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15:05 Curragh

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Fitzpatrick’s Mercedes-Benz Joe McGrath Handicap (Premier Handicap)

  • Prize money: £23495.58
  • 0m 5f 0y
  • 16 runners
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Fitzpatrick’s Mercedes-Benz Joe McGrath Handicap (Premier Handicap)

Runners: 18 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.80
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 020330 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Mostly campaigned over further since beating The Highway Rat over C&D in March; third in this race last year and now 3lb lower; could go well.

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3rd

3

(2)

9th May 2024

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

13:35 Gowran Park

Laugh A Minute

9st 7lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: Adrian McGuinness

An eight-time winner over shorter, including last time at Naas over 6f; has placed form at this trip too and on heavy ground; should be capable of a big run.

100/30

1st

4

(3)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 205y

17:50 Naas

Laugh A Minute

9st 11lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: Adrian McGuinness

towards rear, headway on far side of group from under 2f out, led final strides

8/1

16/1

  • Place: £4.10

Form: 661010 CD

Last run: 57 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Seven-time winner, ground-versatile; latest win was gained over C&D on penultimate start; plenty to find with Jon Riggens and Silmaniya on Cork running.

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6th

7

(4)

21st Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 0y

16:30 Curragh

Harrys Hill

9st 6lb

J: Wayne Hassett

T: Martin Hassett

soon briefly led, pressed leader after 1f, lost second and weakened gradually inside final furlong

8/1

7th

3

(3)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

16:40 Dundalk (AW)

Harrys Hill

9st 2lb

J: Wayne Hassett

T: Martin Hassett

Better turf performer, career-bests last year in Curragh handicaps over this trip; C&D winner over three years ago but just may need this comeback run with a return to turf imminent.

12/1

3rd
1 (17)
The Highway Rat

13/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 15-215 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Five wins from nine starts at Dundalk; gained first turf win when beating today's rival Silmaniya at Navan early this month on first run since second to Laugh A Minute here in March; fine 6f run here 13 days ago, only just over 2l behind runner-up Never Shout Never in taking fifth in the Bold Lad.

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4th

7

(3)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

18:20 Naas

The Highway Rat

9st 9lb

J: Ben Coen

T: A Oliver

Five of his six wins have come on AW but capable of smart turf form too; ran a stormer in heavy ground at Cork on return and can go well again.

8/1

3rd

2

(11)

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

15:30 Cork

The Highway Rat

9st 9lb

J: W J Lee

T: A Oliver

midfield, headway disputing third over 1f out, no impression final 110yds

9/2

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10/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 4P3417 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Generally reliable sort for a leading trainer of sprinters; two of his three wins have come at this venue; needs to reverse recent 6f course form with The Highway Rat and Never Shout Never.

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4th

5

(2)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 205y

17:50 Naas

Jon Riggens

9st 7lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Edward Lynam

Twice a winner last year and ended campaign with good C&D second to ready winner Stag Night; 18lb turnaround with that rival here so has to be a contender although has tended to need his comeback runs.

10/1

Form: 240608 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Achieved a good level of form last October, notably when beating Jon Riggens at Navan; not at his best since 6f Naas second in March.

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8th

9

(9)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 205y

17:50 Naas

Mickey The Steel

9st 3lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Anthony Murray

Gained two heavy-ground wins late last season and form so far this term just okay; fair bit to find although handicapper relenting.

12/1

7th

3

(2)

21st Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 0y

16:30 Curragh

Mickey The Steel

9st 12lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Joseph Anthony Murray

in touch with leaders on far side of group, brief headway and prominent under 2f out, weakened 1f out

12/1

9th

3

(1)

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 0y

16:40 Cork

Mickey The Steel

9st 12lb

J: Wesley Joyce

T: Joseph Anthony Murray

Up 9lb for two wins at the end of last season; never really got into it behind Real Force at the Curragh but likely to fare better here; trip and ground are an obvious plus.

8/1

16/1

Form: -50510 C

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Won narrowly from stablemate and subsequent winner Nordic Passage here on penultimate run; finished behind several of these rivals in the Bold Lad.

