March 20 / 15.45 Downpatrick

15.45 Downpatrick

Good

Randox Ulster National Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £24789.92
  • 3m 4f 120y
  • 18 runners
  • Win time: 7m 47s
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Randox Ulster National Handicap Chase

Runners: 18 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.30
  • Place: £2.50

Form: PP-1P5

Last run: 70 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Maiden hurdle winner in 2107; ended a losing run when landing a 3m1f Kilbeggan beginners' chase last August (beating subsequent Cheltenham handicap winner Definite Plan at levels); flopped when well fancied for 3m4f Cork National; ran in a novice race last time; good chance for in-form stable.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

10

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Spades Are Trumps

10st 12lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Maiden hurdle winner in 2107; ended a losing run when landing a 3m1f Kilbeggan beginners' chase last August (beating subsequent Cheltenham handicap winner Definite Plan at levels); flopped when well fancied for 3m4f Cork National; ran in a novice race last time; good chance for in-form stable.

11/2

5th

2

9th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 5f 110y

15:20 Fairyhouse

Spades Are Trumps

12st 12lb

Maiden hurdle winner in 2107; ended a losing run when landing a 3m1f Kilbeggan beginners' chase last August (beating subsequent Cheltenham handicap winner Definite Plan); failed to make any impact when apparently well fancied for 3m4f Cork National

5/1

10

31st Oct 2021

Heavy

3m 4f 0y

15:00 Cork

Spades Are Trumps

10st 11lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Ended a losing run when gaining his first chase win in 3m1f Kilbeggan beginners' event in August (beating recent Cheltenham handicap winner Definite Plan) comfortably; earlier handicap form was generally moderate but could have turned a corner and interesting off this mark.

7/1

12/1

  • Place: £7.40

Form: 768747

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Belatedly opened chase account in 2m7f Mayo National at Ballinrobe last May; appears held by Conquredalofeurope and Thunderosa on Navan running last time has not managed to replicate that form; 1-19 record over fences is a negative.
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12

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 150y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Agent Boru

10st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

2nd

12

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Agent Boru

10st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Belatedly opened chase account in 2m7f Mayo National at Ballinrobe last May; appears held by Conquredalofeurope and Thunderosa on Navan running last time has not managed to replicate that form; 1-19 record over fences is a negative.

12/1

7th

3

22nd Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:40 Navan

Agent Boru

11st 9lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Belatedly opened chase account in 2m7f Mayo National at Ballinrobe last May; has not managed to replicate that form, though put in one of his better efforts at Down Royal last time; 1-18 record over fences is a negative.

14/1

7/1

  • Place: £4.30

Form: F-P404 C

Last run: 119 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Three-time winner over hurdles; not quite as effective over fences but comes into the reckoning on the strength of long-priced fourth in the Troytown Chase; trainer has quite a strong hand with Spades Are Trumps also appealing; market may provide clues as to which is preferred.
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Verdict Starting price

1st

14

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 7f 0y

15:10 Punchestown

Peaches And Cream

10st 8lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Three-time winner over hurdles but just 1-10 chasing, that being a Wexford beginners' event; back from a break with creditable third to a stablemate in Ulster National last month which should have right for this; definite contender and likes this ground.

7/1

3rd

4

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Peaches And Cream

11st 2lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gavin Cromwell

Three-time winner over hurdles; not quite as effective over fences but comes into the reckoning on the strength of long-priced fourth in the Troytown Chase; trainer has quite a strong hand with Spades Are Trumps also appealing; market may provide clues as to which is preferred.

7/1

Form: 074PP- CD

Last run: 364 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Winner of this race in 2019, second in 2020; pulled-up last year; was out of sorts at the time and may do better now having been nursed back to form in points; good winner at Belharbour before second to prolific winner On The Sod at Farmaclaffley
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7th

1

2nd May 2022

Good

3m 2f 50y

16:20 Down Royal

Amaulino

11st 12lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: R K Watson

Winner of the Ulster National in 2019, second in 2020; pulled-up last year; nursed back to form in points; scored at Belharbour before second to prolific winner On The Sod at Farmaclaffley; got tired in closing stages when fourth in Ulster National.

10/1

4th

8

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Amaulino

10st 13lb

J: Derek Thomas McGrath

T: R K Watson

Winner of this race in 2019, second in 2020; pulled-up last year; was out of sorts at the time and may do better now having been nursed back to form in points; good winner at Belharbour before second to prolific winner On The Sod at Farmaclaffley

12/1

Form: -06442

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Navan bumper winner in 2019 and won a maiden hurdle there the following year; has had five races over fences; respectable form last time in a Gowran beginners' event; lacks handicap experience.
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Verdict Starting price

8th

10

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 150y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Joshua Webb

11st 1lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

5th

9

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Joshua Webb

10st 13lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

Navan bumper winner in 2019 and won a maiden hurdle there the following year; has had five races over fences; respectable form last time in a Gowran beginners' event; lacks handicap experience.

8/1

2nd

3

12th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:20 Gowran Park

Joshua Webb

11st 12lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Noel Meade

Navan bumper winner in 2019 won a maiden hurdle there the following year; not disgraced in his four chase starts this season and has been given a mark of 120; cheekpieces are applied today and he should be competitive.

