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18:40 Galway

Soft

Tote Galway Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade 3)

  • Prize money: £140973.45
  • 2m 6f 111y
  • 22 runners
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Tote Galway Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade 3)

Runners: 22 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.10
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 1422-2

Last run: 53 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Only one pound higher than when fourth to Hewick in this race 12 months ago; interesting now with another year under his belt and with handicap mark protected; returned from a good break with satisfactory hurdles run in June; pleasing recent Flat run at Roscommon last month; capable of a big run with Danny Gilligan allowed to claim 7lb.

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1st

1

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 90y

16:23 Navan

Ash Tree Meadow

11st 8lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

raced wide, made all, not fluent 8th, faced challenge but going okay before 2 out, went clear and good jump last, ridden out, comfortably

5/4

4th

1

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:55 Naas

Ash Tree Meadow

11st 10lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Winner of five of his nine starts over fences; gave a smart front-running to win the 2m6f Galway Plate last July; had no trouble with the drop to an extended 2m3f when winning a match at Down Royal in November; won over 2m as a novice, but best over further and faces a tough task in bidding to concede 9lb to Ferny Hollow.

100/30

1st

3

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 120y

14:55 Down Royal

Ash Tree Meadow

11st 4lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

travelled strongly, made all, not fluent 9th, went clear going best after 3 out, easily

8/15

25/1

  • Place: £4.10

Form: 14456-

Last run: 96 days

W: 10st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Won three in a row as a novice in the first half of last season, including 9l defeat of Ash Tree Meadow in Grade 3 event at Tipperary; struggled when raised in class later on; appears held by stablemate Kilcruit on Punchestown festival form.

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0

4

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Authorized Art

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

In good form in major handicaps at Galway (2m6f) and Listowel (3m) the last twice; could go well again but doesn't look the likely winner, being more exposed than many of these rivals; his progress stopped a while ago.

20/1

4th

2

20th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

16:25 Listowel

Authorized Art

11st 8lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won three in a row as a novice in the first half of last season, including 9l defeat of Ash Tree Meadow in Grade 3 event at Tipperary; struggled when raised in class later on; comprehensively reversed Punchestown festival form with disappointing stablemate Kilcruit when second to Ash Tree Meadow in the Galway Plate; leading chance on revised terms.

7/1

2nd

12

2nd Aug 2023

Soft

2m 6f 111y

18:40 Galway

Authorized Art

10st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

prominent, soon went second

25/1

12/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: /14P4- D

Last run: 97 days

W: 10st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Best hurdles form came over 2m4f-2m6f; all four runs over fences have been over shorter; looked ready to step up in trip when staying-on fourth over 2m at the Punchestown festival; relatively unexposed.

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10th

2

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Hollow Games

11st 11lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

Chase form has gone pear-shaped since finishing third in the Galway Plate in August; filled the same position in this contest two years ago (good to soft; off 1lb lower) and holds each-way claims provided the effort is repeated on this return to hurdles.

20/1

13

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Hollow Games

10st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual bumper winner and Grade 3-winning novice hurdler; decent chaser too, third in the Galway Plate and probably did not get home in the Paddy Power; more at home over this trip and the choice of Jack Kennedy; each-way chance.

16/1

9th

11

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Hollow Games

11st 7lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

never better than midfield, weakened after 2 out (usual 3 out)

33/1

Form: 03P9-4

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Most recent victory came in a Grade B 2m1f handicap chase at the 2022 Dublin racing festival; early faller in this race last year; ninth in Grand National; ran well at a huge price when fourth in a Grade 3 hurdle at Tipperary last month; could prove best of the McManus trio.

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13

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

A Wave Of The Sea

11st 6lb

J: Mr D G Lavery

T: Ben Haslam

Made the frame for Joseph O'Brien in two good handicaps last August/October and he's on a handy mark on that form; one to watch in the betting now in headgear for the first time for this trainer (last win came in these blinkers) but he's yet to shine for this yard and has plenty to prove.

50/1

7th

3

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

A Wave Of The Sea

11st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ben Haslam

Very useful for Joseph O'Brien; respectable fourth in a couple of notable Irish handicaps this term; possibly unsuited by heavy ground on debut for Ben Haslam but in contention when unseating five out at Doncaster (3m) next time; on a 16-race losing sequence but a case can be made.

