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Yielding To Soft

Friends Of The Curragh Irish Cesarewitch (Premier Handicap)

  • Prize money: £286725.66
  • 2m 0f 165y
  • 30 runners
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Friends Of The Curragh Irish Cesarewitch (Premier Handicap)

Runners: 30 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

Form: 0-8030

Last run: 55 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Beat Nusret in his maiden last summer and ran well behind Jesse Evans this July; however, his handicap form is none too encouraging.

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1st

2

(2)

19th Jan 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

16:30 Dundalk (AW)

Magellan Strait

9st 10lb

J: Hugh Horgan

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Belied his ordinary handicap form and 150-1 price when landing the Irish Cesarewitch over 2m1f at the Curragh when last seen 117 days ago, digging deep to fend off Falcon Eight on testing ground; never ran on this surface but handled all types of ground on turf; might need the run on return but will still be difficult to beat on these terms.

4/9

1st

24

(21)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Magellan Strait

9st 4lb

J: Hugh Horgan

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent, went second under 4f out, ridden challenging inside final furlong, disputing lead final 110yds, ran on well to lead towards finish

50/1

OUR TIP

33/1

  • Place: £9.70

Form: 518-06 C

Last run: 92 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Fifth in this last year off a 4lb higher mark and won on his return visit when the ground was bordering on heavy; behind Dawn Rising in the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot on final appearance and he's probably playing for place money.

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1st

1

(1)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Curragh

Falcon Eight

9st 9lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

prominent on inner, pushed along and went second over 2f out, ridden to lead up the centre under 2f out, clear inside final furlong, kept on well

7/4

2nd

3

(9)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Falcon Eight

10st 0lb

J: Jake Coen

T: D K Weld

midfield, headway 2f out, keeping on when short of room and switched left inside final furlong, ran on well and went second post

33/1

6th

5

(8)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

2m 5f 143y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Falcon Eight

9st 4lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: D K Weld

Although beaten in the last two editions of this won by Stratum, he was under 2l away 12 months ago and drying ground will aid his cause no end; good and bad under both codes in the meantime but he's one who won't be fazed by this unique test.

13/2

10/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 2/3123

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage 6yo who won the 2m5f Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot and has surpassed that form in his recent Group assignments here over 1m6f, latterly in the Irish St Leger; this longer trip clearly won't faze him and he can handle deep ground should it get miserable.

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3rd

8

(2)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Dawn Rising

9st 12lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

in touch with leaders towards far side, headway and prominent under 2f out, ran on well disputing lead final 110yds, kept on but lost second post

10/1

3rd

1

(1)

10th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

16:35 Curragh

Dawn Rising

9st 11lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent, lost second after 1f, outpaced and dropped to rear over 2f out, kept on and went third inside final furlong

20/1

2nd

1

(5)

20th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

16:35 Curragh

Dawn Rising

9st 9lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

raced in third, dropped to last after 4f

3/1

12/1

Form: 30-211

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Placed for a third time in the Galway Hurdle before continuing his good work on the Flat at Killarney (1m6f), for which he picked up a penalty; that spells danger, as does the prospect of very testing ground.

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3rd

2

(3)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Curragh

Jesse Evans

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Noel Meade

in touch with leaders, headway disputing second 3f out, outpaced 2f out, switched right over 1f out, kept on

3/1

0

10

(18)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Jesse Evans

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Noel Meade

A fourth and two seconds in the last three runnings of the Galway Hurdle; also a force on the Flat, winning at Killarney (1m6f) in August and close fourth of 30 in Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh (2m1f, soft) three weeks ago; in-form contender who needs plenty of respect.

10/1

4th

17

(20)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Jesse Evans

9st 7lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Noel Meade

prominent throughout, disputing lead under 2f out, kept on until no extra towards finish

12/1

Form: 242-71

Last run: 75 days

W: 9st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Second to Drop The Anchor in last year's November Handicap at Naas (2m, heavy); 5lb higher than that day but he confirmed himself in good order when close up in the Galway Hurdle; should give his running and get in contention.

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6th

9

12th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

My Mate Mozzie

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

held up in rear, not fluent 8th

9/1

2nd

3

26th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

My Mate Mozzie

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Versatile sort, point/bumper/Flat winner; very useful hurdler, close third in this season's Galway Hurdle; found little when beaten by a 50-1 chance on his chasing debut at Fairyhouse; readily coped with modest opposition at Cheltenham two months ago; tongue-tie retained now.

