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Guinness Galway Hurdle (Grade 3 Handicap)

  • Prize money: £140973.45
  • 2m 0f 11y
  • 19 runners
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Guinness Galway Hurdle (Grade 3 Handicap)

Runners: 22 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.80
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 122-3 D

Last run: 74 days

W: 11st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Won on his hurdles debut at Fairyhouse in November; improved on that in the spring, especially when runner-up to Lossiemouth at Punchestown; third in a Grade 1 at Auteuil in May when last seen; inexperienced sort for this hurly burly but talented and capable of contending.

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2nd

3

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 45y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Zarak The Brave

11st 6lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

raced wide, held up in rear, niggled along briefly before 5th, went third before 2 out, left in second and challenging from 2 out, ridden and kept on run-in, no match for winner

11/10

7

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Zarak The Brave

11st 10lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Unraced on heavy going, seems to handle any other; ran well behind high-ranking stablemate Lossiemouth twice last term; justified favouritism in Naas Grade 3 most recently, adding to his Galway Hurdle success two starts earlier; currently well short of stablemate State Man's standard but may still rate higher and has each-way possibilities.

16/1

1st

2

28th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

1m 7f 112y

14:10 Naas

Zarak The Brave

11st 3lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

raced in third, not fluent 4th, headway 4 out, not fluent 3 out, smooth headway and went second before 2 out, led last, shaken up and kept on run-in, always doing enough

1/3

8/1

  • Place: £4.20

Form: 0/214- D

Last run: 256 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Runner-up to Tudor City off an 8lb lower mark last year; went on to land a Grade 3 at Tipperary; warmed up for this with two Flat runs, runner-up to Party Central at Bellewstown before winning at Leopardstown; not hard to make a case for.

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3rd

2

(3)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Curragh

Jesse Evans

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Noel Meade

in touch with leaders, headway disputing second 3f out, outpaced 2f out, switched right over 1f out, kept on

3/1

0

10

(18)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Jesse Evans

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Noel Meade

A fourth and two seconds in the last three runnings of the Galway Hurdle; also a force on the Flat, winning at Killarney (1m6f) in August and close fourth of 30 in Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh (2m1f, soft) three weeks ago; in-form contender who needs plenty of respect.

10/1

4th

17

(20)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Jesse Evans

9st 7lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Noel Meade

prominent throughout, disputing lead under 2f out, kept on until no extra towards finish

12/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 48/03- D

Last run: 314 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

No win over hurdles since landing a Grade 3 novice at Navan in 2021 and has not run over flights since last September; campaigned on the Flat since, finishing second in the November handicap last year and taking advantage of a simple task in a Tramore maiden last month; rain will not bother him and has a good 5lb claimer up; likely to be thereabouts.

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6th

9

12th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

My Mate Mozzie

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

held up in rear, not fluent 8th

9/1

2nd

3

26th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

My Mate Mozzie

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Versatile sort, point/bumper/Flat winner; very useful hurdler, close third in this season's Galway Hurdle; found little when beaten by a 50-1 chance on his chasing debut at Fairyhouse; readily coped with modest opposition at Cheltenham two months ago; tongue-tie retained now.

10/1

1st

3

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 2

14:10 Cheltenham

My Mate Mozzie

11st 4lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

travelled strongly, raced in third, led run-in, canter

4/6

25/1

  • Place: £3.90

Form: /300-8 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Grade 3 winner as a juvenile and fourth in the Triumph but largely disappointing last season; well beaten in the Grimes Hurdle last time and others preferred.

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2

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Icare Allen

11st 11lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Had work to do when making bad mistake two out in last month's Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; pulled up); however, that was his first run since November, when a near-9l third here (3m, soft) having travelled well; could be suited by the drop back in trip on yard debut (has left Willie Mullins; still owned by JP McManus); each-way possibilities in first-time hood.