20/1

0

1

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:45 Doncaster

A Wave Of The Sea

12st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Ben Haslam

Useful for Joseph O'Brien; respectable fourth in a couple of notable Irish handicaps this term; possibly unsuited by heavy ground on debut for Ben Haslam; on a 15-race losing sequence but now drops in grade off last winning mark; possibilities.

10/1

Form: 2263-0 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Grade 1-placed as a novice last season; has had a recent spin over hurdles in a Tipperary Grade 3 event in which A Wave Of The Sea fared much better; makes handicap debut off a stone higher than his hurdles mark; plenty to do.

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2nd

2

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 120y

14:55 Down Royal

Visionarian

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Peter Fahey

pressed winner, not fluent when pecked on landing 4th, not fluent 9th, no extra when pushed along after 3 out, eased when no chance with winner run-in

6/4

1st

3

17th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

16:55 Listowel

Visionarian

11st 3lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Peter Fahey

Excellent fifth in the Galway Plate when the trip just stretched him; got back to winning ways quite easily in a 2m1f conditions chase at Ballinrobe in last month; this trip likely to be ideal and coming into this race in excellent form.

9/2

1st

1

28th Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

19:05 Ballinrobe

Visionarian

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Peter Fahey

travelled strongly, chased clear leader disputing second, lost position briefly halfway, good jump and pressed leader 4 out, led going easily 2 out, shaken up and went clear run-in, easily

11/8

Form: 5/07U-

Last run: 110 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Won his first three chase starts; has failed to make a significant impact in handicaps; seventh behind The Goffer in the Leopardstown Chase; did not take to the National fences in the Topham.

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15th

24

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Ciel De Neige

10st 3lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Running a fair race when unseating two out in this last year (soft) and is 22lb lower today; however, below par in September on final run for Willie Mullins and well beaten in three runs since joining this yard.

33/1

14th

16

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Ciel De Neige

10st 11lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Ran well in handicap hurdles at earlier Festivals and has since won three chases at up to 2m4f for Willie Mullins; has not yet settled down for new yard (without regular headgear; cheekpieces refitted today) and best watched in such a warm race.

100/1

7th

2

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Ciel De Neige

12st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

On a competitive mark on best form for Willie Mullins and he's one to watch in the betting on this second stable start; however, he was tailed off at 50-1 at Doncaster last time and has to leave that run miles behind.

33/1

Form: /011P- C

Last run: 241 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Winner of both completed races over fences, including at the first attempt in a 2m2f event at last year's festival; backed that up at Roscommon in September; let down by his jumping in the Drinmore and did not appear again until a handsome Flat maiden won at Leopardstown in June; should be in prime shape now.

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7th

8

2nd Aug 2023

Soft

2m 6f 111y

18:40 Galway

Enniskerry

10st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

towards rear of midfield

7/1

1st

5

(3)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 7f 0y

20:20 Leopardstown

Enniskerry

11st 7lb

J: Mr Finian Maguire

T: Barry Connell

midfield, smooth headway under 3f out, led going easily over 1f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, easily

11/1

5

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 3f 165y

13:55 Fairyhouse

Enniskerry

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

towards rear, bad mistake 3rd

12/1

Form: 314P4- D

Last run: 95 days

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Last season's Leopardstown Chase winner over 2m5f Dublin Racing Festival; ran well to take fourth behind Corach Ranbler in the Ultima at Cheltenham; pulled-up after four out in the Irish Grand National; much better again when fourth in big Sandown handicap.

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13th

27

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

The Goffer

10st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

Best form when fourth in major handicaps at Cheltenham (3m1f) and Sandown (3m4f) last spring, albeit not seeing those races out nearly as well as those ahead; underperforming this term, capitulating badly from the home turn when 34l fifth back at Cheltenham (heavy) latest, so he probably does not have what it takes in this.

66/1

5th

6

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

The Goffer

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Cracking fourth in this race last year (soft) when giving best only after the last; may have had some breathing issues as he's been tongue tied since September, when making steady late headway in the Kerry National (3m, yielding to soft); he was rested after a lesser effort at Limerick next time but won a race for stable staff on his return last month and is primed for a big run off 2lb lower than 12 months ago.