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6th

4

(3)

11th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 205y

15:05 Naas

The Organiser

9st 11lb

J: Donagh O’Connor

T: J F Levins

Both wins at 6f and ran with credit on final start of 2023 in a 5f Curragh handicap; feasibly treated but has a poor record fresh.

20/1

16/1

Form: 07-329 D

Last run: 120 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Placed five times from ten runs at this track; 1-18 record does not inspire confidence and his cause is not helped by being 4lb out of the handicap.

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6th

4

(5)

14th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 5f 205y

15:25 Naas

Swift Flight

9st 7lb

J: N G McCullagh

T: K J Condon

dwelt start, took keen hold, in touch with leaders

40/1

7th

17

(7)

23rd Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 0y

15:05 Curragh

Swift Flight

8st 7lb

J: N G McCullagh

T: K J Condon

towards rear

16/1

9th

13

(4)

26th May 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

20:00 Curragh

Swift Flight

8st 9lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: K J Condon

Just 1-18 but in good form and was only beaten a neck over C&D last month; suspicion he wants softer ground than what he will get here though.

10/1

Form: 4400-1 D

Last run: 168 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Absent since early-season win in testing conditions at Cork, good chance if fit and ready; suited by soft ground.

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9th

1

(1)

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

15:30 Cork

Real Force

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Gerard O’Leary

midfield, lost position and dropped to rear towards far side 2f out, soon no extra

6/1

1st

9

(2)

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 0y

14:05 Curragh

Real Force

9st 3lb

J: Wayne Hassett

T: Gerard O’Leary

held up in rear up the centre, headway 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well inside final 110yds, comfortably

9/1

3rd

2

(1)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

12:40 Curragh

Real Force

9st 10lb

J: Dean Curran

T: D J Bunyan & G O’Leary

prominent, outpaced and lost second over 1f out, kept on, no match for first two

4/1

Form: 311660 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

All eight wins have come over 5f, two of them back-to-back this summer; behind Jon Riggens and Silmaniya when sixth here last month; towards rear in a valuable 6f event in which Never Shout Never was second 13 days ago.

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3rd

7

(10)

8th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 5f 0y

17:00 Dundalk (AW)

Curraheen Princess

9st 6lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: N Stokes

soon raced in second, lost second when ridden under 2f out, kept on, no match for first two

12/1

9th

11

(12)

17th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

17:10 Dundalk (AW)

Curraheen Princess

9st 7lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: N Stokes

in touch with leaders

10/1

7th

10

(2)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 0y

13:50 Curragh

Curraheen Princess

8st 13lb

J: Tom Kiely-Marshall

T: N Stokes

took keen hold, in touch with leaders on far side of group, headway 2f out, no extra final 110yds

14/1

10th
7 (9)
Silmaniya

5/1

Form: -76522 D BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Navan nursery winner last year, her only success to date; entitled to be one of the leading fancies now following seconds over C&D and at Navan; beaten 1/2l by The Highway Rat on the more recent occasion.

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10th

7

(9)

23rd Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 0y

15:05 Curragh

Silmaniya

9st 0lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

in touch with leaders towards near side

5/1

2nd

4

(1)

2nd Sep 2023

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

15:25 Navan

Silmaniya

9st 2lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

upset in stalls, slightly awkward start, dwelt start, raced in last early, recovered towards rear before halfway, headway and prominent over 1f out, ridden when hung left inside final furlong, kept on well towards finish, just held

7/2

2nd

7

(3)

12th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 0y

17:40 Curragh

Silmaniya

9st 3lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

midfield, headway and went third 1f out, ran on well and went second towards finish

8/1

16/1

Form: 593959 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 8lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Uneven form since Naas win in June; has done most of her racing over further this term; not disgraced at a huge price in the Bold Lad but no obvious reason why she should reverse form with Never Shout Never or Th Highway Rat.

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7th

12

(2)

4th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 5f 164y

15:25 Navan

Sioux Spirit

8st 13lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: K J Condon

Uneven form since 6f Naas win in June; behind a few of these at the Curragh 11 days ago following creditable mid-field run in the Bold Lad at the same venue.

14/1

11th

11

(3)

23rd Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 0y

15:05 Curragh

Sioux Spirit

8st 8lb

J: Leigh Roche

T: K J Condon

raced far side, towards rear of midfield

16/1

9th

23

(19)

10th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

13:50 Curragh

Sioux Spirit

8st 7lb

J: N G McCullagh

T: K J Condon

Uneven form since Naas win in June, disadvantaged by being 4lb out of the handicap.

