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19:05 Punchestown

Yielding To Soft

HSS Hire Handicap Chase (Grade A)

  • Prize money: £52212.39
  • 2m 5f 50y
  • 9 runners
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HSS Hire Handicap Chase (Grade A)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £20.80
  • Place: £3.00

Form: 211300 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Three-time scorer as a novice last year who has faced stiff tasks in competitive handicaps this term, including decent third at Cheltenham; never sighted after being hampered in Topham at Aintree on latest; ideally wants better ground; 1lb wrong.

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

10th

12

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Hereditary Rule

10st 9lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: John C McConnell

Four-time winner over fences, including an impressive success in this race last year; completely out of form since but back down to a mark just 6lb higher than last year; watch the market.

25/1

13/2

  • Place: £3.60

Form: P1-752 CD

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Defied top-weight off a mark of 160 in this race last year and has been lightly campaigned this term, well beaten in three starts in Graded company, remote last of 2 finishers at Fairyhouse on latest when jumping was poor; clearly needs a revival in fortunes and hard to be confident in at the age of 11.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 160y

17:25 Punchestown

Royal Rendezvous

12st 0lb

J: Mr B Dunleavy

T: Mrs Caroline McCaldin

Ex-Willie Mullins, best known for winning the 2021 Galway Plate; also beat Hardline in a 2m4f Grade 2 event at Gowran later that year; won a valuable handicap chase at this meeting two years ago, second in the same race last season; tailed off at Portrush in March on first start for Caroline McCaldin, may have needed that, and perhaps premature to write off.

12/1

2nd

1

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 50y

19:05 Punchestown

Royal Rendezvous

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

jumped right on occasions, prominent, led 2nd, not fluent 10th, headed after 3 out, pushed along and lost second after 2 out, ridden and went second again run-in, no match for winner

13/2

2nd

3

10th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Royal Rendezvous

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Was getting 4lb from Easy Game when beating that rival in the 2021 Galway Plate and landed Gowran Grade 2 on his next start; won a Punchestown festival handicap under a welter burden last year but well beaten both starts this term.

13/2

10/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 2-2302 C

Last run: 66 days

W: 10st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Three-time hurdles winner (including here) and good second in 3m handicap here in February; 0-9 chasing but has kept good company on occasions; handicapper relenting but remains opposable.

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0

2

30th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 90y

17:40 Bellewstown

Gallant John Joe

11st 11lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

in touch with leaders

25/1

0

6

5th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 108y

14:30 Galway

Gallant John Joe

11st 2lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Lightly-raced veteran and has come back quite well from a long period on the sidelines; good second in a staying handicap hurdle at Punchestown in February and again in a 3m conditions hurdle at Cork last month; goes on any ground and should give a good account.

14/1

2nd

5

14th Jul 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

19:35 Cork

Gallant John Joe

11st 0lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

prominent, ridden after 3 out, chased clear leader 2 out, ridden and headway run-in, no impression towards finish

8/1

Form: 2P9PU3 D

Last run: 52 days

W: 10st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Twice a winner as a novice chaser last season before good efforts in competitive handicap hurdles; best effort over fences for some time when third to Lieutenant Command over this trip at Leopardstown last month under a positive ride and in first-time blinkers; 6lb better off with that rival here so every chance.

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

10th

7

8th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Ilikedwayurthinkin

11st 9lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Very useful hurdler/chaser in his prime but he struggled in final few starts in Ireland and it's been the same story so far for this yard; mark continues to fall but this 10yo needs a major revival back up in trip.

25/1

Form: -30PPF

Last run: 80 days

W: 10st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Not a great strike rate although came home well when fourth to stablemate Royal Rendezvous in this race last year (off 135); out of form so far this season however, mistakes before taking a fall at Leopardstown on latest; cheekpieces worn of late now discarded and hard to fancy on recent evidence.

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

4th

7

14th May 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 2f 0y

16:55 Killarney

Egality Mans

10st 11lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: W P Mullins

Has seemingly been out of form over fences this season, only completing three out of his six starts; latest effort at Punchestown when finishing fifth, beaten 13l; step up in trip will suit and his jumping needs to hold up if he is to be in the mix.

20/1

5th

7

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 50y

19:05 Punchestown

Egality Mans

10st 1lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

midfield, dropped to rear 4th, hampered by faller 8th

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: F-F5P1 D

Last run: 52 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Ended lean spell with bounce back to form to win quite valuable 2m6f Leopardstown handicap last month (Ilikedwayurthinkin third) suited by better ground when jumping well and showing good attitude after nodding on landing at the last to win with a bit to spare; missed Irish National due to soft ground but definite contender here if the ground dries.

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

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: F-3788 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Grade 2 winning novice hurdler here and Grade 3 winning novice chaser whose best form came when second in last season's Grand Annual at Cheltenham; never landed a blow in same event last month however in first-time tongue tie; not progressing and opposable now upped in trip.

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

4th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 193y

16:15 Thurles

Andy Dufresne

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Promise behind Zanahiyr in October but really struggled for form since; tailed off in Grade 2 chase latest; drops in class at least.

10/1

5th

3

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 90y

16:23 Navan

Andy Dufresne

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

raced wide

8/1

15th

5

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Andy Dufresne

11st 6lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

Five career wins but out of form for some time and looks up against it here.

50/1

Form: 2-1425 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Free-going type (always wears a hood) just 1-7 hurdling but looked good when making all to beat a couple of decent types (now rated 146 & 141 respectively) well in 2m5f Fairyhouse rated novice chase in December; out of depth in Arkle on latest but interesting back up to his winning trip for handicap debut and Townend's pick.

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

0

2

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 70y

13:58 Punchestown

Ha Dor

11st 6lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

Free-going type (always wears a hood) hasn't a great strike rate and didn't build on chase debut win of last season, best effort when second in Grade 3 Navan novice; halfway faller in valuable C&D handicap at the festival when last seen.

4/1

4

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 50y

19:05 Punchestown

Ha Dor

10st 11lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

led narrowly, headed and raced in second 2nd, fell 9th

5/2

Form: F0735F D

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Heavily-raced 8yo mixes hurdles and chases but modest strike rate; out of depth latest but two previous handicap efforts were okay; still plenty high enough in handicap and additionally 2lb wrong here.

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

7th

15

12th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 0y

16:30 Killarney

The Little Yank

10st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: John Patrick Ryan

Heavily raced six-time winner on a long losing run at the moment; 6lb out of the handicap; faces a tough task in the circumstances.

25/1

4th

6

1st Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 160y

14:58 Cork

The Little Yank

10st 3lb

J: John Shinnick

T: John Patrick Ryan

raced in third behind clear leader, headway 5 out, weakened approaching last

11/1

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Payout
Exacta €1270.00
Straight Forecast €2173.50
Tricast €20380.50
Trifecta €21440.00

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