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13:20 Punchestown

Heavy

John Thomas McNamara Series (Q.R.) Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6004.42
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 18 runners
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John Thomas McNamara Series (Q.R.) Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 18 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £15.30
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 0090-6

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Returned from an eight month break to put in his best effort over hurdles when beaten just four lengths in a handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse last month; likely more to come from him and an unexposed type that could go well here.

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4th

2

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 150y

16:20 Fairyhouse

The King Of Prs

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

midfield, headway and went third 8th, weakened before 2 out, lost third run-in

5/1

17

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

The King Of Prs

10st 4lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Made a bright start over fences with wins in a maiden at Wexford (2m, heavy) and a novice at Limerick (2m1f, soft to heavy) at the end of 2023; creditable third to First Flow in 2m Lingfield handicap (soft) next time but a lesser effort at Thurles since needs forgiving; has first-time cheekpieces added to the tongue-strap he's worn since chasing.

25/1

6th

1

22nd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 158y

13:53 Thurles

The King Of Prs

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

towards rear, not fluent 1st, brief headway 3 out, steadied 2 out, soon weakened

3/1

33/1

  • Place: £5.60

Form: 8745-0

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

0-16 under all codes; well beaten in a first-time tongue-tie behind Little Mixup at Limerick; others preferred.

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1

12th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 89y

15:07 Naas

Galactic Grey

12st 0lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: C P Donoghue

14/1

11th

15

29th Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 151y

15:52 Naas

Galactic Grey

10st 5lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: C P Donoghue

took keen hold, in touch with leaders early, prominent in chasing group after 1st, ridden and weakened after 3 out

12/1

2nd

8

16th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:20 Punchestown

Galactic Grey

11st 9lb

J: Mr J W Hendrick

T: C P Donoghue

0-16 under all codes; well beaten in a first-time tongue-tie behind Little Mixup at Limerick; others preferred.

33/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 3-0011 CD

Last run: 16 days

W: 12st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Returned from more than a year's absence in October, arguably better than ever with decisive victories in handicap hurdles at Limerick and here late last month; tail swisher but it doesn't stop him going forward; one of the ones to beat here.

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5

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

17:05 Fairyhouse

Little Mixup

11st 4lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Progressive over hurdles in the last 18 months, winning four times in handicaps; tough ask off a mark of 133 in the Morebattle latest but lower Irish mark helps; will need another career best.

12/1

10th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

Little Mixup

11st 7lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Won three Irish handicaps last season and has worked his way back to form this term, scoring at Thurles (1m7f, soft) in January last time out; his British mark could be on the harsh side (14lb higher than at Thurles) but this Irish raider has a progressive profile and may have more to offer.

25/1

1st

5

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

1m 7f 132y

15:20 Thurles

Little Mixup

11st 2lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

pressed leaders, prominent behind clear leaders after 3 out, went modest second when raced wide before 2 out, headway when nudged along before last, led and went clear run-in

10/1

OUR TIP

3/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: P2211F D BF

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

In fine form recently; went up 14lb for bolting up in a Limerick handicap hurdle in November, followed up in a handicap chase at Thurles before falling when beaten two out in a Grade B handicap chase at Limerick; still 14lb well in over hurdles and probably still the one to beat.

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7

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:15 Punchestown

Brandy Harbour

10st 5lb

J: Diarmuid Moloney

T: Mrs Grainne M O’Connor

Had a fine first half of the season and after some wobbles he got back on track with a clear-cut victory at Cork (2m, yielding), albeit in an eventful race; 12lb rise spells danger in this warmer company.

10/1

1st

5

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 160y

15:00 Cork

Brandy Harbour

10st 8lb

J: Diarmuid Moloney

T: Mrs Grainne M O’Connor

Looks held on Gowran effort by Minx Tiara; evidence suggests he is too high in handicap at end of fine season.

20/1

9

11th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:45 Gowran Park

Brandy Harbour

10st 7lb

J: Diarmuid Moloney

T: Mrs Grainne M O’Connor

Showed improved form earlier this season but that seems to have come to a halt lately and has 27l to make up on Union Park from their Thurles clash last time.

16/1

Form: 35-146

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Won a maiden hurdle at Downpatrick in May; not disgraced after a six month break in a Limerick handicap hurdle three weeks ago; respected.

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3

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 120y

15:20 Fairyhouse

Queen Jane

11st 6lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Career best on this season's return when narrowly denied by Birdes Hill and that form was boosted by the runner-up but brought down at Limerick over Christmas and pulled up in the Grand National trial at Punchestown since; may bounce back over this sort of trip and can't be ruled out.

