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Longines Irish Champions Weekend Handicap

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  • 0m 5f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 16 runners
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Longines Irish Champions Weekend Handicap

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

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1st
2 (5)
Korker

(Won)

  • Win: £5.20
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 7012-5 D BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Won three times over 5f last season and signed off with close second to Josies Kid over slightly further here in October; only fifth when favourite for last month's reappearance at Sandown but a few things went wrong for him there and he remains one to be interested in.

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  • Place: £6.90

Form: 110-

Last run: 217 days

W: 8st 6lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Began career with two 6f novice wins last August (both on good) but finished down the field (albeit on soft ground) when dropped to 5.3f for nursery debut in October; back on a sound surface today's seasonal debut and remains unexposed but others have more pressing claims.

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13th

5

(6)

22nd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 89y

Class 4

20:25 York

Maybe Even Never

9st 7lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Nigel Tinkler

taken down early, midfield in centre of group, ridden and hung left over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

14/1

7th

2

(8)

18th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:02 Redcar

Maybe Even Never

9st 7lb

J: Faye McManoman

T: Nigel Tinkler

raced centre, chased leader, pushed along and edged left halfway, never on terms, 2nd of 2 in group

6/1

12th

3

(12)

22nd May 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:35 York

Maybe Even Never

9st 11lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Nigel Tinkler

Won his first two starts (6f, good) before a low-key run on soft here in October; returned from seven months off with a fine second over 5f here nine days ago, keeping on well but no match for an impressive winner; down in grade today and the return to 6f should suit; still capable of better.

14/1

  • Place: £9.30

Form: 21077- D

Last run: 268 days

W: 8st 5lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

1-6 last season, the win gained in 5f Musselburgh maiden on third start; kept on for very respectable seventh in valuable 6f nursery here at last summer's Ebor meeting (gelded soon after) but not seen again since.

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6th

9

(13)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:15 Ripon

Showtime Mahomes

8st 13lb

J: Sam James

T: Grant Tuer

midfield towards near side

8/1

5th

1

(7)

30th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 5

19:25 Catterick

Showtime Mahomes

9st 9lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Grant Tuer

Largely consistent last season, and was a winner over today's trip at Musselburgh (good to soft) in September; made quite pleasing reappearance over 6f on AW last month and current mark is workable; one to consider.

7/2

Form: 32122 D BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 8st 4lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in both handicaps since AW maiden win in February, more recently when losing out only by a head on last month's turf debut at Nottingham (5f, good; front pair clear); moves up from Class 5 today but is a player if the first-time blinkers have any sort of positive effect.

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3rd

2

(6)

20th Jun 2022

Standard

0m 5f 21y

Class 5

19:25 Wolverhampton (AW)

Crush And Run

9st 9lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: Richard Hughes

in touch with leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, always held

6/4

4th

16

(3)

13th May 2022

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

17:20 York

Crush And Run

8st 4lb

J: George Rooke

T: Richard Hughes

Runner-up in both handicaps since AW maiden win in February, more recently when losing out only by a head on last month's turf debut at Nottingham (5f, good; front pair clear); moves up from Class 5 today but is a player if the first-time blinkers have any sort of positive effect.

Form: 149-46 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Unexposed after only five runs but well beaten after racing far too freely on both appearances this year (7f/6f); today's drop back to 5f might suit but it takes a big leap of faith to support him.

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11th

10

(14)

4th Sep 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:20 York

Melayu Kingdom

8st 9lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

slowly into stride, soon midfield, headway halfway, ridden over 2f out, weakening when hung left and bumped rival under 2f out

40/1

7th

1

(8)

25th Aug 2022

Good

0m 5f 182y

Class 4

15:45 Carlisle

Melayu Kingdom

9st 9lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

taken down early, dwelt start, raced in last, pushed along and outpaced halfway, edged left 2f out, hung right over 1f out, never dangerous

16/1

3rd

3

(3)

9th Jul 2022

Good

0m 6f 17y

Class 4

16:53 Chester

Melayu Kingdom

9st 7lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Kevin Ryan

taken down early, prominent, ridden 2f out, went second and hung left 1f out, kept on but held inside final furlong, lost second final stride

12/1

Form: 941- D

Last run: 226 days

W: 8st 7lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Came good at third attempt last season, with ready success in 16-runner Nottingham maiden (5f, good) in September; not seen again since but is open to any amount of further improvement in handicaps this year.