10/1

1st

3

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 2

14:10 Cheltenham

My Mate Mozzie

11st 4lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

travelled strongly, raced in third, led run-in, canter

4/6

6th
10 (27)
Final Gesture

16/1

Form: 4-1646

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Decent in France and bought off Godolphin for 925,000euros; up and down this season but she should have been closer at Galway (1m4f, soft; just behind Echoes In Rain) and could have untapped potential lurking over this far.

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4th

5

(4)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Curragh

Final Gesture

9st 6lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

led, headed up the centre under 2f out, weakened final furlong

8/1

6th

10

(27)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Final Gesture

9st 11lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

midfield

16/1

6th

1

(2)

12th Sep 2023

Yielding

1m 4f 42y

18:25 Galway

Final Gesture

9st 12lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

ducked right start and bumped rival start

13/2

Form: 10-421

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Again competitive this year over hurdles and on the Flat, following his near miss behind Teed Up at Galway with a thoroughly authoritative display at Ascot's Shergar Cup (2m, good to soft); questionable over whether he's the best handicapped of these with a penalty but this sort of test will be right up his street.

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17th

2

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

The Very Man

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Mrs John Harrington

Won the stayers' contest at the Shergar Cup meeting on the Flat last year before lesser efforts in both the Irish and Newmarket Cesarewitch; ran well when last seen over timber at the Punchestown festival, finishing runner-up to the well treated Seddon; while he's a point winner, he hasn't shown much over this sort of trip under rules and was ninth in this race off the same mark last season.

40/1

0

7

(33)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

The Very Man

9st 7lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Mrs John Harrington

Made up a lot of ground when close second of 20 at Galway (2m1f, heavy) in July and came from last to first in authoritative style at Ascot's Shergar Cup (2m, good to soft); form dipped when seventh in the Irish Cesarewitch and to win this demands a career best but the test may well suit him.

28/1

Form: 5/3400

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Group 3 winner; started off for this yard with three decent efforts (Listed/two strong handicaps) but now has to bounce back from a very laboured run at Leopardstown only two weeks ago.

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0

3

(31)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Jackfinbar

9st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: W P Mullins

Absent four years before looking as good as ever for new yard this term, best of that form when coming from off the pace, and he tried to come from way back when eighth at 50-1 in the Irish Cesarewitch (2m1f, soft) three weeks ago; not totally ruled out despite currently looking on a tough mark.

25/1

8th

1

(18)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Jackfinbar

10st 2lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

towards rear

16/1

14th

1

(9)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 180y

17:05 Leopardstown

Jackfinbar

10st 0lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: W P Mullins

soon led, headed but prominent after 2f

10/1

Form: -61124

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

This is a quick turnaround after finishing fourth in last week's St Leger at Doncaster (1m6f, soft) but bringing Classic form back into a handicap has to bode well and the same connections won this last year with a 3yo of inferior ability; might not want the ground to get really testing.

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9th

12

(13)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Tower Of London

9st 11lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

towards rear of midfield

7/1

4th

9

(9)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Tower Of London

9st 3lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: A P O’Brien

Brother to 2017 St Leger and Irish Derby winner Capri; well held in good company in his two runs on testing ground; has since won a 1m4f Listed race at Leopardstown and in smooth style in the 1m5f Ulster Derby (handicap) at Down Royal, before confirming himself a smart colt when pipped in 1m5f Group 3 at Newmarket; lines through his two rivals in that tight finish show he has a little to find, but this trip can help and he has each-way claims.

12/1

2nd

6

(1)

13th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newmarket (July)

Tower Of London

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Big-race entries include Goodwood Cup and Great Voltigeur; brother to St Leger and Irish Derby winner Capri; unraced on firmer than good; first four runs at Leopardstown, well held in two Group races before 1m4f Listed win in June; it's his latest start, however, when smooth winner of 1m5f Ulster Derby (handicap) at Down Royal, which puts him into serious contention.

6/4

Form: 11-313 C

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Likeable 5yo who won over 2m1f at Killarney before finishing close up around a few of these when third in a 1m4f premier handicap at Galway; far from exposed as a stayer and looked happy on testing ground at Galway last season; considered.

