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Yielding To Soft

Randox Ulster National Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £26106.19
  • 3m 4f 120y
  • 15 runners
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Randox Ulster National Handicap Chase

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.40
  • Place: £2.50

Form: 23123P

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Likeable mare whose two chase wins this term have been over 2m4f/2m5f; outclassed in mid-winter Graded contests and hampered last time; good third (Punitive second) over 3m1f at Cheltenham in the autumn and interesting on this step up in trip although ground likely to be softer than ideal.

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4th

1

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:25 Perth

Malina Girl

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Gavin Cromwell

Smart mare who was an easy winner of a Cheltenham handicap in November (3m3f, soft); hasn't run quite as well since although was runner-up in an Exeter Listed mares' chase two runs ago (3m, heavy); worth considering.

11/4

5th

4

4th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:30 Leopardstown

Malina Girl

11st 11lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Most progressive staying chaser whose best run came when winning valuable 3m4f Cheltenham premier handicap in November on soft; fell at same venue subsequently but encouraging enough Exeter second last month; trip on the short side for hurdles return but 31lb lower hurdles mark can't be sniffed at with added bonus of rider's claim.

6/4

2nd

2

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 1

16:05 Exeter

Malina Girl

11st 4lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Won the Ulster National (3m4f, soft) last April and ran away with a Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham (3m3f, soft) in November; also travelling strongly when she fell three out at Cheltenham in December; the problem is her performance in the Classic Chase at Warwick (topweight but favourite) four weeks ago when she made a shortlived effort before four out, before tailing off; big shout if she bounces back.

15/8

7/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 233412

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Useful hurdler off the mark on chase debut at Clonmel and good second to very experienced Bachasson at same venue latest; both of those runs over 2m4f so big step up in trip here and jumping will be tested against these seasoned handicappers.

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4th

4

1st Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 92y

14:25 Fairyhouse

My Design

10st 12lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Declan Queally

didn't jump with fluency, pressed leader early, dropped to last before 5th

14/1

7th

6

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 130y

12:55 Fairyhouse

My Design

11st 0lb

J: Mr R W Barron

T: Declan Queally

prominent, led after 1st, mistake 13th, not fluent 5 out, headed 3 out, soon weakened

6/1

1st

4

3rd Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 210y

15:35 Galway

My Design

10st 13lb

J: Mr R W Barron

T: Declan Queally

made all, not fluent 1st, faced challenge 2 out, mistake last, soon ridden and ran on, comfortably

7/1

25/1

  • Place: £9.80

Form: 57/9P- CD

Last run: 351 days

W: 10st 0lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Had his big day when winning this at 25-1 three years ago; hasn't achieved a lot since and been point-to-pointing without success this term; unlikely.

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4th

4

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 120y

12:20 Limerick

Space Cadet

10st 9lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Gearoid O’Loughlin

Not really burning up the track on the 'Point' scene lately but had four lengths to spare over Fiveaftermidnight when they clashed at Downpatrick in April; longer in the tooth than most and not convinced he can uphold the latter form, but holds a sporting chance.

4/1

9th

11

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

4m 2f 0y

16:50 Punchestown

Space Cadet

11st 7lb

J: Mr J C Barry

T: Gearoid O’Loughlin

Won the Ulster National at Downpatrick three years ago; did well for a veteran when third in the same race early this month; split Vital Island and The Red Menace at Knockanard in February; exited at the first in Lingstown event won by Vital Island.

10/1

3rd

15

2nd Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 120y

16:00 Downpatrick

Space Cadet

10st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Gearoid O’Loughlin

led narrowly or disputed lead, pushed along after 3 out, lost two places before 2 out, ridden approaching last, kept on run-in

25/1

Form: 13-5B7

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Both chase wins over 2m4f but has won twice at 2m6f over hurdles; ran well to a point over 4m at Kelso in December and should come on from last month's run at Navan; goes on soft and could run okay.

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9

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 61y

16:35 Leopardstown

Fiveaftermidnight

10st 11lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P J Rothwell

Four-time winner; completely tailed off at Down Royal in January but better judged on her previous second in a veterans' chase at Limerick; each-way chance.

20/1

5th

6

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

16:00 Down Royal

Fiveaftermidnight

11st 2lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: P J Rothwell

Most recent of her four wins was over hurdles in April 2022; the stable is enjoying a fine season and positives can be taken from her second in a five-runner veterans' contest at Limerick.

