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20:00 Down Royal

Yielding To Soft

Tote Apprentice Handicap

  • Prize money: £5482.3
  • 1m 4f 175y
  • 10 runners
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Tote Apprentice Handicap

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.10
  • Place: £2.80

Form: /897/3

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Eight-race maiden on the Flat; back to something like his best at Tramore earlier in the month when beaten 3l but others appear to be on better marks and this is tougher.

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

5th

10

24th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

17:20 Bellewstown

Herculaneum

11st 7lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Noel C Kelly

midfield

9/2

2nd

1

30th Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 101y

15:35 Thurles

Herculaneum

12st 6lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Noel C Kelly

Comes here in great nick, just coming out the wrong side of a photo over C&D before landing similar contest a week ago under hold-up tactics under today's rider; carries mandatory 7lb penalty here (upped 6lb in future) and has his chance again in a weak contest.

7/2

25/1

  • Place: £4.50

Form: 40-058

Last run: 34 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 48

Form & Verdict

0-16 on the Flat; tailed off over hurdles last time and had been struggling on the Flat previously; 1lb wrong.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

2

(3)

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 6

18:45 Bath

Virtual Hug

9st 7lb

J: Paddy Bradley

T: Nikki Evans

In good form on AW for this yard winning three Wolverhampton handicaps, the latest a ready win over 1m4f 17 days ago (stays this far); should prove equally effective back on turf and he's not ruled out in current form.

100/30

2

(2)

4th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

16:55 Wolverhampton (AW)

Virtual Hug

9st 8lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Nikki Evans

Has enjoyed a consistent winter round here, gaining a second 1m4f success when seeing off seven rivals in an apprentice event on Tuesday; escapes a penalty for that and he's 4lb better off with Black Smoke for a 2l defeat over C&D last month; leading claims if coping with the quick turnaround.

2/1

11/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 2211-7

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Fairly prolific in Germany and ran a respectable race on yard debut over 1m2f here; low-key run over hurdles since but respected back on the Flat and conditions shouldn't be an issue.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

20th

19

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:32 Navan

Pretty Soldier

11st 12lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Mervyn Torrens

Five Flat wins in Germany; placed over 1m5f for this stable on good ground at Down Royal in July; well beaten on hurdling debut at Roscommon; soft ground a concern.

50/1

11th

10

(1)

8th Sep 2023

Good

2m 2f 0y

18:05 Down Royal

Pretty Soldier

9st 2lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Mervyn Torrens

Five wins at up to 1m4f in Germany; well held in third over 1m5f here in July and lot more needed with stamina a big concern.

14/1

3rd

3

(3)

28th Jul 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 4f 175y

20:00 Down Royal

Pretty Soldier

9st 13lb

J: Cian Horgan

T: Mervyn Torrens

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders 3f out, bit short of room on turn 2f out, went third over 1f out, soon no impression

11/1

Form: 00/03-

Last run: 285 days

W: 8st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 54

Form & Verdict

Sole win came over 1m in 2020; career best over hurdles when last seen and the new trip could suit back on the Flat; however, has a 266-day absence to overcome here.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

8

17th Dec 2023

Yielding

1m 7f 205y

14:35 Thurles

David Garrick

11st 4lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

Dual flat winner including at the Curragh in October; 0-6 hurdling, out of depth in Grade 3 following month; first handicap hurdle.

16/1

7th

5

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 190y

14:02 Down Royal

David Garrick

10st 11lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

took keen hold, soon prominent in chasing group, lost position 4th, towards rear when not fluent 2 out (usual 4 out), soon weakened

16/1

1st

13

(8)

12th Oct 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 2f 0y

16:45 Curragh

David Garrick

9st 10lb

J: Mr Paddy Barlow

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

in touch with leaders, went third under 4f out, led up the centre under 2f out, headed inside final furlong, rallied towards finish, led again post

11/2

10/1

Form: 878-59

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Sole win came last season when winning over 1m6f at Navan in September; probably needed last week's outing at Killarney (1m6f, yielding) but the drop in trip isn't in his favour.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