6/1

1st

11

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 189y

17:10 Punchestown

The Goffer

12st 3lb

J: Emma Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

.

6/4

Form: 72-284

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Only a 14-1 chance when unseated rider at the first in this last year; looks held by Foxy Jacks on running in the Midlands National at Kilbeggan, a race she won last season.

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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

0

1

26th Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 2f 65y

16:20 Clonmel

Hurricane Georgie

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, in rear, struggling when pushed along briefly after 6th, weakened and pulled up before 8th

15/8

2nd

6

11th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 60y

16:10 Punchestown

Hurricane Georgie

10st 7lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Gordon Elliott

held up in rear run-in, mistake 1st, detached 11th, headway 3 out, went third 2 out, chased clear leader approaching last, ran on well towards finish, no match for winner

12/1

Form: 2343U-

Last run: 109 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Best run last season was over 3m when second in the Troytown; went up 5lb for that and remains on a mark that looks very demanding; badly hampered and unseated at the ninth (Valentines) in the Grand National.

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1st

9

1st Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:43 Cork

Lifetime Ambition

12st 0lb

J: Miss S Doyle

T: P M J Doyle

jumped well, midfield, headway and prominent 6th, good jump and led 9th, going best 3 out, clear approaching last, ran on well run-in

11/10

4th

1

26th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 180y

17:25 Killarney

Lifetime Ambition

11st 12lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Mrs John Harrington

prominent, led after 2nd, mistake 4 out, headed and lost two places 3 out, no extra from 2 out, lost third towards finish

5/1

10th

5

2nd Aug 2023

Soft

2m 6f 111y

18:40 Galway

Lifetime Ambition

11st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Mrs John Harrington

in touch with leaders

14/1

Form: 30506- CD

Last run: 109 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

No further success since winning the Galway Blazers here at the 2021 festival; fifth behind Gabbys Cross in the same race last year; down the field in the Magners at Cheltenham before gallant sixth in the Grand National; warmed up for this with a recent Flat run; 3lb wrong.

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9th

4

11th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

14:45 Aintree

Born By The Sea

11st 9lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Paul John Gilligan

Acts on heavy; ran a cracker to finish 10l sixth in the Grand National here (4m2f, good to soft) in April; second in a five-runner conditions event at Galway (2m6f) in August seems very much the best of his five starts since; the Grand National run puts him in serious calculations.

7/1

5th

1

3rd Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 110y

16:45 Galway

Born By The Sea

11st 12lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Ran a cracker to finish sixth in the Grand National at Aintree; has struggled in a couple of deep handicaps since then but did run well behind the smart Saint Sam in a conditions event over 2m6f here in August; this probably represents his best opportunity for a while and, although a strong stayer, he can cope with this sort of trip.

3/1

13th

17

20th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

16:25 Listowel

Born By The Sea

10st 9lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Fifth-best of the powerful Irish contingent when sixth to Corach Rambler in the Grand National; 33-1 when down the field in the Galway Plate but did well to chase home Saint Sam in a conditions event at Ballybrit only four days later.

20/1

Form: 5683U- CD

Last run: 109 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Won the Galway Blazers here last year off a 6lb lower mark; has tended to make the odd mistake in valuable handicaps; unseated at 15th (Chair) in the Grand National and absent since.

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18th

19

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Gabbys Cross

10st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

No win since 2022 Galway festival (2m6f over fences); returned to hurdling off hugely lower marks on last two outings and runner-up in both, latterly in the Punchestown qualifier (3m, soft); significantly back up the weights but that latest run was promising and he's in serious calculations.

10/1

2nd

8

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Punchestown

Gabbys Cross

10st 8lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

soon towards rear

11/2

2nd

6

28th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 5f 200y

16:17 Galway

Gabbys Cross

10st 8lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

towards rear of midfield, headway before 3 out

7/1

Form: 3FB2F-

Last run: 110 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Two wins in novice races last season were achieved in weak races; absent since Topham fall; Gabbys Cross is probably the main hope for the stable that won this in 2015 and 2017.

