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16:15 Punchestown

Yielding To Soft

Pigsback.com Handicap Chase (Grade B)

  • Prize money: £26106.19
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 14 runners
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Pigsback.com Handicap Chase (Grade B)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

100/30 (Won)

  • Win: £3.60
  • Place: £1.40

Form: -12221 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Late mistakes cost her dear when runner-up in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham but she was pretty good in that department when making amends at Fairyhouse (2m, yielding/soft); was left clear that day when Whiskeywealth crashed out late on but would probably have won anyway; 7lb rise not the end of the world.

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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

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9/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: -57112 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who has created a big impression during a productive British campaign and a late mistake perhaps cost him when reeled in late on at Aintree (2m, good to soft); still looks well handicapped and he's a scopey 7yo who should take well to this place.

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2nd

6

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:15 Punchestown

Douglas Talking

10st 11lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Front-runner who has created a big impression during a productive British campaign and a late mistake perhaps cost him when reeled in late on at Aintree (2m, good to soft); still looks well handicapped and he's a scopey 7yo who should take well to this place.

9/2

2nd

13

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Douglas Talking

11st 0lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Front-runs; immediate improvement for switch to fences and beaten only twice in seven completions, running flat last May after a long spell of action and back from break in October; had wind surgery since and has looked an exciting prospect this spring, going round Sandown to the manner born in March (1m7f, good to soft); up further 10lb; could yet rate higher.

3/1

1st

1

7th Mar 2023

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

14:25 Sandown

Douglas Talking

11st 4lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

jumped well, made all, went clear going easily after 3 out, canter, impressive

9/4

7/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 442242

Last run: 122 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

A maiden under rules (winning pointer), lacks a recent run and is 5lb out of the weights; however, he ran well behind an improver on his handicap debut at Leopardstown (2m1f, yielding) over Christmas and should have more to offer.

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11th

14

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 55y

16:15 Punchestown

The Folkes Tiara

10st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Gained a first chase success when seeing off nine rivals in a 2m1f handicap at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting; well beaten at the Dublin Racing Festival; never in the hunt after a bad mistake at the third in the Grand Annual.

14/1

14

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

The Folkes Tiara

10st 5lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Henry De Bromhead

Gained a first chase success when seeing off nine rivals in a 2m1f handicap at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting, but he was well behind some of today's rivals in a handicap over that same C&D at the Dublin Racing Festival.

25/1

8th

10

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:10 Leopardstown

The Folkes Tiara

10st 9lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Gained a first chase success when beating The Big Chap by roughly 1l over C&D on St Stephen's Day; however, that rival was closing all the way to the line so he's probably going to need more to confirm the form on 3lb worse terms.

13/2

Form: 35-14P C

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Best hurdles form came over 2m4f-2m6f but kept to this sort of trip so far over fences, winning his beginners chase comfortably before coming up well short in a couple of Grade 1s; tackles his first handicap on a perfectly fair mark given his highs over hurdles and he's interesting.

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3rd

1

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

18:15 Clonmel

Hollow Games

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped left on occasions, led, briefly disputed lead early

7/4

10th

2

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Hollow Games

11st 11lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

Chase form has gone pear-shaped since finishing third in the Galway Plate in August; filled the same position in this contest two years ago (good to soft; off 1lb lower) and holds each-way claims provided the effort is repeated on this return to hurdles.

20/1

13

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Hollow Games

10st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual bumper winner and Grade 3-winning novice hurdler; decent chaser too, third in the Galway Plate and probably did not get home in the Paddy Power; more at home over this trip and the choice of Jack Kennedy; each-way chance.

16/1

Form: 46572P CD

Last run: 47 days

W: 10st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Six-time chase winner who was running well before getting stuck in the mud at Gowran in a 2m handicap won by Grange Walk; should give his running under these conditions but perhaps vulnerable from a win perspective.

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8th

6

22nd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 158y

13:53 Thurles

Espion Du Chenet

10st 5lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: Louise G Lyons

didn't always jump with fluency, in rear throughout, detached when weakened after 4 out, tailed off when eased after 2 out

25/1

9th

11

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:25 Listowel

Espion Du Chenet

10st 5lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: Louise G Lyons

Has done a lot of racing since his last win, two most recent runs provide no encouragement; tailed off in Kilbeggan race in which Irish Blaze was third two week ago.

25/1

Form: 53113F D

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Has made an excellent start for this yard and confirmed himself progressive when running so well at Fairyhouse (2m, yielding/soft) until departing at the final fence with a length lead over Dinoblue; 3lb rise is annoying but clearly a contender on that form.

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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: 8374F1 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Jumping frailties resurfaced at Leopardstown over Christmas but he was running well at the time and he was better in the blinkers at Gowran (2m, soft/heavy) when staying on best; 7lb rise asks a question of him but by no means dismissed.

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10th

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

13:57 Fairyhouse

Grange Walk

10st 12lb

J: Daniel King

T: John Patrick Ryan

Has won four over fences but has only won once since 2021 and he's been struggling this term; yard have stronger claims with Lucid Dreams.

20/1

4th

9

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Grange Walk

10st 9lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: John Patrick Ryan

always behind, detached 2nd, tailed off

25/1

6th

2

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:00 Fairyhouse

Grange Walk

11st 5lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: John Patrick Ryan

Four-time winner over fences, including at Gowran last term; back from hurdling when understandable last of three behind Allaho in Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase last month; others preferred.

