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16:15 Punchestown

Yielding To Soft

Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final

  • Prize money: £39159.29
  • 2m 3f 180y
  • 13 runners
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Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series Final

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

15/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.50
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 7-2133 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Both wins have come at this track, including 2m6f maiden earlier this term; fine efforts in defeat in Grade 1 staying novices last two starts, going close over 3m in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham last time; dropping in trip not ideal but soft ground will make it a test.

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4th

5

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 213y

18:00 Punchestown

Sandor Clegane

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

Last year's Albert Bartlett third is 0-4 chasing this season but smart level of form, including 10l second to Embassy Gardens in Grade 3 at Naas and when fourth to Fact To File in Brown Advisory at same venue last month, still novicey in jumping; more needed and jumping has to be more fluent at this level.

10/1

5

13th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Sandor Clegane

11st 7lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

Third to Stay Away Fay in last year's Albert Bartlett at big odds; yet to match that level in three runs over fences, brushed aside by Embassy Gardens when wearing first-time tongue-tie (retained here) at Naas 45 days ago; return to this track needs to bring about serious improvement.

16/1

2nd

6

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

14:45 Naas

Sandor Clegane

11st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

led on inner, reduced lead halfway, steadied 11th, headed last, soon went clear with winner, no extra final 110yds

10/1

33/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 423F13

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Improving mare off the mark over hurdles in Leopardstown novice before even better effort in defeat in Limerick mares' conditions hurdle, both over 2m; stays this trip but has plenty to find.

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12

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Della Casa Lunga

11st 1lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Clive Boultbee-Brooks

took keen hold, prominent, led after 2nd, not fluent 5th, headed before 5 out, weakened gradually after 4 out

16/1

1st

1

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 174y

Class 3

15:40 Ludlow

Della Casa Lunga

12st 0lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Clive Boultbee-Brooks

Stays 3m so was positively ridden back over 2m5f here (soft) three weeks ago and kept rolling to collect by 8l; that warranted a 6lb rise and Cameron Iles claims 7lb; much respected.

2/1

1st

4

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 3

15:20 Ludlow

Della Casa Lunga

11st 8lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Clive Boultbee-Brooks

Ex-Irish; easily the best of four runs for this yard came when second of five at Kempton (3m, good to soft) on penultimate start; tailed off in cheekpieces over that same C&D on latest; others look more solid.

16/1

5/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 2-211 CD

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point' winner got off the mark over hurdles over C&D in February and stepped-up on that form to take a Navan novice over 2m6f last time; improving type is ground versatile and is one to take seriously.

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5

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Senior Chief

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, brief headway 5 out, not fluent 4 out, soon weakened, eased when hampered by faller 3 out, soon pulled up

10/1

1st

7

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 182y

14:05 Punchestown

Senior Chief

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent on outer, joined leaders going okay home turn, ridden towards near side before last, switched right and ran on to lead after last, pushed out

2/5

2nd

8

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 0f 0y

15:05 Navan

Senior Chief

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, bumped 7th, went second 10th, pressed leader on inner 11th

4/1

Form: -13116 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Has come a long way this season; won a Fairyhouse bumper, maiden hurdle here and a Naas novice, all over 2m; was well below form in a Grade 2 novice at Fairyhouse last time but has a shout if bouncing back to form over this longer trip.

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13th

3

4th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 11y

17:00 Galway

Nucky Johnson

11st 9lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

Showed useful form last Autumn, particularly when landing a Naas novice hurdle before a below-par effort in Grade 2 company; bounced back when fourth in strong looking contest at Punchestown 100 days ago and could figure on handicap debut.

14/1

Form: 22143

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Consistent sort won a Listowel bumper last September and wasn't disgraced on hurdling debut behind Della Casa Lunga at Leopardstown; however, has loads of improvement to find.

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11th

8

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 58y

15:05 Punchestown

My Gaffer

11st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: John Patrick Ryan

Winner of a Listowel bumper and Limerick maiden hurdle; fourth in a Navan Grade 3 novice in November but made little impact in two handicap runs in December.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: -13215 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Comfortably beat Sandor Clegane and Nucky Johnson in a Galway maiden hurdle (2m) on seasonal debut; was then just denied by Inthepocket in a Naas Grade 2 before winning a Fairyhouse novice, both over this trip; might not have stayed 3m in the Albert Bartlett and the drop back to this trip should suit.

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3rd

8

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 213y

18:00 Punchestown

Three Card Brag

11st 10lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

138-rated hurdler last term and already holds a 147 rating over fences after two starts, chasing home Corbetts Cross at Fairyhouse and no match for Monty's Star over C&D on New Year's Eve; back from a break here with cheekpieces tried and a bit to prove.

