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19:00 Curragh

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Spar Shop At The Curragh Handicap

  • Prize money: £10442.48
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • 17 runners
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Spar Shop At The Curragh Handicap

Runners: 17 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

1st
7 (8)
Verhoyen

11/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.30
  • Place: £2.40

Form: -90720 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Latest win came in this race last year and back below that winning mark; however, he was below form at Cork last time and he doesn't need the ground drying out.

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12th

12

(15)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 205y

17:50 Naas

Verhoyen

9st 1lb

J: Danny Sheehy

T: M C Grassick

All bar one of his seven career wins have come at the Curragh; yet to hit form this season however and remains opposable.

20/1

10th

5

(3)

21st Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 0y

16:30 Curragh

Verhoyen

9st 11lb

J: Danny Sheehy

T: M C Grassick

prominent, lost position over 2f out, soon weakened

20/1

12/1

  • Place: £4.00

Form: 7551-0 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Career best performances have come at this venue and showed he's just as effective over 6f when winning here in August; might have needed his return three weeks ago when last of 19 and warrants respect back on quicker ground around here.

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12th

18

(6)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 72y

17:40 Leopardstown

Ice Cold In Alex

8st 7lb

J: Wayne Hassett

T: K J Condon

in touch with leaders

33/1

4th

8

(2)

6th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

18:10 Cork

Ice Cold In Alex

9st 5lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: K J Condon

Six-time winner with several near misses in big handicaps; decent start to the season when second in a competitive Curragh handicap but disappointing since; down to his lowest mark since 2018 though and cannot be totally dismissed.

16/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 050-10 C BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Three-time course winner over 6f here and has won over 7f at Leopardstown; won here on return and stayed on well when beaten 4l here since; remains on a good mark and respected back up in trip.

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2nd

14

(5)

11th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 205y

15:05 Naas

Midnight Fire

8st 12lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

soon midfield, headway on far side of group under 2f out, joined leaders when ridden inside final furlong, kept on but no match for winner

4/1

2nd

20

(4)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

17:05 Curragh

Midnight Fire

8st 11lb

J: Leigh Roche

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

towards rear towards far side, steady headway from over 2f out, challenging when ridden 1f out, kept on but no match for winner

16/1

10th

14

(19)

31st Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

12:50 Curragh

Midnight Fire

9st 3lb

J: Yudish Geerdharry

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

raced near side, towards rear, headway into midfield halfway, in touch with leaders under 2f out, weakened final furlong

18/1

16/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 217520 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 8st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Five-time AW winner who has been running well in defeat since his latest success in February; only faded very late at Cork last week when drawn on the wrong side and may do better here.

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1st

1

(7)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

16:50 Dundalk (AW)

Jered Maddox

10st 4lb

J: Luke McAteer

T: David Marnane

towards rear, headway and in touch with leaders 2f out, ridden challenging up the centre over 1f out, led inside final furlong, went clear final 110yds, easily

8/1

1st

4

(9)

5th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

16:55 Dundalk (AW)

Jered Maddox

9st 8lb

J: Luke McAteer

T: David Marnane

soon midfield, switched right over 2f out, headway when switched left from over 1f out, led and ran on inside final 110yds

12/1

9th

6

(6)

22nd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

17:30 Dundalk (AW)

Jered Maddox

9st 5lb

J: Luke McAteer

T: David Marnane

A bit high in the ratings since Laytown win last autumn; recent form leaves him with plenty to find although never one to rule out.

20/1

20/1

Form: 33119- D

Last run: 239 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Won twice in France towards the end of last year; however, probably on a stiff enough mark for her return and she may need softer ground.

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4th

2

(8)

5th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 2f 120y

16:00 Sligo

No Niki No

9st 9lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: E J O’Neill

soon led and clear, reduced lead when ridden over 1f out

12/1

10th

6

(8)

20th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

17:45 Dundalk (AW)

No Niki No

9st 2lb

J: Ben Coen

T: E J O’Neill

Ex-French mare won at Leopardstown in June and several solid efforts in defeat since; below form on testing ground last time but can be forgiven that; however, her AW record is not great.

16/1

Form: 0474-4

Last run: 63 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Sole win came on AW in September 2021; some promising runs in defeat on AW through the winter but others appear to be on better marks.

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1st

1

(3)

22nd Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

19:30 Dundalk (AW)

Exquisite Acclaim

10st 0lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: Adrian McGuinness

soon led narrowly, headed and raced in second after 1f, switched right over 2f out, led narrowly when ridden and hung left over 1f out, kept on well up the centre final 110yds

13/2

2nd

2

(6)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

20:15 Dundalk (AW)

Exquisite Acclaim

9st 10lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: Adrian McGuinness

soon led, ridden when faced challenge inside final furlong, headed up the centre towards finish

5/1

Form: -58360 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Encouraging third at Dundalk (6f) earlier this year but not as good twice since; while the return to 7f could help, his best turf form is on softer ground.