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4th

1

(3)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

15:35 Curragh

Chally Chute

9st 7lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: M Halford & T Collins

in touch with leaders, bit short of room 2f out, ran on final furlong, went fourth final 110yds, not reach leaders

6/1

4th

1

(15)

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

17:05 Leopardstown

Chally Chute

10st 0lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: M Halford & T Collins

held up in rear

9/1

10th

6

(8)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Chally Chute

9st 13lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: M Halford & T Collins

midfield

14/1

11th
19 (3)
Lot Of Joy

20/1

Form: /43-68

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Beaten only 1l last year off 2lb lower; since done well over hurdles but couldn't land a blow over Flat or jumps at Galway and wasn't at her best in a Listed race back there 12 days ago; needs to pull her socks up.

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0

11

(30)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Lot Of Joy

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: W P Mullins

Her first British challenge saw a heavy defeat over hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival this March and she's not made a serious impact since, particularly on Flat; there was, however, a bold show from her in the Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh (2m, yielding) last year.

22/1

11th

19

(3)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Lot Of Joy

9st 6lb

J: Ben Coen

T: W P Mullins

midfield

20/1

8th

5

(9)

12th Sep 2023

Yielding

1m 4f 42y

18:25 Galway

Lot Of Joy

9st 9lb

J: Ben Coen

T: W P Mullins

Versatile mare; ran twice here at the festival; sixth of 20 in the big amateur handicap; mid-division in the Galway Hurdle; would get 10lb from stablemate Echoes in Rain in a handicap.

14/1

12th
22 (23)
Dartan

66/1

Form: -71015 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Having a good year under both codes and wasn't seen to best effect after missing the break over too sharp a trip at Leopardstown 15 days ago (1m5f, good); this is tougher than he's accustomed to but a strong stayer who could outrun his odds.

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9th

3

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Dartan

11st 9lb

J: James Smith

T: Matthew J Smith

Had a fruitful summer with two wins on the Flat (2m/2m1f) and two over hurdles (3m/2m4f); all those were on good or good to yielding, whereas he was well beaten in his three Irish runs on soft or heavy, so that's the worry.

14/1

12th

5

(12)

13th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:45 Dundalk (AW)

Dartan

9st 8lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Matthew J Smith

Dual-purpose sort had been in good form over the summer, winning twice over 2m on the Flat and twice over hurdles; below form on soft last time; might find this trip a bit sharp.

9/1

12th

22

(23)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Dartan

9st 4lb

J: Leigh Roche

T: Matthew J Smith

prominent, went second after 2f, led 4f out

66/1

8/1

Form: 212-83 D BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

High-class hurdler who won a Grade 1 in April; only headed in the final strides of this race 12 months ago; returning off 6lb higher isn't the end of the world and after a respectable effort in the Ascot Gold Cup she found 1m4f too sharp a test when perhaps unlucky at Galway (Listed); she's high up the shortlist.

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2

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

in rear

25/1

4th

5

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

raced in third, outpaced when dropped to rear home turn, soon no impression

20/1

3rd

4

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, disputing third when not fluent 4th

9/1

Form: 564831

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Keeping himself busy this year but no sign of losing his edge when taking the Class 2 Mallard Handicap over 1m6f at Doncaster last week (soft); thriving on his work but this is much harder and he's picked up a penalty.

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6th

9

12th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 3

14:50 Sandown

Legendary Day

10st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

Useful Flat horse who won a Class 2 handicap over 1m6f on soft at Doncaster in September (twice below that level since); beaten off 2lb higher on his handicap hurdle debut in February (good) but entitled to improve on that form under these conditions, especially on only his fourth run over hurdles; has won a novice; interesting.

3/1

6th

2

(10)

14th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 3

16:10 York

Legendary Day

9st 7lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

slowly into stride, soon recovered and in touch with leaders

15/2

14th

28

(4)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Legendary Day

9st 2lb

J: James Ryan

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

in touch with leaders

50/1

14/1

Form: 112721 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Developing into a very solid staying handicapper and deserved his narrow win over 2m at Goodwood 19 days ago for which he is penalised; was second in the Chester Cup on soft ground and can see him going well.

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4th

1

(5)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Novel Legend

10st 0lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Fanshawe

Ended last term with heavy defeats in the Irish Cesarewitch and Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak; up to that he'd had a cracking campaign in handicaps, in which the first of three wins came over C&D first time out (his last AW run), and he still looks on a highly competitive mark if reappearing at the top of his game.

11/2

15th

4

(32)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Novel Legend

10st 0lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: James Fanshawe

in touch with leaders

14/1

1st

2

(9)

5th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:20 Goodwood

Novel Legend

9st 11lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Fanshawe

Solid record in handicaps includes three wins; ran well at Newbury (2m, good) most recently, beating all bar the progressive Sweet William who has franked the form since; acts on soft; major contender.

