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14:15 Curragh

Soft To Heavy

DMG Media Handicap

  • Prize money: £11486.73
  • 0m 5f 0y
  • 12 runners
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DMG Media Handicap

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.70
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 4388-7 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Last year's winner off 95 was unable to add to tally in 11 subsequent starts but did run well on soft in valuable C&D handicap; never landed a blow on last month's return to action at Dundalk but can't be discounted off this sort of mark.

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

3rd

3

(2)

9th May 2024

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

13:35 Gowran Park

Laugh A Minute

9st 7lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: Adrian McGuinness

An eight-time winner over shorter, including last time at Naas over 6f; has placed form at this trip too and on heavy ground; should be capable of a big run.

100/30

1st

4

(3)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 205y

17:50 Naas

Laugh A Minute

9st 11lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: Adrian McGuinness

towards rear, headway on far side of group from under 2f out, led final strides

8/1

11/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: /6015- D

Last run: 155 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Dundalk specialist whose five wins there include a Group 3 and when taking conditions event in September; never recovered from awkward start when attempting repeat Group 3 win following month; limited turf experience, notably narrow Cork handicap defeat on soft in 2021, well held in Group 1 Flying Five over C&D last year; gelded over the winter and runs off 8lb lower turf mark here.

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4th

7

(3)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

18:20 Naas

The Highway Rat

9st 9lb

J: Ben Coen

T: A Oliver

Five of his six wins have come on AW but capable of smart turf form too; ran a stormer in heavy ground at Cork on return and can go well again.

8/1

3rd

2

(11)

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

15:30 Cork

The Highway Rat

9st 9lb

J: W J Lee

T: A Oliver

midfield, headway disputing third over 1f out, no impression final 110yds

9/2

15/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 44207- D

Last run: 120 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Without a win since taking his maiden in 2021 but numerous good efforts in handicaps, notably second to Laugh A Minute in this race last year off 80 and another C&D second in the autumn; 1lb wrong here but handles the ground and goes well fresh so can't be discounted.

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6th

4

(5)

14th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 5f 205y

15:25 Naas

Swift Flight

9st 7lb

J: N G McCullagh

T: K J Condon

dwelt start, took keen hold, in touch with leaders

40/1

7th

17

(7)

23rd Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 0y

15:05 Curragh

Swift Flight

8st 7lb

J: N G McCullagh

T: K J Condon

towards rear

16/1

9th

13

(4)

26th May 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

20:00 Curragh

Swift Flight

8st 9lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: K J Condon

Just 1-18 but in good form and was only beaten a neck over C&D last month; suspicion he wants softer ground than what he will get here though.

10/1

12/1

Form: 0804-4 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Highly tried after Naas handicap win this time last year, taking sharp rise in the ratings for finishing fifth in a Cork Listed and third in a Group 3 at Naas; fit from last month's encouraging Dundalk comeback run but this testing ground hardly ideal.

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10th

9

(1)

21st May 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

14:15 Naas

Saliteh

9st 4lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Adrian Murray

Useful sprint handicapper but well held in previous attempts at this level.

33/1

7th

6

(9)

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

15:30 Cork

Saliteh

9st 4lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Adrian Murray

midfield

20/1

4th

3

(12)

25th Mar 2023

Soft To Heavy

0m 5f 0y

14:15 Curragh

Saliteh

9st 8lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Adrian Murray

Highly tried after Naas handicap win this time last year, taking sharp rise in the ratings for finishing fifth in a Cork Listed and third in a Group 3 at Naas; fit from last month's encouraging Dundalk comeback run but this testing ground hardly ideal.

12/1

12/1

Form: 00410- CD

Last run: 139 days

W: 8st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Mudlark won this race in 2021 on seasonal return and recorded eighth career win here last October over 6f off 73; conditions to suit and veteran can't be ruled out.

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6th

15

(8)

6th May 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

17:20 Curragh

Downforce

9st 5lb

J: Jessica Maye

T: W McCreery

prominent

8/1

5th

2

(10)

21st Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

17:00 Curragh

Downforce

10st 1lb

J: W J Lee

T: W McCreery

Eight-time winner, three wins and four seconds from 29 starts at this track; well suited by testing conditions; ended last season prematurely in June but began new campaign in good shape, finishing fourth of 20 over C&D; may struggle to turn the tables on runner-up Dark Viper.

7/1

4th

4

(15)

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

17:10 Curragh

Downforce

9st 10lb

J: Nathan Crosse

T: W McCreery

Eight-time winner, well suited by testing conditions, worth considering on that basis; ended last season prematurely in June; has recorded three wins and four seconds from 28 starts at this track.

