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Dubai Duty Free Irish EBF “Ragusa” Handicap (Premier Handicap)

  • Prize money: £52212.39
  • 1m 4f 0y
  • 11 runners
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Dubai Duty Free Irish EBF “Ragusa” Handicap (Premier Handicap)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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1st
2 (15)
Safecracker

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.90
  • Place: £2.90

Form: 22-572 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Won at Gowran last year and runner-up five times, including in competitive events here and at Leopardstown; not at best on first two starts this term; neck second in the Cork Derby (with several of these behind) suggests he has resumed the progress he showed last season.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

2

(4)

7th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 202y

16:35 Naas

Safecracker

9st 9lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

Very consistent in premier handicaps and richly deserved to win one of them which he did off 97 at the Curragh (1m4f) on Derby weekend; first foray into stakes company; goes on easy ground.

12/1

1st

2

(15)

2nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

18:00 Curragh

Safecracker

10st 0lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

towards rear of midfield, pushed along 3f out, ridden and in touch with leaders against far rail 2f out, went second inside final furlong, ridden to lead final 110yds, kept on well

8/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 21210- C

Last run: 238 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Down the field over 2m on final start last season; previously in excellent form over 1m4f, notably when beating Safecracker in the Leopardstown October Handicap; jockey booking for seasonal debut is a positive, rider was aboard for his maiden win.

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3rd

4

(6)

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 6f 0y

15:05 Navan

Zoffman

9st 8lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Noel Meade

prominent, smooth headway 2f out, briefly led over 1f out, kept on over 1f out, weakened gradually inside final 110yds, just held third

4/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 61-035 C

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Four-time AW winner is 1-11 on turf but was third in this race last year; two most recent outings have been satisfactory; helps to give a strong hand to the team also responsible for Chally Chute.

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8th

1

(6)

3rd Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

20:30 Dundalk (AW)

Golden Twilight

10st 3lb

J: Jake Coen

T: M Halford & T Collins

midfield, in touch with leaders 3f out, brief headway towards near side under 2f out, weakened gradually final furlong

16/1

7th

3

(7)

13th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:45 Dundalk (AW)

Golden Twilight

9st 11lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: M Halford & T Collins

Has won 4 times at this track plus once on turf; has been solid in defeat in Premier h'caps over last number of starts (3.5l behind Ceallach here in August) and a chance again.

7/1

7th

6

(16)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 180y

17:05 Leopardstown

Golden Twilight

9st 1lb

J: W J Lee

T: M Halford & T Collins

towards rear of midfield, headway towards near side over 1f out, kept on well final 110yds, never near to challenge

14/1

Form: 2700-1 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Enjoyed a good first half of campaign last year; back from a spell over hurdles with long-priced course win over 1m6f five weeks ago; big weight now, talented rider has lost his 3lb claim in the interim.

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6th

2

11th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 50y

14:25 Punchestown

Dame Rapide

11st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: James M Barrett

soon led, clear 2nd

9/2

8/1

Form: 72-19 D BF

Last run: 86 days

W: 8st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Progressed in his three runs in 1m4f maidens on Dundalk last winter; multiple excuses offered for flop in 2m Lingfield event on stable debut; quite possible he can put that behind on second start for Willie Mullins.

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0

32

(32)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Mr Escobar

8st 2lb

J: Siobhan Rutledge

T: W P Mullins

Won 1m4f maiden on Dundalk AW in January; no serious impact in his four handicaps for new yard, making the running in a 1m6f race last time, but favourite backers in his 2m race at the big Lingfield AW meeting at Easter won't yet forget his luckless, on-the-bridle finish in which he was impeded by hanging left; tongue tied last two starts and now wears a hood.

33/1

5th

11

(3)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 6f 40y

19:10 Killarney

Mr Escobar

8st 8lb

J: Leigh Roche

T: W P Mullins

soon led, headed under 2f out, weakened final 110yds

11/2

13th

3

(2)

2nd Aug 2023

Soft

2m 0f 110y

18:10 Galway

Mr Escobar

10st 2lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Progressed in his three runs in 1m4f maidens on Dundalk last winter; multiple excuses offered for flop in 2m Lingfield event on stable debut; again an unplaced favourite at the Curragh last time.

13/2

6th
7 (12)
Old Port

10/1

Form: 6144-0 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Five of six wins for David Evans in Britain came on AW, sole turf win came on fast ground at Newmarket last summer; likely to be much better for recent stable debut in the Cork Derby when he failed to get the best of runs; plenty to find with Safecracker and Golden Twilight, but could be a different proposition now; good 5lb claimer booked.