33/1

7

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Icare Allen

11st 2lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Fourth here in the 2022 Triumph but no show in 2023 Coral Cup; made the frame twice at the Galway Festival last August; rarely seen beyond 2m1f but the second Galway run was 2m6f on soft and he was a respectable third off this mark when upped to 3m1f on soft at Aintree in November; not seen since and others have done more at this trip, but he can't be comfortably ruled out.

9/1

3rd

1

11th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 2

13:35 Aintree

Icare Allen

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: W P Mullins

Made the frame twice at the Galway Festival early in August; all but two of his races have been at up to 2m1f but the second Galway run was 2m6f on soft; also ran creditably back at 2m on latest start; 3m is unknown territory and he's unraced on heavy but this race is also a marked drop in class.

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: /1123- D

Last run: 139 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Did all of his racing last season in Britain, runner-up in the Betfair at Newbury and third in the County Hurdle; no impression after a slow start in a Flat maiden at Roscommon as his warm-up; major contender.

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4th

7

(15)

15th Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 31y

17:10 Naas

Filey Bay

9st 3lb

J: Jamie Powell

T: Emmet Mullins

dwelt start, midfield, headway 4f out

9/1

10th

2

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Listowel

Filey Bay

11st 5lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Emmet Mullins

Some notable efforts in British handicaps last season and was a highly respectable fifth in the Galway Hurdle, doing his best work late; has since won a maiden on the Flat; hard to discount.

5/1

6th

2

(6)

3rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

0m 7f 110y

15:10 Tipperary

Filey Bay

9st 13lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Emmet Mullins

slowly away, in rear throughout

9/1

Form: 0/03-1 CD

Last run: 81 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Off the track for a year but might just be better than ever, following a third in a Grade B handicap hurdle at Punchestown with an impressive success in a Listed contest at Killarney in May; up 11lb for that but that might not be enough; has won over C&D on soft ground too.

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4th

6

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

13:33 Thurles

Mighty Tom

11st 12lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Cian Collins

towards rear but in touch with leaders, headway after 4 out, went modest fourth when jumped slightly left 2 out, kept on

5/1

3rd

3

17th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Mighty Tom

11st 4lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Cian Collins

Progressed well over hurdles once he joined this yard and his form in that discipline is right up there in this company; finished a well-held second on chase debut at Cork (2m4f, soft) but that was a strong-looking Grade 3 and the winner is decidedly useful; this shorter trip won't faze him (travels strongly; settles better these days) and there's lots to like about his prospects.

5/2

Form: 3411- D

Last run: 100 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Took a couple of runs to find his feet but followed up a Naas maiden hurdle win with a convincing success in a Grade B handicap hurdle at the Punchestown festival; no run since and not the stable first-string but every chance that there is more to come from him.

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15th

8

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Bialystok

10st 11lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Won competitive handicap at Punchestown festival last April (2m, yielding to soft) and 3l fourth in Grade 1 Royal Bond Novices' Hurdle at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) in December; 13-2 and going well in midfield when brought down two out in hot Leopardstown handicap last month, and could be involved.

12/1

7

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Bialystok

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Landed a Listed handicap hurdle at Punchestown last April and ran okay in the Galway Hurdle; good run in the Grade 1 Royal Bond at Fairyhouse last time; should contend here.

12/1

4th

2

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Bialystok

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Had to work hard to win a 21-runner Naas maiden in February; had a lot more in hand when winning a Punchestown festival handicap in first-time hood; respectable seventh in the Galway Hurdle; disappointing favourite at Listowel when third in small-field novice event; limitations confirmed by Grade 3 defeat at Tipperary nine weeks ago.

10/1

Form: 40500- CD

Last run: 219 days

W: 10st 13lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

An 11-year-old going for his third win in this race; showed his well-being by landing the Apprentice Derby at the Curragh a month ago; not one to underestimate.

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10th

6

(16)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

17:45 Dundalk (AW)

Tudor City

11st 10lb

J: Mr B M Coonan

T: A J Martin

Nine career wins include two Galway Hurdles and the Apprentice Derby at the Curragh last June; down the field in a 1m4f handicap here in January and probably best watched.

