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CUBE Maiden Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6197.48
  • 2m 5f 0y
  • 16 runners
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CUBE Maiden Hurdle

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

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3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.20
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 3-512

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Point winner took Cork bumper in April and thus penalised; lovely start to hurdling when second to stable ally of Blackwater at Clonmel, travelling well; should have more to give.

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3rd

3

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Corbetts Cross

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Emmet Mullins

6l runner-up in Grade 1 novice chase at Leopardstown (3m, soft) in December and showed improved form in a first-time hood (retained) when bolting up in Grade 2 NH Chase at last month's Cheltenham Festival (3m6f, heavy); faces much tougher opposition now out of novice company but he was certainly impressive last time and it remains to be seen where his limitations lie.

7/2

1st

1

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Corbetts Cross

11st 7lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: Emmet Mullins

held up in rear, in touch with leaders on outer 10th, pressed leaders going easily after 3 out, good jump to lead 2 out, soon went clear, readily

2/1

1

7th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 42y

14:30 Fairyhouse

Corbetts Cross

11st 12lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: Emmet Mullins

Won Grade 2 novice hurdle at Navan last February; every chance when running out at the last in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham; made a low-key chasing debut at Naas when only third behind Grangeclare West; more professional when scoring at this venue, before again finding Grangeclare West too good in Grade 1 Leopardstown event; ideal opportunity here.

1/2

6/4

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 146-3 BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Naas bumper winner on debut thus penalised; fourth in Cheltenham bumper; 4-6, faded a little on hurdling debut at Punchestown (Silver King in arrears) but that was still promising and major player here.

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7

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

18:00 Punchestown

Seabank Bistro

11st 1lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won a Naas maiden over 2m3f before running poorly in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham; bounced back to run a fine race over this trip at Fairyhouse and could have further improvement.

6/1

3rd

4

8th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 0f 110y

16:30 Fairyhouse

Seabank Bistro

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Had progressed with each run, getting off the mark in a maiden hurdle at Naas, prior to a poor showing in the Albert Bartlett last time; not obviously well treated from this mark.

8/1

14

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Seabank Bistro

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Fourth in last season's Champion Bumper here; turned over when odds-on for his first two hurdle races (2m5f; just over 3l behind Corbetts Cross in the second) and it was a very winnable maiden that he picked up at Naas (2m3f, soft); however, the demands of this race can spike significant improvement and it would be no surprise if he ran his best race yet.

20/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 4P-43

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Showed his 100-1 debut fourth in January wasn't a flash in the pan with pleasing third at Cork behind two smart sorts lately; form let down by fourth since; still, looks progressive and chance.

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6th

3

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Franciscan Rock

11st 10lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: M F Morris

Consistent enough in good company without being good enough; excellent run in first-time headgear combination (retained here) in the Coral Cup but much more needed.

66/1

5th

16

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Franciscan Rock

11st 5lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: M F Morris

Chasing did not work out on first two starts this term and well beaten back over hurdles at Christmas, albeit on heavy going; wore these cheekpieces last April (career best) and on latest start, and the tongue-tie (worn on penultimate start) is back; opposable on nearly all evidence, except his 80-1 third in a Grade 1 novice at Punchestown (3m, yielding) last April.

66/1

7th

5

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

15:00 Leopardstown

Franciscan Rock

11st 2lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: M F Morris

Won Thurles maiden hurdle in February and some good runs in defeat twice since, including on chase debut when still involved when coming down at Gowran; not as good at Naas last time but interesting back over hurdles.

14/1

Form: 6/533-

Last run: 250 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Winning pointer; first couple of hurdle runs (here) were promising; not seen since quiet run in April; tongue tie added; rising ten and likely up against it.

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4th

8

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

14:50 Punchestown

Clounts Pride

10st 0lb

J: Daniel King

T: Eoin Christopher McCarthy

Enjoyed the good ground when opening his account in a Limerick beginners chase last month; very lightly raced for his years and unexposed; could go well despite being 3lb wrong.

6/1

1st

1

25th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 160y

19:30 Limerick

Clounts Pride

11st 12lb

J: G B Noonan

T: Eoin Christopher McCarthy

Point' winner is a maiden over hurdles and fences after 7 starts but has shown winning potential; however, was poor on handicap chase debut at Tramore last time and has to show more.

