January 25 / 15.10 Down Royal

15.10 Down Royal Yielding

Molson Coors Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £4957.98
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • 19 runners
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Molson Coors Handicap Chase

Runners: 19 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: -P3223 BF

Last run: 47 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Excelled herself with second to Envoi Allen here in November; obviously highly flattered, but arguably lucky to get away with 5lb rise to 95 having finished in front of the 136-rated Fairyhill Run and the 150-rated Coko Beach; a shade disappointing at Tramore off her revised mark, but chance is underlined by Wexford and Killarney runs last autumn.
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Verdict Starting price

1st

9

16th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 88y

15:05 Fairyhouse

Echoes Of Family

10st 5lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

2nd

12

7th Mar 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 97y

16:50 Leopardstown

Echoes Of Family

11st 4lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

Some solid efforts this season and has been freshened up since latest fifth at Down Royal nearly six weeks ago; decent jockey booking and entitled to be thereabouts if putting best foot forward.

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 19-008

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Point-to-point winner found gradual improvement over hurdles last season, winning off 89 over 2m5f at Limerick in April; t yet to shine over fences; visor tried now.
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5th

1

1st Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 1f 100y

19:00 Wexford

Mr Bercow

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: J T R Dreaper

Off the mark over fences in first-time visor over 2m4f at Down Royal in January in convincing fashion; 8lb rise takes him to a career-high mark so more required but this longer trip could bring more improvement.

11/2

8th

6

9th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 5f 100y

15:15 Tramore

Mr Bercow

11st 11lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: J T R Dreaper

Point-to-point winner found gradual improvement over hurdles last season, winning off 89 over 2m5f at Limerick in May; not an obvious contender on the evidence of his first two starts over fences.

14/1

Form: 9-5552

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Old-style point-to-pointer with solid record of two wins and 11 places from 23 starts in that sphere; second in a maiden hunters' chase over 2m4f at Clonmel on latest; this is tougher but could go well; encouraging jockey-booking, this being the first time he has been ridden by a professional.
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12

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 0y

14:35 Punchestown

Three Loud Knocks

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Brian Mortell

Dual point winner; gained first win under Rules at Clonmel last month but tailed off since and plenty to find back in a cross country.

100/1

7th

8

28th Apr 2022

Good

4m 2f 0y

16:50 Punchestown

Three Loud Knocks

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Brian Mortell

Very experienced point-to-pointer, only two wins in that sphere but often placed; deserved his handicap chase win at Clonmel early last month; but nothing to suggest he can feature here,

66/1

15

11th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 175y

19:00 Tramore

Three Loud Knocks

11st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Brian Mortell

First reserve; out of his depth at Clonmel last time but got off the mark over fences there previously (2m7f; hvy); 4lb higher today on different ground.

Form: 064557

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Yet to reach the first three in a race of any description; quite lightly-raced over fences and chance should not be completely discounted.
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7th

9

16th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:50 Ayr

Central Court

10st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Karl Thornton

0-21 in all disciplines and although he wasn't beaten too far at Thurles last month (2m2f, good) he doesn't seem to find much, regardless of the trip; up against it from 3lb wrong.

20/1

Form: 068-3P

Last run: 3 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Distant third on his final start for Joseph O'Brien in a beginners' chase at Navan last month; 20-1 when pulled-up in the race won by Routine Excellence at Navan on Saturday.
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15

22nd Jan 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

15:25 Navan

Wanchu Bach

10st 13lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Kieran Purcell

Distant third on his final start for Joseph O'Brien in a beginners chase here last month; needs to find a bit more to be a factor here.

33/1

3rd

10

7th Nov 2021

Good

2m 1f 0y

15:25 Navan

Wanchu Bach

12st 0lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Quite modest hurdles form; not entirely disgraced on his chase debut when last seen at Clonmel in March but makes little appeal.

100/1

Form: 985P-P D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
2m4f handicap hurdle winner at Gowran two seasons ago; in rear on both starts over fences last season; pulled-up in handicap hurdles on last two outings
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8th

5

6th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 110y

19:50 Downpatrick

Lady McCabe

11st 8lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Martin Paul Fitzgerald

1st

6

11th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 175y

19:00 Tramore

Lady McCabe

11st 5lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Martin Paul Fitzgerald

1st

8

1st Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 1f 100y

18:30 Wexford

Lady McCabe

10st 5lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Martin Paul Fitzgerald

Best form is on soft/heavy so unlikely to get that here; not one of the obvious ones but jockey booking encouraging.

