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Philip O’Connor Memorial, Lifetime Friend Of Fairyhouse Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £8876.11
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • 12 runners
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Philip O’Connor Memorial, Lifetime Friend Of Fairyhouse Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.40
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 3-5121

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Cork bumper winner improved from her maiden hurdle debut to decisively land a Limerick maiden 17 days ago; looks potential Graded class and likely to relish the step up in trip; should go close.

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Verdict Starting price

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

12/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 12-4F5

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Stayed on well to win a Punchestown handicap hurdle in February; second on her handicap debut in a competitive Cork contest at Easter; encouraging effort over 2m4f at Limerick 19 days ago; cheekpieces added here stepping back up in trip and could be coming to the boil at the right time.

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2nd

9

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Martha Divine

10st 5lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

2m6f maiden winner and twice runner-up since in 3m handicaps, all in the mud; those were her best results for Paul Nolan in Ireland, whom she left for £28,000 in May; had wind surgery since and the cheekpieces worn on last three starts are replaced by a hood; probably needs a career best.

12/1

7th

7

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:50 Cork

Martha Divine

11st 1lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Paul Nolan

Maiden winner last year has mostly acquitted herself creditably in handicaps since; not beaten far on last two starts and shouldn't be too far away again.

9/1

7th

11

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 115y

15:45 Punchestown

Martha Divine

10st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

Stayed on well to win a 2m6f course maiden hurdle last February; second on her handicap debut in a competitive Cork contest at Easter; returned to form when second at Fairyhouse last month; closely matched with Cher Why Not on that running.

6/1

14/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 184541 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner, most recently over C&D 13 days ago; tougher task here from 5lb out of the handicap but is likely to be coming home better than most.

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7th

4

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:20 Gowran Park

Cher Why Not

11st 7lb

J: Mr D Doyle

T: Timothy Doyle

Veteran with three wins and nine places to his name from 35 starts over hurdles; retains plenty of ability, placed on his first three starts this season, all over staying distances at Fairyhouse; another solid display at Punchestown, but held by runner-up Cosmo Renfro.

8/1

Form: 31P-35

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Won a Navan maiden hurdle on heavy last season; stepped up in trip this season although did not look an easy ride at Punchestown last time.

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6th

4

2nd May 2024

Yielding

4m 1f 11y

16:50 Punchestown

Bodhisattva

11st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Won three-runner handicap chase at Perth last May on final start for Gordon Elliott; some fair runs in defeat for this stable, and looked in good shape when third in last week's Ulster National; first time over this course.

16/1

3rd

11

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 4f 165y

18:20 Downpatrick

Bodhisattva

10st 7lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

in touch with leaders, prominent after 10th

25/1

Form: 145253

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Got off the mark in a handicap hurdle at Limerick in May; very consistent of late and deserving of a change of luck; should be thereabouts once more.

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7th

8

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 110y

12:15 Fairyhouse

Rebellious Gale

10st 3lb

J: Sarah Kavanagh

T: A J Martin

jumped left on occasions, didn't always jump with fluency, in rear throughout, no impression when hampered by faller 3 out

14/1

7th

8

4th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

17:55 Tipperary

Rebellious Gale

11st 11lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: A J Martin

towards rear of midfield

13/2

5th

17

9th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 100y

14:00 Fairyhouse

Rebellious Gale

10st 9lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: A J Martin

Consistent enough sort in defeat since winning a 2m6f Limerick handicap last May and stays 3m; might find this a bit sharp.

16/1

5/1

Form: 422-21

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Runner-up four times over hurdles, including at Grade 3 level, before finally winning a maiden hurdle at Down Royal 19 days ago; back up in trip here and probably fairly handicapped; won't be far away if running his race.

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6th

3

12th May 2023

Yielding

2m 3f 20y

19:20 Kilbeggan

Eye Van

11st 12lb

J: Niall Moore

T: R P Cody

Record of 1-13 over hurdles and rated 123 in that sphere; some decent runs in defeat lately but was well below form at Punchestown last time; cheekpieces on for chasing debut.

16/1

5th

2

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 180y

16:45 Punchestown

Eye Van

11st 12lb

J: Niall Moore

T: R P Cody

prominent, pushed along and lost position after 3 out, ridden and detached from 2 out

12/1

13

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 155y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Eye Van

10st 13lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: R P Cody

2m4f maiden winner at Down Royal and not beaten far in Thurles novice two starts back; well held latest and mark looks stiff enough.

20/1

Form: 4-638U

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner but overall form is disappointing over hurdles; chase form has been mixed; good third in a beginners' contest at Wexford before unseating in a Leopardstown handicap last time; has the ability and should stay but a hard horse to get a handle on at the moment.

