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BetVictor Boyne Hurdle (Grade 2)

  • Prize money: £18096.64
  • 2m 5f 0y
  • 14 runners
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BetVictor Boyne Hurdle (Grade 2)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather:

Form: 2-U373 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won Grade 2 novice hurdles over 2m4f at this venue and Fairyhouse last season; signed off with second in a four-runner Punchestown Grade 1; chasing campaign put on hold after a bad experience at Leopardstown; some reassurance provided by Galmoy Hurdle third.

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6th

1

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:05 Cork

Ashdale Bob

11st 12lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Mrs John Harrington

Not the force he once was; was unable to score on favourable terms in a Leopardstown conditions event last time; cheekpieces are retained here and down another 3lb; still a dangerous opponent here with 7lb taken off his back.

4/1

2nd

4

3rd Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 72y

14:50 Leopardstown

Ashdale Bob

11st 2lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Mrs John Harrington

prominent, went second before 5th, led going okay after 2 out, faced challenge when ridden before last, headed but kept on run-in, no match for winner

4/6

5th

4

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Ashdale Bob

11st 3lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Mrs John Harrington

in touch with leaders, not fluent 4th, prominent after 7th, led narrowly before 2 out, headed after 2 out, weakened approaching last

5/1

Form: 821412 C

Last run: 1 day

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Non-runner following second in Saturday's Red Mills according to stable spokesperson.

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14

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Darasso

10st 13lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Unraced beyond 3m, seen most often at about 2m; the three runs over 2m6f/3m among his last six starts have all been good, including second in the Galway Plate and third in the Kerry National, but this reliable 10yo would still have to show himself in a very new light for a prominent finish today.

66/1

4th

3

18th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:27 Gowran Park

Darasso

11st 3lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Admirable sort equally effective over hurdles and fences, winning Red Mills Hurdle on this card back in 2019 and most recent of five chase wins came in 2m6f Thurles Listed contest in December; rare below-par effort when tough task at weights over inadequate trip in Grade 3 Limestone Lad Hurdle on latest but should run his race here.

7/2

5th

1

29th Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 151y

14:42 Naas

Darasso

11st 12lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

A dozen career wins for this admirably tough performer, including most recently in a Listed chase at Thurles at the beginning of last month; won a weaker version of this race last year and undoubtedly wants further, but he's not alone in that; looks sure to run his race.

9/2

OUR TIP

Form: 1117-4 C

Last run: 78 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Won six consecutive races mixing between Flat and hurdles in the second half of 2020/early-2021, culminating in a Grade 2 novice hurdle over 2m at Punchestown; flopped in a Grade 1 at Aintree last April; now sent back over hurdles after a first chase start at this venue in December.

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1st

4

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:15 Down Royal

Dreal Deal

11st 12lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: John C McConnell

Grade 2 novice hurdle winner at his best for Ronan McNally; has shown ability in five chase starts and would have a squeak if returning to his best.

14/1

8th

1

(4)

22nd Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

20:30 Dundalk (AW)

Dreal Deal

10st 0lb

J: Keithen Kennedy

T: John C McConnell

Useful dual-purpose performer for Ronan McNally including winning 2m handicap here; yet to hit form for current yard but handicapper giving him a chance.

16/1

6th

1

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Dreal Deal

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: John C McConnell

took keen hold, held up in rear, no impression from 5 out

100/1

Form: 120-34

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Won three of his four races for Nicky Henderson; added to his score with 2m Grade 2 win on heavy ground at Limerick in December 2020; ended campaign with mid-division run in the Coral Cup; beaten 7 1/2l in third behind Darasso this at venue on seasonal debut; remote fourth on first try over 3m in Leopardstown Grade 1 at Christmas.

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10

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Grand Roi

12st 0lb

J: Mr Tommie M O’Brien

T: Mrs J Owen

Only an 8yo but his rating has capitulated during the last two years and his recent form is nowhere near good enough for a test of this magnitude.

100/1

4

19th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:30 Exeter

Grand Roi

11st 12lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: Mrs J Owen

Grade 2 hurdle winner in 2020 and bits of form in better races than this in recent times; out of sorts in the autumn but he might well have pegged back Forest Chimes at Stratford (2m5f, heavy) last week with a better jump at the last; this stiffer test can suit; can go well.

5/2

2nd

5

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 205y

Class 5

16:20 Stratford

Grand Roi

11st 12lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: Mrs J Owen

midfield

11/4

Form: 117-32 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Smart sort over hurdles, winning three of his five outings as a novice last season, including over an extended 2m1f at this venue; has never gone further than that, but this trip should not be a big problem; both runs this term have been over fences, placed in good company.

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3rd

6

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 45y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Thedevilscoachman

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Noel Meade

raced wide, didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, dropped to last and weakened before 2 out, no impression when hampered by faller after 2 out

7/2

4th

5

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:15 Gowran Park

Thedevilscoachman

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Noel Meade

Won 2022 Boyne Hurdle at Navan from Ashdale Bob; dual Grade 3 winner over fences last year, showing plenty of stamina in races at Naas and Limerick; improved from his return to action in the Troytown Chase when splitting Sir Gerhard and Ashdale Bob at Punchestown; first-time cheekpieces now; could be hard to beat.

