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13:50 Sligo

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Joseph (Jopie) Scanlon Memorial Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6526.55
  • 2m 1f 110y
  • 6 runners
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Joseph (Jopie) Scanlon Memorial Hurdle

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.30
  • Place: £2.80

Form: 33167-

Last run: 182 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Bumper and maiden hurdle winner ran a cracker in the Martin Pipe Hurdle at Cheltenham; broke blood vessels when not so good in a Punchestown festival novice since; looks his yard's first-string and can be involved if ready enough on return.

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

3rd

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

14:32 Fairyhouse

Firm Footings

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent

9/4

2nd

4

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Firm Footings

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, not fluent 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, rallied and went second approaching last, kept on but no chance with winner run-in

8/1

2nd

3

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 43y

12:00 Punchestown

Firm Footings

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in second, ridden and challenging when bumped and hampered 2 out, soon led narrowly or disputed lead, kept on well but headed towards finish

5/2

11/8

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 34-142

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Was placed in two valuable big-field handicap hurdles last season before winning a Punchestown maiden hurdle; below his best at Galway but was runner-up last time in a valuable Listowel contest; yard's first-string and should take beating with a repeat.

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

7th

6

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Horantzau Dairy

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Was placed in two valuable big-field handicap hurdles last April before winning a Punchestown maiden; runner-up in a valuable Listowel handicap in between defeats in conditions events at Galway and Sligo; needs to raise his game considerably to be competitive at this level.

16/1

2nd

6

27th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 1f 110y

13:50 Sligo

Horantzau Dairy

11st 9lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, in touch with leaders on inner, switched left when headway 2 out, soon challenging on outer, ridden and went second run-in, no match for winner

11/8

2nd

8

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Listowel

Horantzau Dairy

10st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, steady headway after 3 out, went second when ridden and kept on well from last, no match for winner

8/1

Form: 134-10

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Lightly-raced for his age but has won a bumper and maiden hurdle; however, was well behind his stablemate Horantzau D'Airy in a Listowel handicap last time and has plenty of work to do on that form.

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

2nd

1

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:02 Gowran Park

Aime Desjy

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

didn't always jump with fluency, took keen hold, prominent, mistake and pecked on landing 6th, mistake 8th, headway 3 out, soon went second, lost second when ridden after last, kept on and went second again towards finish, no match for winner

7/2

5th

1

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 110y

11:45 Fairyhouse

Aime Desjy

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Lightly-raced 8yo, the winner of a Ballinrobe bumper and 2m Kilbeggan maiden hurdle; best effort came on latest when third in 2m2f Sligo novice in October (soft), having made most; half-brother to a winning chaser in France now switches to fences but Townend prefers Nick Rockett.

14/1

3rd

4

27th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 1f 110y

13:50 Sligo

Aime Desjy

11st 9lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

led, not fluent 5th, joined 2 out, ridden when headed and lost second run-in, no extra towards finish

9/1

Form: 4284F- D

Last run: 201 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Five-time winner including a valuable Cork handicap hurdle in 2022; well beaten when falling in the same race when last seen in April; needs a return to his best after a break.

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

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 135y

14:40 Fairyhouse

Bois De Clamart

11st 0lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Liz Doyle

midfield, not fluent 4th

10/1

5th

2

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 15y

14:45 Punchestown

Bois De Clamart

11st 10lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Liz Doyle

Five-time winner ran a cracker when second to Longhouse Poet in conditions hurdle at Limerick this time last year but disappointing in light campaign since, dropping out quickly at Clonmel last month; hard to fancy but has his ground.

20/1

0

2

9th Nov 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

13:40 Clonmel

Bois De Clamart

11st 11lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Liz Doyle

Five-time winner ran a cracker when 2nd to Longhouse Poet over hurdles at Limerick last Christmas time; hasn't matched that since but should have improved from his Sligo return.

14/1

4/1

Form: 5132-5

Last run: 167 days

W: 11st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Flat winner for Richard Hannon won a Naas maiden hurdle in January for this yard; just denied in the Boodles 4yo Hurdle at Cheltenham before a solid effort in the Swinton Handicap at Haydock; be involved if at that level on return.

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

5th

7

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

14:32 Fairyhouse

Byker

11st 8lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: C Byrnes

Useful 127-rated hurdler who was just touched off in last season's Fred Winter; struggled this season and left in remote second after last-fence fall of Hunters Yarn on chase debut over C&D last month; best watched for now.

16/1

2nd

9

16th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 110y

12:00 Fairyhouse

Byker

11st 6lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: C Byrnes

in touch with leaders, outpaced 3 out, went third after 2 out, left in remote second last

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: /5/1F/

Last run: 1126 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Kilbeggan maiden hurdle winner in 2020 for Noel Meade but not seen since falling (well beaten at the time) in a Listowel novice that year; best watched on return.

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

5th

4

7th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 65y

14:00 Fairyhouse

Deployed

11st 7lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Kilbeggan maiden hurdle winner in 2020 for Noel Meade; returned from a three-year absence in October; well beaten in his first chase, fell mid-race in the second, tailed off at Limerick, and only limited encouragement from Down Royal run

14/1

5th

6

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 115y

14:55 Down Royal

Deployed

11st 3lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Kilbeggan maiden hurdle winner in 2020 for Noel Meade; returned from a three-year absence in October; well beaten in his first chase, fell mid-race in the second, tailed off at Limerick.

16/1

6th

4

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 1f 160y

14:40 Limerick

Deployed

11st 5lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Kilbeggan maiden hurdle winner in 2020 for Noel Meade; only recently returned from a three-year absence and after finishing well beaten in his first chase he fell mid-race in the second; has questions to answer right now.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta €91.00
Straight Forecast €81.70
Trifecta €143.00

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Byker