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2nd

13

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 90y

14:30 Punchestown

Fameaftertheglory

11st 7lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

Third in cross-country events at Cheltenham in December and behind Coko Beach here in February, beaten 17l; officially rated 34lb behind stablemate Stumptown; around 30l behind third-placed Coko Beach when fourth in the La Touche.

20/1

4th

11

2nd May 2024

Yielding

4m 1f 11y

16:50 Punchestown

Fameaftertheglory

11st 7lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

in touch with leaders, not fluent 1st, lost position after 16th, soon dropped to rear

12/1

4th

1

24th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 116y

19:40 Bellewstown

Fameaftertheglory

12st 0lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

led, not fluent 6th, headway and in touch with leaders halfway, headed and lost two places after 3 out, weakened run-in

12/1

Form: P-0081 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Tends to improve as the season goes on and the ground gets softer; gained his fourth win at Limerick when scoring in a handicap hurdle there 17 days ago; conditions look ripe for a big effort here.

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Verdict Starting price

9th

14

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 4f 165y

18:20 Downpatrick

Young Dev

10st 4lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

midfield

20/1

7th

4

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

16:20 Limerick

Young Dev

11st 7lb

J: Daniel King

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Rolled back the years to win over fences at Navan in February but didn't stay 4m2f last time in the Uttoxeter Midlands National; races off his last winning hurdle mark, so not ruled out.

14/1

Form: -P4685 C

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner reverts back to hurdles for the first time in well over a year after a long stint chasing; out of form over fences and hard to be confident about here.

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13

2nd Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 120y

16:00 Downpatrick

Forza Milan

10st 3lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J A Nash

in rear, pushed along early, soon became detached, slow jump 2nd, some headway with one circuit to go, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

20/1

6th

7

4th Mar 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

16:50 Navan

Forza Milan

10st 8lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J A Nash

Sole win in 24 starts over fences came on heavy ground in a beginners'; unseated over C&D last time and hasn't really been shaping like a return to the winners' enclosure is near this season.

40/1

8

12th Feb 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

16:10 Navan

Forza Milan

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J A Nash

midfield, blundered and unseated rider 2nd

25/1

Form: 2120-0

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Won a Listed juvenile hurdle at Aintree last season and touched off in a similar contest at Doncaster; well beaten since, most recently in a 2m handicap hurdle at Navan; tries a new trip here and best watched for now.

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9th

12

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 0y

15:42 Naas

Sea Sessions

10st 2lb

J: Conor Orr

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Useful juvenile hurdler last season but has been well beaten on latest runs and not easy to fancy.

40/1

10th

7

14th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

13:37 Fairyhouse

Sea Sessions

11st 1lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Ross O’Sullivan

always towards rear, pushed along and struggling from 3 out, soon ridden and beaten, tailed off

33/1

16th

6

13th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:05 Navan

Sea Sessions

11st 9lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Useful juvenile hurdler last season; gave two good performances in Listed events in Britain, winner at Aintree and second at Doncaster, both events comprehensively dominated by Irish raiders; never in the hunt in the Fred Winter; no doubts about fitness following two Flat runs, though slight concern that she made so little impact in those two races.

14/1

Form: /161P/

Last run: 747 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Made all for decisive wins in a Listowel bumper and a Limerick maiden hurdle in late 2020; not seen since pulling up in a Grade 2 novice hurdle at the latter venue 747 days ago; won after a 17 months absence before and not dismissed on his stable debut.

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2

14th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

13:37 Fairyhouse

Costalotmore

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Mark John Scallan

took keen hold, prominent, pushed along and lost position after 8th, dropped to rear and struggling before 3 out, pulled up after 3 out

25/1

Form: 0-905P

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Decent juvenile form, winning at Limerick and a close second in a juvenile handicap hurdle at Punchestown; somewhat encouraging effort at Clonmel in November before a poor run here last month; best watched for now.

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4th

3

14th Jul 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

19:20 Kilbeggan

Doctor Churchill

11st 12lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: C W J Farrell

Has been disappointing on his last two starts over hurdles and has to find major improvement in cheekpieces on chasing debut.

25/1

8th

3

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 130y

16:00 Punchestown

Doctor Churchill

11st 10lb

J: Miss J Townend

T: C W J Farrell

in rear

10/1

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Payout
Exacta €256.00
Straight Forecast €212.80
Tricast €1374.50
Trifecta €2080.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Bodhisattva

SPOTLIGHT:

Martha Divine

RP Ratings (IRE):

Eye Van

POSTDATA:

Young Dev

The Irish Sun:

Bodhisattva