April 27 / 17.20 Punchestown

17.20 Punchestown

Good To Yielding

Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £61974.79
  • 2m 7f 180y
  • 11 runners
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Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

(Won)

  • Win: £2.70
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 1111 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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1st

11

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 180y

17:20 Punchestown

The Nice Guy

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

1st

17

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

The Nice Guy

11st 8lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

More workmanlike than stylish in winning his two bumpers but his successful start over hurdles at Naas (2m3f, good to yielding) can't be crabbed and there's substance to that form; he won by 8l and it could have been more; it's not ideal heading into a Grade 1 on the back of a solitary start over hurdles, but he's a dark one.

10/1

1st

17

30th Jan 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 0y

15:10 Naas

The Nice Guy

12st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Two out of two in bumpers and quote workmanlike both times; looks like one that will appreciate going out in trip and significant that Townend chooses him over the flashier Ramillies; looks the one to beat.

7/4

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 12112

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
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2nd

8

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 180y

17:20 Punchestown

Minella Cocooner

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

2nd

13

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Minella Cocooner

11st 8lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Has progressed impressively with his racing and seemed to relish front-running duties when making every yard in a 2m6f Grade 1 at the big February meeting at Leopardstown (yielding), where the first-time hood did him no harm; one line of form through the third horse home puts him on a par with Ginto, so he has every right to be seriously involved.

9/1

1st

6

5th Feb 2022

Yielding

2m 6f 45y

13:05 Leopardstown

Minella Cocooner

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Progressing with each run, winning a bumper on Rules debut before looking like he needed a step up in trip when runner-up in a maiden hurdle at Cork (2m, soft); won with his head in his chest over 2m4f in a maiden hurdle at Navan subsequently (runner-up has won since) and warrants plenty of respect stepping up in class; hood on for the first time stepping up in trip.

7/1

  • Place: £6.80

Form: 58-312

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
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3rd

7

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 180y

17:20 Punchestown

Meet And Greet

11st 10lb

J: Barry Browne

T: Oliver McKiernan

2nd

4

27th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 101y

15:00 Naas

Meet And Greet

11st 4lb

J: Barry Browne

T: Oliver McKiernan

Another progressing well, taking divided maiden here in good style earlier this month; found plenty for pressure then and interesting.

8/1

1st

14

12th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 131y

14:15 Naas

Meet And Greet

11st 12lb

J: Barry Browne

T: Oliver McKiernan

Bumper winner at Leopardstown last season, having previously gone close at Punchestown; promising display when third in a 22-runner maiden at this venue in November; place possibility if building on that.

8/1

4th
2 ()
Bronn

Form: 1-1521

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Was well held behind Minella Cocooner and Minella Crooner at the Dublin Racing Festival; in behind Daily Present at Navan but career best when staying on well to win Grade 2 novice at Fairyhouse earlier this month in what looked a decent renewal, suggesting a step back up in trip should suit; has a bit to find up in grade here.
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4th

2

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 180y

17:20 Punchestown

Bronn

11st 10lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Was well held behind Minella Cocooner and Minella Crooner at the Dublin Racing Festival; in behind Daily Present at Navan but career best when staying on well to win Grade 2 novice at Fairyhouse earlier this month in what looked a decent renewal, suggesting a step back up in trip should suit; has a bit to find up in grade here.

1st

4

3rd Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

15:30 Fairyhouse

Bronn

11st 3lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

2nd

2

12th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 90y

15:25 Navan

Bronn

11st 4lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won Ballinrobe bumper on debut for Stuart Crawford last year and workmanlike in justifying favouritism on hurdles bow for top yard in Naas maiden in January; looked a bit out of depth in smart Grade 1 novice at Leopardstown last time but will certainly appreciate this drop in class and remains open to improvement.

7/2

Form: -11333 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
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5th

5

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 180y

17:20 Punchestown

Hollow Games

11st 10lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

3rd

2

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Hollow Games

11st 9lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade 3 winner at Navan in November, taking career record to 5-5; creditable third in Grade 1 novice hurdles at Naas (2m4f, soft) and Leopardstown (2m6f, yielding) since; brings a very useful level of form to this handicap debut and may well have more to offer; tongue-tie applied; solid chance.

7/1

3rd

5

5th Feb 2022

Yielding

2m 6f 45y

13:05 Leopardstown

Hollow Games

11st 10lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Won both bumper starts last year; entitled to win on debut over hurdles when 1-9fav at Down Royal and took a step up in grade in his stride when winning a Grade 3 at Navan; just behind Grand Jury when third in a Naas Grade 1 last month, losing his unbeaten record, but that's amongst the best form on offer and he should appreciate going back up in trip.

2/1

Form: 86-316 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
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6th

10

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 180y

17:20 Punchestown

Ramillies

11st 10lb

J: B J Cooper

T: W P Mullins

6th

14

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Ramillies

11st 8lb

J: B J Cooper

T: W P Mullins

Finished midfield in the bumper here last year; has 12l to find with stablemate The Nice Guy on their Naas form but then bolted up at Punchestown (2m4f, soft/heavy) and that was despite jumping fairly poorly; if sharpening up his act in that department he could be a surprise package.

16/1

2

24th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 138y

16:15 Thurles

Ramillies

11st 12lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: W P Mullins

Won a Leopardstown bumper by 10l at the 2020 Christmas meeting; limitations exposed in top company after that; save for a last-flight blunder, made a competent hurdling debut when third in race won by Paul Townend-ridden stablemate The Nice Guy at Naas last month; champion jockey in the saddle this time; due to run at Punchestown on Wednesday.

