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Grant Thornton Ulster Cesarewitch Handicap

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  • 2m 2f 0y
  • 14 runners
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Grant Thornton Ulster Cesarewitch Handicap

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

1st
6 (14)
Crassus

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.60
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 21/373

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

1m5f the farthest he's won over; missed last year, has run well in two of his three starts since returning to action; 2l to find with Barnacullia on 2m1f Bellewstown form where he seemed to get the trip reasonably well.

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Verdict Starting price

15th

12

18th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

12:55 Navan

Crassus

11st 2lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

In good form on the Flat this year; missed all of 2022 but went close when runner-up at Cork when last seen over timber in 2021; goes well on heavy ground and one to consider from a fair handicap mark.

12/1

3rd

15

(8)

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

17:05 Leopardstown

Crassus

8st 9lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Noel Meade

towards rear

14/1

14/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 72500

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Second in 1m5f Sligo maiden in the spring but hasn't been finishing all that strongly over 1m4f since; first handicap and far from sure to enjoy this test of stamina.

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6th

16

21st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 150y

14:23 Cork

Votre Homme

11st 7lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: D K Weld

Runner-up on handicap debut on the Flat at Down Royal (2m2f, good) when last seen off a mark of 76; will be a player if he can transform all of that ability to this sphere.

6/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 3-9045 BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Stays all day, last Flat win was over 2m1f at Bellewstown two years ago and won 2m7f hurdle last month; held by Barnacullia on Leopardstown form since but had been very busy prior to that and has Dettori in the plate to provide a bit of X-factor.

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7th

13

(3)

1st Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

19:00 Dundalk (AW)

No Thanks

8st 7lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Matthew J Smith

Dual winner over 2m on turf is 0-7 on AW, most recently never counting over inadequate 1m2f last month; reduced mark and longer trip play to his strengths so don't rule out.

12/1

8th

2

(8)

10th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

17:30 Dundalk (AW)

No Thanks

10st 1lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Matthew J Smith

midfield

10/1

0

17

10th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

16:45 Punchestown

No Thanks

10st 8lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: Matthew J Smith

In good form over hurdles lately, winning at Ballinrobe after a fine 2nd at the same track; two decent Flat efforts in defeat since and can be involved.

14/1

12/1

Form: 41-407

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Won 1m4f AW handicap on final start for William Haggas last year; couple of fair runs up to 1m6f for current yard but was well held when trying 2m at the Curragh in July.

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7th

10

(9)

14th Feb 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

14:10 Dundalk (AW)

Crystal Caves

9st 2lb

J: Gavin Ryan

T: Thomas Gibney

AW winner for William Haggas in 2022; back to form when only beaten a length in a C&D handicap last month behind Gains Of War; respected.

10/1

5th

6

(3)

19th Jan 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

17:00 Dundalk (AW)

Crystal Caves

9st 12lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Thomas Gibney

AW winner for William Haggas last year in 2022; best run last year was over 2m2f at Down Royal; absent since a poor run at Thurles in October and best watched.

10/1

10th

8

(8)

5th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:50 Thurles

Crystal Caves

9st 8lb

J: Gavin Ryan

T: Thomas Gibney

AW winner for William Haggas last year; best run this was over 2m2f at Down Royal so no stamina worrise; Listowel run was too bad to be true

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 453512 BF

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Useful jumper won over 1m7f at Leopardstown on second handicap start; couldn't find a way past stablemate of No Thanks at Bellewstown (2m1f) last week but had Crassus and Arabian King behind; will stay every yard and major player.

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7th

4

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 144y

18:07 Ballinrobe

Barnacullia

11st 3lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Michael Mulvany

towards rear, dropped to rear halfway, detached from 3 out, tailed off

9/2

4th

6

29th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 11y

16:10 Galway

Barnacullia

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Michael Mulvany

prominent

5/1

2nd

2

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:25 Listowel

Barnacullia

11st 11lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Michael Mulvany

Winner and placed on the Flat since second to 33-1 Fighting Fit in a handicap chase at the Galway festival, with the winner's shorter-priced stablemate Roseys Hollow back in fifth; good chance he can emerge best in the rematch.

7/2

14/1

Form: /910-8

Last run: 4 days

W: 9st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Won on the Flat (1m5f) and over hurdles (2m) last year; lightly raced this year, beaten 7l over 1m3f at Roscommon on Monday and not sure to stay.

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6th

4

(15)

8th Sep 2023

Good

2m 2f 0y

18:05 Down Royal

Pike County

9st 12lb

J: W J Lee

T: Mrs Denise Foster

Won on the Flat (1m5f) and over hurdles (2m) last year; lightly raced this year, beaten 7l over 1m3f at Roscommon on Monday and not sure to stay.

14/1

8th

2

(10)

4th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 3f 140y

18:15 Roscommon

Pike County

10st 2lb

J: W J Lee

T: Mrs Denise Foster

midfield, lost position and towards rear over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never near to challenge

20/1

11th

9

6th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

19:25 Tipperary

Pike County

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Mrs Denise Foster

towards rear

12/1

Form: 0-2355

Last run: 24 days

W: 8st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 61

Form & Verdict

Ran some fair races over staying trips on turf last year and good bit lower in the ratings now; second over 2m at Dundalk in January and, after a break, decent fifth over inadequate trip back there last month; probably not up to winning in this grade.

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7th

2

(9)

14th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

16:10 Dundalk (AW)

Curious Bride

10st 0lb

J: James Ryan

T: Eamonn O’Connell

in touch with leaders

10/1

12th

1

(1)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:00 Dundalk (AW)

Curious Bride

10st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Eamonn O’Connell

Has won on turf and over hurdles; 0-11 at this track but was a good third over this C&D early last month and performed to a similar level over 2m last time; could go well.

