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AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National Handicap Chase (Listed)

  • Prize money: £52212.39
  • 3m 1f 0y
  • 13 runners
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AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National Handicap Chase (Listed)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

11/1 (Won)

Form: 5F0U-2

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Hasn't won for over 2 years but put up a fine run in the Paddy Power Chase at Christmas and got back to form last time when second to Stealthy Tom at Roscommon; a player if repeating that off 3lb higher.

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3

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 90y

14:30 Punchestown

Foxy Jacks

12st 3lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

4-29 over fences, including Midlands National at Kilbeggan last summer and a Cheltenham cross-country race (3m5f, good to soft) last November, having failed to compete on two earlier attempts at that course; finished third behind Delta Work over C&D in November 2022; struggling a long way from home in the Grand National.

9/2

12

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Foxy Jacks

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

Best of his runs on heavy was his win in a maiden hurdle in 2020; fell in the 2022 Topham over these fences; won a Cheltenham cross-country race (3m5f, good to soft) in November, having come a cropper on two earlier attempts at that course, but this 8lb higher mark seems to demand another major career best.

40/1

Form: 102-11 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Versatile sort mixes banks races with conventional fences to good effect; runner-up in a 4m2f banks event at Punchestown before winning over 2m4f at Killarney and 3m at Roscommon, beating Foxy Jacks; 10lb higher but respected.

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2nd

1

12th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 0y

16:30 Killarney

Stealthy Tom

11st 12lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: E Bolger

Is 6-20 over fences; gained his most significant win in a 2m6f Listed handicap chase at this venue last August, a 10l success that brought an 11lb rise in the ratings; down the field in the Kerry National; warmed up for this with a hurdles run last month; four wins from five visits to this track, worth considering despite a big burden.

7/1

13th

11

4th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 180y

16:15 Naas

Stealthy Tom

11st 10lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: E Bolger

Won Listed handicap chase off 129 last summer; all best form is over further and this is possibly a pipe opener for another summer campaign.

13/2

Form: 1333-3 BF

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Has put in solid runs in quality events last three starts, including the Mayo National behind Tullybeg last time when getting a bit squeezed out before running on again; a repeat of that will see him run well up 1lb.

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11

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Life In The Park

10st 13lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

This 7yo returned to form in a first-time tongue-tie (retained) with his strong-finishing fourth behind Shakem Up'arry in the Plate at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last month; he's one to consider under Rachael Blackmore.

15/2

4th

11

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Life In The Park

11st 1lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

One win from nine chase runs, in a 2m6f beginners race at Listowel in September 2022; has been vulnerable in handicaps since last April and there is little reason to think he's well enough treated to play a part today either, unless the first-time tongue-tie makes a big difference.

25/1

12th

19

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Life In The Park

11st 1lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, weakened towards far side home turn

20/1

Form: 572-28 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Won this last year off an 8lb lower mark and some good runs since in strong company mostly, including a second to Noble Yeats in a Wexford Listed event; well below best behind Stealthy Tom last time and has to bounce back.

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0

2

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

11:55 Fairyhouse

Hurricane Georgie

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear, slow jump and dropped to rear 6th, soon pushed along, detached 8th

5/1

Form: UPP7-4 CD

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

C&D winner but nearly two years since her last score; was a 13l third to Hurricane Georgie in this last year off a 5lb higher mark; chance if building on her solid run behind Tullybeg and Life In The Park in the Mayo National.

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0

14

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 130y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Fairyhill Run

10st 5lb

J: Daniel King

T: John Patrick Ryan

in touch with leaders, lost position and dropped to midfield before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

25/1

0

9

5th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 4f 0y

15:15 Cork

Fairyhill Run

10st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: John Patrick Ryan

led, headed and prominent after 3rd, led again 14th, headed and ridden after 3 out, weakened quickly before 2 out, pulled up approaching last

14/1

2nd

9

23rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 6f 0y

16:30 Listowel

Fairyhill Run

10st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: John Patrick Ryan

Formerly smart but has looked out of touch for a while now and others are much safer.

20/1

Form: PU34-7

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Dual chase winner in 2021 was a fine third at Leopardstown in March before a similar run when fourth at Punchestown the following month; however, was below that form in the Mayo National; needs best.

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10th

7

8th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Ilikedwayurthinkin

11st 9lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Very useful hurdler/chaser in his prime but he struggled in final few starts in Ireland and it's been the same story so far for this yard; mark continues to fall but this 10yo needs a major revival back up in trip.

25/1

Form: P58-16 C

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Came back to form when winning over 2m3f here but was hit with an 8lb rise and ran poorly since at Ballinrobe, so has to bounce back from that.

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7th

11

14th Jul 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

19:55 Kilbeggan

The Echo Boy

11st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Came back to form when winning over 2m3f here but was hit with an 8lb rise and ran poorly since at Ballinrobe, so has to bounce back from that.

18/1

6th

1

29th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 100y

19:00 Ballinrobe

The Echo Boy

11st 13lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Came back to form to win his third race over fences when comfortably scoring over this trip at Kilbeggan; has been hit with an 8lb rise since but his rider is great value for 5lb, so has to be strongly considered.