12/1

17

15th May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

19:25 Killarney

Clounts Pride

11st 6lb

J: G B Noonan

T: Eoin Christopher McCarthy

Second reserve; showed some promise in novice company but was poor on handicap chase debut at Tramore last time and has work to do.

33/1

Form: U9P8-3

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Struggled so far and more a handicap prospect down the line, though this step up in trip may suit.

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4th

1

19th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

18:20 Limerick

Wee Charlie

12st 0lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

towards rear

8/1

Form: 5/353-

Last run: 373 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Modest in bumpers in Britain; pulled up in a point lately; new yard.

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7th

5

18th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 45y

14:40 Tipperary

Freddies Frontier

11st 4lb

J: Mr T O’Connor

T: Turlough O’Connor

Well beaten in three hurdle runs and can't be fancied.

100/1

10th

3

30th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

14:15 Limerick

Freddies Frontier

11st 12lb

J: Mr T O’Connor

T: Turlough O’Connor

midfield, mistake 1st, not fluent 8th

66/1

6

21st Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 2f 112y

13:55 Clonmel

Freddies Frontier

11st 4lb

J: Mr T O’Connor

T: Turlough O’Connor

Showed some promise in bumpers for Micky Hammond in 2021; well beaten in a Limerick maiden hurdle at Christmas on his stable debut; others preferred.

40/1

Form: /1626-

Last run: 287 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Penalised for French bumper win; out of his depth when last seen but Irish debut, when second at Punchestown, was encouraging; one of three runners for top stable.

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17

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

18:00 Punchestown

Haxo

10st 9lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

Course maiden winner over 2m4f has twice been well below that level and has questions to answer stepping up in trip; tongue-tie on now.

33/1

12th

11

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 155y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Haxo

11st 1lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

soon midfield, lost position when pushed along after 3 out, weakened before 2 out

12/1

19

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Haxo

10st 13lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: W P Mullins

Out of his depth in last year's Ballymore at this meeting on second start for Willie Mullins; opened his hurdles account at Punchestown (2m4f, soft) in January, adding to his French bumper win; still has low mileage and may have more to offer for powerful stable; hard to dismiss.

14/1

Form: 8

Last run: 166 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Promise in points but was well-held in Killarney maiden in July; mare likely needs sights lowered.

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1st

1

16th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

14:50 Clonmel

Fiery Brown

12st 0lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Sean O O’Brien

Stepped up on her previous form when only finding the gambled-on Pont Audemer too good in a 2m handicap hurdle at Limerick two weeks ago; will be hard to beat if able to reproduce that.

3/1

2nd

4

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:17 Limerick

Fiery Brown

11st 12lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Sean O O’Brien

towards rear early, midfield after 5th

8/1

2nd

6

16th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 130y

13:50 Punchestown

Fiery Brown

11st 7lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Sean O O’Brien

midfield early, pressed leaders 6th, went second after 5 out, pressed leader 3 out, outpaced when pushed along after 2 out, ridden and no chance with winner when lost second home turn, left in poor second when hampered by faller last

33/1

Form: 5-5

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Moderate fifth in Punchestown bumper and Gowran maiden hurdle (heavy); hard to fancy in decent maiden but noted as Gordon Elliott's sole runner.

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3

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

16:25 Chepstow

Blackwater

12st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Ben Lund

Didn't shine in three runs for Gordon Elliott; not disgraced in two hurdle runs for current stable but he'll need improvement for the switch to fences if he is to defy this mark on his handicap debut.

16/1

6th

3

26th Feb 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

15:30 Fontwell

Blackwater

11st 7lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Ben Lund

Well beaten all three starts for Gordon Elliott; £11,000 sale before 15l third of five in maiden at Ffos Las (2m6f, good to soft) 17 days ago, which was his best form but much better is needed and this much shorter trip may be against him.

25/1

Form: 318-40 C

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Course bumper winner a year ago; penalised; more miss than hit hurdling so far and cheekpieces would need to make big difference.

