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13:50 Curragh

Yielding To Soft

Pat “The Duke” Leavy Irish EBF Maiden

  • Prize money: £8615.04
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • 10 runners
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Pat “The Duke” Leavy Irish EBF Maiden

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.30
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 4

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 7lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Sire of legendary yard's crack 2yo City Of Troy; 9s, patently raw and promising if pretty well-held behind hotpot stablemate at Leopardstown (good); surely more there and stable jockey rides.

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6th

4

(2)

17th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newmarket

Gasper De Lemos

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

dwelt start, cajoled along early, in touch with leaders

9/2

2nd

4

(2)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

15:15 Newmarket

Gasper De Lemos

9st 4lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Ballydoyle colt who justified favouritism with a 3l success at the Curragh (7f, yielding to soft) three weeks ago, building on his debut effort (1m); this son of blossoming sire Justify has clear potential and warrants respect despite going three furlongs further than last time.

11/4

2nd
9 (10)
Taraj

2/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 4

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 7lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bred to improve and lovely start over 1m here behind Starliner (won maiden Tuesday); holds two of these on that run, was a bit unlucky and finished well so big chance.

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3rd

5

(4)

12th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:35 Leopardstown

Taraj

9st 5lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

dwelt start, in touch with leaders

14/1

1st

11

(5)

24th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

17:00 Dundalk (AW)

Taraj

9st 5lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

Encouraging debut in a 1m maiden at the Curragh and only found one too good back at that venue over 7f second time out; dam was a Polytrack winner and he looks like a big player if he handles the switch of surface here.

5/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 9st 7lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Top yard, sire; 260,000 yearling, Eur170,000 2yo half-brother to six winners including Latrobe (Irish Derby), Pink Dogwood (1m 2yo/1m2f Listed), Diamond Fields (6f AW 2yo/7f Group 3) and smart Entangling; dam Listed-placed 6f winner.

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3rd

9

(15)

8th May 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

17:50 Gowran Park

No Knee Never

9st 8lb

J: Wayne Hassett

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Solid Curragh debut last year behind a smart type but a bit below that level on return at the same course, both 7f; a half-brother to an Irish Derby winner, so the step up in trip should suit; a big player.

13/8

9th

4

(20)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

13:35 Curragh

No Knee Never

9st 8lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Half-brother to six winners, notably yard's Irish Derby winner Latrobe; never involved but putting in best work at finish when third in C&D maiden in September, sole 2yo start; more expected of this year.

9/4

3rd

7

(6)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

0m 7f 0y

13:50 Curragh

No Knee Never

9st 7lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

towards rear, headway under 2f out, went fourth over 1f out, ran on well and went third towards finish, promising

8/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 9st 7lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Top sire; Eur235,000 yearling; dam unraced half-sister to Dewhurst winner Intense Focus and useful 1m2f winner Dane Street; obvious contender.

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5th

11

(8)

12th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 53y

13:15 Leopardstown

Versatile

9st 8lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

Fair fourth over this trip at Curragh only 2yo start; weakened tamely over 1m here on return; gets better ground for first time with tongue-tie fitted.

8/1

6th

11

(9)

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

13:15 Leopardstown

Versatile

9st 6lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

By a top sire and cost 235,000euros as a yearling; was weak in the market on debut but ran a respectable race at the Curragh over 7f; with progress likely over the winter should be more competitive today.

3/1

4th

10

(1)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

0m 7f 0y

13:50 Curragh

Versatile

9st 7lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

in touch with leaders against far rail, prominent halfway, went second and challenging 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, no extra and lost third towards finish

10/1

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run:

W: 9st 7lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

In-form stable had 33s maiden winner lately; good sire; Eur20,000 foal's dam was third on AW as 2yo (RPR 70), half-sister to winners.

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4th

4

(9)

1st Nov 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

15:30 Dundalk (AW)

Flying Bay

9st 7lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: Andrew Kinirons

Market support on Curragh debut in September, not seeming to stay 7f in soft ground but showing definite promise; apparently quite well-regarded and could come on enough to feature.

