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Yielding To Soft

David Trundley Artist At Punchestown Handicap Hurdle

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  • 2m 7f 115y
  • 17 runners
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David Trundley Artist At Punchestown Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 17 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

Form: 57-931 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Young horse has slotted into handicaps effectively; shaped well when third in a 22-runner contest here in November and delivered on that promise here last month; may improve again over this longer trip.

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Verdict Starting price

8th

9

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 100y

16:33 Navan

Verdant Place

10st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Patrick T Foley

Two wins over hurdles, over 2m4f and 2m7f early last year, both at Punchestown; ran well enough on chasing debut at Fairyhouse; two disappointing handicap displays so far, but possible excuse in both cases; premature to write off and Mark Walsh sticks with him.

13/2

0

1

24th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 50y

13:00 Fairyhouse

Verdant Place

12st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Patrick T Foley

Two wins over hurdles, over 2m4f and 2m7f early last year, both at Punchestown; ran well enough on chasing debut over C&D; failed to make much impression in two starts over shorter; interference at the first fence may have harmed his chance on his handicap debut at Naas; third-favourite then, run looked too bad to be true.

4/1

11th

9

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:12 Naas

Verdant Place

10st 10lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Patrick T Foley

Two wins over hurdles, over 2m4f and 2m7f early last year, both at Punchestown; ran well enough on chasing debut at Fairyhouse over 2m5f; has failed to make much impression in two starts over shorter but may find his level in handicaps.

9/2

Form: 42-230 C

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Ran well when chasing home Whiskey Sour over hurdles at Leopardstown last March; keeping good company in chases this term, but nothing concrete to suggest a leading chance under a big weight here.

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0

2

30th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 90y

17:40 Bellewstown

Gallant John Joe

11st 11lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

in touch with leaders

25/1

0

6

5th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 108y

14:30 Galway

Gallant John Joe

11st 2lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Lightly-raced veteran and has come back quite well from a long period on the sidelines; good second in a staying handicap hurdle at Punchestown in February and again in a 3m conditions hurdle at Cork last month; goes on any ground and should give a good account.

14/1

2nd

5

14th Jul 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

19:35 Cork

Gallant John Joe

11st 0lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

prominent, ridden after 3 out, chased clear leader 2 out, ridden and headway run-in, no impression towards finish

8/1

Form: 665346

Last run: 119 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

A long time since his only win for Dan Skelton; showed winning potential again last autumn but needs to raise his game on return from break.

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0

7

18th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 120y

16:25 Tramore

Riggs

10st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: P Cluskey

Tailed off in three runs for this yard and this looks tough.

33/1

Form: 845413 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Veteran has been showing plenty of dash in five starts in staying handicaps here and at Fairyhouse since November; did well to split two of these rivals, Martha Divine and Bodhisattva, when third at Fairyhouse last month.

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7th

4

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:20 Gowran Park

Cher Why Not

11st 7lb

J: Mr D Doyle

T: Timothy Doyle

Veteran with three wins and nine places to his name from 35 starts over hurdles; retains plenty of ability, placed on his first three starts this season, all over staying distances at Fairyhouse; another solid display at Punchestown, but held by runner-up Cosmo Renfro.

8/1

4th

4

21st Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 200y

15:50 Punchestown

Cher Why Not

11st 10lb

J: Mr D Doyle

T: Timothy Doyle

towards rear, mistake 8th, headway after 2 out, kept on after last, went fourth run-in

7/1

Form: 5330-3

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner in 2020; useful form in maiden hurdles; produced an encouraging display on recent seasonal debut at Naas after more than a year off; tongue-tie on for the first time now; potentially interesting.

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3rd

3

10th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

17:00 Roscommon

Barbary Master

11st 4lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

prominent, headway disputing lead after 8th, led 4 out, pushed along before 3 out, headed 2 out, ridden when awkward jump last, lost second run-in

6/1

8th

6

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 140y

17:00 Punchestown

Barbary Master

11st 2lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

Bumper winner on heavy ground in 2020; placed a few times over hurdles and didn't run badly in a C&D handicap earlier this year; more recent form is not so encouraging.

25/1

1

19th May 2023

Good

2m 2f 165y

17:00 Downpatrick

Barbary Master

11st 12lb

J: Neil Ryan

T: Noel Meade

Bumper winner on heavy ground in 2020; placed several times in 12 starts over hurdles but was poor over 3m at Cork last time; blinkers are tried now.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1-59P0 CD

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 6lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Gained a first win since 2018 at last season's festival meeting here; deserved that, having run well in defeat several times; time seems to be catching up now.

