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BoyleSports Irish Grand National Chase (Extended Handicap Chase) (Grade A)

  • Prize money: £238938.05
  • 3m 5f 0y
  • 30 runners
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BoyleSports Irish Grand National Chase (Extended Handicap Chase) (Grade A)

Runners: 33 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 4-2244

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Useful hurdler but slightly better over fences despite his Flat pedigree, finishing 11l behind the winner in Grade 1s at Leopardstown (2m5f) and Cheltenham (3m); the manner in which he boxed on at the Festival heightens interest over this longer trip, but his jumping is a slight concern; recently recruited by JP McManus.

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1st

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

I Am Maximus

11st 6lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Among the backmarkers for an awfully long way in the Irish National at Fairyhouse (3m5f, soft) last April but he still got up close home; that couldn't have augured better for today's long distance and he's raised his game further for two wins (2m4f/3m1f) back at Fairyhouse, the latest of which (easily from Vanillier) makes him look well handicapped; still doesn't fly his fences and tends to take them markedly to his left, so jumping is the big worry but he has plenty going for him otherwise.

15/2

1st

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

15:50 Fairyhouse

I Am Maximus

11st 12lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

jumped left on occasions, raced in third behind clear leaders, mistake 8th, smooth headway before 2 out, led going easily approaching last, soon clear, not fluent last, shaken up and went further clear run-in

5/4

3rd

4

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

15:35 Leopardstown

I Am Maximus

11st 10lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

jumped left throughout, raced in last, detached from 8th, no impression from 12th

25/1

22/1

  • Place: £7.60

Form: 431454 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Producing his best work late when fourth of 23 in a 2m4f handicap at Cheltenham, which represented a vast improvement on his previous run in cheekpieces; had 17 races over fences and all bar one were at trips shy of 3m; likely to get outstayed.

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11

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Gevrey

11st 7lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Versatile trip-wise, having been a strong-finishing fourth in the 2m4f Plate here last March, then runner-up in the Irish National (3m5f, soft); signs of further improvement when winning the Munster National in October but two pulled-up runs since temper enthusiasm for this task.

25/1

0

5

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Gevrey

11st 5lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Second to I Am Maximus in last year's Irish Grand National; won the Munster National at Limerick in October, but failed to complete his two races on either side of that, the Kerry National and the Troytown.

25/1

0

5

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Gevrey

11st 3lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Gordon Elliott

Second in last year's Irish National; stayed on best to land last month's Munster National; handles heavy ground but this looks tougher and an 8lb rise may be enough to anchor him.

8/1

28/1

  • Place: £6.50

Form: 280P35 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Knows what these sort of races are about but he's none too predictable and finished behind some of these in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham; would be a surprise winner.

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10th

17

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Defi Bleu

10st 9lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Gordon Elliott

Well held eighth in this last year in similar conditions and he unseated five out on his return last month so he may still need a run to get going; has place claims if he is fully tuned up but others are more solid.

25/1

0

7

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:15 Limerick

Defi Bleu

10st 12lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Gordon Elliott

Failed to win last season after starting the campaign with sixth placing in this event; showed good form on his final three starts; third to Coko Beach in 3m4f National Trial at Punchestown, fifth in the Kim Muir, and a battling third of six finishers in 27-runner Irish Grand National, 1 1/2l behind stablemate Gevrey.

12/1

3rd

20

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 5f 0y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Defi Bleu

10st 2lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Gordon Elliott

Knows what these sort of races are about but he's none too predictable and finished behind some of these in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham; would be a surprise winner.

28/1

40/1

  • Place: £7.40

Form: 13-127 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Best form on soft; three chase wins at about 2m5f in 2022 and that's probably more her trip; has to rate as a doubtful stayer over this far.

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5

28th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

16:50 Punchestown

Dolcita

11st 1lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Career best when fourth in the Irish National last time; fair to assume the improvement came from the step up in trip that day so she's probably vulnerable back at 2m5f.

