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Mongey Communications La Touche Cup Cross Country Chase

  • Prize money: £15663.72
  • 4m 2f 0y
  • 13 runners
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Mongey Communications La Touche Cup Cross Country Chase

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

100/30 (Won)

  • Win: £4.10
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 41U-52 C BF

Last run: 2 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won the 3m Ladies' Cup here 12 months ago and was second in that event here Tuesday; warmed up for that with wins over the banks at the new course in Knockanard and Lingstown; scored only narrowly from Space Cadet and The Red Menace on the first occasion; much more emphatic on familiar territory at Lingstown.

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6

2nd May 2024

Yielding

4m 1f 11y

16:50 Punchestown

Vital Island

11st 12lb

J: Mr T Power Roche

T: R P O’Keeffe

Seven wins in points, a specialist over the banks at Lingstown; dual winner over this course, in the 3m1f Ladies Cup in 2022 and this race last season; second to Birchdale in the Risk Of Thunder here in November; struggled at Cheltenham in December, similarly in the race won by Coko Beach here in February; unwise to rule out despite those reverses.

20/1

3

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 130y

13:20 Punchestown

Vital Island

12st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: R P O’Keeffe

Seven wins in points, as specialist over the banks at Lingstown; dual winner over this course, in the 3m1f Ladies Cup in 2022 and the 4m2f La Touche last season; second in the Risk Of Thunder here in November; struggled at Cheltenham last time but should not be underestimated

12/1

OUR TIP

11/4

  • Place: £1.30

Form: P2-110 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 12st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Showed that he was getting to grips with this course with a second placing at last year's festival; given a break after winning a handicap chase last May; produced in good shape to win over 3m1f in February, accounting for eight of these rivals; kept ticking over with a handicap hurdle run; Harry Swan takes off 5lb for him to compete on equal terms

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2nd

1

12th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 0y

16:30 Killarney

Stealthy Tom

11st 12lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: E Bolger

Is 6-20 over fences; gained his most significant win in a 2m6f Listed handicap chase at this venue last August, a 10l success that brought an 11lb rise in the ratings; down the field in the Kerry National; warmed up for this with a hurdles run last month; four wins from five visits to this track, worth considering despite a big burden.

7/1

13th

11

4th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 180y

16:15 Naas

Stealthy Tom

11st 10lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: E Bolger

Won Listed handicap chase off 129 last summer; all best form is over further and this is possibly a pipe opener for another summer campaign.

13/2

50/1

  • Place: £5.40

Form: 100-05

Last run: 2 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

80-1 second in this race in 2021; generally modest form since a hunter chase win last season; held by Vital Island on recent form; beaten 32l into fifth in Ladies' Cup here on Tuesday.

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2

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 90y

14:30 Punchestown

Michaels Pick

11st 12lb

J: Mr M J Love

T: Ciaran Murphy

Hunter chase winner in 2022; modest overall record (1-27 under rules, 2-24 in points); however, has often run well over this course, notably when second in the 4m2f La Touche in 2021; remote fifth in this race 12 months ago, but much better when third in the La Touche two days later; has struggled in points this term.

20/1

7th

8

5th May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 110y

20:00 Downpatrick

Michaels Pick

11st 7lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield and reminders after 4th, pushed along after 9th, jumped left 4 out

7/1

Form: 7-94PP

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 7lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Third in this race last year, has run well on other occasions too, notably when second to Shady Operator early last year; poor on last two visits, including in race won by Stealthy Tom in February.

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10

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 90y

14:30 Punchestown

Blast Of Koeman

11st 7lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Peter Maher

Two very respectable efforts in cross-country races here last season, fourth behind Vital Island in this event and second to Subset two days later; tailed off in the race won by Birchdale here in November; pulled up on Thursday.

66/1

8

2nd May 2024

Yielding

4m 1f 11y

16:50 Punchestown

Blast Of Koeman

11st 7lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Peter Maher

Two very respectable efforts in cross-country races here last season, fourth behind Vital Island in this event and second to Subset two days later; tailed off in the race won by Birchdale here in November; has warmed up for this with a hurdles run.