6/1

2nd

2

(6)

29th Nov 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

18:00 Dundalk (AW)

Curious Bride

9st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Eamonn O’Connell

Has won on turf and over hurdles; 0-10 at this track but was second over this trip here in January and put in a decent effort over 1m4f here four weeks ago.

11/2

Form: -14944

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Useful dual-purpose type was third in this last year; 1m5f winner at Navan in the spring and only beaten a length over 1m6f at Killarney last time.

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Verdict Starting price

8th

3

(9)

8th Sep 2023

Good

2m 2f 0y

18:05 Down Royal

Rich Belief

9st 13lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Karl Thornton

Useful dual-purpose type was third in this last year; 1m5f winner at Navan in the spring and only beaten a length over 1m6f at Killarney last time.

9/1

4th

1

(8)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 6f 40y

19:40 Killarney

Rich Belief

10st 2lb

J: Daniel King

T: Karl Thornton

prominent

7/1

8th

4

8th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 188y

18:00 Bellewstown

Rich Belief

11st 2lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Karl Thornton

Capable dual-purpose performer has been Flat racing so far this year, 9l behind Tronador at Limerick last time; three-time hurdles winner and fourth to smart Anna Bunina in this a year ago, now 2lb lower.

16/1

Form: /06-80

Last run: 109 days

W: 9st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Back to winning ways off much reduced hurdles mark at Ballinrobe in July; held at Tramore since and hasn't made much impact so far in three Flat handicaps.

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12th

4

(2)

29th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:00 Dundalk (AW)

Hearts Are Trumps

9st 12lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Desmond McDonogh

All five wins have been gained over hurdles, including a valuable handicap at Fairyhouse in 2021; has had limited Flat opportunities; unplaced here in April on his only AW attempt; good effort at Navan on his most recent hurdles start; cheekpieces for the first time.

10/1

2nd

4

16th Sep 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 7f 120y

14:45 Navan

Hearts Are Trumps

11st 8lb

J: Miss A B O’Connor

T: Desmond McDonogh

in touch with leaders, headway after 2 out, switched right then challenging before last, went second when ridden and kept on run-in, no match for winner

6/1

9th

9

(10)

8th Sep 2023

Good

2m 2f 0y

18:05 Down Royal

Hearts Are Trumps

9st 4lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Desmond McDonogh

Back to winning ways off much reduced hurdles mark at Ballinrobe in July; held at Tramore since and hasn't made much impact so far in three Flat handicaps.

10/1

Form: 90-655

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

Stays well and was second to Rich Belief over 1m7f at Leopardstown last year; got 3m well over hurdles when running respectably at Galway, plugged on for fifth in 2m1f Bellewstown handicap last week but has ground to make up on Barnacullia and Crassus.

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Verdict Starting price

9th

11

(6)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

17:45 Dundalk (AW)

Arabian King

11st 6lb

J: Mr R James

T: Cian Collins

Decisive winner of a 1m6f handicap on testing ground at Listowel in September; ran well in a Cheltenham handicap hurdle in October but well beaten three times subsequently; others preferred.

14/1

20

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 20y

14:52 Gowran Park

Arabian King

10st 13lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Cian Collins

Five Flat wins on the Flat (most recently in a 1m6f Listowel handicap last September); recent hurdles form is unconvincing.

25/1

11th

8

28th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 116y

15:45 Naas

Arabian King

11st 0lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Cian Collins

led, hit 3rd

25/1

Form: 211-73

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

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.

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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: 60/8-0

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Won 1m7f Leopardstown handicap two years ago for Gavin Cromwell; been lightly raced and quiet since moving up to be trained in Donegal, not beaten far in slowly-run affair back at Leopardstown last time.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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10th

2

(2)

18th Oct 2023

Yielding

1m 6f 0y

17:05 Navan

Harvest Bow

10st 0lb

J: Keithen Kennedy

T: H D McGuigan

Doesn't look as good as she used to be and this year is turning into a real struggle.

50/1

12th

6

(13)

5th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:50 Thurles

Harvest Bow

9st 11lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: H D McGuigan

Just over two years since 1m7f Leopardstown win for Gavin Cromwell; no apparent chance on recent form.

25/1

8th

11

(7)

25th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 4f 175y

17:20 Down Royal

Harvest Bow

9st 1lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: H D McGuigan

Just over two years since 1m7f Leopardstown win for Gavin Cromwell; no apparent chance on recent form.

25/1

20/1

Form: 1693-6

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

1m6f winner for Sir Mark Prescott last year; quiet over hurdles and in 1m4f Gowran handicap for this yard.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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8th

4

(12)

12th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

19:45 Dundalk (AW)

Rushford

10st 1lb

J: Cian Horgan

T: Thomas R Hughes

Dual winner in Britain (over further) but well beaten on the Flat for this yard, trip inadequate on latest back in September; this trip more to his liking but remains opposable.

20/1

11th

10

(7)

22nd Sep 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:30 Dundalk (AW)

Rushford

9st 6lb

J: Cian Horgan

T: Thomas R Hughes

Dual winner in UK has been well beaten on the Flat for this yard lately, though clearly failed to stay 2m2f last time; best watched for now.

22/1

Form: 181114

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

In great form this year winning three claimers and Leopardstown handicap; high enough mark now and hasn't won beyond 1m5f.

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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

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Payout
Exacta €774.00
Straight Forecast €523.30
Tricast €2634.60
Trifecta €5119.00

Selections

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Rushford

SPOTLIGHT:

Barnacullia

POSTDATA:

Rich Belief

TOPSPEED:

Rushford

The Irish Sun:

Barnacullia