11/4

Form: 36163

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 3yo going the right way judged on his one-paced third behind the potentially very smart Harbour Wind in a 1m6f Listed at Leopardstown; might well improve plenty for going further this afternoon; not ruled out.

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16th

30

(16)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

St Vincents Garden

9st 0lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

midfield

14/1

3rd

4

(7)

24th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

18:55 Leopardstown

St Vincents Garden

9st 7lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

bumped rival start, pushed along briefly, soon prominent, took keen hold and raced in third after 1f

12/1

6th

12

(1)

21st Jun 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

St Vincents Garden

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Behind three of these when last of six in Navan Listed race (1m5f, soft) last month but was beaten about only 2l on that second start and his strong finish in that slowly run race suggests his performance can be marked up; game win in Fairyhouse maiden (1m4f, good) 12 days ago and this unexposed colt could be about to take a big step forward; one of three for yard.

11/1

22/1

Form: /10-24 C

Last run: 55 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Diminutive 5yo who did well over hurdles during the winter and he wasn't far away in Teed Up's Flat handicap at Galway (2m1f, heavy); has each-way claims but others appeal more for win purposes.

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5th

4

19th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

16:00 Thurles

HMS Seahorse

11st 0lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Paul Nolan

All three wins have been on soft ground, including 2m4f Navan handicap last term; bit outclassed final start when fair fourth in Grade 2 at Fairyhouse over Easter; not sure this longer trip will suit.

11/2

17th

14

(29)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

HMS Seahorse

9st 9lb

J: Scott McCullagh

T: Paul Nolan

towards rear of midfield

22/1

4th

1

(4)

31st Jul 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

18:40 Galway

HMS Seahorse

12st 2lb

J: Mr E P O’Brien

T: Paul Nolan

Not the biggest but a talented individual under both codes; bolted up in a 1m3f premier handicap at the Curragh last year; decent second to the 100-rated Taipan in a Killarney conditions in May; did disappoint when odds-on for the maiden hurdle on this card last year.

16/1

18th
11 (28)
Teed Up

8/1

Form: 92-212 D BF

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Had a Galway Festival to remember and not for the first time, finishing first (2m1f) and second (1m4f) on the Flat before winning over hurdles; has only won once away from that venue (at Roscommon) and that's a nagging concern.

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11th

1

(4)

15th Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 31y

17:10 Naas

Teed Up

10st 0lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Emmet Mullins

towards rear

12/1

18th

11

(28)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Teed Up

9st 11lb

J: Conor Clarke

T: Emmet Mullins

towards rear of midfield

8/1

1st

7

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 160y

13:50 Galway

Teed Up

11st 11lb

J: Conor Clarke

T: Emmet Mullins

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders 2 out, ridden to lead after last, went clear final 110yds, comfortably

5/2

25/1

Form: 1-9755

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Good fifth in a 1m6f Group 2 here (soft) before another sound run over 1m5f in a Galway handicap; unraced over this sort of trip and others can see it out stronger.

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9th

5

(18)

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

17:05 Leopardstown

Sionnach Eile

9st 10lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Joseph G Murphy

Won a valuable 1m4f handicap at last year's Galway Festival off a similar mark; has finished behind Chally Chute in his last two runs, though 2m1f was perhaps beyond last time; not ruled out.

20/1

19th

15

(15)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Sionnach Eile

9st 9lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Joseph G Murphy

towards rear

25/1

5th

2

(14)

4th Aug 2023

Yielding

1m 4f 0y

18:35 Galway

Sionnach Eile

9st 10lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Joseph G Murphy

Landed this contest last season off 5lb lower, keeping on strongly to score by 6.5l; acquitted himself well in three starts since and ran well when fifth to Emily Dickinson in Group 2 at the Curragh last month; back into a handicap now and this looks like it has been the plan along; definite player.

10/1

20th
25 (6)
Joupe

100/1

Form: 768287 C

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Predictably struggled in a Group 3 last week and she was way lower in the weights when gaining her last success in a 1m6f deep-ground handicap here 12 months ago.

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20th

25

(6)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Joupe

9st 3lb

J: Danny Sheehy

T: Peter Lawlor

towards rear of midfield

100/1

7th

2

(5)

18th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 1f 20y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Joupe

9st 7lb

J: Danny Sheehy

T: Peter Lawlor

Earned black type with a fine second in the Listed Vintage Tipple Stakes at Gowran in May; modest effort at Naas on the back of a 116-day absence on next start and on the books, this experienced mare but will do well to keep tabs on some of the younger guns here.

