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BARONERACING.COM Handicap Hurdle (Grade A)

  • Prize money: £49579.83
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 19 runners
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BARONERACING.COM Handicap Hurdle (Grade A)

Runners: 19 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.90
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 217-14 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Galway maiden winner in July; takes a big drop in trip now after finishing fourth over 2m6f on his handicap debut at the same venue in October; one of the market leaders then, so unwise to rule out.

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

3rd

6

(8)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:45 Curragh

Merlin Giant

9st 8lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Emmet Mullins

prominent

11/2

13th

13

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 180y

17:05 Leopardstown

Merlin Giant

8st 7lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Emmet Mullins

in touch with leaders, headway and briefly went third 5f out, weakened quickly over 2f out, eased from over 1f out

4/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 1133-3 D BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Lightly-raced bumper and maiden hurdle winner; closely matched with Nibiru and Watch The Weather on Down Royal running, favourite then in his first handicap; might well have won with a better jump at the last; leading contender.

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

1st

12

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 55y

16:15 Punchestown

Pinkerton

10st 6lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Useful hurdler, placed in his first two chases in decent company at Fairyhouse; had an excuse at Thurles when struck into himself; winning favourite at Tipperary nine days ago, and now goes into handicap company 4lb below hurdles mark.

8/1

12

23rd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

15:35 Tipperary

Pinkerton

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

A 134-rated hurdler was placed in first two chases in good-class events at Fairyhouse and had an excuse last time at Thurles when found to have struck into himself; likely to be in the mix.

11/2

5th

8

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

13:33 Thurles

Pinkerton

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, not fluent 2nd, mistake 4 out, soon weakened

8/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 15143- CD BF

Last run: 230 days

W: 11st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Won 2m Leopardstown maiden last Christmas on Irish/hurdling debut; a shade disappointing in Leopardstown Grade 1 contest before a comfortable odds-on win in a Grade 3 event at this venue; looked like he might need further when fourth to stablemate Vauban in Irish-dominated Triumph Hurdle; beaten favourite in C&D Grade 2 event in April.

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

5th

1

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

17:10 Uttoxeter

Icare Allen

12st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

held up in rear

33/1

3

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 173y

Class 2

17:20 Sandown

Icare Allen

11st 11lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Well treated on best form for Willie Mullins but has been pulled up in handicaps at the big Cheltenham (7-1) and Aintree (50-1) meetings on his last two starts (stable debut latest); could click at some point but on balance he's best opposed.

28/1

16/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 1F15-2 D

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Useful juvenile hurdler last season; creditable second on handicap debut in the Lartigue at Listowel; more difficult task against his elders now.

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

1st

14

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Listowel

Man O Work

10st 2lb

J: Cian Cullinan

T: P G Fahey

held up in last early, towards rear after 3rd, headway and in touch with leaders after 3 out, keeping on when switched right on near side of group before 2 out, ran on to lead before last, kept on well

16/1

2nd

5

17th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

20:19 Tramore

Man O Work

11st 0lb

J: Miss N Fahey

T: P G Fahey

Became a shade frustrating hurdling, even if he ran well enough off 128 in April; safely held by Uxmal at Navan sole Flat start; rider 2-8.

16/1

7th

5

14th May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

15:25 Killarney

Man O Work

11st 5lb

J: Cian Cullinan

T: P G Fahey

Won juvenile hurdles at Naas and Limerick the season before; some creditable efforts in defeat last season before later reverses; signs of a return to form at Punchestown last time but others make much more appeal.

14/1

Form: 0-4653 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Reeled off a 2m handicap hurdle hat-trick between October and December last year; modest form over fences before back to form in a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Naas.

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

9th

5

26th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

14:50 Cork

Lucky Max

11st 5lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Sean Thomas Doyle

towards rear

15/2

4th

3

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 120y

15:12 Down Royal

Lucky Max

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Sean Thomas Doyle

Four-time winner over hurdles and beaten a nose in a Naas handicap in March; well beaten in a Punchestown handicap hurdle in April; out of his depth in the Galway Hurdle; did not seem to take to chasing last season, soundly beaten in races at Listowel and Gowran; best watched.

