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18:35 Punchestown

Yielding To Soft

Barberstown Castle Novice Chase (Grade 1)

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  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 4 runners
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Barberstown Castle Novice Chase (Grade 1)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

2/5 (Won)

  • Win: £1.10

Form: 21-111 C

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 164

Form & Verdict

Top-class novice hurdler won at this meeting last year but has developed into an even better chaser, unbeaten in three starts; beat Dysart Dynamo 10l in the Irish Arkle Chase before beating Jonbon in the Cheltenham Arkle, with the former well held when falling; should win with a clear round.

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

2nd

4

27th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

El Fabiolo

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Can make mistakes and was pulled up after bad early error in last month's Champion Chase; however, he was 6-6 over fences previously, including a convincing defeat of Jonbon in the 2023 Arkle (2m, soft); has won on good to yielding (unraced on good); the one to beat granted a clear round.

8/11

4

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

El Fabiolo

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Versatile ground-wise; not always a foot-perfect jumper but has a 100% completion record and plenty of class; sole defeat for current yard came at the hands of Jonbon over hurdles in 2022; turned the tables in last year's Arkle over C&D and has made a smooth transition to open company this term, easily winning the Dublin Chase (another Grade 1) at Leopardstown most recently; error-free round isn't guaranteed but otherwise he has excellent claims, being a progressive horse who is 6-6 over fences and top rated in this field.

2/7

1st

2

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:10 Leopardstown

El Fabiolo

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

jumped right on occasions, didn't always jump with fluency, raced in second

30/100

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Form: F5-14F C

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Received one of the loudest cheers at Cheltenham when getting to his feet after a tired fall at the last behind El Fabiolo in the Arkle Chase; smart front-runner is a dual course winner but has plenty of ground to find with the latter rival.

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

5th

4

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 98y

17:25 Punchestown

Dysart Dynamo

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Free-going sort; smart novice hurdler and equally good novice chaser last season, though no match for stablemate El Fabiolo on a few occasions in Grade 1 races; odds-on for Navan return in February when well held in third behind the 9lb-conceding Captain Guinness; beaten when falling at the last in Leopardstown event won by Dinoblue at Christmas.

14/1

0

2

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

13:10 Leopardstown

Dysart Dynamo

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

soon raced in fourth behind clear leader, went third after 4 out, brief headway 2 out, soon pushed along and weakened, fell last

10/1

3rd

4

18th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:40 Navan

Dysart Dynamo

11st 1lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, led

15/8

Form: 343114 CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Suffered three consecutive falls over fences last season but put that behind him when winning a C&D novice in February before taking a Grade 3 at Navan; well below that form at Thurles and has loads to find today.

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

9th

7

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Indiana Jones

11st 4lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: M F Morris

Grade 3 winner at Navan last year but not at his best in three runs this season; best watched.

33/1

12th

8

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Indiana Jones

10st 10lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

Has had his jumping issues but won a Grade 3 novice contest at Naas last year and ran a fine race in retrospect when fourth to Elixir De Nutz in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter in November; not the easiest to weigh up but no surprise if he could run a big race off this mark.

16/1

Form: 321U32 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Smart hurdler is an equally good chaser; won the Grade 1 Racing Post Novices' chase at Leopardstown but was 12l behind El Fabiolo in the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham; similar effort when runner-up in the Manifesto Chase at Aintree and is battling for second spot again as long as the favourite stays on his feet.

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

2nd

1

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 55y

16:15 Punchestown

Saint Roi

12st 0lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: W P Mullins

mistake 2 out

10/1

2nd

2

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Saint Roi

11st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Classy novice chaser last winter, winning a Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m1f, yielding) and a close second of five in the big 2m4f novice at this meeting; has not had quite the same edge this season, in Graded races and handicaps, and was never able to get into a rhythm with his jumping when no real threat behind Unexpected Party in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham (2m, soft); has work to do on that form.

5/1

6th

2

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Saint Roi

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Winner of the County Hurdle at this meeting in 2020 and Grade 1-winning novice chaser last season; has been operating below that level this term but there was some encouragement when fourth of 11 on his 2m1f Fairyhouse handicap chase debut in January and his effort in a Grade 1 since can probably be ignored; good chance this has been the plan all along.

13/2

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Straight Forecast €20.60
Trifecta €108.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

El Fabiolo

RP Ratings (IRE):

El Fabiolo

TOPSPEED:

El Fabiolo

POSTDATA:

El Fabiolo

The Irish Sun:

El Fabiolo