11/1

4th

11

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 5f 0y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Dolcita

10st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Best form on soft; three chase wins at about 2m5f in 2022 and that's probably more her trip; has to rate as a doubtful stayer over this far.

40/1

7th

5

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Dolcita

11st 2lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Best form on soft; three chase wins at about 2m5f in 2022 but at a lesser level and she was again no real match for Jeremys Flame, who has improved since, at Thurles last February; looks to be flying too high in this company.

50/1

Form: -1443F

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Knows what big-field handicaps are all about, having won a Pertemps Qualifier last season and going close in the 28-runner Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown this Christmas; fell early back there a month ago; into unknown territory beyond 3m and, while he's won on soft ground, at this trip he wouldn't want it getting too wet.

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17th

31

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Panda Boy

10st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

Wore cheekpieces on last two starts when doing excellent late work to be second of 27 to Meetingofthewaters in a top handicap chase and fourth of 22 in a major handicap hurdle, both 3m at Leopardstown (soft; unproven on heavy); that suggested stamina reserves and his run in the 2023 Irish National (his only attempt beyond 3m) was creditable, albeit with four rivals moving away from him late on; not dismissed.

10/1

4th

5

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Panda Boy

11st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

soon prominent

7/1

2nd

15

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Panda Boy

11st 3lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield halfway, headway home turn, went third last, ran on well and went second final 110yds, no match for winner

13/2

Form: 8421U1

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Progressive mare with only six starts to her name over fences; travelling well when unseating two out in Punchestown's 3m4f trial for this and she went on to repel Stumptown in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham (3m2f, soft); Festival form has a habit of appearing on the winning CV and there's a lot in her favour; a must for the shortlist.

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4

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Angels Dawn

11st 11lb

J: Mr P A King

T: S Curling

11lb higher than when winning this by a neck last year (soft) but Festival form is a major plus and she reverted to fences with a fine third of 18 in the Thyestes at Gowran Park (3m1f, heavy) in January; showed promise on yielding ground last season; there's every chance she'll be in the shake-up.

8/1

3rd

13

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Angels Dawn

10st 11lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: S Curling

Won an Irish-dominated Kim Muir at Cheltenham last March (Dunboyne back in fourth, Royal Thief sixth) before finishing a remote sixth in the Irish Grand National; should be fully primed for this following two runs over hurdles.

11/2

7th

17

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 50y

13:42 Navan

Angels Dawn

10st 2lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: S Curling

Better known as a chaser, winning the 3m2f Kim Muir at Cheltenham last season; was a 31l runner-up on return over hurdles at Clonmel but should strip fitter today and is of interest off this attractive mark.

7/1

Form: 255-26

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Has contested the last three Cheltenham Gold Cups and history confirms you need to be at that level to threaten off a big weight in this race; any overnight rain will aid his cause no end and a test of this nature might suit him down to the ground; proven weight carrier; he goes on the shortlist.

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0

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Royale Pagaille

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Excelled at his ideal venue in the Betfair Chase (3m1f, soft) two months ago, showing career-best form and taking his Haydock record to 4-5; big player provided he's as effective back at Cheltenham (0-3 here, all Gold Cup defeats).

100/30

1st

4

25th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 1

15:00 Haydock

Royale Pagaille

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

The positives are the form of his stable and being well suited to Haydock, his career-best performances coming when winning the Peter Marsh Handicap here (3m1f, heavy/soft) in 2021 and 2022; however, he's never really threatened in Grade 1 races (well-beaten second in this two years ago).

8/1

Form: P5-551

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

A bit wet behind the ears and found the ground too fast when tailed off in this two years ago; it's been a rocky road since then but his fifth in the Thyestes was encouraging (made minor errors) and you could only be impressed by how he won at Naas (3m, soft); has to contend with an 11lb hit for that but could still have a career-best in him.

