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Naas Racecourse Business Club Limestone Lad Hurdle (Grade 3)

  • Prize money: £14880.53
  • 1m 7f 151y
  • 6 runners
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Naas Racecourse Business Club Limestone Lad Hurdle (Grade 3)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/10 (Won)

  • Win: £2.00
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 4352-F CD

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Two seasons without a win over hurdles but in fine form on the Flat last season, winning the amateur handicap at Galway and touched off on the line in the Irish Cesarewitch; was making headway when falling two out in the Hatton's Grace last time, but is the purest 2-miler in this field with her best effort when second to Honeysuckle at Punchestown last spring; a reproduction of that would be good enough on these terms against horses wanting a trip.

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Verdict Starting price

2

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

in rear

25/1

4th

5

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

raced in third, outpaced when dropped to rear home turn, soon no impression

20/1

3rd

4

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, disputing third when not fluent 4th

9/1

10/1

  • Place: £4.50

Form: 1432-0 C

Last run: 78 days

W: 11st 3lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Quite lightly raced veteran and has paid his way, but a headstrong sort and a white-knuckle ride at times; has won twice for Danny Mullins and versatile as to trip; has the potential to surprise but others more likely.

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11

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 90y

14:30 Punchestown

Cash Back

11st 7lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Ex-Willie Mullins; eight wins, the most recent when bolting up in three-runner 3m hurdle at Clonmel last December; has left Mullins since a disappointing run over a shorter trip at Leopardstown in March.

12/1

2

3rd Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 72y

14:50 Leopardstown

Cash Back

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

raced in second, lost second before 5th, lost third after 3 out, weakened quickly before 2 out

7/2

Form: 11P-25 C BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

At a crossroads at the moment; looked sure to improve for his second to Home By The Lee in the Lismullen at Navan but was beaten even further when favourite for the 3m Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown; hard to know what to expect back to 2m for the first time since his hurdles debut in 2020, but certainly respected.

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2nd

2

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Bob Olinger

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

He failed to fulfil the superstar potential shown when easily winning the 2m5f Grade 1 novice hurdle at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival but has been rejuvenated this season, winning two 2m4f Grade 2s; another big run when second to subsequent Champion Hurdle winner State Man over an inadequate 2m in the Irish Champion Hurdle in February (soft), beating third-placed Impaire Et Passe by 5l, and he's a leading candidate now back up in distance.

6/4

2nd

1

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Bob Olinger

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

held up in last but in touch with leaders, headway going okay on near side of group after last (usual 2 out), pressed leaders home turn, soon bumped rival when went second but no chance with winner, kept on well

9/1

1st

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

15:15 Cheltenham

Bob Olinger

11st 6lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Has never fulfilled the promise of his brilliant win in the 2021 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at the Festival (2m5f, good to soft) but has still won four of his subsequent eight starts, most recently the Grade 2 Lismullen Hurdle at Navan (2m4f, soft to heavy) in November on his reappearance; he beat some quality performers last time and is entitled to considerable respect.

11/8

Form: 123-03 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Won his maiden hurdle over C&D last season; improved upped in trip though, finishing third in a 3m Grade 1 novice hurdle at Punchestown and produced a career-best when a staying-on third in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown (Bob Olinger fifth); drop in trip might not inconvenience him as much as a few others and certainly respected.

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7th

4

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

17:25 Punchestown

Meet And Greet

11st 10lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Useful sort is only 1-10 over hurdles but has run with credit in Graded contests numerous times; best run this season when 3.5l third in the Jack de Bromhead Christmas Hurdle; below that level at Cheltenham and has a bit to find today.

25/1

4th

6

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:35 Aintree

Meet And Greet

11st 10lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

prominent, ridden after 3 out, kept on until no extra from last

11/1

2nd

8

12th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

14:40 Navan

Meet And Greet

11st 3lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

prominent, joined leaders when nudged along 3 out, briefly led 2 out, soon ridden and joined, headed and kept on well but held after last, no match for winner

9/2

OUR TIP

Form: -72331 CD

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

A dozen career wins for this admirably tough performer, including most recently in a Listed chase at Thurles at the beginning of last month; won a weaker version of this race last year and undoubtedly wants further, but he's not alone in that; looks sure to run his race.

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14

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Darasso

10st 13lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Unraced beyond 3m, seen most often at about 2m; the three runs over 2m6f/3m among his last six starts have all been good, including second in the Galway Plate and third in the Kerry National, but this reliable 10yo would still have to show himself in a very new light for a prominent finish today.

66/1

4th

3

18th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:27 Gowran Park

Darasso

11st 3lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Admirable sort equally effective over hurdles and fences, winning Red Mills Hurdle on this card back in 2019 and most recent of five chase wins came in 2m6f Thurles Listed contest in December; rare below-par effort when tough task at weights over inadequate trip in Grade 3 Limestone Lad Hurdle on latest but should run his race here.

7/2

5th

1

29th Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 151y

14:42 Naas

Darasso

11st 12lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

A dozen career wins for this admirably tough performer, including most recently in a Listed chase at Thurles at the beginning of last month; won a weaker version of this race last year and undoubtedly wants further, but he's not alone in that; looks sure to run his race.

9/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Consistent if ordinary Flat handicapper but faces an impossible task on his hurdles debut.

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9th

6

(6)

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 2f 50y

17:35 Cork

Derry Lad

9st 4lb

J: Nathan Crosse

T: Kevin Thomas Coleman

Likes it soft but proved his versatility when winning twice on better ground in Britain last summer; off since fair hurdles run over Christmas and likely to be better for this outing.

10/1

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Payout
Exacta €188.00
Straight Forecast €184.90
Trifecta €420.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Echoes In Rain

The Irish Sun:

Bob Olinger

RP Ratings (IRE):

Echoes In Rain

TOPSPEED:

Echoes In Rain

POSTDATA:

Echoes In Rain