25/1

10th

5

(10)

12th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

15:37 Dundalk (AW)

Tudor City

9st 12lb

J: Paddy Harnett

T: A J Martin

midfield

16/1

14th

21

(2)

10th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

17:45 Curragh

Tudor City

8st 7lb

J: Siobhan Rutledge

T: A J Martin

midfield

14/1

Form: 12135- D

Last run: 97 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Dual good-ground winner last summer and third in Grade 2 novice on his return at Fairyhouse; outclassed in Punchestown Grade 1 latest; others preferred.

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4th

2

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

14:00 Naas

Amir Kabir

11st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear

10/1

1st

1

16th Sep 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 7f 120y

14:10 Navan

Amir Kabir

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

made all, faced challenge 2 out, soon ridden, went clear again final 110yds, kept on well

Evs

3rd

3

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

19:40 Curragh

Amir Kabir

12st 6lb

J: Ms Hannah Smullen

T: Gordon Elliott

Mid-field Galway Hurdle run respectable; was worthy of mid-80s mark on Flat in Britain.

7/1

Form: 1310-0 CD

Last run: 66 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Won his maiden hurdle over C&D last summer and went on to land a valuable handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse; up 13lb for that and struggled in two compettitive handicap hurdles in the spring; back to form in a Flat maiden in cheekpieces at Down Royal in June; headgear retained and a big run very possible.

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3rd

6

(8)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:45 Curragh

Merlin Giant

9st 8lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Emmet Mullins

prominent

11/2

13th

13

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 180y

17:05 Leopardstown

Merlin Giant

8st 7lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Emmet Mullins

in touch with leaders, headway and briefly went third 5f out, weakened quickly over 2f out, eased from over 1f out

4/1

Form: 1171/4 D BF

Last run: 81 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Four-time winner over hurdles; disappointing run in a Listed contest at Killarney in May negated by comfortably beating Jesse Evans in a Bellewstown amateur Flat contest; looks the Elliott first-string and very much respected.

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4th

1

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 190y

13:45 Down Royal

Party Central

11st 12lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Has won half of her eight runs over hurdles but she's better than she showed in the Galway Hurdle, having beaten the runner-up in that race the time before on the Flat at Bellewstown; tough task under top-weight but it is not the most competitive contest for the grade.

8/1

11th

5

3rd Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Party Central

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Four-time winner over hurdles; disappointing run in a Listed contest at Killarney in May negated by comfortably beating Jesse Evans in a Bellewstown amateur Flat contest; looks the Elliott first-string and very much respected.

10/1

Form: 23260-

Last run: 111 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Decent novice hurdler in 21-22; consistent last season without winning but good efforts in defeat at Punchestown in December and in the Coral Cup; not a bad effort in a Flat maiden at Roscommon last month; each-way chance.

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3rd

1

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 43y

12:00 Punchestown

Captain Conby

11st 9lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: E Sheehy

jumped left on occasions, led, faced challenge when jumped left and bumped rival 2 out, soon headed and weakened, no match for first two

4/1

3rd

1

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 1

13:50 Wincanton

Captain Conby

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: E Sheehy

took keen hold, midfield, awkward jump 4th, headway before 4 out, weakened after 3 out

4/1

2nd

2

1st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 20y

17:00 Tipperary

Captain Conby

11st 1lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: E Sheehy

disputed lead, led narrowly 3rd, headed and lost two places 4th, lost ground before 4 out, mistake 3 out, kept on and went modest second run-in, no match for winner

7/2

Form: 320-23 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 3lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

11-year-old keeps his form well and seems best suited by small-field conditions events these days; ran Fils D'Oudairies to a neck at Ballinrobe before finishing third to him in the Grimes at Tipperary; likely to be ridden prominently but less likely to be thereabouts at the finish.

