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Navan Ford & Opel Maiden Hurdle (Div I)

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  • 17 runners
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Navan Ford & Opel Maiden Hurdle (Div I)

Runners: 17 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

Form: 3-1233 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Third on his only start last season; Galway bumper winner on seasonal debut; ran a promising first race over hurdles at this venue, though the winner has disappointed in the interim; confirmed a fair standard of form when third at Leopardstown; those races were over 2m4f, and he was less effective over this trip when a distant third at Fairyhouse.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

14:32 Fairyhouse

Firm Footings

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent

9/4

2nd

4

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Firm Footings

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, not fluent 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, rallied and went second approaching last, kept on but no chance with winner run-in

8/1

2nd

3

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 43y

12:00 Punchestown

Firm Footings

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in second, ridden and challenging when bumped and hampered 2 out, soon led narrowly or disputed lead, kept on well but headed towards finish

5/2

Form: 1/2- BF

Last run: 411 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

AQPS winner over 1m5f on good ground at Fontainebleau in September 2020; had a long break before second on hurdling debut at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting in 2021 when Paul Townend rode him in preference to the now 134-rated dual winner and Galway Hurdle fifth Heia; winner Howyabud is now a useful sort for Keri Brion in the US.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

2

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

18:15 Clonmel

Horantzau Dairy

11st 8lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

raced in second, briefly disputed lead early

8/11

1st

5

4th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:30 Leopardstown

Horantzau Dairy

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

raced wide, raced in second, joined leader after 4th, challenging towards near side when nudged along before last, left in lead and clear last, reduced lead when pushed out towards finish, always doing enough

3/1

5/1

Form: 232

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Failed to complete in two points but was in good hands with Mick Goff; placed on all three bumpers starts since November, 3l second to Willie Mullins-trained favourite at Fairyhouse last time; will know his job and should go well on hurdling debut.

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7th

2

4th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Naas

Faulty

11st 9lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Plenty of good form in bumpers and hurdles before winning 20-runner maiden with a bit in hand at Down Royal last month; should go well.

7/2

1st

10

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

13:07 Down Royal

Faulty

11st 4lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

midfield on inner

100/30

2nd

7

21st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 148y

13:45 Punchestown

Faulty

11st 4lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Ran into a couple of useful types in bumpers and on his maiden hurdle debut; not seen since slipping up in the 2m4f maiden hurdle on this card a year ago; entitled to need the run but could be a contender if fit enough.

6/1

16/1

Form: 4

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

85-rated Flat winner, both successes gained in France at two; ran some good races in defeat in Britain and also placed for this stable at Dundalk; satisfactory hurdling debut at Fairyhouse recently but was beaten 34l in fourth

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Verdict Starting price

9th

7

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 94y

15:40 Punchestown

Walhaan

11st 12lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

Fit from action on AW in recent months and ran on turf last month; some merit in his handicap hurdle form but others have more obvious credentials.

25/1

5th

3

(8)

10th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

14:15 Leopardstown

Walhaan

10st 2lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: Ciaran Murphy

Dual-purpose 8yo won on heavy in France and both wins for current yard have been on AW, including last month; solid effort at Lingfield since and no fitness concerns.

7/1

6th

11

(9)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:05 Lingfield (AW)

Walhaan

9st 2lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Ciaran Murphy

Dual-purpose 8yo; with this headgear combination back on he made all for a cosy success at Dundalk (1m2f) two weeks ago; this could take more winning, he lacks course experience and has competition for the lead.

10/1

Form: 5

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Likely to improve from her Limerick bumper run; stable has stronger candidates for this.

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6th

11

7th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 43y

12:02 Clonmel

Charity Barnum

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Promise in her first two career starts last season and was still involved when coming down at Navan on final start last season; tailed off on return at Punchestown but needed the run and could be the one to beat here.

7/4

7th

7

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 175y

15:15 Punchestown

Charity Barnum

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in third, lost position 4 out, no extra and weakened from 3 out

5/1

1

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 190y

17:50 Down Royal

Charity Barnum

11st 11lb

J: Mr J H Williamson

T: Gordon Elliott

Not a bad run in a bumper on debut and only beaten 9l at Navan last month on hurdle bow; fell when 4-1 for a maiden hurdle back at that venue last time; has each-way claims back in a bumper but yard's first-string is probably Silver Lark.

11/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

1m4f handicap winner off 63 for Jack Davison last autumn, poor form on last two Flat runs; will probably need to gain jumping experience.

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No Results Found

Form: 835-

Last run: 301 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Signs of ability in bumpers last season including when a long-priced third at this venue; tongue-tie now; of some interest but others have stronger claims.

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8th

4

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 3

19:50 Hexham

Goldwyn

10st 11lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Ex-Irish 7yo who was placed in maidens on first two starts for Mark Walford before winning one at Wetherby (2m, soft) in March; not obviously well treated for this handicap debut but improvement is possible.

5/1

1st

4

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Wetherby

Goldwyn

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Ex-Irish; promise on both runs for this yard, finishing third over C&D (good to soft) before a creditable second to a promising sort over 2m4f at Newcastle (heavy); chance.

