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Friends Of Brian Mulligan Opportunity Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6004.42
  • 2m 0f 194y
  • 10 runners
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Friends Of Brian Mulligan Opportunity Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.30
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 221-3P BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Two wins over hurdles, most recently in a Kilbeggan handicap in April; very poor effort in a handicap hurdle at Roscommon last month and needs to bounce back effectively.

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

7th

5

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:10 Leopardstown

The Big Chap

11st 2lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Paul W Flynn

Won a beginners' at Fairyhouse in October before a novice chase success at Galway later that month; pulled up after a bad mistake behind Solness at Fairyhouse but back on track with a 1l defeat to The Folkes Tiara over C&D on St Stephen's Day; that looked like a warm race and he was closing on the winner all the way to the line; should be in the mix again.

13/2

2nd

4

26th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

The Big Chap

11st 9lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Paul W Flynn

held up in midfield

8/1

0

6

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:00 Fairyhouse

The Big Chap

10st 10lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul W Flynn

prominent early, mistake 2nd, dropped to midfield before 6th, weakened and dropped to rear 5 out, detached when pulled up before 4 out

13/2

4/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 52-021

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Gained an overdue success in a Punchestown handicap hurdle last month; up 5lb and a leading contender.

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15th

17

17th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 3

16:05 Cheltenham

Warm In Gorey

10st 9lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: P J Rothwell

Won handicaps at Downpatrick (2m2f, soft; awarded the race) in April and Punchestown (2m3f) in June before good second at Sligo (2m1f); not so good in his three starts since, making a satisfactory chase debut last time but he now needs to take his form to a new level.

28/1

50/1

  • Place: £9.60

Form: 08770-

Last run: 262 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Modest maiden and handicap form; blinkered here but 5lb out of the handicap and looks up against it.

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2nd

22

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Woodstream Lad

10st 1lb

J: Conor Owens

T: P J Rothwell

towards rear, headway when not fluent 2 out, went second towards near side approaching last, slightly hampered after last, kept on

12/1

1st

15

30th Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 101y

15:35 Thurles

Woodstream Lad

11st 4lb

J: Miss P Elvin

T: P J Rothwell

Improvement when blinkered first time, finishing third at Sligo in July (good), following month hung left when bit disappointing at Downpatrick; since changed yards and trainer going well of late so don't rule out.

12/1

Form: 0133-3 D

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Up 16lb after landing a punt in a Limerick handicap hurdle in January; consistent since in a trio of handicap hurdles and in a Flat handicap at Ballinrobe last month; keeps going up the handicap though and faces another difficult task here.

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7

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 160y

14:55 Cork

Pont Audemer

11st 12lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Gavin Cromwell

Landed a gamble in a Limerick handicap hurdle in late 2022 but winless since; no show in two starts over fences to date and will fare better in handicaps; tongue-tie tried.

50/1

11th

13

7th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 110y

13:55 Fairyhouse

Pont Audemer

11st 3lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

Flat and hurdles winner, tailed off on chasing debut at Sligo; trainer responsible for three others here including the talented My Mate Mozzie; will need more experience.

50/1

5th

10

27th Sep 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 120y

14:45 Sligo

Pont Audemer

11st 2lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

Flat and hurdles winner; trainer fields two other runners whose claims look stronger.

14/1

Form: 084-32 C BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Won his bumper here and arrives in good form after finishing second in a handicap hurdle here last month; top rider booked and has to have a solid chance.

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5th

8

9th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 194y

15:45 Sligo

Staging Post

10st 6lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Mark Michael McNiff

Won his bumper here and arrives in good form after finishing second in a handicap hurdle here last month; top rider booked and has to have a solid chance.

3/1

2nd

13

13th Jun 2023

Good

2m 1f 133y

18:33 Sligo

Staging Post

11st 3lb

J: Daniel King

T: Mark Michael McNiff

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders before 2 out, pushed along and went second approaching last, ran on and went clear with winner final 110yds

4/1

3rd

5

31st May 2023

Good

2m 1f 100y

18:30 Wexford

Staging Post

11st 9lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Mark Michael McNiff

Bumper winner at Sligo in 2020 and course maiden hurdle winner two years ago; chance here based on creditable Naas fourth in March, with today's rival Be My Hero back in seventh.

