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16:15 Curragh

Good

Finlay Volvo Handicap

  • Prize money: £13053.1
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • 15 runners
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Finlay Volvo Handicap

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £23.50
  • Place: £5.10

Form: 210-03 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Consistent sort last year and won a Naas maiden over this trip towards the end of the campaign; came on from his return with a 2l third at Naas last week but improvement required to defy this mark and 7f on quick ground may be a bit sharp for him.

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15

(1)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Betterdaysrcoming

9st 0lb

J: W J Lee

T: A Oliver

Both wins have been at 7f but he needed all of that trip at the Curragh (good) a month ago to be ahead when it mattered; it's debatable whether he's got enough boot under the bonnet to win this much deeper race; best form on good or yielding (below par on softer).

25/1

1st

5

(12)

27th May 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

16:15 Curragh

Betterdaysrcoming

9st 6lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: A Oliver

midfield on near side of group, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, headway when ridden up the centre from over 1f out, led towards finish, all out

16/1

3rd

5

(11)

21st May 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

16:45 Naas

Betterdaysrcoming

9st 8lb

J: W J Lee

T: A Oliver

midfield

10/1

25/1

  • Place: £7.20

Form: 6-6231

Last run: 27 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Didn't need to improve to win a Sligo maiden last month; step back up in trip is fine but he looks more exposed than most of these.

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1st

6

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 107y

13:30 Punchestown

Semblance Of Order

11st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: A Oliver

in touch with leaders, good headway challenging 2 out, led last, ridden when edged left run-in, kept on well

11/2

13th

8

(12)

13th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

18:15 Dundalk (AW)

Semblance Of Order

9st 1lb

J: W J Lee

T: A Oliver

Won twice earlier in the season but has refused to race on two of his last three starts and he looks risky on that sole factor; back below last winning mark for AW debut at least.

25/1

20/1

  • Place: £5.30

Form: 93-441

Last run: 27 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Fourth on handicap debut at Cork before getting off the mark in a fillies' maiden at Sligo last month; this is much tougher but there's a chance she'll improve for quicker ground back up in trip.

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1st

8

(4)

7th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

15:30 Curragh

Aussie Girl

9st 2lb

J: Colin Keane

T: J A Stack

Nicely progressive of late on easy ground, touched off in Scurry Handicap here before gaining black-type placings at Naas (twice) and last month finished a close fourth in well-contested Ayr fillies' Listed; trip/ground to suit and major player although draw may not be ideal.

9/2

4th

5

(2)

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 110y

Class 1

14:50 Ayr

Aussie Girl

9st 0lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: J A Stack

in touch with leaders on far side of group, edged left and steady headway 2f out, pressed leaders inside final furlong, kept on

11/2

2nd

4

(10)

27th Aug 2023

Good

0m 5f 205y

15:15 Naas

Aussie Girl

9st 5lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: J A Stack

Progressive handicapper, winning premier event at the Curragh before second in Scurry Handicap there; better again when second to Clounmacon in C&D fillies Listed last month, showing plenty of speed; going the right way but more likely needed here to play a major role.

12/1

8/1

Form: 4-33

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Improved with each run in maidens and was beaten roughly 3l in a 1m2f Cork maiden earlier this month (stablemate Farnborough 2l ahead in 2nd); handicap mark is fine but needs to prove he has the speed for this back at 7f.

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6

(6)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 2

17:35 Ascot

Canute

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Five starts, last four in blinkers; 10-11 but improved in a ten-runner handicap at Navan (1m2f, good) 13 days ago, slowly away but quickly close up, leading final 1f and winning in tidy fashion; probably remains well handicapped and could be capable of better again.

3/1

1st

6

(1)

11th Jun 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

16:40 Navan

Canute

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

dwelt start, towards rear, in touch with leaders on inner after 1f, headway and went third under 2f out, went second over 1f out, ran on well to lead inside final 110yds, comfortably

9/4

4th

11

(5)

27th May 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

16:15 Curragh

Canute

9st 1lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

in touch with leaders, nudged along from 3f out, bit short of room under 2f out

8/1

20/1

Form: 16790- C

Last run: 224 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Won a 6f maiden here second time out at 2 before 3l defeat over the same C&D in a Group 3 in August; lost his way a little in three subsequent starts and he's the only one of these that lacks a run this year.

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4th

6

(2)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 3

15:50 Lingfield (AW)

Daamberdiplomat

9st 8lb

J: James Doyle

T: J P Murtagh

Highly tried after winner a Curragh maiden as a 2yo; revived by the switch to AW this winter, winning a 6f handicap at Dundalk in December (solid form) and then an eyecatching third back there five weeks ago (10lb claimer reported after the race that he was keen not to hit the front too soon); unlikely to be seeing too much daylight from stall 2 and James Doyle takes over in the saddle; perhaps not straightforward but he appeals as being better than his mark.

