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Neville Hotels Novice Chase (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £49579.83
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • 7 runners
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Neville Hotels Novice Chase (Grade 1)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/4 (Won)

  • Win: £1.70
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 3333-2 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Dual Grade 1 winner as a novice hurdler; 0-6 over fences but campaigned at a high level; third behind stablemate Gallopin Des Champs in Grade 1 here in February; same placing in Brown Advisory and in Irish Grand National (Front Assault now 15lb worse off); chased home Mighty Potter in the Drinmore; longer trip should help his cause.

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

2nd

1

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 127y

Class 2

13:50 Haydock

Gaillard Du Mesnil

11st 11lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

disputed lead, led clearly after 1st, headed and raced in second just after 8th, outpaced 4 out, no chance with winner when mistake 2 out, kept on run-in

11/8

3rd

13

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Gaillard Du Mesnil

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Has never finished out of the first three in his nine races over fences, including when third in the 3m5f Irish Grand National (yielding) last term and arriving on the scene in the nick of time to send the favourite backers home happy in last month's 3m6f NH Chase at Cheltenham (soft); this even greater stamina test has to make appeal.

12/1

1st

4

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Gaillard Du Mesnil

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Second-season novice; not that far off the best last term, staying on for third in 3m Grade 1 in the mud at this meeting before confirming his stamina when also taking third in the 3m5f Irish Grand National; won 3m Grade 1 novice at Leopardstown in December and 2m5f was against him on latest start; has the best form and presents a very strong case.

Evs

10/1

  • Place: £4.30

Form: 432-22 D BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Decent staying novice hurdler last year (rated 135) with two wins, and a close second in a 2m4f Grade 2 at Fairyhouse; made a solid start to his chasing career when a staying-on second to Thedevilscoachman at Galway; made a couple of costly mistakes when a beaten favourite at Thurles, needs to avoid error.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

8

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Churchstonewarrior

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Jonathan Sweeney

in touch with leaders, prominent 3 out, weakened after 2 out

10/1

2

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Churchstonewarrior

11st 11lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Jonathan Sweeney

didn't always jump with fluency, towards rear, headway after 5 out, midfield and struggling when mistake and unseated 3 out

25/1

0

4

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

Churchstonewarrior

11st 10lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Jonathan Sweeney

Won 3m Grade 2 Ten Up Novice at Navan in February, a suitable reward after a sequence of seconds; unseated rider at second on seasonal debut at Punchestown; lowest-rated of 11 runners here.

100/1

Form: 2P2-15 D BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Fine effort for a novice when second in last season's Irish Grand National; good form when beating subsequent Grade 2-winning mare Darrens Hope on seasonal debut at Galway; suffered early interference when unplaced favourite for the Troytown at Navan.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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5th

3

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 4f 165y

18:20 Downpatrick

Frontal Assault

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

led

5/1

4th

12

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Frontal Assault

10st 13lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, led 2nd, headed 3 out, weakened last

33/1

Form: -46313

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Dual Wexford hurdles winner; third in a 2m4f Grade 3 novice event at Navan last year but lost form later; produced major improvement from previous chase efforts when long-priced Galway winner in October; held his own in a Grade 2 contest last time, overall form suggests he is vulnerable.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

4

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 144y

18:07 Ballinrobe

Barnacullia

11st 3lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Michael Mulvany

towards rear, dropped to rear halfway, detached from 3 out, tailed off

9/2

4th

6

29th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 11y

16:10 Galway

Barnacullia

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Michael Mulvany

prominent

5/1

2nd

2

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:25 Listowel

Barnacullia

11st 11lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Michael Mulvany

Winner and placed on the Flat since second to 33-1 Fighting Fit in a handicap chase at the Galway festival, with the winner's shorter-priced stablemate Roseys Hollow back in fifth; good chance he can emerge best in the rematch.

7/2

Form: 451-13

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point winner for Pat Doyle; wide-margin maiden winner at Kilbeggan in April on his third start over hurdles; made a winning chasing debut over 2m5f at Fairyhouse in October; needs to raise his game following Grade 2 Punchestown third.

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

5th

10

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Amirite

11st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Pulled up when favourite for Irish National last April and hasn't really threatened on either run this season; however, those were still fair efforts (3m1f/3m) and his saddle slipped when he was fourth at Cheltenham in October; remains lightly raced and may yet have more to offer for top Irish yard.

11/2

5th

18

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Amirite

11st 1lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, some headway home turn, ran on from last, not reach leaders

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 213-1P BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

High-class novice hurdler last season, gaining a deserved Grade 1 success at Aintree after three top-level seconds, including twice behind Sir Gerhard; put in a pleasing round of jumping on chasing debut at Naas; sent off favourite for the Drinmore but lost his chance at the eighth when he blundered and the saddle slipped.

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7

29th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Three Stripe Life

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

High-class novice hurdler last season, gaining a deserved Grade 1 success at Aintree after three top-level seconds, including twice behind Sir Gerhard; put in a pleasing round of jumping on chasing debut at Naas; sent off favourite for the Drinmore but lost his chance at the eighth when he blundered and the saddle slipped.

13/8

10

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 3f 165y

13:55 Fairyhouse

Three Stripe Life

11st 12lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear of midfield

4/1

1st

10

12th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:40 Naas

Three Stripe Life

11st 12lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

soon led at slow pace, headed and raced in second after 3rd, pressed leader when left in lead and clear 2 out, soon pushed along, jumped slightly left last, eased towards finish, easily

8/11

Form: 0-7224 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Recorded the most recent of three hurdle wins over two years ago; made a good start over fences at Naas, chasing home 12l winner Three Stripe Life after a couple of mistakes and being hampered by a faller; disappointing at Thurles five weeks ago, and held by Churchstonewarrior on that evidence.

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

8

29th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Unexpected Depth

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Oliver McKiernan

Recorded the most recent of three hurdle wins over two years ago; made a good start over fences at Naas, chasing home 12l winner Three Stripe Life after a couple of mistakes and being hampered by a faller; disappointing at Thurles five weeks ago, and held by Churchstonewarrior on that evidence.

14/1

4th

8

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 6f 0y

12:30 Thurles

Unexpected Depth

11st 12lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

No win for two years over hurdles but made a highly promising chase debut at Naas 12 days ago when chasing home the very classy Three Stripe Life after a couple of mistakes and being hampered by a faller; step up in trip will suit and bound to improve for the experience; could well go close.

4/1

2nd

11

12th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:40 Naas

Unexpected Depth

11st 12lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Winner of his sole point-to-point; good hurdler although two years without a win; showed his well-being with a narrow defeat in a 3m handicap hurdle at Gowran last month and could go well here.

8/1

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Non-runners

Mighty Potter

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Payout
Exacta €99.00
Straight Forecast €144.40
Tricast €2137.60
Trifecta €952.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Gaillard Du Mesnil

The Irish Sun:

Three Stripe Life

TOPSPEED:

Frontal Assault

RP Ratings (IRE):

Gaillard Du Mesnil

POSTDATA:

Gaillard Du Mesnil