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5th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:40 Navan

Upping The Anti

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Had been struggling this winter but definite step back in the right direction at Naas last time when only beaten 2l; will relish the longer trip and he acts on this ground.

6/1

4th

9

28th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 116y

15:45 Naas

Upping The Anti

11st 0lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, mistake 1st

14/1

0

21

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Upping The Anti

11st 0lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Henry De Bromhead

towards rear 1st, fell 1st

33/1

Form: U1F1-4 CD

Last run: 74 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 167

Form & Verdict

Winner of the bet365 Gold Cup, this race, and the Grand National Hurdle in America inside six months last year; beaten when falling two from home in the Cheltenham Gold Cup; won Grade 2 at Sandown and emerged with credit when fourth in Grade 1 stayers' hurdle at Auteuil; 12lb higher than last year; the prospect of testing ground for his repeat bid is a concern.

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6th

7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Hewick

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Admirable chaser who landed the King George, albeit somewhat fortuitously, at Kempton (3m, good) on last appearance; however, record suggests he's far from guaranteed to transfer the form back to hurdles, especially if the ground is soft/heavy.

8/1

1st

4

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Hewick

11st 10lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: John Joseph Hanlon

To win this he needs some of the big names to underperform but that's entirely possible; ran a fine race (albeit looking beaten when falling two out) in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, on soft ground that may not have been ideal, and he powered clear in the Grade 2 Oaksey Chase at Sandown (2m6f, good to soft) in April; has had a break since finishing well beaten in the Galway Plate in August; interesting contender under jockey-of-the-moment Gavin Sheehan.

12/1

Form: F5P16- C

Last run: 98 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Ended lean spell with when winning 2m6f Leopardstown handicap in March; well beaten off revised mark in Punchestown race won by Hereditary Rule; others have much stronger credentials; stable supplied the 2014 winner.

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15th

20

2nd Aug 2023

Soft

2m 6f 111y

18:40 Galway

Lieutenant Command

10st 0lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Noel Meade

towards rear

25/1

6th

3

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 50y

19:05 Punchestown

Lieutenant Command

10st 12lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

prominent, left in second 9th

9/2

12

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 5f 0y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Lieutenant Command

10st 7lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

His return to form at Leopardstown (2m5f, yielding) came out of the blue and it was hard work at the finish; prone to mistakes and unproven over this far, though was declared for this 12 months ago only to be withdrawn (lame).

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1351-0

Last run: 74 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Former top-class bumper horse; limitations evident as a novice hurdler and novice chaser; found his niche when making all for an unchallenged win on handicap debut in a 2m5f contest at the Punchestown festival; towards the rear in Auteuil Grade 1 hurdle in which Hewick was fourth; 12lb higher than at Punchestown, but further progress is feasible; stable selected.

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16th

2

2nd Aug 2023

Soft

2m 6f 111y

18:40 Galway

Kilcruit

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

prominent

6/1

1st

3

28th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

16:15 Punchestown

Kilcruit

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Former Grade 1 course bumper winner has not prospered over jumps in the manner expected; did not have much to beat on chase debut over C&D in November; sights lowered after two Grade 1 attempts, Paul Townend's choice over identically-rated stablemates.

4/1

5th

5

5th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 44y

13:40 Leopardstown

Kilcruit

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, prominent after 2nd

16/1

Form: /4PP-3 D

Last run: 65 days

W: 10st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Struggled in three runs last season, failing to complete twice in valuable handicaps; has had a run over hurdles this term; that should have helped his confidence, but the stable has stronger candidates.

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6th

3

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 2

16:18 Chepstow

Fighter Allen

11st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

2-10 over fences for Willie Mullins in Ireland, signing off with win at Sligo (2m5f, soft) in September; pulled-up outsider in 2m4f Cheltenham Festival handicap for new stable last month; this race is easier but the drop back in trip is not sure to suit and he's tricky to weigh up at present.

10/1

15

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Fighter Allen

10st 13lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Ended his time with Willie Mullins by beating the only two other finishers in a 2m5f Sligo chase in September (sold for 21,000gns since) but he had his good and bad days for that yard; this is a big ask back from a break and wind surgery; trainer has won this three times since 2010.

