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Yielding To Soft

QuinnBet Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade B)

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  • 3m 4f 40y
  • 12 runners
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QuinnBet Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade B)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

5/1 (Won)

Form: 48-944 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Thyestes winner in 2021; merits due respect on the strength of this term's handicap form; 1/2l behind stablemate Death Duty when fourth in the Troytown; only just lost third place to shorter-priced stablemate in the Thyestes; claim is a help, but same applies to Diol Ker and Death Duty in the same colours.

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Verdict Starting price

11th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Coko Beach

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Stays 3m4f; career-best form in major handicaps this season, including over these fences when second in the heavy-ground Becher, before winning his cross-country debut (3m) in February; handicapper has responded but chief headache for backers is what he did in the last two Grand Nationals, as he disputed the lead long way but ended 66l adrift on first occasion and pulled up on second; may need a different tactic.

22/1

1st

1

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 130y

13:20 Punchestown

Coko Beach

12st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, pecked on landing 2nd, disputed lead from 15th, led clearly after 18th, going easily after 2 out, soon pushed along, ridden briefly run-in, pushed out, comfortably

11/8

Form: U0-U3P CD

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 1lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Won this event off this mark last year, accounting for several of these rivals, including stablemate Coko Beach; closely matched with Coko Beach on running in this season's Troytown; made a bad mistake the 12th in the Paddy Power and was pulled-up; same mark as last season, each-way chance with useful 5lb claimer.

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2nd

3

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 40y

14:10 Punchestown

Death Duty

11st 1lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Gordon Elliott

Won this event off this mark last year, accounting for several of these rivals, including stablemate Coko Beach; closely matched with Coko Beach on running in this season's Troytown; made a bad mistake the 12th in the Paddy Power and was pulled-up; same mark as last season, each-way chance with useful 5lb claimer.

6/1

13

27th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:00 Leopardstown

Death Duty

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, bad mistake 12th, soon pulled up

14/1

3rd

10

27th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Navan

Death Duty

11st 2lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual Grade 1 winner back in 2017 doesn't operate at that sort of level nowadays but still capable of popping up in a decent staying handicap chase, as shown when landing Punchestown Grand National Trial off just 2lb lower last season; came down at the last when looking as though he was staying on to finish fourth or fifth in the Munster National last time; player.

16/1

Form: -6280P

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Won off 131 at Fairyhouse last April but pulled-up here at the festival meeting; second to Captain Kangaroo in 3m4f Cork National; subsequent form in valuable staying handicaps far from encouraging.

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Verdict Starting price

10th

17

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Defi Bleu

10st 9lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Gordon Elliott

Well held eighth in this last year in similar conditions and he unseated five out on his return last month so he may still need a run to get going; has place claims if he is fully tuned up but others are more solid.

25/1

0

7

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:15 Limerick

Defi Bleu

10st 12lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Gordon Elliott

Failed to win last season after starting the campaign with sixth placing in this event; showed good form on his final three starts; third to Coko Beach in 3m4f National Trial at Punchestown, fifth in the Kim Muir, and a battling third of six finishers in 27-runner Irish Grand National, 1 1/2l behind stablemate Gevrey.

12/1

3rd

20

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 5f 0y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Defi Bleu

10st 2lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Gordon Elliott

Knows what these sort of races are about but he's none too predictable and finished behind some of these in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham; would be a surprise winner.

28/1

Form: 8F-800

Last run: 91 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Won a beginners' event at Navan early before finishing second to Death Duty in this event; below best in valuable staying handicaps subsequently; in rear over the cross-country course here in November.

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7th

2

21st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 70y

16:33 Cork

Champagne Platinum

11st 11lb

J: Luke Donnelly

T: E Bolger

Pulled up in the National trial at Punchestown last month but he had bounced back to form winning over hurdles on his penultimate outing and he handles this ground; feasibly treated on old form.

8/1

9

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Champagne Platinum

10st 12lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: E Bolger

Won a beginners' chase at Navan two years ago, his only success from 17 starts over fences; that profile is not encouraging, but he looked in good shape when winning a handicap hurdle at Gowran last month; now 5lb lower than when fourth in this race 12 months ago.

