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16:45 Curragh

Yielding To Soft

Friends Of The Curragh Pollardstown Handicap

  • Prize money: £31327.43
  • 2m 0f 165y
  • 11 runners
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Friends Of The Curragh Pollardstown Handicap

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.00
  • Place: £2.20

Form: -01654

Last run: 3 days

W: 9st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Admirable old lad who ran a cracker to be fourth at Listowel on Thursday over a trip short of his best (1m4f); finished fourth in this 12 months ago (in a much bigger field) off the same mark and can go well again.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

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

6th

9

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 4f 0y

13:55 Navan

Lord Erskine

11st 2lb

J: J J Slevin

T: H Rogers

towards rear

5/1

2nd

7

17th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:10 Navan

Lord Erskine

10st 7lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: H Rogers

in touch with leaders, smooth headway after 2 out, went second and pressed leader approaching last, no impression run-in

8/1

4/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 207-80 C

Last run: 55 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Course winner who can cope with this mark and didn't get any luck at the Galway Festival, enduring a troubled run in a Flat handicap and then unseating early over hurdles; if conditions get testing then he'll be running on.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

2

(6)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:45 Curragh

Maze Runner

10st 0lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: W P Mullins

midfield

4/1

0

11

5th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 108y

14:30 Galway

Maze Runner

11st 1lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

Acts well around here; got no real run in the amateur handicap here on Monday; stays 3m and capable of getting into it at his best.

16/1

10th

8

(14)

31st Jul 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

18:40 Galway

Maze Runner

11st 10lb

J: Mr C Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Second in this race last year; not a bad return to action in a 1m4f premier handicap at the Curragh on Derby weekend; 3lb higher than last year and could well be worth a market watch.

33/1

11/2

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 4/2-10 BF

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Very useful handicap hurdler on his day; odds-on winner of a 1m5f maiden at Down Royal in June and physical excuses came to light after a disappointing show over 1m5f at Leopardstown (handicap) two weeks ago; better was clearly expected off this mark and a tongue-tie is added.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

6

(8)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:45 Curragh

Merlin Giant

9st 8lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Emmet Mullins

prominent

11/2

13th

13

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 180y

17:05 Leopardstown

Merlin Giant

8st 7lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Emmet Mullins

in touch with leaders, headway and briefly went third 5f out, weakened quickly over 2f out, eased from over 1f out

4/1

4th
7 (9)
Crassus

7/2

Form: 1/3731 C

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

It was his first success beyond 1m5f when running out a clearcut winner of the Ulster Cesarewitch at Down Royal (2m2f, good) 16 days ago, for which he's been bumped up 7lb; won't mind this softer ground and looks a player.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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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

OUR TIP

5/1

Form: 8/821-

Last run: 340 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Signed off for Aidan O'Brien with a maiden win 12 months ago over 1m6f on heavy; now a useful hurdler, having finished fourth in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham in March; has since won a maiden and was let down by his jumping at Galway; can see him going well back on the Flat.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 165y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Sundial

11st 7lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

Navan maiden winner on the Flat for Aidan O'Brien; mixed bag hurdling, good fourth in Boodles at Cheltenham before winning Kilbeggan maiden but never sighted in valuable Galway handicap (didn't jump well); didn't appear to stay in Curragh Flat handicap latest; well treated by race conditions but others hold greater potential at this stage and Walsh prefers Waterford Whispers.

13/2

5th

3

(2)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:45 Curragh

Sundial

9st 12lb

J: Jamie Powell

T: Padraig Roche

prominent

5/1

Form: 28-615 C

Last run: 33 days

W: 8st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

All his wins have come at around 1m4f, including on soft ground at Tipperary only last month; fared less well at Roscommon and this is a lot tougher than that.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

1

(15)

18th Oct 2023

Yielding

1m 6f 0y

17:05 Navan

LUn Deux Trois

10st 1lb

J: Scott McCullagh

T: Oliver McKiernan

All his wins have come at around 1m4f, the latest on soft ground at Tipperary in August; this would be easier than at the Curragh last time.

