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Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase

  • Prize money: £7684.87
  • 2m 1f 0y
  • 12 runners
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Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.00
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 13335- C

Last run: 200 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Grade 3 winner over 2m4f here last November after winning a point, two bumpers and a maiden hurdle; third in Grade 1 events at Naas and Leopardstown before a creditable third in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham; never in the hunt in 3m Grade 1 at Punchestown on final outing; trip may be a bit short for chasing debut but very interesting prospect.

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

3rd

1

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

18:15 Clonmel

Hollow Games

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped left on occasions, led, briefly disputed lead early

7/4

10th

2

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Hollow Games

11st 11lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

Chase form has gone pear-shaped since finishing third in the Galway Plate in August; filled the same position in this contest two years ago (good to soft; off 1lb lower) and holds each-way claims provided the effort is repeated on this return to hurdles.

20/1

13

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Hollow Games

10st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual bumper winner and Grade 3-winning novice hurdler; decent chaser too, third in the Galway Plate and probably did not get home in the Paddy Power; more at home over this trip and the choice of Jack Kennedy; each-way chance.

16/1

9/1

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 32261-

Last run: 252 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Ran six times over hurdles in France and was placed on four occasions before winning a Listed handicap for juveniles over 2m2f at Auteuil in March; handled heavy ground then and can be rated a noteworthy recruit to a top stable.

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

3rd

4

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Heart Wood

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Acts on heavy going; fresher than most of his rivals, having been absent since opening his chase account in Leopardstown handicap (2m5f) at the Dublin Racing Festival two months ago; may well build on that success; possibilities, provided he stays the new trip.

9/2

1st

16

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Heart Wood

10st 1lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

6/1

2nd

1

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 29y

11:30 Naas

Heart Wood

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

raced in second

13/8

14/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: /4309-

Last run: 197 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Just denied by the useful El Barra in a 2m novice hurdle at 2021 Punchestown festival; best of four runs last season when third in a competitive Leopardstown handicap; rated 132 over hurdles, and represents a trainer who tends to find improvement in the transition to chasing.

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

4th

2

10th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

14:30 Punchestown

Get My Drift

11st 10lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: M F Morris

Off the mark over fences at fifth attempt when taking decent 2m3f Kilbeggan beginners' event last month, staying on well to assert late on (first two clear); drop back to 2m may not be ideal on such quick ground.

11/4

1st

4

12th May 2023

Yielding

2m 3f 20y

19:20 Kilbeggan

Get My Drift

11st 12lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: M F Morris

Hurdle winner has run some solid races in four chase starts, notably in a hot Leopardstown handicap last time in first-time cheekpieces; a repeat of that run will see him closely involved.

100/30

6th

8

4th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:10 Leopardstown

Get My Drift

10st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: M F Morris

Beaten 22l behind Appreciate in a beginners' at Punchestown in December; looks like a potential improver now switching to handicaps and well treated on his peak hurdle form; wears first-time cheekpieces.

100/30

Form: 12337- D

Last run: 218 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Smart 2m novice hurdler who finished third to Sir Gerhard in a Grade event at Leopardstown and emerged with much credit when third behind State Man in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham; did not seem to stay when tried over 2m4f in a Grade 1 contest at Aintree; appeals as a type who can prosper over fences.

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

3rd

1

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 45y

18:00 Punchestown

Colonel Mustard

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

in touch with leaders, raced in last when niggled along briefly after 4 out

33/1

1

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Colonel Mustard

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

Has performed creditably in races won by State Man and Nemean Lion on last two attempts over hurdles; however, looks highly unlikely to turn the tables, being a well exposed 9yo who still has a modest strike-rate (only 1-13 in this sphere); faces a harder task back at Grade 1 level and needs help from the first-time blinkers.

50/1

2nd

4

17th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

14:05 Wincanton

Colonel Mustard

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

held up in last, headway after 5th, went second but not fluent 2 out, switched right run-in, kept on final 110yds

5/2

Form: 621F9- D

Last run: 200 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Punchestown maiden hurdle winner in January, building on her second behind the subsequent Grade 1 winner Brandy Love at Naas the previous month; beaten when failing at the last in a Grade 3 event at Limerick in March; lost ground at the start in handicap hurdle at the Punchestown festival; big mare who should take to chasing, may need further than this.

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

10th

25

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Limerick Lace

10st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Acts well on heavy; won three of her four starts this term, including last month's 2m4f Grade 2 mares' chase at Cheltenham, and the exception was her second of 20 to Coko Beach in the 3m Troytown at Navan (not her best jumping, crowded); 7yos can no longer be ruled out straightaway, following Noble Yeats's triumph in 2022, but a stronger indication of stamina from her would be preferable.

11/1

1st

8

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Limerick Lace

11st 2lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Has turned a corner of late, gaining wide-margin wins at Clonmel (2m2f, heavy) and Doncaster (2m4f, good to soft; Carole's Pass and Pink Legend third and fourth) either side of her useful effort in a good 3m Navan handicap; up in class today but she was impressive last time and is likely to be involved.

7/2

1st

5

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 1

13:40 Doncaster

Limerick Lace

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Gavin Cromwell

Has won three times (2m-2m4f, yielding-heavy) from her eight chase runs and she was better than ever when a fine second of 20 against males in the Troytown Handicap at Navan (3m, soft to heavy) last time; major player.

2/1

Form: 4517F- D

Last run: 260 days

W: 10st 11lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Useful hurdler who has been a shade disappointing in maidens on the Flat last few starts; stable has exploited the four-year-old allowance for young chasers in the past (Fakir D'Oudairies won this in 2019); an interesting early recruit but faces a demanding task here against high-class geldings.