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16th

9

(14)

6th May 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

17:20 Curragh

Half Nutz

9st 10lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: Adrian McGuinness

Not disgraced on the AW through the winter and all six career wins have come on turf, including one here; dropped away in a 7f handicap here last time.

16/1

17th

14

(1)

21st Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

15:30 Curragh

Half Nutz

9st 4lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: Adrian McGuinness

Not disgraced on the AW through the winter and all his career wins have come on turf, including one here; often concedes ground at the start but he's not badly treated if he can get going in quick enough time.

16/1

6/1

Form: 2561- D

Last run: 268 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Got off the mark at the fourth attempt when dropped to this trip in a fillies' maiden at Gowran (runner-up won next time out); this opening mark looks fair and respected on return; market may provide clues on fitness.

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8th

5

(1)

24th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

19:55 Leopardstown

Touching Clouds

9st 1lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

Well-bred filly won 7f maiden at Gowran last term and (blinkered first-time) touched off in handicap over that trip at same venue in June; another good effort when beaten fractions over C&D last month and merits consideration off 2lb higher mark.

11/2

4th

7

(14)

13th Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

18:15 Leopardstown

Touching Clouds

9st 11lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

Responded well to first-time blinkers when touched off in a Gowran handicap last month but disappointing at Naas subsequently; fair chance off this mark at her best but needs to bounce back after last time.

8/1

Form: 9-0640

Last run: 37 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Sole win came on AW towards end of last year; below form at Gowran last time out and doesn't look well treated on the balance of her turf form.

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4th

10

(11)

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 0f 0y

14:15 Cork

Toriangel

9st 12lb

J: Siobhan Rutledge

T: Ms Sheila Lavery

Sole win came on the AW; ended last season with a good fifth to Magic Charm at the Curragh; others preferred but enough there to give some encouragement.

12/1

5th

8

(9)

23rd Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

16:15 Curragh

Toriangel

9st 11lb

J: Dylan Kidd

T: Ms Sheila Lavery

midfield, headway towards far side 1f out, kept on towards finish, not reach leaders

20/1

Form: -14300 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Winner at Dundalk in January but seems to have lost his way on turf more recently and didn't beat a rival last time; return to quicker ground needs to spark a revival.

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11th

6

(12)

10th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

17:50 Cork

Hightimeyouwon

9st 9lb

J: Cian MacRedmond

T: Adrian McGuinness

Dual course winner who won this in 2021; got his head back in front at Dundalk last time but a 7lb higher mark in a deeper race is probably enough to stop him going back-to-back.

7/1

1st

1

(3)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

20:15 Dundalk (AW)

Hightimeyouwon

10st 2lb

J: Cian MacRedmond

T: Adrian McGuinness

in touch with leaders, headway towards near side over 2f out, soon ridden, challenging inside final furlong, ran on to lead and edged left towards finish, just did enough

9/2

Form: 08-650 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

1-17; wasn't beaten far over 6f here earlier this month despite a slow start; return to 7f may help but all her best form has come on softer ground.

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6th

7

(7)

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

14:10 Leopardstown

Bells On Her Toes

9st 4lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

Recorded handicap wins on soft ground at Naas and Galway during the summer and much better form in stakes company at Tipperary, only conceding late in Listed Concorde Stakes to Snapraeterea second occasion (heavy); inadequate trip on latest in Curragh Listed.

13/2

6th

1

(13)

7th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

15:30 Curragh

Bells On Her Toes

9st 3lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

Busy enough year but recorded back-to-back 7f handicap wins on soft ground at Naas and Galway during the summer and much better form in stakes company at Tipperary last twice, only conceding late in Listed Concorde Stakes last Sunday; back in trip here.

7/2

2nd

9

(1)

1st Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

0m 7f 100y

14:40 Tipperary

Bells On Her Toes

9st 4lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

dwelt start, towards rear, some headway after 2f, chased clear leader up the centre over 1f out, challenging inside final furlong, led final 110yds, headed towards finish

7/1

6/1

Form: 126-10 D BF

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Rare below par effort at Dundalk (6f) when last seen but she had looked progressive before that run and she probably found the sprint trip insufficient; may resume progress back at her optimum trip and the ground is in her favour.

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12th

12

(15)

2nd Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

15:55 Dundalk (AW)

Might And Mercy

9st 5lb

J: Killian Leonard

T: Patrick J McKenna

prominent, led after 1f, headed under 2f out, soon weakened

25/1

12th

3

(3)

6th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

18:15 Dundalk (AW)

Might And Mercy

9st 6lb

J: Killian Leonard

T: Patrick J McKenna

Course winner over 7f has a falling mark this year after a number of unplaced runs; a better effort over that trip last time; has a chance if building on that.