14/1

2nd

6

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 173y

12:45 Punchestown

Three Card Brag

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, led, mistake 3rd, joined 4th, clear with one other before 9th, pushed along when joined after 3 out, headed 2 out, soon ridden, no extra approaching last, no match for winner

11/10

2nd

12

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 110y

11:45 Fairyhouse

Three Card Brag

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped left on occasions, led, ridden when faced challenge before last, kept on well but headed towards finish

5/1

Form: 233 BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Has run to a similar level when placed on all three of his maiden hurdle tries and can win one in time; however, he is facing some higher quality opposition today.

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6th

1

29th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 156y

15:01 Galway

Free Flowing

11st 10lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Norman Lee

Placed on all three maiden hurdle outings last March/April; out of his depth in a conditions race at the Punchestown festival; course maiden winner over a shorter trip on seasonal debut; same 7lb-claiming rider now; trip should not be a problem.

6/1

1st

2

3rd Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 160y

13:50 Galway

Free Flowing

11st 12lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Norman Lee

took keen hold early, prominent, went third before 5th, ridden and challenging after 2 out, led narrowly run-in, kept on well

10/1

7th

7

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 180y

16:15 Punchestown

Free Flowing

11st 3lb

J: Robbie Geoghegan

T: Norman Lee

Has run to a similar level when placed on all three of his maiden hurdle tries and can win one in time; however, he is facing some higher quality opposition today.

33/1

Form: 242206

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner in 2021 has been runner-up four times in maiden hurdles, while was a solid sixth last time; has a lot on her plate in this company.

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No Results Found

Form: 55542

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Has run respectably in maiden and novice hurdles without winning and can win one of those in time but faces some stiff opposition today.

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10th

12

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Fine Margin

10st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Eight-race maiden under rules; has to put a poor run at the Dublin Racing Festival behind him but he'd previously finished second in a competitive race at Haydock (3m, good to soft; Bold Endeavour fifth, Lord Snootie sixth) in November on his first start for Willie Mullins; may still be unexposed and arrives here fresh after missing Cheltenham.

12/1

14

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Fine Margin

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

pulled up before last

5/1

Form: 909P89

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Has been well beaten in bumpers and maiden hurdles and has a lot to find.

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5th

6

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 76y

17:45 Clonmel

Grand Rouge

11st 4lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: James M Barcoe

Showed little in maiden hurdles and similar story following a year off on his handicap debut (3m) a fortnight ago; may come on for that but best run came on quicker ground and possibly gearing up for a summer campaign.

20/1

10th

10

4th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 7f 180y

16:50 Naas

Grand Rouge

11st 6lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: James M Barcoe

Not shown a lot so far and off since last April; handicap bow and first run over 3m.

25/1

Form: 362452

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Maiden after five starts over hurdles but has run well several times; however, needs to step hugely to take this; blinkers added.

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9

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 180y

16:15 Punchestown

Iks Man

11st 3lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

Maiden after five starts over hurdles but has run well several times; however, needs to step hugely to take this; blinkers added.

66/1

2nd

6

31st Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 150y

16:10 Wexford

Iks Man

11st 8lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Terence O’Brien

prominent, pushed along disputing second before 2 out, not fluent last, rallied and went second towards finish, no match for winner

100/30

5th

7

2nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 2f 152y

16:25 Clonmel

Iks Man

11st 4lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Terence O’Brien

Point-to-point winner; second in 2m3f Limerick auction maiden hurdle after Christmas; let down by his jumping when favourite at Gowran; should go close if restored to best form

5/1

Form: -11P76

Last run: 74 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Won Bangor bumper and Limerick maiden hurdle last year but well below that level in her last three starts; has plenty to find.

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11

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 180y

16:15 Punchestown

Rocco Bay

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Peter Fahey

Won Bangor bumper and Limerick maiden hurdle last year but well below that level in her last three starts; has plenty to find.

66/1

6th

6

11th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 3f 0y

13:40 Naas

Rocco Bay

11st 3lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Peter Fahey

Followed up a Bangor mares' bumper win with a maiden hurdle success at Limerick early in the season but shown nothing twice winter; has a bit to find too; wears first-time hood.

20/1

7th

6

18th Dec 2022

Frozen

1m 7f 111y

14:14 Thurles

Rocco Bay

10st 11lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Peter Fahey

Finished third behind Pink in the Park in a Listowel bumper before winning a Limerick maiden hurdle; pulled up over 2m4f last time out in very testing conditions; needs to bounce back here.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta €275.00
Straight Forecast €277.00
Tricast €851.20
Trifecta €1157.00

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Sandor Clegane

SPOTLIGHT:

Three Card Brag

POSTDATA:

Three Card Brag

TOPSPEED:

Sandor Clegane

The Irish Sun:

Sandor Clegane