10/1

6th

12

(5)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:45 Curragh

LUn Deux Trois

8st 7lb

J: Danny Sheehy

T: Oliver McKiernan

took keen hold, towards rear

20/1

5th

3

(3)

22nd Aug 2023

Soft

1m 4f 8y

20:15 Roscommon

LUn Deux Trois

10st 0lb

J: Luke McAteer

T: Oliver McKiernan

midfield, headway waiting for room over 1f out, ran on well against far rail final 110yds, not reach leaders

9/2

Form: 749769

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Has only won a Leopardstown maiden and that was on his debut in May 2022; has run well now and again since then but it's a big ask to make her handicap breakthrough in this race; hood tried.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

8

(7)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:45 Curragh

Female Soldier

9st 4lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Thomas Mullins

led

20/1

9th

5

(9)

7th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 144y

18:55 Clonmel

Female Soldier

9st 11lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Thomas Mullins

towards rear of midfield, towards rear halfway, brief headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

16/1

6th

8

(6)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 6f 40y

19:10 Killarney

Female Soldier

8st 13lb

J: Mikey Sheehy

T: Thomas Mullins

took keen hold, prominent, soon went second, lost position under 2f out, no extra from 1f out

12/1

Form: 0-3500 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Sole win came in a 1m2f maiden on testing ground here in May 2021; hard to warm to after finishing well held over 1m6f here last month.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

10

(10)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:45 Curragh

Wild Dollar

8st 13lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

held up in last

20/1

13th

1

(14)

13th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 6f 0y

16:20 Curragh

Wild Dollar

10st 7lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

towards rear of midfield

16/1

11/2

Form: 002301 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Two good placed efforts here during the summer before getting stuck in the mud at Galway (does handle deep ground); got back on track in a conditions race at Killarney (2m1f, yielding) and has the class to run well despite his big weight.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

13

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Almuhit

10st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Emmet Mullins

Does not look straightforward but he delivered some solid runs as a Flat stayer last summer, including a last-gasp win, and is unexposed with stamina tests over hurdles; has second run for his highly respected new stable, with usual cheekpieces restored and a tongue-tie added; interesting.

9/2

50/1

Form: 9/7050

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner two summers back; Flat exploits point to limitations in a race of this nature.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

4

16th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 119y

13:30 Naas

Lispendense

11st 12lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Denis W Cullen

prominent behind clear leaders

14/1

10th

11

(4)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:45 Curragh

Lispendense

8st 7lb

J: Leigh Roche

T: Denis W Cullen

towards rear

50/1

18th

4

(16)

3rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 4f 110y

17:30 Tipperary

Lispendense

10st 0lb

J: Luke McAteer

T: Denis W Cullen

awkward start, midfield

10/1

13/2

Form: 602421

Last run: 58 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Went close in a big-field 1m4f handicap here in June before making no mistake at Down Royal (1m5f, good); however, although running well, he's unproven over this far and seems to need goodish ground.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

8

(11)

13th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:45 Dundalk (AW)

Gradulations

9st 1lb

J: W J Lee

T: A Oliver

Dual turf winner, notably a valuable fillies' handicap at Down Royal this summer; was tailed off on soft last time but this will suit better; ran well sole AW start as a 2yo.

12/1

11th

4

(3)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:45 Curragh

Gradulations

9st 10lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: A Oliver

Went close in a big-field 1m4f handicap here in June before making no mistake at Down Royal (1m5f, good); however, although running well, he's unproven over this far and seems to need goodish ground.

13/2

1st

4

(6)

28th Jul 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 4f 175y

19:25 Down Royal

Gradulations

9st 2lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: A Oliver

in touch with leaders, smooth headway and went second 3f out, led going best 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, kept on well, easily

3/1

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Payout
Exacta €427.00
Straight Forecast €351.90
Tricast €1455.70
Trifecta €2690.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Crassus

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Female Soldier

The Irish Sun:

Gradulations

SPOTLIGHT:

Merlin Giant

POSTDATA:

Crassus