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16:25 Leopardstown

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Goffs Future Stars (C & G) I.N.H. Flat Race (Grade 2)

  • Prize money: £49579.83
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 3m 59s
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Goffs Future Stars (C & G) I.N.H. Flat Race (Grade 2)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/6 (Won)

  • Win: £1.50
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1 CD

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Walk In The Park gelding out of Quevega; had all his rivals under pressure turning for home when winning by 6l on debut over C&D at Christmas; the front two pulled a long way clear of some nice prospects and the runner-up has boosted the form since; already favourite for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and leading claims on landing this contest in the interim, despite the likelihood that he'll be seen at his best over further down the line.

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3

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Facile Vega

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Has raced only at 2m-2m1f; versatile ground-wise; an exciting horse early in career and has performed well in both Cheltenham Festival attempts, winning the Champion Bumper in 2022 then runner-up in the Supreme last year; beaten twice since scoring on debut over fences but wasn't disgraced in the Irish Arkle latest; may take his form to the next level over this new trip, being out of Quevega who won the 2m4f Mares' Hurdle at this meeting six times; very interesting with that in mind.

15/8

3rd

1

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:25 Leopardstown

Facile Vega

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

soon raced in second, joined leader after 3 out, challenging when carried left before last, not fluent and pecked on landing last, soon lost second and ridden, no match for first two

9/2

4th

1

26th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Facile Vega

11st 12lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Top bumper horse two seasons ago, winning all four starts, including Grade 1s at Cheltenham and Punchestown; won three of his five starts over hurdles last season, and second in the Supreme Novices'; had an excuse at this venue in February; gradually warmed to his task on his chasing debut at Navan; room for improvement in his jumping; hard to oppose.

2/7

13/2

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 1 D

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Bolted up by 15l in a Punchestown bumper on debut in December, though was ridden out strongly until the final 100 yards; his 10 rivals have all run since and the race has only produced one winner so it's clearly not the strongest form; more required here.

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4th

5

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 213y

18:00 Punchestown

Sandor Clegane

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

Last year's Albert Bartlett third is 0-4 chasing this season but smart level of form, including 10l second to Embassy Gardens in Grade 3 at Naas and when fourth to Fact To File in Brown Advisory at same venue last month, still novicey in jumping; more needed and jumping has to be more fluent at this level.

10/1

5

13th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Sandor Clegane

11st 7lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

Third to Stay Away Fay in last year's Albert Bartlett at big odds; yet to match that level in three runs over fences, brushed aside by Embassy Gardens when wearing first-time tongue-tie (retained here) at Naas 45 days ago; return to this track needs to bring about serious improvement.

16/1

2nd

6

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

14:45 Naas

Sandor Clegane

11st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

led on inner, reduced lead halfway, steadied 11th, headed last, soon went clear with winner, no extra final 110yds

10/1

Form: 3-1 D

Last run: 81 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Third in valuable bumper at the Punchestown Festival on debut before winning an Ayr bumper with ease, travelling well before pulling away from his rivals in a matter of strides; mixed signals on the strength of that form but should continue progressing and trainer excels with bumper horses.

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4th

3

6th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 150y

15:20 Down Royal

Carnfunnock

11st 12lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

in touch with leaders, prominent 2nd, briefly led after 3 out, headed 2 out, weakened run-in

10/1

10th

9

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

15:20 Ayr

Carnfunnock

11st 4lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Four-time winner at up to 2m3f; career-best RPR came when third over 3m last season so the this far will be fine, and cheekpieces are added after failing to give it his best shot last time at 2m; not on an impossible mark by any means.

10/1

6th

2

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 3

14:55 Kelso

Carnfunnock

11st 8lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

Has won over 2m and 2m3f and was a creditable third in a 3m Perth novice in April; decent fifth in a 2m3f Listed handicap at Navan on latest start; each-way chance but this sharp 2m may not be ideal.