9/2

3rd

3

(1)

23rd Feb 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

17:45 Dundalk (AW)

Daamberdiplomat

9st 7lb

J: Rory Mulligan

T: J P Murtagh

Found himself badly handicapped after winning Curragh juvenile maiden but has begun to take advantage of a reduced mark since switched to this surface; ridden by this 10lb claimer when C&D winner from Dontspoilasale in November, 5lb higher now; fair chance

9/2

1st

4

(5)

15th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

19:15 Dundalk (AW)

Daamberdiplomat

9st 7lb

J: Rory Mulligan

T: J P Murtagh

midfield, good headway over 1f out, ridden and led narrowly inside final furlong, kept on well towards finish, cosily

7/1

9/2

Form: 92-22 BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Knocking on the door since his debut and only beaten half a length when stepped up to 1m2f on testing ground at Cork earlier this month (stablemate Canute in third); on a good mark for handicap debut, has speed, and it will be interesting to see whether he can handle the marked drop back to 7f with blinkers fitted; yard's first-string.

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1st

8

(7)

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Farnborough

9st 2lb

J: Killian Hennessy

T: A P O’Brien

travelled strongly, midfield, headway and prominent over 4f out, led going best over 2f out, went clear when ridden over 1f out, comfortably

8/1

16th

16

(6)

2nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

16:15 Curragh

Farnborough

8st 11lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

in touch with leaders

7/1

1st

3

(16)

23rd Jun 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

18:15 Limerick

Farnborough

9st 8lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

prominent, led after 1f, faced challenge but going easily over 2f out, ridden when clear over 1f out, kept on well but reduced lead when idled towards finish, always doing enough

2/1

Form: 1-4 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Won fillies' maiden on debut at Dundalk but that form didn't really work out; solid enough run on reappearance at Gowran (7f, soft) when beaten 3l and she's a possible improver on quicker ground; less exposed than some having just her third start.

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3rd

7

(8)

30th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

16:20 Cork

Not Even Close

9st 7lb

J: Paddy Harnett

T: Donnacha Aidan O’Brien

soon towards rear, headway on near side of group from over 2f out, keeping on when ridden inside final furlong, ran on and went third towards finish, just held third

12/1

9th

8

(14)

26th Aug 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

18:40 Curragh

Not Even Close

9st 11lb

J: Paddy Harnett

T: Donnacha Aidan O’Brien

All runs over 7f; AW winner on sole start at two; been running okay this term and has dropped 5lb; beaten 5l by course specialist Verhoyen on Derby weekend, staying on, and now cuts back in trip with headgear fitted; not jumping off the page.

14/1

OUR TIP

9/2

Form: 12-7 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Beat Little Big Bear when recording an RPR of 100 on debut before finishing runner-up in a Group 3 on his other 2yo start; too keen on his reappearance at Naas when well held but should have more to give at this trip and he should be capable from this sort of mark.

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5th

10

(12)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 205y

17:50 Naas

Tough Talk

9st 3lb

J: Colin Keane

T: G M Lyons

Quite lightly raced 4yo who has yet to add to debut Curragh 2yo maiden win; signs of temperament on recent comeback at same venue but shaped encouragingly; probably on a fair enough mark and better ground to suit.

9/1

5th

3

(7)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

17:05 Curragh

Tough Talk

10st 1lb

J: Colin Keane

T: G M Lyons

One of the darker ones after only five starts and he won his 2yo maiden here before finishing second in the Group 3 Marble Hill; restricted to only three starts as a 3yo and showed the benefit of a gelding operation when only 2l away in 7.5f handicap at Leopardstown; dropped 4lb.

10/1

12/1

Form: 51-3 D

Last run: 55 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Promise in his debut over this C&D and improved plenty to win a Dundalk maiden (7f) in September; heavy ground possibly against him on his reappearance when third of five in a Group 3 and first-time blinkers may help; fair mark for handicap debut but Farnborough is the yard's first-string.

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4th

9

(5)

29th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

18:45 Dundalk (AW)

Carracci

9st 2lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: A P O’Brien

Won a 7f maiden here last November and several solid efforts in defeat since up to 1m1f; has a fair bit to find on ratings but is suited by this surface.

22/1

11th

13

(22)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

18:10 Curragh

Carracci

9st 3lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

Only win was gained at Dundalk last November; probably capable of better than he showed here in race won by Crystal Black on latest, since two previous Leopardstown runs suggested the possibility of a first turf success.

10/1

10th
14 (4)
Devore

25/1

Form: 615-73 CD

Last run: 26 days

W: 8st 8lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Got off the mark on handicap debut over C&D in September but hasn't built on that in three runs since, including back over C&D last time; not sure to appreciate quicker ground.