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

9th

9

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 2f 0y

13:55 Thurles

Six Feet Apart

11st 7lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

disputed lead, prominent from 1st

14/1

6th

6

22nd Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 78y

13:10 Thurles

Six Feet Apart

10st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

in touch with leaders early, mistake 5th, pushed along when jumped slightly left and weakened 4 out, made no impression

25/1

5th

14

8th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:15 Clonmel

Six Feet Apart

10st 13lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Decent hurdler is rated 116 in that sphere, winning twice last season, including a Listed event at Doncaster; was second in a Flat maiden here in September before a respectable chasing debut behind a quality sort at Navan; handles soft ground and should go close.

100/30

Form: 548-43

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdles winner in early 2020; rated 120 now, down from a peak of 129 after a long losing run; will need a handicap mark judged on his first two starts over fences at Fairyhouse and Wexford last month.

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

16

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Aarons Day

10st 0lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Winning chaser at Naas last season; not seen since pulling up in a Grade A novice handicap here a year ago; best watched; 2lb wrong

50/1

12

28th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

16:15 Punchestown

Aarons Day

10st 8lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Won a Naas novice handicap in January; well below that level in a Grade 2 at Navan next time; was running a decent race in a Grade 3 at Naas when falling; soundly beaten last of five finishers at Fairyhouse.

25/1

5th

2

9th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 0f 105y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Aarons Day

11st 3lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Won a Naas novice handicap in January but was well below that level in a Grade 2 at Navan next time; was running a decent race in a Grade 3 back at Naas last time when falling; not dismissed.

17/2

OUR TIP

Form: 116- BF

Last run: 209 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point-to-point winner in 2020 autumn campaign; won first two hurdle starts at Fairyhouse, both over 2m4f; ran off 134 when an unplaced favourite over a longer trip at the same venue on his final start; interesting chasing prospect, but ideally may want further than this.

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

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 135y

14:40 Fairyhouse

Carrig Sam

10st 13lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Peter Croke

midfield, lost position and towards rear after 3rd, dropped to rear halfway

16/1

7th

1

11th Sep 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 111y

18:45 Galway

Carrig Sam

11st 13lb

J: Mr J Dunne

T: Gavin Cromwell

in touch with leaders, mistake and bumped 3rd, soon dropped to rear, brief headway after 3 out, no extra before 2 out

7/1

15

28th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

16:15 Punchestown

Carrig Sam

10st 3lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: A L T Moore

Dual winner over hurdles; reassuring that he managed to complete the course last time after three consecutive failures in that respect; 2lb out of the handicap; others have stronger claims.

16/1

Form: 56917- BF

Last run: 209 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Just a fair level of form hurdling last season, ending on a mark of 108; massive amount to find with several of these now that he is switched to fences.

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

2nd

14

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Better Times Ahead

10st 0lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Robert Tyner

Much-improved when stepping up in trip to almost 3m at Navan in March last year, landing a valuable novice handicap on heavy ground; presumably needed Gowran return after 11 months off; no match for Macdermott at Fairyhouse but that form was significantly boosted by the Scottish National outcome; a long way in front of Battle Of Mirbat at Fairyhouse.

8/1

2nd

10

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 124y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Better Times Ahead

10st 13lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Robert Tyner

Was much improved when stepping up in trip to almost 3m at Navan just over a year ago, landing a valuable novice handicap on heavy ground; entitled to have needed Gowran return after 11 months off and he's dangerous given his unexposed profile.

6/1

6th

4

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:35 Gowran Park

Better Times Ahead

11st 1lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Robert Tyner

Chasing last season, ending campaign when bolting up in 3m Grade B novice handicap at Navan in March (heavy); 12lb higher now and market likely best guide to his readiness after 11 months absence.

11/2

Form: -18024 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Maiden hurdle winner on heavy last year; won a handicap on good ground at Clonmel in May; could not quite reproduce the form of previous Fairyhouse second when fourth in recent handicap hurdle at Galway; faces huge task for chase debut.

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

9th

18

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 55y

16:15 Punchestown

The Dasher Conway

10st 1lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: Mrs Gillian Callaghan

Probably too high in the ratings since a wide-margin Tramore win last summer; just denied in a Fairyhouse handicap hurdle (much lower mark) in October before well held in a competitive Cheltenham handicap chase; always at the back in a recent handicap hurdle at Ballinrobe.

33/1

6th

6

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 144y

18:07 Ballinrobe

The Dasher Conway

11st 0lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Mrs Gillian Callaghan

towards rear throughout

7/1

Form: 45

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Loughrea point-to-point winner in April for Cormac Doyle; changed hands for Eur95,000, ran green when remote fourth on chase debut at Galway, looked in need of further when a never-dangerous fifth at Wexford.

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

9th

8

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Yeah Man

11st 4lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, prominent 4 out, mistake and weakened 3 out, jumped badly left last

9/1

1st

7

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Yeah Man

10st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Made debut under rules (ran in just one point) in October 2022; seen mostly over fences and was rallying strongly when he fell at the final fence in a major Ascot handicap (3m, soft) in November this term; again found his stride late on over that same C&D (good) in December, this time getting away with a last-fence error and running on into second; cheekpieces go on; probably acts on heavy going; second over 3m2f last May and looks the type to come into his own now over 3m4f, barring mishaps.

11/2

2nd

10

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Yeah Man

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Gavin Cromwell

Made debut under rules (after just one run in a point) last October; seen mostly over fences and was in the process of showing improved form when he fell at the final fence in major C&D handicap (soft) seven weeks ago, outpaced from six out but rallying strongly up the straight and only 2l down on Victtorino when departing; should prove well suited by further in due course but only 2lb higher today and has a big shout barring mishaps.

11/2

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