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Way To Paris @ Coolagown Stud Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase (Grade 3)

  • Prize money: £14880.53
  • 3m 0f 120y
  • 6 runners
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Way To Paris @ Coolagown Stud Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase (Grade 3)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

5/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.10
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 21-1F1 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Last season's Boyne Hurdle winner, earning a hurdles rating of 152; second-season novice chaser; won a beginners' event at Galway, relegating today's rival Grandero Bello to third; beaten when falling at the last in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse; awarded Naas Grade 3 event eight weeks ago on the arguably harsh disqualification of Ramillies, sets a good standard.

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

3rd

6

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 45y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Thedevilscoachman

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Noel Meade

raced wide, didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, dropped to last and weakened before 2 out, no impression when hampered by faller after 2 out

7/2

4th

5

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:15 Gowran Park

Thedevilscoachman

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Noel Meade

Won 2022 Boyne Hurdle at Navan from Ashdale Bob; dual Grade 3 winner over fences last year, showing plenty of stamina in races at Naas and Limerick; improved from his return to action in the Troytown Chase when splitting Sir Gerhard and Ashdale Bob at Punchestown; first-time cheekpieces now; could be hard to beat.

7/4

2nd

6

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 15y

14:15 Punchestown

Thedevilscoachman

11st 6lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Noel Meade

Won 2022 Boyne Hurdle from Ashdale Bob; Dual Grade 3 winner over fences this year; should be better for his return to action in the Troytown Chase.

4/1

2/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 4-3U21

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Point/maiden hurdle winner; promising 2 1/4l behind Thedevilscoachman on chase debut at Galway; bounced back from an unlucky unseat when beaten a neck by Bronn in what was effectively a match at Fairyhouse, made all for an emphatic win at Gowran last time; clear chance in theory against Thedevilscoachman on these terms.

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

8th

1

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 107y

16:00 Leopardstown

Grandero Bello

11st 12lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

Winning hurdler-chaser, landed a Gowran beginners chase last year and a good second in a Limerick Grade 3; not seen since fourth in a Grade A contest at the Punchestown festival; has run well fresh before; the class act of the race and respected if fit enough.

6/1

4th

5

28th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

16:15 Punchestown

Grandero Bello

11st 3lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

Point/maiden hurdle winner; promising third on chase debut at Galway; bounced back from an unlucky unseat when beaten a neck by Bronn in what was effectively a match at Fairyhouse, made all for an emphatic win from Macs Charm at Gowran; closely matched with Life In The Park on Grade 3 running at Limerick; tongue-tie on now.

5/1

2nd

4

26th Mar 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 120y

14:25 Limerick

Grandero Bello

11st 0lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

disputed lead, raced in second from 6th, led 5 out, not fluent 3 out, pushed along when faced challenge last, soon headed, no match for winner

2/1

Form: 611-13 BF

Last run: 155 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Two wins last April, a maiden at Tramore and a 24-runner handicap at Punchestown festival; justified favouritism on chasing debut at Listowel festival; ran no sort of race at Cheltenham in November, trainer's post-race explanations then suggest that both trip and ground may be against him here.

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

11

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Life In The Park

10st 13lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

This 7yo returned to form in a first-time tongue-tie (retained) with his strong-finishing fourth behind Shakem Up'arry in the Plate at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last month; he's one to consider under Rachael Blackmore.

15/2

4th

11

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Life In The Park

11st 1lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

One win from nine chase runs, in a 2m6f beginners race at Listowel in September 2022; has been vulnerable in handicaps since last April and there is little reason to think he's well enough treated to play a part today either, unless the first-time tongue-tie makes a big difference.

25/1

12th

19

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Life In The Park

11st 1lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, weakened towards far side home turn

20/1

Form: 4-P92

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Dual point winner; modest form in hunter chase starts; surpassed general expectations when second in a rated event at Fairyhouse last time; faces a much stiffer task now.

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

12

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 7f 68y

15:05 Punchestown

Clonmeen

10st 10lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: William P Murphy

in rear

20/1

9th

4

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 100y

16:33 Navan

Clonmeen

11st 8lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: William P Murphy

Point winner; off the mark under rules in 3m Down Royal handicap chase in November; backed that up off 9lb higher when beating the in-form Kings Halo in a 3m contest at Punchestown on New Year's Eve; got another 9lb for that and no match for the first two in a 3m3f Punchestown event last time.

13/2

3rd

12

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Clonmeen

10st 5lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: William P Murphy

held up in rear

10/1

Form: 281PP5 C

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Very useful mare achieved career-best over fences with battling all-the-way win in Grade 2 Florida Pearl Novice at Punchestown in November, pulled-up next two starts, dropped out tamely after a mistake in Thyestes and similar in Grade 2 Ten Up Novice at Navan; again ran poorly at Thurles a month ago; questions to answer.

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

7

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 7f 0y

15:10 Punchestown

Darrens Hope

10st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Robert Murphy

Has been a reliable mare in previous seasons ans looked set for a fine campaign when a long-priced Grade 2 winner at this venue last November; has lost form alarmingly and is now tried with blinkers for the first time.

25/1

11

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Darrens Hope

10st 2lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Robert Murphy

Can lead; has had a fallow spell since winning a Grade 2 novice at Punchestown in November (2m6f, yielding) and little in her latest two handicap starts (in October and January) suggests she has anything in hand off her current mark.

16/1

32

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 5f 0y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Darrens Hope

10st 0lb

J: Conor Clarke

T: Robert Murphy

Second reserve; won the Grade 2 Florida Pearl Novice at Punchestown in November (2m6f) but hasn't produced an effort of note since then.

200/1

Form: 902758 C

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

87-rated mare is only making up the numbers; the only positive is that her best form has been at this venue.

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

2nd

6

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 0y

18:45 Clonmel

Seangoell

10st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Norman Lee

pushed along briefly, briefly led, prominent soon after start, pressed leader from 8th, led narrowly 4 out, joined before 3 out

6/1

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Payout
Exacta €36.00
Straight Forecast €41.60
Trifecta €53.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Thedevilscoachman

TOPSPEED:

Darrens Hope

RP Ratings (IRE):

Thedevilscoachman

POSTDATA:

Thedevilscoachman

The Irish Sun:

Thedevilscoachman