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: 91-424 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Downpatrick specialist and has run well on all three handicap hurdle starts this year, including on consecutive days last month; this track has its similarities and he won here last year; should be thereabouts.

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Verdict Starting price

6th

2

15th Sep 2023

Good

2m 1f 165y

14:50 Downpatrick

Willyouwalkwithme

11st 13lb

J: John Shinnick

T: S Wilson

soon raced in second, led after 4 out, faced challenge when not fluent and pecked on landing 2 out, soon headed

9/2

5th

5

13th Aug 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 65y

14:40 Downpatrick

Willyouwalkwithme

10st 13lb

J: John Shinnick

T: S Wilson

Four-time hurdle winner when owner-trained by Harry Smyth, most recently at this venue last autumn; early faller at Perth last time and not at best at Sligo prior to that; record of three wins, three seconds and a third from 16 races at this venue.

10/1

0

3

2nd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 3

16:30 Perth

Willyouwalkwithme

11st 10lb

J: John Shinnick

T: S Wilson

Four-time hurdle winner when owner-trained, most recently at Downpatrick (2m2f, yielding) in the autumn; not at best at Sligo last month but was in good form in the spring and has a fighting chance on this stable debut; effective on good and soft ground.

7/1

Form: R07-51 C

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Had been running well in Flat handicaps before winning a claiming hurdle over 2m2f here last month; very disappointing returned to the Flat at Limerick since; could leave that behind here but has a question to answer.

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5

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 0y

17:08 Navan

Bigz Belief

11st 6lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Matthew J Smith

raced wide, jumped right on occasions, led, headed 3 out

16/1

5th

2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:02 Gowran Park

Bigz Belief

11st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Matthew J Smith

Three-time hurdles winner now rated 108 in that discipline, last on only previous chasing effort at Listowel in 2022.

25/1

Form: 36-78

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Won a Flat claimer here for James McAuley last year; soundly beaten in three maiden hurdles and a Kilbeggan handicap hurdle; others preferred.

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13th

1

(1)

2nd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

19:00 Dundalk (AW)

Alhaajeb

10st 0lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Richard John O’Brien

prominent on inner

14/1

12th

2

(13)

19th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:00 Dundalk (AW)

Alhaajeb

10st 1lb

J: Scott McCullagh

T: Richard John O’Brien

towards rear

50/1

14th

7

(1)

20th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

17:15 Dundalk (AW)

Alhaajeb

9st 13lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Won Sligo claimer last year but struggled over timber since; fair mark if he can get back on track on the Flat and he has a C&D win to his name.

12/1

Form: 0473-0 D

Last run: 64 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Good recent efforts in handicap hurdles at Gowran and Tramore but generally inconsistent; any rain that falls will help but others look more likely to run their race; returns after two months off.

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6th

11

7th Aug 2023

Good

2m 2f 150y

16:53 Cork

Garcon Doux

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Philip Fenton

midfield, headway and prominent on outer before 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, kept on run-in, not reach leaders

22/1

9th

5

9th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 194y

15:45 Sligo

Garcon Doux

11st 2lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Philip Fenton

Good recent efforts in handicap hurdles at Gowran and Tramore but generally inconsistent; any rain that falls will help but others look more likely to run their race; returns after two months off.

20/1

Form: P00-4P D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Winning chaser; good run in a Ballinrobe handicap hurdle in May but well beaten twice since and makes no appeal from 8lb out of the handicap.

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12th

17

11th Sep 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 130y

15:55 Galway

So Easy Way

10st 0lb

J: Daniel King

T: I Madden

Winner over fences; 0-13 over hurdles; out of his depth in a recent maiden run on the Flat.

33/1

10th

1

(3)

4th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 3f 140y

18:45 Roscommon

So Easy Way

10st 1lb

J: Daniel King

T: I Madden

towards rear of midfield

200/1

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Exacta €251.00
Straight Forecast €283.20
Tricast €10113.30
Trifecta €5022.00

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