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Randox Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4957.98
  • 2m 5f 180y
  • 13 runners
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Randox Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £39.90
  • Place: £12.90

Form: /940P-

Last run: 189 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Winning hurdler in Britain in 2019, and previously a Flat scorer for Jessica Harrington; overall underwhelming form for current yard, dropping out tamely on latest last October; hard to fancy although does have his preferred ground.

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10th

8

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Building Bridges

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Gary McGill

Won handicaps at Down Royal (2m4f, good; comfortably) and Galway (2m6f, good to yielding; dead-heated) last summer; last seen, however, with a lesser show at Cheltenham (2m4f) in October.

25/1

9th

4

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

17:05 Cheltenham

Building Bridges

11st 7lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Gary McGill

Won handicap hurdles at Down Royal (2m4f, good; comfortably) and Galway (2m6f, good to yielding; dead-heated) before continuing the good work with a placed effort on the Flat; this is tougher but he looks sure to give his running.

14/1

3rd

11

(4)

31st Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

17:10 Navan

Building Bridges

9st 5lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Gary McGill

Winner on the Flat and two solid efforts in Dundalk handicaps last winter; has shown his well-being by winning his last two handicap hurdles at Down Royal and Galway; should be more than capable of winning a Flat handicap off this mark and could not be in better form.

7/2

13/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 44U24-

Last run: 273 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Mare is 0-12 but knocking on the door in low-grade handicaps last year, notably good Kilbeggan second (3m1f, good); absent since August so hard to know her readiness for this, market likely best guide.

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1st

4

26th Sep 2022

Good

2m 7f 170y

15:35 Roscommon

Lily Light Foot

11st 6lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

raced in second, led after 5 out, clear going best before 2 out, kept on well run-in, easily

6/1

4th

10

9th Sep 2022

Good

2m 5f 181y

17:35 Ballinrobe

Lily Light Foot

10st 5lb

J: Richard Condon

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

soon prominent in chasing group, midfield when not fluent 3 out, not fluent and pushed along 2 out, soon ridden, kept on and went modest fourth run-in, never near to challenge

5/1

2nd

2

26th Aug 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

19:30 Down Royal

Lily Light Foot

11st 13lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

led narrowly on inner, headed after 1st, prominent when pushed along on inner before 2 out, challenging when bumped after 2 out, briefly led run-in, kept on but headed towards finish, just held

4/1

11/2

  • Place: £2.00

Form: /1516- BF

Last run: 194 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Both chase wins last year came at 2m4f on decent ground; absent since disappointing on heavy back in October so could need this but has to be respected back hurdling off 17lb lower than chase mark.

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3rd

5

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

14:45 Wetherby

Marshalled

11st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Better chaser than hurdler, last win being in a Cartmel handicap chase in August (2m5f, good to soft); well beaten last twice; could go well but better on faster ground than is forecast.

7/2

4th

1

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:32 Kelso

Marshalled

11st 13lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

prominent early, raced in third after 1st, outpaced from 4 out, lost third after 3 out, weakened quickly before 2 out

8/1

5th

5

25th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

14:25 Wetherby

Marshalled

11st 12lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

10yo who makes his first start since last August but he did well for his new yard last year, winning twice (2m4f/2m5f, good/good to soft), and he's also effective on soft; the betting may be informative on his return.

8/1

Form: 75056-

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Handicap debutant tries a longer trip; potential improver now on better ground

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0

10

30th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 90y

17:05 Bellewstown

Dont Doubt Me

11st 4lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P J Rothwell

midfield

40/1

0

13

8th Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

19:00 Bellewstown

Dont Doubt Me

11st 4lb

J: James O’Sullivan

T: P J Rothwell

The wheels have come off since his Gowran win (2m4f, yielding) and the tongue-tie is now added; reservations.

33/1

9

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 80y

19:00 Down Royal

Dont Doubt Me

11st 5lb

J: James O’Sullivan

T: P J Rothwell

Off the mark from 6lb lower at Gowran (2m4f, good) in September but tailed off at Cheltenham next time and was brought down early on chase debut a fortnight ago; may need this run after that early exit.

33/1

Form: P8960-

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Point winner last October and shaped with some promise in Navan maiden for today's rider in February; tame effort however on quicker ground for handicap debut here in March so ground concerns here.

