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BoyleSports Novice Handicap Chase (Grade B)

  • Prize money: £23495.58
  • 2m 0f 105y
  • 9 runners
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BoyleSports Novice Handicap Chase (Grade B)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

OUR TIP

Evs (Won)

  • Win: £1.70
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 4-1222 D BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Won a Cork novice in November before fine runs in defeat behind classy mares Impervious and Magic Daze; even better run in the Grand Annual H'cap at Cheltenham last time considering she is still a novice; drops in class today and the one to beat.

Place /
No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

8

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 98y

17:25 Punchestown

Dinoblue

11st 5lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Second to Maskada in last season's Grand Annual before landing valuable handicaps at Fairyhouse and this meeting; resumed with victory over Fil Dor at Naas; backed that up with Grade 1 victory over Gentleman De Mee at Leopardstown; 6l in front of Captain Guinness when second in Dublin Chase; lost out to Limerick Lace in mares' race at Cheltenham.

15/8

2nd

1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Dinoblue

11st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Beaten favourite in Mares' Novice Hurdle in 2022 but found only one too good in the Grand Annual over fences here last March; stiff task in sole 2m4f run, a Grade 1 hurdle in April 2022, but the trip experiment hasn't been repeated, and although she's made progress over fences of late, following a Grade 1 win (soft; has won on good to yielding) with a second to crack two-miler El Fabiolo, her stamina for this is a bigger issue than her talent.

Evs

2nd

5

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:10 Leopardstown

Dinoblue

11st 5lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Never worse than second in eight runs over fences, winning his last four; evidence of his progression in a breakthrough win at Grade 1 level here at Christmas; the likeliest alternative to the favourite.

11/2

9/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 298532 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Hurdle and bumper winner was just denied on handicap chase debut at Navan last time; raised 3lb for that but is still 3lb out of h'cap, so more required.

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6th

17

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 55y

16:15 Punchestown

Pats Choice

10st 1lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Has enjoyed a good season in handicaps at around this trip, winning at Wexford, Galway and Naas; has found things too demanding since Naas success in January, but now back on a mark that gives him a fair chance.

16/1

5th

3

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 150y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Pats Choice

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield but in touch with leaders, weakened before 3 out

10/1

5th

4

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:55 Gowran Park

Pats Choice

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Gained third win over fences at Naas in January; struggled with his jumping a little behind Mister Policeman latest and possibly on a stiff enough mark for now.

9/1

10/1

  • Place: £4.60

Form: -36453 D

Last run: 103 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Hurdle winner on heavy ground has been well held but not disgraced in three starts over fences; is likely capable of better for yard in form.

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0

1

17th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 2f 57y

12:50 Thurles

Mount Brown

11st 12lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

Hurdle winner on heavy ground the season before last; 0-6 chasing, fair level of form at 2m without looking progressive; none too fluent on seasonal debut at Down Royal last month; jumping again ragged when stepped up in trip at Fairyhouse, well beaten when falling at the last.

8/1

0

3

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 110y

12:15 Fairyhouse

Mount Brown

11st 6lb

J: Miss S Doyle

T: Noel Meade

didn't always jump with fluency, towards rear early, in touch with leaders 5 out, no extra after 2 out, weakening when fell last

10/1

4th

7

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 100y

14:37 Down Royal

Mount Brown

11st 6lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Hurdle winner on heavy ground; has had only four runs over fences; made handicap chase debut in a strong Fairyhouse event in April, renews rivalry with Pats Choice who was 10l in front of him then.

6/1

Form: 23121F D

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Had been in fine form, winning at Clonmel and Thurles but was under pressure when falling last time at Gowran and has to rebound off the same mark.

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17

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Union Park

10st 0lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P J Rothwell

midfield, brought down 5 out

10/1

3rd

7

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:12 Naas

Union Park

11st 4lb

J: James O’Sullivan

T: P J Rothwell

Five-time winner, recorded career-best when winning a 2m3f Kilbeggan handicap chase last September; won off his lower hurdles mark at Cork six weeks ago; trip may be a bit sharp, could go well again for stable having a fine season.

8/1

Form: 72515F C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Won a Naas novice handicap in January but was well below that level in a Grade 2 at Navan next time; was running a decent race in a Grade 3 back at Naas last time when falling; not dismissed.

