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Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £59495.8
  • 2m 3f 130y
  • 8 runners
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Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle (Grade 1)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £19.80
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 11106- C

Last run: 219 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

Impressed last season on winter ground; especially when beating Darasso in the Red Mills at Gowran; disappointed on much better ground in the Champion Hurdle; same when last of six behind Honeysuckle at the Punchestown festival;

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13

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Teahupoo

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Favourite for this last year (soft) when close third behind Sire Du Berlais and Dashel Drasher; not quite at his best next time when 3l fourth in Grade 1 Champion Stayers at Punchestown; has run just once this season, when showing very classy form to win the Grade 1 Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse (2m4f, soft) in December for the second successive season; only seven and may be a stronger sort than 12 months ago, which could enable him to come out on top.

7/4

1st

3

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 70y

14:35 Fairyhouse

Teahupoo

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders on outer, headway and disputed lead before 2 out, ridden and led run-in, kept on well towards finish

9/4

4th

8

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

17:25 Punchestown

Teahupoo

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Classy hurdler over 2m but showed improved form raised in trip this season; beat Klassical Dream and Honeysuckle in the Grade 1 Hattons Grace over 2m4f before hammering Summerville Boy in the Galmoy Hurdle up to this trip; a close third to Sire Du Berlais in the Stayers' Hurdle last time and a serious chance today.

5/2

OUR TIP

9/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 1451-2

Last run: 197 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 163

Form & Verdict

Three-time Grade 1 winner as a novice, including in the 2019 Supreme Novices'; has established himself as a top-class stayer with three more Grade 1 wins; counted Ashdale Bob and Sire Du Berlais among his victims at Punchestown in April; signed off with Auteuil second in May; fascinating contender on his first run at this intermediate trip.

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1st

6

23rd Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 0y

12:10 Thurles

Klassical Dream

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

jumped well, made all, travelled strongly, faced challenge but going easily after 2 out

1/4

1st

3

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

17:25 Punchestown

Klassical Dream

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Top-class stayer has won this race for the past two years, beating Ashdale Bob last occasion; just two starts this season, running Teahupoo to a neck in the Hattons Grace on return but was well below his best in the Stayers Hurdle having had an interrupted preparation; Paul Townend's pick.

3/1

9th

8

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Klassical Dream

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won the Supreme Novices' here in 2019 and has added three staying Grade 1s more recently; neck second to Teahupoo in Grade 1 Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse in December and the subsequent break isn't an issue as he goes very well fresh; only fifth in this last year (soft) having travelled well and there's a suspicion he'll again be vulnerable to stronger stayers at this stiff track; better ground than 12 months ago would probably aid his cause.

8/1

4/9

  • Place: £1.02

Form: /1111- CD

Last run: 219 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 165

Form & Verdict

Unbeaten in 16 starts, including the Champion Hurdle twice, and this event three years in a row; not exactly convincing here in 2020, but did not have to get a hard race when besting the same main opponents 12 months ago; maintained her flawless record with a 3l defeat of Echoes In Rain at Punchestown.

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1st

4

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Honeysuckle

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

May have lost her air of invincibility with defeats in the Hatton's Grace and Irish Champion this winter but in the former contest she still recorded a higher RPR than has ever been achieved in the 15 previous runnings of this race; seemingly doesn't have quite the gears of old but should still make a bold bid to extend her unbeaten Festival record to four; the winner of this event in 2020 and the Champion Hurdle in 2021 and 2022.

7/2

2nd

6

5th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Leopardstown

Honeysuckle

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, raced in second from 2nd, pecked on landing 3 out, pushed along after 2 out, ridden and outpaced approaching last, 3 lengths down last, no extra run-in

6/4

3rd

8

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 3f 130y

14:30 Fairyhouse

Honeysuckle

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

in touch with leaders

4/9

Form: 3232-3 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Reverted to hurdles mid-season last year to good effect; narrowly beaten in the Boyne Hurdle, third in the Coral Cup and surpassed that when 1 1/4l second to Klassical Dream in the Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown; soundly beaten in third on reappearance in the 2m4 Lismullen Hurdle at Navan three weeks ago.

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6th

1

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:05 Cork

Ashdale Bob

11st 12lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Mrs John Harrington

Not the force he once was; was unable to score on favourable terms in a Leopardstown conditions event last time; cheekpieces are retained here and down another 3lb; still a dangerous opponent here with 7lb taken off his back.

