February 24 / 15.05 Thurles

15.05 Thurles

Soft

Thurles Racecourse (Q.R.) Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5701.68
  • 3m 0f 219y
  • 17 runners
  • Win time: 6m 54s
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Thurles Racecourse (Q.R.) Handicap Chase

Runners: 17 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £17.90
  • Place: £3.70

Form: -060PF

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Chase debut at Galway in October wasn't devoid of promise but struggled with his jumping next time and was pulled up in a novice handicap at Limerick before falling at Naas last time.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

13th Mar 2022

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 120y

16:50 Limerick

Balkito

12st 0lb

J: E Walsh

T: Barry Connell

Left all previous form behind when winning a Thurles handicap chase last month, seemingly relishing the step up in trip; will need further progress to defy an 8lb rise though.

7/4

1st

2

24th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 219y

15:05 Thurles

Balkito

12st 3lb

J: Mr J W Hendrick

T: Barry Connell

Chase debut at Galway in October wasn't devoid of promise but struggled with his jumping next time and was pulled up in a novice handicap at Limerick before falling at Naas last time.

12/1

15

30th Jan 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 90y

13:10 Naas

Balkito

10st 4lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Barry Connell

Chase debut at Galway in October wasn't devoid of promise but struggled with his jumping next time and was pulled up in a novice handicap at Limerick last month; first-time cheekpieces need to spark a revival.

25/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: -55073 BF

Last run: 5 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Came in for strong support when third on his handicap chase debut at Gowran Park last weekend; step up in trip looks a good move; big chance.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7

16th Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 1f 88y

15:40 Fairyhouse

Johngus

10st 7lb

J: Miss S Ahern

T: Sean Aherne

6th

7

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 102y

15:27 Thurles

Johngus

11st 10lb

J: Peter Carberry

T: Sean Aherne

0-18 under Rules but it was a career best when runner-up here last month over 3m1f; not certain to be suited by a shorter trip on quicker ground.

5/1

2nd

5

24th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 219y

15:05 Thurles

Johngus

11st 13lb

J: Mr J Hurley

T: Sean Aherne

Came in for strong support when third on his handicap chase debut at Gowran Park last weekend; step up in trip looks a good move; big chance.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: 46605U

Last run: 11 days

W: 12st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Won a good ground Leopardstown handicap chase in March and handles most ground conditions; unseated over the banks at Punchestown last time.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

3

26th Jun 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 107y

Class 4

14:50 Cartmel

Super Citizen

11st 13lb

J: Mr M J M O’Sullivan

T: Eugene M O’Sullivan

prominent, pushed along 12th, lost position and ridden 14th, left in fourth 2 out, weakened after last

5/1

4th

8

27th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 110y

20:10 Limerick

Super Citizen

11st 11lb

J: Mr M J M O’Sullivan

T: Eugene M O’Sullivan

Tailed off in cross country and the Punchestown festival last time but had been in good form prior to that over regulation fences; would need a career best to defy this mark though.

11/2

11th

6

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 0y

14:35 Punchestown

Super Citizen

12st 3lb

J: Miss M O’Sullivan

T: Eugene M O’Sullivan

Career best with Leopardstown handicap chase win on his penultimate outing; had not looked like a natural over these fences previously, unseating here in February.

14/1

16/1

  • Place: £3.90

Form: 6-6559

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Yet to trouble the judge and pretty ordinary form on the whole; well-beaten at Fairyhouse last time.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

3

8th Jun 2022

Good

3m 1f 70y

17:30 Wexford

Clarabello

11st 10lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Miss Elizabeth Doyle

prominent, went second 6th, pushed along and lost position after 3 out, no impression before 2 out

12/1

9th

9

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 50y

16:50 Wexford

Clarabello

11st 6lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Miss Elizabeth Doyle

Maiden now 0-5 chasing, modest Clonmel third last month one of his better efforts; shapes as if needing a thorough stamina test; blinkers on now.

13/2

3rd

10

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 6f 169y

17:20 Clonmel

Clarabello

11st 4lb

J: James O’Sullivan

T: Miss Elizabeth Doyle

Stable going well and this lightly-raced gelding ran creditably at Thurles seven weeks ago; 2lb lower and could be more to come.

9/1

Form: 485U42

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
Point winner; chased home a well-handicapped winner at Navan; 5lb out of the handicap.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

11

6th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 110y

19:50 Downpatrick

Four Country Roads

10st 2lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Brian M McMahon

7th

9

1st Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 1f 100y

18:30 Wexford

Four Country Roads

10st 4lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Brian M McMahon

Point-to-point winner is now 0-24 under Rules, having shaped well on number of occasions, notably Navan second two starts back; possibly not the strongest stayer but has his chance off this lowly mark.