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5th

2

(2)

4th Aug 2022

Good

0m 6f 18y

Class 5

16:00 Nottingham

Meredif

9st 12lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Owen Burrows

took keen hold, ducked left start, prominent, pushed along and unbalanced over 2f out, soon edged left and lost position, dropped to last and beaten from over 1f out (jockey said filly ran too free)

8/1

5th

5

(2)

2nd Jul 2022

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

13:35 Haydock

Meredif

9st 3lb

J: David Probert

T: Owen Burrows

in rear, pushed along halfway, switched left and headway over 1f out, soon ridden and hung left, weakened final furlong (jockey said filly hung left-handed)

11/4

Form: 8183- D

Last run: 273 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Ended four-race 2yo campaign for Martin Meade with good third in Newbury nursery (5f, good) last summer; open to improvement for new stable this season but his fitness has to be taken on trust here.

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4th

12

(12)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Ascot

Swayze

9st 0lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

Impressive at Haydock (5f, good to firm) in May but hasn't repeated the form, fifth of 13 in a Racing League event at Newcastle nine days ago; a few others appeal more.

14/1

5th

11

(13)

31st Aug 2023

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

20:45 Newcastle (AW)

Swayze

8st 8lb

J: Nicola Currie

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

in touch with leaders

16/1

Form: 18-6 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Comfortably won 5f Hamilton novice on one of only two 2yo starts and was denied clear run when very respectable sixth in Bath Listed race (5f, good to soft) on last month's reappearance outing; still has significant potential, and needs to be taken very seriously on today's handicap debut.

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2nd

5

(9)

26th Oct 2022

Heavy

0m 5f 8y

Class 3

14:10 Nottingham

Peggy Sioux

9st 13lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

midfield in centre of group, switched right and towards near side halfway, switched left and headway over 1f out, ridden and led inside final furlong, headed inside final 110yds, soon no chance with winner

16/1

6th

10

(15)

17th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 York

Peggy Sioux

9st 0lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

taken down early, swerved right start and bumped rival start, raced centre, led group, pushed along 2f out, ridden and no extra from over 1f out

16/1

9th

27

(16)

17th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Peggy Sioux

8st 2lb

J: Josephine Gordon

T: Kevin Ryan

raced centre, prominent, ridden and lost position under 2f out, soon weakened

20/1

9th
10 (10)
Bond Power

Form: 23410- D

Last run: 223 days

W: 8st 10lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Finished well to score on nursery debut at Beverley (5f, good to firm) last August but not seen since finding valuable 6f sales race too hot in the autumn and will need to hit the ground running to have any chance here.

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3rd

5

(2)

23rd Sep 2022

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

20:15 Newcastle (AW)

Bond Power

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Bryan Smart

towards rear, shaken up over 3f out, switched left and on outer over 2f out, soon in touch with leaders, pushed along when prominent over 1f out, ridden when pressed leader inside final furlong, no extra and lost position final 110yds

7/1

5th

12

(1)

13th Sep 2022

Good

0m 5f 217y

Class 4

16:03 Redcar

Bond Power

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Bryan Smart

midfield on inner, nudged along over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong

12/1

6th

12

(2)

25th Aug 2022

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 3

19:15 Newcastle (AW)

Bond Power

8st 7lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Bryan Smart

took keen hold, prominent, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong

14/1

Form: 7334-2 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Consistent in nurseries towards end of last season and ran big race in defeat at Thirsk (5f, soft) last month; that form is working out pretty well and he'll be fine on today's faster ground; shortlisted.

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8th

5

(10)

26th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

20:30 Newcastle (AW)

Catch Cunningham

9st 7lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Michael Herrington

Capable for Kevin Ryan; struggled to recapture peak form last year and moved on for 7,000gns; placed on stable debut at Wolverhampton (5f) in January, but failed to build on that positive showing at Southwell; well drawn so can't be discounted from an easing mark.

8/1

Form: 326-43 BF

Last run: 18 days

W: 8st 5lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Close second to subsequent Gimcrack winner Lusail in 6f maiden here a year ago but yet to build on that performance; managed only third when odds-on for run-of-the-mill Thursk maiden (6f, good) last month and will need to fare considerably better to win this; first 5f run since debut.

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1st

4

(5)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

18:05 Ripon

Mattice

9st 9lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

in touch with leaders in centre of group

6/1

2nd

10

(8)

25th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

14:45 Beverley

Mattice

8st 10lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Last seen getting the better of stablemate Count D'Orsay over C&D (heavy) seven months ago; 2lb higher mark not excessive and he might prove the pick of Tim Easterby's three runners.

9/2

Form: 142-63 C

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Won nursery here (5.3f, soft) in October and bettered low-key seasonal debut when close in refitted cheekpieces at Goodwood (5f, good to firm) last month; this race is more competitive but he still enters calculations.

