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13:50 Down Royal

Yielding To Soft

Bluegrasshorsefeed.com Maiden Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5221.24
  • 2m 0f 190y
  • 23 runners
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Bluegrasshorsefeed.com Maiden Hurdle

Runners: 23 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £20.20
  • Place: £3.90

Form: 242435

Last run: 131 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Twice second in bumpers; showed potential for maiden hurdle success in races at Roscommon and Sligo last autumn; set a stiff task in a 3m Listed contest at Cork in November; might prefer better ground.

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6th

2

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 3f 100y

18:50 Downpatrick

Western Comandor

11st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Andrew McNamara

in touch with leaders, lost fourth after 3 out, soon no extra

20/1

14/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

78-rated gelding on the Flat; won over 1m6f on soft ground at Catterick last October on eighth and final start for the Johnstons; cheekpieces worn for the first time then, left off now for Irish and hurdling debut.

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1st

1

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

12:47 Cork

Flamborough

11st 11lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Flat winner in Britain; opened hurdles account at the sixth attempt, landing a C&D maiden in November; down the field in a valuable handicap at Fairyhouse last month; more relevant form in this context is his fourth placing in the Lartigue Hurdle at Listowel; also managed a fine third on the Flat in the Naas November Handicap; makes plenty of appeal in this grade.

9/4

14th

10

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Flamborough

10st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

took keen hold, prominent

10/1

1st

2

5th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:20 Cork

Flamborough

11st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Flat winner when trained by the Johnstons in UK; has run well in defeat over hurdles for this yard, notably in the Lartigue Hurdle at Listowel; fine 3rd in the Naas November Handicap since; should go close back to hurdles.

5/2

10/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 66

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Signs of ability first time out at Leopardstown, keeping on for sixth in a 20-runner contest over 2m4f; showed a similar level of form at Naas; more likely a handicap prospect after this.

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9th

25

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 118y

17:25 Punchestown

Canal End

10st 7lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Peter Fahey

Won Fairyhouse maiden hurdle last season and three solid runs since but will need more in this.

33/1

7th

16

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Canal End

11st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Peter Fahey

took keen hold, prominent on inner

5/1

3rd

13

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 50y

13:42 Navan

Canal End

10st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Peter Fahey

Won a Fairyhouse maiden hurdle in April over 2m4f and was an eyecatcher on first run since in a 2m Galway handicap, staying on; this is a major step-up in trip but can be a big player if staying; retained rider aboard.

4/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Colt

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Form & Verdict

Dam a 1m4f Group 1 winner for Andre Fabre; ran six times for the Gosdens, on third occasion; flopped in Group 2 Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot; sold for 70,000gns after two poor handicap runs; has been gelded; hooded now on stable/hurdling debut; best watched.

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7th

1

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 58y

14:30 Punchestown

Baltic Bird

12st 0lb

J: Oakley Brown

T: William Durkan

Cork maiden hurdle winner and runner-up in a Kilbeggan novice hurdle last summer; beaten a long way in a Fairyhouse handicap in December when last seen; others preferred.

50/1

Form:

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Completely tailed off on debut at Fairyhouse in January; can be ruled out.

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5th

8

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:05 Cork

Catch The Beast

10st 4lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Edward Cawley

Went up 17lb for winning a Punchestown handicap hurdle in December; did not run badly in a Naas Grade 3 two weeks ago; has to prove himself off this mark though.

16/1

5th

2

10th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 116y

13:42 Naas

Catch The Beast

11st 1lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Edward Cawley

held up in rear

25/1

0

8

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 4f 0y

13:55 Navan

Catch The Beast

11st 3lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Edward Cawley

midfield

3/1

Form: 3 BF

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Saint Des Saints gelding; dam French hurdle/chase winner, half-sister to St James's Place Hunter Chase fancy Vaucelet; found little and weakening into third when evens-favourite on debut in a bumper at this venue in January.

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1st

11

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Macdermott

10st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

6yo who's had only nine races; sent chasing this term, easily best of his five chase runs when upped markedly to 3m on latest start and winning by 12l from the front in a nine-runner handicap at Fairyhouse (heavy); has a much higher mark today and he'd be the first 6yo to win this since Earth Summit 30 years ago, but that latest display showed major staying potential.

8/1

1st

6

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 124y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Macdermott

11st 1lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Maiden hurdle winner over 2m4f last year; jumped poorly when second in 2m beginners' here before falling two out when in front travelling well on handicap debut at Limerick (2m1f); big step up in trip may help in the jumping department.

9/2

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 110y

16:55 Limerick

Macdermott

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

disputed lead, pressed leader after 1st, mistake 4 out

5/2

Form: 3U

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Two wins from three starts in points; made a bright start over hurdles here in January, taking third behind the smart Doctor Bravo and dual bumper winner The Big Doyen; unseated at third at Punchestown last month.

