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Brennan’s Pharmacy Handicap

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  • 2m 0f 50y
  • 11 runners
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Brennan’s Pharmacy Handicap

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 13-303

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Won 1m2f handicaps at Navan and the Curragh last year, both on easy ground; encouraging return at Leopardstown over the same trip in May and again when upped to 1m4f at Ballinrobe last month; stamina concerns over this extended trip though.

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4th

5

(16)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

14:45 Curragh

Mr Rango

9st 8lb

J: Shane Foley

T: John M Harney

Consistent for Ross O'Sullivan, winning twice over 1m2f on soft ground; up to career-high mark after recent Leopardstown win for this yard over same trip, having his field well strung out when winning going away; cheekpieces now fitted for drop in trip and seems sure to go well.

9/2

1st

7

(6)

10th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

14:15 Leopardstown

Mr Rango

9st 12lb

J: Shane Foley

T: John M Harney

prominent, pressed leaders when switched right 2f out, led when ridden 1f out, ran on and went clear final 110yds, eased towards finish, comfortably

11/2

Abandoned

Form: 15-045

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Last year's Ulster Cesarewitch winner doesn't lack for stamina and seasonal-best when close fourth in Curragh premier handicap when not getting clearest of runs; left with plenty to do at same venue on latest; likes a sound surface.

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5th

28

(36)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Sheishybrid

8st 5lb

J: Danny Sheehy

T: Noel Meade

Won last year's 2m2f Ulster Cesarewitch and never better than when second in the C&D Trial three weeks ago, setting sail for home 4f out but unable to shake off Grand Providence; rarely seen on softer than good (had some soft-ground form in 2021); otherwise looks set to go well.

20/1

2nd

6

(9)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:00 Newmarket

Sheishybrid

9st 5lb

J: Jason Watson

T: Noel Meade

Won last year's 2m2f Ulster Cesarewitch; ran creditably twice at the Curragh this summer before strong-finishing second to Extensio at Clonmel; held up for those runs but last year's success came when ridden much more prominently; may need a new personal best but she has proved her stamina and makes plenty of appeal.

6/1

2nd

3

(8)

7th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 144y

18:55 Clonmel

Sheishybrid

9st 12lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Noel Meade

towards rear of midfield, headway when not clear run over 1f out, ran on and went second final 110yds, no match for winner

11/2

OUR TIP

Abandoned

Form: /0041/

Last run: 1095 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Smart enough for John Gosden (winning valuable Haydock handicap on quick ground) and hasn't been seen since opening account for current yard in 1m6f Killarney premier handicap in August 2020 in testing conditions; one of three for Willie Mullins and interesting to see what the market makes of his chances after three-year absence.

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0

25

(4)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Zenon

8st 6lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: W P Mullins

Close fourth over 2m1f at Galway (soft) in July 2020 and won over 1m6f at Killarney that August, both in blinkers; not seen again until his last of five when 20-1 in a 1m4f conditions event 16 days ago, which needs to have blown away a lot of cobwebs but the blinkers (absent that day) return.

28/1

5th

3

(2)

28th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 4f 15y

16:35 Bellewstown

Zenon

9st 11lb

J: Ben Coen

T: W P Mullins

awkward start, held up in rear

12/1

Abandoned

Form: 0/00-8 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Likes his stablemate Zenon has spent some time on the sidelines and best Flat form has been on softish ground; okay comeback run at the Curragh when plenty keen and again in valuable Galway handicap hurdle early this month; others preferred.

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5th

6

(5)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 4

17:10 Ascot

Foveros

9st 9lb

J: Jack Doughty

T: Henry Oliver

took keen hold, prominent

14/1

2nd

5

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Foveros

11st 7lb

J: Miss Isabella Oliver

T: Henry Oliver

walked into the start, held up in rear

16/1

4th

3

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

14:45 Wetherby

Foveros

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Henry Oliver

Ex-Willie Mullins; formerly a very useful hurdler; nothing like as good these days but fair runs in 1m7f claimers on last two outings; stays this trip well, but last hurdles win was in 2019.

11/4

Abandoned

Form: 44-016 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Veteran rolled back the years when scoring over C&D last month off 76 under canny ride from today's rider; subsequent Killarney run was creditable given he had little luck in running so has to be considered.

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7th

20

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

16:15 Punchestown

Lord Erskine

10st 11lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: H Rogers

Veteran with 11 wins, including very valuable 2m Leopardstown handicap hurdle in February off 120; out of depth when never sighted in Listed Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan on Saturday but can't be ruled out back at this level.

16/1

6th

4

(6)

27th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 6f 0y

16:00 Navan

Lord Erskine

9st 6lb

J: Siobhan Rutledge

T: H Rogers

Veteran with 11 wins to his credit, including the Irish Cesarewitch when it was run here in 2017; showed his well-being when winning an ultra-competitive Listed handicap hurdle at Leopardstown in February; has a mountain to climb in this class of race though.

66/1

1st

21

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Lord Erskine

10st 1lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: H Rogers

Won a valuable Flat handicap at the Curragh in September and carried that form over to hurdling; went closest when second to Harvard Guy over 2m4f at Navan but well below that form against the same rival two weeks ago; strong pace will suit and could go well at a big price.

33/1

Abandoned

Form: 72551-

Last run: 308 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Won over 1m6f in Britain (soft) for the Johnstons and made encouraging hurdles debut when second at Down Royal in March but hasn't built on that promise; opposable.