6/4

2nd

2

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Goldwyn

11st 10lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

5/2

Form: 5673

Last run: 189 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fifth to the top-class Marine Nationale in a bumper at Punchestown last May; absent since a remote third on hurdling debut at Downpatrick last August.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

6

28th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 160y

15:50 Downpatrick

Joshua Chamberlain

11st 8lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Gerard Keane

Handled testing conditions well when winning readily at Tramore, different ground now unless there is a marked deterioration; form this season has included a third placing over a shorter trip at this venue.

4/1

1st

12

18th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

19:18 Tramore

Joshua Chamberlain

11st 1lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Gerard Keane

held up in midfield, prominent 6th, led 2 out (usual 3 out), not fluent last (usual 2 out), soon ridden and went clear

10/1

5th

12

14th Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 143y

18:20 Ballinrobe

Joshua Chamberlain

11st 1lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Gerard Keane

Got tired up the hill when third at Downpatrick (2m1f, yielding to soft) and a late mistake didn't help when beaten 10l at Bellewstown; now 0-10 but running quite well and has each-way claims.

6/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Four-time Flat winner including the Northumberland Vase for Roger Varian in 2021; also won over 2m at Wolverhampton at around this time last year for Michael Bell; yielding ground should be fine for hurdling debut; may need the run.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

13

12th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 0y

14:45 Killarney

Zeeband

10st 2lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Four-time Flat winner; 2-11 over hurdles, with wins gained back-to-back in March, in a Leopardstown maiden and a Limerick handicap; faded from the last in an amateur riders' handicap hurdle at Aintree.

10/1

10th

14

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Zeeband

11st 1lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Progressive Flat stayer in younger days (best RPR 100) and although it's been a long and winding road over hurdles he's been in career-best form of late with 2m wins in a maiden at Leopardstown and a Limerick handicap (heavy); this will need another step forward but that's not ruled out.

16/1

Form:

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

1-19 on Flat; jumped badly and tailed off when 80-1 on hurdling debut at Down Royal.

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3rd

7

18th Jun 2023

Good

2m 1f 65y

16:05 Downpatrick

Prioritise

11st 5lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: John C McConnell

Much improved performance when staying on strongly to land a 2m handicap hurdle at Roscommon on Monday; up 10lb for that but likely that she is improving and every chance of going close again.

7/2

1st

5

12th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 46y

18:18 Roscommon

Prioritise

11st 10lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

70-rated on the Flat; jumping has been an issue in this sphere; late headway when beaten 15l on second handicap start at Tipperary.

20/1

15

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 175y

19:00 Tramore

Prioritise

11st 10lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: John C McConnell

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Dam is an unraced half-sister to bumper and useful hurdle/chase performer Ifandbutwhynot, winner of nine races in all.

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No Results Found

Form: 8/0-5

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Not disgraced in fifth at Fairyhouse last month but faces much tougher opposition now.

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0

2

7th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 110y

11:53 Fairyhouse

Cross Court

11st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Modest hurdler who finished a remote eighth on his switch to chasing at Downpatrick; outclassed.

100/1

8th

1

6th Oct 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 55y

16:45 Downpatrick

Cross Court

11st 12lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: John C McConnell

Shown very little so far and hard to recommend on chase debut returning from seven months' absence for new yard.

20/1

Form: 0F80

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Massive price on all three starts in maiden hurdles; impossible to make case for him.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

12th

11

12th May 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:00 Kilbeggan

The Belmont Boys

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Shown very little so far, either failing to complete or finishing tailed off each time.

40/1

16

1st May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 180y

13:35 Down Royal

The Belmont Boys

11st 4lb

J: Michael J Molloy

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

towards rear, brought down after 1st

33/1

13th

9

12th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:10 Navan

The Belmont Boys

11st 12lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

never better than mid-division, didn't jump well, ridden when weakened after 3 out, tailed off

200/1

Form: P

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Showed little in four runs in points; made mistakes and pulled-up on hurdling debut; cheekpieces on now.

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0

9

24th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 7f 110y

14:40 Fairyhouse

Any Luck Colm

11st 2lb

J: Mr D McGill

T: C A McBratney

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield after 10th, weakening when not fluent 4 out, dropped to rear after 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out

12/1

4th

1

17th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 110y

16:05 Downpatrick

Any Luck Colm

11st 12lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: C A McBratney

in rear, ridden and detached with one circuit to go

33/1

Form: 7808

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Mild promise on the first of two Wexford bumper appearances; soundly beaten on her first two starts over hurdles; will need a handicap mark.

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10

31st May 2023

Good

2m 1f 100y

18:30 Wexford

O Faolains Lass

11st 2lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: N Dooly

Not a bad run in mid-field at Clonmel in March on handicap debut; pulled-up on last two outings; better going and cheekpieces will need to make a big difference.

20/1

15

20th May 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:50 Wexford

O Faolains Lass

11st 2lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: N Dooly

Third reserve; best run when beaten 8l in a handicap at Clonmel in March but pulled-up twice since; better ground could help.

10

16th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 70y

14:50 Tramore

O Faolains Lass

11st 5lb

J: Conor Brassil

T: N Dooly

towards rear

20/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Unraced dam is from a good family with plenty of stamina; likely to need the experience on her debut in a race in which the stable has four runners.

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16th

11

12th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:10 Navan

Winning Paddy

11st 12lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Gordon Elliott

always towards rear, didn't jump with fluency, weakened 3 out, tailed off

33/1

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