7/1

Form: 91113- CD

Last run: 157 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Most progressive last year, hat-trick of wins included over C&D; ended season with good third (Jon Riggens second) at Navan on more testing ground; 2lb wrong here but should run his race.

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6th

7

(4)

21st Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 0y

16:30 Curragh

Harrys Hill

9st 6lb

J: Wayne Hassett

T: Martin Hassett

soon briefly led, pressed leader after 1f, lost second and weakened gradually inside final furlong

8/1

7th

3

(3)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

16:40 Dundalk (AW)

Harrys Hill

9st 2lb

J: Wayne Hassett

T: Martin Hassett

Better turf performer, career-bests last year in Curragh handicaps over this trip; C&D winner over three years ago but just may need this comeback run with a return to turf imminent.

12/1

14/1

Form: /7090- D

Last run: 108 days

W: 8st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Seven-time winner in Britain when peaking at 107 for Robert Cowell; encouraging Irish debut here in October but way below that form in three subsequent Dundalk runs; tongue tie added to cheekpieces here and hard to be confident in despite much reduced mark.

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6th

10

(13)

13th May 2023

Soft To Heavy

0m 5f 0y

15:30 Navan

Aljady

9st 2lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

On a long losing run since winning four races in 2020; has hinted at a return to form this term, reaching the first five on his last three outings; has a bit to find with Jon Riggens on Naas run.

8/1

10

(16)

6th May 2023

Yielding

0m 5f 205y

14:45 Naas

Aljady

9st 7lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

On a long losing run since winning four races in 2020; has hinted at a return to form this term but doesn't look well treated on anything he's achieved in the last two seasons.

16/1

5th

9

(5)

24th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

0m 5f 205y

18:10 Naas

Aljady

9st 5lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Seven wins, on all types of ground, in Britain with the last of then being in 2020; has come down a long way in the ratings and ran his best race since joining this yard last year when fourth of 11 in a higher grade contest at the Curragh last weekend; first-time blinkers did him no harm on that occasion.

15/2

OUR TIP

7/1

Form: 11110- D BF

Last run: 139 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Terrific run of form last year on joining this yard, notching up a four-timer in handicaps at 6f-8f; disappointingly never landed a blow when attempting third consecutive win in 5f Naas contest final start; tongue tie tried on seasonal return here; runs well fresh and handles the ground so one to consider.

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14th

7

(14)

10th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

17:50 Cork

Earls

9st 7lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Gavin Cromwell

Won this race last year and gained compensation for a narrow defeat at the Curragh to land a Haydock handicap 13 days ago; best form is on testing ground and he's 5lb higher this time but not ruled out.

5/1

1st

8

(1)

27th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 212y

Class 2

14:45 Haydock

Earls

8st 6lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Gavin Cromwell

towards rear

11/4

9th
7 (10)
Verhoyen

10/1

Form: 27997- C

Last run: 153 days

W: 9st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Four of his five wins have come at this track including premier handicap in testing conditions last May off 82; form petered off towards end of season but back down to a nice mark now and never one to rule out in these conditions.

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12th

12

(15)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 205y

17:50 Naas

Verhoyen

9st 1lb

J: Danny Sheehy

T: M C Grassick

All bar one of his seven career wins have come at the Curragh; yet to hit form this season however and remains opposable.

20/1

9/2

Form: 09522- CD

Last run: 139 days

W: 8st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Maiden win came over C&D and lightly raced last season, best efforts final two starts in autumn when second in heavy-ground handicaps at Navan and Naas, not clear run latter occasion; remains on a nice mark, goes well in this ground and should get the truly-run race he needs.

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4th

5

(2)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 205y

17:50 Naas

Jon Riggens

9st 7lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Edward Lynam

Twice a winner last year and ended campaign with good C&D second to ready winner Stag Night; 18lb turnaround with that rival here so has to be a contender although has tended to need his comeback runs.

10/1

Form: 14600- D

Last run: 171 days

W: 9st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Prolific winner but all wins have been on a sound surface; well held on soft final two starts last autumn and hard to fancy now in these testing conditions.

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12th

3

(13)

11th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 205y

15:05 Naas

Only Spoofing

9st 12lb

J: Mikey Sheehy

T: Kevin Thomas Coleman

Below par at Hamilton when last seen and has needed previous seasonal returns; off 280 days; 0-5 at this venue.

10/1

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Payout
Exacta €322.00
Straight Forecast €459.90
Tricast €1953.30
Trifecta €3942.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Jon Riggens

TOPSPEED:

Verhoyen

RP Ratings (IRE):

Laugh A Minute

POSTDATA:

Jon Riggens

The Irish Sun:

Jon Riggens