7/1

Form: -3PP00

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Three-time winner last season but has struggled this season; others look much likelier.
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6th

6

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Notice To Close

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Seamus Neville

Three-time winner last season but has struggled this season; others look much likelier.

25/1

12th

12

6th Mar 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 97y

16:50 Leopardstown

Notice To Close

10st 11lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Seamus Neville

Three-time winner last season but has struggled this season and others look likelier.

50/1

10th

12

13th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 4f 40y

14:40 Punchestown

Notice To Close

10st 9lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Seamus Neville

Ran up a hat-trick of successes over hurdles and fences in late 2020; pulled up on his last two starts here and at Wexford last year and hard to fancy on that basis.

50/1

Form: 434-P6

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Not much mileage on the clock; does not look good enough on handicap debut; second reserve.
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17

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Cala Di Volpe

10st 3lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: R K Watson

Not much mileage on the clock; does not look good enough on handicap debut; second reserve.

6th

2

19th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:05 Gowran Park

Cala Di Volpe

11st 12lb

J: Derek Thomas McGrath

T: R K Watson

Some promise in his chase debut at Clonmel last season but more of a handicapper in the making.

66/1

15

17th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:15 Clonmel

Cala Di Volpe

11st 12lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: R K Watson

Some promise on his chase debut at this venue last season before finding a Grade 3 event at Limerick much too tough; had lost touch by halfway on reappearance at Down Royal; cheekpieces tried now; first reserve.

Form: 007242

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Almost made successful graduation from novice to handicap company when narrowly denied at Fairyhouse in January; did not reproduce that form at same venue on next start; better again when second at Navan, just in front of Thunderosa; strong chance if getting a run; first reserve.
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16

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Conquredalofeurope

10st 4lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: J Motherway

Almost made successful graduation from novice to handicap company when narrowly denied at Fairyhouse in January; did not reproduce that form at same venue on next start; better again when second at Navan, just in front of Thunderosa; strong chance if getting a run; first reserve.

2nd

10

22nd Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:40 Navan

Conquredalofeurope

11st 2lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: J Motherway

Almost made successful graduation from novice to handicap company when narrowly denied by today's rival School Lane at Fairyhouse last month; did not reproduce that form at same venue 11 days ago.

10/1

Form: 406573

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Point winner who underlined his preference for staying distances with three wins over 3m as a handicap hurdler in the first half of last year; disappointing in his first handicap chase at Down Royal; much better when third at Navan, when only just behind Conquredalofeurope.
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6th

6

2nd May 2022

Good

3m 2f 50y

16:20 Down Royal

Thunderosa

11st 5lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Point winner who underlined his preference for staying distances with three wins over 3m as a handicap hurdler in the first half of last year; yet to score over fences; good Navan run three starts ago, needs to find that level of form again.

9/1

5th

13

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 150y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Thunderosa

10st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

15

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Thunderosa

10st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Point winner who underlined his preference for staying distances with three wins over 3m as a handicap hurdler in the first half of last year; disappointing in his first handicap chase at Down Royal; much better when third at Navan, when only just behind Conquredalofeurope.

7/1

Form: 4-6842

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Decent novice hurdler in UK for former yard (50-1 runner-up in a Grade 2 early last year); modest efforts in three novice chases, including for this yard; holds an each-way chance of running to the same level as he did over hurdles on latest.
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14

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Portstorm

10st 7lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: C A McBratney

Decent novice hurdler in UK for former yard (50-1 runner-up in a Grade 2 early last year); modest efforts in three novice chases, including for this yard; holds an each-way chance of running to the same level as he did over hurdles on latest.

8/1

2nd

5

23rd Feb 2022

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 100y

14:40 Punchestown

Portstorm

11st 1lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: C A McBratney

Decent novice hurdler in UK for former yard (runner-up in a Grade 2 over this trip last year); modest efforts in three novice chases, including for this yard; questions now but can't be dismissed back over hurdles.

15/2

4th

7

31st Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 7f 40y

11:45 Punchestown

Portstorm

12st 0lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: C A McBratney

Decent stayer over hurdles and was runner-up in a Grade 2 novice event at Doncaster in January; made no impression in a novice handicap at Carlisle on chasing bow and final start for Ian Duncan and tailed off on first run for new yard at Fairyhouse.

33/1

Form: 17-P34

Last run: 79 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Showed liking for a test of stamina when a 3m Down Royal winner last season; returned in October with an encouraging third at the same venue; unlucky not to finish a bit closer at Punchestown in December, when badly hampered by a faller two out; definite chance for in-form trainer
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7th

4

10th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 126y

16:30 Tramore

Envol Pierji

11st 7lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Miss Elizabeth Doyle

13

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Envol Pierji

10st 7lb

J: Conor Orr

T: Miss Elizabeth Doyle

Showed liking for a test of stamina when a 3m Down Royal winner last season; returned in October with an encouraging third at the same venue; unlucky not to finish a bit closer at Punchestown in December, when badly hampered by a faller two out; definite chance for in-form trainer

13/2

5

22nd Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:40 Navan

Envol Pierji

11st 7lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Miss Elizabeth Doyle

Showed liking for a test of stamina when a 3m Down Royal winner last season; maybe lost confidence with an early mistake when a disappointing favourite for this race last year; would have finished closer without interference at second-last in Punchestown race in which Ragnar Lodbrok was second; decent chance given an error-free round with new headgear combination fitted.

