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14:05 Naas

Soft

Barberstown Castle Poplar Square Chase (Grade 3)

  • Prize money: £13634.45
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 5 runners
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Barberstown Castle Poplar Square Chase (Grade 3)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.20
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 3F-631 C

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Five-time winner, including twice over fences last season; returned to form to win a 2m2f handicap chase at Galway last month; would certainly prefer further though.

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

4th

2

5th Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 0y

16:20 Listowel

Jeremys Flame

11st 5lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Gained sixth win over fences when beating Hurricane Georgie by just over a length at Limerick and meets that rival on the same terms; won Naas Grade 3 and Listed contest for mares at Huntingdon last season and not disgraced, although outclassed, when sixth in the Mares Chase at Cheltenham; her new mark leaves her only 1lb wrong at these weights with Easy Game and she's in a good place at the moment.

9/4

1st

1

25th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 160y

18:00 Limerick

Jeremys Flame

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

raced in third early, disputing second 3rd, went second after 5th, led 5 out, clear when not fluent 3 out, going best before 2 out, ridden briefly after last, pushed out and reduced lead towards finish, always doing enough

7/4

6th

6

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Jeremys Flame

11st 2lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

A 9yo who is in her third season of chasing but has improved this winter and a clearcut win over Zambella at Huntingdon in January (2m4f, good to soft; also acts well on soft) showed her in a good light; the likely good pace will suit and she has a better chance than most.

6/1

12/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: /4542- C

Last run: 251 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner over hurdles; yet to score over fences although was runner-up in the Arkle at Leopardstown in 2020; returned last year after 20 months off, fine fourth in the Leopardstown Chase in February his best effort; wants further and falls a little short on his best form in any case.

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

0

2

30th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 90y

17:40 Bellewstown

Gallant John Joe

11st 11lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

in touch with leaders

25/1

0

6

5th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 108y

14:30 Galway

Gallant John Joe

11st 2lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Lightly-raced veteran and has come back quite well from a long period on the sidelines; good second in a staying handicap hurdle at Punchestown in February and again in a 3m conditions hurdle at Cork last month; goes on any ground and should give a good account.

14/1

2nd

5

14th Jul 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

19:35 Cork

Gallant John Joe

11st 0lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

prominent, ridden after 3 out, chased clear leader 2 out, ridden and headway run-in, no impression towards finish

8/1

100/1

Form: 6311/6 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won a maiden hurdle and a novice hurdle for Willie Mullins in 2020; off for 30 months before finishing down the field on his chase debut at Wexford two weeks ago; up against it here.

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

3

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:17 Naas

Francin

11st 0lb

J: Mr R A Berry

T: J A Berry

Useful sort for Willie Mullins but has been well-held when facing mostly stiff tasks for this yard; another one today and best passed over.

100/1

8

26th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

14:40 Naas

Francin

10st 7lb

J: Mr J P Berry

T: J A Berry

Two hurdle wins for Willie Mullins in 2020, obtaining a mark of 142; well beaten in six completed chase starts for his current stable, all in decent company; in touch when falling four out in a Grade 3 event here in January; should find things easier now in his first handicap.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 52111- C

Last run: 217 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 164

Form & Verdict

A rapid improver last season; ran away with a beginners' chase at Thurles and was unchallenged in a five-runner Grade 3 at Navan in March; really announced his arrival into the big time when making all to beat Arkle winner Edwardstone, despite hitting a couple of fences, at Aintree; hard to oppose on that form.

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

6

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 98y

17:25 Punchestown

Gentleman De Mee

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Beat Edwardstone at Aintree as a novice chaser but has shown comparable form only twice since, namely when winning last season's Dublin Chase and, arguably, when second of three finishers behind Captain Guinness in the Champion Chase; had previously finished behind Dinoblue in two Leopardstown clashes this season.

9/2

2nd

7

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Gentleman De Mee

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Often a front-runner; decisively beat Edwardstone at Aintree (good to soft) as a novice chaser but has shown comparable form only once since, namely when winning last season's Dublin Chase (yielding); well-held fourth to stablemate El Fabiolo in the latest edition of that Leopardstown race and, on balance, can be opposed.

25/1

Form: 23172- D

Last run: 198 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Not far off Champion Hurdle standard for Gordon Elliott; very useful novice chaser last season, winning a beginners' at Gowran and just touched off by Blue Lord in the Grade 1 at Punchestown; has the overall form to make a race of it with Gentleman De Mee.

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

17th

2

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Coeur Sublime

11st 10lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield

14/1

2nd

1

(6)

31st Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

15:07 Curragh

Coeur Sublime

12st 0lb

J: Mr A Jones

T: Henry De Bromhead

dwelt start, towards rear, headway against far rail 2f out, went third over 1f out, ran on and went second inside final 110yds, no match for winner

7/2

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Payout
Exacta €1010.00
Straight Forecast €731.70
Trifecta €6832.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Gentleman De Mee

RP Ratings (IRE):

Gentleman De Mee

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Gentleman De Mee

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Gentleman De Mee

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Gentleman De Mee