40/1

25/1

Form: 222217

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Deserved his win over 1m4f at Galway (heavy) but the 10lb rise anchored him when behind Jessie Evans at Killarney and this demands even more.

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5th

6

(13)

15th Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 31y

17:10 Naas

Mon Coeur

9st 4lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Joseph G Murphy

midfield

16/1

21th

29

(26)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Mon Coeur

9st 1lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Joseph G Murphy

prominent early, soon dropped to midfield

25/1

7th

4

(5)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 6f 40y

19:10 Killarney

Mon Coeur

9st 4lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Joseph G Murphy

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield 5f out, soon nudged along, brief headway 2f out, soon no impression

10/1

33/1

Form: 1/02/2 C

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Another durable dual-purpose performer from the Mullins yard who has been over fences since going close on a rare Flat run these days at Galway in August (1m6f); won't mind a slog in the mud but probably placed at best.

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22th

9

(24)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Mt Leinster

9st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: W P Mullins

midfield

33/1

3rd

4

28th Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

19:05 Ballinrobe

Mt Leinster

11st 2lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

chased clear leader disputing second, briefly went second halfway, outpaced before 2 out, no extra run-in

5/4

4th

2

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 2f 54y

15:30 Galway

Mt Leinster

11st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

prominent, led after 4th, mistake 4 out, headed 3 out, weakened from last

7/1

Form: -24450

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Sole win remains a maiden in 2019; highly tried in plenty of Group/Listed races and fast ground was no good to him when well beaten in the Ebor; better expected this time, though has stamina to prove over this far.

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1st

4

(5)

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 98y

14:35 Naas

Sunchart

9st 7lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

Record of 1-26 on the Flat but has faced plenty of stiff tasks and run well in the face of them, including when runner-up in this last year; was a close second in a Leopardstown Listed race on penultimate start of last season; a repeat of that will see him run well.

5/1

8th

5

(9)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

15:35 Curragh

Sunchart

9st 7lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Andrew Slattery

midfield, good headway on outer and prominent 4f out, outpaced under 2f out

13/2

2nd

5

(5)

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

15:20 Leopardstown

Sunchart

9st 7lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

held up in midfield, headway 2f out, ridden and went second over 1f out, kept on well inside final 110yds, no match for winner

14/1

25/1

Form: 6751-4

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Better known as a jumper and a useful one at that, though ran moderately in his final two handicap hurdles earlier this year; has a notable Flat win to his name having landed last season's November Handicap at Naas (2m) and a trip short of a mile was never going to bring the best out of him when back from a break at Tipperary; ran okay all things considered and he could be a lively one.

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0

7

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 50y

13:42 Navan

Drop The Anchor

10st 12lb

J: Peter Smithers

T: P A Fahy

Dual-purpose sort has won valuable handicaps in both codes; well beaten on his last number of hurdle starts and blinkers will have to make a difference.

33/1

10th

7

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

14:00 Naas

Drop The Anchor

10st 12lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: P A Fahy

towards rear of midfield

25/1

12th

3

(11)

15th Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 31y

17:10 Naas

Drop The Anchor

9st 8lb

J: N G McCullagh

T: P A Fahy

dwelt start

12/1

50/1

Form: 64-873 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Has won all sorts during his long and admirable career; signs this year that his powers are on the wane, for all that he was close up at Galway (1m6f) and then runner-up over hurdles; others are much preferred.

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8th

4

(5)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Stratum

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: W P Mullins

Acts on soft, bit more to prove on heavy; two of the highlights in his long and admirable career were 2021 and 2022 wins in the 2m5f Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot; only seventh in that race this year and his powers are seemingly on the wane, so he will do very well to match last year's fourth in this event on the only other time he's worn either tongue-tie or blinkers, both of which now return.

66/1

25th

7

(22)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Stratum

9st 13lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

towards rear

50/1

2nd

7

12th Aug 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

18:55 Kilbeggan

Stratum

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Smart dual-purpose sort has won 11 races under all codes; has run mostly on the Flat in the last two years and ran a corker when second at Galway last week; couldn't handle testing ground at Auteuil when last seen over hurdles in November but this will suit better; the pick of Paul Townend.

6/4

Form: 160-16 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Became very classy in juvenile hurdles through the winter and made a winning return to the Flat over 1m6f here in June; back from a break with a never-dangerous sixth of 14 at Leopardstown (1m5f, good) and good reason to believe he can find something on that.