7/4

2nd

6

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 15y

14:15 Punchestown

Thedevilscoachman

11st 6lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Noel Meade

Won 2022 Boyne Hurdle from Ashdale Bob; Dual Grade 3 winner over fences this year; should be better for his return to action in the Troytown Chase.

4/1

Form: -5F1P8 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Grade 1-winning novice hurdler and runner-up to Minella Indo in the 2019 Albert Bartlett; won a 3m conditions hurdle at Thurles last March; gave a fine weight-carrying performance in a 3m handicap here in December; jumping let him down when pulled-up in Leopardsown Grade 1; had an off-day at Gowran last month,

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7th

4

28th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Commander Of Fleet

11st 10lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in second

33/1

6th

6

13th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

13:55 Navan

Commander Of Fleet

11st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade B handicap hurdle winner here and caused a 50-1 surprise in the mud in the Coral Cup; came up considerably short in graded company though last season and the same could happen here.

14/1

1st

3

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Commander Of Fleet

11st 10lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Gordon Elliott

Runner-up here in the 2019 Grade 1 Albert Bartlett; career best when winning a good 23-runner handicap at Navan (3m, yielding) in December and, after two poor shows against the leading stayers, his third in a 2m5f Grade 2 three weeks ago was a step back in the right direction (albeit well held by Ashdale Bob on that form); needs another major personal best.

40/1

Form: 19/UP-

Last run: 530 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Three-time hurdles winner for Jessica Harrington; rated 132 at the time of his final start in 2020; this is very ambitious on his first run for a new stable.

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1

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 180y

15:40 Punchestown

Conron

12st 0lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: Noel C Kelly

8th

6

13th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 0y

14:55 Naas

Conron

11st 5lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Noel C Kelly

Three-time hurdles winner for Jessica Harrington; rated 132 at the time of his final start in 2020; this is ambitious on his first run for a new stable.

25/1

7

22nd Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:20 Navan

Conron

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Noel C Kelly

Three-time hurdles winner for Jessica Harrington; rated 132 at the time of his final start in 2020; this is very ambitious on his first run for a new stable.

100/1

Form: 6F2P12 D BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Top-class 2m hurdler at his best, second to Honeysuckle in the 2020 Irish Champion Hurdle and third in the Champion Hurdle the following month; failed to reach the same heights over fences; restored to form this term since sent back over hurdles; won readily over 2m3f at Punchestown before taking on two of his Britain's better hurdlers at Lingfield; strong chance.

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0

1

18th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 120y

16:25 Tramore

Darver Star

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Bounced back to form when runner-up at Wexford in March but struggled twice since; not easy to predict and probably needs a career best chase effort to land this off joint-topweight.

6/1

5th

1

7th Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 170y

19:23 Wexford

Darver Star

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

prominent, soon raced in second, pushed along and weakened quickly before 2 out

7/2

1

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

14:50 Punchestown

Darver Star

11st 13lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Gavin Cromwell

10-time winner, just one over fences and has been hit and miss in this sphere; decent second in a handicap chase at Wexford followed by a sub-standard effort in a 3m handicap at the festival here; best horse in the race and has a chance but just that bit vulnerable these days.

5/1

Form: 2/01-5 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Martin Pipe winner in 2019; seven runs since then, five of them over fences, highlighted by 2020 Galway Plate triumph that was prefaced by a warm-up over hurdles; remote fifth behind Darver Star at Punchestown on first run in 17 months.

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3rd

5

1st Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:43 Cork

Early Doors

12st 0lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: E Bolger

held up in rear, awkward jump 5th, headway 8th, went third towards near side when not fluent 3 out, no impression after 2 out

5/2

2nd

2

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

17:05 Gowran Park

Early Doors

12st 0lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: E Bolger

3-14 hurdles; 1-9 over fences, came good on a day that mattered when winning the 2020 Galway Plate for Joseph O'Brien; out of form in a light campaign last season; started brightly in points when beating the talented Some Man at Oldtown last month; suffered a surprise reverse at Kildorrery eight days later; good chance, though might prefer less testing ground

15/8

5th

3

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

14:15 Gowran Park

Early Doors

11st 3lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

No further success in only seven outings since winning the Galway Plate in 2020; creditable fifth in last year's Irish Grand National but has otherwise struggled, including over hurdles at Tipperary last summer; well below best since in valuable staying handicaps over fences.

25/1

Form: 232-07

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Twice second at Grade 1 level over staying trips in light campaign as a novice hurdler last season; in between, only third behind Ashdale Bob over 2m4f at this venue; needs to provide reassurance after poor Gowran run; first-time cheekpieces and tongue-tie

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5th

4

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Gentlemansgame

11st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: M F Morris

Beat Bravemansgame (who was conceding 6lb) by about 2l when winning the Grade 2 Charlie Hall at Wetherby (3m, soft) in November on just his third chase start; he's better than he showed on his sole run since, in last month's Gold Cup (pulled up), but he's hard to fancy on the back of that; wears a tongue-tie for first time since 2022 (has won twice in one).