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19th

1

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

12:40 Leopardstown

A Great View

12st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Denis W Cullen

held up in rear, pushed along before 5th

16/1

6th

10

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Punchestown

A Great View

10st 2lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Denis W Cullen

Veteran who has won five of his 38 starts over hurdles; did well to win at Ballinrobe in August; however, owner has two more appealing contenders here.

14/1

8th

4

10th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

16:45 Punchestown

A Great View

11st 7lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Denis W Cullen

Old boy returned to form with decisive win at Ballinrobe in August but below par on heavy ground since; course winner has to rebound.

14/1

Form: 2-4F52 C

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Stayed on well to win a 2m6f course maiden hurdle last February; second on her handicap debut in a competitive Cork contest at Easter; returned to form when second at Fairyhouse last month; closely matched with Cher Why Not on that running.

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2nd

9

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Martha Divine

10st 5lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

2m6f maiden winner and twice runner-up since in 3m handicaps, all in the mud; those were her best results for Paul Nolan in Ireland, whom she left for £28,000 in May; had wind surgery since and the cheekpieces worn on last three starts are replaced by a hood; probably needs a career best.

12/1

7th

7

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:50 Cork

Martha Divine

11st 1lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Paul Nolan

Maiden winner last year has mostly acquitted herself creditably in handicaps since; not beaten far on last two starts and shouldn't be too far away again.

9/1

7th

11

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 115y

15:45 Punchestown

Martha Divine

10st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

Stayed on well to win a 2m6f course maiden hurdle last February; second on her handicap debut in a competitive Cork contest at Easter; returned to form when second at Fairyhouse last month; closely matched with Cher Why Not on that running.

6/1

Form: 0-2388

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Two good runs in October, finishing second over C&D and taking third place behind today's rival Ballyadam Destiny at Galway; out of the money in Pertemps qualifiers here and at Leopardstown; hard to win with.

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9th

15

28th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 5f 200y

16:17 Galway

Coventry

10st 0lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Peter Fahey

Sole win over hurdles came in a Navan 4yo maiden; some decent runs in defeat after for former trainers but regressive this year and hard to fancy from 5lb out of handicap.

20/1

8th

1

2nd Oct 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Coventry

12st 0lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Peter Fahey

Sole win over hurdles came in a Navan maiden in March 2021; some decent runs in defeat after for former trainers but regressive this year and beaten 22l on stable debut at Galway.

16/1

Form: 1P-354

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Won a 2m Navan maiden hurdle on heavy last season; stepped up in trip this season and has been running well, but held by Martha Divine and Cher Why Not on Fairyhouse form

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4th

5

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 124y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Bodhisattva

11st 3lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Won over 3m at Perth last May for Gordon Elliott and fair efforts for this yard later in the summer; has form on all types of ground and better for a spin on the Flat six weeks ago; could have more to offer.

14/1

5th

3

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 189y

17:10 Punchestown

Bodhisattva

12st 3lb

J: Killian Dunne

T: John C McConnell

.

14/1

Form: 016325 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Has failed to exploit his lower chase mark on recent outings; three-time hurdles winner, his most recent success gained off a 7lb lower mark at Galway in October; others have stronger claims.

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5th

4

30th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 0y

12:50 Limerick

Ballyadam Destiny

11st 2lb

J: D G Hogan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Two wins over hurdles, the most recent over 3m at Thurles nearly two years ago; seasonal best on return to his original trainer when second over 3m at this venue after Christmas; unplaced in a handicap of a higher standard at Fairyhouse last time; stablemate Bal De Rio is marginally better suited by the race conditions but lacks a recent run.

3/1

6th

7

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

13:22 Fairyhouse

Ballyadam Destiny

11st 0lb

J: Daniel King

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

visibility reduced by fog

13/2

Form: 352635

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Several good efforts over staying trips in the closing months of last year; still a maiden but should pick up a race at some stage; back in handicap company now after running in a conditions event over a shorter trip here last time.

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8th

7

21st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 160y

16:20 Tramore

Time Marches On

11st 3lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: J Motherway

midfield, mistake 3rd, towards rear 5th

10/1

0

7

17th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 2f 57y

12:50 Thurles

Time Marches On

11st 5lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: J Motherway

Placed three; times over hurdles; off the mark over fences at fourth attempt under a much-improved round of jumping in 2m2f Cork novice in October; form looks solid and opening handicap mark seems fair.

