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19:45 Punchestown

Yielding To Soft

JP & M Doyle (C & G) Flat Race

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  • 2m 0f 40y
  • 11 runners
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JP & M Doyle (C & G) Flat Race

Runners: 11 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

13/8 (Won)

Form: 1 CD

Last run: 67 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Untroubled to win his point and he was nicely on top at the finish when mastering one of Gordon Elliott's here two months ago (yielding), despite pulling hard during the race; there was talk of Cheltenham after that and who knows how good he might be.

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1st

1

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 140y

18:35 Punchestown

Ballyburn

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, raced in second, pressed leader when pushed along home turn, led and went clear before last, ridden briefly run-in, pushed out, comfortably

1/4

1st

1

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Ballyburn

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Outsprinted by Firefox in falsely run 2m maiden on hurdling debut in December but scored by wide margin when upped to 2m4f for next outing and confirmed he's a top-class and very exciting novice when drawing nicely clear in Leopardstown Grade 1 (2m, soft) last month; after some dilly-dallying, connections opted to move him back up in trip for his Festival run; regarded by many as the banker of the meeting, and it's easy to understand why.

2/5

1st

2

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Ballyburn

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, pressed leader, disputed lead after 3rd, led narrowly after 2 out (usual 3 out), went clear going best after last (usual 2 out), pushed out, comfortably

10/11

Form: 2-1 D

Last run: 53 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Wide-margin point winner; pushed the now smart hurdler Three Card Brag close on his rules debut at Wexford last March and on his belated return he went one better in the same race; however, he was no more than workmanlike and Patrick Mullins has jumped ship to Ballyburn.

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1st

4

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 192y

16:15 Punchestown

Dancing City

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

didn't always jump with fluency, towards rear on outer, headway going easily before 2 out, led narrowly before last, soon faced challenge, ridden and clear with one other run-in, gamely

2/1

1st

3

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Dancing City

11st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Second to top-notcher Ballyburn in a bumper; has raced prominently in all his hurdle races and ground it out to win the 2m6f Grade 1 at Leopardstown's Dublin Festival in February (soft); the fourth comprehensively reversed those placings in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham (3m, heavy) where he was also 7l adrift of runner-up The Jukebox Man; might be relying on the latter running below par for him to gain his revenge, but he's a big each-way player.

7/2

3rd

4

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Dancing City

11st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Second to Ballyburn in one of his bumpers; not sure what happened on his hurdling debut but he won his 2m4f maiden going away and then recorded a battling 16-1 win in the 2m6f Grade 1 at Leopardstown's Dublin Racing Festival (soft); it would be fair to say he had the run of things that day (always ideally positioned close to the pace), but it was a performance that hinted at further improvement over this far and his willing attitude ticks a big box in this race; strong form claims.

13/2

Form: 1 CD

Last run: 129 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Winning pointer who did well to prevail off steady fractions on soft ground here in December and that form has worked out fine with the second and third horses running well in the big bumpers at Cheltenham and Aintree; an absence of 129 days is a little off-putting but he's interesting.

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3rd

7

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

15:40 Punchestown

Slade Steel

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, in touch with leaders before 2 out, went second and challenging just after 2 out, ridden approaching last, not fluent last, lost second and weakened run-in

13/8

9

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Slade Steel

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Seems versatile ground-wise; has progressive RPRs and career record is 4-6; his only defeats came in races won by notable rival Ballyburn, keeping-on second in Leopardstown Grade 1 latest when dropped back to 2m; Grade 2 scorer over 2m4f at Navan the time before and may ideally need a return to that distance; he's in this race to avoid a clash with Ballyburn in the Gallagher but is a big player on form and any emphasis on stamina, through pace/ground, would be a plus.

9/2

2nd

10

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Slade Steel

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, disputed lead after 3rd, raced in second after 2 out (usual 3 out), kept on well after last (usual 2 out), no match for winner

11/2

Form: 150

Last run: 43 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Impressed on heavy ground at Limerick over Christmas but it was a reality check at Leopardstown in February and again he failed to fire when a big price at Cheltenham; wouldn't be the obvious answer to this.

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17th

10

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Chosen Witness

11st 2lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

soon in touch with leaders, prominent after 4 out, not fluent 3 out, weakened after 2 out

10/1

1st

2

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

16:10 Ayr

Chosen Witness

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Off the mark over hurdles in Thurles maiden (2m, heavy) last month and solid fourth of nine on subsequent handicap debut at Cork (2m3f, soft to heavy); the first-time hood could help him settle now up in trip and this 3m point winner has to be respected for the all-conquering Willie Mullins.

7/1

4th

4

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:05 Cork

Chosen Witness

10st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Limerick bumper winner took a long time to get off the mark over flights, finally doing so in a Thurles maiden hurdle earlier this month; could be some mileage in his handicap mark and should not be far away here.

4/1

Form: 05-351

Last run: 37 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Has some quirks but no doubting his ability, as he finished 20l behind Ballyburn two runs ago despite virtually refusing to race and again he was slow to break before winning comfortably at Clonmel (heavy); if bucking up his ideas at the start he could very easily have some say.

