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14:12 Fairyhouse

Soft To Heavy

Dan & Joan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase (Grade A)

  • Prize money: £41769.91
  • 2m 1f 0y
  • 12 runners
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Dan & Joan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase (Grade A)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.90
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 38-652 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

All his best form is on testing ground and ran with credit again when runner-up at Limerick over Christmas; can give another good account but not obviously well treated at present.

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12th

6

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 55y

16:15 Punchestown

Rebel Gold

11st 8lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Patrick T Foley

Won a valuable 2m1f handicap at Fairyhouse and a 2m Grade 3 at Naas last season; best run this term came in corresponding Naas event when runner-up to smart Ferny Hollow; veteran is dropped in class after Grade 2 Fairyhouse run.

25/1

4th

3

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 160y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Rebel Gold

11st 7lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Patrick T Foley

took keen hold, raced in second, lost second but prominent 5 out, weakened 3 out

14/1

2nd

2

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:55 Naas

Rebel Gold

11st 8lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Patrick T Foley

Veteran won this race last season; down the field on seasonal debut in a handicap hurdle at this venue won by Espanito Bello; out of his depth in Cork's Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase won by El Fabiolo; not a bad handicap run at Leopardstown last time but up against it here.

14/1

15/2

  • Place: £4.00

Form: 9112-5 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

Dual course winner; out of his depth in the Tingle Creek last time; was in career best form last term and that included a win in this race but might be a bit high in the weights as a result (12lb higher than last year's winning mark).

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1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 135y

14:40 Fairyhouse

Dunvegan

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: P A Fahy

held up in rear

9/2

4th

2

5th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:10 Leopardstown

Dunvegan

11st 12lb

J: B J Cooper

T: P A Fahy

disputed lead early, led narrowly when jumped slightly right 1st, disputed lead on outer 2nd

11/1

13/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 36/1-2 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Possibly not the easiest to trainer but won sole outing last season and creditable reappearance when 15l behind Energumene on return last month; entitled to come on for that and handles testing ground; ought to go well back down in class.

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6th

4

21st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 80y

15:50 Tramore

Epson Du Houx

11st 10lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders

7/2

5th

3

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:55 Naas

Epson Du Houx

11st 1lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Last win was in 2021; fair sixth in last season's Grand Annual after finishing third to today's rival Rebel Gold in a valuable handicap at Fairyhouse; struggled over the National fences in the Topham; reported to have bled when pulled up in the Troytown.

20/1

Form: 75235P

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Pulled up in competitive handicap chase at Leopardstown over Christmas; has come down to a good mark but there's a suspicion this trip is on the short side for him these days and his best form is on better ground.

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2

10th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

16:15 Naas

Battleoverdoyen

12st 0lb

J: Mr F D Brickley

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield

8/1

Form: 334-24 D BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Consistent performer who was in behind Sil Ver Klass here last month; scope for improvement over the larger obstacles on just his fifth start over fences and a return to testing ground isn't a negative.

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5

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:55 Gowran Park

Cayd Boy

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Liz Doyle

No wins since a hurdle success in 2020 and 0-10 over fences but one of his better recent efforts when a distant second at Naas in January; well treated on old form if he can build on that; drops back in trip.

6/1

2nd

6

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:00 Naas

Cayd Boy

11st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Liz Doyle

raced in fourth behind clear leaders, went third after 3rd, good headway before 2 out, went second approaching last, no chance with winner from last

10/1

9th

7

26th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

Cayd Boy

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Liz Doyle

held up in rear, mistake 1st

12/1

Form: 62P-11 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Arrives bidding for a handicap chase hat-trick having won with a bit in hand over 2m here last month; however, handicapper has shoved him up 11lb in the weights and he's 1lb wrong for this more competitive event; needs career best.

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2nd

6

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Punchestown

Big Debates

12st 0lb

J: Joan Tyner

T: Robert Tyner

Solid effort when beaten roughly 2l in a handicap chase at Wexford last week; may not have the speed for this.

10/1

5th

2

25th Apr 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 100y

18:52 Wexford

Big Debates

11st 7lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Robert Tyner

Three-time winner over fences; beaten when coming down in a Listed handicap chase at Limerick over Christmas and low-key hurdle form twice since; inconsistent these days and others preferred.

16/1

Form: 4112-3 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Followed up a beginners' success at Leopardstown with a novice handicap chase win at this venue, despite not jumping well; not beaten far twice since but possible that the handicapper has caught up for now and his very best form is on better ground.

