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Apex Controls Ltd Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5482.3
  • 2m 1f 185y
  • 15 runners
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Apex Controls Ltd Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.10
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 20-869 C

Last run: 3 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Switching between chasing and hurdling; seems out of form but he is a course winner over fences, so he might be capable of improving on recent efforts.

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10th

14

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

15:55 Cork

Golden Sandbanks

11st 8lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul W Flynn

Versatile 7yo won over hurdles at Sligo (2m2f) last summer and twice on the flat in the autumn; has his ground here although unproven over this far.

16/1

8th

1

(2)

26th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

20:30 Dundalk (AW)

Golden Sandbanks

10st 2lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Paul W Flynn

Was in good form last autumn when winning at Galway and over C&D; is 4lb higher than that last winning mark but has run well afte a break in the past and has to enter the equation.

100/30

14/1

  • Place: £6.60

Form: 00-6

Last run: 79 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Dual AW winner recorded his first turf win at Gowran in April; not much merit in his maiden hurdle form.

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5th

7

1st Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 100y

17:20 Wexford

Rockview Roman

11st 11lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Three-time Flat winner; easily best display over hurdles so far on handicap debut at Sligo last month; further progress is on the cards.

6/1

2nd

7

10th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 185y

18:35 Sligo

Rockview Roman

11st 9lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

soon midfield, mistake 4th, headway when bit short of room and switched left after 2 out, ran on and went second run-in, no match for winner

14/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 697-16 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

C&D maiden winner in June; much longer trip did not appear to suit at Kilbeggan on latest; proven ability to handle this track is an asset.

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0

10

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

11:40 Naas

Pearlofflorida

10st 6lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Liam P Cusack

towards rear, fell 4 out

16/1

8th

6

19th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

16:35 Thurles

Pearlofflorida

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Liam P Cusack

Won 2m2f Sligo mares' maiden in June and several solid runs in defeat over various trips since, handling testing conditions at Clonmel on latest; little bit to find with a couple of these on penultimate Navan run.

10/1

3rd

12

28th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 181y

15:05 Clonmel

Pearlofflorida

11st 1lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Liam P Cusack

Won a Sligo maiden in June and several solid runs in defeat over various trips since; seems at best on a sound surface but not ruled out either.

11/1

Form: 4-3350

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Unplaced favourite in C&D handicap last month; hard to have much confidence after a poor Cork run after which her rider reported she was too keen

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7th

2

27th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 1f 110y

14:25 Sligo

Angelsworknovrtime

11st 11lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: James Andrew Fahey

Fairly dependable in the sense that she has made the frame in six of her eight starts since May; no evidence of improvement but capable of making her presence felt; has taken fourth place in five of her six races at this venue.

8/1

3rd

10

11th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 50y

14:25 Punchestown

Angelsworknovrtime

10st 6lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: James Andrew Fahey

in rear and reminders early, headway into midfield 1st, in touch with leaders on inner 3 out, outpaced after 2 out, kept on and went modest third run-in

14/1

Form: 07-628 BF

Last run: 53 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

15-race maiden, now on his fourth different trainer, and this stable does not have many horses with this sort of rating; worth considering on his Wexford second in May; reportedly struck into at Downpatrick last time, so that failure can be excused

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14th

12

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 2f 185y

17:20 Downpatrick

Be My Hero

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

A 21-race maiden but has gone close a few times from this sort of mark; ran okay when sixth at Naas last time and ground has come right for him; ought to go well on back of 105 day-break.

6/1

6th

16

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:42 Naas

Be My Hero

11st 4lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

A bit unlucky not to have won a race before now, including when touched off in a Bellewstown handicap hurdle in August; solid efforts last twice at Thurles and Down Royal and should be thereabouts on that form.

11/2

Form: 157-41 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

2m Wexford winner last September; shaped well on return from ten months' absence at Downpatrick last month; eight days later, had plenty to spare when winning over 2m2f at Kilbeggan; may be able to cope with an 8lb rise.

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4th

2

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 5

17:20 Perth

Kellies Dream

12st 0lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Daragh Bourke

Ex-Irish; latest win came off 7lb lower at Kilbeggan in July last year (2m2f, yielding to soft); has not run up to his best on either start for present yard; bit to prove at present.

12/1

7th

1

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Ayr

Kellies Dream

12st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Daragh Bourke

Dual hurdle winner when trained in Ireland but made low-key stable debut when well-held fourth at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy) last month; needs to take a good step forward here.

12/1

33/1

Form: 9P-700

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Modest sort in bumpers and maiden hurdles; towards the rear at Cork in his first handicap hurdle.

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12th

18

16th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 70y

16:25 Naas

Max Time

10st 13lb

J: Daniel King

T: I Madden

19-race maiden and has yet to make the frame; swiftly opposed in his current form.

50/1

11th

17

5th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 52y

16:10 Thurles

Max Time

10st 13lb

J: Daniel King

T: I Madden

Unplaced in 18 starts, mildly encouraging run at Fairyhouse last time but remains opposable.

20/1

Form: 99-670

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Blinkered for the first time; makes little appeal on what he has shown in handicaps this season.

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16th

14

10th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 140y

14:25 Punchestown

Action Station

10st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Mrs Prunella Dobbs

Maiden has run well in defeat at times; needs good ground to show best and blinkers worn at Sligo last time are retained.

