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19:10 Punchestown

Yielding To Soft

Close Brothers Irish EBF Mares Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £15663.72
  • 2m 5f 50y
  • 12 runners
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Close Brothers Irish EBF Mares Handicap Chase

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.80
  • Place: £2.60

Form: 346601 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Only 1-18 as a hurdler but now 2-5 over fences after comfortably winning a 2m3f handicap at Downpatrick (soft); has to deal with a 9lb rise in this better race but she has momentum behind her.

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8th

8

23rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:20 Listowel

Indie Belle

11st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Robert Widger

Better chaser than hurdler, rated 20lb lower in this sphere and just 1-18; might need this run with a view to going back over fences.

9/1

1st

11

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 50y

19:10 Punchestown

Indie Belle

10st 3lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Robert Widger

in touch with leaders, midfield when stumbled and nearly lost jockey after 7th

12/1

1st

4

2nd Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 55y

16:35 Downpatrick

Indie Belle

11st 10lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Robert Widger

Tramore beginners' chase winner in December has been kept to hurdles since, running well on a couple of occasions, 3m looking too far last time; scope for improvement in first handicap chase with trip/ground to suit and capable claimer booked.

10/1

33/1

  • Place: £12.10

Form: 377060 D

Last run: 145 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Only 1-11 over fences and recent form not good enough to seriously consider here.

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1st

3

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 150y

14:50 Navan

Influential Lady

11st 1lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: James M Barcoe

in touch with leaders, went third when nudged along 2 out, keeping on when switched right and went second when pushed along before last, ridden to lead run-in, won going away

16/1

3rd

2

27th Oct 2023

Soft

3m 1f 90y

16:45 Sligo

Influential Lady

11st 11lb

J: J J Slevin

T: James M Barcoe

prominent, not fluent 1st, dropped to rear before 4 out, headway when raced wide before 2 out, ridden and went third when wandered around run-in, no match for first two

7/1

10th

13

(8)

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

15:55 Leopardstown

Influential Lady

9st 5lb

J: Shane Foley

T: James M Barcoe

Hurdle/chase winner who stays well; made the frame over 1m4f at Tramore last time but this shorter trip looks against her.

20/1

15/2

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 1-3313 CD BF

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

5lb higher than when beating Western Zara in this 12 months ago and quite feasible that she can bounce back from a below-par effort at Uttoxeter; races prominently.

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1

27th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:30 Wincanton

Lilith

12st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Returned to form with small-field win in first-time visor at Carlisle (2m5f, soft) last month; remains on a workable mark and will be fine over today's longer trip but was struggling to keep up with Juniper before falling quite heavily at three out at Taunton (2m5f, soft) on latest outing.

7/2

2

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 4

17:00 Taunton

Lilith

11st 12lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Made it 2-2 at Carlisle (2m5f; both on soft) when winning the same race for the second time this month (first-time visor replaced blinkers, as today); acts on sharp right-handed tracks as well and, despite going back up 4lb, her first Carlisle win came off this mark; looks good for a big run.

13/8

1st

3

5th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 198y

Class 3

15:02 Carlisle

Lilith

11st 3lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Hasn't threatened this season but he faced a tough Listed assignment last time and is now 4lb lower than when winning this last year (soft); not ruled out with a first-time visor replacing blinkers.

11/4

Form: 1FF323 D BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Close up in handicaps over about 2m5f at Fairyhouse and Navan before finishing a remote third behind Indie Belle at Downpatrick (has run well before at that quirky track); even if back on song it's not ideal being 4lb out of the weights.

