March 13 / 15.40 Limerick

15.40 Limerick

Soft To Heavy

Croom Handicap Hurdle (Div II)

  • Prize money: £5205.88
  • 2m 6f 0y
  • 18 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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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

16:45 Limerick

Holiday In Kerry

11st 12lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

1st

13

13th Mar 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 0y

15:40 Limerick

Holiday In Kerry

11st 3lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

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.

10/1

5th

10

3rd Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:51 Clonmel

Holiday In Kerry

11st 4lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: E McNamara

Tailed off in four starts over hurdles including handicap debut in January; needs to improve for this trip (dam won at 3m).

20/1

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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Verdict Starting price

13th

2

24th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

15:25 Punchestown

Ask And Answer

11st 13lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Sean Aherne

Navan winner in February; second at Limerick in March; looked totally out of sorts last twice; likes it very testing.

25/1

2

22nd Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

18:00 Kilbeggan

Ask And Answer

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Sean Aherne

3

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

16:13 Limerick

Ask And Answer

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Sean Aherne

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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Verdict Starting price

7th

5

8th Jun 2022

Good

3m 0f 110y

15:45 Wexford

Iridescent

11st 10lb

J: M P Fogarty

T: Jonathan Fogarty

raced wide, held up in rear, pushed along 13th, ridden after 3 out, stayed on from 2 out, never dangerous

10/1

1st

5

7th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 50y

16:55 Cork

Iridescent

11st 9lb

J: M P Fogarty

T: Jonathan Fogarty

Remains a maiden but slowly improving of late, most recently making much of running when second at Clonmel (2m4f, yielding); not certain to stay this longer trip mind.

10/1

2nd

4

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 137y

18:50 Clonmel

Iridescent

11st 8lb

J: M P Fogarty

T: Jonathan Fogarty

Maiden after 12 starts but best two runs have come recently, finishing runner-up at Thurles (yld) but was a bit below that when beaten 17l at Limerick on testing surface; better ground today will suit and a chance.

6/1

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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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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5th

14

13th Mar 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 0y

15:40 Limerick

Royal Rhythm

11st 3lb

J: James O’Sullivan

T: P J Rothwell

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.

7/1

4th

17

26th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 70y

15:43 Fairyhouse

Royal Rhythm

10st 3lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P J Rothwell

12-race maiden and struggling for form so far this term; career-low mark at least.

33/1

10th

14

1st Feb 2022

Soft

2m 5f 0y

13:40 Limerick

Royal Rhythm

10st 12lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: P J Rothwell

Beaten just a shade over 20l when fourth over 3m at this venue last time; needs to recapture last season's best form.

16/1

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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Verdict Starting price

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

1

1st Jan 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 0y

15:30 Tramore

Ballea Fox

12st 0lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Seamus Spillane

Dual hurdle winner is a latecomer to chasing but scored on handicap debut at Fairyhouse a year ago; poor twice since when didn't jump well; a squeak if putting in a clear round.

16/1

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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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

20

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

16:45 Limerick

Rosfoyle

10st 13lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Brian O’Keeffe

7th

16

13th Mar 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 0y

15:40 Limerick

Rosfoyle

11st 1lb

J: G B Noonan

T: Brian O’Keeffe

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

25/1

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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12

13th Mar 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 0y

15:40 Limerick

Captain Jimmy

11st 3lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Patrick G Kelly

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.

15/2

5th

7

11th Nov 2021

Soft

2m 4f 149y

14:55 Clonmel

Captain Jimmy

11st 5lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Patrick G Kelly

Won his only point-to-point start; 0-12 over hurdles; opened chase account at the sixth attempt, stepping up considerably from a Killarney fifth to win a Galway contest by a big margin; 10lb higher now, but perhaps the shorter trip is a bigger concern.

4/1

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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13th

23

18th Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 80y

13:50 Cork

Cahirmee

11st 12lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Brian O’Keeffe

20

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

16:13 Limerick

Cahirmee

10st 13lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: Brian O’Keeffe

17

13th Mar 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 0y

15:40 Limerick

Cahirmee

11st 0lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Brian O’Keeffe

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

50/1

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: 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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8

8th Jun 2022

Good

3m 0f 110y

15:45 Wexford

Journey West

11st 2lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

raced wide, prominent, not fluent 2nd, led 4th, prominent when headed 6th, not fluent 10th, led 11th, headed 12th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up 2 out

25/1

5

25th May 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

19:45 Wexford

Journey West

11st 8lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

Put most of his previous form well behind him in first-time blinkers when bolting up in a 2m5f handicap hurdle at Downpatrick on Friday; gets the mandatory 7lb penalty here but only went up 8lb for that win which would seem generous; clearly the one to beat here.

9/4

1st

9

20th May 2022

Soft

2m 5f 100y

18:10 Downpatrick

Journey West

11st 4lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

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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6th

14

3rd Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 80y

18:35 Down Royal

Battle Of Benburb

11st 1lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: John C McConnell

towards rear, minor headway when mistake and pushed along 3 out, keeping on when switched left and ridden before 2 out, jumped slightly right 2 out, never on terms

12/1

9th

9

6th May 2022

Good

2m 5f 180y

17:50 Downpatrick

Battle Of Benburb

11st 3lb

J: Barry Browne

T: John C McConnell

Hasn't managed to build on a maiden hurdle win at Tramore a year ago for Gavin Cromwell, tried over various trips, invariably under hold-up tactics; now 20lb off his initial handicap mark so not one to readily rule out.

10/1

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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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

1st

13

26th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 0y

18:35 Limerick

Lightning Star

11st 3lb

J: G B Noonan

T: Augustine Leahy

10/1

7th

8

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 137y

18:50 Clonmel

Lightning Star

11st 4lb

J: G B Noonan

T: Augustine Leahy

Not a bad run at Limerick in February over 2m but was pulled-up there over 2m6f last time and has to bounce back.

20/1

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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10

25th May 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

19:45 Wexford

Extreme Cacao

11st 6lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Robert Tyner

Much improved form, looking booked for a good second when falling at the last in a Limerick handicap hurdle in March; step up to 3m should suit and a very likely player here.

9/2

8

13th Mar 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 0y

15:40 Limerick

Extreme Cacao

11st 5lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Robert Tyner

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

20/1

16th

18

27th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:00 Gowran Park

Extreme Cacao

11st 0lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: Robert Tyner

Handicap debut run at Limerick over Christmas was poor; cheekpieces will need to bring about major improvement to have a say here but from a respected source and worth a market check.

20/1

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: 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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2nd

5

15th Jun 2022

Good

3m 1f 70y

20:00 Wexford

Roped In

11st 5lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: Daniel G Murphy

soon midfield, headway and in touch with leaders before 4 out, pressed leaders when raced wide before 2 out, ridden and no impression when outpaced after 2 out, left in second last, kept on, no match for winner

4/1

2nd

12

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 50y

16:50 Wexford

Roped In

11st 2lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: Daniel G Murphy

Now 0-10 hurdling, best effort when runner-up in 3m Cork maiden last month; not at that level in handicap latest; straight into handicap company for chase debut and has it to do.

16/1

6th

17

5th May 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

17:45 Tipperary

Roped In

11st 3lb

J: Mr J G Murphy

T: Daniel G Murphy

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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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: 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