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19:45 Downpatrick

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Down Royal Corporation Of Horse Breeders Hunters Chase

  • Prize money: £9137.17
  • 3m 4f 150y
  • 8 runners
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Down Royal Corporation Of Horse Breeders Hunters Chase

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.40
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 21F2U- C

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

A leading hunter chaser for the last few seasons, winning at the Cheltenham festival last year having twice been runner-up there, and beating Vaucelet by just over a length at Punchestown; didn't really find his best form last season, a narrow victory over Le Malin at Naas his only success in five starts, and jumping let him down when failing to complete at Cheltenham and Punchestown; blinkers tried in those two races dispensed with and he's back in cheekpieces here.

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

5th

1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Billaway

12st 0lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Part of the furniture in this race; after two seconds he finally got his just reward two years ago when doing well to win from an unpromising position, and he was 9-2 last year only to depart mid-race; has taken his usual tried-and-trusted route via a Naas hunter chase, in which last month he was flattered to get very close to collaring Its On The Line who was at it a fair way out at the head of affairs; still, that race usually brings this 12yo on, and this place gets his competitive juices flowing; expect him to be closing in at the finish, as is his way.

7/1

2nd

3

10th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

16:15 Naas

Billaway

12st 0lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

led, briefly headed before 4th, not fluent 6th, headed 8th

9/2

1st

1

19th May 2023

Good

3m 4f 150y

19:45 Downpatrick

Billaway

12st 0lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

A leading hunter chaser for the last few seasons, winning at the Cheltenham festival last year having twice been runner-up there, and beating Vaucelet by just over a length at Punchestown; didn't really find his best form last season, a narrow victory over Le Malin at Naas his only success in five starts, and jumping let him down when failing to complete at Cheltenham and Punchestown; blinkers tried in those two races dispensed with and he's back in cheekpieces here.

5/2

OUR TIP

7/4

  • Place: £1.20

Form: /1172- BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Talented hunter was second to Billaway at Punchestown last year before winning well over this trip at Stratford; disappointing favourite for the hunter chase at Cheltenham in March where he weakened to finish seventh of 23 but back to his best when again finding just one too good in Champion Hunter Chase at Punchestown, beaten a length by Cheltenham runner-up Its On The Line; good chance as long as that run hasn't flattened him.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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5th

9

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:33 Down Royal

Vaucelet

12st 0lb

J: Mr R James

T: D M Christie

midfield

5/1

2nd

9

2nd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 2

19:05 Stratford

Vaucelet

12st 0lb

J: Mr B O’Neill

T: D M Christie

in touch with leaders

Evs

2nd

8

19th May 2023

Good

3m 4f 150y

19:45 Downpatrick

Vaucelet

12st 0lb

J: Mr B O’Neill

T: D M Christie

Talented hunter was second to Billaway at Punchestown last year before winning well over this trip at Stratford; disappointing favourite for the hunter chase at Cheltenham in March where he weakened to finish seventh of 23 but back to his best when again finding just one too good in Champion Hunter Chase at Punchestown, beaten a length by Cheltenham runner-up Its On The Line; good chance as long as that run hasn't flattened him.

7/4

Form: 1-1 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Beat subsequent hunter chase winner Ballydesmond at Kirkistown in February; easy hunter chase winner here on Rules debut and needed every yard of the 3m trip when following up on yard debut at Tipperary; improving sort up in class here but should enjoy the trip.

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6th

7

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:33 Down Royal

Shantou Show

12st 0lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Noel C Kelly

towards rear throughout

12/1

3rd

7

19th May 2023

Good

3m 4f 150y

19:45 Downpatrick

Shantou Show

12st 0lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Noel C Kelly

Beat subsequent hunter chase winner Ballydesmond at Kirkistown in February; easy hunter chase winner here on Rules debut and needed every yard of the 3m trip when following up on yard debut at Tipperary; improving sort up in class here but should enjoy the trip.

11/2

Form: /4755-

Last run: 39 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Useful Rules performer ran two decent races off 133 in Galway festival handicap chases last summer; won just one of his seven point-to-point starts this year, at Ballyraggett in March, and was well held fifth in 2m4f Cork hunter chase last month.

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5th

8

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 0f 0y

Class 6

16:15 Warwick

Russian Diamond

11st 12lb

J: Mr Paddy Hanlon

T: Francesca Poste

Formerly useful when trained in Ireland but couldn't make any case on recent pointing exploits; blinkers replace regular cheekpieces.