33/1

10th

7

4th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 180y

16:15 Naas

Blast Of Koeman

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Peter Maher

Some promising efforts in cross country races last season; tailed off sole start this term in a cross country; poor record fresh (off 130 days) and others preferred.

40/1

Form: -006FP C

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Looked set to become another effective sort for his track-specialist trainer when beating stablemate Shady Operator here early last year; doubts raised by subsequent form; remote tenth here last November, fell at second in race won by Stealthy Tom; reportedly bled at Navan last time; hard to rule out all the same.

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8th

6

29th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 100y

19:00 Ballinrobe

Midnight Maestro

10st 8lb

J: Tom Kelly

T: E Bolger

Three-time chase winner, including in a Banks event; however, was beaten a long way at Killarney last time in first-time blinkers and has questions to answer with the headgear retained.

12/1

7th

15

14th May 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 2f 0y

16:55 Killarney

Midnight Maestro

10st 0lb

J: Tom Kelly

T: E Bolger

Fair cross country performer who failed to make an impact at Punchestown last month on two attempts over the banks; last seen over conventional fences when pulled up in veterans handicap chase in March; tough ask from 4lb out of the handicap, despite trainer having excellent record in the race.

50/1

6th

4

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 0y

14:35 Punchestown

Midnight Maestro

12st 3lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: E Bolger

Looked set to become another effective sort for his track-specialist trainer when beating stablemate Shady Operator here early last year; doubts raised by subsequent form; remote tenth here last November, fell at second in race won by Stealthy Tom; reportedly bled at Navan last month; faded into fifth behind Vital Island in the La Touche on Thursday.

12/1

Form: 505249 C

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in the 4m Borders National at Kelso in December; tailed off over a shorter trip at the same venue last month; managed a creditable fourth behind Stealthy Tom over 3m1f here in February; potentially has the beating of several of these rivals on that running given that he stays well.

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6th

3

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

4m 2f 0y

16:50 Punchestown

Clonguile Way

11st 12lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Runner-up in the 4m Borders National at Kelso in December; tailed off over a shorter trip at the same venue last month; managed a creditable fourth behind Stealthy Tom over 3m1f here in February; potentially has the beating of several of these rivals on that running given that he stays well.

8/1

Form: P-8088

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Has shown his best form at Thurles; well below his best on three outings there this season; finished a remote eighth to Stealthy Tom here in February and is unlikely to be suited by this greater test of stamina.

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8th

4

25th May 2023

Good

2m 1f 160y

17:30 Limerick

Western Sea

11st 10lb

J: Mr L P Shanahan

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Has shown his best form at Thurles; well below his best on three outings there last winter; made limited impact in cross-country races at Punchestown on last three appearances.

12/1

9th

10

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 0y

14:35 Punchestown

Western Sea

11st 12lb

J: Mr L P Shanahan

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Has shown his best form at Thurles; well below his best on three outings there this season; finished a remote eighth to Stealthy Tom here in February; made a few mistakes when a distant seventh in the La Touche.

50/1

7th

13

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

4m 2f 0y

16:50 Punchestown

Western Sea

11st 7lb

J: Mr L P Shanahan

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Has shown his best form at Thurles; well below his best on three outings there this season; finished a remote eighth to Stealthy Tom here in February and is unlikely to be suited by this greater test of stamina.

33/1

Form: 42-100 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Useful form over orthodox fences at this track, including when winning over 2m5f here last May; also landed the confined Bishopscourt Cup in 2018; struggled over this course in February.

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10th

9

4th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 114y

16:35 Tipperary

Alpha Male

11st 1lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Peter Maher

Dual chase winner was soundly beaten over hurdles and fences lately and needs a fair bit more off 3lb lower.

16/1

5th

6

10th Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

15:05 Punchestown

Alpha Male

10st 11lb

J: Hugh Morgan

T: Peter Maher

Veteran won 2m5f handicap here just over a year ago (good) off 95 and fair effort here over hurdles last month; can't be ruled out.

10/1

8th

2

23rd May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 80y

16:45 Punchestown

Alpha Male

11st 8lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Peter Maher

Remote eighth in the La Touche here last month and chasing is more his thing; remains a maiden over hurdles and leaving it late to put that right.