Form: 1-11F

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
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7th

6

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 180y

17:20 Punchestown

Journey With Me

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

4

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Journey With Me

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Well-bred 6yo who easily won heavy-ground Gowran bumper on last season's rules debut and also impressed in very strong Leopardstown maiden (2m4f, yielding to soft) on hurdling debut in December; didn't need to improve to maintain 100% record at Naas (2m3f, soft) last month; this will be the quickest ground he has encountered, but it's very hard to gauge the limit of his ability; respected.

6/1

1st

4

12th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 0y

13:40 Naas

Journey With Me

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Impressive point winner at Ballindenisk in November 2020; followed same route as stablemate Bob Olinger when running in a Gowran bumper last March, making almost all to win as he liked; produced in good shape to win a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown after Christmas, form franked by Minella Crooner in a Grade 1 and by Kilcruit in a maiden; strong chance.

4/7

Form: 113113 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Stayed on eyecatchingly well for third in the Albert Bartlett, doing well from his position; nice prospect who seems well suited to good ground and there's room for improvement in the jumping department; wears first-time cheekpieces.
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1

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 180y

17:20 Punchestown

Bardenstown Lad

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: John C McConnell

Stayed on eyecatchingly well for third in the Albert Bartlett, doing well from his position; nice prospect who seems well suited to good ground and there's room for improvement in the jumping department; wears first-time cheekpieces.

3rd

2

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Bardenstown Lad

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: John C McConnell

Gained course experience when winning a 3m novice hurdle here in October and then made it 4-5 over hurdles in a small field at Musselburgh (again good ground; won point/bumper on soft); has been plying his trade at a lower level but he's a trier who won't fail through a lack of stamina; likely to prove popular in the Placepots.

14/1

1st

1

5th Feb 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

13:29 Musselburgh

Bardenstown Lad

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: John C McConnell

Point and bumper winner (both on soft ground) who made it 3-4 over hurdles when winning a Cheltenham novice (3m, good) last time out in October; that performance makes him the one to beat under a 3lb penalty.

4/5

OUR TIP

Form: 211

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Point winner and has improved with each start under Rules, making it 2-3 in a novice at Navan last month getting the better of Bronn; more required at this level but sure to appreciate another step up in trip.
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3

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 180y

17:20 Punchestown

Daily Present

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

Point winner and has improved with each start under Rules, making it 2-3 in a novice at Navan last month getting the better of Bronn; more required at this level but sure to appreciate another step up in trip.

1st

3

12th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 90y

15:25 Navan

Daily Present

11st 4lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

Point-to-point winner last year has made a good impression under Rules this winter in maiden hurdles, chasing home an impressive type at Naas before making much of running to run away from two subsequent winners over 2m4f at Fairyhouse (soft); exciting prospect who could well improve again for this step up in trip.

5/2

1st

6

15th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:32 Fairyhouse

Daily Present

11st 6lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

Point winner in the spring and ran a cracker on his track debut when runner-up to the impressive Hawai Game at Naas last month; potential improver and likely to go very close.

2/1

Form: 316119 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Won valuable handicap hurdle at Leopardstown at the Dublin Racing Festival but struggled when tailed off in the Albert Bartlett since; needs to resume progress to have any say here.
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4

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 180y

17:20 Punchestown

Good Time Jonny

11st 10lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: A J Martin

Won valuable handicap hurdle at Leopardstown at the Dublin Racing Festival but struggled when tailed off in the Albert Bartlett since; needs to resume progress to have any say here.

9th

8

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Good Time Jonny

11st 8lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: A J Martin

The Festival would have been the last thing on the minds of connections when he was seemingly going nowhere in novice hurdles last summer but he's made startling progress in his subsequent handicaps and the form of his latest win, at Leopardstown's Dublin Racing Festival (yielding), puts him in this league; that was also his first run over 3m, which suited him down to the ground; progressive handicappers have won this previously; respected.

14/1

1st

12

5th Feb 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Good Time Jonny

10st 13lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: A J Martin

Has won two of his last three starts and posted a career best over 2m4f here last month; up 9lb for that and this is tougher but open to improvement on his first try at 3m; one to consider.

13/2

Form: 11212 CD

Last run: 81 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
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9

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 180y

17:20 Punchestown

Minella Crooner

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

2nd

7

5th Feb 2022

Yielding

2m 6f 45y

13:05 Leopardstown

Minella Crooner

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Point winner; won two bumpers before finishing runner-up in a strong maiden hurdle over 2m4f here, staying on well; didn't need to progress to land a lesser race at Punchestown since up at 3m; more to come from him.

7/1

1st

11

17th Jan 2022

Soft

3m 0f 40y

15:00 Punchestown

Minella Crooner

12st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Point winner 2-2 in bumpers (RPR 110), remarkably 2-9 when winning here; 12-1, beat high-class if flattering bumper horse Kilcruit when staying-on second on Leopardstown hurdling debut; can jump better and win.

8/11

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Payout
Exacta €103.00
Straight Forecast €93.60
Tricast €2050.70
Trifecta €1970.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

The Nice Guy

The Irish Sun:

Hollow Games

RP Ratings (IRE):

The Nice Guy

TOPSPEED:

The Nice Guy

POSTDATA:

The Nice Guy