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William Fry Neville O’Byrne Tribute Maiden

  • Prize money: £6445.38
  • 1m 2f 0y
  • 16 runners
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William Fry Neville O’Byrne Tribute Maiden

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.40
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 8-2342

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Consistent sort once just touched off at Galway off 83 so has to be respected; some question-marks about the trip as well-held sole try over 1m2f but that was on bad ground; good draw and should go well.

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11th

16

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

16:15 Punchestown

Smooth Tom

10st 13lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Andrew Slattery

Very useful on the flat whose recent Irish Lincoln second reads well; had won both initial starts over hurdles earlier this season before well held in Grade 1 novice at Leopardstown over Christmas; unexposed entering handicap ranks here so has to be respected.

14/1

2nd

6

(12)

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

16:10 Curragh

Smooth Tom

8st 13lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

dwelt start

16/1

5th

7

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Smooth Tom

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Andrew Slattery

midfield, weakened from 2 out

25/1

33/1

  • Place: £6.60

Form:

Last run: 55 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Top sire but cheap foal; 28s, showed nothing here sole start (yielding to soft).

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12th

2

(15)

14th Oct 2022

Standard

1m 2f 150y

17:00 Dundalk (AW)

Astelia

9st 12lb

J: Scott McCullagh

T: Mrs John Harrington

midfield, pushed along and lost position under 2f out, no impression over 1f out (jockey said filly stopped very quickly; vet reported the filly to be post race normal)

20/1

6th

11

(1)

29th Aug 2022

Good

1m 2f 14y

18:00 Roscommon

Astelia

9st 3lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

prominent on inner, pressed leaders when pushed along from over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no extra over 1f out, weakened final 110yds

7/2

2nd

9

(13)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

16:55 Curragh

Astelia

9st 3lb

J: Tom Madden

T: Mrs John Harrington

midfield, pushed along over 3f out, good headway from 2f out, soon ridden, went second inside final furlong, kept on well

33/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 60

Last run: 104 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo

OR:

Form & Verdict

Pleasing start before flopping when last seen at Leopardstown at 11-1; does not look stable first string and opposable; had been entered in Irish Derby.

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No Results Found

Form: 2 BF

Last run: 162 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Trainer's debutants rarely win so must be smart to be 9-4 at Dundalk in March, possibly beaten by inexperience; that was an ordinary maiden and not sure what happened since but bred for more at this trip.

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2nd

10

(1)

13th Oct 2022

Soft

1m 4f 0y

15:10 Curragh

Hibernia Oppositus

9st 8lb

J: Shane Crosse

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

led, faced challenge under 2f out, soon pushed along, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on and went clear with winner final 110yds

9/2

4th

6

(4)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

16:55 Curragh

Hibernia Oppositus

9st 8lb

J: Shane Crosse

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

towards rear, headway 3f out, went fourth and ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, not pace to challenge

4/1

7

(5)

12th Aug 2022

Good

1m 4f 0y

20:15 Cork

Hibernia Oppositus

9st 8lb

J: Shane Crosse

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Went off favourite for his debut at Dundalk and nearly overcame a bad draw finishing second of 14; shaped like he would relish a step up in trip that day; off 154 days but is a leading player in this.

4/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Limtied appeal on pedigree and paper at this stage; yard having fine season.

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5/1

Form: 25 BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Dam won Ribblesdale by 6l so disappointing only one of her four daughters won, three by War Front, including this one who probably thus struggled on soft at Galway; initial Gowran run was full of promise; not guaranteed to improve but can't rule out on this ground.

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8th

5

(1)

24th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

19:55 Leopardstown

Touching Clouds

9st 1lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

Well-bred filly won 7f maiden at Gowran last term and (blinkered first-time) touched off in handicap over that trip at same venue in June; another good effort when beaten fractions over C&D last month and merits consideration off 2lb higher mark.

11/2

4th

7

(14)

13th Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

18:15 Leopardstown

Touching Clouds

9st 11lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

Responded well to first-time blinkers when touched off in a Gowran handicap last month but disappointing at Naas subsequently; fair chance off this mark at her best but needs to bounce back after last time.

8/1

10/1

Form: 2545

Last run: 46 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Some nice runs at 3 for Andrew Balding, albeit not progressive; 30,000gns buy in July by trainer who was close to huge-odds double with his two runners at the last meet here; tongue tie.

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14th

2

(7)

6th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

16:45 Curragh

Zabeir

10st 1lb

J: Jamie Powell

T: Donal Kinsella

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders over 2f out, hampered when carried right 2f out, weakened final furlong

16/1

15th

19

(21)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

18:10 Curragh

Zabeir

8st 11lb

J: N G McCullagh

T: Donal Kinsella

AW winner is 0-11 on turf; third to Blue Emperor over C&D last month before two lesser runs; fair sixth here a fortnight ago but had three of these rivals in front of him then.

25/1

6th

9

(15)

12th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 0y

16:00 Curragh

Zabeir

9st 1lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Donal Kinsella

towards rear, headway towards near side over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not reach leaders

12/1

8th
10 (12)
Insulate

50/1

Form: 800

Last run: 90 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

33s or longer, nothing so far, twice over C&D.

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8th

9

(21)

31st Oct 2022

Heavy

1m 3f 180y

16:35 Galway

Insulate

9st 3lb

J: Kevin Manning

T: J S Bolger

Disappointing in 1m4f maiden latest but her two handicap runs before that were promising, notably when fifth of 19 over 1m2f on soft ground at Navan; stamina a concern back up in trip.

