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Joan Hodgins Memorial Supporting The Irish Injured Jockeys Fund Beginners Chase

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  • 2m 4f 0y
  • 17 runners
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Joan Hodgins Memorial Supporting The Irish Injured Jockeys Fund Beginners Chase

Runners: 17 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.10
  • Place: £1.20

Form: P4-3U2 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point and maiden hurdle winner who shaped with plenty of promise when roughly 2l behind Thedevilscoachman on chase debut at Galway; bounced back from an unlucky unseat when beaten a neck by Bronn at Fairyhouse last month and a reproduction of that effort may be good enough.

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8th

1

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 107y

16:00 Leopardstown

Grandero Bello

11st 12lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

Winning hurdler-chaser, landed a Gowran beginners chase last year and a good second in a Limerick Grade 3; not seen since fourth in a Grade A contest at the Punchestown festival; has run well fresh before; the class act of the race and respected if fit enough.

6/1

4th

5

28th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

16:15 Punchestown

Grandero Bello

11st 3lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

Point/maiden hurdle winner; promising third on chase debut at Galway; bounced back from an unlucky unseat when beaten a neck by Bronn in what was effectively a match at Fairyhouse, made all for an emphatic win from Macs Charm at Gowran; closely matched with Life In The Park on Grade 3 running at Limerick; tongue-tie on now.

5/1

2nd

4

26th Mar 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 120y

14:25 Limerick

Grandero Bello

11st 0lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

disputed lead, raced in second from 6th, led 5 out, not fluent 3 out, pushed along when faced challenge last, soon headed, no match for winner

2/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 111P-4 C

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Rattled off a hat-trick over hurdles towards the end of last season; low-key chase debut in December but entitled to come on for that and has the best hurdle form of all these.

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5th

7

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 174y

16:37 Naas

Macs Charm

11st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: C A Murphy

Sole win chasing came off 135 at Fairyhouse nearly a year ago; best run since on latest when encouraging fifth of 18 in Thyestes, staying on; not one to rule out.

7/1

5th

11

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Macs Charm

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: C A Murphy

Second to Ain't That A Shame over 2m4f here last March; won a 3m Fairyhouse handicap last Easter; pulled up on both starts this season, the Troytown at Navan and the Paddy Power at Leopardstown.

33/1

0

14

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Macs Charm

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: C A Murphy

in touch with leaders, weakened 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

20/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 13-4F3

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Listed winner and Grade 3-placed over timber; distant fourth behind Fil Dor on chase debut wasn't a bad effort but fell at Leopardstown in December and he was disappointing when third of four finishers at Fairyhouse last time; jumped left at times, which won't help at this venue, but has shaped like a step up in trip might suit.

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9th

5

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:25 Naas

Slip Of The Tongue

11st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Padraig Roche

towards rear, in touch with leaders but reminder 4th

8/1

Form: 7006F

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in a point last year but shown very little under Rules so far.

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10th

8

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

15:30 Ayr

Low Mileage

11st 4lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

0-14 under all codes when trained in Ireland; put in fairly good front-running shift when fifth at Fairyhouse (3m2f, soft) in January and may benefit from today's drop back in trip but others have more pressing claims; stable debut.

14/1

5th

5

27th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

13:40 Fairyhouse

Low Mileage

11st 10lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: J P Dempsey

led, jumped slightly left 6th, steadied 10th, headed 2 out, soon weakened

6/1

4th

3

1st Jan 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 100y

14:50 Tramore

Low Mileage

11st 5lb

J: J J Slevin

T: J P Dempsey

midfield, went fourth 5th, weakened from 2 out

7/2

Form: 212P-F

Last run: 292 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Jumped poorly in the Albert Bartlett and paid the price for errors when falling at Down Royal when last seen; hardly encouraging signs for chasing and off 292 days.

