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Apex Controls Ltd Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5453.78
  • 2m 1f 195y
  • 14 runners
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Apex Controls Ltd Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

15/2 (Won)

  • Win: £7.60
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 00-8U1

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Flat winner last year for William Haggas and gained a first hurdle win with success in handicap company at Cork last month; 7lb higher in a tougher race demands more but further progress possible.

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11

16th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 7f 22y

17:10 Tramore

Just Jacob

11st 5lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

Dual hurdles winner, rated 104; nothing yet in three attempts chasing albeit stiff task on latest; sights lowered here for handicap debut but hard to be confident in.

10/1

7th

10

19th Dec 2022

Frozen

2m 0f 0y

14:40 Punchestown

Just Jacob

11st 6lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

novicey jumping, towards rear, not fluent 5th, dropped to rear 6th, no extra from 3 out, tailed off

50/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: -06464

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Running well in defeat this term and it was another solid effort when fourth of 16 in a Ballinrobe handicap hurdle last month but the handicapper seems to know where he is with him at present.

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10th

3

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

14:25 Perth

Ballinlough Gale

11st 11lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, not fluent 4th

11/2

5th

7

30th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 40y

19:00 Ballinrobe

Ballinlough Gale

11st 3lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Only 1-31 overall and 0-15 as a hurdler; however, it's still early days with Gordon Elliott and he hit the frame here four weeks ago off this mark, albeit finishing some 13l off the winner; needs to find extra from somewhere.

7/1

3rd

4

2nd May 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 139y

17:48 Ballinrobe

Ballinlough Gale

11st 10lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Fair sort on the Flat is 0-14 hurdling although went close off this sort of mark on a few occasions last summer on this sort of ground; two most recent efforts well below his best so needs to bounce back but quite possible given the drying ground.

7/1

5/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 2P-476

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Some promising form in bumpers and best hurdle run yet when sixth of 14 at Kilbeggan last month; no chances taken with this opening mark so sure to need progress on handicap bow.

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5th

13

18th Jun 2023

Good

2m 2f 165y

14:55 Downpatrick

Mary Meehan

10st 12lb

J: Sean Cleary-Farrell

T: W P Mullins

Maiden was placed a couple of times at Sligo off marks in the high 90s last year; not seen since a poor run at Wexford in September; never say never with this yard but others preferred.

10/1

8th

4

3rd Sep 2022

Good

2m 4f 100y

15:20 Wexford

Mary Meehan

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

midfield, not fluent 2nd, ridden but no impression from 3 out

6/1

2nd

4

17th Aug 2022

Good

2m 1f 110y

17:55 Sligo

Mary Meehan

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, jumped left and bumped rival 1st, headway when not fluent 3 out, soon pushed along, went third after 2 out, went second when not fluent last, soon ridden, ran on towards finish, always held

5/2

Form: 6F9-80

Last run: 76 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

1-24; completely lost her way this term and tailed off again last time; hard to fancy.

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9th

6

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:17 Down Royal

Joeswayornoway

11st 8lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: E Sheehy

in touch with leaders

12/1

Form: 0-7307 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Came on from her reappearance with a half length defeat at Downpatrick (a venue she goes well at) but lesser efforts twice since; while she's at her best over a bit further, peak form gives her a chance.

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0

3

27th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 1f 110y

14:25 Sligo

Ask The Leader

11st 10lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: D M Christie

All three hurdles wins have been at Downpatrick; has been struggling, including over hurdles, since pleasing chase debut at that venue in May.

20/1

0

9

6th Oct 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 55y

16:45 Downpatrick

Ask The Leader

11st 5lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: D M Christie

All three hurdles have been here and good C&D chase debut in May after a long absence; faller three out at Tipperary subsequently and poor efforts back hurdling last twice; bit to prove now.

10/1

Form: -43123 BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

In the form of his life this summer, winning at Roscommon in June and hit the frame in two subsequent outings last month; back down in trip and may have one in him from this sort of mark.

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9

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 31y

19:50 Ballinrobe

Presenting Lad

10st 13lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Mark Michael McNiff

towards rear, mistake and unseated 6th

12/1

8th

8

7th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 110y

13:55 Fairyhouse

Presenting Lad

11st 12lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Mark Michael McNiff

Twice successful over hurdles during the summer, enhancing his strike rate to 3-32; finished 5l behind Mister Wilson on chase debut at Sligo; open to improvement.

16/1

Form: 0P0-06

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

First reserve; yet to hit the frame in 10 starts but it was his best run yet when sixth of eight in a maiden hurdle at Tramore last month; claims if he can build on that.

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10th

1

14th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 7y

13:10 Naas

Black Barrel

11st 12lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: J A Nash

Went closest over hurdles when 4th in a 3m Sligo handicap in August but disappointing since and is rated only 81.

33/1

7th

11

28th Oct 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

16:52 Galway

Black Barrel

11st 1lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J A Nash

Maiden was a close 4th at Sligo in August but below that level at Kilbeggan two weeks after; needs that best form after a break.

16/1

7th

12

8th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 100y

17:47 Kilbeggan

Black Barrel

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J A Nash

towards rear of midfield, some headway 3 out, weakened after 2 out

6/1

Form: 67-54P

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

17-race maiden; made mistakes and too keen when pulled up at Roscommon last time; hard to fancy after that run and doesn't look well treated on anything he has done so far.

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11th

12

(5)

30th Apr 2023

Yielding

1m 5f 29y

16:25 Sligo

Dixon Line

8st 12lb

J: Jack Cleary

T: Adrian Sexton

Precious little over hurdles of late although did run well in a couple of late-season Flat handicaps last year off this lowly mark.