14/1

7th

9

(10)

18th Oct 2022

Soft

1m 3f 184y

16:35 Gowran Park

Insulate

9st 3lb

J: Kevin Manning

T: J S Bolger

midfield on outer, headway and prominent 4f out, ridden and weakened from 2f out

10/1

5th

8

(14)

5th Oct 2022

Good To Yielding

1m 2f 0y

16:45 Navan

Insulate

9st 4lb

J: Kevin Manning

T: J S Bolger

in touch with leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden and briefly went third over 1f out, weakened final 110yds

8/1

OUR TIP

25/1

Form: 7

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Quite nice start in midfield at Leopardstown, not knocked about; plenty to find but can do more; trainer 0-18.

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4th

19

(10)

22nd Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 5f 0y

17:10 Navan

Fenomeno

9st 5lb

J: N G McCullagh

T: Charles Weld

midfield, headway 3f out, pressed leaders when ridden under 2f out, kept on but no extra inside final furlong

5/1

2nd

6

(1)

31st Mar 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Dundalk (AW)

Fenomeno

9st 12lb

J: N G McCullagh

T: Charles Weld

Outran odds of 50-1 when third on handicap debut over 1m6f at Navan last October; another fair run over 1m4f at Galway; both those runs on heavy ground; first time on this surface now, not certain to be ideal.

10/1

10th
1 (5)
Petram

20/1

Form: 8

Last run: 65 days

W: 10st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Lovely run in a bumper before 9s, ran shocker at Leopardstown; worth a shot at this trip.

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10th

1

(5)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

16:55 Curragh

Petram

10st 1lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

midfield, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong

20/1

4th

10

(13)

16th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 7f 0y

20:20 Leopardstown

Petram

11st 7lb

J: Mr S J Macredmond

T: J P Murtagh

towards rear of midfield, pushed along and no impression under 3f out

50/1

14/1

Form:

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

11s, down the field at Leopardstown lately; bred to be miles better than that.

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4th

6

(15)

16th Dec 2022

Standard

1m 2f 150y

20:00 Dundalk (AW)

Princess Wannabe

9st 4lb

J: Wayne Lordan

T: J A Stack

in touch with leaders

7/2

16

(13)

14th Dec 2022

Standard

1m 2f 150y

17:15 Dundalk (AW)

Princess Wannabe

8st 8lb

J: Cian Horgan

T: J A Stack

Second reserve; eyecatcher here last Friday, blowing the start and then coming from well back to finish second over 1m4f; drop in trip here not so important as a level break and if getting it could be a major player; up 4lb in future events.

2nd

13

(2)

9th Dec 2022

Standard

1m 4f 0y

20:30 Dundalk (AW)

Princess Wannabe

8st 11lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: J A Stack

dwelt start, towards rear, headway into midfield 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, went second inside final 110yds, no match for winner

9/2

12th
15 (15)
Thatsthat

50/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

This 6,000gns yearling is accordingly opposable; half-sister to US 1m winner Scherzo (RPR 94); dam 1m2f winner (77), closely related to Listed winner Partner Shift; yard 1-38 with 3yos this year.

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8th

13

(4)

1st Feb 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

14:52 Dundalk (AW)

Thatsthat

9st 4lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Ms Sheila Lavery

dwelt start, soon towards rear of midfield, nudged along over 3f out, minor headway on far side of group under 2f out, switched right when ridden 1f out, kept on

10/1

16

(1)

13th Jan 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

16:30 Dundalk (AW)

Thatsthat

9st 4lb

J: Mark Enright

T: Ms Sheila Lavery

Improved from her debut at the Curragh when sixth in a 1m maiden here seven weeks ago; hooded now, needs to step up again; second reserve.

6th

13

(13)

25th Nov 2022

Standard

1m 0f 0y

19:30 Dundalk (AW)

Thatsthat

9st 3lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Ms Sheila Lavery

Big price when towards over 1m2f at the Curragh in August, shorter trip may suit better.

33/1

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Cost 800gns as yearling so hard to fancy given sire stands for EUR125,000; dam placed 1m AW (RPR 63), half-sister to Group-placed winner Short Affair and Listed-placed winners.

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13th

11

(16)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

16:55 Curragh

Near Far

9st 3lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: A Oliver

midfield, dropped to rear after 2f, struggling over 3f out, soon weakened

33/1

33/1

Form: 22-676

Last run: 95 days

W: 10st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Well-exposed sort's RPR of 81 here at 3 gives him place chance; not sure why he was so far below his best all starts at 4 pre-break.

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3rd

16

(7)

8th May 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

20:20 Gowran Park

Tall Story

8st 12lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Now a 34-race maiden, placed eight times but hard to have much confidence in him, since he has been no closer than tenth in three starts this season; has slumped in the rating since 2021 when he had good form including a C&D second in a maiden.

14/1

11th

25

(22)

21st Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

17:00 Curragh

Tall Story

8st 12lb

J: Mikey Sheehy

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Mid-division at this venue on seasonal debut; similar at Leopardstown; longstanding maiden (0-33, placed eight times); others preferred.

25/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Sire disappointing but gets the odd good middle-distance horse, many of offspring keen and this one must be as hooded; Eur75,000 yearling half-sister to 1m winner Bleu Marine (RPR 95); respected stable.

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7th

8

23rd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Tipperary

Picture Of You

11st 2lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Touched off at Cork in November on second of three maiden runs; ran well after long lay-off on hurdling debut so capable of going well in first handicap after four months off.

13/2

4th

16

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:58 Limerick

Picture Of You

10st 6lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Decent third in a maiden hurdle at Cork early last month and stepped up on that over the same C&D when just failing to get up in a similar contest; might prefer further but going the right way and could be hard to beat here.

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Payout
Exacta €611.00
Straight Forecast €857.80
Trifecta €3684.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Hibernia Oppositus

POSTDATA:

Smooth Tom

The Irish Sun:

Hibernia Oppositus