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2nd

8

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

Marronstown

11st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: D M Christie

took keen hold, chased clear leader, lost second but prominent before 3 out, outpaced 2 out, rallied and went second inside final 110yds, no match for winner

8/1

4th

8

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 120y

15:55 Fairyhouse

Marronstown

10st 3lb

J: Miss J Walton

T: D M Christie

led, steadied 1st, disputed lead after 8th, headed and prominent 11th, lost third and weakened after last

13/2

Form: 6

Last run: 132 days

W: 10st 1lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Low-grade Flat performer; out of her depth on hurdling debut at this venue in November; in rear at Dundalk on final 2022 start.

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4th

11

27th Aug 2023

Good

1m 2f 110y

17:30 Naas

Mornington Bay

11st 9lb

J: Miss A L Murphy

T: Sarah Dawson

Modest on the Flat and in two runs over hurdles; makes no appeal here.

100/1

10th

14

23rd May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 80y

13:45 Punchestown

Mornington Bay

10st 2lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Sarah Dawson

Poor on the Flat and over hurdles, so passed over.

100/1

8th

20

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 190y

13:50 Down Royal

Mornington Bay

10st 1lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Sarah Dawson

midfield

100/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Half-brother to 2m4f hurdle winner Keepthefaithinme; hard to fancy on his point-to-point form.

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0

18

12th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 7f 194y

15:00 Punchestown

Our Jervis

10st 13lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Noel C Kelly

Downpatrick handicap debut over the summer (tongue tie/cheekpieces) mildly encouraging but two efforts since don't inspire confidence.

20/1

10th

15

10th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 30y

12:52 Down Royal

Our Jervis

11st 0lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Noel C Kelly

towards rear of midfield early, towards rear before 3 out, no impression when hampered by faller 3 out

14/1

Form: P00

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Ordinary form in points; nothing to recommend from three starts on the track.

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0

9

24th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 7f 110y

14:40 Fairyhouse

Any Luck Colm

11st 2lb

J: Mr D McGill

T: C A McBratney

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield after 10th, weakening when not fluent 4 out, dropped to rear after 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out

12/1

4th

1

17th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 110y

16:05 Downpatrick

Any Luck Colm

11st 12lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: C A McBratney

in rear, ridden and detached with one circuit to go

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Half-brother to his trainer's 135-rated chaser Now Where Or When who had consistent form in maiden hurdles and bumpers before winning at the sixth attempt; probably more of a chasing type for the future but shaped well when second in a recent maiden at Farmaclaffley.

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7

13th Jun 2023

Good

3m 1f 96y

19:43 Sligo

Now Go Soldier Go

11st 4lb

J: Mr S Connor

T: S R B Crawford

in touch with leaders, pushed along and lost position after 5 out, pulled up quickly before 4 out

16/1

4th

6

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 4

13:50 Hexham

Now Go Soldier Go

11st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

in touch with leaders, hampered 1st, soon recovered

14/1

7th

14

1st May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 180y

13:35 Down Royal

Now Go Soldier Go

11st 4lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

midfield

25/1

Form:

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Dam Isabellareine won a total of 11 races in Germany and Ireland; second reserve.

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0

8

28th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 176y

13:55 Clonmel

Tomannie

11st 4lb

J: Mr N Gault

T: S Michael Millar

Little sign of ability and passed over today.

100/1

Form:

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

73-rated Flat performer; boasts a good record on the AW at Dundalk, two wins and six places from 11 visits; struggled on soft ground on hurdling debut at Clonmel; going a worry again.

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1st

4

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 31y

19:50 Ballinrobe

Je Tai Porte

11st 5lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Gavin Cromwell

took keen hold, made all, clear with one other halfway, much reduced lead 3 out, clear approaching last, ran on well, easily

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 20-3U8

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Has failed to deliver on the promise of his debut second behind the Ballymore third Champ Kiely at Limerick in May 2021; still in contention when unseating two out here in January, in a race won by Doctor Bravo; faded tamely at Ayr last time; plenty to prove now.

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4th

1

18th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

14:15 Perth

Bellaney Lord

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

Clear second to a smart horse on bumper debut in 2021 and looked set to be placed behind two useful rivals before penultimate-flight fall in maiden hurdle at Down Royal (2m1f, soft) in January; has very strong claims if judged on those exploits but his last two runs were very disappointing and it's hard to know what to expect from him here; wears a first-time hood.

4/1

4

14th Apr 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 98y

17:20 Ballinrobe

Bellaney Lord

11st 4lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: S R B Crawford

Has proved disappointing since a good second to the talented Champ Kiely (147-rated, Ballymore third) on debut in a bumper at Limerick almost two years ago; pulled-up at Down Royal last month.

14/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Kalanisi gelding is noteworthy as a brother to the same trainer's useful bumper/hurdle winner Sassy Diva and winning hurdler Breesy Mountain.

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6

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 190y

13:50 Down Royal

Djameson

11st 4lb

J: Benjamin P Kennedy

T: Shane Crawley

midfield, pushed along after 5th

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Colt

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Form & Verdict

Never in the first six in 11 starts on the Flat; has changed stable and makes hurdling debut; impossible to make a case for him.