8/1

Form: 4U59-P C

Last run: 54 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Not much of note in his form since winning off a 9lb lower mark here in late 2020; fifth to Death Duty when favourite for this race 12 months ago; remote ninth behind Diol Ker on final start last season; 66-1 when pulled-up after a bad mistake three out on his reappearance in the Paddy Power.

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Verdict Starting price

5th

8

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 40y

14:10 Punchestown

Stones And Roses

10st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Not much of note in his form since winning off a 9lb lower mark here in late 2020; fifth to Death Duty when favourite for this race 12 months ago; remote ninth behind Diol Ker on final start last season; 66-1 when pulled-up after a bad mistake three out on his reappearance in the Paddy Power.

16/1

20

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Stones And Roses

10st 5lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

Not much of note in his form since winning off a 9lb lower mark at Punchestown in late-2020; 66-1 when pulled-up after a bad mistake three out on his reappearance in the Paddy Power; second reserve.

26

27th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:00 Leopardstown

Stones And Roses

10st 9lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

soon led, headed but prominent 12th, weakening and towards rear when bad mistake 3 out, pulled up after 2 out

33/1

Form: -065U6

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Fair sixth over 3m at Navan last time, doing well to recover after suffering bad interference at the first fence; faces a demanding task from 7lb out of the handicap.

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10th

2

5th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

15:32 Carlisle

Portstorm

12st 1lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Ian Duncan

held up in rear

20/1

5th

7

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:50 Down Royal

Portstorm

11st 0lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

towards rear of midfield, not fluent 12th

40/1

6th

12

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 40y

14:10 Punchestown

Portstorm

10st 0lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

Fair sixth over 3m at Navan last time, doing well to recover after suffering bad interference at the first fence; faces a demanding task from 7lb out of the handicap.

25/1

Form: 470-43

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Sole win came in a Thurles maiden hurdle three years ago; consistent and frustrating in more or less equal measure since; only one pound out of the handicap; entitled to improve from his recent Naas run (his first after a break); overall record suggests he will find a few too good.

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8

5th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 97y

16:55 Leopardstown

Whatsnotoknow

10st 7lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: M F Morris

Only the one career win to his credit but tends to run well in good handicaps; could get into the money.

8/1

7th

11

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 40y

14:10 Punchestown

Whatsnotoknow

10st 0lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: M F Morris

Sole win came in a Thurles maiden hurdle three years ago; consistent and frustrating in more or less equal measure since; only one pound out of the handicap; entitled to improve from his recent Naas run (his first after a break); overall record suggests he will find a few too good.

10/1

3rd

5

29th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 90y

13:32 Naas

Whatsnotoknow

11st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: M F Morris

in touch with leaders early, prominent after 3rd, disputed lead after 7th, raced in second before 5 out, 1 length down when left in lead 3 out, ridden when headed before 2 out, no extra when lost second last

8/1

Form: 06-413 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Four-time points winner, three-time winner over racecourse fences, most recently when battling well to beat Angels Dawn over 2m7f here on New Year's Eve; went up 5lb for that and ran another sound race when third here five weeks ago.

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8th

10

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 40y

14:10 Punchestown

Notice To Close

10st 1lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Seamus Neville

Four-time points winner, three-time winner over racecourse fences, most recently when battling well to beat Angels Dawn over 2m7f here on New Year's Eve; went up 5lb for that and ran another sound race when third here five weeks ago.

9/1

3rd

4

15th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 150y

15:10 Punchestown

Notice To Close

11st 12lb

J: Mr M J O’Connor

T: Seamus Neville

Three-time winner over fences, most recently when a game winner over 2m7f here two weeks ago; up 5lb for that and the attitude he showed last time gives him a chance of following up.

13/2

1st

8

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 7f 40y

12:47 Punchestown

Notice To Close

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Seamus Neville

briefly led, raced in second from 1st, joined leader 4th, left in lead and hampered by loose horse before 5th, reminder before 4 out, joined and pushed along 3 out, ridden after 2 out, kept on well run-in, reduced lead final strides, just held on

14/1

Form: P/P-F5

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Kim Muir winner in 2020; made all to win three-runner Galway conditions chase later that year; lightly raced in recent seasons,; a great deal to prove at this stage.