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4th

3

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:52 Down Royal

Shes Some Doll

12st 0lb

J: Oakley Brown

T: Thomas Gibney

in touch with leaders, not fluent 5th, headway and prominent 3 out, soon led, headed after 2 out, weakened run-in

8/1

3rd

5

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 90y

16:58 Navan

Shes Some Doll

11st 2lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Thomas Gibney

disputed lead early, led clearly after 1st, joined after 6th, disputed lead from 5 out, slow jump 4 out

12/1

0

8

24th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 50y

13:00 Fairyhouse

Shes Some Doll

11st 1lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Only one win from 18 starts over fences, but placed eight times and has finished fourth on her last three starts; finished a little over 10l behind Evies Vladimir at Down Royal but may be better for the run, her first since last June

10/1

Form: 7-3214 D BF

Last run: 158 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Didn't hang about over hurdles and has made a solid start to her chasing career, winning on the second attempt at Thurles (2m4f, good to yielding) before finishing fourth in a handicap here over 2m6f; returning to a slightly shorter trip on drier ground should help matters but Rachael Blackmore prefers Queen Jane.

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5th

6

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 50y

19:10 Punchestown

Secret She Keeps

11st 2lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent early, disputed lead after 4th, led narrowly 6th, not fluent 10th

4/1

4th

9

20th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 6f 140y

12:55 Punchestown

Secret She Keeps

10st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, led narrowly 1st

5/1

1st

9

20th Oct 2022

Good

2m 4f 151y

14:00 Thurles

Secret She Keeps

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

led, clear early, reduced lead halfway, not fluent and joined 3 out, ridden approaching last, led narrowly last, ridden clear run-in

10/11

Form: 1-11P4 C

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Won a handicap hurdle at this meeting last year off 14lb lower; launched chase career with back-to-back wins in non-handicaps at Fairyhouse but let down by her jumping since then in Grade 2/Listed events; might be vulnerable to something better handicapped.

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0

2

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 5f 132y

14:10 Thurles

Broomfield Hall

11st 12lb

J: James O’Sullivan

T: J P Dempsey

Five-time winner, twice over fences; lightly raced last year and never quite at her best; capable but others preferred.

16/1

7th

1

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 106y

15:15 Thurles

Broomfield Hall

11st 12lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: J P Dempsey

Rattled off four-timer last year, two hurdles, two chases; has been out of sorts for a while and testing ground not ideal but would have a class edge if restored to form.

10/1

17th

1

2nd Aug 2023

Soft

2m 0f 110y

19:15 Galway

Broomfield Hall

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: J P Dempsey

Absent since taking a fall over fences at the Punchestown festival in April, having shown improved form chasing; first run over hurdles since winning at the 2022 Punchestown festival off 116; has run well fresh.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 146511

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Has hit the ground running over fences with back-to-back wins at Clonmel (2m4f) and Limerick (2m1f; again soft), latterly in handicap company; that decisive success triggered an 11lb rise but hard to gauge the ceiling of her ability.

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3

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 120y

15:20 Fairyhouse

Queen Jane

11st 6lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Career best on this season's return when narrowly denied by Birdes Hill and that form was boosted by the runner-up but brought down at Limerick over Christmas and pulled up in the Grand National trial at Punchestown since; may bounce back over this sort of trip and can't be ruled out.

6/1

5

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Queen Jane

11st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Progressive last winter before falling at this venue on her final start; good seasonal debut when going close in a 2m4f mares' handicap chase at Fairyhouse early in December; brought down four out at Limerick.

14/1

0

3

28th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 100y

14:40 Limerick

Queen Jane

11st 9lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

held up in rear, mistake 1st, brought down 4 out

5/1

Form: 2-5307

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Finished third over 3m5f at Fairyhouse in December but she's fine at this trip and was runner-up to Lilith in this 12 months ago; ran okay in the Kim Muir (3m2f) at Cheltenham and makes each-way appeal.

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3rd

5

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 120y

15:20 Fairyhouse

Western Zara

10st 10lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Paul Nolan

Hasn't won for over two years but encouraging seasonal return when beaten roughly 1l at Punchestown in November; slight concern she hasn't been seen since; down in trip with cheekpieces on after 125-day absence.