20/1

12th

6

2nd Jul 2023

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 2

15:12 Uttoxeter

Russian Diamond

11st 1lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Irish challenger who does not look particularly solid judged on his form in points and hunter chases for current yard; faller last time; something to prove back at handicap level.

20/1

1

5th Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

16:50 Listowel

Russian Diamond

11st 11lb

J: Mr T Hamilton

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Useful Rules performer ran two decent races off 133 in Galway festival handicap chases last summer; won just one of his seven point-to-point starts this year, at Ballyraggett in March, but his fourth to Billaway, with Vaucelet in second, at Downpatrick is good form and obviously less to do in this company.

7/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Homebred Shirocco gelding is brother to three-time winning hurdler Metersandmasks: off the mark in points at the fifth attempt when landing Taylorstown maiden last weekend but big outsider in this company; tongue-tied for Rules debut.

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6th

8

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 6f 110y

12:17 Down Royal

Rust To Riches

11st 12lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: Neill McCluskey

Point-to-point winner but modest form over hurdles/fences.

100/1

5th

6

22nd Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 202y

Class 5

15:15 Sedgefield

Rust To Riches

11st 3lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Neill McCluskey

Winning pointer; Irish raider who is 0-10 under rules and who has been quiet in recent starts; the return of blinkers isn't enough to tempt.

33/1

5th

4

6th Oct 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 110y

17:20 Downpatrick

Rust To Riches

11st 9lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: Neill McCluskey

Did well in points; not easy making a case on his rules form and has been tailed off or pulled up in his previous handicap chases; had blood in both nostrils after a remote seventh back hurdling here last time.

50/1

Form: /F344-

Last run: 41 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Six-time point winner and successful in his first hunter chase at Fairyhouse back in 2020 but hasn't been able to add to that on the track; well held in recent starts and others preferred.

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6th

3

19th May 2023

Good

3m 4f 150y

19:45 Downpatrick

Er Dancer

12st 0lb

J: Mr R James

T: Sean Thomas Doyle

Six-time point winner and successful in his first hunter chase at Fairyhouse back in 2020 but hasn't been able to add to that on the track; well held in recent starts and others preferred.

16/1

4th

3

8th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 1f 40y

14:45 Fairyhouse

Er Dancer

12st 0lb

J: Mr A Harney

T: Sean Thomas Doyle

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, not fluent 6th, not fluent 11th, prominent before 13th

10/1

4th

1

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 140y

17:10 Down Royal

Er Dancer

12st 0lb

J: Mr A Harney

T: Sean Thomas Doyle

in touch with leaders, bad mistake 1st, nudged along before 3 out, ridden after 2 out, kept on run-in, not reach leaders

7/2

Form: 22/16-

Last run: 36 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Somewhat of a revelation when wide margin winner of 3m1f Thurles hunter chase in February and backed that up when creditable sixth of 27 over the National fences in the Aintree Foxhunters.

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2

19th May 2023

Good

3m 4f 150y

19:45 Downpatrick

Dento Des Obeaux

12st 0lb

J: Mr D G Lavery

T: Patrick Eugene Turley

Somewhat of a revelation when wide margin winner of 3m1f Thurles hunter chase in February and backed that up when creditable sixth of 27 over the National fences in the Aintree Foxhunters.

6/1

6th

6

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Dento Des Obeaux

12st 0lb

J: Mr D G Lavery

T: Patrick Eugene Turley

Had appeared to be a solid Irish pointer but no more than that until storming home in a Thurles maiden hunter chase last month (made all, 3m1f); won't be afforded the luxury of an easy lead in this but certainly hard to rule out given the latest performance.

20/1

1st

3

13th Mar 2023

Yielding

3m 1f 89y

13:55 Thurles

Dento Des Obeaux

12st 0lb

J: Mr D G Lavery

T: Patrick Eugene Turley

made virtually all, jumped well, clear after 5 out, went further clear approaching last, heavily eased

5/2

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Non-runners

Le Malin

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €67.00
Straight Forecast €64.90
Trifecta €247.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Vaucelet

POSTDATA:

Billaway

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Vaucelet

TOPSPEED:

Vaucelet

The Irish Sun:

Vaucelet