14/1

Form: 72-P63

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Won twice for Philip Rothwell; definite chance on the basis of last month's Navan third on second run for this trainer; that form was franked by the Rothwell-trained Siberian Star in winning at Leopardstown.
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5th

3

11th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 175y

19:00 Tramore

Enduring Love

11st 9lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: S Curling

7

1st Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 1f 100y

19:00 Wexford

Enduring Love

11st 3lb

J: Mr P A King

T: S Curling

Last year's runner-up comes here in good form, having won at Clonmel and finished a good third there on heavy; better ground no problem and seems sure to be thereabouts.

4/1

3rd

6

3rd Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 0y

14:50 Clonmel

Enduring Love

11st 8lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: S Curling

Kept on well despite a mistake at the last when winning over 2m4f here two weeks ago; up 5lb and steps up in trip but has been just as effective over 3m before and he gets his ground again.

4/1

Form: -30094

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
One of the younger runners; form of recent Punchestown fourth gives him an each-way chance, though both he and Capture The Drama have a bit to find with Be My Dream
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9th

13

6th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 55y

19:20 Downpatrick

Highstreetfashion

10st 5lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Patrick Rooney

4th

12

11th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 175y

19:00 Tramore

Highstreetfashion

10st 6lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Patrick Rooney

19

22nd Mar 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:28 Clonmel

Highstreetfashion

10st 13lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Patrick Rooney

Third reserve; is 0-19 but has run well enough at times this season; poor over fences last time; non-runner (reserve) in the 4.20 at Downpatrick Sunday.

Form: 5-5030 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 9lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Veteran whose last three runs have been over hurdles; bright display at Punchestown on penultimate start; did not stay 3m at Fairyhouse on latest.
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6th

9

12th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 110y

Class 4

14:40 Ayr

Wee Small Hours

10st 11lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: M M Rice

Teenager who is 0-14 in chases and just 2-59 overall; placed three consecutive times this year, the last twice over 2m4f here on slow ground, but was below that form on good to soft at Hexham a fortnight ago and younger rivals appeal more.

12/1

4th

6

28th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 15y

Class 4

13:30 Hexham

Wee Small Hours

10st 1lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: M M Rice

13yo who is 0-13 over fences but he's run well in his last three starts including a 2l second from out of the weights at Ayr (2m4f, soft) last time; 1lb higher here but he should be in the mix again.

4/1

2nd

7

12th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:10 Ayr

Wee Small Hours

10st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: M M Rice

Veteran who was a creditable third to Ard Chros (won again on Thursday) over C&D (heavy) last month, but he's 5lb out of the handicap this time.

8/1

Form: P54336

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict
Twice successful over hurdles; 0-27 over fences; two decent placed efforts in handicap chases at Galway and Clonmel before sixth at Punchestown nine days ago; needs to reverse that form with four of these rivals.
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18

5th May 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

17:45 Tipperary

Sanibel Island

11st 3lb

J: Gearoid Brouder

T: Gearoid Patrick Brouder

6th

12

16th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 4f 37y

15:20 Punchestown

Sanibel Island

10st 7lb

J: Gearoid Brouder

T: Gearoid Patrick Brouder

Dual winning hurdler but 0-26 over fences; two decent placed efforts in handicap chases at Galway and Clonmel last twice read well in the context of this race though. has to be considered.

11/2

Form: 0693F5

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict
Regressive in the last year and has dropped in the weights; remote third at Limerick last month followed by an early fall at Tramore and Punchestown fifth; Be My Dream, Capture The Drama and Highstreetfashion in front of him on latter occasion.
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10th

13

11th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 175y

19:00 Tramore

Lacken Bridge

10st 2lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Gordon Michael Doyle

2nd

14

3rd Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 0y

14:50 Clonmel

Lacken Bridge

10st 0lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Gordon Michael Doyle

Hasn't won since 2018 but was only beaten a head in this race two years ago; hasn't really shaped like a return to the winners' enclosure is near this term.

25/1

Form: -0P09P D

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 13lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 66

Form & Verdict
Last of his three wins over hurdles was in 2016; poor form since Clonmel third last March, blinkers tried on the veteran for the first time.
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16

26th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 3f 160y

15:15 Limerick

Ice Cool

10st 0lb

J: Conor Orr

T: V T O’Brien

Placed at Clonmel in March when last seen over fences; hasn't shown a lot over hurdles since then albeit a little better at Naas earlier in the month.

33/1

9th

22

16th Dec 2021

Yielding

1m 7f 180y

13:25 Naas

Ice Cool

11st 6lb

J: Mr P J O’Neill

T: V T O’Brien

One of two runners for yard; three-time winner but has been well beaten off this basement rating lately.

