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12:45 Punchestown

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Fox Valet Retirement Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5743.36
  • 3m 0f 100y
  • 17 runners
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Fox Valet Retirement Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 17 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.40
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 43-3

Last run: 205 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Bought for 110,000GBP after a point-to-point second for Brian Hassett at Tattersalls Farm in 2022 autumn campaign; placed in a pair of maidens in the spring; yard won this last year with a progressive type.

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

6th

3

29th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:10 Punchestown

Bob Cigar

11st 9lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

led narrowly or disputed lead, going easily after 2 out

5/1

4th

5

17th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

15:10 Thurles

Bob Cigar

11st 9lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Bought for 110,000GBP after a point-to-point second at Tattersalls Farm in 2022 autumn campaign; placed in a pair of maidens in the spring, including third behind Ottizini at Downpatrick; appeared to have a fair amount in hand when winning a Punchestown handicap three weeks ago; stays well, progressive.

7/2

1st

2

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

12:45 Punchestown

Bob Cigar

11st 11lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

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

4/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 5307P- D

Last run: 213 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

In the form of her life in the opening months of 2022; raced solely over fences last term and was not disgraced when seventh in the Kim Muir; competes off 16lb lower than her chase mark.

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

3rd

5

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 120y

15:20 Fairyhouse

Western Zara

10st 10lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Paul Nolan

Hasn't won for over two years but encouraging seasonal return when beaten roughly 1l at Punchestown in November; slight concern she hasn't been seen since; down in trip with cheekpieces on after 125-day absence.

5/1

2nd

5

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

12:45 Punchestown

Western Zara

11st 10lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Paul Nolan

prominent

14/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 34760- D

Last run: 231 days

W: 10st 13lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Now at the veteran stage; showed plenty of ability in staying handicaps last season, winning twice including on his first start of the campaign; stable has enjoyed an excellent 2023.

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

7th

4

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:20 Gowran Park

Cher Why Not

11st 7lb

J: Mr D Doyle

T: Timothy Doyle

Veteran with three wins and nine places to his name from 35 starts over hurdles; retains plenty of ability, placed on his first three starts this season, all over staying distances at Fairyhouse; another solid display at Punchestown, but held by runner-up Cosmo Renfro.

8/1

4th

4

21st Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 200y

15:50 Punchestown

Cher Why Not

11st 10lb

J: Mr D Doyle

T: Timothy Doyle

towards rear, mistake 8th, headway after 2 out, kept on after last, went fourth run-in

7/1

16/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 6-5887

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner; first of her two handicap runs, over 2m3f at Clonmel in May, was satisfactory; however, she has yet to reach the first three over hurdles and others have stronger claims.

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

7th

7

4th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:30 Leopardstown

Ballycashin

11st 1lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Anthony Mullins

Bumper winner, 0-11 hurdling, best effort when decent fourth in 3m Punchestown handicap in November, just fair effort in similar contest latest; others preferred.

14/1

5th

8

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 166y

16:10 Punchestown

Ballycashin

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Anthony Mullins

Bumper winner, 0-10 hurdling, best effort when decent fourth in 3m handicap here in November; has failed to reproduce that form; beaten favourite here five weeks ago.

8/1

5th

7

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 67y

14:35 Punchestown

Ballycashin

11st 4lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Anthony Mullins

Bumper winner (heavy) is 0-9 hurdling, best effort when decent fourth here in 3m handicap in November; didn't seem to get home and pulled up in testing conditions over same trip at Limerick over Christmas; drops in trip here.

14/1

Form: 356330

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

1-25 record over hurdles is an ongoing negative; fair placed form over fences lately, in defiance of his tendency to make mistakes; made little impression over hurdles at Cheltenham nine days ago.

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

7th

8

7th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 180y

15:32 Clonmel

Takarengo

11st 12lb

J: Jack Foley

T: Thomas Mullins

1-26 record over hurdles; fair placed form over fences this season gives him claims of sorts but likely to find a couple too good.

8/1

5th

1

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

12:45 Punchestown

Takarengo

11st 13lb

J: Mr C Mullins

T: Thomas Mullins

1-25 record over hurdles is an ongoing negative; fair placed form over fences lately, in defiance of his tendency to make mistakes; made little impression over hurdles at Cheltenham nine days ago.

10/1

8

17th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

Takarengo

11st 7lb

J: Jack Foley

T: Thomas Mullins

Did well to remain competitive in his recent handicap chases at Galway (2m6f) considering the mistakes he made; seems more effective over hurdles but he's hard to win with (1-24 in this discipline).

