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15:40 Thurles

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Adare Manor Opportunity Maiden Hurdle

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Adare Manor Opportunity Maiden Hurdle

Runners: 17 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

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100/30 (Won)

  • Win: £3.60
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 736

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Promise on all three runs; closely matched with Quirke's Gate on Naas running; gave another solid display at Punchestown when sixth in 22-runner maiden won by the Supreme Novices' third Diverge.

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15

23rd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

15:35 Tipperary

Tophill Low

11st 5lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

Maiden winner over hurdles and rated 110 in that discipline; well beaten in two chases and back from a break.

33/1

4th

5

7th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

12:30 Naas

Tophill Low

11st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

visibility reduced by fog, led, headed and prominent before 6th, raced in last when struggling and weakened after 3 out, tailed off

25/1

5th

12

16th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 110y

12:00 Fairyhouse

Tophill Low

11st 5lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

prominent, not fluent 6th, weakened from 3 out

33/1

100/1

  • Place: £15.60

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Remote last of five finishers on his debut at Quakerstown in November 2021, up against it.

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6th

1

29th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 156y

15:01 Galway

Free Flowing

11st 10lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Norman Lee

Placed on all three maiden hurdle outings last March/April; out of his depth in a conditions race at the Punchestown festival; course maiden winner over a shorter trip on seasonal debut; same 7lb-claiming rider now; trip should not be a problem.

6/1

1st

2

3rd Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 160y

13:50 Galway

Free Flowing

11st 12lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Norman Lee

took keen hold early, prominent, went third before 5th, ridden and challenging after 2 out, led narrowly run-in, kept on well

10/1

7th

7

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 180y

16:15 Punchestown

Free Flowing

11st 3lb

J: Robbie Geoghegan

T: Norman Lee

Has run to a similar level when placed on all three of his maiden hurdle tries and can win one in time; however, he is facing some higher quality opposition today.

33/1

13/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 835-7

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Signs of ability in bumpers last season including when a long-priced third at Navan; can improve from last month's hurdling debut at the same venue.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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8th

4

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 3

19:50 Hexham

Goldwyn

10st 11lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Ex-Irish 7yo who was placed in maidens on first two starts for Mark Walford before winning one at Wetherby (2m, soft) in March; not obviously well treated for this handicap debut but improvement is possible.

5/1

1st

4

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Wetherby

Goldwyn

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Ex-Irish; promise on both runs for this yard, finishing third over C&D (good to soft) before a creditable second to a promising sort over 2m4f at Newcastle (heavy); chance.

6/4

2nd

2

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Goldwyn

11st 10lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

5/2

Form: 66-245

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Showed ability in two bumpers last season; no match for the now 147-rated Hunter's Yarn on return/hurdling debut; a shade disappointing in two starts since Naas second but still looks like the one to beat

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4th

10

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 2y

15:40 Thurles

Quirkes Gate

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

prominent, soon raced in second, pushed along and lost second before 2 out, not fluent 2 out, weakening when mistake last

7/4

5th

10

6th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Quirkes Gate

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

raced in second, not fluent 6th, challenging when short of room and lost position before last, outpaced when not fluent last, no extra when lost fourth run-in

6/1

4th

15

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:10 Punchestown

Quirkes Gate

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

Returned from a 13 month absence when a staying second to the very smart Hunters Yarn in a Naas maiden hurdle; step up in trip will suit and has a major chance here.

5/4

Form: 0-9535

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Third in a maiden here in January; unplaced in better company at Gowran; meets Quirke's Gate on 8lb worse than handicap terms but has place claims.

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6th

4

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 6f 0y

15:40 Down Royal

Arthor

11st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: James Joseph Mangan

Maiden after 14 hurdle starts; not beaten far last time at Fairyhouse but has to build on that; cheekpieces retained.

14/1

5th

6

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 135y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Arthor

11st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: James Joseph Mangan

midfield, some headway towards far side and went fourth approaching last, weakened towards finish

14/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Needs to step up on the form he has shown in points; last of four finishers at Ballycahane recently; tongue-tie fitted now.