5/2

Form: 1 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Travelled and quickened up well in the closing stages when winning a Navan bumper on debut; progress almost certain but no doubt he will need it up in this grade second time out.

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9th

5

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 4f 0y

13:55 Navan

Itswhatunitesus

11st 7lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: H Rogers

Won back-to-back over hurdles last season but has really struggled since and shown nothing in two runs for this yard.

33/1

10th

5

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Itswhatunitesus

10st 13lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: H Rogers

in rear, mistake 1st

33/1

10th

2

17th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:10 Navan

Itswhatunitesus

11st 6lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: H Rogers

towards rear

50/1

Form: 1 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Odds on when winning a 2m4f course bumper on debut 40 days ago but made heavy weather of it; not certain to have the speed for this shorter trip and Facile Vega is the yard's first-string but demands a certain amount of respect given the champion trainer's record in bumpers.

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2

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 213y

18:00 Punchestown

Embassy Gardens

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Very disappointing in novice hurdle at this meeting last year but reappeared to win first two starts over fences, over C&D and then 10l defeat of Sandor Clegane in Grade 3 at Naas; no chance with runaway winner Corbetts Cross after blunder two from home in 3m6f National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham (irregular heartbeat post-race) but remains a leading player on his best form.

7/2

2nd

2

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Embassy Gardens

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, mistake 3rd, mistake 15th, headway when not fluent 3 out, went second and 1 length down when bad mistake 2 out, soon no chance with winner, kept on run-in

9/4

1st

4

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

14:45 Naas

Embassy Gardens

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

raced wide, raced in second, smooth headway towards near side after 2 out, led last, shaken up and went clear run-in, easily

15/8

OUR TIP

Form: 11 D

Last run: 83 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Green when winning on debut at Roscommon but more professional when maintaining his unbeaten record in a Punchestown bumper in November, merely shaken up to pull away from his rivals in good style; nothing special about that form and he has to concede weight to his rivals but may still have more to give.

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8

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

The Big Doyen

11st 12lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Peter Fahey

never better than midfield, dropped to rear after 3 out, detached when pulled up before 2 out

14/1

3rd

2

17th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

The Big Doyen

11st 5lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Peter Fahey

Irish hurdler; failed to score last term but has shown improvement upped to 2m4f/2m5f this season, winning at Tipperary and Galway then respectable second (behind a Closutton odds-on shot) in Listed grade at Limerick; all wins on good or good to yielding but seems to handle softer; may still have more to offer at this sort of trip; big player despite 3lb penalty.

11/2

Form: 35-1 D

Last run: 105 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Off the mark at the third attempt in a Galway bumper in October; form knocked since and has plenty to find stepping up in grade here; already a little more exposed than his rivals.

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9th

3

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Da Capo Glory

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Padraig Butler

midfield early, mistake 3rd, towards rear when not fluent 8th, headway when hampered by loose horse and carried left before 3 out, kept on after 2 out

20/1

7th

2

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:05 Cork

Da Capo Glory

11st 8lb

J: Mr D Allen

T: Padraig Butler

Four-time winner, most recently in a 2m4f handicap here in January; very creditable seventh in the Coral Cup a couple of weeks ago and a leading contender if this doesn't come too soon.

9/2

7th

3

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Da Capo Glory

11st 12lb

J: Mr D Allen

T: Padraig Butler

Usually ridden by 7lb-claiming amateur Darragh Allen, including when he won narrowly at Cork (2m4f, soft to heavy) in January; ran respectably at Navan (2m5f, heavy) latest but now has first-time headgear; it's a concern that he ran poorly last April/August in his two biggest handicaps.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta €79.00
Straight Forecast €76.80
Trifecta €632.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Facile Vega

TOPSPEED:

Sandor Clegane

RP Ratings (IRE):

Facile Vega

POSTDATA:

Facile Vega

The Irish Sun:

Facile Vega