/4

1st

2

9th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 96y

14:50 Clonmel

Allaho

11st 3lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

made all, didn't always jump with fluency, going best and clear before 2 out, pushed out when ridden briefly run-in, easily

4/9

OUR TIP

Form: 213-14 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 165

Form & Verdict

No match for Allaho when runner-up in the Ryanair last year but gained compensation when winning the Marsh (registered as the Melling) at Aintree; while he was impressive in the Clonmel Oil Chase on return, he was again no match for Allaho in the John Durkan, even with the benefit of a prep run.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

1

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Fakir Doudairies

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Multiple Grade 1 winner over fences; not at his best last season and began this season by finishing fifth in the December Gold Cup at Cheltenham, his first handicap chase; down to a good mark if he could find his best but looks best watched for now.

25/1

5th

1

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Fakir Doudairies

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Runner-up in two Grade 1 chases at the Festival here but not seen at this track since 2021 (ran at Aintree in April last two seasons); has run in only Grade 1 and Grade 2 events for the last four years and this is his first ever handicap, with an each-way chance at the weights and trip/ground to suit; he can also go well after a break.

8/1

2nd

1

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Fakir Doudairies

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Fortunate to win Grade 2 at Thurles in January when left in the lead at the final fence; below-par third in Grade 1 Ascot Chase last time, 7l behind runner-up Pic D'Orhy in a race he won last year (on soft); however, he's been an impressive winner of the last two runnings of this race (good to soft) and perhaps first-time cheekpieces will give him a boost.

9/4

Form: 377-15

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 162

Form & Verdict

Dual Grade 1 winner as a novice chaser; hasn't managed to kick on at the top level subsequently; won a below par Grade 2 on return and had an excuse when last of five at Cork last month (returned sore behind); has shaped like this trip might suit but his best form is at 2m.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9

27th Jul 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 111y

18:40 Galway

Notebook

11st 2lb

J: Conor Brassil

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, pushed along after 8th, weakening when slightly hampered 5 out, dropped to rear after 4 out, pulled up before 2 out

40/1

3rd

2

3rd Jul 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 20y

17:30 Tramore

Notebook

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

raced in second, clear with one other, pushed along after 3 out, no impression when ridden after 2 out, lost second towards finish

5/1

2

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Notebook

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Stuck between a rock and a hard place since winning twice at the highest level as a novice and it wasn't a strong Grade 2 he won at the beginning of this season; has struggled since - latterly behind Sizing Pottsie - and, although a 3m winning pointer, all his best form under rules is at about 2m.

12/1

Form: 6-3012 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Grade 1 winner as a novice and landed a Grade 2 on his return last season; however, hasn't managed to build on that since and he was no match for Envoi Allen last month; this is tougher back up in trip; needs some of these to under perform.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2

10th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

16:15 Naas

Battleoverdoyen

12st 0lb

J: Mr F D Brickley

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield

8/1

5th

13

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Battleoverdoyen

10st 12lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

Top class as a novice but without a win since the 2021 Galway Festival; wants further than the 2m over which he was pulled up at Cheltenham but that laboured effort was thoroughly underwhelming; readily opposed.

40/1

14

15th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Battleoverdoyen

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade 1-winning novice but without a win since Galway festival success in 2021; not the force of old but his mark reflects that and his recent 4l third (Coeur Sublime second) in a 2m Naas Grade 3 was a step back in the right direction.

33/1

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Straight Forecast €19.60
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Allaho

RP Ratings (IRE):

Allaho

TOPSPEED:

Allaho

POSTDATA:

Allaho

The Irish Sun:

Allaho