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McMahon McKay Hospitality And Leisure Hunters Chase

  • Prize money: £4957.98
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • 10 runners
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McMahon McKay Hospitality And Leisure Hunters Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

15/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.80
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1312-1 CD

Last run: 213 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Beaten favourite when third in this last year; giant strides in the interim, chasing home Billaway in the Champion Hunters at Punchestown and two from two in the interim, latest when winning a Portrush 'point' on his return from a 141-day break; afforded the utmost respect.

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

5th

14

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 160y

17:25 Punchestown

Vaucelet

12st 0lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: D M Christie

Unplaced favourite at Cheltenham last year having previously looked like a rising star in this category; now 0-6 since that disappointment; second to Its On The Line here 12 months ago, also second to Billaway at Downpatrick last May; two odds-on defeats in autumn points campaign; only slight reassurance form well-beaten fifth behind Its On The Line at Aintree.

12/1

12/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 02/13- C

Last run: 241 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Already a winner of two hurdle races, three chases and a point-to-point; found life tough when last seen out at Punchestown in the Champion Hunters behind Billaway, and has a lot to find with Vaucelet on that run alone, although he did beat him when winning this race last year.

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

3rd

2

6th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 50y

15:55 Down Royal

Dorking Cock

11st 12lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: S R B Crawford

prominent, went second before 7th, challenging from 5 out, no extra when bit short of room and lost second final 110yds

5/1

12/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 3/53P/ D

Last run: 1009 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Made a race of it with Vaucelet when runner-up at Portrush on the back of a huge layoff (693-days) in October; clearly retains plenty of ability and if he can reproduce that effort, he won't be far away.

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

16th

3

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Coastal Tiep

12st 0lb

J: Mr B G Crawford

T: S R B Crawford

Absent for two years before three respectable efforts this season, even if he was beaten a long way in the latest of them; fourth in this in 2019 but hard to see him matching that now.

33/1

3rd

4

22nd Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 149y

16:10 Thurles

Coastal Tiep

11st 7lb

J: Mr S Connor

T: S R B Crawford

didn't jump with fluency, pressed leaders on outer, mistake 7th, pushed along 3 out, no impression when pecked on landing 2 out, ridden when went modest third last, kept on, no match for first two

13/2

3rd

2

26th Dec 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

14:33 Down Royal

Coastal Tiep

12st 0lb

J: Mr S Connor

T: S R B Crawford

Made a race of it with Vaucelet when runner-up at Portrush on the back of a huge layoff (693-days) in October; clearly retains plenty of ability and if he can reproduce that effort, he won't be far away.

12/1

Form: 2297F- C

Last run: 387 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Prolific winner over the years and in the frame both starts so far 'pointing'; lot of water under the bridge since his last victory (2019) but more than capable of mixing it with the best here; definite shout.

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

4th

8

26th Dec 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

14:33 Down Royal

Snow Falcon

12st 0lb

J: Mr Pat Taaffe

T: Noel Meade

Prolific winner over the years and in the frame both starts so far 'pointing'; lot of water under the bridge since his last victory (2019) but more than capable of mixing it with the best here; definite shout.

15/2

10

4th Dec 2021

Soft

3m 1f 188y

Class 1

14:40 Aintree

Snow Falcon

10st 8lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Noel Meade

A class act in his time, when this mark would have been a breeze; no win since October 2019 and he seems to have settled at a lower level on last seven starts (since April); needs better than that and has not proved himself beyond 3m but seventh in the Kerry National last time was no disgrace.

20/1

7

21st Nov 2021

Good

3m 0f 0y

14:50 Navan

Snow Falcon

11st 1lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Noel Meade

Grade 2 winner over fences, also won the Kerry National in 2018; getting on in years now and seems vulnerable in big handicaps at this stage, judged on his runs in the Galway Plate (ninth) and Kerry National (seventh).

16/1

Form: P2740- C

Last run: 320 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

One from eleven in 'points'; showed signs of getting back into the swing of things when fifth of ten runners behind January Jets at Kirkistown in November, although this demands a whole lot more.

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

5th

4

28th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 165y

17:25 Downpatrick

Samurai Cracker

11st 13lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Mrs Caroline McCaldin

Former useful hunter chaser is winless for over two years and not been at his best for some time; was mostly point-to-pointing over the winter and weakened tamely in Perth handicap last time having had a summer break.