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11th

11

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

13:50 Down Royal

Katlaur

10st 5lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

Point winner; unplaced in 12 starts under Rules and pulled up in her last three starts; blinkers now tried.

20/1

16

16th Jan 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 100y

15:20 Punchestown

Katlaur

10st 11lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: C A McBratney

didn't jump with fluency, prominent, pushed along after 9th, weakened quickly and dropped to rear before 5 out, pulled up before 4 out

66/1

16

21st Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 6f 110y

14:37 Fairyhouse

Katlaur

11st 0lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: C A McBratney

Has a minor squeak on some of his best form but is coming off a break today.

20/1

Form: 558P6-

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Respectable handicap debut over 3m at Clonmel last summer for Kieran Purcell but didn't progress; emerged from long absence for current yard when running well for long way in 2m3f handicap here in March; still has time on his side and no surprise if he played a more prominent role here.

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17

19th Dec 2022

Frozen

2m 7f 100y

13:10 Punchestown

Son Of Mahler

10st 3lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Mark Michael McNiff

towards rear

33/1

17th

15

29th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 150y

15:25 Punchestown

Son Of Mahler

11st 5lb

J: Cathal Landers

T: Mark Michael McNiff

Not far away at times in h'caps and should have improved from last time at Fairyhouse, his first run after a break; considered.

10/1

9th

2

8th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:22 Fairyhouse

Son Of Mahler

11st 13lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Mark Michael McNiff

Not had many tries and far from shamed in latest two starts at Downpatrick, including when beaten 12l over 2m6f in May; not seen since.

16/1

Form: 600U2-

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Limerick win (2m) last November came on soft; lost his way until much more encouraging run when only worn down late on chasing bow last month over 2m6f at Tramore on good-to-yielding; stiffer track here may not be in his favour on return to hurdles but seems to be in good form.

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7th

10

21st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 160y

16:20 Tramore

Lake Chad

10st 12lb

J: Niall Moore

T: Philip Fenton

held up in rear

10/1

7th

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 74y

15:05 Thurles

Lake Chad

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Philip Fenton

midfield, lost ground after 3rd

5/1

Form: 004/P- C

Last run: 131 days

W: 11st 8lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Won on his debut here in 2m3f maiden back in 2018 for current yard but winless since in interrupted campaign for various trainers; pulled up on return from 416-day absence at Down Royal over Christmas; best watched for now.

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5

29th Aug 2022

Good

2m 2f 165y

14:25 Downpatrick

Hillary John

11st 10lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: B R Hamilton

always towards rear, lost touch before 3 out, soon pulled up

20/1

8th

3

12th Jun 2022

Good

2m 1f 65y

16:40 Downpatrick

Hillary John

11st 13lb

J: Peter Carberry

T: B R Hamilton

prominent, nudged along and lost position before 3 out, weakening and towards rear when not fluent 2 out, pulled up approaching last (jockey said mare stopped quickly)

20/1

Form: 096P7-

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

Form: 9/412- BF

Last run: 313 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Caught the eye of the stewards over C&D this time last year before sent travelling, appreciating stamina test to win 3m2f Kelso handicap and decent second at Cartmel off revised mark, both on good ground; back from 11 months' absence with ground to suit, market likely informative.

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13th

3

1st Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

19:05 Down Royal

Doune Castle

11st 11lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Noel C Kelly

Thorough stayer whose three wins have all come in Britain, including at Perth in June; well held there on latest however and probably faces stiff enough tasks now on the domestic scene.

14/1

5th

6

1st Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 207y

Class 4

20:00 Perth

Doune Castle

11st 4lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Noel C Kelly

Evidently well suited by the move back up in trip when winning by over 6l over C&D (good) in June, his second run after a layoff; 8lb higher in a stronger race today but ought to cope if the ground eases.

11/2

1st

1

24th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 207y

Class 5

17:17 Perth

Doune Castle

12st 0lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Noel C Kelly

Very lightly raced since clearcut win at Kelso (3m2f, good) in spring 2021 and was never dangerous when midfield at Down Royal (2m1f) last month, after a one-year absence; moves back up in trip here, though, and will be feared if strong in the betting.

11/2

Form: 083-

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Flat winner on good ground on debut for Joseph Murphy in June 2020 but struggled afterwards in handicaps; was having only third start over timber when a remote third in Carlisle novices' last month; potential improved on handicap debut here.

