March 18 / 14.10 Cheltenham

14.10 Cheltenham

Soft

McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56270
  • 2m 0f 179y
  • Class 1
  • 26 runners
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McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

Runners: 26 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

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7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 2-F1 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Runner-up on sole French start (1m7f, very soft) and was bang there when falling two out on stable debut at Leopardstown (2m, soft) in December; made amends with easy win at 1-7 in Limerick maiden (2m, soft) last month; today's race is an entirely different proposition but he's a very lightly raced 5yo who could be anything and Willie Mullins has a fine record in this race.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

5

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

State Man

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

7/4

1st

15

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

State Man

11st 1lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Runner-up on sole French start (1m7f, very soft) and was bang there when falling two out on stable debut at Leopardstown (2m, soft) in December; made amends with easy win at 1-7 in Limerick maiden (2m, soft) last month; today's race is an entirely different proposition but he's a very lightly raced 5yo who could be anything and Willie Mullins has a fine record in this race.

7/2

1st

10

1st Feb 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Limerick

State Man

11st 12lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: W P Mullins

Second to Busselton over hurdles in France; started 8-13 for a Leopardstown maiden hurdle over Christmas on debut for these top connections and appeared to be travelling well when falling two out; should be a steering job in this.

2/5

16/1

  • Place: £4.30

Form: 211513 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Made it 3-4 over hurdles with comfortable win on handicap debut at Kempton in January; good third in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury subsequently; needs something extra today but he's an unexposed 5yo who is in top hands, so could have more to offer; has won on good and soft ground.
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5th

5

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

First Street

11st 4lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Has shown useful handicap form (on soft/good to soft) since having wind surgery, scoring comfortably at Kempton then running well in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and County Hurdle at Cheltenham; bang there on ratings and helps to give Nicky Henderson, who also runs Jonbon, a very strong hand; solid claims.

9/2

2nd

8

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

First Street

11st 2lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Made it 3-4 over hurdles with comfortable win on handicap debut at Kempton in January; good third in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury subsequently; needs something extra today but he's an unexposed 5yo who is in top hands, so could have more to offer; has won on good and soft ground.

16/1

3rd

4

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

First Street

11st 6lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Useful novice who had wind surgery following his blip in the Persian War; bounced right back with an emphatic success in Kempton handicap (soft; raced on good otherwise) four weeks ago, taking hurdles record to 3-4; faces a harder task off 9lb higher in this field and Nico de Boinville prefers stablemate Broomfield Burg; however, looks open to further improvement.

14/1

13/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 3-2123 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Has run five times in the last 12 months, when placed in four Graded novice hurdles as well as winning a maiden hurdle at Galway in October; finished behind Jonbon and Sir Gerhard the last twice and might not be far away now he's in his first handicap.
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7th

2

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Aintree

Colonel Mustard

11st 4lb

J: Conor Orr

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

3rd

16

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Colonel Mustard

11st 0lb

J: Conor Orr

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

Has run five times in the last 12 months, when placed in four Graded novice hurdles as well as winning a maiden hurdle at Galway in October; finished behind Jonbon and Sir Gerhard the last twice and might not be far away now he's in his first handicap.

13/2

3rd

1

6th Feb 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:35 Leopardstown

Colonel Mustard

11st 12lb

J: Conor Orr

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

Second-season novice; ended last season with 40-1 second in 2m Grade 1 novice hurdle at Punchestown in April; took advantage of a good opportunity down in class in a maiden at Galway in October; solid effort when second to the high-class Jonbon in five-runner Grade 2 event at Ascot in December.

12/1

8/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 112/15 C

Last run: 90 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Returned from a long absence to win the Greatwood here (2m, good) in November and suffered an overreach when only fifth at Ascot the following month; this lightly raced 8yo could still be ahead of the handicapper and his trainer has won three of the last six runnings; has won on soft; major player.
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2

7th May 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:00 Haydock

West Cork

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

2nd

2

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

West Cork

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Lightly raced 8yo who landed this season's Greatwood at Cheltenham (handicap debut; good ground) on return from lengthy absence, then suffered an overreach at Ascot; creditable fourth in the County Hurdle back at Cheltenham last month; looks the type to rate higher still; respected.