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10th

8

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 7f 0y

15:10 Punchestown

Milan Native

10st 9lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Former winner of the Kim Muir at Cheltenham; has been out of sorts and makes no appeal; jumped badly when pulled-up in the Irish Grand National.

33/1

27

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 5f 0y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Milan Native

10st 0lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Gordon Elliott

Former winner of the Kim Muir at Cheltenham but has been going nowhere for a while now and looks risky in new headgear.

100/1

9th

7

12th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 126y

16:52 Naas

Milan Native

11st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

pushed along briefly, prominent, disputed lead after 2nd, headed before 7th, disputed lead after 8th, briefly headed before 5 out, ridden when joined after 3 out, headed and weakened before 2 out, well beaten when badly hampered by faller 2 out

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 10-922

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Won valuable Leinster National at Naas in March; probably needed reappearance run in Cork Grand National; had a run over hurdles before a game effort in the Paddy Power, beaten a short head by Real Steel; could go close in bid to defy a big burden.

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9

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Diol Ker

11st 3lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't jump well, jumped right on occasions, in touch with leaders early, midfield when jumped right 10th, weakened 16th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out

50/1

10th

5

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 174y

16:37 Naas

Diol Ker

11st 3lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Sole chase win came for Noel Meade in the 2022 renewal of this race; generally struggling this term and handicapper quite slow to relent so likely has it to do again here.

20/1

Form: 421UFP D

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Beat Defi Bleu in the Munster National, now 10lb higher; let down by his jumping over the National fences in the Becher and in the Paddy Power; reportedly made a noise when pulled up in the Thyestes; not a betting proposition against that background.

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6

18th Mar 2023

Soft

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Captain Kangaroo

10st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Has National honours having won the Cork version in November (3m4f, soft/heavy); it's been a sorry state of affairs since then with four non-completions and, while his trainer can work wonders, he's not overly appealing with that background.

20/1

7

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 40y

14:10 Punchestown

Captain Kangaroo

10st 9lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

Beat Defi Bleu in the Munster National, now 10lb higher; let down by his jumping over the National fences in the Becher and in the Paddy Power; reportedly made a noise when pulled up in the Thyestes; not a betting proposition against that background.

16/1

15

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Captain Kangaroo

10st 7lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: W P Mullins

Beat Defi Bleu in the Munster National, now 10lb higher; let down by his jumping in two subsequent starts, over the National fences in the Becher and in the Paddy Power.

20/1

Form: -B8421

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 5lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Has taken well to chasing; short head second to today's rival Notice To Close over 2m7f here in her first handicap; kept on well under pressure to win for this rider over 3m at Down Royal; up 6lb now and stepping into a higher league.

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4

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Angels Dawn

11st 11lb

J: Mr P A King

T: S Curling

11lb higher than when winning this by a neck last year (soft) but Festival form is a major plus and she reverted to fences with a fine third of 18 in the Thyestes at Gowran Park (3m1f, heavy) in January; showed promise on yielding ground last season; there's every chance she'll be in the shake-up.

8/1

3rd

13

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Angels Dawn

10st 11lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: S Curling

Won an Irish-dominated Kim Muir at Cheltenham last March (Dunboyne back in fourth, Royal Thief sixth) before finishing a remote sixth in the Irish Grand National; should be fully primed for this following two runs over hurdles.

11/2

7th

17

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 50y

13:42 Navan

Angels Dawn

10st 2lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: S Curling

Better known as a chaser, winning the 3m2f Kim Muir at Cheltenham last season; was a 31l runner-up on return over hurdles at Clonmel but should strip fitter today and is of interest off this attractive mark.

7/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Angels Dawn

POSTDATA:

Coko Beach

The Irish Sun:

Stones And Roses

TOPSPEED:

Death Duty

RP Ratings (IRE):

Angels Dawn