6/1

4th

4

(7)

22nd Nov 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

14:20 Dundalk (AW)

Might And Mercy

9st 10lb

J: Killian Leonard

T: Patrick J McKenna

soon led narrowly or disputed lead, headed and prominent after 2f, challenging on far side of group when bumped 2f out, no extra inside final 110yds, lost third final strides

33/1

Form: 48-000 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

C&D winner who ended a losing run when winning at Naas (7f) last year; has really struggled in three runs for new yard and best watched.

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3rd

6

(5)

8th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

13:25 Dundalk (AW)

Big Baby Bull

9st 4lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Miss Shauna Larkin

soon dropped to midfield, headway when switched left over 2f out, went third and kept on inside final furlong

8/1

9th

1

(9)

1st Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

14:00 Dundalk (AW)

Big Baby Bull

10st 2lb

J: Daniel King

T: James McAuley

prominent, went second on inner over 3f out, lost second and weakened gradually from under 2f out

7/1

8th

3

(12)

17th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 39y

16:35 Leopardstown

Big Baby Bull

9st 11lb

J: Kyle McHugh

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Twice successful in claiming races this season; solid handicap form too, though the extended 6f proved inadequate at the Curragh last time; same 10lb claimer rode him to beat Is That Love at Limerick; fair prospects of another success.

7/1

7/1

Form: 33-541 D

Last run: 91 days

W: 8st 8lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Got off the mark in an AW maiden in February and that form was boosted by the runner-up winning next time out; off three months and has to prove she's as effective on turf but could be on a good mark.

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6th

2

(17)

26th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

19:30 Dundalk (AW)

Maid To Shine

9st 11lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: G Hassett

prominent, pressed leader over 4f out

8/1

5th

11

(17)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

18:50 Dundalk (AW)

Maid To Shine

9st 8lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: G Hassett

Beat Relevant Range in a 7f maiden here last year; best handicap run when returning here over 6f in January; unproven over the trip and others probably more likely.

16/1

Form: 696-53 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Came on from her reappearance when third of eight in a fillies' handicap at Gowran maiden earlier this month; tougher ask here and may need a bit further than this these days.

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2nd

3

(1)

19th Sep 2023

Good

1m 1f 0y

15:50 Listowel

Miramis

9st 7lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent, challenging going best under 2f out, ridden when led narrowly inside final furlong, headed final strides

11/2

3rd

3

(4)

3rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

0m 7f 110y

15:45 Tipperary

Miramis

9st 7lb

J: Mikey Sheehy

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders 2f out, ran on well and went third inside final 110yds

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 0191-1 CD

Last run: 63 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Has progressed since switching to AW and arrives bidding for a hat-trick but could be vulnerable from her revised mark back on turf.

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5th

4

(8)

20th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

19:45 Dundalk (AW)

Shes In The Game

8st 12lb

J: Neve Bennett

T: W T Farrell

Five-time winner, including twice over C&D, the last of those coming in March; a cracking run at Fairyhouse last time when didn't get a clear run and should improve from that; a major player.

4/1

4th

3

(4)

18th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

0m 7f 0y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Shes In The Game

9st 10lb

J: Neve Bennett

T: W T Farrell

took keen hold, midfield on inner

12/1

16th

3

(17)

26th May 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

19:00 Curragh

Shes In The Game

9st 12lb

J: Neve Bennett

T: W T Farrell

Has progressed since switching to AW and arrives bidding for a hat-trick but could be vulnerable from her revised mark back on turf.

5/1

Form: 100-50

Last run: 84 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Won back-to-back fillies' handicaps over 1m last summer; however, out of form on AW when last seen and she's still 4lb above her last winning mark; new yard.

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13th

1

(1)

5th Jun 2023

Good

1m 1f 100y

16:37 Gowran Park

Shanghai Dragon

10st 3lb

J: Kyanna Van Buuren

T: Patrick T Foley

prominent, led after 1f, headed and prominent after 3f

33/1

17th

5

(3)

26th May 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

19:00 Curragh

Shanghai Dragon

9st 10lb

J: Luke McAteer

T: Patrick T Foley

Won back-to-back fillies' handicaps over 1m last summer; however, out of form on AW when last seen and she's still 4lb above her last winning mark; new yard.

20/1

13th

1

(7)

3rd Mar 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

20:00 Dundalk (AW)

Shanghai Dragon

10st 0lb

J: Yudish Geerdharry

T: J P Murtagh

Went up 10lb for two wins on turf last Summer; not a bad effort in first time blinkers here last month after four months off and could get involved.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta €1996.00
Straight Forecast €1522.30
Tricast €14488.90
Trifecta €13250.00

Selections

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Verhoyen

The Irish Sun:

Touching Clouds

POSTDATA:

Half Nutz

SPOTLIGHT:

Jered Maddox

TOPSPEED:

Verhoyen