5/1

2nd

5

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

12:45 Punchestown

Western Zara

11st 10lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Paul Nolan

prominent

14/1

Form: 121238 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Usually consistent in both disciplines but her Gowran third over fences was fairly remote and she was well beaten back hurdling only 13 days ago; bit to prove all of a sudden.

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4

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 120y

15:55 Fairyhouse

Optional Mix

11st 3lb

J: Miss E Cody

T: Eoin Doyle

took keen hold, didn't jump with fluency, raced in last early, headway and prominent 7th, 3 lengths down when mistake and unseated 3 out

20/1

11th

2

4th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:30 Leopardstown

Optional Mix

12st 0lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Eoin Doyle

Enjoyed good 2022 but runaway 2m4f Limerick hurdles win led to a massive hike and hasn't won since; handicapper relenting but remains opposable.

16/1

13th

7

25th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

1m 7f 144y

15:25 Naas

Optional Mix

11st 4lb

J: Conor Brassil

T: Eoin Doyle

Decent form in the spring of last year and maybe the might lead to some improvement; needs to step up on what she has done this season, remote third in a Limerick claiming hurdle latest.

16/1

Form: /P2245 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Bumper/hurdle winner who has returned this season from a long absence; 0-5 over fences (2m2f-3m) and didn't offer much over the longer trip on her switch to handicaps at Fairyhouse; perhaps a tongue-tie will help matters.

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0

13

14th Jul 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

19:55 Kilbeggan

Pont Aval

10st 11lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

didn't always jump with fluency, towards rear, bad mistake and fell 5 out

13/2

1st

13

14th May 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 2f 0y

16:55 Killarney

Pont Aval

10st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

midfield, headway after 4 out, keeping on when jumped right 3 out, soon ridden, went second after 2 out, stayed on to lead run-in, won going away

25/1

5

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 50y

19:10 Punchestown

Pont Aval

11st 3lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Bumper/hurdle winner who has returned this season from a long absence; 0-5 over fences (2m2f-3m) and didn't offer much over the longer trip on her switch to handicaps at Fairyhouse; perhaps a tongue-tie will help matters.

6/1

Form: 673FP1

Last run: 54 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Up and down since returning from a mammoth absence but she showed a willing attitude under John Shinnick to edge home at Navan (3m, good to yielding); up 4lb in a stronger race this time and perhaps placed at best.

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8

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 50y

19:10 Punchestown

Kallis Quest

10st 8lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

in touch with leaders, hampered 1st, towards rear when badly hampered by faller 9th

12/1

1st

12

4th Mar 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

16:50 Navan

Kallis Quest

10st 0lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

Missed three years and generally struggled since returning with the exception of a placed effort at Punchestown in January; has failed to complete twice since; cheekpieces now tried but 5lb wrong for this.

25/1

10

18th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:37 Gowran Park

Kallis Quest

10st 7lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Terence O’Brien

Off for three years after winning a Thurles maiden hurdle in November 2019; no show in three beginners' chases but much more encouraging third to Soloman Lane in 2m4f Punchestown handicap last month, mistake at the last proving costly; again let down by jumping when faller two out at Fairyhouse when holding every chance; on a competitive mark but jumping a concern.

9/1

Form: 123345 C

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Not at her best over hurdles last time but had been competitive over fences, placed four times after winning at Limerick over Christmas; does look handicapped about right but could have a say; first-time tongue-tie here.

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7

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:55 Gowran Park

Bonnie Kellie

11st 0lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: S Curling

Dual chase winner who wasn't beaten far in bunched finish at Punchestown last month; likely to find this trip too sharp though.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta €3616.00
Straight Forecast €2220.40
Tricast €23029.50
Trifecta €26390.00

Selections

The Irish Sun:

Queen Jane

RP Ratings (IRE):

Indie Belle

TOPSPEED:

Secret She Keeps

SPOTLIGHT:

Lilith

POSTDATA:

Pont Aval