25/1

12th
18 (20)
Elda

16/1

Form: 4-561 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 8st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Promoted a stone for beating Never Shout Never in a maiden at Tipperary; that form has been well advertised by the winner but has to race from 5lb wrong here; no previous handicap experience.

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4th

1

(12)

12th Oct 2023

Yielding To Soft

0m 5f 0y

17:15 Curragh

Elda

10st 2lb

J: Nathan Crosse

T: Andrew Kinirons

in touch with leaders, outpaced over 1f out, ran on well and went fourth inside final furlong, not reach leaders

14/1

12th

18

(20)

23rd Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 0y

15:05 Curragh

Elda

8st 7lb

J: Nathan Crosse

T: Andrew Kinirons

prominent towards near side

16/1

1st

8

(6)

11th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 5f 0y

16:45 Tipperary

Elda

9st 6lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Andrew Kinirons

prominent, ridden and led narrowly over 1f out, pushed out and clear with one other inside final 110yds

18/1

20/1

Form: 742210 CD BF

Last run: 10 days

W: 8st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Touched off by stablemate The Organiser over 6f here before Racing League win at Newcastle; unplaced favourite at last week's Racing League fixture at Southwell.

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No Results Found

Form: 120030 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Winner of eight races, including a Listed event in 2021; went very close in the Rockingham here in July, subsequent form raises significant doubts.

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14th

4

(4)

23rd Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 0y

15:05 Curragh

Master Matt

9st 4lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: M Halford & T Collins

in touch with leaders up the centre

20/1

14th

9

(8)

10th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

13:50 Curragh

Master Matt

9st 1lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: M Halford & T Collins

prominent

20/1

3rd

2

(5)

11th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 5f 0y

17:15 Tipperary

Master Matt

9st 8lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: M Halford & T Collins

ducked right start, soon led at steady pace, headed under 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, kept on towards finish, no match for first two

11/2

Form: 44212 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Has progressed well since second to Elda in a 5f maiden at Tipperary; won with quite a bit to spare on handicap debut at Cork; excellent effort when racing prominently all the way and beating all bar the high-class Big Gossey over 6f in the Bold Lad here 13 days ago; could be hard to beat back at 5f.

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No Results Found

33/1

Form: 702605 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Weak form this season apart from Cork second in June; 9lb out of the handicap; cheekpieces for the first time.

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11th

13

(4)

11th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 205y

15:05 Naas

Mount Ruapehu

9st 2lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

Dundalk winner after a break in January and bounced back from a couple of lesser efforts when beaten roughly 2l at the Curragh on Monday; well treated if he can build on that and better ground is fine.

6/1

Form: 440542 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner and often placed when trainer was based in France; decent form this season, including when runner-up over 6f at this venue four weeks ago; may find a few too quick over the minimum trip.

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No Results Found

Form: 610288 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

An effective sprinter at a lower level than this; appears held by Hallowed Time on running over 6f here four weeks ago; 6lb out of the handicap.

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21th

23

(11)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

17:05 Curragh

Livingston Range

8st 8lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: R Donohoe

Hit a good spell of form over this trip last summer when winning at Naas and second to Secret Magician here; soundly beaten in three starts since switching yards last month and hard to fancy.

66/1

10th

10

(8)

5th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

16:55 Dundalk (AW)

Livingston Range

9st 2lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: R Donohoe

C&D winner but both recent runs for current yard have been poor so needs to bounce back.

14/1

16th

3

(16)

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

17:10 Curragh

Livingston Range

10st 1lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: R Donohoe

Fit from action at Dundalk but hard to make a strong case for him; best on good ground though won on heavy as a juvenile.

25/1

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Non-runners

Dream Today, Hallowed Time, Screen Siren, Livingston Range

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Payout
Exacta €1927.00
Straight Forecast €1216.60
Tricast €7343.20
Trifecta €14775.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Never Shout Never

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Curraheen Princess

POSTDATA:

Jon Riggens

The Irish Sun:

Never Shout Never

TOPSPEED:

Curraheen Princess