20/1

Form: 2/66-3

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Long absence after finishing second in a Galway maiden hurdle in October 2021; ran only twice last season after joining this stable; promising display after a break when third over 2m4f at Bellewstown; worth considering.

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7th

4

19th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 112y

14:15 Thurles

Champagne Vacation

11st 8lb

J: Diarmuid Moloney

T: Sean Aherne

14-race maiden; below his best over hurdles of late and this looks like a tough ask on chase debut.

20/1

Form: 7005-4

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Improved from his handicap debut at Tramore when staying on well from off the pace to finish fourth of 15 at Roscommon; extra couple of furlongs here should help his cause.

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4th

13

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

15:55 Cork

Downtherefordancin

11st 9lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Maiden has finished second in 2m4f handicaps at Punchestown and last month (after 126-day absence) at Naas, outstayed late on but clear of the remainder; 4lb rise okay and big player.

11/2

2nd

5

16th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 70y

15:15 Naas

Downtherefordancin

11st 9lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

in touch with leaders, smooth headway to lead before 2 out, nudged along approaching last, ridden and kept on run-in, headed inside final 110yds, stayed on

7/1

0

11

12th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 56y

13:30 Punchestown

Downtherefordancin

11st 3lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Down the field at Cheltenham on latest in a race won well by Impose Toi; comes into the reckoning on his second in a 222-runner contest at this venue in October which represented an improvement on previous handIcap form

10/1

Form: 773-35

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Placed form in maidens at Tramore and Tipperary does not amount to much but she is a relatively unexposed young mare from a top yard.

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4th

8

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 55y

15:40 Punchestown

Baby Chou

11st 4lb

J: Mr J C Barry

T: Andrew Kinirons

in touch with leaders, some headway when not fluent 3 out, weakened after 2 out

14/1

0

2

1st Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 100y

16:50 Wexford

Baby Chou

11st 12lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Mrs John Harrington

Needs to brush up her jumping but has ability; new headgear tried today and interesting to see how it works out.

10/1

Form: 000-

Last run: 193 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Flat-bred filly; mild promise on the Flat for Willie McCreery; has shown no aptitude for hurdling in three maiden attempts for this stable.

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5th

7

(10)

18th Oct 2023

Yielding

1m 6f 0y

15:55 Navan

Chemdawg

9st 10lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Oliver McKiernan

Mild promise on the Flat for Willie McCreery; contested some reasonable maiden hurdles; improved markedly from handicap debut when second to the in-form Gwan Tadhg at Bellewstown; not as good on soft ground at Fairyhouse early in the month.

10/1

7th

8

2nd Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:20 Fairyhouse

Chemdawg

10st 11lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Mild promise on the Flat for Willie McCreery; contested some reasonable maiden hurdles; improved markedly from handicap debut when second to the in-form Gwan Tadhg at Bellewstown; ground was good then so would not really want any more rain.

7/1

25/1

Form: PP3-U0

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Won a four-runner handicap hurdle at Ffos Las for Nicky Henderson last year; failed to repeat that form and has struggled in two Irish starts.

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0

6

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:05 Navan

Quickbuck

11st 12lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: J J Lambe

towards rear throughout, not fluent and ridden 7th, lost touch 7th, pulled up before 4 out

100/1

13th

4

10th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 185y

18:35 Sligo

Quickbuck

11st 10lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: J J Lambe

Won a four-runner handicap hurdle at Ffos Las for Nicky Henderson last year; failed to repeat that form and has struggled in two Irish starts.

25/1

Form: 0000-P

Last run: 100 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Has shown virtually nothing in five starts over hurdles, and was pulled-up at Ballinrobe in May in his first handicap; however, looks almost certain to be a different proposition now having won four of his six subsequent Flat starts; admittedly, he has been cleverly placed to win three claimers in a row, but he commands respect with Rachael Blackmore aboard

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11th

5

(5)

15th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

14:55 Dundalk (AW)

Magnetic North

9st 6lb

J: W J Lee

T: James McAuley

Decent strike-rate on turf (9-58) but has never been placed on AW; well held here lately.

14/1

14th

1

(5)

1st Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

17:05 Dundalk (AW)

Magnetic North

10st 2lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: James McAuley

Good strike-rate on turf but never won, or even been placed, on AW and well held here lately.

14/1

7th

5

(9)

20th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

16:40 Dundalk (AW)

Magnetic North

9st 11lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: James McAuley

Won three claimers on the spin on turf earlier in the summer but has struggled since joining this yard; unplaced in eight course starts.

10/1

Form: /P9PP-

Last run: 161 days

W: 10st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

17-race maiden; badly out of form since second at Tramore near the end of the season before last.

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0

16

10th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 185y

18:35 Sligo

Allez George

10st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: James M Barcoe

17-race maiden; badly out of form since second at Tramore near the end of the season before last.

25/1

12

2nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 0y

14:40 Clonmel

Allez George

10st 12lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: James M Barcoe

16-race maiden; 90 lengths last of nine on his sole start over fences; makes little appeal.

40/1

18

30th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 20y

16:17 Punchestown

Allez George

10st 13lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: James M Barcoe

Second in handicap hurdle at Tramore last April but that looks a one off given his overall profile; tailed off in two starts since; others preferred.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta €1165.00
Straight Forecast €1698.20
Tricast €13880.30
Trifecta €5229.00

Selections

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Downtherefordancin

TOPSPEED:

Pearlofflorida

POSTDATA:

Downtherefordancin

The Irish Sun:

Downtherefordancin