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5

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 160y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Espanito Bello

11st 4lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

didn't jump with fluency, prominent early, slow jump and lost position 1st, soon dropped to last, weakened 9th, pulled up 10th

16/1

2

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 174y

16:37 Naas

Espanito Bello

11st 9lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

Loves it around here, five wins include this race last year (off 140) and valuable Brown Lad Hurdle on seasonal debut in November; on the retreat when unseating at the last in Thyestes and none too fluent when third in Grade 3 Newlands Chase over inadequate 2m back here last month; more needed but return to best trip to suit.

8/1

3rd

4

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:55 Naas

Espanito Bello

11st 1lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

Effectively mixed hurdling with chasing last year; course specialist, 5-8 here, including the Leinster National last March and the Brown Lad Hurdle on seasonal debut; hurdling technique deserted him at Navan; got tired and made mistakes in the Thyestes, unseated at the last; needs to get his campaign back on track.

6/1

Form: 2-2154

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Has plenty of experience over fences for a 6yo; conditions were good when winning the 3m Kerry National in September and again when fifth in Newbury's November handicap; 2m4f too sharp the last time (Grade 2) but, while he handles soft ground, such conditions are likely to stretch him over this far; blinkers return.

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14

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Busselton

11st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Has run creditably in a variety of competitive races but his last win came in the Kerry National (3m, good) in October 2022 and he has rarely been at his best over the last 12 months; could do with the ground drying out.

40/1

7

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Busselton

10st 11lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Tough and consistent at his best; won the Kerry National in 2022 and produced his best performance in a while when sixth in the Paddy Power here at Christmas; could come on again for that and might not be far away.

14/1

Form: 5-1142 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

2-5 over fences and his two standout performances have been at Cheltenham, coming home in isolation in a 3m novice there in October (rivals clearly below form) and latterly finishing second in the 3m6f National Hunt Chase on soft ground he could have done without; it might be a similar scenario here but has all the attributes for a race of this nature.

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24

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Chemical Energy

10st 9lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Second in the 3m6f NH Chase at Cheltenham (soft; unproven on heavy) last March; however, he pulled up after bad blunders in the Irish National next time and was again none too fluent when below-form sixth of 17 in the Kerry National in September on his only start this season; it's not been a copybook build-up.

40/1

6th

4

20th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

16:25 Listowel

Chemical Energy

11st 4lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Is 2-6 over fences, wins achieved in a 2m1f beginners' event here 12 months ago and in a poorly contested Cheltenham event; chance in a race of this nature is signposted by his second placing in the 3m6f National Hunt Chase; effectively lost his chance in the Irish Grand National with a bad mistake five out.

10/1

Form: 412314

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Flashes of good form as a hurdler and even better over fences (2-6), posting his best-yet RPR of 152 when fourth in the 3m1f Ultima at Cheltenham (soft); stamina looks the burning issue, as he jumped to the front two out that day but finished with a bit of a whimper.

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8

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

The Goffer

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a big handicap chase at Leopardstown last season and campaigned with credit in similar contests this season; looked like playing a hand in the Grand National before failing to stay; could be a player here.

7/1

13th

27

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

The Goffer

10st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

Best form when fourth in major handicaps at Cheltenham (3m1f) and Sandown (3m4f) last spring, albeit not seeing those races out nearly as well as those ahead; underperforming this term, capitulating badly from the home turn when 34l fifth back at Cheltenham (heavy) latest, so he probably does not have what it takes in this.

66/1

5th

6

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

The Goffer

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Cracking fourth in this race last year (soft) when giving best only after the last; may have had some breathing issues as he's been tongue tied since September, when making steady late headway in the Kerry National (3m, yielding to soft); he was rested after a lesser effort at Limerick next time but won a race for stable staff on his return last month and is primed for a big run off 2lb lower than 12 months ago.