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2

3rd Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 72y

14:50 Leopardstown

Cash Back

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

raced in second, lost second before 5th, lost third after 3 out, weakened quickly before 2 out

7/2

10th

4

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 189y

17:10 Punchestown

Cash Back

12st 3lb

J: Adam Connolly

T: W P Mullins

.

5/2

1st

2

7th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

13:47 Clonmel

Cash Back

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

made virtually all, disputed lead before 10th, led narrowly when not fluent 3 out, soon disputed lead but going best, briefly headed before 2 out, led again going best but tired after 2 out, nudged along and went clear approaching last, comfortably

4/5

Form: 48240- D

Last run: 100 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Four-time winner over hurdles; career-high mark here after being beaten a nose in a Naas handicap hurdle in March; no run since well beaten in a Punchestown handicap hurdle in April; blinkers tried here; others preferred.

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9th

5

26th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

14:50 Cork

Lucky Max

11st 5lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Sean Thomas Doyle

towards rear

15/2

4th

3

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 120y

15:12 Down Royal

Lucky Max

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Sean Thomas Doyle

Four-time winner over hurdles and beaten a nose in a Naas handicap in March; well beaten in a Punchestown handicap hurdle in April; out of his depth in the Galway Hurdle; did not seem to take to chasing last season, soundly beaten in races at Listowel and Gowran; best watched.

8/1

Form: 45-F11 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Thought to have needed further but put up a career best back at 2m when landing the Grade 3 Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary last month; likely to be ridden positively and handles ground with plenty of ease.

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4th

1

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Fils Doudairies

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped right on occasions, led and clear, mistake 2nd, reduced lead before 3 out

66/1

3rd

1

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:35 Punchestown

Fils Doudairies

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

led, clear when not fluent 1st, headed and dropped to last before 2 out, no chance with winner but kept on and went third run-in

25/1

Form: /2120- D

Last run: 100 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner over hurdles, including the Fred Winter at Cheltenham in 2022 and a Grade 3 at Naas in November; form fell away a bit after that but encouraging return in a 1m Flat handicap at Killarney two weeks ago; new headgear tried today and looks the owner's first choice.

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10th

7

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Brazil

11st 9lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

Won the 4yo handicap at 2022 Festival (good to soft) on his sole appearance at Cheltenham; his two hurdle races in 2023 and one last month were all poor, having been gelded before the latter, but there was a Flat win at last year's Galway Festival, so he might not be done with just yet; this is his first foray beyond 2m1f.

12/1

13th

3

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Brazil

11st 7lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

Good juvenile, won the Boodles at Cheltenham and won a Grade 3 at Naas; also won a premier handicap on the Flat at Galway; not seen since down the field in the Irish Cesarewitch; claims on his best form.

14/1

28th

32

(19)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Brazil

9st 0lb

T: Padraig Roche

towards rear, ridden and detached 4f out

Form: 402-15 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Game winner of a 2m4f conditions hurdle at Punchestown in June; finished well in the Grimes Hurdle last time; should finish well here but chance that he might find himself too far behind; soft ground won't bother him though.

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7th

2

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:05 Cork

Da Capo Glory

11st 8lb

J: Mr D Allen

T: Padraig Butler

Four-time winner, most recently in a 2m4f handicap here in January; very creditable seventh in the Coral Cup a couple of weeks ago and a leading contender if this doesn't come too soon.

9/2

7th

3

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Da Capo Glory

11st 12lb

J: Mr D Allen

T: Padraig Butler

Usually ridden by 7lb-claiming amateur Darragh Allen, including when he won narrowly at Cork (2m4f, soft to heavy) in January; ran respectably at Navan (2m5f, heavy) latest but now has first-time headgear; it's a concern that he ran poorly last April/August in his two biggest handicaps.