12/1

3rd

3

1st Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

19:25 Perth

Samurai Cracker

11st 3lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Mrs Caroline McCaldin

disputing second, raced in second after 4th, outpaced and no chance with winner after halfway, lost second before 2 out, soon weakened

12/1

Form: P/301-

Last run: 252 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Dual 'point' winner struggled when the chips were down at Borris House behind Brain Power; entitled to strip a good deal fitter now but looks up against it with quite a bit of ground to make up on the latter (21l).

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

4th

5

28th Apr 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

18:35 Punchestown

Down The Highway

12st 0lb

J: Mr M J Love

T: Ciaran Murphy

Cork winner last April, third to Dinny Lacey when bidding for a repeat early this month; huge task now after a recent point-to-point defeat.

50/1

3rd

3

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:45 Cork

Down The Highway

12st 0lb

J: Mr M J Love

T: Ciaran Murphy

towards rear, headway 4 out, soon pushed along, mistake 3 out, soon ridden, hampered by faller 2 out, kept on and went third run-in

14/1

6th

4

26th Dec 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

14:33 Down Royal

Down The Highway

12st 0lb

J: Mr T J Love

T: Ciaran Murphy

Dual 'point' winner struggled when the chips were down at Borris House behind Brain Power; entitled to strip a good deal fitter now but looks up against it with quite a bit of ground to make up on the latter (21l).

25/1

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Form: 257/P- CD

Last run: 463 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Grade One C&D winner has made an excellent start to life as a 'Pointer', winning all three starts, latest with a nice bit left in the locker from Some Are Lucky; fits into the 'class is permanent' type of category, and could have a bit too much firepower for his rivals here, albeit a hot affair.

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

22

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

The Storyteller

12st 0lb

J: Mr J J Codd

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a handicap chase at this meeting in 2018 and very nearly took the Pertemps Final in 2020; good to see him still doing the business in points and he clearly failed to give his running behind Vaucelet at Down Royal in December (favourite); odds-on defeat on latest start reduces his appeal but returning here might get his competitive juices flowing; cheekpieces on for the first time.

14/1

7th

9

26th Dec 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

14:33 Down Royal

The Storyteller

12st 0lb

J: Mr J J Codd

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade One C&D winner has made an excellent start to life as a 'Pointer', winning all three starts, latest with a nice bit left in the locker from Some Are Lucky; fits into the 'class is permanent' type of category, and could have a bit too much firepower for his rivals here, albeit a hot affair.

5/2

1

19th Sep 2021

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

15:30 Listowel

The Storyteller

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Came into the form of his life around this time last year, culminating with a breakthrough Grade 1 success when he snared the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal in last-gasp style; went on to finish second in the Christmas Hurdle and the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup before running respectably in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham; last seen finishing mid-field in the Punchestown version; Jordan Gainford's claim will be a help on his return.

5/2

Form: 0/564/ C

Last run: 605 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Solid return to action at Kirkistown in November but failed to back that up when pulling-up before the last behind The Storyteller at Quakerstown; won this in 2019 but has some questions to answer now; first-time cheekpieces.

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

8th

5

26th Dec 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

14:33 Down Royal

Dylrow

12st 0lb

J: Miss A L Fitzgibbon

T: D M Christie

Solid return to action at Kirkistown in November but failed to back that up when pulling-up before the last behind The Storyteller at Quakerstown; won this in 2019 but has some questions to answer now; first-time cheekpieces.

33/1

Form: 824-32

Last run: 36 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

No match for Brain Power at Tattersalls Farm on his return from a break but almost caused a big shock when forcing a photo finish with the Cheltenham hero Delta Work over the banks at Punchestown in the interim; not without a squeak.

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

1st

13

2nd May 2024

Yielding

4m 1f 11y

16:50 Punchestown

Singing Banjo

11st 7lb

J: Mr B J Walsh

T: Barry John Walsh

soon prominent, briefly disputed lead when pecked on landing 16th, hampered 20th

25/1

7th

7

26th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

11:40 Punchestown

Singing Banjo

11st 4lb

J: Mr B J Walsh

T: Barry John Walsh

Won twice over this banks course at the festival in 2021, including the La Touche over 4m2f; was poor in a point last time but was just denied in this race last year by the classy Delta Work; a repeat of that will see him go close.

9/1

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Non-runners

Brain Power, Singing Banjo

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €127.00
Straight Forecast €172.20
Trifecta €743.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

The Storyteller

TOPSPEED:

Vaucelet

RP Ratings (IRE):

The Storyteller

POSTDATA:

The Storyteller

The Irish Sun:

The Storyteller