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5th

5

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 31y

19:50 Ballinrobe

Battle Of Ridgeway

11st 3lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Martin Hassett

midfield, headway 2 out, kept on from last, not reach leaders

10/1

4th

6

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Limerick

Battle Of Ridgeway

10st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Martin Hassett

prominent, outpaced before 2 out, lost third and weakened from last

14/1

7th

15

21st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:58 Cork

Battle Of Ridgeway

10st 13lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Martin Hassett

Won either side of a summer break last year and has improved over fences this season; could be a big player from his 15lb lower hurdle mark, although has to prove he stays this far on heavy ground.

14/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Faller on both starts in point-to-points, should be safe to rule out.

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6

28th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

15:45 Fontwell

Sir Dan Dan

10st 3lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Pat Phelan

Tailed off in two Irish attempts (in March) and similar story on last month's British debut; up in trip for handicap debut and of interest only if attracting some support.

20/1

6th

5

23rd Apr 2023

Good

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

14:30 Plumpton

Sir Dan Dan

11st 6lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Pat Phelan

prominent early, dropped to rear after 2nd, weakened after 6th, tailed off

50/1

11th

10

30th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

14:15 Limerick

Sir Dan Dan

11st 12lb

J: Derek Thomas McGrath

T: David A Kiely

didn't jump well, towards rear of midfield

50/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

First foal; dam unraced half-sister to the 2019 Mares' Hurdle winner Roksana; interesting newcomer for owner/breeder.

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5th

12

19th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

16:35 Kilbeggan

Miss Madeline

11st 5lb

J: Mr A P Ryan

T: Andrew Slattery

Left debut behind when beaten roughly 4l at Tramore on her penultimate start but she was tailed off at Limerick last month and fell early at Sligo last week; bit to find.

20/1

7

13th Jun 2023

Good

2m 1f 133y

17:28 Sligo

Miss Madeline

11st 7lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Andrew Slattery

took keen hold, prominent, fell 1st

5/1

8th

11

26th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 0y

17:45 Limerick

Miss Madeline

11st 7lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Andrew Slattery

Showed ability when a good fourth in a Tramore maiden hurdle last month; progressive.

14/1

Form: 000

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Three-figure odds on all three outings; nothing to suggest he can feature in a maiden.

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0

11

24th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 210y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Mount Gable

11st 1lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: Mrs Julie Cashin

Poor form in maiden hurdles on first four outings and tailed off in handicaps twice since; off 165 days.

50/1

13th

10

12th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Kilbeggan

Mount Gable

11st 3lb

J: Evan Dwan

T: Mrs Julie Cashin

always behind, lost touch after 5th, tailed off approaching last

100/1

Form: 80

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Had plenty of horses behind him on debut over 2m4f at Punchestown; Gowran 2m run was not as encouraging.

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1st

12

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

15:55 Cork

Anyway

11st 9lb

J: Carl Millar

T: David Kenneth Budds

Raised 18lb for controversial Downpatrick win last summer (2m2f, good) and absent since creditable effort on softer ground at Fairyhouse in October; runs well fresh, has his ground and rider's claim a further positive so lots to like.

8/1

3rd

8

7th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:15 Fairyhouse

Anyway

11st 6lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: David Kenneth Budds

Raised 18lb for controversial Downpatrick win, form well-advertised by two subsequent wins for the runner-up Gwan Tadhg; easier ground possibly the issue at Listowel when soundly beaten over 2m4f.

6/1

10/1

Form: 2300

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Useful placed form in bumpers for Pat Turley last autumn; has failed to show an equivalent standard in maiden hurdles so far; premature to write off.

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4

24th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 116y

19:40 Bellewstown

Workforadime

11st 9lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

towards rear, keeping on but still plenty to do when fell 2 out

9/2

2nd

11

23rd Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

13:55 Thurles

Workforadime

10st 13lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

Well exposed mare, placed on both bumper outings for her previous trainer; placed over hurdles for the first time at Down Royal last month on her 12th attempt.