5/1

2nd

3

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 120y

12:20 Limerick

Fiveaftermidnight

10st 12lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P J Rothwell

Never really involved at Roscommon albeit she stuck to her guns really well to bag a modest fourth; jumping left a bit to be desired on that occasion and if she has ironed out those frailties, she should hold her own here.

5/2

Form: -62324 C BF

Last run: 68 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Course winner over 2m7f in 2021 and, after a year off, has been running very creditably this winter behind some of the most progressive handicappers of the season, including two Cheltenham festival winners; yet to race beyond 3m but handles soft and local connections would dearly love to land this prize (trainer won it in 2010).

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0

3

29th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 70y

12:00 Leopardstown

Archies Charm

11st 9lb

J: Tom Harney

T: B R Hamilton

Needs to step up on recent form, but noteworthy on account of having finished 13l second to the progressive Seddon in this race last year; tried with blinkers after Down Royal fourth; beaten a long way then but had Harveys Quay and Soloman Lane behind.

8/1

5th

2

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

14:45 Musselburgh

Archies Charm

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: B R Hamilton

Hurdle and chase winner in Ireland; effective at 2m4f or further and versatile with regard to the going; made the frame at Down Royal last time; each-way player.

7/1

4th

1

11th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:28 Down Royal

Archies Charm

11st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: B R Hamilton

Close second in this race last year possibly his best effort; ran okay after a three month break when third in a handicap chase at Gowran last time; only 2lb higher than last year and could go close.

10/1

Form: 22U10P D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

No show in the Thyestes or Kim Muir but had been progressive in the autumn notably when winning 3m5f handicap on soft ground at Fairyhouse in December; runs off pretty much the same mark taking 7lb claim into account and this could be more his level.

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4

10th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 3

15:50 Market Rasen

Punitive

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter & Michael Bowen

raced in last, detached from 2nd, pulled up before 8th, race voided

16/1

24

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Punitive

10st 2lb

J: William Maggs

T: Peter Bowen

Won at Fairyhouse (3m5f, soft) for Gordon Elliott in December 2022; right out of form in his seven subsequent races for that trainer and sold for £5,000 this January; first run for new yard was much more positive but he needs to build seriously on that Ffos Las third and position 5lb out of the handicap does not help; 7lb claimer is recruited.

100/1

3rd

2

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:25 Ffos Las

Punitive

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

prominent early, lost position but in touch with leaders 4th, went fourth 4 out, left in third 3 out, stayed on

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 67CP11

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Back to form off lower marks over hurdles lately after losing his way over fences; likes nice ground and you'd be worried about him over this trip on soft ground but yard going well and he clearly comes here in good heart and off a handy weight.

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7th

3

9th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

17:40 Tipperary

Wa Wa

12st 0lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

disputed lead early, soon prominent

25/1

8th

4

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

12:45 Punchestown

Wa Wa

11st 10lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Won back-to-back handicap hurdles at Navan and Leopardstown last season; badly out of form on last five starts, though worth noting that this represents a big drop in class after last month's Galway run.

20/1

Form: 0-08P3

Last run: 90 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Talented performer has only had three runs in this sphere since winning the Troytown in 2020 and his mark is on the slide; good run on AW last month and in-form claimer aboard; stamina unlikely to be an issue and you couldn't rule out a big run.

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12th

12

(21)

2nd Aug 2023

Soft

2m 0f 110y

18:10 Galway

The Jam Man

9st 11lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: P J Rothwell

Much better known for his exploits as a ten-time jumps winner; only Flat success at York in 2020, others preferred at this stage of his career.

20/1

9th

4

(3)

23rd Jun 2023

Soft

2m 1f 0y

20:30 Limerick

The Jam Man

9st 10lb

J: James Ryan

T: P J Rothwell

Ten-time jumps winner, best known for his 2020 Troytown success; sole Flat win came over this trip at York in 2020, better of two runs for current yard on latest when fifth at Listowel under a positive ride; visor now tried; rider good value for his claim.

10/1

Form: 52420P

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Ten-race maiden over fences and disappointing the last twice but merits consideration on his 2.5l second to stablemate Punitive in the Porterstown over 3m5f at Fairyhouse in December; 1lb better off with that rival after taking riders' claims into account; no surprise if he takes a hand in the finish but not the doughtiest in a battle.

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11

12th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 0y

16:30 Killarney

Fakiera

10st 8lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Eoin Griffin

Now 0-16 over fences having finished down the field behind Jumping Jet in the Ulster National; had previously outrun his 100-1 odds at Naas but that was on soft ground.