4/1

2nd

4

3rd Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 72y

14:50 Leopardstown

Ashdale Bob

11st 2lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Mrs John Harrington

prominent, went second before 5th, led going okay after 2 out, faced challenge when ridden before last, headed but kept on run-in, no match for winner

4/6

5th

4

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Ashdale Bob

11st 3lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Mrs John Harrington

in touch with leaders, not fluent 4th, prominent after 7th, led narrowly before 2 out, headed after 2 out, weakened approaching last

5/1

Form: 4014-5 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

High-class stayer who initially made his name as a handicapper, dual winner of the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham; won Grade 1 honours at Aintree last season before ending the campaign with fourth placing behind Klassical Dream at Punchestown; finished behind Ashdale Bob at Navan on reappearance.

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11

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Sire Du Berlais

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

Now a 12yo and can't keep going forever; has run just once this season, when soundly beaten in the Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan last month, but that same 2m5f contest was used as his prep outing prior to his 33-1 win in this race last season (soft); followed up Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree (3m, good to soft); has an excellent record at the Festival, with form figures reading 411201, and no surprise if he plays a leading role once more.

12/1

7th

1

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Sire Du Berlais

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear throughout, detached from 2 out

11/2

Form: 15P6-3

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Dual Grade 1 winner at Punchestown; came back to form in the first half of last season, winning the Galway Hurdle and a Grade 3 event at Tipperary; a long way below his best on his final three outings of the campaign, including in Red Mills Trial won by Teahupoo; ignored in the market on return in the Morgiana, faded tamely into third behind two stablemates.

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2nd

2

20th Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 170y

14:12 Wexford

Saldier

11st 8lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: W P Mullins

Smart 155-rated hurdler, often highly tried; made a promising start to chasing when impressing with his jumping for odds-on win at Thurles in February; pulled up in Grade 3 contest at Naas in March; involved in controversial Killarney race last time, confirmed winner on the day, predictably lost race on appeal; needs to jump a bit better but sets a decent standard.

11/10

1st

2

14th May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 0y

15:55 Killarney

Saldier

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

prominent, mistake and lost ground 4th, soon in rear

Evs

6

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:17 Naas

Saldier

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Classy sort was a Grade 1 winner over hurdles and was a solid third to State Man in the Morgiana Hurdle in November; jumped well when winning on chasing debut at Thurles recently and should have improved from that; deteriorating ground not in his favour.

3/1

Form: 7-2111 D

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Second to Honeysuckle in 2020 Irish Champion Hurdle; third to Epatante in the Champion Hurdle the same year; returned to hurdling last season after not really taking to chasing and has been in good form; has compiled a hat-trick in conditions races at three different trips; stepping back into the big league now.

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0

1

18th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 120y

16:25 Tramore

Darver Star

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Bounced back to form when runner-up at Wexford in March but struggled twice since; not easy to predict and probably needs a career best chase effort to land this off joint-topweight.

6/1

5th

1

7th Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 170y

19:23 Wexford

Darver Star

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

prominent, soon raced in second, pushed along and weakened quickly before 2 out

7/2

1

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

14:50 Punchestown

Darver Star

11st 13lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Gavin Cromwell

10-time winner, just one over fences and has been hit and miss in this sphere; decent second in a handicap chase at Wexford followed by a sub-standard effort in a 3m handicap at the festival here; best horse in the race and has a chance but just that bit vulnerable these days.

5/1

Form: 34352- C

Last run: 219 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Fit from the Flat for this rematch with Honeysuckle who beat her convincingly at Punchestown in the spring and relegated her to third in last season's Irish Champion Hurdle ; won the big amateur handicap at the Galway festival, and only just denied by the strong-finishing Waterville in the Irish Cesarewitch; capable of a big run but probably with troubling Honeysuckle.

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2

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

in rear

25/1

4th

5

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

raced in third, outpaced when dropped to rear home turn, soon no impression

20/1

3rd

4

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, disputing third when not fluent 4th

9/1

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Payout
Exacta €1225.00
Straight Forecast €1090.80
Tricast €1341.10
Trifecta €2160.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Honeysuckle

POSTDATA:

Echoes In Rain

RP Ratings (IRE):

Honeysuckle

TOPSPEED:

Honeysuckle

The Irish Sun:

Honeysuckle