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Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase (Grade 3)

  • Prize money: £15663.72
  • 2m 2f 0y
  • 7 runners
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Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase (Grade 3)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £1.90
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 2-3173 C BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner here won two Grade 2 novice hurdles last season for Pat Doyle; got off the mark on second chase start at Fairyhouse for this yard but didn't jump well when 12l behind Indiana Jones in a Navan Grade 3 novice last time; 7lb better off now though.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

4

9th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 3f 170y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Flame Bearer

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

led, jumped slightly left 2nd, joined 5th, not fluent when pecked on landing 5 out, soon joined, faced challenge but going okay before 3 out, ridden after 2 out, tired jump when not fluent last, ridden out, just did enough

17/2

1st

4

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 2f 0y

14:30 Thurles

Flame Bearer

11st 1lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

prominent, not fluent 4th, went second halfway, led narrowly after 2 out, clear approaching last, easily

5/2

3rd

2

4th Mar 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

16:20 Navan

Flame Bearer

11st 1lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Dual Grade 2 novice hurdle winner for Pat Doyle last season, runner-up to State Man in Punchestown Grade 1; beaten odds-on favourite on chase/yard debut over 2m4f at Naas in November; faced no meaningful opposition when winning at Fairyhouse; put a blot on his record with a poor round of jumping in Grade 1 Leopardstown event won by stablemate El Fabiolo.

7/4

7/1

  • Place: £5.10

Form: -113FB

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Much better chaser than hurdler; won novice races at Kilbeggan and Tipperary last summer; was staying on at Leopardstown on handicap debut two weeks when brought down; has a bit to find in this grade.

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10th

15

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 3f 93y

15:05 Punchestown

Upping The Anti

10st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield

20/1

5th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:40 Navan

Upping The Anti

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Had been struggling this winter but definite step back in the right direction at Naas last time when only beaten 2l; will relish the longer trip and he acts on this ground.

6/1

4th

9

28th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 116y

15:45 Naas

Upping The Anti

11st 0lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, mistake 1st

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 126333 D

Last run: 126 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Quality sort won twice over fences last summer before disappointing at the Galway festival when broke blood vessels; however, put up three solid runs in defeat since in strong company and is capable of holding his own but this ground is new territory for him.

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12th

1

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 2f 54y

15:30 Galway

Sole Pretender

11st 12lb

J: Robbie Geoghegan

T: Norman Lee

slowly away, in rear

13/2

1st

1

21st Jul 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

15:40 Killarney

Sole Pretender

11st 12lb

J: Robbie Geoghegan

T: Norman Lee

Put up a career best when runner-up in a Listed chase at Ballinrobe in May but blotted his copybook when refusing to race in a Grade 3 last time; new headgear combination now tried and while he's potentially risky, he also looks feasibly treated.

4/1

0

10

6th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

18:15 Tipperary

Sole Pretender

11st 1lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Norman Lee

refused to race

6/1

Form: -34311

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Suffered three consecutive falls last season but his confidence has been restored lately, winning at Punchestown before taking a Grade 3 novice at Navan; had Flame Bearer 12l behind then but is 7lb worse off with him today; still looks the one to beat.

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9th

7

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Indiana Jones

11st 4lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: M F Morris

Grade 3 winner at Navan last year but not at his best in three runs this season; best watched.

33/1

12th

8

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Indiana Jones

10st 10lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

Has had his jumping issues but won a Grade 3 novice contest at Naas last year and ran a fine race in retrospect when fourth to Elixir De Nutz in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter in November; not the easiest to weigh up but no surprise if he could run a big race off this mark.

16/1

4th

4

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 1

15:30 Exeter

Indiana Jones

10st 8lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: M F Morris

Huge individual who was always going to be better over fences and things began to click last season when he won a small-field Grade 3 at Navan (2m, good to yielding) before later producing a career-best RPR when running well in a Grade 1 at Punchestown; probably needed the race at Cork where he was rusty all round; better can be expected this time.

7/2

10/1

Form: 1P-1FP CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Smart hurdler made all to win on chasing debut over C&D in December but fell and pulled-up on his starts since, so has questions to answer; Townend prefers Flame Bearer.

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3

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Glengouly

11st 6lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Made all on chase debut (2m2f) in late 2022 before losing form; back near best on seasonal debut when second on heavy ground at Limerick; made a lot of the running when second to Ain't That A Shame in the Thyestes; poor run in a Cheltenham festival handicap, weakening when unseated at 27th in Grand National.

8/1

29

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Glengouly

10st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

Made all on chase debut (2m2f) in late 2022 and recovered his form when second on heavy ground at Limerick (2m3f) and Gowran Park (3m1f Thyestes won by Ain't That A Shame; made most) on first two starts this season; weakened right out of it at Cheltenham (2m4f) latest but the Thyestes run means he needs a second look.

66/1

16th

4

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Glengouly

11st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Made the running and was never seriously threatened on chase debut (2m2f, yielding) in late 2022 but career went off the rails later; recovered form in handicaps at 2m3f and 3m1f (also on heavy) of late, running up against a course specialist in the former and answering the stamina question with a bold effort since; likely to need extra back down in trip off this mark.

14/1

Form: 148414

Last run: 167 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Dual chasing winner but he was exposed in this grade when last seen at Tipperary in October and is likely to find a few too strong again.

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6

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 2f 0y

14:30 Thurles

Il Courra

11st 1lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: C W J Farrell

in rear throughout, became detached from 2nd, some headway halfway, no impression from 4 out, pulled up 2 out

20/1

26

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Il Courra

10st 2lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: C W J Farrell

Second reserve; absent since facing a tough task in Grade 3 event in October, having won a Kilbeggan handicap (2m3f, good) the time before; overall form isn't compelling; faces another stiff assignment.

100/1

4th

4

2nd Oct 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 150y

16:45 Tipperary

Il Courra

11st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: C W J Farrell

in rear, headway and went fourth after 5 out, disputing third when not fluent 2 out, ridden and no extra approaching last

25/1

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Payout
Exacta €140.00
Straight Forecast €164.40
Trifecta €389.00

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Flame Bearer

SPOTLIGHT:

Indiana Jones

POSTDATA:

Indiana Jones

TOPSPEED:

Flame Bearer

The Irish Sun:

Flame Bearer