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15:00 Limerick

Soft To Heavy

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  • Prize money: £8615.04
  • 2m 3f 120y
  • 7 runners
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Follow Limerick Racecourse On Social Media Handicap Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.20
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 149312 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Went up 16lb for winning handicap chases over C&D and at Naas last October/November; took advantage of his lower hurdles when winning a 25-runner contest at Fairyhouse last month; every chance following recent chase second behind the consistent Made In The Woods at this venue; drop in trip is not a significant concern.

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6th

8

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:55 Gowran Park

Happy Dreams

10st 13lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Michael J McDonagh

Four-time chase winner; career best in Listed handicap at Limerick over Christmas; didn't build on that at Naas in January and disappointing favourite over timber since; vulnerable back down in trip.

25/1

6th

9

7th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 165y

16:30 Fairyhouse

Happy Dreams

11st 6lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Michael J McDonagh

Made it 4-10 over fences at Limerick in December and didn't run badly when seventh at Naas since; should go well from his lower hurdle mark.

12/1

7th

8

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:12 Naas

Happy Dreams

11st 3lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Michael J McDonagh

Switched between hurdling and chasing with some success last season; same again this season; twice placed over hurdles before winning the valuable Tim Duggan Memorial over an extended 2m3f at Limerick; 2m probably too short for him, even at this stiff track.

10/1

8/1

  • Place: £6.40

Form: -82907

Last run: 14 days

W: 12st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Two wins when trained by Seamus Fahey; good second to Farceur Du Large at Punchestown in November; highly tried since then; dropped in class now but has plenty to prove at this stage.

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5th

5

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Take All

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Following a break he returned to form with a 3l third of six at Cork (2m, soft) recently; his last win came over 2m4f and this Irish challenger could have a part to play now back up in trip.

16/1

Form: 4U8406 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Four-time winner for Nicky Henderson; moderate fourth behind the talented Maskada in the Tim Duggan Memorial here in December; two poor runs since then, tailed off when dropped in class at Thurles a month ago.

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10th

7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Falco Blitz

10st 13lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

10yo who has been rejuvenated this year and arrives on a hat-trick following commanding wins at Thurles (2m6f, soft) and Limerick (2m7f, soft to heavy; veterans' chase); faces a tougher assignment today but there remains mileage in his mark on his peak 2021 form and he's firmly in calculations.

16/1

1st

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 120y

16:20 Limerick

Falco Blitz

11st 12lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

held up in rear, headway 4 out, led going best 2 out, clear approaching last, ran on well, easily

3/1

1st

5

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 5f 132y

14:10 Thurles

Falco Blitz

11st 3lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

held up in midfield, steady headway after 3 out, led before last, clear when ridden and stayed on run-in

8/1

Form: 821233 C

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Took a sharp rise in the ratings for a course win over a shorter trip in December; holding her form quite well, placed on last three outings; has developed into a reliable mare but may find a couple too good again.

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OUR TIP

Form: 75U251 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Second in 2m6f beginners' event at Punchestown in January; ran in snatches and never really landed a blow on handicap debut at Down Royal; much better at Gowran, left clear at the last to win readily; can probably improve again, but will need to after a 10lb rise and he might prefer further.

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2nd

4

4th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:00 Leopardstown

From The Ashes

11st 13lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

midfield, in touch with leaders 10th, prominent before 2 out

8/1

7th

5

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 166y

16:10 Punchestown

From The Ashes

11st 10lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

Won a handicap chase at Gowran last February and is now rated 122 in that sphere; his handicap hurdle form is relatively weak, but interesting that trainer persists despite modest form in his last three racses.

6/1

10th

8

27th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:37 Limerick

From The Ashes

11st 6lb

J: Miss A L Fitzgibbon

T: C Byrnes

Won a handicap chase at Gowran in February and is now rated 122 in that sphere; well beaten in two hurdle starts lately but is surely capable of much better off this mark.

15/2

Form: 19F-16 C

Last run: 254 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Course winner over hurdles; two handicap wins over fences; however, not the most dependable and has not run since a disappointing display at Killarney last summer.

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4th

1

7th Oct 2023

Good

2m 1f 165y

Class 3

14:50 Fontwell

Defan

11st 12lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alexandra Dunn

Romped home in a Ballinrobe handicap in May 2022 (for Henry De Bromhead) but unplaced in five subsequent starts, the latest when tried in cheekpieces in August; bought last month for £10,000 and possibly best watched.

12/1

7th

2

25th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 0y

19:38 Killarney

Defan

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Last success came early last season when he landed a Ballinrobe handicap chase by a big margin from Nelly's Money; has struggled in four races since then, and remains 7lb higher; first time with cheekpieces.

10/1

Form: 520515 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Three wins from 23 starts over fences; ended a lengthy losing sequence with a long-priced success at Cork in January; moderate fifth behind From The Ashes at Gowran.

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1st

11

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

Weihnachts

10st 9lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P J Rothwell

held up in rear, headway and in touch with leaders 3 out, led last, ridden out

20/1

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Payout
Exacta €280.00
Straight Forecast €284.50
Trifecta €2119.00

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Bonnie Kellie

SPOTLIGHT:

Happy Dreams

TOPSPEED:

Take All

The Irish Sun:

Weihnachts

POSTDATA:

Bonnie Kellie