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Palmerstown House Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase (Grade B)

  • Prize money: £26106.19
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • 14 runners
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Palmerstown House Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase (Grade B)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £13.80
  • Place: £3.30

Form: 1F5U41

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Dual handicap winner last summer; would have registered another victory over fences but for unseating at the last at Leopardstown in March; made amends with recent Tramore win; now 7lb higher but possibly capable of further progress.

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

1st

2

12th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 0y

16:30 Killarney

Brideswell Lad

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Seamus Neville

Five-time winner over fences, including a Grade B contest over 3m1f at the 2023 Punchestown festival; won a Listed handicap chase at Leopardstown over an extended 2m5f in March; jumping was hit-and-miss when fifth in a competitive Punchestown festival chase over a shorter trip.

8/1

5th

11

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Brideswell Lad

10st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Seamus Neville

Five-time winner over fences, including a Grade B contest over 3m1f here last year; showed his well-being when landing a Listed handicap chase at Leopardstown in March; has a chance off a 6lb higher mark.

12/1

1st

5

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 107y

16:00 Leopardstown

Brideswell Lad

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Seamus Neville

midfield, left in fourth 6th, headway and pressed leader after 8th, led 3 out (usual 4 out)

33/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 332410

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Went close behind subsequent Kim Muir winner Angels Dawn on handicap chase debut at Down Royal in January; off the mark over fences at the seventh attempt in Fairyhouse novice event; faded in the straight in the Kim Muir.

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Verdict Starting price

9

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Ballykeel

10st 5lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Delivered a career-best performance in winning the Perth Gold Cup (3m, good to soft) last June but fared less well back there on his next start; fair third over 2m5f at Killarney last August, absent since but finished second in this year and may have been kept for this.

9/1

3rd

2

26th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 180y

17:25 Killarney

Ballykeel

10st 2lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, outpaced and lost position 4 out, left in remote fourth 2 out, ran on and went third towards finish

5/1

33/1

  • Place: £12.10

Form: 32276B D

Last run: 160 days

W: 10st 0lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Veteran showed fair form in the first half of the season, though best runs were over hurdles; lacks a recent run and faces a very hard task from 8lb out of the handicap.

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

9th

1

28th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 160y

15:50 Downpatrick

Snugsborough Benny

12st 0lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: J P Broderick

Veteran has gone a long time without a win; several good runs in defeat last year and also when third in a handicap chase at Punchestown in April; back over hurdles for last two runs, down the field at Galway, slipped up at Tramore; trainer won this race 12 months ago.

14/1

0

1

18th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

19:18 Tramore

Snugsborough Benny

12st 0lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: J P Broderick

towards rear of midfield, midfield when slipped up on turn before 6th

20/1

12th

21

2nd Aug 2023

Soft

2m 6f 111y

20:20 Galway

Snugsborough Benny

11st 1lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: J P Broderick

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

Form: 41144P CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Deserves respect for beating Mahler Mission (unlucky not to win the National Hunt Chase) at this venue in December; won a 2m5f novice event at Fairyhouse in January before finishing fourth in a Navan handicap over a trip just short of 3m; lost chance in Irish Grand National with interference at 19th; each-way claims on overall form.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

7

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 55y

16:50 Punchestown

Must Be Obeyed

10st 12lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Sound jumping mare from the front at her best; ran okay behind Ardera Ru at Fairyhouse but a lot more is needed here.

33/1

2nd

15

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Must Be Obeyed

10st 3lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Thomas Gibney

Sound-jumping front-running mare; not at her best this season but an improved effort at Fairyhouse last time; goes on the ground and could go well.

20/1

4th

4

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 120y

15:20 Fairyhouse

Must Be Obeyed

11st 2lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

mounted in chute, raced wide, led narrowly or disputed lead early, raced in second from 3rd, lost second but prominent after 6th, went second again after 11th, led again 12th

6/1

Form: 4-132P

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Only chase success came in a 2m4f beginners' event at Wexford last July; fair second in a small-field handicap at Cheltenham last October; badly hampered at the first in the Magners Plate, so should not be judged too harshly on that.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

2

7th Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 170y

19:23 Wexford

Champagne Gold

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, mistake and lost ground 3rd, pushed along towards rear after 4th, not fluent and reminders 7th, detached 5 out

7/2

5th

4

12th Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 52y

17:13 Roscommon

Champagne Gold

11st 6lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Only chase success came in a 2m4f beginners' event at Wexford last July but this represents a welcome drop in class from competitive handicaps at the Cheltenham and Punchestown festivals; seemed to stay the 3m okay last time.

