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Earl Of Harrington Memorial Maiden Hunters Chase

  • Prize money: £5205.88
  • 2m 6f 120y
  • 14 runners
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Earl Of Harrington Memorial Maiden Hunters Chase

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form:

Last run:

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Has won three points including 'winners of two' contests the last twice; respected on rules debut for a yard that does very well in these contests.

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

2nd

7

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:45 Cork

Ultimate Optimist

12st 0lb

J: Mr B O’Neill

T: D M Christie

raced in second, pressed leader 8th, left in lead 2 out, pushed along when mistake last, soon headed, kept on, no match for winner

11/10

1st

3

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 140y

17:10 Down Royal

Ultimate Optimist

12st 0lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: D M Christie

raced in second, jumped left 4th, mistake 5th, made challenge after 3 out, led before 2 out, jumped slightly right last, ridden and kept on well run-in

5/4

1st

8

27th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 120y

12:54 Limerick

Ultimate Optimist

12st 0lb

J: Mr B O’Neill

T: D M Christie

chased clear leader, slightly hampered when left in lead 9th, pushed along and went clear before 2 out, ran on well

9/4

18/1

Form: 7326P-

Last run: 255 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Failed to win on the track in 20 starts but won an open point last time; others have more potential.

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

5th

5

9th May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 110y

18:10 Tipperary

Johngus

11st 9lb

J: Mr S Tobin

T: Sean Aherne

midfield, headway 7th, weakened approaching last

7/1

3rd

7

16th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 119y

14:05 Naas

Johngus

11st 7lb

J: Mr S Tobin

T: Sean Aherne

Won at Limerick (2m) over Christmas on belated seasonal debut; best effort since was when fourth over 2m4f at Cork; weakened late then and ended up almost 5l behind today's rival Cheerful Chap (second); poor run over 2m at Cork last time.

16/1

Form: PU680-

Last run: 311 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Little sign of ability over hurdles and fences; runner-up in a maiden point last time; this demands a lot more.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

16

29th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 120y

12:55 Limerick

Clashabreeda

10st 0lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: John Joseph Hanlon

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders 4th, went third before 4 out, ridden and no impression when fell 2 out

14/1

3rd

11

27th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 120y

12:54 Limerick

Clashabreeda

11st 7lb

J: Mr D N Nevin

T: John Joseph Hanlon

chased clear leader, slightly hampered when left in second 9th, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, no chance with winner from 2 out, lost second last

28/1

14

1st Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 1f 100y

19:00 Wexford

Clashabreeda

10st 6lb

J: Adam Short

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Third reserve; very lightly raced mare soundly beaten so far in decent enough beginners' chases; may need more time to make an impact in handicaps.

Form: 00

Last run: 127 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Just got up late to win a mares' maiden point last time but has a lot more on her plate today.

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

7th

11

17th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 100y

14:55 Navan

Lavinia Fontana

10st 1lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: Ciaran Murphy

prominent, soon went second, slow jump and lost ground 7th

33/1

7th

11

28th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 100y

15:00 Tramore

Lavinia Fontana

11st 4lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

Point winner; jumped badly when out of her depth in a novice hurdle at Galway last month; hunter chase form is not very encouraging but she is a relatively young mare with potential for improvement; starts off in handicaps off a low mark.

12/1

7th

8

29th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 156y

15:01 Galway

Lavinia Fontana

10st 11lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Ciaran Murphy

Struggled in two runs over hurdles last season; point winner, weak form in hunter chases; up against it here.

66/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Respectable placed runs in three points last season but he has a lot of his plate on his return today.

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

5th

2

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 120y

16:40 Limerick

Baldurs Gate

11st 9lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Miss Denise Marie O’Shea

towards rear, slightly hampered 4th, mistake 8th, weakened before 2 out

100/30

2nd

1

4th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 107y

17:05 Leopardstown

Baldurs Gate

12st 4lb

J: Mr Alan O’Sullivan

T: Miss Denise Marie O’Shea

Got off the mark at Punchestown in November and consistent since until a poor run when out of the handicap back at that track last time; forgiven that and a player.

5/1

7th

16

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Baldurs Gate

10st 0lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Miss Denise Marie O’Shea

in touch with leaders, towards rear when not fluent 8th, mistake 9th

14/1

Form: 435/8-

Last run: 598 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Previously showed some ability in hurdles and bumpers before going missing; returned with a maiden point win at Moig South last month; is entitled to improve from that, so can't be ignored.

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

3rd

5

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 55y

14:45 Fairyhouse

Grange Island

12st 0lb

J: Mr M J O’Connor

T: W J Burke

didn't always jump with fluency, raced in third, outpaced after 4 out, soon tailed off

9/1

Form: 5

Last run: 42 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won a maiden point last May but was beaten a long way in this company at Fairyhouse on return and questions to answer.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11th

5

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

14:43 Taunton

Royal Juniper

11st 4lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Helen Nelmes

Won over fences in Ireland last summer (2m, yielding to soft), but well beaten on both hurdling starts for current stable (handicap/novice) and difficult to enthuse over at present.