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1st

1

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

12:47 Cork

Flamborough

11st 11lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Flat winner in Britain; opened hurdles account at the sixth attempt, landing a C&D maiden in November; down the field in a valuable handicap at Fairyhouse last month; more relevant form in this context is his fourth placing in the Lartigue Hurdle at Listowel; also managed a fine third on the Flat in the Naas November Handicap; makes plenty of appeal in this grade.

9/4

14th

10

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Flamborough

10st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

took keen hold, prominent

10/1

1st

2

5th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:20 Cork

Flamborough

11st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Flat winner when trained by the Johnstons in UK; has run well in defeat over hurdles for this yard, notably in the Lartigue Hurdle at Listowel; fine 3rd in the Naas November Handicap since; should go close back to hurdles.

5/2

Abandoned

Form: 3/37-0

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Four-time hurdles winner had rare flat outing at Killarney last month when never counting after slow start on handicap debut; unchanged mark looks harsh.

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4th

2

30th Sep 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:00 Gowran Park

Happy Jacky

11st 10lb

J: Daniel King

T: Ray Hackett

Bounced back to form when beaten half a length in a handicap hurdle at Killarney last month but disappointing when tailed off at Galway since; others may be better treated back in a handicap.

10/1

4th

4

11th Sep 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 87y

16:30 Galway

Happy Jacky

11st 0lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Ray Hackett

Four hurdle wins and has run well in defeat at this track; just denied in a Killarney handicap last time over this trip and is weighted to run well in this.

13/2

Abandoned

Form: 6/7596

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Hasn't been competitive in five starts since returning from 16-month absence in April, running okay at the Curragh and some late headway at Yarmouth on latest; handicapper slow to relent.

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6th

6

7th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 180y

15:32 Clonmel

Kendancer

11st 12lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: C Byrnes

Has a record of 1-14 over hurdles and is rated 111 in that sphere; didn't jump well on last month's chasing debut at Cork and probably best watched for now.

16/1

7th

7

26th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

15:25 Cork

Kendancer

11st 12lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: C Byrnes

towards rear of midfield, mistake 1st, slow jump 4th

33/1

Abandoned

Form: 854/22 BF

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced maiden a beaten favourite on both starts (upped markedly in trip) since returning from 607-day absence although no disgrace when second to a well-handicapped sort (won again since) at Down Royal and when looking as though further would suit when second over 1m4f at Galway (third has won since); upped further in trip here and could go one better.

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6th

21

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 118y

17:25 Punchestown

Stoke The Fire

10st 12lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: W P Mullins

Didn't need to improve to win a novice hurdle at Perth last week but this looks like a tough ask and down the order on jockey bookings.

25/1

1st

1

26th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

14:40 Perth

Stoke The Fire

11st 9lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, prominent, lost position and in touch with leaders before 3rd, not fluent 2 out, led going easily before last, not fluent and shaken up last, kept on well, canter

1/4

4th

1

4th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Naas

Stoke The Fire

12st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, led narrowly or disputed lead early, raced in second after 3rd, led again before 4 out, joined when not fluent 2 out

11/2

Abandoned

Form: 1-6 CD

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner who won C&D maiden on his flat debut last year for Willie Mullins; back from 274-day break for new yard when last of 6 in Galway conditions event early this month; best watched.

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7th

13

(12)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

17:45 Dundalk (AW)

Kottayam

10st 10lb

J: Mr S P Queally

T: John Queally

Dual winner ran okay in a Curragh conditions in October; down the field on his polytrack debut over C&D in November; others preferred.

14/1

11th

1

(4)

29th Nov 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

18:00 Dundalk (AW)

Kottayam

10st 0lb

J: Cian Horgan

T: John Queally

Bumper winner and 2m Flat winner for Willie Mullins; fair 1m4f handicap run on stable debut after spell with Tony Mullins; satisfactory effort when not well treated by the race conditions in 1m4f amateur race at the Curragh last time; interesting with 7lb claim.

8/1

5th

4

(11)

31st Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

15:07 Curragh

Kottayam

11st 7lb

J: Mr S P Queally

T: John Queally

midfield, outpaced under 2f out, kept on final furlong, never on terms

28/1

Form: /58-35 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Versatile 8yo is over three years without a flat win but both recent efforts encouraging although reportedly hung right at both Galway and last weekend at the Curragh; going left-handed here may suit.

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0

7

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Walking On Glass

11st 0lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

7-53 overall and he's proved himself thoroughly at about 3m on testing ground; creditable second at Gowran Park (3m, heavy) in September, before his form dipped in a conditions event on latest start; needs to find extra to win this.

25/1

4th

5

19th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

16:00 Thurles

Walking On Glass

11st 0lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

raced lazily at times, in touch with leaders early, dropped to last after 1st, mistake 4th

12/1

2nd

3

30th Sep 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:00 Gowran Park

Walking On Glass

11st 1lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

Running well in defeat on the Flat of late; out of form when last seen over jumps though and still seems on a stiff enough mark.

14/1

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Verdict

Willie Mullins runs three here with STOKE THE FIRE the likely number one after two good runs in defeat, form which has been franked since, and who looks to be crying out for this extended trip. Place claims are held by Sheishybrid and Walking On Glass. [Alan Hewison]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Stoke The Fire

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Mr Rango

POSTDATA:

Kottayam

The Irish Sun:

Stoke The Fire