40/1

Form: 1115F- D

Last run: 110 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Made giant strides over fences last term, winning five in a row over a range of distances; 10lb rise for Dublin Festival win found him out when he managed only fifth in the Grand Annual; fell at the 13th (Valentines) in the Topham; should be in top shape for this after Flat handicap win at Bellewstown.

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9th

6

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Final Orders

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Recorded Flat/hurdles wins in the summer; failed to shine in last two chase attempts but may raise his game with tongue-tie now fitted; ran respectably in the Grand Annual here in March and his major Irish trainer had three winners at the Showcase meeting here last month.

20/1

4th

1

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 2

15:40 Chepstow

Final Orders

12st 0lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Exploited his much lower hurdle mark with a facile success at Bellewstown in August, having also won on the Flat prior to struggling in the Galway Plate; has made giant strides over fences over the past year or so and was only 14-1 to defy this mark in Aintree's Topham in April; not the biggest but loves his jumping and soft ground holds no fears.

6/1

Form: 336F5- D

Last run: 98 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Former Grade 1 novice chaser winner; failed to add to his tally after Grade 2 Down Royal win last November, third in two Grade 1s at Leopardstown; early faller in Grand National; never in the hunt in Punchestown Gold Cup; has done much of his racing at the top level; Jack Kennedy aboard.

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4th

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Fury Road

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

in rear throughout, detached from 4 out, tailed off

16/1

10th

3

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Fury Road

11st 10lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade 1 winner as a novice chaser and was twice placed in such company last season; however, he fell early in the Grand National and has looked low on confidence in three subsequent heavy defeats (the latest over hurdles); enters the cross-country scene with an awful lot to prove.

16/1

6th

2

12th Aug 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

18:55 Kilbeggan

Fury Road

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Classy type won a Grade 1 novice chase at Leopardstown in 2021 and twice placed in such company last season; fell in the Grand National before a poor un at Punchestown; questions reverting to hurdles after being tailed-off in the Galway Plate.

6/1

Form: 0111-1 C

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Terrific money-spinner in small-field conditions events since finishing second in this event two years ago; has won eight of his last nine races, the exception being this race last season when beaten around 18l in tenth behind Hewick; his cause was not helped by interference then; may find a few too good.

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2

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Easy Game

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Acts on any going; absent since bagging Grade 2 honours at Gowran Park (2m4f) last September; has a respectable strike-rate, including when fresh, but his Grade 1 record is far from convincing on the whole; something to prove back at the top level.

14/1

1st

2

30th Sep 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:35 Gowran Park

Easy Game

11st 8lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Has won half of his 26 starts over fences and excels in small-field contests like this one in which he has twice been successful; only defeats in last ten starts have been in successive renewals of the Galway Plate and at the weights he has every chance against Envoi Allen but doubt it will pan out that way if the latter is on song.

3/1

Form: 3788U-

Last run: 98 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Second in the 2022 Grand Annual, never found his best form last season; up against it now judging by performances at Cheltenham and Punchestown festivals.

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4th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 193y

16:15 Thurles

Andy Dufresne

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Promise behind Zanahiyr in October but really struggled for form since; tailed off in Grade 2 chase latest; drops in class at least.

10/1

5th

3

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 90y

16:23 Navan

Andy Dufresne

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

raced wide

8/1

15th

5

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Andy Dufresne

11st 6lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

Five career wins but out of form for some time and looks up against it here.

50/1

Form: F0U-21

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Game front-running winner of the Midlands National at Kilbeggan; that was his first success in over two years and the extra 8lb may anchor him.

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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

4th

12

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

15:00 Leopardstown

Foxy Jacks

10st 4lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

Produced a career best when winning the Cross Country handicap chase at Cheltenham's November meeting and he's rated 26lb lower over timber; too well handicapped to ignore, particularly with Brouder taking another 5lb off.

13/2

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Payout
Exacta €1535.00
Straight Forecast €957.80
Tricast €8625.00
Trifecta €20876.00

Selections

RP RATINGS (IRE):

The Goffer

SPOTLIGHT:

Ash Tree Meadow

The Irish Sun:

Hollow Games

POSTDATA:

Easy Game

TOPSPEED:

Fury Road