3/1

4th

13

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

West Cork

11st 1lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Returned from a long absence to win the Greatwood here (2m, good) in November and suffered an overreach when only fifth at Ascot the following month; this lightly raced 8yo could still be ahead of the handicapper and his trainer has won three of the last six runnings; has won on soft; major player.

8/1

Form: 4-F250 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Won a Grade 1 novice hurdle last season and 24l second in the Supreme Novices' here last March, when making mistakes; of interest on those peak efforts but he's failed to live up to that promise since and was tailed off in the Liffey Handicap at Leopardstown last month.
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Verdict Starting price

14th

1

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Ballyadam

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

towards rear of midfield, some headway 3 out, pushed along and no impression from 2 out

12/1

5th

4

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Ballyadam

11st 4lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won a Grade 1 novice hurdle last season and 24l second in the Supreme Novices' here last March, when making mistakes; of interest on those peak efforts but he's failed to live up to that promise since and was tailed off in the Liffey Handicap at Leopardstown last month.

33/1

20th

2

6th Feb 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:10 Leopardstown

Ballyadam

11st 12lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Henry De Bromhead

Good novice hurdler last season; did not work out in two starts over fences and underwhelming in the Grade 2 International at Cheltenham; potentially quite well-handicapped but some more signs of life are needed to give him a chance.

20/1

Form: P27291 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Had been looking exposed but this 6yo found a jolt of improvement when bounding clear in the Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) on Saturday; a 5lb penalty may well not prevent a follow-up, even in this tougher race, if he reproduces that form; yard won this last year.
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6th

8

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Suprise Package

11st 4lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Peter Fahey

Just 2-14 over hurdles; showed improvement in major handicaps last month, winning the Imperial Cup at Sandown (soft) in emphatic style then respectable sixth, albeit about 6l behind First Street, in the County at Cheltenham; however, looks set for minor honours at best in this field.

10/1

6th

17

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Suprise Package

11st 0lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Peter Fahey

Had been looking exposed but this 6yo found a jolt of improvement when bounding clear in the Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) on Saturday; a 5lb penalty may well not prevent a follow-up, even in this tougher race, if he reproduces that form; yard won this last year.

10/1

1st

4

12th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Suprise Package

11st 1lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Fahey

Irish challenger whose only win came in a valuable series final (non-handicap) over 2m4f last April; beaten in three handicaps but wasn't far away in the first two and it was a very deep race at the Dublin Racing Festival in which he ran ninth last time; this stiff track will suit him, as would any further rain; shortlisted.

14/1

Form: -24011 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Won over C&D (good) in January and followed up in the Morebattle at Kelso (2m, soft) 13 days ago; faces a tougher assignment today under a 5lb penalty and further improvement is needed, but this thriving hold-up performer may have more left in the locker and he's an each-way candidate.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

1

(10)

31st Jul 2022

Good To Soft

1m 2f 70y

Class 4

17:00 Chester

Cormier

10st 2lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Brian Ellison

towards rear of midfield, headway from over 3f out, pushed along from 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on strongly inside final furlong, eased towards finish, comfortably

7/1

4

7th May 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:00 Haydock

Cormier

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Brian Ellison

7th

19

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Cormier

10st 13lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Brian Ellison

Won over C&D (good) in January and followed up in the Morebattle at Kelso (2m, soft) 13 days ago; faces a tougher assignment today under a 5lb penalty and further improvement is needed, but this thriving hold-up performer may have more left in the locker and he's an each-way candidate.

25/1

Form: 11124 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict
Tailed off in Grade 1 at Leopardstown last month when perhaps the yielding to soft going didn't suit, so Wednesday's rain is a concern; however, he has potential off this mark based on his earlier good-ground 2m novice form, namely a Grade 3 win at Navan and a Grade 1 near-miss at Fairyhouse; there's drying weather forecast and he could have a part to play.
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12th

8

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

My Mate Mozzie

11st 9lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

towards rear of midfield, pushed along towards rear before 2 out, minor headway run-in, never near to challenge

7/1

2nd

3

(9)

31st May 2022

Good To Firm

1m 4f 110y

20:20 Tipperary

My Mate Mozzie

10st 7lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Gavin Cromwell

prominent, led after 1f, hard pressed 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened from over 1f out