12/1

5th

1

(5)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

0m 7f 0y

13:50 Curragh

Flying Bay

9st 7lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Andrew Kinirons

in touch with leaders, prominent under 3f out, outpaced under 2f out, weakened final furlong

100/1

8/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 9st 7lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

This Eur80,000 yearling is in good hands; dam 6.5f 2yo winner (RPR 96), half-sister to smart winners.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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7th

6

(5)

26th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

20:00 Dundalk (AW)

Meteor Storm

9st 8lb

J: Colin Keane

T: G M Lyons

Improved form on his second start when beaten 8l over 1m at this track; however, needs loads more against some of these rivals.

20/1

7th

9

(6)

10th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

19:00 Dundalk (AW)

Meteor Storm

9st 5lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: G M Lyons

towards rear

25/1

6th

5

(2)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

0m 7f 0y

13:50 Curragh

Meteor Storm

9st 7lb

J: Colin Keane

T: G M Lyons

dwelt start, midfield, brief headway over 2f out, soon outpaced

8/1

20/1

Form: 9

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 7lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

33s, showed promise on debut here (1m) but not sure why he should reverse that form with two of these; perhaps more a handicap sort.

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4th

6

(4)

12th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

17:20 Leopardstown

Natural Ruler

9st 2lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

Odds-on when only sixth on his handicap debut on the AW but would probably have won at Cork (1m4f, soft) last time had he kept a straighter line; however, he's gone up 6lb for that defeat and this will take more winning.

8/1

2nd

2

(3)

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 4f 25y

15:25 Cork

Natural Ruler

9st 12lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

Runner-up in a 1m Dundalk maiden last month; flopped when odds-on for his handicap debut over the same C&D two weeks later; steps up in trip here and capable of much better if he stays.

5/1

16/1

Form: 63

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 7lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Better in 7f maidens when beaten 1l at Naas of late; this might be tougher but would not underestimate place chance; half-sister, dam handled an ease.

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1st

1

(2)

12th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

19:15 Dundalk (AW)

Gesture

10st 4lb

J: Shane Foley

T: E J O’Neill

made all, pushed along when switched right over 2f out, ridden towards near side and ran on from over 1f out, pushed out, comfortably

9/2

1st

2

(4)

23rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

19:15 Dundalk (AW)

Gesture

9st 4lb

J: Shane Foley

T: E J O’Neill

made virtually all, pushed along briefly, led soon after start

7/2

Form: 56

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 7lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

RPRs about 80 in Curragh maidens (good), finding little over 1m latest behind Taraj; still early days and had little break; related to scatter of winners; same jockey as latest.

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2nd

5

(16)

20th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

18:15 Dundalk (AW)

House Of Aviz

9st 7lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

Two decent Curragh maiden runs but was well below par there on soft last time; however, this surface should suit a colt who is a brother to a Grade 3 dirt winner in USA; interesting.

7/2

9th

4

(8)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

0m 7f 0y

13:50 Curragh

House Of Aviz

9st 7lb

J: Killian Hennessy

T: A P O’Brien

disputed lead, prominent halfway

10/1

6th

2

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

16:05 Curragh

House Of Aviz

9st 5lb

J: Killian Hennessy

T: A P O’Brien

soon raced in second, disputing second after 2f, briefly disputed lead 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, soon no impression

13/2

33/1

Form: 40

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 7lb

2 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Similarly pleasing runs (1m) would suggest he is more a handicap sort, as would SPs.

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2nd

8

(3)

8th May 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

19:50 Gowran Park

Pandion Power

9st 7lb

J: Jamie Powell

T: J P Murtagh

Soundly beaten in three handicap runs and has to find improvement even dropping in the weights.

16/1

7th

6

(8)

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

16:20 Naas

Pandion Power

9st 3lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

Well beaten in handicaps at Dundalk the last twice and needs to improve loads for the return to turf.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta €115.00
Straight Forecast €98.80
Trifecta €908.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Taraj

The Irish Sun:

Versatile

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Taraj

TOPSPEED:

Taraj

POSTDATA:

Taraj