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13:23 Punchestown

Soft To Heavy

Liam & Valerie Brennan Florida Pearl Novice Chase (Grade 2)

  • Prize money: £19057.52
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • 7 runners
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Liam & Valerie Brennan Florida Pearl Novice Chase (Grade 2)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.60
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 11P4-2 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner over hurdles, including Grade 2 at Limerick last December on testing ground; exposed in Grade 1 company in the spring but made a good start over fences at Galway last month when second to Affordale Fury, jumping soundly and keeping on well after making most; should win good races over fences this season but tough task here.

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

4

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Favori De Champdou

11st 9lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, no impression when fell 2 out

20/1

4th

1

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

15:45 Navan

Favori De Champdou

11st 8lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

led, briefly headed 2nd, joined 5th, led again 10th

10/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 1331-4 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bumper win and both hurdle wins came here, including valuable auction event at the festival, having previously finished third in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett (Affordale Fury second); okay chasing debut at Fairyhouse early this month over an inadequate 2m and while improvement guaranteed now stepping up in trip this looks a tough ask at this stage of his chasing career.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5

13th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Sandor Clegane

11st 7lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

Third to Stay Away Fay in last year's Albert Bartlett at big odds; yet to match that level in three runs over fences, brushed aside by Embassy Gardens when wearing first-time tongue-tie (retained here) at Naas 45 days ago; return to this track needs to bring about serious improvement.

16/1

2nd

6

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

14:45 Naas

Sandor Clegane

11st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

led on inner, reduced lead halfway, steadied 11th, headed last, soon went clear with winner, no extra final 110yds

10/1

Form: 443-91 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

By some way the best of these over hurdles, dual Stayers Hurdle winner returned to Cheltenham for chasing debut last month when making much of running and jumping generally soundly for ready success over today's trip; seems set to take high rank among the staying novices' division although this presents a much stiffer task and ideally best going left-handed.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Front-runner; had a spell over fences prior to his second in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m, soft) last month, taking his record in that race to 1142; placed in this contest for the last two years (second in 2022, third in 2023); solid claims.

3/1

6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Made all in this in 2021 (good to soft) and 2022 (soft) and reverts to hurdles after some mixed chase form this season; not beaten far when fourth to Sire Du Berlais in this race last year but he wasn't at his peak in that campaign and needs to get back to his very best to regain his crown.

11/1

3rd

4

29th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

13:45 Leopardstown

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

led narrowly or disputed lead early, led clearly after 6th

9/4

Form: 1100-1 D

Last run: 205 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Rapid improver in staying handicap hurdles last season although came up short at Cheltenham final start; successful start to chasing career at Tipperary in May, despite some novicey jumping, in beating two other finishers; considerably more on his plate here on return to action.

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

5

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 45y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Maxxum

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

led on inner, not fluent 4th, briefly headed after 4th, not fluent 5th, faced challenges when not fluent then stumbled and fell 2 out

14/1

6th

1

25th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 147y

15:55 Naas

Maxxum

11st 12lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Gordon Elliott

Went up 35lb for two very impressive handicap wins in late 2022; came right back to his best under this rider in a Listed handicap at Leopardstown earlier this month; up another 6lb but likely to go close again.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: F622-1

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Ended last season one of the country's leading staying novice hurdlers when runner-up in 3m Grade 1s at Cheltenham and Punchestown; reappeared for successful chasing debut at Galway (2m6f), warming to his jumping on heavy ground in beating Favori De Champdou, the pair clear from some way out; potentially high-class staying novice and every chance he'll confirm that form here.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

2

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

13:23 Punchestown

Affordale Fury

11st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Ended last season one of the country's leading staying novice hurdlers when runner-up in 3m Grade 1s at Cheltenham and Punchestown; reappeared for successful chasing debut at Galway (2m6f), warming to his jumping on heavy ground in beating Favori De Champdou, the pair clear from some way out; potentially high-class staying novice and every chance he'll confirm that form here.

7/2

1st

1

29th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 6f 111y

13:16 Galway

Affordale Fury

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

didn't always jump with fluency, raced in second, mistake 2nd, joined leader after 2 out, led from last, clear when ridden home turn, kept on well towards finish

11/10

2nd

1

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 180y

17:20 Punchestown

Affordale Fury

11st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Noel Meade

held up in rear, good headway on outer and in touch with leaders after 2 out, ridden and briefly disputed lead approaching last, soon headed, kept on, no match for winner

7/2

Form: /223/1 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

2021 Triumph Hurdle winner whose best run the following season came when second in Grade 2 at Limerick; returned to same venue after a 610-day absence for successful chasing debut (2m3f) last month despite showing a tendency to jump right and then rallying after blundering the last; marked step up in trip here and will need to jump much better in a hot contest.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Quilixios

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

2021 Triumph Hurdle winner; back this season from a long absence and won two minor chases in Ireland; had excuses for his two defeats, with his venture over 3m too bad to be true and losing it at the start when only 11-2 for the Arkle; could easily have a career best lurking over fences and is another to consider.

10/1

8th

10

12th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Quilixios

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

took keen hold, slowly away, held up in rear, hampered by faller 2nd, in touch with leaders on outer 3rd, lost position gradually after 4 out

13/2

1st

3

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:42 Naas

Quilixios

11st 8lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

travelled strongly, soon disputed lead, led clearly when raced wide before 3rd, faced challenge towards near side before 2 out, went clear approaching last, ridden out

5/1

Form: /2221- D

Last run: 286 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Very useful novice hurdler who proved an even better novice chaser last season, runner-up to a smart performer on each of his first three starts before ending campaign winning Grade 2 Ten Up Novice at Navan over today's trip, seeing it out well; missed recent intended reappearance at Wexford due to a stone bruise and tough task here conceding weight all round.

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

2

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Churchstonewarrior

11st 11lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Jonathan Sweeney

didn't always jump with fluency, towards rear, headway after 5 out, midfield and struggling when mistake and unseated 3 out

25/1

0

4

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

Churchstonewarrior

11st 10lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Jonathan Sweeney

Won 3m Grade 2 Ten Up Novice at Navan in February, a suitable reward after a sequence of seconds; unseated rider at second on seasonal debut at Punchestown; lowest-rated of 11 runners here.

100/1

0

1

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

13:23 Punchestown

Churchstonewarrior

11st 8lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Jonathan Sweeney

Very useful novice hurdler who proved an even better novice chaser last season, runner-up to a smart performer on each of his first three starts before ending campaign winning Grade 2 Ten Up Novice at Navan over today's trip, seeing it out well; missed recent intended reappearance at Wexford due to a stone bruise and tough task here conceding weight all round.

9/2

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Payout
Exacta €201.00
Straight Forecast €263.50
Trifecta €1261.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Flooring Porter

POSTDATA:

Affordale Fury

The Irish Sun:

Sandor Clegane

TOPSPEED:

Churchstonewarrior

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Flooring Porter