8/1

Form: -51219 D

Last run: 129 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Mare has had an excellent year with three wins in this sphere notably Scottish Champion Hurdle in April; also won on the Flat at Killarney in August; having previously finished ninth to Tudor City in the Galway Hurdle; big burden here.

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

18th

5

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Anna Bunina

11st 6lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: John C McConnell

midfield, weakened after 4 out

12/1

7th

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Anna Bunina

11st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: John C McConnell

10-48 overall (5-32 over hurdles) with biggest win in the Scottish Champion Hurdle in April 2022; ran well in defeat last February-April and gave easily her most encouraging performance since when having her first go over this sort of trip, running on well to take fourth in the Musselburgh qualifier (soft) last month; needs to build on that but worth a second look; first-time hood.

33/1

4th

3

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Anna Bunina

11st 11lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: John C McConnell

10-47 overall (5-31 over hurdles) with biggest win in the Grade 2 Scottish Champion Hurdle (a handicap) at Ayr in April 2022; ran well in defeat last February-April but well beaten in her three starts since and she has never raced beyond an extended 2m4f.

33/1

Form: 2/26-9 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Ran only twice last season; likely to be capable of improvement from last month's seasonal debut at Navan, but this is a much deeper race.

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

13th

9

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

15:55 Cork

Cotteemcavennigoal

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Shane Crawley

Quite lightly raced 9yo has struggled in handicaps so far and probably best watched after a year's absence.

33/1

14th

2

6th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

15:33 Cork

Cotteemcavennigoal

12st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Shane Crawley

prominent on inner, pushed along before 3 out, weakened before 2 out

12/1

7th

1

4th Mar 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

15:10 Navan

Cotteemcavennigoal

12st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Shane Crawley

Ordinary form this season; perhaps worth bearing in mind that his best form has been at this venue; 2m maiden winner in March 2021 and a head second in a 2m handicap here later that year.

16/1

Form: 17114- D BF

Last run: 387 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Recorded the most significant of his three hurdle wins over 2m5f at Limerick 14 months ago; lacks a recent outing and may find this trip a bit sharp.

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

18th

22

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Off Your Rocco

11st 0lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

Has returned from an absence this season and failed to threaten, finishing tenth in the Coral Cup last month; however, his top Irish yard has a good record in this race and he may yet have a bigger run in him, having been a Listed novice hurdle winner in October 2021.

25/1

10th

25

15th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Off Your Rocco

10st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Three hurdle wins in 2021 as a novice, in 2m5f Listed race at Limerick (soft) on third occasion, and creditable fourth in Grade 2 novice over C&D that November; not seen again until well beaten in two warm handicaps in December (18-1 and 16-1) but he showed that some ability remains on first occasion and he's not written off yet.

66/1

12th

4

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 3f 120y

14:32 Punchestown

Off Your Rocco

11st 5lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

The last of his three hurdle wins came in a Limerick Listed race in October 2021; only midfield in a Fairyhouse handicap a month ago but that was after a year out, so should improve.

25/1

Form: 0-5684 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Has won in France, Britain and Ireland, but no further success since landing Leopardstown conditions event in March 2020; not a bad effort when fourth at Down Royal but three of these rivals beat him in that race.

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

14th

16

5th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

16:10 Leopardstown

Charli Parcs

10st 1lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Aidan Anthony Howard

Losing streak goes back to win in a conditions event here in March 2020; fair fourth behind Nibiru at Down Royal in November; soundly beaten last twice, including here at Christmas.

33/1

7th

11

27th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Charli Parcs

10st 7lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Aidan Anthony Howard

towards rear of midfield

20/1

9th

14

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:05 Fairyhouse

Charli Parcs

10st 9lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Aidan Anthony Howard

midfield

20/1

6/1

Form: 27-511 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Won a handicap hurdle for women riders at Navan in September; went up for 8lb for that but coped admirably when produced with a well-timed run from off the pace to beat Watch The Weather and Pinkerton at Down Royal; every chance of being involved again.