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4

21st Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 2f 112y

13:55 Clonmel

Youralwaysdreamin

12st 0lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Patrick T Foley

Limerick bumper winner; appreciated the drop to claiming class when beating Bal De Rio on soft ground at Limerick over 2m5f; should be a big player here despite the drop in trip.

11/8

1st

4

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

12:25 Limerick

Youralwaysdreamin

11st 8lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Patrick T Foley

led, soon clear with one other, not fluent 8th, soon joined, headed but prominent 4 out, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, rallied and led again approaching last, kept on well

7/1

10th

4

28th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 0y

12:55 Limerick

Youralwaysdreamin

11st 12lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Patrick T Foley

led

33/1

Form: -8094P

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Rated 85, he can't be fancied here.

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11th

6

28th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 0y

12:55 Limerick

Blue Motion

11st 4lb

J: T Joseph Kelly

T: Donncha Duggan

Rated 85, he can't be fancied here.

100/1

18

11th Dec 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:20 Cork

Blue Motion

10st 13lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: Donncha Duggan

prominent, pushed along and weakened quickly after 4 out, pulled up 3 out

25/1

4th

2

21st Oct 2022

Yielding

3m 1f 90y

16:10 Sligo

Blue Motion

11st 4lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: Donncha Duggan

in touch with leaders, not fluent 5th, not fluent 4 out, ridden before 2 out, no extra from last

66/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Failed to complete in three points earlier this year; new yard; cheekpieces.

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11

29th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 0y

15:17 Naas

My Fellow

11st 12lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Mrs Denise Foster

Has shown nothing yet to suggest he could feature; blinkers now as well as cheekpieces worn before.

100/1

7

16th Jan 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 100y

14:50 Punchestown

My Fellow

11st 12lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Mrs Denise Foster

prominent

100/1

12th

12

28th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 0y

12:55 Limerick

My Fellow

11st 4lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Mrs Denise Foster

Failed to complete in three points earlier this year; new yard; cheekpieces.

100/1

Form: P0PP3

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Nothing in maidens until 200s third at Clonmel earlier this month, showing good attitude; clearly no lost cause but this is tough.

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6th

16

16th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 70y

16:25 Naas

Kadys Dirha

11st 1lb

J: Tom Kelly

T: Thomas P O’Connor

Getting placed in a Clonmel maiden in late 2022 remains her standout effort; struggled badly in handicaps when last seen in early December.

33/1

Form: 00-

Last run: 291 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Nothing either start (heavy); trainer takes over from his father.

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8

28th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 0y

12:55 Limerick

Drive To Survive

11st 4lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: Brendan Maurice Walsh

Nothing either start (heavy); trainer takes over from his father.

100/1

15th

4

12th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:00 Gowran Park

Drive To Survive

11st 12lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: John J Walsh

Tailed off last when 100-1 for 17-runner maiden hurdle at Clonmel last month, beaten a long way out.

100/1

17th

4

17th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:55 Clonmel

Drive To Survive

11st 12lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: John J Walsh

Dam an unraced half-sister to hurdle winner Bawn Og, out of a half-sister to the versatile Baden, dam of good jumpers Thisthatandtother, Carlingford Lough and The Tother One.

33/1

Form: 47-4

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Bit of promise for Nicky Henderson; 10s, kept on without threatening in Thurles maiden hurdle this month, a race in which the leading pair in market struggled; good bit more needed.

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0

10

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:50 Listowel

I Am Rocco

11st 2lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Brian M McMahon

Failed to win for Nicky Henderson and Willie Mullins; tailed off in two beginners' chases for this yard and goes handicapping with much to prove.

50/1

7th

2

28th Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

19:35 Ballinrobe

I Am Rocco

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Brian M McMahon

towards rear

20/1

5th

3

3rd Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 111y

14:10 Galway

I Am Rocco

11st 12lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Brian M McMahon

Modest bumper form for Nicky Henderson and not much better over hurdles for Willie Mullins; debuts for Brian McMahon here but looks out of his depth on his chase debut.

50/1

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Exacta €72.00
Straight Forecast €60.20
Trifecta €233.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Seabank Bistro

TOPSPEED:

Haxo

The Irish Sun:

Corbetts Cross

RP Ratings (IRE):

Seabank Bistro

POSTDATA:

Seabank Bistro