13/2

100/1

Form: /P57-P D

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 7lb

12 yo Mare

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
Rated just 69 and hard to make a case for her.
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Verdict Starting price

4th

12

6th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 110y

19:50 Downpatrick

Chapter Two

10st 0lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: T F Shaw

5th

11

1st Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 1f 100y

18:30 Wexford

Chapter Two

10st 1lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: T F Shaw

Prolific point-to-point winner but now 0-10 chasing and likely to continue to struggle.

12/1

6th

17

24th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 219y

15:05 Thurles

Chapter Two

10st 7lb

J: Mr T P Harney

T: T F Shaw

Rated just 69 and hard to make a case for her.

100/1

Form: 024248

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Went close at this venue off this mark in December but has failed to back that up at Tramore and Fairyhouse; chance if at his best.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

7

5th Jun 2022

Good

2m 3f 200y

16:55 Kilbeggan

Presenting Point

11st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Eoghan O’Grady

prominent, soon went second, lost second 3 out, ridden after 2 out, no chance approaching last, kept on

7/2

2nd

4

24th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

15:25 Punchestown

Presenting Point

11st 9lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Eoghan O’Grady

Better chaser, winning twice this year before pulling up latest; hurdling record is poor but is theoretically chucked in; can lead.

5/1

15

16th May 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

19:30 Killarney

Presenting Point

10st 0lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Eoghan O’Grady

8/1

Form: 85P-P9

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 7lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Won a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Gowran a couple of seasons ago; could have a squeak if it came up testing.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

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: -7PPPU

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Has failed to complete his last three starts; very hard to make a case for him at this stage.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9th

12

24th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 219y

15:05 Thurles

Crobally Boy

10st 13lb

J: Mr T Hamilton

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Has failed to complete his last three starts; very hard to make a case for him at this stage.

33/1

11

22nd Jan 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

15:25 Navan

Crobally Boy

11st 0lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Pulled up on his last two runs after a couple of decent efforts in points; hard to fancy.

50/1

Form: -55520

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Record 2-23 in points; placed in one of his 11 starts under rules; career-best needed.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

11

8th Jun 2022

Good

3m 1f 70y

17:30 Wexford

Three Loud Knocks

11st 1lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Brian Mortell

towards rear of midfield, headway from 3 out, pushed along and tracked leaders on outer 2 out, left in third last, kept on, no match for first two

9/1

7th

11

27th May 2022

Good

2m 6f 160y

19:40 Limerick

Three Loud Knocks

11st 1lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Brian Mortell

Off the mark at the 15th attempt with heavy ground success at Clonmel in March but tailed off twice since (La Touche Cup last time); this is more suitable but would seemingly prefer more testing ground.

25/1

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

Form: 27P755 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 12st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Only fifth in a claiming hurdle at Limerick and well-held back in a handicap at Punchestown more recently; just 2-40 under rules.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

9

26th Jun 2022

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

16:10 Uttoxeter

Classic Concorde

10st 13lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

led, headed and weakened quickly after 7th

20/1

6th

3

8th Jun 2022

Good

3m 0f 110y

15:45 Wexford

Classic Concorde

12st 0lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Andrew McNamara

raced wide, in touch with leaders, prominent 3rd, soon pressed leader, stumbled 6th, ridden after 3 out, soon held

4/1

8th

9

26th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 0y

16:50 Limerick

Classic Concorde

10st 12lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: Andrew McNamara

1-27 over hurdles; has been trying his luck over longer distances recently and wasn't disgraced at Kilbeggan last time; coming down in trip is an interesting maneuver and he may find himself more at home in this company.

33/1

Form: 32-672 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Bumped into a well-handicapped winner at Fairyhouse last month and a reproduction of that would give him a big chance here.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

13th

14

7th Mar 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

15:45 Leopardstown

Exciting Oscar

11st 2lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Denis Ahern

Disappointing when failing to jump fluently and returning with mild heat stress 11 days ago at Thurles in handicap chase; may appreciate reverting to hurdles but others more appealing.

12/1

12th

8

24th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 219y

15:05 Thurles

Exciting Oscar

11st 11lb

J: Mr E P O’Brien

T: Denis Ahern

Bumped into a well-handicapped winner at Fairyhouse last month and a reproduction of that would give him a big chance here.