Evs

20/1

Form: 112435 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Tailed off in Grade 1 novice last month but he was previously an encouraging third in Grade 1 novice at Leopardstown (2m, yielding to soft) in December, when he kept on nicely after being outpaced; the manner of that penultimate run hints that he could prove well suited by a big-field handicap scenario and he's not discounted for his top Irish yard.
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Verdict Starting price

10th

10

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Farout

11st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, ridden after 2 out, no impression approaching last

10/1

7th

20

(3)

25th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

18:40 Galway

Farout

10st 13lb

J: Miss J Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, prominent, joined leaders from 6f out, led going okay over 4f out, pushed along 2f out, ridden when headed home turn, weakened gradually from over 1f out

17/2

5th

7

(9)

13th May 2022

Good

1m 4f 0y

20:30 Leopardstown

Farout

9st 12lb

J: Miss J Townend

T: W P Mullins

Form: -43557 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Grade 1 novice hurdle winner in 2019 and he landed a Grade 2 novice chase in November 2020; showed some spark as recently as autumn last year but three lesser runs followed and he arrives with something to prove.
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2

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Felix Desjy

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear, brought down 4 out

14/1

4th

5

30th Jun 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

18:10 Tipperary

Felix Desjy

11st 1lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, pushed along after 3 out, soon some headway, ridden but no extra after 2 out, stayed on

12/1

1st

2

26th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 100y

16:50 Punchestown

Felix Desjy

11st 4lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Form: 412233 C

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Won a good-ground 2m4f novice here last April and he was a creditable third to Cormier off this mark at Kelso (2m, soft) 13 days ago; however, it seems likely he'll come up short in this hotter race.
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5th

1

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Faivoir

11st 12lb

J: Mr Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

11th

7

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Faivoir

11st 3lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Won a good-ground 2m4f novice here last April and he was a creditable third to Cormier off this mark at Kelso (2m, soft) 13 days ago; however, it seems likely he'll come up short in this hotter race.

40/1

3rd

4

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:15 Kelso

Faivoir

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Runs off the same mark as when third in this race last year (good to soft) and, having shown solid form over fences this season, he ran respectably when facing a very tough task back over hurdles in a Grade 2 at Wincanton (1m7f, soft) a fortnight ago; each-way contender now back in a handicap.

8/1

Form: -21421 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Good-ground bumper winner who got off the mark over hurdles at the fourth attempt in a Fairyhouse novice (2m, soft) last month; lightly raced and open to further improvement for his leading Irish trainer, but he certainly needs to step forward today and also jump better than last time.
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5

29th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:00 Galway

Tempo Chapter Two

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

pushed along briefly, soon prominent on outer, lost position after 4th, dropped to midfield when pushed along 5th, soon dropped to rear, not fluent 4 out, became detached when ridden and weakened after 3 out, pulled up before last

7/1

12th

11

26th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 100y

16:50 Punchestown

Tempo Chapter Two

10st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

10th

5

16th Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 110y

16:15 Fairyhouse

Tempo Chapter Two

11st 6lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

10/1

Form: 50-4P1 D

Last run: 110 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Pulled up in October (2m, soft) but was a different proposition back on better ground in a first-time tongue-tie (retained) at Fairyhouse (2m, good) in November last time out, finishing first of 18; lightly raced and his claims will be boosted if the ground dries out.
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7th

4

26th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 100y

16:50 Punchestown

Gua Du Large

10st 13lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

13th

20

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Gua Du Large

10st 11lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Pulled up in October (2m, soft) but was a different proposition back on better ground in a first-time tongue-tie (retained) at Fairyhouse (2m, good) in November last time out, finishing first of 18; lightly raced and his claims will be boosted if the ground dries out.

25/1

18

6th Feb 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:10 Leopardstown

Gua Du Large

10st 12lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Henry De Bromhead

Pulled-up behind Eskylane at Down Royal but performed much better on better ground and with the hood and tongue-tie combination when beating several of these at Fairyhouse in November; unexposed enough to have more improvement off a 6lb higher mark, but unlikely to be suited by the forecast rain.

