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Croom Handicap Hurdle (Div II)

  • Prize money: £5205.88
  • 2m 6f 0y
  • 16 runners
  • Win time: 6m 15s
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Croom Handicap Hurdle (Div II)

Runners: 18 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.60
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 00075

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Second start in a handicap showed some improvement at Clonmel last week; drop back in trip should suit and could well be a player here.

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

8th

11

23rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

17:05 Listowel

Holiday In Kerry

10st 9lb

J: Mr Finian Maguire

T: E McNamara

Tailed off and two falls in his first three runs over fences; back hurdling for his last six starts, winning at Cork (3m1f, yielding) in the penultimate one off just 1lb lower; clearly on a decent mark if he could click in this discipline.

20/1

14th

9

18th May 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

19:50 Tipperary

Holiday In Kerry

11st 10lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Fences became problematic but resumed reliability hurdling and not winning out of turn at Cork (Kingston Kid second); 6lb rise grand, though he might not want summer ground.

6/1

1st

5

6th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 180y

16:50 Cork

Holiday In Kerry

11st 10lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

in touch with leaders, pushed along and headway on outer before 3 out, went second before 3 out, led 2 out, ridden approaching last, kept on well run-in

13/2

5/1

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 8P571C

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Game winner over 2m5f at Navan last month and was still there with a chance when carried out at Clonmel last week; should go well if running to the same level.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

10th

18

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 120y

17:05 Cork

Ask And Answer

10st 13lb

J: Mr S Tobin

T: Sean Aherne

prominent

33/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 62-8F2

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Favourite when an early faller at Punchestown in January but was at his best when a good second at Thurles last month; up 2lb but should go close.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

2

28th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

16:15 Clonmel

Iridescent

11st 10lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: Jonathan Fogarty

didn't always jump with fluency, led at slow pace, faced challenge home turn, headed and weakened before 2 out

7/4

2nd

2

11th Sep 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 111y

18:45 Galway

Iridescent

11st 10lb

J: Mr J W Hendrick

T: Jonathan Fogarty

held up in rear, in touch with leaders 9th, prominent when raced wide after 3 out, disputed lead before 2 out, led clearly when ridden after last, headed but kept on well towards finish, no match for winner

9/4

1st

6

11th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 170y

19:15 Wexford

Iridescent

11st 10lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: Jonathan Fogarty

Posted his best hurdle effort when winning off 95 at Ballinrobe in May and followed up with a career best chase success; not as good over hurdles since though and might find this trip on the sharp side.

7/1

8/1

  • Place: £4.60

Form: /2971-

Last run: 373 days

W: 11st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

First-time cheekpieces did the trick when winning a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse a year ago; off since then and every chance he will improve for the run, but worth watching nonetheless.

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Verdict Starting price

15th

12

24th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

15:25 Punchestown

Boogily Lane

11st 5lb

J: Mr M McConville

T: Stephen McConville

Veteran won at Fairyhouse in March 2021 (2m4f; first-time headgear); not seen again until pleasing return in March; seems to have had his problems but one of the more likely on form.

5/1

4th

10

13th Mar 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 0y

15:40 Limerick

Boogily Lane

11st 4lb

J: Mr M McConville

T: Stephen McConville

First-time cheekpieces did the trick when winning a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse a year ago; off since then and every chance he will improve for the run, but worth watching nonetheless.

8/1

Form: 40P404

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Well beaten in a handicap hurdle here last month; back to form when a decent fourth in a Fairyhouse contest last month; each-way claims.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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4th

6

24th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

18:10 Uttoxeter

Royal Rhythm

11st 4lb

J: Benjamin Macey

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders

8/1

2nd

3

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

15:07 Fontwell

Royal Rhythm

11st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders, headway before 4 out, went second before 3 out, weakened from 2 out

100/30

Form: F-00P8 C

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Last of his three wins came in a a Fairyhouse handicap chase 14 months ago; out of form since although not totally disgraced at Punchestown last time; others preferred.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

23th

13

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 7f 0y

18:40 Punchestown

Ballea Fox

12st 0lb

J: Keith Hedderman

T: Aidan Anthony Howard

Modest form over jumps; out of form when last seen and off 412 days; new yard.

200/1

6th

15

13th Mar 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 0y

15:40 Limerick

Ballea Fox

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Seamus Spillane

Last of his three wins came in a a Fairyhouse handicap chase 14 months ago; out of form since although not totally disgraced at Punchestown last time; others preferred.

33/1

8th

11

31st Jan 2022

Yielding

2m 7f 190y

15:50 Punchestown

Ballea Fox

11st 6lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Seamus Spillane

Reverts to hurdling after being pulled-up over fences at Tramore; won a handicap chase off a 9lb higher mark at Fairyhouse a year ago; 2-22 over hurdles, including over a similar trip here two seasons ago.