4/1

2nd

8

29th Jan 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 110y

13:05 Fairyhouse

Exciting Oscar

11st 4lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Denis Ahern

Attracted good market support ahead of latest effort at Cork when safely held but not helped by mistake at second last; chance if bringing his 'A' game as unexposed type over fences.

7/1

Form: 8-7404

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Won over hurdles at a modest level; poor form over fences so far and she's up against it on all known form.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

13th

11

24th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 219y

15:05 Thurles

A Girl Like Me

11st 2lb

J: Mr J G Murphy

T: Andrew Lee

Won over hurdles at a modest level; poor form over fences so far and she's up against it on all known form.

16/1

4th

2

28th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 6f 120y

13:30 Limerick

A Girl Like Me

11st 2lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Andrew Lee

Won over hurdles at a modest level; poor form over fences so far and she's up against it here.

66/1

11th

11

19th Dec 2021

Good

3m 0f 182y

12:40 Thurles

A Girl Like Me

10st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Andrew Lee

Got off the mark over hurdles last year but 0-8 over fences; tailed off when fourth of 10 in a beginners' at Fairyhouse last month; much more required.

20/1

Form: 47-UP0

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Winning pointer and some hunter chase form; underwhelming under rules.
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2nd

1

4th Jun 2022

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 3

15:50 Hexham

Fiston Du Mou

11st 8lb

J: Miss Becky Smith

T: Ann Duffield

tracked leaders, not fluent and outpaced 11th, pushed along briefly 15th, ridden and dropped to last 4 out, rallied after 2 out, went second on outer home turn, briefly left in lead approaching last, headed and no extra run-in

8/1

1st

9

11th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

19:10 Perth

Fiston Du Mou

10st 13lb

J: Miss Becky Smith

T: Ann Duffield

3rd

2

3rd May 2022

Good

3m 2f 202y

Class 5

19:50 Sedgefield

Fiston Du Mou

10st 13lb

J: Miss Becky Smith

T: Ann Duffield

Ex-Irish; winning pointer on soft/heavy who was below form in handicaps when last seen out in January/February; best watched on stable debut.

14/1

Form: 21P-00

Last run: 40 days

W: 12st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
In fine form around this time last year, recording handicap chase wins at Down Royal and Punchestown either side of a second at Limerick; poor this term and blinkers didn't work at Fairyhouse last time.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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11

7th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 50y

16:55 Cork

Kristian Goingwel

11st 5lb

J: Barry Browne

T: Oliver McKiernan

2m4f chase wins at Down Royal and Punchestown in 2020/21 season but nowhere near as effective a hurdler; respectable return to hurdles at Tramore last month but ideally wants softer ground.

16/1

3rd

4

11th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 120y

18:00 Tramore

Kristian Goingwel

11st 5lb

J: Barry Browne

T: Oliver McKiernan

15th

1

24th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 219y

15:05 Thurles

Kristian Goingwel

12st 4lb

J: Mr J C Barry

T: Oliver McKiernan

In fine form around this time last year, recording handicap chase wins at Down Royal and Punchestown either side of a second at Limerick; poor this term and blinkers didn't work at Fairyhouse last time.

10/1

Form: -P90P5 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Well treated on old form Well-treated on his old form but hasn't convinced with his jumping at times; career-low mark.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

4

6th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 110y

19:50 Downpatrick

Arverne

11st 9lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gavin Cromwell

7

24th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 219y

15:05 Thurles

Arverne

11st 11lb

J: Mr J Dunne

T: Gavin Cromwell

Well treated on old form Well-treated on his old form but hasn't convinced with his jumping at times; career-low mark.

8/1

5th

4

29th Jan 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 110y

13:05 Fairyhouse

Arverne

11st 7lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gavin Cromwell

Well treated on old form but most recent showings have been disappointing; blinkers need to work the oracle.

20/1

Form: 064-PF

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Showed initial promise but disappointing of late and has failed to complete in both starts this term.
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10

24th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 219y

15:05 Thurles

Encore Lui

11st 7lb

J: Mr Finian Maguire

T: Miss Elizabeth Doyle

Showed initial promise but disappointing of late and has failed to complete in both starts this term.

10/1

6

22nd Jan 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

15:25 Navan

Encore Lui

11st 8lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Miss Elizabeth Doyle

Plenty of ability but has become disappointing, most recently in a Limerick handicap chase last month; others preferred.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta €1249.00
Straight Forecast €515.80
Tricast €4077.50
Trifecta €5517.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Johngus

The Irish Sun:

Four Country Roads

RP Ratings (IRE):

Encore Lui

TOPSPEED:

Presenting Point

POSTDATA:

Classic Concorde