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8th

13

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Where It All Began

10st 13lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, never better than midfield

12/1

4th

15

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Where It All Began

11st 4lb

J: Mr B O’Neill

T: Gordon Elliott

A revelation when easily winning Grand National Trial at Punchestown (3m3f, heavy) last month; needs to prove that was no one-off and he's unlikely to be on such demanding ground today, but heavy going may not be essential for him and the handicapper hasn't been overly harsh; a possible.

11/1

1st

13

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Where It All Began

10st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, prominent after 10th

9/1

Form: /556-0

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Ran some solid races over hurdles last term; out of sorts more recently and this is a very tough ask on chase debut.

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7

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 150y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Hurricane Cliff

10st 13lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, mistake 8th

7/2

1st

4

10th Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 110y

16:55 Limerick

Hurricane Cliff

11st 5lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

in touch with leaders, smooth headway and prominent before 2 out, led 2 out, 3 lengths ahead when left clear last, ridden out towards finish

16/1

6th

4

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 115y

14:55 Down Royal

Hurricane Cliff

11st 6lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Failed to progress over hurdles after winning a Naas maiden three years ago; not disgraced on chasing debut at Gowran last February; fell at the sixth at the same venue the following month; off for 10 months

12/1

Form: 40-858

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Seven-race maiden; completely tailed off on chase debut latest.

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5th

1

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 198y

14:50 Punchestown

All For Rachel

11st 12lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

in touch with leaders

4/1

Form: 14U-87 D

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Won back-to-back handicap hurdles at Punchestown last winter and rated 115 over timber; might need more time and/or handicaps as far as his chase career is concerned.

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12

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 0f 130y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Gain De Cause

10st 9lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: A J Martin

Dual hurdle winner; signs of getting the hang of fences when fourth on his handicap debut at Navan and duly built on that to score comfortably over 2m5f here on Saturday; up again in trip and now penalised, but he's looking nicely progressive.

5/1

1st

7

8th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 5f 150y

15:55 Fairyhouse

Gain De Cause

10st 7lb

J: Miss P Elvin

T: A J Martin

in touch with leaders

6/1

4th

5

20th Mar 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 0y

16:25 Navan

Gain De Cause

11st 9lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: A J Martin

Won back-to-back handicap hurdles last term; hasn't shown a great deal in three runs over fences and would need to match his peak hurdle form to win from this mark; best form is at 2m4f.

6/1

Form: 823235

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Placed in bumpers and a maiden hurdle for former yard; shown nothing in two chase starts though.

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11

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Battle Of Mirbat

10st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Michael J McDonagh

Latest win was off 12lb lower last summer (3m1f) and mark has been edging up after three seconds during the winter; largely consistent and ground-versatile type but was over 30l behind runnerup Better Times Ahead in the Fairyhouse contest by subsequent Scottish National winner Macdermott.

12/1

3rd

4

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 124y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Battle Of Mirbat

11st 3lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Michael J McDonagh

Latest win was off 12lb lower last summer (3m1f) and mark has been edging up after three seconds during the winter, most recently at Leopardstown with Birchdale just behind him in third; largely consistent and ground-versatile type should be thereabouts again.

8/1

Form: 3094-6

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Five-race maiden, tailed off in a maiden hurdle last month; would need to be a different prospect over fences to have a say on chase debut.

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6th

3

27th Jul 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

19:35 Limerick

Junior Alliance

11st 11lb

J: E Walsh

T: Thomas Gibney

Seems to have found his level ratings-wise having run a lot better in two of his last three starts; 3m seems fine and should handle the conditions.

8/1

5th

15

8th Jul 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

20:00 Bellewstown

Junior Alliance

10st 10lb

J: E Walsh

T: Thomas Gibney

Signs more encouraging since coming down the weights, especially when fourth at Wexford (3m) on his penultimate run; Sligo's extended 3m1f perhaps a stretch last time.

16/1

7th

1

13th Jun 2023

Good

3m 1f 96y

19:43 Sligo

Junior Alliance

12st 4lb

J: Mr D McGill

T: Thomas Gibney

took keen hold, prominent, led 2nd, headed and raced in second 3rd

8/1

20/1

Form: 904127

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Maiden hurdle winner at Limerick earlier in the season; completely tailed off when only 6-1 for his chase debut last month; must leave that behind.