10/1

Form: 22210P C

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in beginners' events on first three starts over fences including behind Spades Are Trumps at Kilbeggan; stayed well when going one better over 3m1f at Cheltenham in October in his first handicap; down the field in the Troytown and pulled-up in the Leopardstown Chase, big weight here.
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1

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Definite Plan

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Runner-up in beginners' events on first three starts over fences including behind Spades Are Trumps at Kilbeggan; stayed well when going one better over 3m1f at Cheltenham in October in his first handicap; down the field in the Troytown and pulled-up in the Leopardstown Chase, big weight here.

12/1

13

6th Feb 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 61y

14:25 Leopardstown

Definite Plan

10st 3lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Gordon Elliott

Runner-up in beginners' events on first three starts over fences; stayed well when going one better over 3m1f at Cheltenham in October in his first handicap; failed to run to market expectations (9-1 chance) when down the field in the Troytown.

16/1

Form: 692-83

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Four-time winner in points and twice second, from a total of six starts; fair hurdler at her best; started off promisingly over fences when 25l second behind the brilliant Energumene at Gowran in November 2020; did not jump well at Fairyhouse on first run after a long absence; should be well primed for this now after recent Clonmel third over 2m4f.
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6

25th May 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

19:15 Wexford

Fort Worth Texas

10st 12lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Colin Bowe

14/1

6th

4

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:40 Wexford

Fort Worth Texas

11st 10lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Colin Bowe

Some useful form from 2019 and 2020 but has been pulled up the last twice over fences and needs to bounce back to her best now hurdling; versatile in terms of ground and rider is excellent value for 5lb claim.

16/1

4

16th Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 1f 88y

15:40 Fairyhouse

Fort Worth Texas

11st 6lb

J: Miss S Doyle

T: Colin Bowe

Form: 56-745

Last run: 112 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
1-18 chase record a negative; needs to step up on previous form in long-distance handicaps, including fifth on latest in the Porterstown at Fairyhouse in December.
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4th

4

3rd Jul 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 20y

17:30 Tramore

Forza Milan

11st 0lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J A Nash

in rear throughout, detached from 5th, never dangerous

20/1

6

16th May 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

19:30 Killarney

Forza Milan

11st 5lb

J: Jack Foley

T: J A Nash

18/1

2

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Forza Milan

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: J A Nash

1-18 chase record a negative; needs to step up on previous form in long-distance handicaps, including fifth on latest in the Porterstown at Fairyhouse in December.

10/1

Form: 1-497P

Last run: 82 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Chase/hurdles winner in 2020 on good ground; last three runs have been over hurdles; others appear to have far stronger claims.
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11th

8

13th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

19:45 Kilbeggan

Whatsyourstatus

11st 0lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Gearoid O’Loughlin

8th

2

10th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 126y

16:30 Tramore

Whatsyourstatus

11st 12lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Gearoid O’Loughlin

Form: P/301-

Last run: 381 days

W: 11st 2lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Absent since Clonmel beginners' win just over a year ago; faces a tough task in the circumstances.
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5

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Southerner

11st 2lb

J: Mr W T Cronin

T: William Cronin

Absent since Clonmel beginners' win just over a year ago; faces a tough task in the circumstances.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: -36380

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Decent staying novice hurdler last season; not yet as effective over fences, failing to make an impact in his first two handicaps, big improvement needed from last Sunday's Naas run.
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11

16th May 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

19:30 Killarney

Torygraph

10st 8lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gordon Elliott

33/1

9

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 150y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Torygraph

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

5th

4

27th Mar 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 120y

15:26 Limerick

Torygraph

11st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

136-rated hurdler hasn't quite hit the heights expected of him over fences, rated 7lb lower in this sphere; blinkers replace cheekpieces; best form on more testing ground than he'll encounter here and others preferred.

15/2

Form: -0U255

Last run: 54 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Twice fifth in handicaps since second in a beginners' event at Clonmel in December; needs a little more; third reserve.
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19

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 110y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Song Of Earth

10st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Ms Margaret Mullins

1st

5

3rd Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 110y

14:55 Fairyhouse

Song Of Earth

11st 9lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Ms Margaret Mullins

18

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 120y

15:45 Downpatrick

Song Of Earth

10st 2lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Ms Margaret Mullins

Twice fifth in handicaps since second in a beginners' event at Clonmel in December; needs a little more; third reserve.

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Payout
Exacta €1315.00
Straight Forecast €1072.40
Tricast €11744.30
Trifecta €19085.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Song Of Earth

POSTDATA:

Joshua Webb

SPOTLIGHT:

Fort Worth Texas

The Irish Sun:

Thunderosa

RP Ratings (IRE):

Definite Plan