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5th

8

25th May 2022

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

18:45 Wexford

Collaborating

11st 5lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Won on the Flat on 2020 debut but no wins since and hasn't shown much in four runs over hurdles; tailed off on handicap debut last time; enough to prove.

20/1

11th

12

6th May 2022

Good

2m 5f 180y

17:50 Downpatrick

Collaborating

11st 1lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Flat winner on good ground on debut for Joseph Murphy in June 2020 but struggled afterwards in handicaps; was having only third start over timber when a remote third in Carlisle novices' last month; potential improved on handicap debut here.

14/1

3rd

3

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

14:19 Carlisle

Collaborating

11st 0lb

J: Alain Cawley

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Form: F43/5- BF

Last run: 355 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner over hurdles in Britain for Dan Skelton, including early last year in 2m4f handicaps at Wetherby & Southwell; 0-4 chasing, last seen when not looking to get home over 2m6f in soft ground at Stratford nearly a year ago; runs off his last winning mark on first start for new yard and goes on this sort of ground.

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12th

1

6th May 2022

Good

2m 5f 180y

17:50 Downpatrick

Embole

12st 0lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Noel C Kelly

Three-time winner over hurdles in Britain for Dan Skelton, including early last year in 2m4f handicaps at Wetherby & Southwell; 0-4 chasing, last seen when not looking to get home over 2m6f in soft ground at Stratford nearly a year ago; runs off his last winning mark on first start for new yard and goes on this sort of ground.

8/1

12/1

Form: 00043-

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Maiden under both codes, showing a little ability when modest fourth in 2m4f Down Royal handicap in March but tailed off last of 3 in 3m Ayr novices' latest when stiff task at weights; cheekpieces worn latest now discarded; needs to improve to play a role.

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9th

17

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:52 Down Royal

Perfect Arch

10st 13lb

J: Daire McConville

T: Stephen McConville

towards rear, not fluent 6th, keeping on when hampered by faller after 2 out, never dangerous

14/1

6th

10

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 135y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Perfect Arch

10st 7lb

J: Anna McGuinness

T: Stephen McConville

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield 4 out, keeping on when bit short of room after 2 out, kept on run-in, never on terms

14/1

8th

20

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

14:20 Down Royal

Perfect Arch

10st 13lb

J: Daire McConville

T: Stephen McConville

led on inner, went clear after 2nd, bad mistake 4 out, reduced lead after 3 out

50/1

Form: 009-

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

First reserve; well held all 3 maiden starts (at huge odds) although some improvement last time at Leopardstown despite some ropey jumping; best watched on handicap bow.

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0

14

2nd Oct 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

16:50 Fairyhouse

Mooney Boy

10st 13lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P J Rothwell

Has had a few tries over this trip, not doing badly at Kilbeggan last month in first-time blinkers; cheekpieces back on here; others more likely but could acquit himself well.

12/1

5th

15

8th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 100y

17:47 Kilbeggan

Mooney Boy

11st 0lb

J: James O’Sullivan

T: P J Rothwell

towards rear, headway 3 out, kept on from last, never on terms

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 04065-

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Second reserve; maiden shaped nicely on handicap debut here in March, late progress suggesting this longer trip would suit; one to consider if getting a run.

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6th

3

7th Aug 2022

Good

2m 2f 165y

15:30 Downpatrick

Top Basanta

11st 12lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

midfield, pushed along but headway when mistake 2 out, ridden and kept on run-in, never near to challenge

4/1

7th

9

25th May 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

19:45 Wexford

Top Basanta

11st 7lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Maiden shaped nicely on handicap debut at Downpatrick in March, late progress suggesting this longer trip would suit; should go well.

6/1

Form: 70009-

Last run: 72 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Third reserve; won Tramore maiden for Willie Mullins in 2019; one-time 120-rated hurdler, now down to 87 but hard to fancy on recent form.

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11

17th Jul 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 14y

15:32 Tipperary

Think Positive

10st 8lb

J: Jack Foley

T: P J Rothwell

always towards rear, beaten 3 out, soon pulled up

33/1

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Payout
Exacta €3855.00
Straight Forecast €1631.60
Tricast €9906.70
Trifecta €3763.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Marshalled

The Irish Sun:

Lily Light Foot

POSTDATA:

Lake Chad

TOPSPEED:

Building Bridges

RP Ratings (IRE):

Marshalled