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Concept Colours Rated Novice Chase

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  • 1m 7f 170y
  • 5 runners
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Concept Colours Rated Novice Chase

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

Form: F8-343 D BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Suffered three consecutive falls at one stage last season having started his chasing career brightly; confidence looks to be back this term; has run over a range of distances and coped satisfactorily when dropped to 2m in a Naas handicap six weeks ago; meets his likely main rival Gallyhill on 8lb better than handicap terms.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

12th

8

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Indiana Jones

10st 10lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

Has had his jumping issues but won a Grade 3 novice contest at Naas last year and ran a fine race in retrospect when fourth to Elixir De Nutz in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter in November; not the easiest to weigh up but no surprise if he could run a big race off this mark.

16/1

4th

4

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 1

15:30 Exeter

Indiana Jones

10st 8lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: M F Morris

Huge individual who was always going to be better over fences and things began to click last season when he won a small-field Grade 3 at Navan (2m, good to yielding) before later producing a career-best RPR when running well in a Grade 1 at Punchestown; probably needed the race at Cork where he was rusty all round; better can be expected this time.

7/2

6th

1

15th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 1f 140y

16:55 Cork

Indiana Jones

11st 12lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: M F Morris

Had a good last season, winning twice, including a Grade 3 novice at Navan before running well in a strong Grade 1 at Punchestown when last seen; has a chance if ready on return.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2-132P D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Ex-Nicky Henderson; won a beginners' chase at Down Royal last May; made a respectable handicap debut when chasing home the useful Big Debates at Fairyhouse in December; obvious chance here if restored to form after a lapse over a longer trip at Thurles four weeks ago.

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

4

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Gallyhill

12st 4lb

J: Mr Tom Hutsby

T: F A Hutsby

Formerly useful but just one chase win (in 2022) from 11 attempts and he ended his time with Gordon Elliott on a quiet note; well-held last of four finishers in a point for new yard and his BHA mark likely flatters him.

20/1

7th

2

12th May 2023

Yielding

2m 3f 20y

19:55 Kilbeggan

Gallyhill

11st 10lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a Down Royal beginners' chase over this trip a year ago; has mostly run well in defeat since but never got involved at Naas last time; has to find more just 1lb lower.

12/1

4

18th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 42y

16:25 Tipperary

Gallyhill

11st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Gordon Elliott

Lots of sound runs in defeat over fences since winning at Down Royal last year; doesn't seem to be improving but has his chance in an open race.

4/1

13/2

Form: 63532F D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Maiden hurdle winner for Willie Mullins in 2020; well beaten in five completed chase starts for his current stable, all in good company; in touch when falling four out in a Grade 3 event at Naas, but that race appeared to be run at a modest gallop.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:17 Naas

Francin

11st 0lb

J: Mr R A Berry

T: J A Berry

Useful sort for Willie Mullins but has been well-held when facing mostly stiff tasks for this yard; another one today and best passed over.

100/1

8

26th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

14:40 Naas

Francin

10st 7lb

J: Mr J P Berry

T: J A Berry

Two hurdle wins for Willie Mullins in 2020, obtaining a mark of 142; well beaten in six completed chase starts for his current stable, all in decent company; in touch when falling four out in a Grade 3 event here in January; should find things easier now in his first handicap.

10/1

Form: 282205 D

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Useful Flat and hurdles performer at a modest level; perhaps capable of minor success over fences at some stage, but badly treated here relative to Gallyhill and Indiana Jones; would get 26lb from Indiana Jones in a handicap.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

3

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:50 Down Royal

Politicise

11st 12lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Nigel Thomas Slevin

prominent, challenging 3 out, ridden after 2 out, kept on well and hung right towards finish, led final stride, hit rail just after line

14/1

4th

7

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 0y

17:08 Navan

Politicise

11st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Nigel Thomas Slevin

Losing run since 2020 and 0-13 over fences; doesn't look well treated on this season's form and low-key effort over hurdles a fortnight ago (from this mark).

10/1

8th

5

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:20 Gowran Park

Politicise

11st 7lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Nigel Thomas Slevin

Out of the money in four handicap chase outings after going close at Tipperary last May; back to hurdles in the first-time tongue-tie and cheekpiece combination when a fine third in a competitive 2m4f handicap at Leopardstown; another respectable run over hurdles at Naas; no match for first two over fences at Fairyhouse a month ago.

13/2

Form: 12-409

Last run: 99 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

This trip looks short of his optimum relative to his best hurdles form, since his wins last March were gained over 3m and 2m4f; lacks chasing experience.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10

4th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:00 Leopardstown

Wild Hunt

11st 7lb

J: D G Hogan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Won over this trip at Clonmel a year ago before ready Down Royal novice win over 2m4f; yet to hit form this campaign though, faller over fences latest; handicapper giving him every chance.

12/1

1

22nd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 6f 16y

14:53 Thurles

Wild Hunt

12st 4lb

J: Mr J L Gleeson

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

held up in rear, not fluent 1st, jumped slightly left 2nd, 6 lengths down when fell 5 out

25/1

12th

7

7th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 165y

16:30 Fairyhouse

Wild Hunt

11st 8lb

J: Daniel King

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Has really struggled since winning back-to-back in March 2022 and poor run here latest.

50/1

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Selections

TOPSPEED:

Gallyhill

SPOTLIGHT:

Indiana Jones

RP Ratings (IRE):

Indiana Jones

POSTDATA:

Gallyhill

The Irish Sun:

Gallyhill