20/1

Form: 1546-6 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in a pair of Fairyhouse handicaps in the closing months of last year; won over C&D in February; final three starts last season were undistinguished; shaped quite well on his reappearance at Cork; each-way chance if building on that.

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

5th

9

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

Dr Val

10st 11lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: E Sheehy

Is 1-16 over hurdles; in rear when unseated on chasing debut last time; others preferred.

28/1

0

3

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 120y

12:55 Limerick

Dr Val

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: E Sheehy

Respectable run over hurdles at Punchestown latest but lacking experience at this game and it's probably a big ask to open his account in a competitive heat such as this on his first roll of the dice.

14/1

Form: 046-1

Last run: 5 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Has a fixed 7lb penalty for Tuesday's 2m3f maiden win at Limerick; that was a weak race but he may be improving; form last season included a remote fourth in a C&D maiden.

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

4th

7

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:40 Clonmel

Quest With Speed

11st 12lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

in touch with leaders, jumped slightly left 2nd, mistake and lost ground 10th, mistake 4 out, mistake 3 out, soon headway and prominent

8/1

3rd

6

28th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 116y

15:45 Naas

Quest With Speed

11st 2lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

midfield, mistake 4th, headway towards near side approaching last, ran on well and went third post

14/1

7th

5

27th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:37 Limerick

Quest With Speed

11st 12lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Won a maiden hurdle over 2m3f here in November but couldn't back that up five days later in a Punchestown 3m handicap; this trip will suit better but will have to step up off this mark.

9/1

Form: 7-0900 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Won back-to-back handicap hurdles at Navan and Leopardstown last season; badly out of form on last five starts, though worth noting that this represents a big drop in class after last month's Galway run.

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

8th

4

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

12:45 Punchestown

Wa Wa

11st 10lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Won back-to-back handicap hurdles at Navan and Leopardstown last season; badly out of form on last five starts, though worth noting that this represents a big drop in class after last month's Galway run.

20/1

13th

12

28th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 5f 200y

16:17 Galway

Wa Wa

10st 0lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Better chaser who exploited lower hurdles mark in the spring to record wins at Navan and Leopardstown; handicapper seemed to have his measure afterwards and will need to come on plenty for recent Punchestown comeback run to feature.

16/1

Form: U75-35

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Dual point-to-point winner with fair form in maiden hurdles; will need to raise his game in order to make his presence felt on handicap debut.

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

2nd

8

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

Marronstown

11st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: D M Christie

took keen hold, chased clear leader, lost second but prominent before 3 out, outpaced 2 out, rallied and went second inside final 110yds, no match for winner

8/1

4th

8

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 120y

15:55 Fairyhouse

Marronstown

10st 3lb

J: Miss J Walton

T: D M Christie

led, steadied 1st, disputed lead after 8th, headed and prominent 11th, lost third and weakened after last

13/2

3rd

6

4th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 107y

17:05 Leopardstown

Marronstown

11st 9lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: D M Christie

Dual point winner is a maiden under rules but has shown some ability over hurdles and fences; needs his best on h'cap bow.

12/1

Form: 0/0201 C

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Naas bumper winner the season before last on debut; hurdles form has been erratic but worth considering on the basis of a course 2m4f win last month; up 7lb, same rider claims 7lb.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

0

6

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

12:45 Punchestown

Irish Envoy

11st 8lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Liz Doyle

Naas bumper winner the season before last on debut; hurdles form has been erratic but worth considering on the basis of a course 2m4f win last month; up 7lb, same rider claims 7lb.

8/1

1st

1

10th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:10 Punchestown

Irish Envoy

12st 0lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Liz Doyle

prominent

20/1

Form: 746F-0

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Spent the rest of last season over fences after a handicap hurdle second at this venue; big price when towards the rear in the corresponding race on his seasonal debut; up against it.

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

7

10th Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 120y

16:20 Limerick

It Could Be You

10st 5lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Thomas Mullins

prominent, lost position 8th, dropped to rear before 5 out, soon detached, pulled up 2 out

12/1

Form: 11/74- D

Last run: 315 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Displayed stamina and a liking for testing ground when recording handicap chase wins at Thurles and Limerick in February/March 2022; lacks a recent outing but potentially well-handicapped relative to his chase rating.