2/1

Form: 437P4- D

Last run: 76 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

First reserve; has run well in several valuable handicap chases, including at Punchestown last time; stays further than this; could run well.

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10th

3

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

The Dabbler

11st 12lb

J: Mr P W Gleeson

T: Liam P Cusack

Dual chase winner returned to form at Limerick last time; dropped 2lb and can be involved if ready enough after a break.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: U145-1 C

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Won a beginners' chase over 2m4f here last year but his jumping has let him down at times since; however, he put it all together to win the Mayo National last time, beating Life In The Park and Fairyhill Run; respected but this is tougher off 8lb higher.

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4th

1

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 4f 165y

18:20 Downpatrick

Tullybeg

11st 12lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield

7/1

0

13

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Tullybeg

10st 12lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a Listed chase at Ballinrobe and bounced back from a lesser effort over fences when winning over hurdles latest; however, doesn't look well treated and all his best form is on better ground.

25/1

Form: 350P-1 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Smart sort for John McConnell but below form on first three starts for this yard; back to winning ways over hurdles here last time; has to build on that back chasing.

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14

2nd May 2024

Yielding

4m 1f 11y

16:50 Punchestown

Streets Of Doyen

11st 7lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Won over hurdles at Kilbeggan last summer but has failed to maintain that revival; unseated at seventh in last week's Ulster National.

20/1

7

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 4f 165y

18:20 Downpatrick

Streets Of Doyen

11st 0lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: John C McConnell

midfield, mistake and unseated 7th

20/1

Form: 180UP-

Last run: 95 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Pulled-up in Irish National last time but has a chance if back to his best form of last winter, which included a Punchestown win and a fine run in the Paddy Power Chase.

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4th

4

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Farceur Du Large

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Had some smart form in Ireland before losing his way and changing hands for £16,000; kicked off for Jamie Snowden in winning two military races for amateurs at Sandown (3m, soft) and the horses he beat on both occasions have won handicaps subsequently; didn't get home on heavy in the Midlands National here but ran well enough for long enough to believe he's still in good form.

13/2

5th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Farceur Du Large

11st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Had some smart form in Ireland before losing his way and changing hands for £16,000; a feather in Jamie Snowden's cap to have got him back on track with two 3m soft-ground wins at Sandown; those were military races for amateurs and yet the form has substance with the horses he beat on both occasions subsequently winning handicaps; probably on a good mark and he wasn't in form when pulled up in last season's Irish National on his only previous crack at a marathon trip; effective on heavy.

12/1

1st

1

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:05 Sandown

Farceur Du Large

12st 10lb

J: Maj Will Kellard

T: Jamie Snowden

Ex-Noel Meade; £16,000 buy last August and surged back to his best form at the first time of asking for his new connections, winning the Grand Military Gold Cup over C&D (soft) three weeks ago under Major Will Kellard, a race in which Fil D'Ariane was about 15l back in third (same weights as today) and Broken Halo unseated before push came to shove; solid chance.

5/4

Form: 49206-

Last run: 97 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner is a maiden over fences but has run with credit several times; a solid second in a Leopardstown handicap in March but was twice below that level on soft ground since; a squeak if returning in top form with the stable jockey aboard.

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5th

3

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 55y

16:15 Punchestown

Mars Harper

11st 2lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Best chase form when winning a 2m6f Listowel handicap (yielding to soft) last September; jumping was untidy when he ran down the field in a Cheltenham Festival handicap; 2-15 over fences, vulnerable to much less exposed types.

20/1

13th

6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Mars Harper

11st 5lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Best chase form when winning a 2m6f Listowel handicap (yielding to soft) in September but he ran moderately behind Embittered at Navan in December when last seen and made no impact in this race last year.

33/1

Form: 245P-1

Last run: 61 days

W: 10st 11lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Useful mare has had a couple of lengthy absences from the track; got off the mark over fences in the Killarney National (3m2f) last time; 9lb higher but stays well and a player.

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0

13

14th Jul 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

19:55 Kilbeggan

Pont Aval

10st 11lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

didn't always jump with fluency, towards rear, bad mistake and fell 5 out

13/2

1st

13

14th May 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 2f 0y

16:55 Killarney

Pont Aval

10st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

midfield, headway after 4 out, keeping on when jumped right 3 out, soon ridden, went second after 2 out, stayed on to lead run-in, won going away

25/1

5

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 50y

19:10 Punchestown

Pont Aval

11st 3lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Bumper/hurdle winner who has returned this season from a long absence; 0-5 over fences (2m2f-3m) and didn't offer much over the longer trip on her switch to handicaps at Fairyhouse; perhaps a tongue-tie will help matters.

6/1

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Payout
Straight Forecast €770.10
Tricast €3249.30
Trifecta €4820.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Pont Aval

POSTDATA:

Hurricane Georgie

SPOTLIGHT:

Fairyhill Run

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Tullybeg

The Irish Sun:

Pont Aval