6/1

5

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Queen Jane

11st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Progressive last winter before falling at this venue on her final start; good seasonal debut when going close in a 2m4f mares' handicap chase at Fairyhouse early in December; brought down four out at Limerick.

14/1

Form: 6688-4

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Campaigned on the Flat over the autumn; not a bad return to hurdles when fourth in a novice handicap hurdle at Limerick; each-way chance.

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10th

6

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

11:25 Doncaster

Call Me Rocky

11st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Syd Hosie

Largely consistent during his summer/autumn spell with Milton Harris, winning twice (2m/2m1f, good/good to soft); not written off but he was pulled up on last month's stable debut at Kempton (2m, good to soft).

20/1

0

8

27th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:35 Kempton

Call Me Rocky

11st 0lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: Syd Hosie

led narrowly, hit and headed 4 out, soon weakened quickly, pulled up after 3 out

10/1

25/1

Form: 000

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Dual winner on the Flat in Europe; soundly beaten in three maiden hurdles and very hard to assess; market moves worth watching.

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7th

4

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 150y

19:20 Downpatrick

Falvio

11st 12lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: C A McBratney

towards rear

66/1

10/1

Form: 890

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Modest form in three maiden hurdles but no surprise if he proved better than that; potentially interesting runner.

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0

1

4th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 114y

15:35 Tipperary

Anstand

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

held up in rear, ridden and no impression before 4 out

22/1

7th

6

31st May 2023

Good

2m 1f 100y

18:00 Wexford

Anstand

11st 7lb

J: James O’Sullivan

T: Paul Nolan

One of the more likely contenders on the basis of form such as a recent Clonmel fourth, beaten only 4l and not quite seeing out the 2m3f trip; this may be closer to his optimum trip.

4/1

4th

9

11th May 2023

Soft

2m 3f 25y

19:18 Clonmel

Anstand

11st 7lb

J: James O’Sullivan

T: Paul Nolan

Runner-up over 2m here in February on soft but well below that form twice since when well-fancied, latest when possibly didn't stay at Tramore; blinkers now tried.

8/1

Form: P03496

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

0-10 over hurdles but has run respectably at times in maidens and handicaps; blinkers worn last time retained; chance.

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5

18th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:15 Tipperary

Beeverstown Bullet

11st 9lb

J: Niall Moore

T: M A Cahill

No win in 18 but has been in the frame several times; has to improve upon recent starts but shouldn't be far away.

14/1

9th

12

16th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:20 Punchestown

Beeverstown Bullet

11st 1lb

J: Mr D Kiely

T: M A Cahill

0-10 over hurdles but has run respectably at times in maidens and handicaps; blinkers worn last time retained; chance.

12/1

25

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 100y

15:07 Punchestown

Beeverstown Bullet

11st 11lb

J: Eamonn Fitzgerald

T: M A Cahill

Third reserve; is 0-10 over hurdles but has run respectably at times in maidens and handicaps; blinkers worn last time retained; chance.

Form: -00008 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Last win was in a novice chase at Tramore a year ago but no trace of that since, mostly over hurdles; makes little appeal on current form.

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5th

4

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 77y

18:50 Ballinrobe

Young Fitzy

11st 10lb

J: Robbie Geoghegan

T: Norman Lee

in touch with leaders, headway and prominent 2 out, briefly went second after 2 out, weakened run-in

6/1

Form: -00988

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Not devoid of ability in maiden hurdles but nothing to recommend in handicaps; hard to fancy.

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1st

2

17th Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 55y

15:30 Downpatrick

Bal Kauto

11st 7lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Declan Queally

travelled strongly, in touch with leaders, headway and prominent 3rd, went third after 4 out, led going best approaching last, went clear run-in, readily

8/13

1st

3

9th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

2m 6f 169y

20:30 Clonmel

Bal Kauto

11st 10lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Declan Queally

prominent in chasing group, smooth headway home turn, challenging going best when left in lead 2 out, tenderly handled and reduced lead towards finish

12/1

1st

13

26th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 0y

18:45 Limerick

Bal Kauto

11st 0lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Declan Queally

Short-priced favourite when mid-division in a Tramore handicap hurdle last month; hood and tongue-tie tried here and no shock should he perform better but others preferred.