12/1

Form: -20001 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
Returned to form when winning the 27-runner Liffey Handicap at Leopardstown (2m, yielding to soft) last month; needs a career best to defy top weight today but he's a lightly raced 6yo whose strong finish last time suggests he could have more left in the tank.
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2nd

1

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 2f 54y

14:45 Galway

Call Me Lyreen

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear, jumped left 4th, headway 2 out, pushed along and still plenty to do after last, ran on well and made challenge run-in, kept on towards finish, always held

3/1

1st

1

15th Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

19:30 Wexford

Call Me Lyreen

11st 8lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: Gordon Elliott

chased clear leader early, not fluent 1st, prominent before 3rd, led before 5th, faced challenge but going okay before 2 out, nudged along after 2 out, pushed out run-in, comfortably

1/5

1st

2

5th Jun 2022

Good

2m 3f 200y

16:25 Kilbeggan

Call Me Lyreen

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, went third 6th, pressed leader before 3 out, led going easily before 2 out, clear approaching last, eased

7/2

Form: 112217 D BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Only seventh in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, good to soft) last month but that wasn't a bad run and this headstrong sort may be seen to better effect today if getting a red-hot gallop, which will help him settle; ran well here in December and this lightly raced 6yo is not ruled out.
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3rd

2

3rd Jul 2022

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 2

16:45 Market Rasen

Broomfield Burg

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Nicky Henderson

held up in last, went third and pushed along before 2 out, 3 lengths down when not fluent last, ridden and held run-in

5/4

6th

17

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Broomfield Burg

10st 10lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Nicky Henderson

Form: 1255-0 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 7yo who showed promise in Grade 1 novices last season and may have needed last month's belated reappearance run in a Fairyhouse handicap; with a leading trainer and it's too soon to write him off, but his claims are hardly compelling on the back of that latest performance.
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20th

7

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 30y

17:30 Punchestown

Irascible

11st 6lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Good novice hurdler last season and put behind him two moderate runs this campaign to win Cork conditions event 13 days ago, made plenty of use of in today's headgear combination and just holding on in heavy ground; unproven over this far and encounters much better ground here.

14/1

1st

5

17th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Cork

Irascible

11st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

14/1

16th

14

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Irascible

11st 1lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Henry De Bromhead

Lightly raced 7yo who showed promise in Grade 1 novices last season and may have needed last month's belated reappearance run in a Fairyhouse handicap; with a leading trainer and it's too soon to write him off, but his claims are hardly compelling on the back of that latest performance.

33/1

Form: 4-3149 D BF

Last run: 124 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Merely midfield in the Greatwood here (favourite) in November and off since; he's better than that, however, and the way he kept on for fourth in the Galway Hurdle (2m, good) in July, having been wide into the straight, suggests this test could be ideal if he's back on song; has won on yielding.
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2nd

12

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Jesse Evans

11st 6lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Noel Meade

in touch with leaders, headway and prominent after 4 out, ridden and went second after 2 out, led last, headed run-in, kept on but held towards finish

14/1

2nd

3

(7)

12th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 185y

19:00 Killarney

Jesse Evans

9st 11lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Noel Meade

towards rear, switched right and headway on outer over 2f out, ridden and chased leaders inside final furlong, ran on well and went second towards finish

9/1

17th

8

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 30y

17:30 Punchestown

Jesse Evans

11st 6lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

Won a nice pot at Killarney this time last year and fine fourth in Galway Hurdle; won on the Flat last autumn but has struggled in handicap hurdles, bit more encouraging last time at Fairyhouse; marked step up in trip here with hood tried.

14/1

Form: -11152 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Completed a hat-trick when landing three-runner Grade 2 novice here (2m, good) in November; back on track with short-head second on handicap debut in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, good to soft) last month; 4lb higher in an even tougher race today but he's only five and is progressive.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

18th

10

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

I Like To Move It

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Completed a hat-trick when landing three-runner Grade 2 novice here (2m, good) in November; back on track with short-head second on handicap debut in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, good to soft) last month; 4lb higher in an even tougher race today but he's only five and is progressive.

11/1

2nd

5

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

I Like To Move It

11st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Comfortably held under a penalty in Grade 2 novice at Ascot two months ago, losing his unbeaten hurdles record (3-3 previously, notably Cheltenham win in same grade); however, could easily resume his progress and prove better than this mark, especially when considering his trainer won this race with novice hurdlers in 2014, 2017 and 2019; good credentials.

11/1

5th

1

17th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

14:20 Ascot

I Like To Move It

11st 5lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Gained one of his bumper wins on soft ground; justified favouritism in three-runner Grade 2 novice event at Cheltenham (2m, good) last month, taking hurdles record to 3-3; now carries 5lb penalty in a better race for the grade but he's progressive and should acquit himself well.

