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Matt Bunn 40th Birthday Nursery Handicap

  • Prize money: £6197.48
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • 9 runners
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Matt Bunn 40th Birthday Nursery Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

15/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.30
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 844015 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 12lb

2 yo Filly

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Won first nursery over this trip at Naas; drop to 7f didn't suit when beaten 7l at Curragh and will appreciate stepping back up to 1m.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11th

4

(14)

13th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 2f 0y

15:20 Curragh

Aurifodina

9st 4lb

J: Luke McAteer

T: J S Bolger

dwelt start, in rear

14/1

6th

7

(5)

18th Jul 2023

Yielding

1m 3f 35y

19:20 Killarney

Aurifodina

8st 10lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: J S Bolger

towards rear, pushed along over 3f out

10/1

4th

5

(11)

11th Jun 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

16:40 Navan

Aurifodina

9st 6lb

J: Luke McAteer

T: J S Bolger

towards rear, good headway and in touch with leaders towards near side over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on and went fourth towards finish, not reach leaders

20/1

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11/4

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 053S BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 12lb

2 yo Filly

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Good third in Roscommon maiden (winner was second off 87 next time, runner-up won maiden since); slipped up when favourite for Listowel nursery; yard has been very profitable to follow in this category of race and she could be well treated.

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7th

3

(7)

24th Jun 2023

Yielding To Soft

0m 7f 0y

17:55 Limerick

Tiymara

9st 9lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

Maiden put in some fine efforts in defeat last year in decent company but has been well below that level twice this term; drops back from 1m2f last time and cheekpieces tried.

14/1

7th

1

(3)

1st Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

17:30 Fairyhouse

Tiymara

10st 0lb

J: Jamie Powell

T: J P Murtagh

Best run last year when second in Leopardstown nursery (1m) on easy ground; testing conditions may not have suited when not knocked about on reappearance at Cork; more expected now upped in trip and back on better ground from a yard in top form.

11/2

7th

2

(3)

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

14:20 Cork

Tiymara

9st 12lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

prominent, soon raced in second, pushed along and outpaced 2f out, ridden and no response over 1f out, tenderly handled inside final furlong

9/2

6/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 568

Last run: 55 days

W: 9st 0lb

2 yo Filly

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Caught the eye on second start in Galway maiden that is working out well (third and fourth have won since); not as good next time when mid-field at Naas but that form has also been boosted; both sister and dam won over 1m2f so steppping up in trip should help and she looks a player on handicap bow.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

9

(11)

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

15:55 Leopardstown

Tea Olive

9st 8lb

J: W J Lee

T: Noel Meade

never better than midfield, kept on final 110yds

14/1

5th

6

(2)

28th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 162y

15:25 Bellewstown

Tea Olive

9st 6lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Noel Meade

in touch with leaders

8/1

4th

8

(4)

20th Jul 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 1f 0y

18:50 Leopardstown

Tea Olive

8st 7lb

J: Jamie Powell

T: Noel Meade

raced in second, led after 2f, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

13/2

Form: 767

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 5lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Not knocked about by his Japanese rider in three maiden runs; headgear fitted for handicap bow and could well be competitive.

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2nd

5

(9)

24th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 13y

Class 6

15:47 Catterick

Vampire Slayer

9st 2lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Daragh Bourke

in rear, steadied soon after start

15/2

8th

12

7th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

16:20 Carlisle

Vampire Slayer

10st 9lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Daragh Bourke

A fair 1m maiden on the Flat who goes hurdling on the back of a good fourth in 1m Newcastle handicap 16 days ago; no forlorn hope.

25/1

4th

1

(6)

20th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

17:30 Newcastle (AW)

Vampire Slayer

9st 9lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Daragh Bourke

took keen hold, raced near side, led against near rail

5/1

Form: 075004

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 2lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Fifth in hot Curragh maiden in June but hasn't built on that in three starts since being gelded; well held fourth of 10 in Tipperary maiden latest and sixth home Vampire Slayer may well improve past him.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7

(11)

5th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 2f 120y

16:35 Sligo

Grey Fable

9st 9lb

J: Wayne Hassett

T: Ms Sheila Lavery

Has been disappointing after initial handicap promise; well held behind a stablemate on Curragh return and loads of improvement needed.

