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Liam & Valerie Brennan Florida Pearl Novice Chase (Grade 2)

  • Prize money: £18096.64
  • 2m 6f 140y
  • 7 runners
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Liam & Valerie Brennan Florida Pearl Novice Chase (Grade 2)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £21.40
  • Place: £3.00

Form: -12428 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Smart mare is only 1-14 over fences, though has run creditably in some quality races in that time; below form last time but could be placed if back to her best.

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

7

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 7f 0y

15:10 Punchestown

Darrens Hope

10st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Robert Murphy

Has been a reliable mare in previous seasons ans looked set for a fine campaign when a long-priced Grade 2 winner at this venue last November; has lost form alarmingly and is now tried with blinkers for the first time.

25/1

11

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Darrens Hope

10st 2lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Robert Murphy

Can lead; has had a fallow spell since winning a Grade 2 novice at Punchestown in November (2m6f, yielding) and little in her latest two handicap starts (in October and January) suggests she has anything in hand off her current mark.

16/1

32

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 5f 0y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Darrens Hope

10st 0lb

J: Conor Clarke

T: Robert Murphy

Second reserve; won the Grade 2 Florida Pearl Novice at Punchestown in November (2m6f) but hasn't produced an effort of note since then.

11/4

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 1212P- C

Last run: 207 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

High-class novice hurdler last season, finishing second in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown over this trip; subsequently met with a setback and was pulled-up at Punchestown when last seen; however, it is interesting that he is pitched into this on chasing debut and has the ability to win if his jumping holds up.

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

1st

4

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Minella Crooner

11st 4lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Winner over 2m7f on heavy ground at Wexford last November; not at his best since; a negative that he has been pulled up in his two attempts at about 3m6f; also suffered that fate in Grand National.

16/1

21

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Minella Crooner

10st 10lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

Has shown his form over 2m7f on heavy ground this term but took a backward step behind I Am Maximus at Fairyhouse in February and pulled up at Cheltenham (33-1) last month; also pulled up in his two attempts at about 3m6f, so he's not high on the list.

66/1

9

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Minella Crooner

11st 7lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Useful chase form as a novice but he was out of sorts in the National Hunt Chase here last year; back on track when winning a Listed race on return and he bettered that when a good third in a Grade 3 at Tramore (also 2m7f, heavy) on New Year's Day; not the same force either side of that but still has possibilities.

25/1

Form: 451-1

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point' winner ran away with a maiden hurdle at Kilbeggan in April and did really well to make a winning chasing debut (2m5f) at Fairyhouse on first run since, beating a smart stablemate; should have improved plenty from that and longer trip will suit; contender.

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

5th

10

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Amirite

11st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Pulled up when favourite for Irish National last April and hasn't really threatened on either run this season; however, those were still fair efforts (3m1f/3m) and his saddle slipped when he was fourth at Cheltenham in October; remains lightly raced and may yet have more to offer for top Irish yard.

11/2

5th

18

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Amirite

11st 1lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, some headway home turn, ran on from last, not reach leaders

8/1

Form: 100-14 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

A 135-rated hurdler got off the mark on chasing debut over 3m here in May; was 25l behind Idas Boy on first run since in a Grdae 3 novice at Cork two weeks ago but should have improved from that run; this better ground can suit.

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

17th

31

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Panda Boy

10st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

Wore cheekpieces on last two starts when doing excellent late work to be second of 27 to Meetingofthewaters in a top handicap chase and fourth of 22 in a major handicap hurdle, both 3m at Leopardstown (soft; unproven on heavy); that suggested stamina reserves and his run in the 2023 Irish National (his only attempt beyond 3m) was creditable, albeit with four rivals moving away from him late on; not dismissed.

10/1

4th

5

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Panda Boy

11st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

soon prominent

7/1

2nd

15

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Panda Boy

11st 3lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield halfway, headway home turn, went third last, ran on well and went second final 110yds, no match for winner

13/2

Form: 242-12 D BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Has endured a stop-start career but was a 135-rated novice hurdler last season and has taken well to chasing; easily won his bow at Cork before finishing a fine second to a more experienced rival in a Grade 3 back there last time; should be closely involved.

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

3

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Idas Boy

11st 9lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Off for over a year before winning a 2m5f handicap chase here in November; fell early in the Paddy Power Chase at Christmas when last seen; others preferred.

14/1

0

1

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Idas Boy

11st 12lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

midfield, mistake 3rd, fell 5th

12/1

1st

3

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 70y

13:58 Punchestown

Idas Boy

11st 6lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Looked a promising sort in novice company in 2021-22 season winning a beginners' at Cork before a narrow defeat in a Grade 3 at same venue; however, pulled up a long way out in Grade 2 novice on this card last year and hasn't been seen since.

8/1

Form: /321-1 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Smart hurdler won a Grade 2 (2m5f) at Navan last season following on from being placed in two novice chases; broke his duck in this sphere when a ready winner at Galway three weeks ago and, with improvement likely, should go well but best on testing ground.

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

3rd

6

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 45y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Thedevilscoachman

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Noel Meade

raced wide, didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, dropped to last and weakened before 2 out, no impression when hampered by faller after 2 out

7/2

4th

5

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:15 Gowran Park

Thedevilscoachman

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Noel Meade

Won 2022 Boyne Hurdle at Navan from Ashdale Bob; dual Grade 3 winner over fences last year, showing plenty of stamina in races at Naas and Limerick; improved from his return to action in the Troytown Chase when splitting Sir Gerhard and Ashdale Bob at Punchestown; first-time cheekpieces now; could be hard to beat.

7/4

2nd

6

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 15y

14:15 Punchestown

Thedevilscoachman

11st 6lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Noel Meade

Won 2022 Boyne Hurdle from Ashdale Bob; Dual Grade 3 winner over fences this year; should be better for his return to action in the Troytown Chase.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta €558.00
Straight Forecast €565.40
Trifecta €1827.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Idas Boy

TOPSPEED:

Thedevilscoachman

RP Ratings (IRE):

Idas Boy

POSTDATA:

Idas Boy

The Irish Sun:

Idas Boy