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15:15 Wexford

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M.W. Hickey Memorial Chase (Listed Race)

  • Prize money: £13053.1
  • 2m 7f 0y
  • 4 runners
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M.W. Hickey Memorial Chase (Listed Race)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Abandoned

Form: 2/12P- D BF

Last run: 344 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Smart novice hurdler having got to within 2l of Gerri Colombe on one occasion (2m7f); impressed on his chase debut before going close in a Grade 3 at Cork (2m4f, soft to heavy); simply never gave his running at Punchestown when last seen in November.

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

3

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Idas Boy

11st 9lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Off for over a year before winning a 2m5f handicap chase here in November; fell early in the Paddy Power Chase at Christmas when last seen; others preferred.

14/1

0

1

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Idas Boy

11st 12lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

midfield, mistake 3rd, fell 5th

12/1

1st

3

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 70y

13:58 Punchestown

Idas Boy

11st 6lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Looked a promising sort in novice company in 2021-22 season winning a beginners' at Cork before a narrow defeat in a Grade 3 at same venue; however, pulled up a long way out in Grade 2 novice on this card last year and hasn't been seen since.

8/1

Form: 0-1341 C

Last run: 59 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Peak RPR of 135 over hurdles; off the mark over fences on his third attempt when too good for Effernock Fizz, with whom he is weighted to confirm those placings (2m3f, yielding); hasn't looked a complete natural but there's time to put that right and he has won over 3m.

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

6

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 55y

16:15 Punchestown

Joyeux Machin

10st 13lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

Beat the useful Effernock Fizz at Wexford last autumn and narrowly beaten at the same venue afterward; lost a Navan match in December; hard to be confident after an early departure at Limerick a fortnight ago; new headgear combination

12/1

4

19th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 120y

18:50 Limerick

Joyeux Machin

11st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

pressed winner, fell 1st

6/4

3

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Joyeux Machin

11st 11lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

Two from six over hurdles; beaten half a length by Minella Crooner in a Listed chase on return but lesser effort when beaten 22l in a match over fences at Navan; doesn't look well treated on what he's done so far.

40/1

OUR TIP

Form: 5-12F2 C

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Beat the decidedly smart Hercule Du Seuil at Ballinrobe in May and might well have done so again had he found his stride a little earlier when going down narrowly in a Grade 3 at Punchestown (2m2f, yielding to soft) 19 days ago; already looking a much better chaser than hurdler; bit to prove over quite this far but should stay; now tongue tied.

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

1st

4

12th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 0y

14:45 Killarney

Senecia

11st 1lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Vincent Laurence Halley

Useful chase form in the first half of last season; ran well against the talented Hercule De Seuil on two occasions; ambitiously campaigned on unsuitable winter ground; 33-1 when pulled up in a handicap chase at the Punchestown festival.

20/1

9

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 55y

16:15 Punchestown

Senecia

10st 13lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Vincent Laurence Halley

mistake 7th

12/1

Form: P22349 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

With Carl Millar unable to claim 7lb this time she's not weighted to reverse placings with Joyeux Machin on their Wexford form in early September; below par in a handicap hurdle at Ffos Las two weeks ago.

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

6th

2

12th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 0y

14:10 Killarney

Effernock Fizz

11st 0lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Cian Collins

led, headed 5th

4/1

17th

15

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

16:15 Punchestown

Effernock Fizz

10st 13lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Cian Collins

Splendidly tough and durable front-runner who took her record to 10-96 when rallying tenaciously to beat Conyers Hill in valuable 2m Fairyhouse handicap last month; not at that level in Scottish Champion Hurdle (Ayr) 10 days ago but can never be ruled out.

16/1

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Verdict

It’s difficult to know what to expect from Idas Boy on his return from an absence but his form is right up there. Perhaps the safer bet is SENECIA, who ran right up to his best in a Grade 3 only 19 days ago and he gives the impression that he’ll stay this longer trip. Joyeux Machin will need more than when beating Effernock Fizz last time but there’s room for improvement in his jumping.[Alistair Jones]