25/1

3rd

6

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Da Capo Glory

11st 3lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Padraig Butler

raced in second, challenging 2 out, outpaced approaching last, lost second run-in, kept on

8/1

Form: 3500-3 D

Last run: 66 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Enjoyed a good summer and autumn last year, finishing third in this race before dominating from the front in the Lartigue Hurdle at Listowel; out of form this year, including when tried over fences at Ballinrobe last time; hard to fancy.

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13

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Prairie Dancer

10st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Flat runs last autumn included the biggest win of his career (front-running at 2m on soft); big step up in trip for the Carlisle qualifier (3m1f, good to soft) in December and third of eight there was clearly his best result over hurdles for 15 months, albeit subsiding by 12l didn't persuade that he's the strongest stayer; off since and others are more persuasive.

40/1

3rd

1

17th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Carlisle

Prairie Dancer

12st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

raced wide, prominent

4/1

6th

4

(5)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

15:35 Curragh

Prairie Dancer

9st 7lb

J: Mikey Sheehy

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

in rear, nudged along early, headway towards near side over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, no telling impression

14/1

Form: 75350- D

Last run: 98 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Good novice hurdler and a consistent performer in conditions and handicap contests last season; okay run behind Jesse Evans on the Flat at Leopardstown; up against it here a little bit but unlikely to be disgraced.

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0

17

3rd Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Gatsby Grey

11st 0lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Good novice hurdler and a consistent performer in conditions and handicap contests last season; okay run behind Jesse Evans on the Flat at Leopardstown; up against it here a little bit but unlikely to be disgraced.

66/1

5th

6

(9)

13th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 0y

20:30 Leopardstown

Gatsby Grey

11st 2lb

J: Mr J C Barry

T: Oliver McKiernan

Bumper and dual hurdles winner; rated 137 in the latter discipline and good fifth in 3m handicap at Aintree Grand National meeting two runs back; only Flat start was over inadequate trip last year; not ruled out although will need a couple to underperform.

10/1

Form: P41P8- CD

Last run: 100 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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3rd

4

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Path Doroux

11st 2lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Maiden after eight chase starts but he's improving and his jumping was more assured than has sometimes been the case when a very solid third with no excuses to Unexpected Party in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham (2m, soft; first-time cheekpieces added, retained here); has a 6lb turnaround for nearly 6l but likely to need a shade more for this sharper test if he's to reverse the placings.

6/1

3rd

8

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Path Doroux

11st 0lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Not always the slickest of jumpers but he's translated his hurdle ability to fences in recent starts, chasing home Hunter's Yarn in a maiden at Fairyhouse before splitting Madara and Solness in a competitive handicap at Leopardstown (2m1f, soft) last month; has first-time cheekpieces combined with the tongue-tie he's worn lately.

10/1

2nd

7

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:10 Leopardstown

Path Doroux

11st 1lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Had been struggling for form but was in the process of running a big race when coming down at the last over C&D in a race won by The Folkes Tiara (The Big Chap second) and creditable effort when runner-up in a beginners' at Fairyhouse; not the slickest jumper and could do with ironing out the errors out but probably has one in from this sort of mark.

100/30

Form: 03P9-4 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

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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

10/1

Form: 4P0-51 D

Last run: 59 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Third reserve; fourth here last year and bang in form after wins at Listowel and Roscommon, the latter in a Flat maiden; big chance if getting a run.

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13th

7

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Listowel

Glan

10st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Failed to give her true running when pulled up in this 12 months ago and was found to be clinically abnormal after disappointing in the Galway Hurdle (well backed); went into that race bang in form and could be given another chance.

15/2

0

23

3rd Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Glan

10st 12lb

T: Gordon Elliott

Third reserve; fourth here last year and bang in form after wins at Listowel and Roscommon, the latter in a Flat maiden; big chance if getting a run.

10/1

1st

14

(12)

4th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 3f 154y

20:20 Roscommon

Glan

9st 4lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear of midfield, good headway 1f out, went second inside final 110yds, pushed along and ran on well to lead final strides

7/1

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