May 14 / 14.30 Wexford

14.30 Wexford Good To Yielding

Poolcourt Rated Hurdle

  • Prize money: £8428.57
  • 2m 1f 0y
  • 11 runners
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Poolcourt Rated Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.30
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 337P5- D BF

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Not ideal giving weight away to all rivals on the back of a couple of below-par runs, but holds a live chance on the basis of his peak form; cheekpieces fitted for the first time; trainer has 38 per cent strike rate here across last five seasons (21 wins from 55 runners).
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1st

1

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:30 Wexford

Authorized Art

11st 13lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Not ideal giving weight away to all rivals on the back of a couple of below-par runs, but holds a live chance on the basis of his peak form; cheekpieces fitted for the first time; trainer has 38 per cent strike rate here across last five seasons (21 wins from 55 runners).

9/2

5th

1

20th Mar 2022

Yielding

2m 2f 165y

14:40 Downpatrick

Authorized Art

12st 0lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

Lightly raced since winning a maiden hurdle almost three years ago; respectable form in a pair of conditions hurdles and a competitive Pertemps Qualifier at Leopardstown before well-beaten in another competitive handicap at the same venue last month; drops back in trip here and comes into calculations in an interesting contest.

9/2

10

5th Feb 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Authorized Art

11st 0lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Hasn't won since his maiden hurdle success in 2019; has shown he retains all his ability in three runs since returning from lengthy absence but doesn't look well handicapped on anything he's done so far; 12l behind Panda Boy over C&D latest; unexposed having just his second start at this trip.

25/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.10

Form: /3141-

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Fine effort to land lucrative Red Mills Irish EBF auction series final at Punchestown festival on just second start over hurdles, defying 167-day layoff (ran to RPR 126); drop from 2m4f to 2m1f at track like this unsure to be in his favour but remains open to improvement as unexposed type.
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2nd

5

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:30 Wexford

Ambitious Fellow

11st 5lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Peter Fahey

Fine effort to land lucrative Red Mills Irish EBF auction series final at Punchestown festival on just second start over hurdles, defying 167-day layoff (ran to RPR 126); drop from 2m4f to 2m1f at track like this unsure to be in his favour but remains open to improvement as unexposed type.

5/1

1st

8

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 180y

16:15 Punchestown

Ambitious Fellow

11st 5lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Peter Fahey

4th

1

11th Nov 2021

Soft

2m 0f 82y

12:15 Clonmel

Ambitious Fellow

12st 0lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Peter Fahey

Failed to run to expectations on debut in a Punchestown bumper last December; much better when third at Kilbeggan on reappearance, form franked by runner-up who won 20-runner Navan bumper next time; much too strong for seven rivals (including a below-par Free Nelson) at Fairyhouse last month.

7/4

33/1

  • Place: £3.70

Form: 9922P- D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Shaped well when second at Limerick two starts ago but difficult to fancy in this company after pulling up at Punchestown latest.
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3rd

8

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:30 Wexford

Francois

11st 4lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Mary Ellen Doyle

Shaped well when second at Limerick two starts ago but difficult to fancy in this company after pulling up at Punchestown latest.

33/1

15

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 180y

15:40 Punchestown

Francois

11st 9lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: Mary Ellen Doyle

2nd

4

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

15:38 Limerick

Francois

11st 11lb

J: Jack Foley

T: Mary Ellen Doyle

Form: 68/10-

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Entitled to sharpen up from recent return from a break in Punchestown handicap hurdle; others better treated by race conditions but decent ground should be in his favour.
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4th

11

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:30 Wexford

Still Standing

11st 4lb

J: Conor Orr

T: William Durkan

Entitled to sharpen up from recent return from a break in Punchestown handicap hurdle; others better treated by race conditions but decent ground should be in his favour.

9/1

11th

17

26th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 100y

16:50 Punchestown

Still Standing

10st 0lb

J: Conor Orr

T: William Durkan

10th

2

(3)

16th Oct 2021

Good

1m 4f 0y

16:25 Leopardstown

Still Standing

9st 9lb

J: Shane B Kelly

T: William Durkan

A winner over hurdles at Gowran Park earlier this month, showing a nice turn of foot to land 2m maiden; only beat two home off this mark in hot premier handicap at the Curragh last month; others preferred.

16/1

Form: 121- D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Bumper winner progressed nicely from Down Royal second on hurdles bow to land Fairyhouse maiden hurdle last month, showing a fine attitude in the process (has run to RPRs of 121 on last two starts); lacks the experience of some rivals but likely open to a fair deal of improvement.
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5th

10

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:30 Wexford

Imperial Ruler

11st 4lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Bumper winner progressed nicely from Down Royal second on hurdles bow to land Fairyhouse maiden hurdle last month, showing a fine attitude in the process (has run to RPRs of 121 on last two starts); lacks the experience of some rivals but likely open to a fair deal of improvement.

11/2

1st

13

17th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

14:00 Fairyhouse

Imperial Ruler

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Beat a Willie Mullins trained favourite (and previous winner) when making a winning debut in a Tipperary bumper last May; open to improvement now after beating all bar an outsider on his return to action in a maiden hurdle at Down Royal last month.

9/2

2nd

2

17th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 190y

13:55 Down Royal

Imperial Ruler

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Not seen since readily landing a Tipperary bumper in May which worked out quite well; looked a prospect that day and could still be; market watch should prove worthwhile.