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8

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Brookie

11st 8lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

Has won two of his four runs for this yard but his mark has suffered and off this figure he was beaten 16l behind Aurigny Mill at Kempton when last seen over Christmas; the first-time blinkers will need to make a difference.

20/1

4th

4

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

12:45 Kempton

Brookie

11st 5lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

prominent, not fluent 4 out

11/2

1st

1

27th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:35 Kempton

Brookie

12st 0lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

midfield, headway 4 out, pushed along when mistake 2 out, ridden to lead approaching last, kept on well run-in, all out

5/1

200/1

Form: 007

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Tailed off in three runs in maiden hurdles so far; huge ask.

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12th

12

18th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:02 Gowran Park

Moonface

11st 12lb

J: Eoin G Kelly

T: Paul W Flynn

Tailed off in three runs in maiden hurdles so far; huge ask.

200/1

7th

7

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:07 Limerick

Moonface

11st 12lb

J: Benjamin P Kennedy

T: Paul W Flynn

Has finished towards the back in maidens at Naas and Punchestown, can be ruled out.

66/1

10

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

12:40 Down Royal

Moonface

11st 4lb

J: Eoin G Kelly

T: Paul W Flynn

No impact in two hurdle runs so far; tongue-strap left on; hard to make a case for.

150/1

Form: 34P-80

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Some promise in maiden hurdles but shown nothing over fences in two runs so far.

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13th

3

5th Mar 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:35 Wexford

Cru Bourgeois

11st 11lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Paul Nolan

midfield

20/1

13th

5

18th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:02 Gowran Park

Cru Bourgeois

11st 12lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Paul Nolan

Some promise in maiden hurdles but shown nothing over fences in two runs so far.

100/1

11th

6

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

12:53 Fairyhouse

Cru Bourgeois

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Paul Nolan

106-rated hurdler was tailed off on his chasing debut at Down Royal; can be ruled out.

33/1

Form: 180-4F D

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Three-time hurdle winner rated 129 in that sphere but has really struggled in two chase starts; may do better at some stage and ground fine.

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0

9

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

15:00 Leopardstown

Aldo The Apache

10st 6lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: C A Murphy

No wins since 2021 and he's failing to complete in four of his last five runs (all over fences); rated higher over hurdles and he's been off 191 days so probably best watched.

50/1

Form: 000-60

Last run: 84 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Tailed off in all six starts so far and has a mountain to climb on chase debut.

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10

18th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:02 Gowran Park

Limekiln Rock

11st 12lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: M F Morris

in rear, detached when jumped right and pushed along 8th, mistake 9th, pulled up 10th

200/1

11th

10

26th Nov 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:15 Gowran Park

Limekiln Rock

11st 12lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: M F Morris

prominent, went second after 2nd

40/1

6th

5

30th Oct 2022

Soft

2m 6f 0y

16:30 Galway

Limekiln Rock

11st 12lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: M F Morris

Possible he's improved as a 5yo since we last seen him 274 days ago but can't be fancied on what he's shown so far.

66/1

100/1

Form: 06

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Shown nothing in two starts so far including chase debut last time.

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5th

5

6th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

16:00 Leopardstown

Islo

11st 12lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: T M Walsh

Shown nothing in three starts, looking laboured at Gowran last time; likely to need more time.

66/1

16

18th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:02 Gowran Park

Islo

11st 8lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: T M Walsh

Shown nothing in two starts so far including chase debut last time.

100/1

6th

9

21st Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:52 Navan

Islo

11st 4lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: T M Walsh

Tailed off on his only start in a maiden hurdle and this is a huge ask on chase debut.

100/1

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Straight Forecast €56.70
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Grandero Bello

The Irish Sun:

Slip Of The Tongue

RP Ratings (IRE):

Grandero Bello

POSTDATA:

Grandero Bello