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

12th

9

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Nibiru

11st 4lb

J: Daniel King

T: A J Martin

Refused to race in this contest 12 months ago (14-1) and well beaten on sole hurdle start since (last August); however, he's a three-time winner in this code and won on the Flat in February last time out; capable of a bold show and it will be interesting to see how he goes in the betting.

20/1

1st

1

(10)

23rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

18:45 Dundalk (AW)

Nibiru

10st 0lb

J: Daniel King

T: A J Martin

dwelt start, towards rear, outpaced over 3f out, headway when bit short of room and switched left under 2f out, pressed leaders when switched left and ran on inside final furlong, led up the centre final strides

16/1

Form: 6112P2

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Wins have come over 2m3f at Cork and an extended 2m4f at Wexford; picked up an injury at Listowel; otherwise progressive, and was only just denied by Niburu at Down Royal, with Pinkerton a head way in third; clearly not much between the trio.

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

21th

22

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 118y

17:25 Punchestown

Watch The Weather

10st 12lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: R P Cody

Left his previous form behind when bolting up at Tipperary last summer but struggled on softer ground twice since; conditions need to help spark a revival here.

33/1

6th

1

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 2

16:15 Chepstow

Watch The Weather

12st 0lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: R P Cody

Bolted up at Tipperary (2m4f), and off a 14lb higher mark ran perfectly well in a Listed handicap at the Galway Festival (2m6f, soft); still quite lightly raced and has travelled over from County Kilkenny.

25/1

12th

2

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

19:40 Curragh

Watch The Weather

12st 9lb

J: Gillian Cody

T: R P Cody

Been in good form over hurdles, bolting up at Tipperary and fourth over 2m6f at Galway.

12/1

Form: 1/481- D

Last run: 338 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Wide-margin winner over 2m3f at Punchestown last December, showing major improvement from his run in a 2m Cork event won by Lucky Max; 12lb higher for his reappearance.

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

7th

1

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 160y

14:55 Cork

An Epic Song

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

Good class hurdler, best effort when touched off in last year's Coral Cup; jumped consistently left on his chase debut at Punchestown in November when last seen; has a clear chance here with better jumping, albeit over a trip short of his best.

7/4

5th

1

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 200y

12:48 Punchestown

An Epic Song

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

Won a handicap hurdle at this venue; only narrowly denied in last year's Coral Cup before a lesser effort here; interesting runner on chase debut and any further rain would help; off 210 days.

10/1

Form: 09-033

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Makes handicap debut; potentially interesting on the basis of a promising third in a Galway maiden; winner and runner-up (who has won since) were both well fancied; opening mark looks fair enough, and he is a lot less exposed than many of his rivals.

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

12th

6

26th Dec 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

A Million Bucks

11st 6lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Thomas Gibney

midfield

16/1

13th

18

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:05 Fairyhouse

A Million Bucks

10st 0lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

prominent in chasing group

12/1

3rd

1

29th Oct 2022

Soft

2m 0f 90y

14:18 Galway

A Million Bucks

11st 12lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Inconsistent sort; placed in a bumper at Down Royal early in the year; also ran well to take third behind the two market principals in a maiden hurdle over 2m4f at Navan on latest, this race looks stronger.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: -11405 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Won Galway Hurdle for the second time in July; good run at Killarney since but was below form at Listowel; fair sixth of 18 on Flat at Leopardstown; remote fifth behind stablemate Nibiru and three others members of this field at Down Royal on latest.

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

10th

6

(16)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

17:45 Dundalk (AW)

Tudor City

11st 10lb

J: Mr B M Coonan

T: A J Martin

Nine career wins include two Galway Hurdles and the Apprentice Derby at the Curragh last June; down the field in a 1m4f handicap here in January and probably best watched.