4/1

Form: 22145- D BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Promising and consistent novice chasing form last season, leading him to being ante-post favourite for the Grand Annual (missed race due to testing ground); disappointing 100-30fav for valuable Fairyhouse handicap chase four weeks ago but excuse for that effort when reportedly injured post race; 138-rated chaser of obvious interest back over hurdles where rated 121.
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6th

6

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:30 Wexford

Buddy Rich

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Promising and consistent novice chasing form last season, leading him to being ante-post favourite for the Grand Annual (missed race due to testing ground); disappointing 100-30fav for valuable Fairyhouse handicap chase four weeks ago but excuse for that effort when reportedly injured post race; 138-rated chaser of obvious interest back over hurdles where rated 121.

2/1

5th

2

17th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 150y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Buddy Rich

11st 10lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Could manage only fourth when favourite here in November; respected all the same, since that was his first handicap and he has been generally dependable since sent chasing.

5/1

8

16th Mar 2022

Good

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Buddy Rich

11st 0lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Has form figures of 222214 since switched to chasing, all of those races last autumn; possibly feeling the effects of a busy spell when favourite last time; ran creditably behind a smart rival over C&D three starts ago and, brought back fresh for this big prize, looks interesting.

7/1

Form: 09560- D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Quite a useful juvenile hurdler but has struggled to make an impact in recent months; must bounce back to his best form.
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7th

2

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:30 Wexford

Zoffanien

11st 12lb

J: D G Hogan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Quite a useful juvenile hurdler but has struggled to make an impact in recent months; must bounce back to his best form.

33/1

11th

6

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 110y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Zoffanien

11st 7lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

25/1

6th

1

8th Apr 2022

Good

2m 1f 142y

17:35 Ballinrobe

Zoffanien

11st 13lb

J: D G Hogan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Form: 11300-

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Progressed from 102 to 123 last season and probably best to draw a line through return effort at Fairyhouse when nothing could get into race from off the pace; solid sort but probably wants a bit further than this.
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8th

4

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:30 Wexford

Futurum Regem

11st 7lb

J: E Walsh

T: Hugh Paul Finegan

Progressed from 102 to 123 last season and probably best to draw a line through return effort at Fairyhouse when nothing could get into race from off the pace; solid sort but probably wants a bit further than this.

10/1

10th

10

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 110y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Futurum Regem

11st 1lb

J: E Walsh

T: Hugh Paul Finegan

11/1

16th

17

5th Feb 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Futurum Regem

10st 8lb

J: E Walsh

T: Hugh Paul Finegan

Finally got his head in front when winning a 2m6f handicap hurdle at Navan in November and bounced back from a low-key Flat effort when winning back at Navan in December; only beaten 4l when third of 27 behind Panda Boy over C&D last time and ought to go well again from just 2lb higher.

11/1

OUR TIP

Form: P/254- D

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Some useful snippets of novice form to his name but needs to come forward a fair deal for Downpatrick return to hurdles in March; rider's claim a help.
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9th

3

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:30 Wexford

January Jets

11st 11lb

J: Mr J L Gleeson

T: Henry De Bromhead

Some useful snippets of novice form to his name but needs to come forward a fair deal for Downpatrick return to hurdles in March; rider's claim a help.

9/1

4th

2

20th Mar 2022

Yielding

2m 2f 165y

14:40 Downpatrick

January Jets

11st 11lb

J: Robbie Power

T: Henry De Bromhead

Winning hurdler and chaser; runner-up in a Limerick conditions chase and ran to a similar level in a good handicap chase at Fairyhouse in November when last seen; sports cheekpieces for the first time here on his return to hurdles; probably best watched.

7/1

5th

8

27th Nov 2021

Good

2m 0f 110y

12:30 Fairyhouse

January Jets

10st 13lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won a beginners' event at Leopardstown last Christmas; no match for Vado Forte in a rated chase at Limerick on his first run after a break; now 8lb better off but not sure to turn the tables.

12/1

50/1

Form: /4077-

Last run: 134 days

W: 11st 4lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Now a 13yo and last three starts have suggested he's far from the force of old; freshened up since and needs to bounce back.
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7

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:30 Wexford

Dr Mikey

11st 4lb

J: Ian Power

T: Ms M Flynn

Now a 13yo and last three starts have suggested he's far from the force of old; freshened up since and needs to bounce back.

50/1

7th

6

31st Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 3f 30y

13:20 Punchestown

Dr Mikey

11st 6lb

J: Ian Power

T: Ms M Flynn

Not the force of old since returning in March after a lengthy absence; 141-rated at peak, not competitive off marks in the 120s this season.

33/1

7th

2

5th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:50 Cork

Dr Mikey

11st 12lb

J: Ian Power

T: Ms M Flynn

Hasn't looked the force of old since returning from a lengthy absence in March; tailed off at Fairyhouse last week.

50/1

Form: 12214- D BF

Last run: 225 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Some useful snippets of form last season, including when second to Buddy Rich at Downpatrick, but signed off last season with defeat as 4-6fav in Hexham novice hurdle; entitled to come on for run after 225 days off.
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9

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:30 Wexford

Gladiatorial

11st 4lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Noel C Kelly

Some useful snippets of form last season, including when second to Buddy Rich at Downpatrick, but signed off last season with defeat as 4-6fav in Hexham novice hurdle; entitled to come on for run after 225 days off.

14/1

4th

1

1st Oct 2021

Good

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

13:20 Hexham

Gladiatorial

11st 12lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Noel C Kelly

Versatile type who won a Downpatrick maiden (2m6f, good) in May, and after close seconds in his next two starts he got back on the scoresheet at Cartmel (2m1f, good) in August; that was a golden opportunity but he won with plenty in hand and just about sets the standard under a double penalty here; big player again.

11/10

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Payout
Exacta €270.00
Straight Forecast €188.60
Trifecta €5517.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Buddy Rich

TOPSPEED:

Imperial Ruler

The Irish Sun:

Imperial Ruler

RP Ratings (IRE):

Buddy Rich

POSTDATA:

Buddy Rich