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Packie Downey Memorial Rated Novice Chase

  • Prize money: £7831.86
  • 2m 3f 114y
  • 7 runners
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Packie Downey Memorial Rated Novice Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.40
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 76P-44 C

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Has had plenty of opportunities at this game and continues to frustrate, but strictly on the books, he should have plenty to say; not convinced by his finishing prowess.

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

8th

9

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Railway Hurricane

10st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Gavin Cromwell

Good effort over 2m4f on the Old course here last winter but still met with defeat; almost no leeway in the weights since and not very tempting with a strike-rate of 1-26 over fences, having been well held behind Ginny's Destiny here in November and fallen on this course since (tough task).

16/1

0

12

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Railway Hurricane

10st 2lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

No ground worries; just one win from his 25 chase starts but that came in July and he's been placed in his three races this autumn; the last two were over 2m4f at this track but this is a much better race and he's 7lb out of the handicap, so faces a stiff task.

20/1

3rd

4

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 3

13:45 Cheltenham

Railway Hurricane

11st 6lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Just one win from his 24 chase starts but that came in July and he's been a good second in handicaps the last twice at Gowran Park (2m4f, heavy) and over C&D (good); bumped into unexposed winner last time and there's every chance he'll be bang there.

9/2

OUR TIP

7/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 3P80-1 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Former Galway festival bumper winner failed to make a mark over hurdles, but came good on his recent debut over fences, brushing aside his three rivals, the runner-up a 130's rated hurdler, with a degree of flair; will find this more of a test but has now earned close scrutiny.

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

5th

5

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 3

13:45 Cheltenham

Mr Saxobeat

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Thomas Gibney

He was running well in third (just behind runner-up Railway Hurricane) when slipping and almost falling at the final fence over C&D last month (good; pulled up); also effective on soft ground; might not be far away.

10/1

0

6

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 166y

Class 3

15:20 Cheltenham

Mr Saxobeat

11st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Won four-runner beginners' chase at Clonmel (2m4f, good) on chasing debut in June and has remained in good form since, perhaps most notably when second in Listed handicap at Killarney (2m5f, yielding to soft) in August; should give another good account here but others appeal more.

14/1

3rd

3

27th Sep 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 47y

17:05 Sligo

Mr Saxobeat

11st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Couldn't win a hurdle but fair start over fences this summer; after winning at Clonmel, had Sphagnum well behind when second in Tipperary novice and likewise The Little Yank was well in arrears when he was second in 2m5f Killarney handicap; handled yielding/soft last time, trainer says he ideally wants it good.

2/1

Form: 0/2-46

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Posted two fine efforts since returning from a lenghty absence but a fair way off that level when put firmly in his place on his most recent visit to Ballinrobe, albeit in a hot affair; first-time cheekpeices now added and if he puts his best foot forward, the pick of his form suggests he should be a tricky customer.

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

8th

7

20th Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 150y

14:15 Tramore

Hamundarson

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, soon went second, not fluent 12th

12/1

5th

3

21st Jul 2023

Yielding

2m 3f 0y

19:55 Kilbeggan

Hamundarson

11st 7lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, not fluent 3rd, not fluent 4th, slow jump and reminders 5th

15/2

3rd

6

4th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 114y

16:05 Tipperary

Hamundarson

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Posted two fine efforts since returning from a lenghty absence but a fair way off that level when put firmly in his place on his most recent visit to Ballinrobe, albeit in a hot affair; first-time cheekpeices now added and if he puts his best foot forward, the pick of his form suggests he should be a tricky customer.

13/2

Form: 159-F1 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner turned things right around on his third start over fences when readily brushing aside the opposition at Downpatrick; has a bit more to find here on the books which could make life difficult, but the penny seems to have dropped and he should at the very least hold his own.

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

0

3

23rd Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 138y

14:30 Thurles

Sphagnum

11st 13lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: J P Broderick

Still involved when coming down over fences when last seen in September; best form has come over further but not ruled out from lower hurdle mark.

20/1

0

4

27th Sep 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 47y

17:05 Sligo

Sphagnum

11st 10lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: J P Broderick

raced in last but in touch with leaders, some headway 10th, pressed leaders and raced wide when fell 4 out

14/1

Form: 7-PF13 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Had become a frustrating operator prior to Kilbeggan beginners win, and backed it up with another decent third at same 15-days ago, although his jumping was a bit suspect at times in the latter; his rating alone, allied with his rider's valuable 5lb claim, suggests big things here, and it will be no surprise if he lands the top step of the podium.

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

4th

5

12th Aug 2023

Good

2m 3f 0y

19:55 Kilbeggan

Too Bright

11st 5lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

Won C&D beginners' before decent 3rd in handicap here; however, has questions to answer after a poor Tipperary run and yard has gone a bit quiet.

9/1

5th

4

4th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 114y

16:05 Tipperary

Too Bright

11st 9lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

Had become a frustrating operator prior to Kilbeggan beginners win, and backed it up with another decent third at same 15-days ago, although his jumping was a bit suspect at times in the latter; his rating alone, allied with his rider's valuable 5lb claim, suggests big things here, and it will be no surprise if he lands the top step of the podium.

3/1

Form: 2200-3 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Far better than latest placings suggest but hard to know what to expect here on chasing debut from this 0-4 pointer and 1-7 hurdler; worth a market check all the same.

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

15th

3

10th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

16:45 Punchestown

Dovlator

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Well below his best in two handicap hurdles in the spring but a bit better run in a Wexford novice in May; poor over fences last twice.

25/1

0

3

1st Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

18:35 Down Royal

Dovlator

11st 1lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Sole win came in 2m5f maiden here last year, showing better form in novice company afterwards; below best in the spring and tailed off on chasing debut in July; tongue tie tried now back hurdling but looks to have it to do on recent form.

16/1

6th

5

4th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 114y

16:05 Tipperary

Dovlator

11st 5lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Far better than latest placings suggest but hard to know what to expect here on chasing debut from this 0-4 pointer and 1-7 hurdler; worth a market check all the same.

16/1

Form: 534-61

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Travelled like the best horse for much of the journey at Clonmel and won in similar fashion, that on only his second start over fences, albeit probably helped by some of his main rivals seemingly running below par; could be costly to underestimate the merit of his victory all the same and is open to a good deal more progress.

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

7th

2

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 50y

14:55 Limerick

Desert Friend

11st 13lb

J: Eoin G Kelly

T: Mrs Denise Foster

midfield, bit short of room on inner after 3 out, weakened before 2 out

11/2

3rd

6

10th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 175y

15:05 Naas

Desert Friend

11st 9lb

J: Eoin G Kelly

T: Mrs Denise Foster

Won a chase at Clonmel in June; mostly campaigned on the Flat since; not disgraced in a Dundalk handicap last month; would prefer better ground.

33/1

8th

1

(10)

19th Jan 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

17:00 Dundalk (AW)

Desert Friend

10st 1lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: Mrs Denise Foster

Versatile six-time winner whose most recent win came in a chase in June; well beaten in a claimer here and a Punchestown handicap hurdle last twice; new stable but others preferred.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta €128.00
Straight Forecast €136.80
Trifecta €1704.00

Selections

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Railway Hurricane

SPOTLIGHT:

Mr Saxobeat

The Irish Sun:

Too Bright

TOPSPEED:

Desert Friend

POSTDATA:

Railway Hurricane