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7th

3

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Nusret

11st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

midfield

15/2

2nd

1

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:35 Fairyhouse

Nusret

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Won the Adonis last season before hitting the frame in an Aintree Grade 1 and finishing 8l behind Lossiemouth at Punchestown; improved form has come on decent ground and has to give a decent chunk of weight to his rivals back down in class.

7/2

26th

27

(25)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Nusret

9st 3lb

J: Mikey Sheehy

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

towards rear of midfield

16/1

27th
20 (14)
M C Muldoon

33/1

Form: 0/20/4

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Respected on his peak form of old but it was his first run from a mammoth absence when fourth of six runners at Galway (1m6f), finishing just behind stablemates Mt Leinster and Stratum off level-weights; has a lot more on his plate here.

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0

7

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

15:00 Leopardstown

M C Muldoon

10st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Poor on the Flat in the Cesarewitch latest and has never been as good in this sphere; would probably prefer quicker ground than what is likely; new trip.

33/1

0

9

(16)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

M C Muldoon

9st 3lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: W P Mullins

Used to act on soft; short-headed off this mark at Royal Ascot (2m4f) in 2021 but tailed-off favourite in this race that October; not seen again until a satisfactory return this August but he was tailed off in the Irish Cesarewitch (50-1, helped set the pace) three weeks ago.

40/1

27th

20

(14)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

M C Muldoon

9st 6lb

J: Gavin Ryan

T: W P Mullins

soon led, headed 4f out

33/1

28th
32 (19)
Brazil

Form: 06/081 C

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Second reserve; good hurdler who for some reason ran no race in the Galway Hurdle but bounced back a day later to beat a few of these on the Flat (1m4f); 7lb higher for this should he get a run and would need considering.

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10th

7

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Brazil

11st 9lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

Won the 4yo handicap at 2022 Festival (good to soft) on his sole appearance at Cheltenham; his two hurdle races in 2023 and one last month were all poor, having been gelded before the latter, but there was a Flat win at last year's Galway Festival, so he might not be done with just yet; this is his first foray beyond 2m1f.

12/1

13th

3

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Brazil

11st 7lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

Good juvenile, won the Boodles at Cheltenham and won a Grade 3 at Naas; also won a premier handicap on the Flat at Galway; not seen since down the field in the Irish Cesarewitch; claims on his best form.

14/1

28th

32

(19)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Brazil

9st 0lb

T: Padraig Roche

towards rear, ridden and detached 4f out

29th
31 (11)
La Hacienda

Form: 08-310 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

First reserve; won the Northumberland Vase at Newcastle in June over 2m so she's a stayer and 1m4f found her out at Galway; will need a career best to take this.

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29th

31

(11)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

La Hacienda

9st 1lb

T: Matthew J Smith

midfield

15th

11

(15)

4th Aug 2023

Yielding

1m 4f 0y

18:35 Galway

La Hacienda

9st 1lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: Matthew J Smith

Landed 1m6f handicap at this meeting last year and has remained in good form since, winning twice; last seen winning competitive Newcastle handicap last month, holding on gamely to defeat Mostly Sunny by 0.5l; 5lb higher now; definite chance.

14/1

30th
16 (33)
Weston

50/1

Form: 14-850

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Twice won over middle distances in Germany; close up in the 2m4f Ascot Stakes on just his second run for this yard but then flopped at Galway (1m4f); this trip on soft ground could trigger something but comes with risks attached.

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30th

16

(33)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Weston

9st 8lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear

50/1

17th

5

(7)

4th Aug 2023

Yielding

1m 4f 0y

18:35 Galway

Weston

9st 8lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Gordon Elliott

Useful form in Germany prior to first start for Gordon Elliott when finishing eighth in a 1m2f handicap at Leopardstown; took a step forward at Ascot when only beaten roughly 3l into fifth in the Ascot Stakes; claims based on that effort if the drop in trip doesn't inconvenience him.

10/1

5th

7

(8)

20th Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 210y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Weston

9st 7lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Gordon Elliott

Useful form in Germany last season, winning over 1m2f (soft) and 1m3f (good to soft); 14-1 and ridden by 7lb claimer when making debut for new yard at Leopardstown (soft to heavy) in early May, running on in mid-division as if 1m2f was definitely now too short for him; this trip is a huge step up but there is stamina in the pedigree.

14/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Chally Chute

TOPSPEED:

HMS Seahorse

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Dawn Rising

POSTDATA:

Stratum

The Irish Sun:

Chally Chute