16/1

Form: 10276D6 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Has struggled since hit by the handicapper for his clear-cut win at Wexford last summer; disqualified after his rider failed to weigh in when down the field at Fairyhouse.

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5th

4

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 141y

18:40 Sligo

Bold Emperor

11st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Better chaser than hurdler and not likely to be progressive at the age of ten; major improvement is needed from recent handicap hurdle runs

14/1

6th

7

11th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 100y

17:30 Wexford

Bold Emperor

11st 13lb

J: Shane Fitzsimons

T: Thomas Gibney

Bolted up over fences here last summer but losing run since and he's been tailed off in each of his five runs this year.

16/1

6th

5

21st Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 2f 0y

18:45 Kilbeggan

Bold Emperor

11st 9lb

J: Shane Fitzsimons

T: Thomas Gibney

midfield, no impression when not fluent last

25/1

Form: 122F57 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Useful over hurdles and took well to fences in the first half of this season, winning at Kilbeggan and Wexford before just denied in Galway Grade 3; now has to steady the ship after more recent failures, though soft ground wasn't what he wanted at Cheltenham last time.

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16th

5

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

16:15 Punchestown

Call Me Lyreen

11st 6lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a big pot at Leopardstown a couple of years ago and had been chasing until recently, too keen and none too fluent on latest in Cork conditions hurdle; bit to prove now.

25/1

3rd

2

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Cork

Call Me Lyreen

11st 2lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, took keen hold, disputed lead early, raced in second from 1st, led before 2nd

5/2

Form: F612P1 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Not the easiest of rides but he got the job done in a small-field novice chase at Down Royal last time and no surprise to see him smuggled into contention in this bigger field; by no means ruled out.

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0

1

2nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 214y

Class 2

14:30 Uttoxeter

The Greek

11st 13lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

Well beaten in hot handicap at Punchestown festival two starts ago but won his other two chases this year, more recently when returned to Punchestown for handicap three weeks ago (2m, good to yielding); might still be improving; respected.

4/1

Form: 2-F420 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Very nearly won the 2m Grade 1 novice chase at this meeting 12 months ago; four defeats in the meantime include a disappointing odds-on reversal on his penultimate start before finishing down the field at Cheltenham (Dinoblue runner-up); too classy to leave out of calculations but he's beginning to frustrate.

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17th

2

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Coeur Sublime

11st 10lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield

14/1

2nd

1

(6)

31st Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

15:07 Curragh

Coeur Sublime

12st 0lb

J: Mr A Jones

T: Henry De Bromhead

dwelt start, towards rear, headway against far rail 2f out, went third over 1f out, ran on and went second inside final 110yds, no match for winner

7/2

Form: 1F45U1 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Had a fine first half of the season and after some wobbles he got back on track with a clear-cut victory at Cork (2m, yielding), albeit in an eventful race; 12lb rise spells danger in this warmer company.

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7

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:15 Punchestown

Brandy Harbour

10st 5lb

J: Diarmuid Moloney

T: Mrs Grainne M O’Connor

Had a fine first half of the season and after some wobbles he got back on track with a clear-cut victory at Cork (2m, yielding), albeit in an eventful race; 12lb rise spells danger in this warmer company.

10/1

1st

5

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 160y

15:00 Cork

Brandy Harbour

10st 8lb

J: Diarmuid Moloney

T: Mrs Grainne M O’Connor

Looks held on Gowran effort by Minx Tiara; evidence suggests he is too high in handicap at end of fine season.

20/1

9

11th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:45 Gowran Park

Brandy Harbour

10st 7lb

J: Diarmuid Moloney

T: Mrs Grainne M O’Connor

Showed improved form earlier this season but that seems to have come to a halt lately and has 27l to make up on Union Park from their Thurles clash last time.

16/1

Form: 211-5F C

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Not badly handicapped given the form of his novice win at Leopardstown just over a year ago but confined to only two runs since and he was held when falling at Fairyhouse; cheekpieces could give him a lift but others appeal more.

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4th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 90y

16:23 Navan

Fighting Fit

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: J P Dempsey

raced wide, raced in third after last, jumped left after 1st, not fluent 9th, lost third and weakened before 2 out

13/2

9th

4

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

13:57 Fairyhouse

Fighting Fit

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: J P Dempsey

Has really got back on track over fences this season and only found one too good in his hat-trick bid here latest over slightly shorter; loses Brouder's 5lb claim here though and he'll need to improve again to defy his current mark.

13/2

2nd

3

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:00 Fairyhouse

Fighting Fit

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J P Dempsey

Rejuvenated after a break earlier in the year and career-bests when winning handicap chases at Galway and Listowel; total of 17lb rise for those wins and back from another short break so respected.

9/1

Form: 161P04 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 10st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Not been at his best since winning at Fairyhouse (2m1f, yielding) earlier in the season and, in an eventful race won by Grange Walk at Gowran, he was fortunate to inherit fourth place (beaten 21l); looks up against it.

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5th

5

23rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

17:08 Sedgefield

Sil Ver Klass

11st 3lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: R Mike Smith

led, headed before 2 out

16/1

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Payout
Exacta €104.00
Straight Forecast €123.30
Tricast €910.20
Trifecta €535.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Douglas Talking

POSTDATA:

Dinoblue

The Irish Sun:

Hollow Games

RP Ratings (IRE):

Whiskeywealth

TOPSPEED:

Douglas Talking