6/1

Form: 1-1F11

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Very smart hurdler (Grade 2 Boyne winner last season) and going the right way over fences after claiming Grade 3 novice honours at about 3m on his last two starts (awarded the first by the stewards); not bred for a test of this nature but gives the impression that he stays all day and horses with his profile have a cracking record in this.

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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

Form: 2-1FF5

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Ran moderately after a break last time (Grade 2) and stamina for this far is a complete unknown having not yet completed a race beyond 2m5f; was on the retreat when falling in the 3m Kerry National two starts back.

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14th

19

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Fire Attack

10st 0lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual winning chaser for Joseph O'Brien; soundly beaten in two chases for Gordon Elliott and very hard to make a case for at present; 2lb wrong.

66/1

8th

1

26th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

Fire Attack

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

led, headed and raced in second before 2nd

14/1

9th

5

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 100y

14:17 Navan

Fire Attack

11st 0lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

led, not fluent 5th, headed before 3 out, soon lost position

16/1

Form: -1P3P0 C

Last run: 65 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Still a novice when finishing a respectable seventh in this 12 months ago and a strong suspicion that this has been the plan ever since, especially after prepping over hurdles two months ago; one to bear in mind in first-time cheekpieces.

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2

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 4f 165y

18:20 Downpatrick

Max Flamingo

11st 9lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: Francis Casey

towards rear, mistake and unseated 7th

20/1

15th

18

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Max Flamingo

10st 12lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: Francis Casey

13th in this last year; struggling for form over fences and hurdles since and was pulled up in the Coral Gold Cup when last seen; lower hurdle mark should be a help but others hold stronger claims in a deep race here.

33/1

Form: F-F5P1 C

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

His return to form at Leopardstown (2m5f, yielding) came out of the blue and it was hard work at the finish; prone to mistakes and unproven over this far, though was declared for this 12 months ago only to be withdrawn (lame).

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15th

20

2nd Aug 2023

Soft

2m 6f 111y

18:40 Galway

Lieutenant Command

10st 0lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Noel Meade

towards rear

25/1

6th

3

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 50y

19:05 Punchestown

Lieutenant Command

10st 12lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

prominent, left in second 9th

9/2

12

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 5f 0y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Lieutenant Command

10st 7lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

His return to form at Leopardstown (2m5f, yielding) came out of the blue and it was hard work at the finish; prone to mistakes and unproven over this far, though was declared for this 12 months ago only to be withdrawn (lame).

25/1

Form: 1-3224

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Has only won a 3m maiden hurdle in the mud; beaten four times over fences and, while the opposition has been respectable each time, he never posed much of a threat when raised in distance to the 3m6f of the National Hunt Chase; only a 6yo and this might be a year too early for him.

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13

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 5f 0y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Tenzing

10st 7lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Has only won a 3m maiden hurdle in the mud; beaten four times over fences and, while the opposition has been respectable each time, he never posed much of a threat when raised in distance to the 3m6f of the National Hunt Chase; only a 6yo and this might be a year too early for him.

14/1

4th

9

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Tenzing

11st 7lb

J: Mr N McParlan

T: W P Mullins

3m win in the mud only hurdles run; placed against notable rivals this term in three beginners chases and stayed on well over 3m on last two occasions but 10l adrift of today's rival Mahler Mission latest (soft to heavy); very lightly raced, the best still to come from him, but he needs a jolt of improvement.

16/1

2nd

8

21st Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:52 Navan

Tenzing

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

prominent and disputing second early, lost position but in touch with leaders after 4th, pressed leaders before 10th, went third from 4 out, soon pushed along, ridden when went second but no chance with winner 2 out, kept on

3/1

Form: 1-13U3 C

Last run: 71 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Late withdrawal from the 3m Grade 1 at Cheltenham; point/hurdle winner and off the mark at the first attempt over fences (2m5f); best form yet when third in a 3m1f Grade 3 at Naas (soft) and he was knocked off his stride late on in finishing behind Thedevilscoachman; not yet exposed, gives the impression that he'll stay all day and his prominent style of running suits this race; interesting.