13/2

5th

8

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

16:25 Punchestown

Champagne Gold

10st 11lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Only chase success came in a 2m4f beginners' event at Wexford last July; fair second in a small-field handicap at Cheltenham last October; badly hampered at the first in the Magners Plate, so should not be judged too harshly on that.

10/1

Form: P-3092 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Three-time chase winner who has shown his best form at Kempton; went close on latest visit to that course nine weeks ago, beating all bar the improving Our Power; each-way prospects if handling the track as effectively.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

1

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Flegmatik

12st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Goes particularly well at Kempton where he posted form figures of 142 in competitive handicaps (2m4f-3m) before pulling up in the Topham at Aintree; can run well away from Kempton but it's never going to be easy off his current mark.

8/1

8

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Flegmatik

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won at Kempton (3m, good to soft) in January and good runs in defeat there the next twice (3m/2m4f, soft/good to soft), clear second last time; has his first run here and has a particularly good record at Kempton, but he can also be effective elsewhere and this consistent 9yo holds each-way claims.

20/1

2nd

3

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:45 Kempton

Flegmatik

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Ran creditably in major 3m handicap here (soft) three weeks ago, taking Kempton form figures to 3110214; scored comfortably on sole C&D attempt (good to soft); well suited by this venue and holds solid claims, for all that he remains on career-high mark.

5/2

OUR TIP

Form: -9220U D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Went very close in 3m Paddy Power at Leopardstown at Christmas in first-time blinkers; jumping went to pieces when disappointing over 3m4f here in the Grand National Trial; unseated at the first in the Grand National; trainer also runs Jerandme who may be better suited by the ground.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

2

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 7f 68y

15:05 Punchestown

Diol Ker

11st 9lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Sole chase win came for Noel Meade in 3m Leinster National at Naas in 2022; found wanting this term; form has included seventh in the Paddy Power and sixth in the Thyestes; 80-1, pulled up in the Irish Grand National.

40/1

9

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Diol Ker

11st 3lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't jump well, jumped right on occasions, in touch with leaders early, midfield when jumped right 10th, weakened 16th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out

50/1

Form: -1FF5U C

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Won over 2m5f here last May; has been plagued by jumping problems since then; seems risky after three failures to complete in valuable handicaps and last of five in a Navan Grade 2 event in which Velvet Elvis was second.

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Verdict Starting price

14th

19

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Fire Attack

10st 0lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual winning chaser for Joseph O'Brien; soundly beaten in two chases for Gordon Elliott and very hard to make a case for at present; 2lb wrong.

66/1

8th

1

26th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

Fire Attack

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

led, headed and raced in second before 2nd

14/1

9th

5

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 100y

14:17 Navan

Fire Attack

11st 0lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

led, not fluent 5th, headed before 3 out, soon lost position

16/1

Form: 66-12P C

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Out of his depth in the Brown Advisory when having only his third chase start; will be more at home here in his first handicap; definite chance on form he showed when winning on his chasing debut at Thurles in December and when demoted from first pace in a Grade 3 event at Naas in January.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Ramillies

12st 0lb

J: Mr R James

T: D M Christie

A good horse in his day for Willie Mullins, though failed to shine at three successive Festivals (all Grade 1s admittedly); has won four points since November (on ground ranging from yielding to heavy) but he stopped to a walk on the run-in after mixing it for a long way with Its On The Line at Naas last month and that hard race was perhaps a factor in his no-show last week at Gowran; hard to recommend so soon after that.

40/1

4th

4

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

17:05 Gowran Park

Ramillies

12st 0lb

J: Mr R James

T: D M Christie

Point winner in Britain at the start of his career; bumper/hurdles chase winner for Willie Mullins, now a four-time point winner for David Christie; two wins in November, two more in January; in between, only fourth behind Its On The Line at Down Royal; very remote last of three behind Its On The Line at Naas last time; this is a weaker race, ground not a big concern.

