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14:20 Leopardstown

Soft

Matheson Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £74369.75
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 5 runners
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Matheson Hurdle (Grade 1)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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8/11 (Won)

  • Win: £1.60
  • Place: £1.20

Form: F111-1 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 164

Form & Verdict

The talk of the town when landing a gamble in last season's County Hurdle at Cheltenham and has soon established himself at the highest level with wins at Punchestown, latterly coming 4l clear of a staying-on Sharjah in the Morgiana (yielding); improving all the time and difficult to gauge the ceiling of his ability.

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

1st

4

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 45y

18:00 Punchestown

State Man

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

raced in second

2/7

6

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

State Man

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Versatile ground-wise; won the County Hurdle here two years ago and has been dominant at Grade 1 level since, apart from when no match for outstanding Constitution Hill in this contest last year (still ran creditably in second place); better than ever on latest start, easily winning the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown for the second time; very dependable and is clear top on ratings with Constitution Hill missing the race.

1/3

1st

4

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

State Man

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, raced in second, led going easily home turn, went clear omitted last, easily

2/7

7/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 2111- CD

Last run: 243 days

W: 11st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Smart on the Flat in France and was the undisputed champion in last season's juvenile scene, winning three Grade 1s after his shock defeat at the hands of Pied Piper in a maiden at this meeting; although life's about to get harder now going in against established hurdlers, it will be disappointing should he not at the very least hold his own; lacking a run is perhaps not ideal this afternoon.

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

1st

4

(6)

7th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 202y

16:35 Naas

Vauban

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: W P Mullins

prominent on outer, led going easily over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well

10/11

1st

7

(7)

20th Jun 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Vauban

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: W P Mullins

Won French Listed race (1m4f, soft) in 2021 on final Flat start and has since become a high-class hurdler for this yard, winning the Triumph Hurdle in March 2022 and finishing second in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle (2m, yielding) this April; could be well treated now back on the Flat and top Irish trainer has enjoyed plenty of success at this meeting; unraced on fast ground.

13/8

Form: -42114 D

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Progressive front-running mare but a first Graded assignment proved beyond her at Cheltenham (Grade 2) and this is clearly a tougher task this afternoon.

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

4th

5

29th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

She Is Electric

11st 5lb

J: Robbie Geoghegan

T: Norman Lee

raced wide early, led at fast pace, headed before last (usual 2 out)

200/1

4th

9

13th Nov 2022

Good

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

She Is Electric

11st 0lb

J: Robbie Geoghegan

T: Norman Lee

It took her ten races to get off the mark, in a mares' maiden hurdle at Ballinrobe (2m1f, good) in September, and she followed up in a Listed mares' hurdle at Gowran Park (2m, yielding); takes on some promising males here but there's every chance this front-runner will make another bold bid.

8/1

8

21st Oct 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

14:45 Cheltenham

She Is Electric

11st 1lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Norman Lee

Won Ballinrobe maiden (2m1f, good) last month, her third hurdling start, and displayed improvement to follow up under another very positive ride in Gowran Listed race (2m, yielding) three weeks later; respected.

3/1

Form: 132-11 D

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Had the measure of Vauban in a maiden at this fixture 12 months ago but the Mullins horse improved past him later in the season, finishing just under 3l ahead in the Triumph at Cheltenham; not seriously challenged in winning two lesser races this campaign and he could make his presence felt.

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

3rd

1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Pied Piper

12st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Third in the 2022 Triumph Hurdle over C&D (good to soft) and beaten a head by Faivoir in this race last year (soft); ran okay behind State Man in Punchestown Grade 1 in November last time out and he's just 2lb higher than 12 months ago; every chance he'll be in the mix once more.

10/1

4th

2

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:35 Punchestown

Pied Piper

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in third, squeezed through on inner and disputing second before 2 out, hit and lost position last, weakened and dropped to last run-in

11/2

2nd

8

(22)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Pied Piper

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Gordon Elliott

High-class hurdler, best form when pipped in the 2m1f County Hurdle at Cheltenham (soft) this March; should be spot on for this following his August Flat run and, even though he did not stay on quite so strongly as some, his sixth of 19 off this mark at Royal Ascot (2m4f) last year, when he met lots of trouble in running, confirms he's on the shortlist.

9/2

Form: 2/11-2 CD

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict

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

6th

6

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 213y

18:00 Punchestown

Sharjah

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

High-class hurdler had been mixing it at the top level over fences this season at shorter trips before third chase win when dropped in grade at Ayr 10 days ago, patiently ridden and seeing the 3m out well when giving away lumps of weight in novice handicap; drying ground should help his cause and not one to rule out.

10/1

1st

1

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Sharjah

12st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Top-class hurdler who has shown a good level of form over fences, banging his head against a wall in Grade 1s in his last four appearances; finished fourth in last season's County Hurdle in his last handicap assignment and that was off an 8lb higher mark; may run well, though stamina could be an issue on this belated first run beyond 2m4f.

10/1

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Sharjah

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Similar profile to Zanahiyr, having performed well in two Champion Hurdles (runner-up in 2020 and 2021); has shown a good level of form over fences, including Grade 3 success over 2m4f, but subsequent Grade 1 defeats reinforce the unlikelihood of a belated first Cheltenham Festival success now aged 11; no horse older than eight has won this contest.

25/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Sharjah

RP Ratings (IRE):

State Man

The Irish Sun:

State Man

TOPSPEED:

Sharjah

POSTDATA:

Sharjah