12/1

Form: 271P09 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Four time winner over hurdles and fences, most recently in a handicap chase at Killarney in October; well beaten three times since and the ground here is unlikely to lead to a change in fortune.

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13

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 31y

19:50 Ballinrobe

Ricky Langford

10st 2lb

J: Conor Owens

T: P J Rothwell

in rear, detached 5th

9/1

Form: 425334 BF

Last run: 101 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Won a Flat maiden for Pat Martin and very consistent over hurdles while frustratingly unable to make the breakthrough; switches now to Gordon Elliott and intriguing to see if that change will work; a likely market leader.

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10th

3

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

14:25 Perth

Ballinlough Gale

11st 11lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, not fluent 4th

11/2

5th

7

30th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 40y

19:00 Ballinrobe

Ballinlough Gale

11st 3lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Only 1-31 overall and 0-15 as a hurdler; however, it's still early days with Gordon Elliott and he hit the frame here four weeks ago off this mark, albeit finishing some 13l off the winner; needs to find extra from somewhere.

7/1

3rd

4

2nd May 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 139y

17:48 Ballinrobe

Ballinlough Gale

11st 10lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Fair sort on the Flat is 0-14 hurdling although went close off this sort of mark on a few occasions last summer on this sort of ground; two most recent efforts well below his best so needs to bounce back but quite possible given the drying ground.

7/1

33/1

Form: 000

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

77-rated Flat horse for Johnny Murtagh; nothing in a trio of juvenile maiden hurdles but is clearly better than that; one to watch although 5lb wrong.

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12th

10

(13)

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 2f 50y

17:35 Cork

Nemean

8st 12lb

J: N G McCullagh

T: A J Martin

Placed twice for Johnny Murtagh in 2022 and been hurdling since; on a fair mark but absent since last summer and looks yard second-string.

16/1

Form: 89P521 D

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 13lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Back to form in the autumn, second in a handicap hurdle at Wexford followed by quite a decisive win in a handicap hurdle at Limerick in November; up 6lb for that is not excessive and respected with conditions in her favour.

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8

20th May 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

14:15 Wexford

Capture The Action

11st 11lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: James Joseph Mangan

midfield

18/1

9th

11

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

14:25 Cork

Capture The Action

11st 8lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: James Joseph Mangan

midfield, not fluent 4th

20/1

7

11th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

15:10 Gowran Park

Capture The Action

11st 9lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: James Joseph Mangan

Course winner over 2m in 2020; notched her 4th win (all over 2m) at Limerick in November but has to rebound from a poor run at Punchestown since.

16/1

50/1

Form: 7/50-P

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner in Britain for Archie Watson; showed some ability in maiden hurdles but well beaten in a Naas handicap last month after 17 months off; best watched for now.

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14th

4

12th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Navan

Gallaside

11st 12lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

Three-time Flat winner for Archie Watson at two; has been struggling in handicap hurdles off ratings in the low-90s; no appeal.

100/1

16th

14

16th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:20 Punchestown

Gallaside

10st 13lb

J: Mr D McGill

T: C A McBratney

Three-time winner in Britain for Archie Watson; showed some ability in maiden hurdles but well beaten in a Naas handicap last month after 17 months off; best watched for now.

50/1

5

20th Dec 2022

Yielding To Soft

1m 7f 201y

15:06 Naas

Gallaside

12st 1lb

J: Mr D McGill

T: C A McBratney

towards rear

33/1

Form: -35000

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Showed ability in bumpers but nothing in three maiden hurdles; hard to fancy.

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7

21st Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 36y

16:15 Clonmel

Grace Shelby

11st 5lb

J: Mr W T Cronin

T: William Cronin

Moderate form including tailed off last of 8 on recent chase debut here; easily discounted.

50/1

8th

4

2nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:05 Clonmel

Grace Shelby

11st 7lb

J: Mr W T Cronin

T: William Cronin

Showed some promise in bumpers but nothing in three maiden hurdles; safe to rule out.

66/1

15

16th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:20 Punchestown

Grace Shelby

10st 13lb

J: Mr W T Cronin

T: William Cronin

Showed ability in bumpers but nothing in three maiden hurdles; hard to fancy.

66/1

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Non-runners

Coolnacritta, Grace Shelby

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Payout
Exacta €6765.00
Straight Forecast €2421.80
Tricast €18958.60
Trifecta €8470.00

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Nemean

SPOTLIGHT:

The King Of Prs

POSTDATA:

Little Mixup

The Irish Sun:

Ballinlough Gale