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5th

10

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Amirite

11st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Pulled up when favourite for Irish National last April and hasn't really threatened on either run this season; however, those were still fair efforts (3m1f/3m) and his saddle slipped when he was fourth at Cheltenham in October; remains lightly raced and may yet have more to offer for top Irish yard.

11/2

5th

18

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Amirite

11st 1lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, some headway home turn, ran on from last, not reach leaders

8/1

Form: 3-34UP

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 3lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Needs to bounce back from a couple of quiet runs but she's finished third and fourth on her two previous starts over C&D so, unlike many of her rivals, has no stamina concerns; whether she'll be good enough is another matter.

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0

14

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 130y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Fairyhill Run

10st 5lb

J: Daniel King

T: John Patrick Ryan

in touch with leaders, lost position and dropped to midfield before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

25/1

0

9

5th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 4f 0y

15:15 Cork

Fairyhill Run

10st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: John Patrick Ryan

led, headed and prominent after 3rd, led again 14th, headed and ridden after 3 out, weakened quickly before 2 out, pulled up approaching last

14/1

2nd

9

23rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 6f 0y

16:30 Listowel

Fairyhill Run

10st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: John Patrick Ryan

Formerly smart but has looked out of touch for a while now and others are much safer.

20/1

Form: 2U10P6 CD

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Stamina got him home in the Porterstown over C&D (soft) earlier this season but there's been nothing to crow about in the meantime; returning here can only be a good thing and the more rain overnight the better his chance; others still appeal more.

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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

Form: -44210 C

Last run: 64 days

W: 10st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Only beaten seven lengths in the 2020 Gold Cup; plenty of water has passed under the bridge since that career-high moment but he bagged the valuable Paddy Power Chase at Christmas (3m, yielding) and dropping back to 2m5f was always likely to find him out back there in February; never raced over this far but he could see it out.

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3rd

23

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Real Steel

10st 10lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

towards rear, headway but still plenty to do home turn, ran on well from last, went third towards finish

20/1

5th

9

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Real Steel

10st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: E McNamara

Not the force of old in form terms but prevailing by a short head in a top 3m handicap chase at Leopardstown last Christmas was easily his biggest payday; ran creditably in a Grade 3 four weeks ago and has a chance even on that form, but this is his first run over hurdles since 2018.

16/1

6th

9

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:15 Limerick

Real Steel

10st 8lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Won an ultra-competitive Paddy Power at Leopardstown last December; well held in Leopardstown Chase won by The Goffer, pulled up in Irish Grand National; beaten 20l in fourth behind Mars Harper at Listowel.

14/1

Form: 26P74P BF

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Won a valuable 2m5f handicap chase at last season's Dublin Racing Festival; that's always looked his optimum trip and he's not lasted home in his previous handicaps at about 3m; has even further to go this time.

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4

12th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 0y

16:30 Killarney

Birchdale

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: E Bolger

Best form over 2m5f at Leopardstown where he won at the 2022 Dublin Racing Festival and was a creditable third behind Brideswell Lad two months ago; ran out of steam in the closing stages of the La Touche at Punchestown ten days ago and was pulled up.

13/2

3

2nd May 2024

Yielding

4m 1f 11y

16:50 Punchestown

Birchdale

11st 12lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: E Bolger

Best form over 2m5f at Leopardstown where he won at the 2022 Dublin Racing Festival and was a creditable third two months ago; beat the veteran course specialist Vital Island over 3m here last November; Enda Bolger has won this race 14 times as a trainer.

5/1

Form: F-8004

Last run: 50 days

W: 10st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Beaten under 10l in this 12 months ago and warmed up for another crack with an encouraging fourth in Punchestown's valuable trial over 3m4f (yielding), having gone into that race after three months away; makes some each-way appeal.