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10th

12

10th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 7f 110y

18:05 Roscommon

Jimmy McGill

11st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Ian Patrick Donoghue

in touch with leaders, weakened 3 out

100/1

13th

15

(5)

22nd Apr 2023

Yielding

1m 3f 55y

17:30 Limerick

Jimmy McGill

8st 12lb

J: Jessica Maye

T: John Joseph Winston

prominent

33/1

8

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 190y

13:50 Down Royal

Jimmy McGill

11st 4lb

J: Carl Millar

T: John Joseph Winston

in touch with leaders, prominent 3rd

100/1

Form: 7-0022

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Much improved on third attempt hurdling when staying on late to take second behind useful stablemate Sa Fureur at Punchestown in January; remote second behind a Willie Mullins-trained favourite at Fairyhouse last month; good prospects in this company.

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11th

15

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Stuzzikini

10st 12lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

never better than midfield

66/1

Form: 000

Last run: 85 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

No sign of ability on his first three starts; tried with a tongue-tie now.

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14

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 190y

13:50 Down Royal

Vango Opera

11st 4lb

J: Conor Orr

T: Noel C Kelly

towards rear, awkward jump 4th

100/1

12th

13

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:30 Ayr

Vango Opera

11st 4lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Noel C Kelly

midfield

33/1

14th

15

3rd Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:17 Fairyhouse

Vango Opera

11st 12lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Noel C Kelly

never better than mid-division, dropped to rear when jumped slightly right and weakened 3 out

200/1

Form: 50

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

10-1 when posting a promising effort on debut in a Fairyhouse maiden hurdle last month; might have finished closer but for being hampered two out; failed to build on that at Navan 13 days ago.

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14th

9

16th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 70y

16:25 Naas

He Picked Us

11st 9lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

In good hands but has finished well behind in all five handicaps and the blinkers would appear a cry for help.

16/1

2

5th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 52y

16:10 Thurles

He Picked Us

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Yet to feature in handicap company, latest over C&D in November; handicapper relenting (down 9lb from opening mark) and tongue tie now tried.

10/1

13th

10

23rd Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 46y

15:05 Thurles

He Picked Us

11st 8lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

Poor form in maiden hurdles and no improvement for handicap since; best watched back down in trip.

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

56-rated Flat maiden for Philip Makin, never better than fourth; not a strong contender on hurdling debut.

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12th

4

(9)

31st Mar 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

20:30 Dundalk (AW)

Thunderhill

9st 13lb

J: Killian Leonard

T: Mrs Caroline McCaldin

Seven-race maiden for Philip Makin, never better than fourth; not an obvious contender on Irish debut.

20/1

19

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 190y

13:50 Down Royal

Thunderhill

10st 8lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: Mrs Caroline McCaldin

56-rated Flat maiden for Philip Makin, never better than fourth; not a strong contender on hurdling debut.

50/1

6th

8

(3)

30th Aug 2022

Good

0m 7f 173y

Class 6

18:50 Carlisle

Thunderhill

9st 3lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Phillip Makin

took keen hold, led but pestered, led overall after 2f, increased tempo over 3f out, pushed along and reduced lead over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, lost third final 110yds, weakened quickly towards finish

13/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fair third in a maiden point at Dromahane for Eoghan O'Grady; dam won over hurdles and fences at Kilbeggan for Henry de Bromhead, showing a preference for good ground; first reserve.

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2nd

2

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 120y

16:30 Cork

Find A Fortune

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, briefly went second 5th, led 3 out, ridden and went clear with winner from 2 out, headed last, no extra run-in, no match for winner

13/8

3rd

1

10th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

15:45 Limerick

Find A Fortune

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Ran twice in bumpers before promising hurdles debut fourth at Navan in December; has chased home clear-cut winners both starts since, latest over 3m at Thurles; major player in what appears a weaker maiden.

2/1

Form: 0-6

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Failed to run to market expectations on his only bumper start last season; hinted at ability on hurdling debut at Fairyhouse on reappearance after 11 months off; third reserve.

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4th

10

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

13:30 Perth

OHallorans Castle

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: S R B Crawford

Unable to threaten on his four starts in Ireland and he's held by stablemate Bleu D'Enfer judged on their clash at Navan last month; however, he's shown ability and this race is easier than the ones he's been contesting; could give a good account.

12/1

17th

10

9th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:25 Fairyhouse

OHallorans Castle

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: S R B Crawford

Two midfield finishes in maidens last month and will be eligible for a mark after this.

33/1

10th

8

20th Mar 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:50 Navan

OHallorans Castle

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Failed to run to market expectations on his only bumper start last season; showing up prominently until making mistakes three out and two out.

16/1

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Free Parking, Thunderhill, Find A Fortune, O'Hallorans Castle

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Payout
Exacta €1344.00
Straight Forecast €650.00
Trifecta €5390.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Stuzzikini

The Irish Sun:

Canal End

RP Ratings (IRE):

Stuzzikini

TOPSPEED:

Stuzzikini

POSTDATA:

Stuzzikini