20/1

Form: -60860

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Bits and pieces of form to her credit but not enough to suggest she can get involved here.

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0

17

25th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 105y

15:20 Roscommon

Rosfoyle

10st 13lb

J: Conor Clarke

T: Barry J Fitzgerald

never better than midfield, in rear when pushed along briefly after 6th, mistake and weakened 9th, not fluent 4 out, soon pulled up

4th

16

16th Oct 2022

Good

2m 3f 0y

15:05 Cork

Rosfoyle

10st 13lb

J: Sean Cleary-Farrell

T: Barry J Fitzgerald

towards rear, slow jump 1st, headway into midfield after 3rd, ridden 3 out, stayed on from 2 out, went fourth run-in

25/1

20

24th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

15:25 Punchestown

Rosfoyle

11st 0lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: Brian O’Keeffe

Showed a little in maidens and on (C&D) handicap debut; her last two runs were dire; little break.

33/1

Form: 060

Last run: 19 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Mildly progressive in a trio of maiden hurdles; more needed here but worth a market check.

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1

25th May 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

19:45 Wexford

Getaway Missile

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Philip Fenton

Down the field but not beaten far in a handicap hurdle at Cork in March; might just need to come down the handicap a little.

14/1

9th

12

24th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

16:55 Cork

Getaway Missile

11st 5lb

J: Mr E P O’Brien

T: Philip Fenton

Struggled having been tailed off in trio of maiden hurdles; up in trip for handicap debut.

14/1

1

13th Mar 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 0y

15:40 Limerick

Getaway Missile

12st 0lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Philip Fenton

Mildly progressive in a trio of maiden hurdles; more needed here but worth a market check.

25/1

Form: 945096

Last run: 74 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Has done plenty of racing since 2m Tramore maiden win last April; others have better claims on recent form.

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0

2

6th Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:14 Hexham

Battle Of Benburb

11st 10lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Wexford winner in August 2022 and runner-up at Sedgefield the following month; unplaced in ten starts since (including over fences) and hopes probably pinned on cheekpieces offering a boost.

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: 7594P-

Last run: 332 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Showed ability in bumpers and a maiden hurdle last season; not seen since pulling up in a handicap hurdle here 11 months ago and best watched.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

8

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

13:55 Wexford

Mammy Shark

11st 7lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: John J Walsh

Met some smart sorts when down the field in maiden hurdles and was last seen finishing fifth (beaten 15l) in 16-runner handicap hurdle at Kilbeggan off a mark of 92; not without a chance in poor race but more required.

5th

15

21st Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 0y

17:45 Kilbeggan

Mammy Shark

11st 4lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: John J Walsh

3

13th Mar 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 0y

15:40 Limerick

Mammy Shark

11st 13lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: John J Walsh

Showed ability in bumpers and a maiden hurdle last season; not seen since pulling up in a handicap hurdle here 11 months ago and best watched.

20/1

Form: 5-3620

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Fine effort when runner-up over 2m5f at Tramore on New Year's Day but disappointing when upped to 3m at Punchestown last time; needs to bounce back; tongue-tie tried here

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8th

1

5th Sep 2022

Good

2m 6f 110y

17:45 Galway

Roped In

12st 0lb

J: Mr J G Murphy

T: Daniel G Murphy

midfield, lost position and dropped to rear 4th, pushed along briefly after 5th, mistake 10th, ridden and no impression after 3 out, never on terms

7/1

4th

1

5th Aug 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

17:50 Wexford

Roped In

12st 0lb

J: Mr J G Murphy

T: Daniel G Murphy

in touch with leaders, lost position and towards rear after 2nd, pushed along and headway on outer after 2 out (usual 3 out), prominent approaching last, ridden run-in, no extra final 110yds

7/1

3rd

5

21st Jul 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

19:45 Limerick

Roped In

11st 5lb

J: Mr J G Murphy

T: Daniel G Murphy

held up in midfield, headway 3 out, ridden approaching last, ran on run-in, not reach leaders

13/2

Form: 572/7P C

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 7lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner; below his best in two runs after a 21-month absence in December and best watched.

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7

13th Mar 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 0y

15:40 Limerick

The Ballyboys

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Kavanagh

T: Ray Hackett

Three-time winner; below his best in two runs after a 21-month absence in December and best watched.

25/1

18

17th Jan 2022

Soft

3m 0f 40y

15:35 Punchestown

The Ballyboys

11st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Ray Hackett

Entitled to have needed recent return at Limerick considering he'd been off for 654 days beforehand; handicapped to go close in one of these on his old form, should he still maintain similar level of ability as 12yo.