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7th

2

21st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 70y

16:33 Cork

Champagne Platinum

11st 11lb

J: Luke Donnelly

T: E Bolger

Pulled up in the National trial at Punchestown last month but he had bounced back to form winning over hurdles on his penultimate outing and he handles this ground; feasibly treated on old form.

8/1

Form: -4180U C

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Won his novice here last season (2m5f) and added a 2m6f Punchestown handicap in November; decent run behind Real Steel over Christmas (3m) but let down by his jumping since then; leaving the blinkers off (sported the last twice) could help in that respect but he's well down the pecking order.

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4th

4

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Farceur Du Large

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Had some smart form in Ireland before losing his way and changing hands for £16,000; kicked off for Jamie Snowden in winning two military races for amateurs at Sandown (3m, soft) and the horses he beat on both occasions have won handicaps subsequently; didn't get home on heavy in the Midlands National here but ran well enough for long enough to believe he's still in good form.

13/2

5th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Farceur Du Large

11st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Had some smart form in Ireland before losing his way and changing hands for £16,000; a feather in Jamie Snowden's cap to have got him back on track with two 3m soft-ground wins at Sandown; those were military races for amateurs and yet the form has substance with the horses he beat on both occasions subsequently winning handicaps; probably on a good mark and he wasn't in form when pulled up in last season's Irish National on his only previous crack at a marathon trip; effective on heavy.

12/1

1st

1

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:05 Sandown

Farceur Du Large

12st 10lb

J: Maj Will Kellard

T: Jamie Snowden

Ex-Noel Meade; £16,000 buy last August and surged back to his best form at the first time of asking for his new connections, winning the Grand Military Gold Cup over C&D (soft) three weeks ago under Major Will Kellard, a race in which Fil D'Ariane was about 15l back in third (same weights as today) and Broken Halo unseated before push came to shove; solid chance.

5/4

Form: 32-163 C

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

2-9 over fences; outran his odds of 33-1 to be close up in the Bobbyjo here (3m1f, yielding) but that form looks a tad dubious; all his previous form was over shorter and others can see this out better.

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6th

6

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 4f 165y

18:20 Downpatrick

Now Where Or When

11st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: S R B Crawford

prominent, went second after 2nd, lost ground after 10th

20/1

9th

12

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Now Where Or When

10st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

His profile is patchy but a case can be made on his best form, which was a cracking third in a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse (3m1f, yielding) last February; faced tough task when respectable 24l fourth of five at Down Royal (3m2f, soft) last month and is not a forlorn hope now back in a handicap.

25/1

4th

7

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Now Where Or When

11st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: S R B Crawford

prominent, led 10th, headed before 2 out, weakened approaching last

14/1

Form: 1-93UP

Last run: 74 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Won a competitive 3m handicap chase at last season's Punchestown festival and not without hope if repeating his third in October's Munster National; however, he'll need to find greater fluency than he has the last twice.

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4th

1

25th Apr 2024

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

17:15 Wexford

Donkey Years

12st 0lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

in touch with leaders early, jumped slightly right 3rd, towards rear when slow jump 5th

6/1

Form: P-F599

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Former winner of the Kim Muir at Cheltenham but has been going nowhere for a while now and looks risky in new headgear.

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10th

8

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 7f 0y

15:10 Punchestown

Milan Native

10st 9lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Former winner of the Kim Muir at Cheltenham; has been out of sorts and makes no appeal; jumped badly when pulled-up in the Irish Grand National.

33/1

27

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 5f 0y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Milan Native

10st 0lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Gordon Elliott

Former winner of the Kim Muir at Cheltenham but has been going nowhere for a while now and looks risky in new headgear.

