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18:35 Punchestown

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Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £65265.49
  • 3m 0f 60y
  • 6 runners
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Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase (Grade 1)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.90

Form: 23412

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point-to-point winner in November for Ellmarie Holden has been quite highly tried and made quick strides; placed in bumpers, won Limerick maiden hurdle and most recently fared really well on chasing debut against much more experienced rivals in Grade 3 at Cork over this trip, jumping well in the main and battling on well for second behind a ready winner; things don't get any easier here but trip/ground to suit and surely has improvement in him.

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

2nd

2

3rd Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 210y

15:35 Galway

Feronily

11st 6lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Emmet Mullins

raced in third, switched left after 6th, niggled along briefly after 4 out, pressed leaders when slightly hampered and stumbled 2 out, steadied last, soon outpaced and ridden briefly, kept on and went second towards finish, no match for winner

4/11

1st

3

25th Apr 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 60y

18:35 Punchestown

Feronily

11st 10lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Emmet Mullins

jumped well, led, headed and raced in second after 2nd, led again after 6th, ridden after 2 out, reduced lead but kept on well run-in

5/1

7/2

  • Place: £2.00

Form: -11343 C

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Top-class novice hurdler 2020/21 season missed most of last season before making impressive start over fences in 2m beginners here in December, making all; followed up in minor Naas contest but has met with defeat three times since, including when hold-up tactics employed in Turners at Cheltenham and early this month at Fairyhouse when tending to jump and hang left in 2m4f Grade 1 (staying on); tongue tie now tried and first attempt at 3m under Rules; Townend remains loyal.

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

5th

1

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 213y

17:25 Punchestown

Appreciate It

11st 10lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

jumped left on occasions, towards rear

33/1

2nd

4

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 160y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Appreciate It

11st 4lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

midfield early, headway on near side of group 4 out, joined leaders going okay before 3 out, led narrowly after 3 out, headed after 2 out, weakened run-in, no match for winner

11/4

3rd

3

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 35y

13:35 Thurles

Appreciate It

11st 3lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Top-class novice hurdler in 2020/21 season; career interrupted before resuming last season with two chase wins against modest opposition; failed to score in four Grade 1 attempts; emerged with reputation enhanced with front-running effort to split Fastorslow and Galopin Des Champs in the John Durkan; failed to replicate that form in the Savills at Leopardstown.

8/1

Form: 2/1664

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Grade 1-placed hurdler in France also finished second in Grade 1 Stayers' Hurdle at this meeting two years ago; emerged from guts of two year's absence for successful chasing debut at Fairyhouse (2m5f, soft) in January before pitched into Grade 1 company when safely held three times, including plenty keen in Turners at Cheltenham and faded from two out in 2m4f at Fairyhouse (Sir Gerhard & Appreciate It ahead); another stiff task awaits here.

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

1

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

James Du Berlais

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

disputed lead early, pressed leaders when fell heavily 5 out

100/30

2nd

2

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

James Du Berlais

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Faded into seventh behind Shakem Up'arry in the Plate at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last month, having travelled well; however, that's not the first time he's weakened up the Cheltenham hill and an each-way case can be made on his Irish handicap form this winter (3m/2m5f, soft/yielding to soft).

9/1

7th

1

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

James Du Berlais

12st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Made a successful switch to fences in early 2023; Grade 1 races generally asked too much of him subsequently although he was anything but disgraced when sixth in the Turners (soft) over C&D last March; in the frame in valuable Leopardstown handicaps since Christmas over 3m (soft) and 2m5f (yielding to soft) but will need more to win this.

12/1

Form: 21P3-1 C

Last run: 150 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 7yo won maiden hurdle here last season and ended campaign with decent second (demoted to third) in 2m4f conditions event at this meeting; reappeared in November for successful chasing debut in 2m4f Gowran beginners, showing good attitude when drawing away from an odds-on stablemate on run-in (pair clear); shapes as though he'll relish 3m and could well have a lot more to offer at this trip.

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

1

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Classic Getaway

12st 0lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Lightly raced 8yo who won a Listed chase at Thurles (2m6f, yielding) in November before Grade 3 second at Tramore (2m7f, heavy); made mistakes when pulled up in Leopardstown handicap in February and 3m2f stretched him last time, but he has a lofty mark to defy even if bouncing back.

16/1

3rd

3

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Classic Getaway

11st 4lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

pressed leaders, led after 4th, pressed leader when headed 10th, pressed winner before 2 out, 4 lengths down last, weakened run-in

6/4

2

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Classic Getaway

11st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

prominent early, bad mistake and lost ground quickly 4th, midfield when not fluent 7th, soon eased and pulled up

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 7-F121

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Decent novice hurdler is proving a better chaser this season, twice successful over 2m4f at Naas including last month in Grade 3 novice, making all and toughing it out well from the last; in between good second to subsequent Cheltenham Grade 2 winner Impervious in 2m4f Grade 3 novice here; jumping still novicey and unproven over this far but progressing nicely.

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

7th

9

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 213y

17:25 Punchestown

Journey With Me

11st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

took keen hold, never better than midfield

20/1

1st

2

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 160y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Journey With Me

11st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

soon prominent behind clear leader, not fluent 5th, went second and pressed leader 5 out, joined leaders before 3 out, led and ridden after 2 out, stayed on, pushed out

5/1

3rd

2

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 90y

16:23 Navan

Journey With Me

11st 6lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

raced wide, took keen hold, towards rear but in touch with leaders, headway and went third when not fluent 2 out, kept on but no chance with winner after last

2/1

Form: 13-192

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

High-class performer won two Grade 1 novice hurdles last season; ready debut chase winner at Gowran in January but didn't jump well and faded tamely in Brown Advisory (3m) at Cheltenham; much better form when second to stablemate Flame Bearer in 2m4f Grade 1 at Fairyhouse recently although didn't exactly look to be crying out for a return to this trip.

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

4th

3

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 45y

18:00 Punchestown

Sir Gerhard

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders

20/1

3rd

8

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:10 Sandown

Sir Gerhard

11st 4lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

towards rear, in touch with leaders 4th, good headway and led narrowly 2 out, headed approaching last, no extra and lost second run-in

8/1

1st

1

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Cork

Sir Gerhard

11st 7lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, disputed lead early, led narrowly from 1st, headed and raced in second before 2nd, not fluent 5th

4/9

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Payout
Exacta €314.00
Straight Forecast €321.00
Trifecta €1850.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Classic Getaway

RP Ratings (IRE):

Appreciate It

TOPSPEED:

Classic Getaway

The Irish Sun:

Classic Getaway

POSTDATA:

Appreciate It