16/1

7th

7

29th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 3f 0y

15:40 Limerick

The Ballyboys

11st 7lb

J: Donal McInerney

T: Ray Hackett

A fair bit of water has passed under the bridge since this one recorded the last of this three hurdle wins, but shaped really nicely when second here in March 2020 and if fitness holds up, should be on the premises.

13/2

Form: 00-000

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Modest maiden form and no improvement in two runs in handicaps; others preferred.

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11

8th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

13:15 Fairyhouse

Extreme Cacao

10st 0lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Robert Tyner

midfield early, towards rear when not fluent 5 out, nudged along when fell 3 out

10/1

5th

8

17th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 106y

15:25 Clonmel

Extreme Cacao

10st 7lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Robert Tyner

towards rear

14/1

Form: 5-P006

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Improved form on his handicap debut here last month, meeting trouble in running when beaten just over 11 lengths; steps up in trip here and one of the more interesting runners.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9th

14

14th Jul 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

19:00 Killarney

Lightning Star

10st 13lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Augustine Leahy

towards rear of midfield, dropped to rear 7th, never dangerous

10/1

13

30th Jun 2022

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

19:50 Tipperary

Lightning Star

11st 2lb

J: G B Noonan

T: Augustine Leahy

raced wide, midfield, in touch with leaders 4 out, weakened quickly after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

16/1

3rd

13

26th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 0y

18:35 Limerick

Lightning Star

11st 3lb

J: G B Noonan

T: Augustine Leahy

14/1

Form: 5P08F7

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Had a small chance when falling two out at Punchestown; not disgraced at Navan last month; cheekpieces tried here and not without a chance.

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6th

8

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 1y

Class 5

15:05 Fakenham

Journey West

10st 3lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Max Young

1-21 over hurdles, the win coming at Down Royal (2m5f, yielding to soft) in May 2022; hasn't shown enough in five starts for this yard to suggest he will be doubling his tally.

20/1

6th

6

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

16:20 Fontwell

Journey West

10st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Max Young

Sole win from 20 starts came in first-time blinkers at Downpatrick (2m5f, yielding to soft) in May 2022; hasn't shown enough in his four starts for new yard to make much appeal.

66/1

Form: 004515 D

Last run: 122 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Smooth winner over today's trip over fences at Galway in October; fifth at Clonmel off 10lb higher last time; reverts to hurdles off a more favourable mark and one for the shortlist.

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11th

3

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 77y

18:20 Ballinrobe

Captain Jimmy

11st 11lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Patrick G Kelly

Won his fourth race (second hurdle) when scoring well at this course (2m6f) last time; 8lb higher today on drier ground poses a question but taken seriously.

9/4

1st

8

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 91y

19:07 Ballinrobe

Captain Jimmy

11st 5lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Patrick G Kelly

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders 5 out, went second after 2 out, shaken up to lead after last, ridden clear run-in, kept on well

12/1

11th

7

10th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 60y

15:10 Limerick

Captain Jimmy

11st 6lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Patrick G Kelly

midfield

12/1

Form: 607-00

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Poor form in maiden and handicap company; makes little appeal here.

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16

30th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

15:35 Limerick

Cahirmee

10st 13lb

J: Mr W T Cronin

T: Brian O’Keeffe

prominent on inner, bad mistake 7th, went second and pressed leader 9th, pushed along and weakened home turn, pulled up 2 out

16/1

16

21st Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:40 Clonmel

Cahirmee

10st 13lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: Brian O’Keeffe

Improved effort when an admittedly well-beaten third in a 2m3f handicap hurdle here last month; well worth a go at this trip and well capable of a bold showing.

7/1

3rd

17

16th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 2f 193y

16:00 Clonmel

Cahirmee

10st 11lb

J: Mr W T Cronin

T: Brian O’Keeffe

First reserve; continues to struggle off this basement mark and drops in trip here.

Form: 30F/7/

Last run: 1000 days

W: 10st 13lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner but has been absent since June 2019 and is difficult to fancy.

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18

13th Mar 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 0y

15:40 Limerick

Oisin James

10st 13lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Miss Denise Marie O’Shea

Three-time winner but has been absent since June 2019 and is difficult to fancy.

33/1

17

23rd Feb 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 100y

16:25 Punchestown

Oisin James

10st 13lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: Miss Denise Marie O’Shea

First reserve; has been absent since June 2019 and is difficult to fancy.

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Payout
Exacta €623.00
Straight Forecast €592.30
Tricast €1690.10
Trifecta €1945.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Holiday In Kerry

The Irish Sun:

Roped In

POSTDATA:

Iridescent

RP Ratings (IRE):

Ask And Answer