9/1

Form: -13111 C

Last run: 103 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Won a maiden hurdle here (2m, good) in October and added novice wins at Punchestown (2m, yielding) the next twice; thrown in at the deep end on today's handicap debut but his top Irish trainer has targeted him at this race and he's an unexposed 6yo who has the potential to be better than his mark.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

16

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Top Bandit

11st 3lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, fell 4 out

20/1

19th

18

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Top Bandit

10st 13lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a maiden hurdle here (2m, good) in October and added novice wins at Punchestown (2m, yielding) the next twice; thrown in at the deep end on today's handicap debut but his top Irish trainer has targeted him at this race and he's an unexposed 6yo who has the potential to be better than his mark.

10/1

1st

2

5th Dec 2021

Yielding

1m 7f 190y

11:55 Punchestown

Top Bandit

11st 5lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Contested good bumpers before getting his head in front at Downpatrick in September; followed up his maiden hurdle win at Cheltenham with a C&D victory last month; has an experience advantage over the identically-rated Crowns Major.

11/4

Form: 9-2203 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in big fields at Galway (2m, good) and Listowel (2m, good to yielding) in the first part of the season but well beaten in the Greatwood here in November and there was no return to peak form at Leopardstown 12 days ago; others are preferred.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

20th

23

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Bua Boy

10st 9lb

J: D G Hogan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Runner-up in big fields at Galway (2m, good) and Listowel (2m, good to yielding) in the first part of the season but well beaten in the Greatwood here in November and there was no return to peak form at Leopardstown 12 days ago; others are preferred.

50/1

3rd

3

6th Mar 2022

Yielding

2m 2f 61y

14:30 Leopardstown

Bua Boy

11st 2lb

J: D G Hogan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Second in competitive 2m handicaps at the Galway and Listowel festivals in the first half of the season before finishing down the field in the Greatwood at Cheltenham; meets Whiskey Sour on 15lb worse than handicap terms.

7/1

13th

10

14th Nov 2021

Good

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

14:55 Cheltenham

Bua Boy

11st 1lb

J: D G Hogan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Irish 6yo who is threatening to get back on the scoresheet, having finished second in competitive 2m handicaps at Galway and Listowel this term; could go well again and has each-way possibilities.

14/1

Form: 912173 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Well beaten in last year's Coral Cup and below best the last twice (on yielding to soft then soft to heavy); however, she showed improved form in the autumn when winning a handicap and Listed mares' race (both 2m, good to yielding) and she's no forlorn hope if the ground dries out.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

2

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 30y

15:50 Punchestown

Dysart Diamond

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Won mares' Listed race here in December but no match for Burning Victory back here in February and let down by her jumping at Cheltenham since; plenty to find.

25/1

21th

6

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Dysart Diamond

11st 3lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

Well beaten in last year's Coral Cup and below best the last twice (on yielding to soft then soft to heavy); however, she showed improved form in the autumn when winning a handicap and Listed mares' race (both 2m, good to yielding) and she's no forlorn hope if the ground dries out.

40/1

3rd

2

23rd Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

13:00 Punchestown

Dysart Diamond

11st 2lb

J: B J Cooper

T: W P Mullins

Four-time hurdles winner; progressive in handicaps last year, earning the right to compete in good conditions races after landing a Listowel festival handicap off 129; claimed a noteworthy scalp when beating Royal Kahala over 2m2f here in November; a long way below her best in race won by Royal Kahala at Leopardstown last time.

7/2

Form: -020P0 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Well below his best on his last three starts and turns up with something to prove, but he's run really well on all three visits to the Cheltenham Festival and is now 3lb lower than when fourth in this race last year (good to soft); can't be ruled out.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

1st Aug 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

15:00 Cork

Eclair De Beaufeu

11st 12lb

J: Ms K L Derwin

T: E J O’Grady

towards rear, headway before 3 out, pushed along after 3 out, no impression approaching last, went third run-in, not pace to challenge

16/1

4th

3

14th Jul 2022

Good

2m 1f 0y

19:30 Killarney

Eclair De Beaufeu

11st 9lb

J: Ms K L Derwin

T: E J O’Grady

in touch with leaders, prominent halfway, pushed along when left in second 2 out, ridden and outpaced approaching last, kept on