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Verdict Starting price

16

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Aarons Day

10st 0lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Winning chaser at Naas last season; not seen since pulling up in a Grade A novice handicap here a year ago; best watched; 2lb wrong

50/1

12

28th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

16:15 Punchestown

Aarons Day

10st 8lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Won a Naas novice handicap in January; well below that level in a Grade 2 at Navan next time; was running a decent race in a Grade 3 at Naas when falling; soundly beaten last of five finishers at Fairyhouse.

25/1

5th

2

9th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 0f 105y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Aarons Day

11st 3lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Won a Naas novice handicap in January but was well below that level in a Grade 2 at Navan next time; was running a decent race in a Grade 3 back at Naas last time when falling; not dismissed.

17/2

Form: 349244 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Won a Galway novice in October and several decent runs in defeat since in strong company, including not disgraced in a Grade 3 last time; should be involved.

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7th

4

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 144y

18:07 Ballinrobe

Barnacullia

11st 3lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Michael Mulvany

towards rear, dropped to rear halfway, detached from 3 out, tailed off

9/2

4th

6

29th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 11y

16:10 Galway

Barnacullia

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Michael Mulvany

prominent

5/1

2nd

2

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:25 Listowel

Barnacullia

11st 11lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Michael Mulvany

Winner and placed on the Flat since second to 33-1 Fighting Fit in a handicap chase at the Galway festival, with the winner's shorter-priced stablemate Roseys Hollow back in fifth; good chance he can emerge best in the rematch.

7/2

Form: P53113 D BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Comfortably won a Tramore novice on New Year's Day before an equally cosy win in a Clonmel handicap for this yard; 8lb higher today but is improving fast and has to be respected; third back over hurdles last time.

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10th

8

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 94y

15:40 Punchestown

Whiskeywealth

11st 12lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

Recorded a convincing hurdle win at Naas in February and won a Listed handicap chase at Gowran in March (both 2m on heavy); failed to do himself justice in the Red Rum at Aintree; remains 12lb lower than over fences, so not without a chance.

12/1

9

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Whiskeywealth

10st 8lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

Has fallen twice, over fences and hurdles, in his last eight starts but has got his confidence back under John Shinnick with a convincing hurdle win at Naas and again found plenty back chasing to win a Listed handicap at Gowran (both 2m on heavy); asked a bigger question in this company but is no forlorn hope on his best form with the possibility of better to come.

8/1

1st

6

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:55 Gowran Park

Whiskeywealth

11st 3lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

Won back-to-back over fences last season and got his head back in front over hurdles at Naas last month on testing ground; probably capable from this mark and has to be considered with conditions in his favour.

11/2

Form: 323276 D

Last run: 91 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Frustrating sort is 0-17 over fences; well beaten last twice but certainly has a squeak if back to the form of some of his runs earlier in the season, particularly his Cheltenham second.

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8th

9

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Railway Hurricane

10st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Gavin Cromwell

Good effort over 2m4f on the Old course here last winter but still met with defeat; almost no leeway in the weights since and not very tempting with a strike-rate of 1-26 over fences, having been well held behind Ginny's Destiny here in November and fallen on this course since (tough task).

16/1

Form: 042U24 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Front-running hurdle winner has been consistent in defeat over fences in five starts; can race freely which might set the race up for closers.

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11th

5

12th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 0y

16:30 Killarney

Irish Blaze

11st 2lb

J: E Walsh

T: Cian Collins

Won twice for Gordon Elliott and had done well on his three Irish starts for Cian Collins, notably when beating subsequent Fairyhouse handicap winner Captains Nephew in a Down Royal novice event in January; struggled in the Red Rum at Aintree; stamina could be an issue, best form has been at around 2m.

12/1

12th

10

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Irish Blaze

10st 7lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Cian Collins

Front-runner; ridden last five starts by claimer Carl Millar; has raised his game this winter but is relatively exposed over fences and, although a heavy-ground hurdle winner in 2022, he's missed three races on soft and heavy going since August; it remains to be seen how he copes with today's surface.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta €102.00
Straight Forecast €137.00
Tricast €1189.20
Trifecta €946.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Dinoblue

TOPSPEED:

Railway Hurricane

RP Ratings (IRE):

Dinoblue

POSTDATA:

Dinoblue

The Irish Sun:

Dinoblue