50/1

5th

4

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

15:05 Exeter

Royal Juniper

11st 2lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Helen Nelmes

Won run-of-the-mill handicap chase in Ireland last summer (2m, yielding to soft) but struggled in C&D handicap hurdle for new stable in November and needs subsequent wind op to have made a big difference.

20/1

Form: /994-4

Last run: 221 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Four-time point winner was a beaten favourite when 12l behind in a maiden hunter chase at Cork in April; was poor next time and this first run since.

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

11th

3

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

15:35 Cork

Clounts Glory

11st 11lb

J: Mr C J Shine

T: Michael Winters

towards rear, not fluent 6th

33/1

11

17th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:00 Clonmel

Clounts Glory

11st 7lb

J: Mr Finian Maguire

T: Michael Winters

midfield, dropped to rear 6th, detached when bad mistake 8th, soon pulled up

20/1

Form: 4-P

Last run: 236 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Dual point winner but has been safely held by Ultimate Optimist twice in recent times and there is no reason why he should turn those tables.

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Verdict Starting price

12

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 7f 68y

15:05 Punchestown

Clonmeen

10st 10lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: William P Murphy

in rear

20/1

9th

4

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 100y

16:33 Navan

Clonmeen

11st 8lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: William P Murphy

Point winner; off the mark under rules in 3m Down Royal handicap chase in November; backed that up off 9lb higher when beating the in-form Kings Halo in a 3m contest at Punchestown on New Year's Eve; got another 9lb for that and no match for the first two in a 3m3f Punchestown event last time.

13/2

3rd

12

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Clonmeen

10st 5lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: William P Murphy

held up in rear

10/1

Form: 0575-0

Last run: 179 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Four-time point winner has a fair bit to find against plenty of these; new yard.

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

11

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

15:35 Cork

Loggan Lady

11st 11lb

J: Mr B J Walsh

T: Barry John Walsh

prominent

33/1

10th

14

27th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 120y

12:54 Limerick

Loggan Lady

11st 7lb

J: Mr B J Walsh

T: Barry John Walsh

midfield, dropped to rear and beaten 5 out

33/1

8th

12

1st Jul 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

19:15 Wexford

Loggan Lady

11st 5lb

J: Mr B J Walsh

T: P J Rothwell

prominent, pressed leader 6th, pushed along and weakened before 2 out, tired jump last

25/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Has run respectably in all three point outings but is taking on seasoned winners today; hood added and others preferred.

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

3

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 55y

15:40 Punchestown

Chateau Elan

11st 11lb

J: Mr Ian Cribbin

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Beaten 20l in fourth behind Fr Gilligansvoyge in this race last year; in front of Keenaghan Lass then, but that rival turned the tables when the pair made the frame behind Private Ryan here at the Kildare Hunt point-to-point; better run last time when third in an open contest at Tattersalls Farm.

8/1

7th

3

5th Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

16:50 Listowel

Chateau Elan

11st 7lb

J: Mr Ian Cribbin

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Maiden pointer was 20l fourth in restricted hunter chase at Punchestown festival; third in point-to-point at Stradbally since.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 4747-

Last run: 332 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Wasn't unpromising in four hurdle starts last season but has really impressed since returning to points, twice winning very easily recently; has to be respected returned to the track.

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

3rd

7

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 55y

15:40 Punchestown

The Blind Piper

11st 11lb

J: Mr Finian Maguire

T: Edward F Power

in rear early, mistake 1st, in touch with leaders 4 out, headway and switched right when not fluent 2 out, soon went modest third, no match for first two

12/1

7

27th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 120y

12:54 Limerick

The Blind Piper

12st 0lb

J: Mr J C Barry

T: Edward F Power

midfield, not fluent and pushed along 4 out, weakened after 3 out, well beaten when fell 2 out

11/4

10

6th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Wexford

The Blind Piper

11st 12lb

J: G B Noonan

T: Ms M M Gannon

Dual point winner; fourth beaten 11l on hurdle bow at Fairyhouse in December and bounced back from a lesser effort when returning to that venue in January, filling fourth spot again; was bidding to make all before a bad mistake cost him last time when a beaten 9-4 favourite; sets the standard on form but the drop back in trip isn't guaranteed to suit.

5/4

Form: /047P-

Last run: 372 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won a Lisronagh maiden point in November but was a well beaten favourite in a winners' race since; has to do more today.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9

25th Apr 2023

Yielding

3m 1f 0y

19:10 Punchestown

War Call

11st 7lb

J: Mr J C Canavan

T: S Curling

prominent, led 3rd, hung left and headed after 6th, led again 10th, awkward jump 14th, pecked on landing 15th, slow jump and headed 18th, mistake 20th

14/1

8

17th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:00 Clonmel

War Call

12st 0lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: S Curling

led narrowly, hard pressed with one circuit to go, headed after 4 out

11/2

9

27th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 120y

12:54 Limerick

War Call

12st 0lb

J: Mr J C Canavan

T: S Curling

led, soon clear, 12 lengths ahead 4th, steadied and reduced lead 6th, 8 lengths ahead when mistake and fell 9th

14/1

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