25/1

10th

5

(10)

12th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

15:37 Dundalk (AW)

Tudor City

9st 12lb

J: Paddy Harnett

T: A J Martin

midfield

16/1

14th

21

(2)

10th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

17:45 Curragh

Tudor City

8st 7lb

J: Siobhan Rutledge

T: A J Martin

midfield

14/1

Form: 25F128 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Galway novice winner in July, ran to a similar level at Listowel; plenty to prove after failing to run to expectations at Cheltenham.

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

6th

2

28th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 165y

17:25 Downpatrick

Flaming Moon

12st 1lb

J: James Smith

T: Matthew J Smith

Decent on the Flat at up to 1m and won a Listed novice hurdle at Galway last year; starts off in handicap chases from a mark 6lb lower than his hurdles rating although the bare form of his two spins over fences earlier this month would suggest the handicapper could have been kinder.

11/2

9th

3

11th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 170y

18:40 Wexford

Flaming Moon

11st 12lb

J: Peter Carberry

T: Matthew J Smith

Out of form on the Flat this season prior to last week's chase debut when tailed off behind Sharjah; would need to match the very best of his hurdle form to be involved and may need a few more spins over fences.

10/1

16/1

Form: -73114 D

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Two runs over fences since winning a 2m Galway handicap hurdle off a 7lb lower mark; has won only twice over hurdles and is going to be a better chaser than hurdler.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

0

5

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

11:55 Fairyhouse

Sit Down Lucy

10st 11lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Peter Fahey

in touch with leaders, mistake 5th, mistake and lost ground 9th

16/1

7th

7

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 190y

13:45 Down Royal

Sit Down Lucy

10st 9lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: Peter Fahey

Three-time winner over jumps but has struggled to find her best form over hurdles or fences since the spring; others preferred.

20/1

6th

4

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:50 Limerick

Sit Down Lucy

11st 11lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Peter Fahey

Won big pot over hurdles at last year's Galway festival and made winning start over fences at same track; not competitive in good company next few chase starts but creditable third in Wexford handicap in July and not done with when departing two out at Killarney; trip fine but would prefer better grouund.

7/1

Form: 34048- D

Last run: 222 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Five-time Flat winner; seldom near his very best this year but he is relatively unexposed over hurdles (only six runs) and is an interesting addition to the Elliott team; only a five-year-old, so quite impossible he will improve despite having done plenty of racing on the Flat.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

14:02 Lingfield

In From The Cold

11st 11lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Grace Harris

disputing second, lost position before 4th, raced in last when not fluent 5th, left in third 4 out, hampered by loose horse before 3 out, struggling on turn after 3 out, tailed off

5/1

5th

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:58 Chepstow

In From The Cold

11st 11lb

J: James Bowen

T: Grace Harris

Left Gordon Elliott after a disappointing Flat run in the autumn; ran okay to be fourth of six back over hurdles on stable debut at Kempton (2m, good to soft) and he contested a Class 2 last time at Doncaster; seems to be okay on heavy and he could have some say.

10/1

Form: 055-62

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

3lb out of the handicap but capable of a big run judged on a close second behind a fellow Irish raider at Cheltenham; had been chasing prior to that; trainer has two higher-profile candidates, but that is not a significant negative.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

13th

12

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:00 Fairyhouse

Explosive Boy

10st 12lb

J: Daniel King

T: A J Martin

Now 0-8 hurdling, standout effort when beaten a head in 2m Cheltenham novice handicap in November 2022 on good ground; travelling like a winner when falling two out over C&D following month but absent since; ground concerns here after 15 months absence.

16/1

19

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:05 Fairyhouse

Explosive Boy

10st 0lb

J: Peter Carberry

T: A J Martin

3lb out of the handicap but capable of a big run judged on a close second behind a fellow Irish raider at Cheltenham; had been chasing prior to that; trainer has two higher-profile candidates, but that is not a significant negative.

12/1

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Non-runners

Gaelic Arc, Explosive Boy

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Payout
Exacta €382.00
Straight Forecast €269.60
Tricast €940.80
Trifecta €1501.00

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Pinkerton

The Irish Sun:

Sit Down Lucy

SPOTLIGHT:

In From The Cold

POSTDATA:

Tudor City

TOPSPEED:

Pinkerton