13/8

3rd

7

10th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

16:15 Naas

Ramillies

12st 0lb

J: Miss M O’Sullivan

T: D M Christie

prominent, briefly led before 4th, pressed leader 5th, led 8th

8/1

Form: 211172 C BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 5lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Third in 2020 Champion Hurdle; back to form over hurdles at a much lower level last year, winning three in a row in conditions races; outclassed in the Hatton's Grace in December; won on chase debut here in 2020 and was very highly tried as a novice, but never seemed to relish it; may have needed Wexford run, his first over fences for a long time; interesting.

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0

1

18th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 120y

16:25 Tramore

Darver Star

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Bounced back to form when runner-up at Wexford in March but struggled twice since; not easy to predict and probably needs a career best chase effort to land this off joint-topweight.

6/1

5th

1

7th Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 170y

19:23 Wexford

Darver Star

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

prominent, soon raced in second, pushed along and weakened quickly before 2 out

7/2

1

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

14:50 Punchestown

Darver Star

11st 13lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Gavin Cromwell

10-time winner, just one over fences and has been hit and miss in this sphere; decent second in a handicap chase at Wexford followed by a sub-standard effort in a 3m handicap at the festival here; best horse in the race and has a chance but just that bit vulnerable these days.

5/1

Form: -35P5F D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Long-priced 3m1f winner of last year's Betway Handicap Chase at the Grand National meeting; won by a wide margin and probably too high in the weights as a result; fell at the 15th (Chair) in the Grand National; new headgear combination tried.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

3

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Sam Brown

11st 12lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

12yo who has been in excellent form in the visor this season, winning twice (3m, soft/good) and posting a fine second at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; he's unproven over today's longer trip but the previous evidence isn't damning and he came from well back with a strong finish last time, suggesting another crack at a marathon distance is well worth a go.

22/1

2nd

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Sam Brown

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won this in fine style in 2022 (good to soft) and he's been running consistently well since this visor went on, winning two veterans' chases from his last four starts (3m, soft/good); edging back up the weights and he was beaten against younger rivals two starts ago, but he's entitled to respect.

14/1

1

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Sam Brown

12st 1lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won the series final at Warwick (3m, soft) in January in a first-time visor (retained since) and has continued in good form; versatile ground-wise and holds strong claims now back in a veterans' event.

3/1

Form: /272-F D

Last run: 55 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Very versatile sort; did most of his racing on the Flat in 2022, with a 2m Dundalk the highlight; finished second in a 2m5f handicap chase at Leopardstown last season; had been headed when falling two out in the same race this year; would be suited by drying ground.

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Verdict Starting price

10

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

16:25 Punchestown

Jerandme

10st 7lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

took keen hold, midfield early, in touch with leaders and raced wide when fell 4 out

10/1

6

5th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 97y

16:55 Leopardstown

Jerandme

11st 3lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Noel Meade

led narrowly on inner, joined before 3rd, headed and raced in second from 4th, led again after 6th, disputed lead 8th, pushed along when headed and fell 2 out

9/2

3rd

3

(1)

10th Feb 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

15:55 Dundalk (AW)

Jerandme

9st 9lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Noel Meade

led, shaken up when faced challenge over 2f out, ridden when headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, lost second inside final 110yds

2/1

Form: 1/5426

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Former point winner and a dual hurdles winner two seasons ago; made a bright start to handicap life with Navan second in January; not as good when raised in trip at Navan.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

1

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:25 Naas

Percy Warner

11st 12lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

in touch with leaders

10/1

6th

21

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Percy Warner

10st 0lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Lightly raced and seems to need soft ground; decisive winner of a 2m5f handicap chase at Cork in November (Riaan third); 2lb wrong but a case can be made for him.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta €1222.00
Straight Forecast €1066.00
Tricast €46022.60
Trifecta €38769.00

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Sam Brown

The Irish Sun:

Ramillies

SPOTLIGHT:

Darver Star

TOPSPEED:

Sam Brown

POSTDATA:

Sam Brown