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15:25 Navan

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Webster Cup Chase (Grade 2)

  • Prize money: £19057.52
  • 2m 4f 90y
  • 5 runners
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Webster Cup Chase (Grade 2)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

Form: 612-24 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Ran away with this race two years ago and in good form again this time last year when taking Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse prior to a career-best second in Aintree National; light campaign this season in build-up to another Aintree bid, running on into a respectable fourth in Grade 1 Irish Gold Cup on latest; clear best on RPR's here and should get a truly-run race.

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

2nd

6

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Any Second Now

11st 4lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: T M Walsh

in touch with leaders, headway after 4 out, ridden when keeping on up the centre after 2 out, went second and kept on well after last, no match for winner

10/1

7th

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 0y

15:27 Naas

Any Second Now

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: T M Walsh

Classy chaser was twice placed in the Grand National and won a Grade 2 chase a year ago at Navan; well beaten on last three starts chasing but is off a favourable hurdles mark if able to recapture some of his spark.

4/1

6th

1

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Any Second Now

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: T M Walsh

held up in rear, niggled along briefly after 10th

25/1

Form: 22-215 D

Last run: 105 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Only a 6yo but has banked plenty of experience chasing, highlight being 3m Kerry National win in September; didn't get home over 3m2f in Hennessy at Newbury in November and has had time off since; goes well fresh and could make a bold bid.

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

14

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Busselton

11st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Has run creditably in a variety of competitive races but his last win came in the Kerry National (3m, good) in October 2022 and he has rarely been at his best over the last 12 months; could do with the ground drying out.

40/1

7

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Busselton

10st 11lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Tough and consistent at his best; won the Kerry National in 2022 and produced his best performance in a while when sixth in the Paddy Power here at Christmas; could come on again for that and might not be far away.

14/1

Form: -21117 D

Last run: 97 days

W: 11st 3lb

11 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Classy hurdler didn't take to chasing with same relish, failing to add to debut win in seven subsequent attempts; revival in fortunes however when sights lowered back hurdling earlier this season in notching up hat-trick of wins before poor run back up in grade in Hatton's Grace; back chasing here and hard to know what to expect (cheekpieces replace usual blinkers).

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

0

1

18th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 120y

16:25 Tramore

Darver Star

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Bounced back to form when runner-up at Wexford in March but struggled twice since; not easy to predict and probably needs a career best chase effort to land this off joint-topweight.

6/1

5th

1

7th Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 170y

19:23 Wexford

Darver Star

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

prominent, soon raced in second, pushed along and weakened quickly before 2 out

7/2

1

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

14:50 Punchestown

Darver Star

11st 13lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Gavin Cromwell

10-time winner, just one over fences and has been hit and miss in this sphere; decent second in a handicap chase at Wexford followed by a sub-standard effort in a 3m handicap at the festival here; best horse in the race and has a chance but just that bit vulnerable these days.

5/1

Form: -1P3P0 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Successful over fences last year at Thurles and Killarney; disappointing in three runs this season however, latest when none too fluent back hurdling at Leopardstown last month; questions to answer at this stage.

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

2

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 4f 165y

18:20 Downpatrick

Max Flamingo

11st 9lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: Francis Casey

towards rear, mistake and unseated 7th

20/1

15th

18

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Max Flamingo

10st 12lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: Francis Casey

13th in this last year; struggling for form over fences and hurdles since and was pulled up in the Coral Gold Cup when last seen; lower hurdle mark should be a help but others hold stronger claims in a deep race here.

33/1

Form: 6-0PP1 C

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Won valuable novice handicap on this card last year (3m, soft) and back to form at Fairyhouse last month when putting in good round of jumping to land 3m rated contest on yielding; holds Fairyhouse/Aintree National entries and although this trip on the short side, he could go well.

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

1st

4

7th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 42y

14:30 Fairyhouse

Velvet Elvis

11st 6lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

led narrowly or disputed lead, not fluent 5 out, went clear towards far side 2 out, soon nudged along, steadied last, pushed out run-in

5/1

0

3

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 130y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Velvet Elvis

11st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

in touch with leaders, weakened quickly 17th, soon pulled up

12/1

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Verdict

All the evidence points to a second win in the race in the last three years for ANY SECOND NOW who continues his march towards Aintree. Busselton and Velvet Elvis look the most likely to follow the selection home. [Alan Hewison]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Any Second Now

TOPSPEED:

Busselton

RP Ratings (IRE):

Any Second Now

POSTDATA:

Any Second Now

The Irish Sun:

Any Second Now