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8th

1

(6)

6th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

17:45 Bath

Devore

9st 11lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Mark Loughnane

Out of form on AW for new stable this year but could well stage revival returned to turf and dropped to Class 6; sole Irish win came off a stone higher mark on grass; possibilities.

16/1

9th

7

(2)

21st Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Devore

9st 3lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: Mark Loughnane

Managed a win in Ireland for Johnny Murtagh (7f) and hopes of a revival on third start for new connections probably hinge on 1m being more suitable than 1m2f/9.4f; cheekpieces return.

33/1

10th

3

(10)

19th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 5

15:25 Wolverhampton (AW)

Devore

9st 10lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Mark Loughnane

7f winner for Johnny Murtagh but patchy form since and below best on AW/stable debut after break of over five months last time; 3lb lower but needs to raise game.

20/1

Form: 6-11

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Sixth behind Auguste Rodin on sole 2yo outing; improved to win a 6f heavy ground Naas maiden on return this year before following up over the same C&D on handicap debut 33 days ago (re-opposing stablemate King Of Scotia 2nd); that race hasn't produced any winners and he has to prove he's as effective on quicker ground at 7f but can't be ruled out in his hat-trick bid.

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11th

4

(1)

20th Aug 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

15:00 Curragh

Red Letter Bray

9st 3lb

J: Colin Keane

T: M D O’Callaghan

Maiden and handicap winner at Naas in the spring; not at the same level stepped up to 7f last twice; interesting back to this trip with any rain that falls very much in his favour.

8/1

5th

7

(8)

26th Jul 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

20:00 Naas

Red Letter Bray

9st 8lb

J: Colin Keane

T: M D O’Callaghan

prominent early, soon steadied and in touch with leaders, outpaced over 1f out, no extra final furlong

12/1

25/1

Form: 222-64

Last run: 33 days

W: 8st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Nine-race maiden; consistent sort but doesn't look well treated as a result; return to 7f in his favour at least.

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9th

14

(11)

13th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

17:45 Dundalk (AW)

Blue News

9st 4lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

An 18-race maiden with six seconds to his name; ran okay when fourth over C&D last week but this looks tougher.

14/1

4th

3

(9)

6th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

19:30 Dundalk (AW)

Blue News

9st 8lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

Placed many times, including twice over C&D; below form on soft ground last twice but coming back to this surface could spark a return to his best, which would see him go close.

6/1

Form: 7-214

Last run: 85 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Improved with each run on AW through the winter, landing Dundalk maiden on his penultimate start before a Listed fourth latest; needs to improve to defy this mark now handicapping and not certain to appreciate a drop to 7f.

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8th

2

(9)

9th Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 31y

Class 4

15:20 Windsor

Cash Out

9st 13lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Mitchell Hunt

took keen hold, prominent, outpaced 3f out, weakened from 2f out

25/1

13th

7

(13)

27th May 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

16:15 Curragh

Cash Out

9st 4lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Improved with each run on AW through the winter, landing Dundalk maiden on his penultimate start before a Listed fourth latest; needs to improve to defy this mark now handicapping and not certain to appreciate a drop to 7f.

14/1

4th

2

(4)

3rd Mar 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

19:30 Dundalk (AW)

Cash Out

9st 5lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Inexperience probably cost him the race when beaten a short head by Stormy Entry three weeks ago; capable of making further progress following his win a week later.

9/1

10/1

Form: 271-24 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Runner-up to re-opposing stablemate Red Letter Bray on his return at Naas (6f) and shaped like he would relish the return to 7f when fourth over the same C&D last time out when a length behind Polar Bear earlier this month; met a bit of trouble in running and one to consider from a workable handicap mark.

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5th

2

18th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

15:05 Chelmsford (AW)

King Of Scotia

9st 8lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: Jamie Osborne

Won over this trip in late 2022 but has not added to his tally; soundly beaten over 1m on last two starts (reportedly lost action last time) and, although well handicapped on best form, will be of interest only if there's significant market support.

11/1

9th

3

(9)

4th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 5

13:45 Lingfield (AW)

King Of Scotia

9st 8lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Jamie Osborne

pressed leader, weakened over 1f out, soon eased

6/1

Form: 218-13

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Improved to win a Naas maiden towards the back end of last season and returned with a heavy ground success over the minimum at Bellewstown last month; beaten roughly 1l back up at 6f at Naas back in a handicap earlier this month; 2lb higher mark is fine and while he didn't really shape like he wanted 7f, there's stamina on the dam's side of his pedigree.

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Payout
Exacta €5328.00
Straight Forecast €3212.40
Tricast €52815.20
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Selections

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Farnborough

The Irish Sun:

Red Letter Bray

POSTDATA:

Canute

SPOTLIGHT:

King Of Scotia

TOPSPEED:

Farnborough