20/1

5

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Gentlemansgame

11st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: M F Morris

Smart staying hurdler who has made up into a better chaser, even if he caught Bravemansgame (who conceded 6lb) at less than full strength when beating that one at Wetherby (3m, soft) in November; a good deal more is needed on this promotion to the top table but the latest run suggests further improvement need not come as a surprise.

20/1

1st

4

4th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

15:00 Wetherby

Gentlemansgame

11st 2lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: M F Morris

in touch with leaders, not fluent 5th, went second 11th, joined leader before 4 out, not fluent 3 out, soon pushed along, ridden after 2 out, led narrowly run-in, kept on well

4/1

Form: 231-71 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Placed twice at Grade 1 level as a novice hurdler in 2020 after a C&D maiden hurdle win; shows every sign of developing into top-class staying chaser; gave a smart display to win the Thyestes Chase off 145, now up 154, possible Grand National contender.

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5

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Longhouse Poet

11st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

pressed leaders early, disputing second after 4th, lost position and pushed along from 9th, not fluent 11th, lost touch 12th, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out

9/2

0

2

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Longhouse Poet

11st 11lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

raced wide, midfield, bad mistake and dropped to rear 7th, reminder and struggling after 8th, detached after 9th, pulled up before 10th

14/1

Form: 3-5257 D

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

All four wins over hurdles have come in handicaps but he was second to Lisnagar Oscar in the 2020 Stayers' Hurdle, and has also finished second to Honeysuckle in successive editions of the Hatton's Grace Hurdle; has failed to do himself justice in two runs over further since a spirited Fairyhouse display in November.

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0

3

9th Nov 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

13:40 Clonmel

Ronald Pump

11st 11lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

One-time smart sort over hurdles and fences, was 2nd in the 2020 Stayers' Hurdle; however, is a long way from that level now and was beaten in two points' lately, so others preferred.

25/1

5th

5

12th Aug 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

18:55 Kilbeggan

Ronald Pump

11st 0lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

Runner-up in three Grade 1s over hurdles for his former yard; not at his best in four starts since joining this yard and was well beaten in a C&D handicap when last seen; visor replaces other headgear; best watched today.

50/1

9th

1

12th May 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

18:45 Kilbeggan

Ronald Pump

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Ciaran Murphy

Runner-up in three Grade 1s over hurdles including the Stayers' Hurdle in 2020; however, seems to have lost his way and hasn't shown enough in three runs for this yard; tailed off over fences latest.

33/1

Form: /8/7/0

Last run: 122 days

W: 11st 3lb

14 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Veteran has never shown any ability on the track or in points.

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9th

8

(5)

18th Jun 2022

Good

1m 4f 175y

17:40 Down Royal

Titan Jack

9st 9lb

J: Gearoid Brouder

T: Gearoid Patrick Brouder

midfield, in touch with leaders when pushed along and hung right over 3f out, outpaced when ridden over 2f out, soon lost touch and weakened (jockey said gelding hung right throughout the race. trainer's representative said gelding spread an off fore shoe during the race)

66/1

Form: 2-4327 D

Last run: 98 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Useful dual hurdles winner; exploited a low mark to win a 1m4f handicap at Galway in October; ran a fine race when chasing home Mrs Milner in a Listed hurdle at Limerick prior to that; faces massive task at these weights.

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4th

3

23rd Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

13:00 Punchestown

No Memory

11st 2lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: William Coleman O’Brien

Useful dual hurdles winner; chased home Mrs Milner in a Listed hurdle at Limerick in October before exploiting a low Flat mark in a 1m4f handicap at Galway; struggled in a 2m2f race won by Dysart Diamond here in November.

20/1

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Betting Forcast

10/1 Ashdale Bob, Darasso, 12/1 Dreal Deal, 9/1 Grand Roi, 6/1 Thedevilscoachman, 12/1 Commander Of Fleet, 100/1 Conron, 9/4 Darver Star, 16/1 Early Doors, 12/1 Gentlemansgame, 6/1 Longhouse Poet, 9/2 Ronald Pump, 500/1 Titan Jack, 66/1 No Memory

Verdict

With Darasso ruled out, the path to victory should be a little easier for the 2020 Champion Hurdle third DARVER STAR who has begun to prosper again since reverting from chasing. Ronald Pump, twice second to Honeysuckle in the Hatton's Grace, could pose a serious threat. Thedevilscoachman, a useful novice last season, and Thyestes winner Longhouse Poet may also feature. [Alan Sweetman]

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Darasso

The Irish Sun:

Dreal Deal

TOPSPEED:

Ronald Pump

SPOTLIGHT:

Darver Star

POSTDATA:

Darasso