20/1

25/1

Form: -25140 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Respectable fifth in the Greatwood here (2m, good) in November and won a quality handicap at Ascot (1m7f, good to soft) in December; down the field in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, good to soft) in February last time out, however, and others have more pressing claims.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

(3)

30th Apr 2022

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:15 Newmarket

Tritonic

9st 10lb

J: James Doyle

T: Alan King

It was heavy ground at Royal Ascot when he had his only Flat turf start last year, best not judged on that; he's of interest on peak 2020 efforts and was in good form as a useful hurdler late last year; however, that was before two backward steps in top handicaps this February and March.

7/1

23th

3

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Tritonic

11st 5lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Alan King

Respectable fifth in the Greatwood here (2m, good) in November and won a quality handicap at Ascot (1m7f, good to soft) in December; down the field in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, good to soft) in February last time out, however, and others have more pressing claims.

25/1

11th

2

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Tritonic

11st 11lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Alan King

Useful on Flat and over hurdles; impressive in last season's Adonis; below par in the Christmas Hurdle back at Kempton last time but that possibly came too soon after his Grade 3 handicap success at Ascot eight days earlier; high in the weights but may still have more to offer.

14/1

Form: 120-20 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Grade 1 novice hurdle runner-up last season and respectable second in Grade 2 at Down Royal in October, albeit no match for Tuesday's Champion Hurdle third Zanahiyr; however, he was well beaten in mid-division in the Liffey Handicap at Leopardstown last month and it might be best to look elsewhere.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

12th

9

(21)

29th Jul 2022

Good To Yielding

1m 4f 0y

18:35 Galway

Cask Mate

9st 7lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Noel Meade

towards rear of midfield, ridden and no impression from under 2f out

12/1

5th

11

(13)

25th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

18:40 Galway

Cask Mate

11st 3lb

J: Mr Pat Taaffe

T: Noel Meade

dwelt start, soon midfield on inner, headway 4f out, switched left under 3f out, soon went second and pressed leader going okay, led when pushed along home turn, ridden when headed 1f out, soon weakened, lost fourth final strides

16/1

7th

1

(10)

16th Jul 2022

Good

1m 4f 0y

16:20 Curragh

Cask Mate

11st 2lb

J: Ms E K Murray

T: Noel Meade

midfield, headway from over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, never near to challenge

10/1

Form: 26-22 BF

Last run: 232 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Not obviously well treated judged on his four hurdle runs last February-July, when difficult to settle, and he's returning from an absence; however, he's been gelded since his last run which could make him more amenable, and he retains potential in this code having been fifth in a German Group 1 on the Flat in November 2020; intriguing contender for top Irish trainer whose recent wins in this include Arctic Fire in 2017 after an even longer layoff.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

3

26th Jul 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 110y

17:10 Galway

Tax For Max

11st 6lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, not fluent 4 out, close up when bit short of room before 2 out, went third when pushed along after 2 out, ridden after last, kept on but no extra towards finish

2/1

1st

11

28th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 50y

15:43 Punchestown

Tax For Max

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Third-season maiden; latest RPR 138 at Festival here renders him a certainty; often keen.

8/13

3rd

7

26th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 100y

16:50 Punchestown

Tax For Max

10st 11lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Form: 1-3253 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Won four novice hurdles in a row from the front last spring (1m7f-2m2f, good/good to soft) and today's return to hurdles could suit, with things having not gone to plan over fences the last twice; only five and he's not written off in first-time cheekpieces.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

1

30th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:53 Uttoxeter

Stepney Causeway

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

2

5th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

14:15 Southwell

Stepney Causeway

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Rattled off four quick hurdles wins last spring; 0-3 over fences but he did well to split the top-class Edwardstone and the useful For Pleasure in a novice at Warwick (2m, good to soft) in November; best forgiven a poor effort in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham last month; still low mileage, goes well on good ground and may get back on track in this small field.

7/4

25

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Stepney Causeway

10st 8lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Won four novice hurdles in a row from the front last spring (1m7f-2m2f, good/good to soft) and today's return to hurdles could suit, with things having not gone to plan over fences the last twice; only five and he's not written off in first-time cheekpieces.

50/1

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