100/1

9th

7

12th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 126y

16:52 Naas

Milan Native

11st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

pushed along briefly, prominent, disputed lead after 2nd, headed before 7th, disputed lead after 8th, briefly headed before 5 out, ridden when joined after 3 out, headed and weakened before 2 out, well beaten when badly hampered by faller 2 out

25/1

Form: 941144 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Earns respect for beating Mahler Mission (unlucky not to win the National Hunt Chase) earlier in the season and has gone on to better things, winning a 2m5f novice here and posting career-best figures when fourth in a Navan handicap over a trip just shy of 3m last time; likeable attitude, promises to stay this far and could go well.

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3rd

7

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 55y

16:50 Punchestown

Must Be Obeyed

10st 12lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Sound jumping mare from the front at her best; ran okay behind Ardera Ru at Fairyhouse but a lot more is needed here.

33/1

2nd

15

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Must Be Obeyed

10st 3lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Thomas Gibney

Sound-jumping front-running mare; not at her best this season but an improved effort at Fairyhouse last time; goes on the ground and could go well.

20/1

4th

4

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 120y

15:20 Fairyhouse

Must Be Obeyed

11st 2lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

mounted in chute, raced wide, led narrowly or disputed lead early, raced in second from 3rd, lost second but prominent after 6th, went second again after 11th, led again 12th

6/1

Form: 537112 BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Looked good at Thurles (2m5f, yielding) and even better at Sandown (3m, good) before narrowly failing to justify favouritism in Cheltenham's Kim Muir (3m2f, soft), getting to within a neck of Angels Dawn; was conceding 4lb to the winner and this sound jumper looks tailor-made for a race like this; seriously considered.

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1st

2

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 90y

14:30 Punchestown

Stumptown

12st 7lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Went very close in last season's Kim Muir; disappointed in this year's Ultima, but has performed well in two other Cheltenham appearances, winning in January and third in a 3m2f handicap just over a fortnight ago; bumped by a loose horse and unseated before five out in the La Touche.

6/1

2

2nd May 2024

Yielding

4m 1f 11y

16:50 Punchestown

Stumptown

12st 7lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Went very close in last season's Kim Muir; disappointed in this year's Ultima, but has performed well in two other Cheltenham appearances, winning in January and third in a 3m2f handicap just over a fortnight ago; rated 10lb inferior to Coko Beach but capable of a big run if taking to this track.

100/30

3rd

1

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Stumptown

12st 2lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Disappointed at the Cheltenham Festival last month but his win here (3m1f, heavy) on New Year's Day was a very good performance and he'll be fine on today's faster ground; major player if back on song.

9/2

Form: 2420PP C

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

In a good run of form when second to stablemate Punitive in the Porterstown over C&D in early December but seems to have lost his way and was pulled up only last week.

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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

OUR TIP

Form: 2-571P

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

First reserve; last campaign was a good one, culminating with a second to Hewick in Sandown's big end-of-season finale (3m5f); won at Exeter in February but ran no race in the Kim Muir and hard to fancy on the back of that.

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3rd

2

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:35 Exeter

Musical Slave

11st 6lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Inconsistent in recent seasons and his stamina for 3m6f on heavy ground is not copper-bottomed but he runs this track well and is well handicapped on form as recent as the autumn; can't be ruled out.

13/2

Form: 81PP55

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

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

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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.

Form: -F5FPF C

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Third reserve; she stays well but is very opposable on this season's exploits and jumping is becoming an issue.

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7th

15

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 4f 165y

18:20 Downpatrick

Regina Dracones

10st 3lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

prominent, slow jump and lost ground 11th, slow jump 5 out

20/1

11

21st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 70y

16:33 Cork

Regina Dracones

10st 8lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Not seen in this sphere since 2021 and arrives on the back of two poor runs at Punchestown.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta €2875.00
Straight Forecast €2252.90
Tricast €60106.40
Trifecta €103539.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Amirite

RP Ratings (IRE):

Stumptown

POSTDATA:

Chemical Energy

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Thedevilscoachman

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