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7th

5

(8)

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 42y

Class 6

17:25 Yarmouth

Josies Kid

9st 3lb

J: Christian Howarth

T: Alice Haynes

Infrequent winner but well handicapped and didn't get the breaks when behind Mellys Flyer at Chelmsford 12 days ago (5f); 2lb drop comes in handy and, whilst mostly seen on the AW these days, he's capable on turf; cheekpieces replaced by new headgear combination.

9/2

Form: 515-5 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Over 2l behind Catch Cunningham when fifth of nine on last month's handicap debut at Thirsk (5f, soft) but that was his first run for ten months and he remains unexposed; no surprise if he builds on that performance here.

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9th

6

(6)

12th Oct 2022

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 5

15:50 Wolverhampton (AW)

Red Warning

9st 8lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

led, headed over 1f out, soon ridden and weakened

33/1

12th

4

(5)

21st Sep 2022

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

16:37 Redcar

Red Warning

9st 11lb

J: Paige Hopper

T: Michael Dods

always towards rear

33/1

9th

3

(13)

8th Sep 2022

Good

0m 5f 143y

Class 5

17:28 Doncaster

Red Warning

9st 8lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Michael Dods

in touch with leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

14/1

Form: 72-324

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 11lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Yet to add to her debut win (6f) but has often performed well in Group/Listed races; coped perfectly well with drop to 5f (albeit on a stiff track) when second of 15 at Bath (good to soft) two starts ago and can go well in this of the first-time cheekpieces have any sort of positive effect.

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8th

6

(3)

15th Sep 2022

Good To Soft

0m 6f 3y

Class 3

17:05 Yarmouth

Hellomydarlin

9st 0lb

J: David Probert

T: George Boughey

towards rear of midfield, pushed along halfway, ridden 2f out, lost touch over 1f out

16/1

11th

8

(19)

17th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 York

Hellomydarlin

9st 1lb

J: Connor Planas

T: George Boughey

raced centre, in rear, made no impression

25/1

7th

8

(8)

31st Jul 2022

Good To Soft

0m 6f 17y

Class 1

14:55 Chester

Hellomydarlin

8st 9lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: George Boughey

pressed leader, pushed along under 3f out, weakening when bumped over 1f out, no extra when ridden inside final furlong

20/1

15th
3 (15)
Fast Response

Form: 414-49 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Creditable fourth in Ayr Listed race (5f, good to firm) in September and ran at least as well in Nottingham conditions race (5f, good to soft) last month; well behind Hellomydarlin in 6f AW Listed race two weeks ago but 5f on turf is probably more her bag.

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7th

2

(6)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

17:00 Newmarket

Fast Response

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: K R Burke

Ended 2022 on a high and she's continued the good work, albeit without winning, this season; runner-up three times in Listed events and also ran well in the Ayr Gold Cup when racing nearest the far rail; handles all ground but the recent rain is an obvious positive.

5/2

Form: 12048- D

Last run: 301 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Quickly developed into a very useful 2yo last spring but is unraced since struggling in 6f Listed race last summer (gelded soon afterwards); best form was on soft ground; others have much less to prove.

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9th

3

(2)

19th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 182y

Class 6

15:20 Carlisle

Little Earl

10st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Ruth Carr

Regressive 4yo who has been unplaced all seven starts for Ruth Carr this year; continues to slip down the weights but was particularly disappointing when returning to turf ten days ago and has a lot more to prove than some.

16/1

14th

5

(3)

9th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

16:40 Thirsk

Little Earl

9st 6lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Ruth Carr

No win since juvenile days (then with Robert Cowell) and yet to take advantage of a falling mark; wasn't beaten all that far, some 3.5l, when fourth in first-time blinkers at Wolverhampton (7f) a fortnight ago; sits 2lb lower and drops back in trip; trainer won this race in 2017 and 2021.

16/1

4th

6

(4)

25th May 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 5

17:25 Wolverhampton (AW)

Little Earl

9st 3lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Ruth Carr

His mark continues to fall and he didn't run badly when upped to 7f and sixth of 13 at Southwell (Tapeta) last time; however, he needs something extra in the first-time blinkers if he's to win this.

13/2

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Payout
Exacta £2533.00
Straight Forecast £1885.60
Tricast £57161.20
Trifecta £56160.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Josies Kid

LAMBOURN:

Meredif

SPOTLIGHT:

Peggy Sioux

The Sun:

Catch Cunningham

RP Ratings:

Korker

Daily Express:

Peggy Sioux

The Times:

Meredif

The Guardian:

Meredif

The Star:

Meredif

POSTDATA:

Josies Kid

NEWMARKET:

Josies Kid

Daily Mail:

Josies Kid

Daily Mirror:

Josies Kid

Daily Record:

Catch Cunningham

Telegraph:

Korker