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  • 3m 0f 0y
  • 10 runners
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Watch Every Cheltenham Festival Race Live Only On Racing TV Maiden Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.50
  • Place: £2.90

Form: 56F3

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Improved effort when a good third (Apples In Winter fourth) in a 2m3f maiden hurdle at Clonmel last month; more needed here up in trip but looks to be going the right way; blinkers retained.

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7th

5

18th Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:05 Cheltenham

Fortunefavorsdbold

10st 13lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

in rear, in touch with leaders 6th

9/1

8

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Uttoxeter

Fortunefavorsdbold

10st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

A combination of new cheekpieces and the return to a staying distance (just under 3m; soft/heavy) has triggered a return to form in going back-to-back in handicap chases for mares; has gone up 5lb for the latest and that perhaps didn't take a great deal of winning with her two rivals hindered by their jumping; should give her running nonetheless.

5/1

1st

4

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 110y

Class 4

14:32 Lingfield

Fortunefavorsdbold

11st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

raced in second, going easily when led before 3 out, pecked on landing 2 out, soon shaken up, pushed along and went clear run-in, kept on

11/4

14/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 6/52F3

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Three time point winner; good second in an ordinary maiden hurdle here in December but has not really stepped up on that in two starts since; others preferred.

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2nd

3

7th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

13:47 Clonmel

Desert Heather

10st 13lb

J: Mr R W Barron

T: Declan Queally

raced in second, hit 6th, disputed lead before 10th, pushed along briefly when pressed winner after 3 out, soon disputed lead and pushed along, briefly led before 2 out

13/2

4th

7

5th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:05 Cork

Desert Heather

10st 7lb

J: Mr R W Barron

T: Declan Queally

Triple point' winner hit form on the track last spring, winning consecutive handicap hurdles at Kilbeggan over this trip; did well to beat Solitary Man and Pinyon Jay over C&D last time on return; worse off at today's weights with them but a big chance with improvement to come.

7/4

1st

7

15th Oct 2023

Soft

3m 0f 50y

14:35 Cork

Desert Heather

10st 11lb

J: Mr R W Barron

T: Declan Queally

Returning from five months off but was in mighty form in 3m Kilbeggan handicaps in the spring, beating none other than Kerry National winner Desertmore House when last seen in May; respected, particularly at these weights, but vulnerable to race-fit rivals.

4/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 3522

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Seems like an out-and-out stayer; no match for a Mullins mare at Cork before a staying second in a 2m7f maiden hurdle at Thurles; seems versatile enough as to ground although more rain to slow his opponents might prove ideal.

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10th

5

26th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

15:25 Cork

Japers Jack

11st 12lb

J: Niall Moore

T: Philip Fenton

towards rear of midfield

9/2

3rd

3

3rd Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 110y

16:10 Galway

Japers Jack

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Philip Fenton

Usually thereabouts in maiden hurdles, posting an RPR of 125 when second at Cork on his penultimate run (3m, yielding to soft); this trip looks on the tight side for chase debut but his ability is respected.

11/2

Form: 3-6623

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

11 race maiden but has come back well this year with very good placed efforts in a pair of Punchestown handicap hurdles; stays this trip well and should be a leading player in this calibre of maiden hurdle.

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2nd

2

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 74y

15:05 Thurles

Friends N Commerce

11st 12lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Patrick G Kelly

led, headed and raced in second after 3rd, lost second last, rallied and went second again run-in, no match for winner

20/1

5th

1

15th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 73y

14:25 Punchestown

Friends N Commerce

12st 0lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Patrick G Kelly

raced wide, prominent, joined leader before 3 out, bumped before 2 out

12/1

4th

7

27th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:37 Limerick

Friends N Commerce

11st 7lb

J: Miss L Costello

T: Patrick G Kelly

One of two runners for these connections; maiden has run creditably at times over hurdles and fences, including several times at this track; poor on handicap chase debut last time but could bounce back reverting to hurdles.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 53462

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bit off a little more than he could chew in a Grade 3 at Cork in December but very consistent in maiden hurdle company other than that, most recently when front-running Connors Cross got away from the field at Punchestown last time; yet to prove his effectiveness at this trip but has obvious claims if he stays.

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1st

3

9th May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

18:40 Tipperary

Easy Fella

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

jumped well, held up in rear, headway 5th, pressed leader 11th, led before 5 out, pushed along and went clear before 2 out, eased run-in, impressive

5/2

2nd

1

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 6f 110y

14:45 Thurles

Easy Fella

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Had picked up plenty of hurdling experience, including a second behind What Path at Tipperary before winning a Punchestown maiden last June; second to a well-handicapped rival in a 3m event at Bellewstown in July; formerly with Ray Cody, made a good start for this stable when beating subsequent handicap winner Mint Boy over 2m7f here five weeks ago.