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3rd

3

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 50y

11:40 Down Royal

Great Universe

11st 12lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Martin Brassil

Former wide margin bumper winner showed good potential on recent debut over hurdles at Clonmel when a solid third behind a well regarded Grade One entered winner; entitled to come on from that and interesting here with a first-time tongue-tie also added.

6/1

3rd

2

7th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 14y

13:12 Clonmel

Great Universe

11st 12lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: Martin Brassil

Bolted up in a bumper here last season and two solid runs in defeat subsequently; return to testing ground could be in his favour and he warrants respect back over timber despite 185-day absence.

4/1

3rd

1

5th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

17:20 Listowel

Great Universe

12st 0lb

J: Mr John Reddington

T: Martin Brassil

Wide margin winner at Clonmel on heavy ground and creditable fourth in winners' contest at Punchestown when getting closer to the promising winner Ballyburn than he had when they previously clashed at the same venue; respected.

7/2

Form: 3-3

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

An absence of 647 days divided his two races but he has ability and travelled with real purpose before fading into third at Thurles (good to yielding); the winner - with Willie Mullins - has since won a Grade 2 hurdle, while the second gave Dancing City a scare next time; not without hope.

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18th

27

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 118y

17:25 Punchestown

Catos Revenge

10st 2lb

T: P J Rothwell

Second reserve; winner at Limerick over Christmas but struggled from revised mark.

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Last run:

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Sixth foal; half-brother to 2m hurdle winner The Grey Falco, 2m3f hurdle winner Pola Chance and French 2m1f hurdle winners Irish Sweeps and Risky Mix; dam French 1m winner; interesting newcomer for an in-form yard that's 6-22 in bumpers the last five seasons.

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3rd

1

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Apples Of Bresil

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

By the same sire as Constitution Hill; appeared to perform below market expectations when about 10l behind Ballyburn at Punchestown in April (good to yielding) and improved on that when a front-running third in another bumper at Navan (soft/heavy); that form is working out and he's not to be underestimated now switched to hurdles.

5/2

3rd

1

18th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Navan

Apples Of Bresil

12st 0lb

J: Mr Finian Maguire

T: Barry Connell

led, edged left when ridden 2f out, headed but prominent over 1f out, kept on well but lost second final strides

9/2

Form: 1-384 BF

Last run: 46 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Huntingdon bumper winner for Pam Sly; beaten three times for his current yard and his best effort was first time out at Leopardstown in December; opposable on his subsequent exploits; tongue-tie added.

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2nd

9

4th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:10 Naas

Special Cadeau

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Some promising efforts so far, notably when fourth here on this season's return; however, didn't progress for a step up in trip at Navan last month; needs to jump better back down in trip and more required here.

2/1

4th

7

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 100y

15:15 Navan

Special Cadeau

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won a bumper on only start for Pam Sly in Britain; encouraging yard debut last season but failed to build on that; ran okay on seasonal return at Naas this time around but needs improvement for the longer trip (shapes like it may suit).

2/1

4th

9

28th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 116y

15:15 Naas

Special Cadeau

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, headway approaching last, ran on and went fourth towards finish, not reach leaders

14/1

Form: 54

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Point winner; beaten 24l at Leopardstown and half that distance at Naas; has to improve if he's to play ball with the best of these.

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2nd

5

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 4f 165y

18:20 Downpatrick

Ask Anything

11st 0lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

midfield, in touch with leaders halfway, went second after 10th

4/1

2nd

5

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 100y

16:33 Navan

Ask Anything

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

raced wide, soon prominent, led after 4th, faced challenge but going best 2 out, ridden when headed towards finish

4/1

Form: 6-19 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

A determined effort to beat the recent Fairyhouse winner Firefox at Naas in December (soft) and wasn't disgraced in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, finishing ninth after getting outpaced; probably vulnerable once more to something with a bit more boot.

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2nd

1

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 207y

Class 1

14:55 Perth

Loughglynn

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Made it 2-2 over hurdles when landing Grade 2 at Limerick (2m7f, soft to heavy) in December, beating none other than subsequent Albert Bartlett winner Stellar Story; bounced back from Grade 1 flop when third in Grade 2 at Fairyhouse (2m4f, heavy) last month; leading player despite the 5lb penalty.

11/10

3rd

1

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Loughglynn

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

prominent, soon went second, led after 3 out, headed and lost two places approaching last, kept on

10/1

3

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 6f 78y

13:20 Leopardstown

Loughglynn

11st 10lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Creditable ninth in the Champion Bumper last season and unbeaten in two starts over hurdles, bolting up in a maiden hurdle at Punchestown (2m5f) on his return before relishing a battle on testing ground to take out a Grade 2 at Limerick (2m7f) on St Stephen's Day, beating Stellar Story by 1l; doesn't have stamina to prove like some of these but probably needs it to become a real test.

7/2

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Non-runners

Better Days Ahead, Loughglynn

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Ballyburn

SPOTLIGHT:

Slade Steel

POSTDATA:

Dancing City

TOPSPEED:

Special Cadeau

The Irish Sun:

Ballyburn