7/2

Form: 192-P0 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Won a handicap chase at Limerick from a mark of 140 last season; two below-par runs this season, the latest over hurdles at Navan; 1-10 over hurdles, that single win obtained over 3m in 2019.

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18

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Spyglass Hill

12st 0lb

J: Mr James King

T: R Pallas

Classy customer in his pomp for Henry de Bromhead and his final run in Ireland last March was highly respectable; back from near enough a year out to make a successful hunter chase debut at Haydock (2m6f, heavy); the fourth in that race filled the same berth at Cheltenham last month (beaten about 12l) and this 11yo could strip a whole lot fitter this time; respected.

5/1

1st

7

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 54y

Class 3

16:55 Haydock

Spyglass Hill

11st 12lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: R Pallas

Very useful for Henry de Bromhead in his heyday and showed considerable spark when third at Clonmel last March on final run for that trainer; non-runner when due to make hunter chase debut at Fakenham yesterday; respected.

5/1

Form: 916-48

Last run: 53 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Seasonal debut at Thurles was more encouraging than his more recent run; 2m4f winner last season; first time beyond 2m4f now; others preferred

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5th

16

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

15:00 Leopardstown

West Is Awake

10st 0lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Edward Cawley

Won on return at Fairyhouse and back to form when runner-up back at that venue latest; probably more to come back up in trip and one to consider, despite racing from 1lb out of the weights.

10/1

2nd

10

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 165y

15:10 Fairyhouse

West Is Awake

11st 4lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Edward Cawley

Winning return here in October over three miles but lesser efforts over shorter trips since and mark looks tough enough for now.

25/1

Form: -78068

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Two hurdle wins have come over 2m; uneven form this season; not certain to stay judged on his displays over 2m4f in the past.

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5

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 0y

17:08 Navan

Bigz Belief

11st 6lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Matthew J Smith

raced wide, jumped right on occasions, led, headed 3 out

16/1

5th

2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:02 Gowran Park

Bigz Belief

11st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Matthew J Smith

Three-time hurdles winner now rated 108 in that discipline, last on only previous chasing effort at Listowel in 2022.

25/1

Form: 1-P BF

Last run: 85 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Made a winning debut in a 2m Gowran maiden last year when trained by Eoin Doyle; flopped in a Gowran handicap on only start for Willie Mullins; has changed stable again and tackles a new trip.

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2

20th Mar 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Navan

Enchanted Magic

11st 11lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: C A McBratney

Won a maiden hurdle last season but has shown nothing in two starts since and was beaten a long way out last time; tongue-tie needs to have dramatic effect.

25/1

15th

6

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 115y

15:45 Punchestown

Enchanted Magic

11st 2lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: C A McBratney

Made a winning debut in a 2m Gowran maiden last year when trained by Eoin Doyle; flopped in a Gowran handicap on only start for Willie Mullins; has changed stable again and tackles a new trip.

25/1

Form: /0070- C

Last run: 357 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Two wins for Jessica Harrington, both obtained in the opening months of 2020; faces a tough task on stable debut after a year on the sidelines.

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16th

1

26th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 0y

19:15 Limerick

Instant Return

12st 0lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

midfield

25/1

12th

6

13th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 199y

13:20 Thurles

Instant Return

11st 12lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

in rear, pushed along early, not fluent 5th, reminders halfway

25/1

Form: 672131

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Improving mare who has won two of her last three starts; would have scored more emphatically at Gowran but for idling on the run-in; looks capable of maintaining progress now that she goes up in trip.

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15

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 115y

15:45 Punchestown

Bluebell Diva

10st 2lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

Improving mare who has won two of her last three starts; would have scored more emphatically at Gowran but for idling on the run-in; looks capable of maintaining progress now that she goes up in trip.

9/2

1st

13

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Bluebell Diva

10st 8lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

Nicely progressive of late, following up Clonmel win in finishing good third over 2m3f at Limerick, having been left with plenty to do; likely still has more to offer at this trip and one for the shortlist.

15/2

3rd

4

29th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

15:35 Limerick

Bluebell Diva

11st 8lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: M F Morris

in touch with leaders

5/2

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Tricast €15881.50

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Bodhisattva

The Irish Sun:

Verdant Place

SPOTLIGHT:

Bluebell Diva

RP Ratings (IRE):

A Great View

POSTDATA:

Bodhisattva