66/1

Form: 382753 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 12lb

14 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict
Veteran continues to show plenty of enthusiasm, got into the money at Punchestown recently, and renews rivalry with Be My Dream who finished in front of him and with several others who finished behind him; blinkers now replace the usual cheekpieces for the 99th start of his career.
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7th

14

3rd May 2022

Good

2m 5f 61y

19:00 Ballinrobe

Capture The Drama

10st 13lb

J: Jamie Hayes

T: Aengus King

12th

14

11th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 175y

19:00 Tramore

Capture The Drama

10st 0lb

J: Miss L Costello

T: Aengus King

15

8th Apr 2022

Good

2m 1f 142y

18:40 Ballinrobe

Capture The Drama

10st 13lb

J: Jessica O’Gorman

T: Aengus King

Form: 525/6P

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Winning pointer in 2019, missed all of 2020; hard to fancy on the evidence of his only two starts last year.
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8th

11

6th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 55y

19:20 Downpatrick

Nabraska

10st 11lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: S Wilson

13th

16

7th Mar 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 97y

16:50 Leopardstown

Nabraska

10st 7lb

J: Mr N Gault

T: S Wilson

Point-to-point winner with very few miles on the clock for his age; fair deal of improvement required from latest effort at Down Royal.

33/1

8

20th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

14:45 Musselburgh

Nabraska

10st 4lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: S Wilson

Has travelled from Northern Ireland and he won a point in 2019, but he returned from a long absence last May and has struggled over fences on his three starts since; makes his hurdle debut today and has plenty to prove.

Form: 070-11

Last run: 3 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Winning pointer; poor form early last year on first four starts over fences; well-supported winner of a Naas maiden hurdle last month on seasonal, beating subsequent Punchestown winner Salmanino; won readily when sent back over fences at Navan on Saturday; 5lb penalty of no concern; should not be opposed if getting a run; second reserve.
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15

17th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 55y

14:35 Fairyhouse

Routine Excellence

11st 0lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gavin Cromwell

Poor form over fences last season; well-supported winner of a 2m3f Naas maiden hurdle in December on seasonal debut beating a subsequent winner; won readily when sent back over fences at Navan in January; flopped under a penalty at Down Royal three days later; race presumably came too soon.

10/1

1st

14

22nd Jan 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

15:25 Navan

Routine Excellence

11st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Winning pointer; nothing to recommend in four starts over fences but got off the mark in a Naas maiden hurdle last month from Monday's Punchestown winner Salmanino; could be very well handicapped here on his return to fences and makes plenty of appeal.

15/8

Form: 439224 BF

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Five-time runner up in points; has continued to find success elusive, though has shown signs that he may yet achieve a breakthrough; second in handicaps at Naas and at this venue before close-up fourth at Clonmel last time.
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10th

4

6th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 55y

19:20 Downpatrick

Hollybank King

11st 8lb

J: Mr M McConville

T: Stephen McConville

10th

10

10th Apr 2022

Yielding

1m 7f 22y

17:00 Tramore

Hollybank King

10st 10lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: Stephen McConville

6th

11

12th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 1f 0y

17:10 Navan

Hollybank King

10st 1lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: Stephen McConville

Belated breakthrough win over fences when beating Brandy Harbour over this trip at Thurles last month (good) and backed it up on contrasting ground when clear second at Gowran 9 days later; light-weight seems sure to run his race again.

4/1

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Betting Forcast

9/2 Echoes Of Family, 10/1 Mr Bercow, 10/1 Three Loud Knocks, 50/1 Crobally Boy, 10/1 Central Court, 25/1 Wanchu Bach, 6/1 Be My Dream, 25/1 Lady McCabe, 11/2 Enduring Love, 50/1 Walking The Walk, 7/1 Highstreetfashion, 12/1 Wee Small Hours, 12/1 Sanibel Island, 10/1 Lacken Bridge, 33/1 Ice Cool, 10/1 Capture The Drama, Nabraska, Routine Excellence, Hollybank King

Non-runners

Crobally Boy, Be My Dream, Walking The Walk

Verdict

The complexion will change completely if Saturday's Navan winner Routine Excellence gets a run. In his absence ECHOES OF FAMILY may prove good enough to cope with the likes of Enduring Love, Be My Dream and Highstreetfashion. [Alan Sweetman]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Echoes Of Family

The Irish Sun:

Be My Dream

POSTDATA:

Enduring Love