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2

6th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 180y

13:35 Down Royal

Old Port

11st 12lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

in touch with leaders, prominent 4 out, smooth headway and led narrowly when fell 2 out

9/2

0

14

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 157y

14:05 Punchestown

Old Port

11st 12lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

Six Flat wins for David Evans, all but one on AW; only turf win on good-to-firm; unfancied when pleasing third on hurdles debut at Cork; unseated at first at Leopardstown, 16-1 on that occasion.

10/1

0

16

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Old Port

11st 12lb

J: Mr R W Barron

T: C Byrnes

Six Flat wins for David Evans, all but one on AW; only turf win on good-to-firm; unfancied when pleasing third of 24 on recent hurdles debut at Cork.

16/1

14/1

Form: 0451-9

Last run: 99 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Enjoyed a fine campaign last year, four wins culminating in Naas success in November off 84 for which she went up a hefty 11lb; found 1m inadequate in Irish Lincoln here in March; now down 2lb from that.

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1st

2

(2)

11th Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 6y

Class 1

15:20 Pontefract

Dha Leath

9st 2lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Gavin Cromwell

Won four handicaps during progressive 2022 (1m-1m2f, good-heavy) and fast ground and/or the step back up to 1m4f may not have suited at the Curragh recently; an each-way case can be made on form but perhaps 1m2f suits best.

7/1

7th

4

(16)

2nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

18:00 Curragh

Dha Leath

9st 10lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Gavin Cromwell

prominent

14/1

1

(8)

30th Apr 2023

Yielding

1m 2f 121y

16:55 Sligo

Dha Leath

10st 0lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Gavin Cromwell

Enjoyed a fine campaign last year, four wins culminating in Naas success in November off 84 for which she went up a hefty 11lb; encouraging comeback run over inadequate trip in Lincoln augurs well and drops in class, although career-best now needed.

4/1

Form: /1207- C

Last run: 238 days

W: 9st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Won over 2m here last year and second in big amateur handicap at Galway; may need further and stable possibly has a better chance with Mr Escobar.

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2nd

2

(6)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:45 Curragh

Maze Runner

10st 0lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: W P Mullins

midfield

4/1

0

11

5th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 108y

14:30 Galway

Maze Runner

11st 1lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

Acts well around here; got no real run in the amateur handicap here on Monday; stays 3m and capable of getting into it at his best.

16/1

10th

8

(14)

31st Jul 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

18:40 Galway

Maze Runner

11st 10lb

J: Mr C Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Second in this race last year; not a bad return to action in a 1m4f premier handicap at the Curragh on Derby weekend; 3lb higher than last year and could well be worth a market watch.

33/1

Form: 4-7812 C

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Won maiden over 1m2f last August; produced a career-best on testing ground at Leopardstown in May over the same trip; strong at the finish when second to Timourid over 1m2f last time; well worth first try at 1m4f.

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11th

16

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

16:15 Punchestown

Smooth Tom

10st 13lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Andrew Slattery

Very useful on the flat whose recent Irish Lincoln second reads well; had won both initial starts over hurdles earlier this season before well held in Grade 1 novice at Leopardstown over Christmas; unexposed entering handicap ranks here so has to be respected.

14/1

2nd

6

(12)

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

16:10 Curragh

Smooth Tom

8st 13lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

dwelt start

16/1

5th

7

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Smooth Tom

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Andrew Slattery

midfield, weakened from 2 out

25/1

10th
12 (1)
Laelaps

16/1

Form: 408-03

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

On a long losing run since 2021 Listowel festival but possible he can make his presence felt off this mark; may reverse recent form with Timourid.

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8th

7

(8)

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 2f 50y

17:35 Cork

Laelaps

9st 3lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Andrew McNamara

Useful for Jessica Harrington; has been mostly underwheming on the Flat and hurdles for current yard but was third off 7lb higher in 1m2f handicap on Guineas weekend at the Curragh last year; beaten a long way on comeback at Leopardstown but sharper for that.

25/1

16/1

Form: 4-2201 C

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Beaten half a length when finishing runner-up on each of his first two starts this term; well below form at Leopardstown next start; bounced back with 1m2f course win on latest; up 4lb but the extra distance is perhaps more a concern.

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Non-runners

My Mate Mozzie, Chally Chute, Hell Bent, Teed Up, Brazil, Boher Road, Wild Dollar

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Payout
Exacta €660.00
Straight Forecast €1131.60
Tricast €8315.40
Trifecta €6133.00

Selections

The Irish Sun:

Smooth Tom

SPOTLIGHT:

Old Port

POSTDATA:

Safecracker

TOPSPEED:

Teed Up

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Laelaps