11/2

Form: 00

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Tailed off in a bumper, suffered the same fate on hurdling debut; can be ruled out.

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10th

1

7th Aug 2023

Good

2m 2f 150y

15:08 Cork

After The Drama

11st 12lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Aengus King

soon led, headed and raced in second halfway

66/1

10th

1

18th Jun 2023

Good

2m 2f 165y

14:20 Downpatrick

After The Drama

11st 12lb

J: Cian Cullinan

T: Aengus King

in touch with leaders, lost position when not fluent 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off

100/1

1

14th Apr 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 98y

19:50 Ballinrobe

After The Drama

12st 0lb

J: Ms M A Hayes Worland

T: Aengus King

Tailed-off in a bumper and two maiden hurdles; look elsewhere.

200/1

Form:

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Failed to complete the course in three starts in points in 2020; tailed off on hurdling debut at Clonmel after a three-year absence.

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10th

14

7th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 0y

14:00 Cork

Tiernaboul

11st 7lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: Brian O’Keeffe

towards rear, headway into midfield before 3 out, no impression from 2 out

66/1

13th

15

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 2y

15:40 Thurles

Tiernaboul

11st 5lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: Brian O’Keeffe

towards rear

100/1

18th

17

2nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 2f 152y

16:25 Clonmel

Tiernaboul

10st 11lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Brian O’Keeffe

Failed to complete the course in three starts in points in 2020 and absent since; impossible to fancy.

200/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Never in contention over 1m at Listowel on his only Flat start, dam won on AW.

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5th

4

(2)

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 6

18:45 Bath

Black Smoke

9st 6lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Mark Loughnane

Off the mark for this yard when coming from off the pace to beat Virtual Hug at Wolverhampton last month (1m6f); not quite so good when third back there two weeks ago; ran well on his only visit here; each-way shout.

5/1

3rd

1

(5)

4th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

16:55 Wolverhampton (AW)

Black Smoke

9st 10lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Mark Loughnane

Ridden with more restraint than sometimes the case when snapping a losing run over C&D three weeks ago, scoring by 2l from the reopposing Virtual Hug, who won here on Tuesday; a 4lb rise won't prevent another prominent showing if in similar form.

3/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Half-brother to the talented Blackbow who showed a lot of ability early in his career; no positives to be taken from point-to-point form.

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7th

6

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 189y

17:10 Punchestown

Hutchie

12st 3lb

J: Mark Dunne

T: Stephen Gerard Carey

.

66/1

0

5

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 0f 0y

15:42 Navan

Hutchie

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Stephen Gerard Carey

Ran twice over fences after winning a 2m6f handicap hurdle at Galway in September, disappointing at Tramore following second at Killarney; fair fifth of 17 when sent back over hurdles in a handicap at Punchestown on Monday.

6/1

5th

11

15th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 77y

13:25 Punchestown

Hutchie

11st 3lb

J: Mr M N Sharpe

T: Stephen Gerard Carey

Two runs over fences since winning a 2m6f handicap hurdle at Galway in September; 7lb higher but certainly not discounted if he can repeat it.

10/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Doyen mare out of Flat and hurdles winner Mary From Murroe; half-sister to 2m6f hurdle winner Doctor P's Getaway; likely to need experience.

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12th

8

14th Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 0y

17:00 Kilbeggan

Georgiabell

10st 13lb

J: E Walsh

T: Liam P Cusack

Hasn't shown enough in two hurdles starts so far to suggest she can be competitive here.

150/1

11th

3

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Punchestown

Georgiabell

11st 7lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Liam P Cusack

Pulled up on her hurdles debut at Thurles in March; showed signs of being in season that day so capable of better but still best watched.

150/1

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Exacta €1781.00
Straight Forecast €1299.80
Trifecta €16296.00

Selections

The Irish Sun:

Tophill Low

RP Ratings (IRE):

Arthor