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7th

1

(1)

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 6f 0y

15:05 Navan

Mt Leinster

10st 0lb

J: Donagh O’Connor

T: John C McConnell

held up in rear, outpaced over 2f out, lost touch over 1f out

12/1

8

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

16:15 Punchestown

Mt Leinster

11st 5lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Durable dual-purpose performer with Willie Mullins whose last win came in Fairyhouse handicap chase two years ago; hasn't run since September and probably best watched.

25/1

Form: 22F-37 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Not an easy horse to predict and he showed nothing in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown over Christmas; capable from this sort of mark on his day, as seen when runner-up in last year's Grand Annual and a return to more testing conditions are probably in his favour; hard to gauge but warrants respect.

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4th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 193y

16:15 Thurles

Andy Dufresne

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Promise behind Zanahiyr in October but really struggled for form since; tailed off in Grade 2 chase latest; drops in class at least.

10/1

5th

3

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 90y

16:23 Navan

Andy Dufresne

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

raced wide

8/1

15th

5

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Andy Dufresne

11st 6lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

Five career wins but out of form for some time and looks up against it here.

50/1

Form: 3F02-0 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Career best when runner-up in a handicap chase at Aintree at the back-end of last season; jumped well on that occasion but mixed signals on the strength of that form and Blackmore seemingly prefers Epson Du Houx.

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6th

1

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Dancing On My Own

12st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Yard won the race in 2019 and this one has a great record in it, runner-up two years ago and his perseverance paying off 12 months ago (both on good to soft); better than ever when beating Triple Trade at Cheltenham (2m, good) in October but this will ask a lot of him, 12lb higher than last year with soft ground slower than he likes.

14/1

6th

1

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

13:57 Fairyhouse

Dancing On My Own

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Classy sort whose three chase wins include Red Rum Handicap at Aintree and valuable 2m Cheltenham handicap in October under hefty weight when racing up with pace; well below best on softer ground under top-weight over C&D however, jumping sketchily; has form on soft but suited by better ground; dry forecast at least.

13/2

OUR TIP

Form: 4-3118 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Made errors when disappointing over C&D last month; had been in career best form prior to that; needs another career best to defy this mark and could do with ironing out the mistakes.

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6th

4

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Fan De Blues

11st 9lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Close third of 20 in the always-strong Blazers Handicap at last year's Galway Festival (2m6f, good to yielding) and kept to 2m1f since, winning at Ballinrobe and Cork before struggling in handicaps at Fairyhouse; by no means a natural chaser and these fences will test that part of his game.

25/1

3

14th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 0y

14:12 Fairyhouse

Fan De Blues

11st 3lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

didn't jump with fluency, held up in rear, bit short of room 2nd, pushed along and no extra after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

7/1

8th

1

3rd Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 165y

12:42 Fairyhouse

Fan De Blues

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

In the form of his life at present; recorded his highest RPR when winning a Ballinrobe conditions chase before easily scoring in a Cork handicap last time; went up 8lb for that but is on such an upward curve that he could defy that rise.

100/30

Form: 343-04 C

Last run: 62 days

W: 10st 13lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Three-time Grade 2 winner in his pomp a few seasons ago; seemingly regressive and last of four in a Grade 2 latest; drop in class should help but may need to come down further in the weights; distant third behind Dunvegan in this last year from 10lb higher.

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6

14th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 0y

14:12 Fairyhouse

Castlegrace Paddy

10st 13lb

J: B J Cooper

T: P A Fahy

Three-time Grade 2 winner in his pomp a few seasons ago; seemingly regressive and last of four in a Grade 2 latest; drop in class should help but may need to come down further in the weights; distant third behind Dunvegan in this last year from 10lb higher.

18/1

1

28th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 160y

14:40 Limerick

Castlegrace Paddy

11st 12lb

J: Jack Foley

T: P A Fahy

Veteran with lots of class on his day but time seems to be catching up with him and tending to struggle this year; rarely tries handicaps but no threat at 50s in Galway Plate and hard to fancy albeit more suitable ground now.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta €839.00
Straight Forecast €596.90
Tricast €5357.30
Trifecta €7121.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Mt Leinster

The Irish Sun:

Cayd Boy

SPOTLIGHT:

Epson Du Houx

RP Ratings (IRE):

Andy Dufresne

POSTDATA:

Mt Leinster