33/1

Form: 7/9P-3

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 7lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Won the Ulster National at Downpatrick three years ago; did well for a veteran when third in the same race early this month; split Vital Island and The Red Menace at Knockanard in February; exited at the first in Lingstown event won by Vital Island.

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4th

4

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 120y

12:20 Limerick

Space Cadet

10st 9lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Gearoid O’Loughlin

Not really burning up the track on the 'Point' scene lately but had four lengths to spare over Fiveaftermidnight when they clashed at Downpatrick in April; longer in the tooth than most and not convinced he can uphold the latter form, but holds a sporting chance.

4/1

9th

11

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

4m 2f 0y

16:50 Punchestown

Space Cadet

11st 7lb

J: Mr J C Barry

T: Gearoid O’Loughlin

Won the Ulster National at Downpatrick three years ago; did well for a veteran when third in the same race early this month; split Vital Island and The Red Menace at Knockanard in February; exited at the first in Lingstown event won by Vital Island.

10/1

3rd

15

2nd Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 120y

16:00 Downpatrick

Space Cadet

10st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Gearoid O’Loughlin

led narrowly or disputed lead, pushed along after 3 out, lost two places before 2 out, ridden approaching last, kept on run-in

25/1

Form: 7-636P

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Winning hurdler; third to Alpha Male in a handicap chase here last May; failed to adapt to this course in the race won by Stealthy Tom in February; makes no appeal.

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11

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 0y

14:35 Punchestown

An Droichead Eile

11st 7lb

J: Peter Carberry

T: Peter Maher

Winning hurdler; third to Alpha Male in a handicap chase here last May; failed to adapt to this course in the race won by Stealthy Tom in February; 100-1 when a remote tenth behind Vital Island on Thursday.

100/1

10th

7

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

4m 2f 0y

16:50 Punchestown

An Droichead Eile

11st 7lb

J: Peter Carberry

T: Peter Maher

Winning hurdler; third to Alpha Male in a handicap chase here last May; failed to adapt to this course in the race won by Stealthy Tom in February; makes no appeal.

50/1

5

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:30 Down Royal

An Droichead Eile

11st 7lb

J: Diarmuid Moloney

T: Peter Maher

Won from 1lb higher early last season; pulled up a long way out in a cross-country race when making a low-key start for this yard last month; would seemingly prefer quicker ground.

16/1

Form: 48-45P

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Last success was in August 2020 when trained Joseph O'Brien; has been running quite well in cross-country contests at Cheltenham this season; remote fifth to stablemate Delta Work at the Festival; needs to bounce back after failure in Ulster National in which Space Cadet finished third.

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16

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 0y

14:35 Punchestown

Mortal

11st 7lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Gordon Elliott

14/1

9

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

4m 2f 0y

16:50 Punchestown

Mortal

11st 7lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Gordon Elliott

Last success was in August 2020 when trained Joseph O'Brien; has been running quite well in cross-country contests at Cheltenham this season; remote fifth to stablemate Delta Work at the Festival; needs to bounce back after failure in Ulster National in which Space Cadet finished third.

11/2

6

2nd Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 120y

16:00 Downpatrick

Mortal

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

never better than mid-division, detached in rear 5 out, pulled up 3 out

10/1

Form: P-3PP9

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won two bumpers and three races over jumps for Noel Meade; point winner for Shane Ryder last season; went close against Vital Island and Space Cadet at Knockanard in February on final start for Ryder; disappointing for new yard since then.

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0

1

27th Sep 2023

Yielding

3m 1f 182y

17:40 Sligo

The Red Menace

12st 0lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Ciaran Murphy

soon led on inner, led narrowly when fell 4 out

14/1

7th

6

15th Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 110y

17:10 Downpatrick

The Red Menace

11st 8lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

raced lazily at times, prominent early, dropped to midfield when pushed along briefly 4th, in rear before 9th

25/1

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Payout
Exacta €111.00
Straight Forecast €90.90
Tricast €1253.60
Trifecta €1775.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Stealthy Tom

RP Ratings (IRE):

Mortal

The Irish Sun:

Stealthy Tom

POSTDATA:

Mortal