25/1

3

6th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Dixon Line

11st 12lb

J: Alan King

T: Adrian Sexton

Rated only 80 and has a mountain to climb; 13th at Wexford yesterday.

200/1

13th

17

5th Mar 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

14:50 Wexford

Dixon Line

10st 0lb

J: Alan King

T: Adrian Sexton

midfield

Form: 600-70

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Struggling this term and beaten a long way out at Kilbeggan last time; best watched for now.

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7th

14

17th Aug 2022

Good

2m 1f 110y

17:55 Sligo

Longhouse Force

10st 11lb

J: Peter Carberry

T: Brian M McMahon

prominent, pressed leaders when mistake and ridden 3 out, soon weakened

33/1

9th

14

4th Aug 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 195y

18:00 Sligo

Longhouse Force

11st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Brian M McMahon

took keen hold, always towards rear

33/1

Form: 2558-3

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Ten-race maiden; consistent without winning in maiden hurdles last summer and ran okay when third of six in a Ballinrobe novice on his return; very best form is over a bit further but he warrants respect on handicap debut.

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10th

8

6th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 100y

15:15 Tramore

Moakland

11st 2lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: John Patrick Ryan

Regressive maiden over hurdles but ran respectably (beaten 18l) on chasing debut at Killarney last time; could improve and has a minor squeak.

16/1

4th

8

2nd Oct 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

15:55 Killarney

Moakland

10st 10lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: John Patrick Ryan

midfield, in touch with leaders when ridden before 3 out, outpaced when not fluent 2 out, no extra when left in fourth and hampered last

25/1

10th

9

5th Sep 2022

Good

2m 6f 110y

18:15 Galway

Moakland

11st 9lb

J: Niall Prendergast

T: John Patrick Ryan

prominent, hampered 1st, midfield when not fluent and pushed along 3 out, ridden and no impression when not fluent 2 out, weakened run-in

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: /0-597

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Some minor promise in maiden hurdles but not sure to be suited by this drop in trip and the handicapper hasn't taken any chances.

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2

4th Aug 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 195y

18:00 Sligo

Glendaars Star

11st 13lb

J: Gearoid Brouder

T: Ian O’Connor

prominent in chasing group, lost position and dropped to midfield after 3rd, not fluent 5th, bumped 3 out, dropped to rear and well behind when blundered 2 out, tailed off when pulled up last

33/1

7th

7

21st Jul 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

17:15 Limerick

Glendaars Star

11st 12lb

J: Gearoid Brouder

T: Ian O’Connor

chased leaders, not fluent 2nd, led 3 out, pushed along and headed before 2 out, soon weakened gradually

6/1

9th

3

1st Jul 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

18:15 Wexford

Glendaars Star

11st 4lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: James Andrew Fahey

prominent, led before 6th, headed before 4 out, pushed along and weakened quickly from 3 out, tailed off

16/1

Form: 7P-808

Last run: 4 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Promise over fences last season but shown nothing in two recent starts over hurdles, including when tailed off at Galway on Sunday (SP 80-1); best watched again.

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6th

5

27th Sep 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 47y

16:30 Sligo

Presenting Dylan

11st 2lb

J: Paul Cawley

T: Brian Francis Cawley

Won a 2m handicap hurdle at Roscommon when with Gordon Elliott; three years since that sole win; up against it judging by two runs over hurdles this term.

20/1

0

9

14th Jul 2023

Good

3m 0f 100y

18:45 Kilbeggan

Presenting Dylan

11st 5lb

J: Paul Cawley

T: Brian Francis Cawley

Won a 2m handicap hurdle at Roscommon when with Gordon Elliott but didn't show a great deal on reappearance in Sligo claimer last month; looks up against it.

33/1

8th

8

13th Jun 2023

Good

2m 2f 51y

16:55 Sligo

Presenting Dylan

11st 0lb

J: Paul Cawley

T: Brian Francis Cawley

towards rear

18/1

Form: 6-4U12

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Seemed to appreciate more cut in the ground when he got off the mark at Wexford last month and showed a 7lb higher mark was workable when only finding one too good a fortnight later at Killarney; up another 2lb but going the right way and he's one to consider.

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4th

5

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 1f 160y

15:15 Limerick

Our Bobby

11st 7lb

J: Daniel King

T: John M Burke

July's Bellewstown handicap hurdle win was on good ground but has won on soft; mid-division in a Naas handicap chase on his fencing debut two weeks ago; more needed.

14/1

Form: 179P-7 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Got off the mark at Downpatrick last summer on just his second start in handicap company; only 2lb higher here but hasn't shown enough in four starts since and he was tailed off on return last month; tongue-tie now on.

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6

10th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

16:25 Market Rasen

Massons Castle

11st 1lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Mike Sowersby

Only win was in 2021; four runs for this yard, beaten a distance into second first time over fences and pulled up in three subsequent outings (the latest over hurdles); no significance in the return of cheekpieces.

66/1

8

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

15:25 Southwell

Massons Castle

10st 10lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Mike Sowersby

Second on stable debut at Southwell (3m2f, good) last September, beaten a long way; pulled up both starts since, when soft/heavy ground may have been against him; switches back from chasing but sole win came back in June 2021.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta €555.00
Straight Forecast €329.60
Tricast €5841.70
Trifecta €5705.00

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

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The Irish Sun:

Our Bobby

SPOTLIGHT:

Moakland

POSTDATA:

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