4/1

1st

3

17th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

15:10 Thurles

Easy Fella

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Had picked up plenty of hurdling experience before winning a Punchestown maiden during the summer; no match for the running Dartan (now-139 rated, 112 at the time) in a 3m handicap at Bellewstown in July; may continue to prosper following transfer to a top yard.

7/2

Form: 66

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Not disgraced on either start in maiden hurdles but muich more needed here.

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10th

10

30th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

15:35 Limerick

Like Ta Ma

11st 8lb

J: Benjamin P Kennedy

T: Seamus Fahey

towards rear of midfield, pushed along and no impression after 3 out

16/1

6th

8

12th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:25 Limerick

Like Ta Ma

11st 5lb

J: Benjamin P Kennedy

T: Seamus Fahey

Not disgraced on either start in maiden hurdles but muich more needed here.

33/1

6th

15

2nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 2f 152y

16:25 Clonmel

Like Ta Ma

10st 11lb

J: Benjamin P Kennedy

T: Seamus Fahey

Dam was a smart pointer who also won three chases; a point-to-point winner in November on her seventh run; needs to step up considerably from hurdling debut in a claiming race at Limerick.

25/1

Form: 835

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Remote third in a bumper here in November and improved on that when a closer fifth at Thurles last month; progressive bumper form but probably best watched on her hurdles debut.

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9th

5

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 50y

14:55 Limerick

Mag Dillane

11st 3lb

J: Niall Moore

T: E McNamara

in touch with leaders, headway and went third halfway, weakened quickly before 2 out

6/1

1st

9

30th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:00 Limerick

Mag Dillane

11st 7lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: E McNamara

midfield, in touch with leaders before 6th, headway and challenging home turn, led approaching last, pushed out

5/2

Form: 5624

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Remote second in a 2m maiden hurdle at Clonmel before she was a staying fourth in a 2m3f mares contest at the same venue; appears that this sort of trip might well suit but needs to step up to be a factor here.

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8th

7

21st Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 100y

18:58 Wexford

Apples In Winter

10st 13lb

J: Niall Prendergast

T: Liam Casey

Placed on heavy ground last winter; coped well with better going when third in a mares' maiden at Punchestown recently; an official rating of 98 gives her a definite chance in theory.

6/1

3rd

3

10th Jun 2023

Good

2m 6f 0y

13:55 Punchestown

Apples In Winter

11st 12lb

J: Niall Prendergast

T: Liam Casey

Pick of form when second in 2m3f Clonmel mares maiden on heavy last term; hasn't progressed however, well held in handicap there on latest; place prospects at best and first try on decent ground.

8/1

8

31st May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

19:00 Wexford

Apples In Winter

11st 5lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Liam Casey

in a maiden hurdle on heavy ground at Clonmel in January; faces a tough task against several higher-rated geldings.

20/1

Form: 22/FP-

Last run: 428 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Smart bumper form in 2019, highlighted by Punchestown win and second in a Listed event at Navan; stands out in this company on his best form, namely a second placing behind the subsequent Albert Bartlett winner Vanillier at Naas with the high-class Stattler third; major doubts raised by a history of bleeding, with three consecutive instances in 2021-22.

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10th

4

14th Jul 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

19:00 Cork

Fantasio Dalene

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent

11/4

4

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 80y

13:50 Cork

Fantasio Dalene

11st 12lb

J: Richard Condon

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart bumper form in 2019, highlighted by Punchestown win and second in a Listed event at Navan; stands out in this company on his best form, namely a second placing behind the subsequent Albert Bartlett winner Vanillier at Naas with the high-class Stattler third; major doubts raised by a history of bleeding, with three consecutive instances in 2021-22; showed nothing on return at 12s.

16/1

Form: 8

Last run: 74 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Tailed off in a bumper here at Christmas and looks quite an unlikely player here.

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10

12th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:25 Limerick

Spoken Story

11st 5lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Augustine Leahy

Tailed off in a bumper here at Christmas and looks quite an unlikely player here.

100/1

8th

13

28th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 0y

15:45 Limerick

Spoken Story

11st 7lb

J: Miss A B O’Connor

T: Augustine Leahy

Dam won two bumpers but none of her progeny won race yet; stable 4-134 last five seasons, no bumper horse placed.

50/1

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Straight Forecast €584.00
Trifecta €2959.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Friends N Commerce

TOPSPEED:

Desert Heather

POSTDATA:

Fortunefavorsdbold

RP Ratings (IRE):

Friends N Commerce

The Irish Sun:

Desert Heather