6

(7)

28th Jul 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 4f 175y

20:00 Down Royal

Intend

9st 8lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: Patrick Martin

dwelt start, towards rear

10/1

Form: 0004-0 BF

Last run: 205 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Long losing run since a 1m4f soft ground success at Newmarket in 2021; tough to fancy on what he's shown for this yard since; off 156 days.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

0

8

17th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

15:10 Thurles

Meritorious

11st 5lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Thomas Dowling

Won a 1m4f handicap at Newmarket in 2021 when trained by the Gosdens; no success during a spell with John McConnell; not far behind Camino Rock when fifth in a 2m3f maiden at Kilbeggan in August; most recent run was on the Flat; makes stable debut.

16/1

16/1

Form: 20/590

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

0-15 on the Flat and seems on a tough handicap mark judged on this year's form on the level.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

10th

3

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 15y

14:45 Punchestown

Cafe Con Leche

11st 8lb

J: Mr A D Bustin

T: C Byrnes

Loves testing conditions, gaining fourth win over hurdles with 40-1 success earlier this month in 2m1f Cork handicap, coming with good late turn of foot under today's rider for cosy win; up 8lb for that and yet to win over this far but respected.

11/4

1st

1

10th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 185y

14:45 Cork

Cafe Con Leche

12st 2lb

J: Mr A D Bustin

T: C Byrnes

Gained a first win since 2020 in a Limerick handicap hurdle in March; has tended to struggle since then; others preferred.

16/1

10th

5

18th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

12:55 Navan

Cafe Con Leche

11st 6lb

J: Mr A D Bustin

T: C Byrnes

Gained a first win since 2020 in a Limerick handicap hurdle in March; well held in similar conditions at Galway last month and low-key fourth on the Flat since; others preferred.

33/1

Form: 0/075-

Last run: 275 days

W: 9st 7lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

Looked on a tough mark when last seen on the Flat and her losing run goes back to 2020; entitled to need this after a six-month absence.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

6

14th Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 143y

18:50 Ballinrobe

Thefaithfulindian

11st 6lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Aidan Anthony Howard

Three-time Flat winner whose losing run goes back to 2020; well held in that discipline recently after a lengthy break but could strip fitter here and can make a case on some of her hurdling form (0-12).

8/1

8th

8

(12)

28th Jul 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 4f 175y

20:00 Down Royal

Thefaithfulindian

9st 7lb

J: Jack Cleary

T: Aidan Anthony Howard

dwelt start, towards rear

33/1

Form: 0071-3

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 51

Form & Verdict

Won his final start for Thomas Gibney on AW and it was an encouraging yard debut when beaten 3l at Navan earlier this month; could come on for that; on a fair mark but yet to show his best form at this sort of trip.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

13

(15)

2nd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

19:00 Dundalk (AW)

Blackstone Cliff

8st 13lb

J: Danny Sheehy

T: Shane Crawley

held up in rear

12/1

OUR TIP

16/1

Form: 00-360

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Won twice in France at this sort of trip; ran okay when returned to the Flat at Fairyhouse in June but lesser efforts have followed twice since; others preferred.

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

10th

2

(1)

28th Jul 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 4f 175y

20:00 Down Royal

Galactica

10st 0lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Gavin Cromwell

towards rear, dropped to rear halfway

16/1

11th

4

(1)

12th Jul 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

17:30 Dundalk (AW)

Galactica

9st 13lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Gavin Cromwell

Dual turf winner ran well on AW in France back in 2021; mostly over hurdles for this yard but has to improve a bit on recent Flat efforts; hood tried.

11/1

6th

7

(9)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 2f 75y

15:45 Down Royal

Galactica

8st 7lb

J: Jamie Powell

T: Gavin Cromwell

took keen hold, midfield

7/1

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Straight Forecast €1954.70
Tricast €27240.70

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

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POSTDATA:

Galactica

The Irish Sun:

David Garrick

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