16/1

14th

19

(24)

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

16:40 Curragh

Grey Fable

9st 3lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Ms Sheila Lavery

Has been disappointing after initial handicap promise, notably when second over 1m4f at Roscommon; not much on AW during the winter and now drops in trip with tongue-tie tried.

16/1

8th

2

(16)

16th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

13:40 Dundalk (AW)

Grey Fable

10st 0lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Ms Sheila Lavery

in touch with leaders

8/1

Form: 98705

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 0lb

2 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Beaten 4l when keeping on late at Bellewstown; chance if building on that handicap bow but this is a better grade of race.

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12

(13)

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 2f 0y

16:35 Navan

Master Garvey

9st 5lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Joseph Anthony Murray

7f winner on heavy in March; just mid-division in his subsequent starts at 7f/1m; only previous run over 1m2f (fourth of 14) was on the sharper Dundalk circuit.

12/1

8th

8

(21)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 0f 0y

20:20 Naas

Master Garvey

9st 11lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Joseph Anthony Murray

Got off the mark over 7f here last month but couldn't cope with this mark against Summer Snow at Gowran last time; run well but vulnerable.

8/1

7th

3

(15)

24th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

17:05 Gowran Park

Master Garvey

9st 11lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Joseph Anthony Murray

Took a good while to get off the mark but that breakthrough success at Naas (7f, heavy) had been coming and he was clear until clawed back late on; hit with a 9lb rise but has run well off this figure in the past.

7/2

Form: 9547

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 10lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Only beaten 2l at Cork on third start; well held at Gowran latest but blinkers may help on handicap debut although he has been keen lately so it could go either way.

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3rd

4

(13)

9th May 2024

Heavy

1m 6f 0y

16:50 Gowran Park

Pigeon House

9st 13lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

Got off the mark over hurdles when winning at Punchestown last week, now rated 126 in that sphere; several decent Flat efforts in defeat and handles this ground, so should go close if this doesn't come too soon.

3/1

1st

23

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 94y

15:40 Punchestown

Pigeon House

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Mrs John Harrington

prominent

14/1

Form: 6677

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 12lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 66

Form & Verdict

Soundly beaten on nursery bow at Curragh and held by Aurifodina on that form; dropped 3lb but needs a big step forward on what he's done so far.

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Verdict Starting price

8th

8

(4)

15th Oct 2022

Yielding

1m 0f 0y

14:35 Leopardstown

Belissimo

8st 12lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

prominent, ridden and lost position 3f out, weakened from over 1f out

12/1

7th

10

(8)

25th Sep 2022

Soft

0m 7f 0y

16:45 Curragh

Belissimo

9st 1lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

towards rear, ridden over 2f out, slightly hampered over 1f out, well held final furlong

9/1

7th

3

(4)

7th Sep 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

18:15 Cork

Belissimo

9st 5lb

J: Cian Horgan

T: Andrew Slattery

dwelt start, towards rear of midfield, nudged along over 2f out, ridden when slightly hampered over 1f out, soon no impression

25/1

8/1

Form: 637

Last run: 19 days

W: 8st 10lb

2 yo Filly

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Not disgraced in 7f contests; beaten around 6l in Roscommon winners' race and Down Royal maiden last twice; bred to appreciate 1m and may be capable of getting involved in first nursery; second runner for Noel Meade.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8

(9)

14th Apr 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

17:40 Dundalk (AW)

Grange Lady

8st 12lb

J: Leigh Roche

T: Noel Meade

Ran okay a couple of times at two; bit keen when fifth to Autocrat over extended 1m2f here and returns from two-month break; Aga Khan blood on dam-side so might stay.

15/2

5th

8

(2)

17th Feb 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

19:00 Dundalk (AW)

Grange Lady

8st 10lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Noel Meade

Showed some ability in turf maidens in the second half of last season; Finished only one length behind the much shorter-priced Monophonic when seventh of 11 here a fortnight ago.

8/1

7th

6

(6)

3rd Feb 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

18:00 Dundalk (AW)

Grange Lady

9st 7lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Noel Meade

AW debutante showed some ability in turf maidens in second half of last season; market likely best guide as to her readiness here (one of two Meade runners).

12/1

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Payout
Exacta €121.00
Straight Forecast €112.60
Tricast €322.40
Trifecta €283.00

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Aurifodina

SPOTLIGHT:

Tea Olive

The Irish Sun:

Tiymara

POSTDATA:

Aurifodina