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Guinness Open Gate Brewery Novice Chase (Grade 3)

  • Prize money: £19831.93
  • 2m 2f 54y
  • 7 runners
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Guinness Open Gate Brewery Novice Chase (Grade 3)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/1 (Won)

Form: 5270-1

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Decent hurdler (rated 134) and made a winning chasing debut at Wexford last time off a break; should have improved for that and is capable of a decent run.

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Verdict Starting price

2nd

2

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 120y

14:55 Down Royal

Visionarian

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Peter Fahey

pressed winner, not fluent when pecked on landing 4th, not fluent 9th, no extra when pushed along after 3 out, eased when no chance with winner run-in

6/4

1st

3

17th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

16:55 Listowel

Visionarian

11st 3lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Peter Fahey

Excellent fifth in the Galway Plate when the trip just stretched him; got back to winning ways quite easily in a 2m1f conditions chase at Ballinrobe in last month; this trip likely to be ideal and coming into this race in excellent form.

9/2

1st

1

28th Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

19:05 Ballinrobe

Visionarian

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Peter Fahey

travelled strongly, chased clear leader disputing second, lost position briefly halfway, good jump and pressed leader 4 out, led going easily 2 out, shaken up and went clear run-in, easily

11/8

OUR TIP

Form: 10-411 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Classy hurdler won a valuable Leopardstown handicap in February; improved from his chasing debut to win easily at Kilbeggan and doubled his chase score at Wexford last time, albeit not as impressively; looks a major player.

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3rd

2

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Cork

Call Me Lyreen

11st 2lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, took keen hold, disputed lead early, raced in second from 1st, led before 2nd

5/2

9th

2

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Call Me Lyreen

11st 8lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Four-time winner over hurdles and two wins over fences to his credit; below par on his return to action here over Christmas and might just be best watched.

33/1

Form: 035-11

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Decent hurdler didn't fulfill his promise in that sphere but has won twice over fences at Wexford (2m/2m4f); faces much tougher opposition today but still has to be respected; this trip is fine.

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13th

15

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

Ganapathi

10st 11lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: R Mike Smith

Very useful hurdler/chaser in his prime and, having dropped down the weights, his last-time-out third of seven over fences at Musselburgh (2m, good to soft) suggests he's found his current level; however, he now reverts to hurdles in a competitive handicap and others are more compelling.

33/1

3rd

5

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:50 Musselburgh

Ganapathi

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: R Mike Smith

Seems to have arrested his decline on last two outings, more recently when third of five in first-time visor at Kelso (2m1f, heavy) in December, but is patently not the force of old and others have more appealing profiles.

7/1

3rd

2

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

13:20 Kelso

Ganapathi

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: R Mike Smith

raced in second, lost second but prominent after 3rd

6/1

Form: 7094-1

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Decent hurdler but never fulfilled his promise in that sphere; got off the mark over fences last time at Wexford (runner-up won since); should be more to come and go well.

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8th

2

7th Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 170y

19:23 Wexford

Champagne Gold

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, mistake and lost ground 3rd, pushed along towards rear after 4th, not fluent and reminders 7th, detached 5 out

7/2

5th

4

12th Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 52y

17:13 Roscommon

Champagne Gold

11st 6lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Only chase success came in a 2m4f beginners' event at Wexford last July but this represents a welcome drop in class from competitive handicaps at the Cheltenham and Punchestown festivals; seemed to stay the 3m okay last time.

13/2

5th

8

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

16:25 Punchestown

Champagne Gold

10st 11lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Only chase success came in a 2m4f beginners' event at Wexford last July; fair second in a small-field handicap at Cheltenham last October; badly hampered at the first in the Magners Plate, so should not be judged too harshly on that.

10/1

Form: 0-1231

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Mare is in foal to Crystal Ocean; beat a decent yardstick to win on chasing debut but has a fair bit to find with some here, being rated 114 over hurdles.

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5th

7

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 2f 54y

14:45 Galway

Mind Your Money

10st 8lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: T E Hyde

held up in rear, slightly hampered 4th, pushed along after last, ridden and ran on well run-in, not reach leaders

14/1

1st

7

17th Jul 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 170y

13:50 Tipperary

Mind Your Money

11st 7lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: T E Hyde

chased leaders, went second before 2 out, pushed along to lead last, ridden and kept on strongly run-in

4/1

3rd

2

10th Jul 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 194y

14:45 Sligo

Mind Your Money

11st 8lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: T E Hyde

in touch with leaders, steady headway and prominent halfway, ridden when slightly hampered on turn before last, edged right and went third final 110yds, kept on

3/1

Form: 85-112 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Twice ran well in the Galway Hurdle and a very creditable second over flights in a Tipperary Grade 3 last time; has won both chase starts but just workmanlike last time; should be involved for local yard.

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12th

1

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 2f 54y

15:30 Galway

Sole Pretender

11st 12lb

J: Robbie Geoghegan

T: Norman Lee

slowly away, in rear

13/2

1st

1

21st Jul 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

15:40 Killarney

Sole Pretender

11st 12lb

J: Robbie Geoghegan

T: Norman Lee

Put up a career best when runner-up in a Listed chase at Ballinrobe in May but blotted his copybook when refusing to race in a Grade 3 last time; new headgear combination now tried and while he's potentially risky, he also looks feasibly treated.

4/1

0

10

6th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

18:15 Tipperary

Sole Pretender

11st 1lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Norman Lee

refused to race

6/1

Form: -59441 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Best chase form came when taking a Killarney handicap impressively last time; has a bit to find with some of these rivals on ratings but is in top shape and could outrun likely odds.

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2nd

10

15th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 1f 140y

16:55 Cork

The Dara Man

10st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: John Patrick Ryan

Has put up several decent runs in defeat this season, including when 4.25l behind his stablemate The Little Yank at Galway last time; that was on heavy but best form is on a sound surface.

14/1

3rd

5

3rd Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 110y

16:45 Galway

The Dara Man

10st 9lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: John Patrick Ryan

Capable chaser on his day but hasn't been great of late and he'd prefer drier ground in an ideal world.

10/1

8th

9

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:25 Listowel

The Dara Man

10st 13lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: John Patrick Ryan

Won twice last summer; two seconds to his credit in June this year; more recent form leaves him with questions to answer.

12/1

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Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Sole Pretender

SPOTLIGHT:

Call Me Lyreen

TOPSPEED:

The Dara Man

POSTDATA:

Sole Pretender

The Irish Sun:

Sole Pretender