25/1

10th

8

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 4f 165y

18:20 Downpatrick

Fakiera

10st 10lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Eoin Griffin

prominent

33/1

Form: /4PF-P

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Has had jumping and physical issues since winning a beginners' at Thurles in 2020; back from a year off when pulled up at Punchestown in January; obviously risky but yard in form at least and 10lb lower than initial mark.

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5

2nd Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 120y

16:00 Downpatrick

Eurobot

11st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

didn't jump well, towards rear of midfield, mistake 7th, in rear with one circuit to go, pulled up 4 out

20/1

3

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:50 Cork

Eurobot

11st 7lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Pulled-up over fences on comeback; smart chaser at his best but hasn't run over hurdles since 2019 and it isn't easy to row in with him now.

14/1

2

15th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 150y

15:10 Punchestown

Eurobot

12st 2lb

J: Mr T Hamilton

T: Noel Meade

Winning chaser but his jumping tended to let him down when last seen; best watched after 13 months off.

20/1

Form: 948-45

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Infrequent winner whose last success was in August 2020 when in the care of Joseph O'Brien; has been running quite well in cross-country contests at Cheltenham this season and was remote fifth to stablemate Delta Work there in March; may have been sweetened up by running in that sphere but still an unlikely winner of this.

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16

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 0y

14:35 Punchestown

Mortal

11st 7lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Gordon Elliott

14/1

9

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

4m 2f 0y

16:50 Punchestown

Mortal

11st 7lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Gordon Elliott

Last success was in August 2020 when trained Joseph O'Brien; has been running quite well in cross-country contests at Cheltenham this season; remote fifth to stablemate Delta Work at the Festival; needs to bounce back after failure in Ulster National in which Space Cadet finished third.

11/2

6

2nd Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 120y

16:00 Downpatrick

Mortal

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

never better than mid-division, detached in rear 5 out, pulled up 3 out

10/1

Form: 69P412 BF

Last run: 2 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Had a couple of okay runs over fences as a novice last season but jumping was unconvincing; got it together back over fences at Wexford (3m1f) last month having been hurdling up until then this term; touched off over 2m4f back at Wexford on Friday but had a hard race on heavy ground.

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5th

1

14th May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 0y

15:55 Killarney

Mercury Lane

11st 10lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

in touch with leaders

18/1

8th

14

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 7f 0y

15:10 Punchestown

Mercury Lane

10st 1lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

Beaten only a neck over 2m4f at Wexford; not certain to cope with rise in class; trip could be a problem judged on past efforts over 3m.

9/1

Form: 333-35

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Formerly useful hurdler/chaser for Nicky Henderson but gradually regressive over hurdles for Sam Thomas last term; been point-to-pointing for this yard and well held in a couple of hunter chases lately; surprise if he's up to playing a leading role in this.

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2nd

2

10th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 150y

19:55 Downpatrick

Welsh Saint

11st 13lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: C A McBratney

in touch with leaders, good headway and led after 4th, clear 6th

7/1

4th

8

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 150y

19:20 Downpatrick

Welsh Saint

11st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: C A McBratney

in touch with leaders

66/1

9th

1

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:50 Down Royal

Welsh Saint

12st 0lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

didn't always jump with fluency, pushed along briefly, soon prominent, in touch with leaders when mistake 6th, weakened before 2 out

20/1

Form: 6859U6

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 3lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Dour stayer but in his own time and only one win in 25 chase starts; hasn't been able to get competitive this winter although not disgraced over too short a trip at Navan last time.

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13

2nd Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 120y

16:00 Downpatrick

Forza Milan

10st 3lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J A Nash

in rear, pushed along early, soon became detached, slow jump 2nd, some headway with one circuit to go, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

20/1

6th

7

4th Mar 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

16:50 Navan

Forza Milan

10st 8lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J A Nash

Sole win in 24 starts over fences came on heavy ground in a beginners'; unseated over C&D last time and hasn't really been shaping like a return to the winners' enclosure is near this season.

40/1

8

12th Feb 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

16:10 Navan

Forza Milan

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J A Nash

midfield, blundered and unseated rider 2nd

25/1

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Payout
Exacta €416.00
Straight Forecast €425.40
Tricast €10395.80
Trifecta €12042.00

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Mortal

The Irish Sun:

My Design

TOPSPEED:

Mercury Lane

SPOTLIGHT:

Archies Charm

POSTDATA:

Mortal