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

4th

1

21st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 70y

17:08 Cork

Balkito

12st 4lb

J: Mr Elliot Ohgren

T: G Ahern

raced wide, didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, struggling before straight, went modest fourth towards near side 2 out, kept on

20/1

0

4

27th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:58 Fairyhouse

Balkito

11st 7lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Barry Connell

Refused at the last at Punchestown when last seen but that was after a 10-month absence; while both wins have come over fences, he could be on a good mark in this sphere and yard arrive in form.

13/2

0

9

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

12:45 Punchestown

Balkito

11st 5lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

Displayed stamina and a liking for testing ground when recording handicap chase wins at Thurles and Limerick in February/March 2022; lacks a recent outing but potentially well-handicapped relative to his chase rating.

10/1

Form: 2P-011

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

First two handicap runs were dismal after Clonmel maiden second in March; prominent throughout when an emphatic winner of 2m4f Listowel contest; needed the intervention of the stewards when promoted ahead of the Listowel runner-up Rockbrook at Limerick; still appeals as a progressive mare.

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

2nd

6

10th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 60y

14:35 Limerick

Millstream Lady

10st 9lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

in touch with leaders, took keen hold and prominent 5th, went second 5 out, challenging before 2 out, lost position approaching last, rallied and went second towards finish, no match for winner

9/1

1st

10

28th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 116y

15:45 Naas

Millstream Lady

10st 12lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

prominent, dropped to midfield halfway, headway and in touch with leaders 4 out, went third last, ridden and ran on well to lead final 110yds, won going away

9/2

2nd

9

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:08 Limerick

Millstream Lady

10st 9lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Listowel winner and was awarded a handicap hurdle here in October by the stewards; 13lb higher but well below her best upped in trip at Punchestown last month; drop back to this trip sure to be more suitable and should do a lot better here.

10/1

Form: 1/4/0- D

Last run: 355 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Ran poorly over fences on his only start last season which came after a lengthy break; off for almost a year and faces a difficult task against that background.

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

11

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 61y

16:35 Leopardstown

Pictures Of Home

10st 5lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: T M Walsh

Stays well, winning a couple of long distance handicap hurdles; stayed on to good effect behind Where's Frankie at Fairyhouse; extra distance will help.

8/1

4th

8

27th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

13:40 Fairyhouse

Pictures Of Home

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: T M Walsh

Added to the single handicap hurdle win gained on good ground at Kilbeggan in 2021 when giving a resolute display in a 2m7f handicap hurdle here last month; qualified for a chase rating with a Punchestown run 13 days ago; will need to jump better but his mark is potentially attractive.

5/1

5th

4

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 6f 148y

12:35 Punchestown

Pictures Of Home

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: T M Walsh

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, prominent when mistake 3rd, dropped to rear after 4 out, no impression after 3 out

9/2

Form: 34-832

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 10lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Last win came in 2m6f Killarney handicap in 2018 but has been enjoying a new lease of life; this rider aboard for two placed efforts in recent months, particularly good run against the well-handicapped Hunting Brook at Down Royal.

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

12th

6

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 6f 0y

15:40 Down Royal

Benkei

11st 9lb

J: Miss M Walsh

T: H Rogers

Veteran is a six-time winner but was poor the last twice; however, has a chance on his second over 3m here last November.

25/1

8

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 0y

15:15 Navan

Benkei

11st 7lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: H Rogers

midfield

20/1

12th

11

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 4f 0y

14:30 Navan

Benkei

11st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: H Rogers

Narrowly denied over 3m at Down Royal in November and fell too far out to know where he would have finished at Punchestown since; 14yo now and may find this trip on the sharp side.

16/1

Form: 05780

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Very modest hurdles form during the summer; has struggled in two recent Down Royal events, including a beginners' chase; massive improvement needed on handicap debut.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

0

5

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 100y

15:30 Down Royal

One Of Us Is Lying

11st 5lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Neill McCluskey

An 88-rated hurdler; failed to complete his first two starts over fences; completely out of his depth in a strong novice chase at Naas 11 days ago.

25/1

5th

5

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:42 Naas

One Of Us Is Lying

11st 2lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Neill McCluskey

88-rated hurdler has failed to complete on both starts over fences; completely out of his depth.

200/1

Form: 831/0- D

Last run: 372 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Promoted winner of 3m1f Kilbeggan handicap on good ground in April 2021 for Joseph O'Brien; absent for a year until placed in a Quakerstown point-to-point; off since down the field in this event 12 months ago.

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

7th

14

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:50 Down Royal

Land Jet

10st 7lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Peter Maher

never better than midfield

25/1

11th

13

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:52 Down Royal

Land Jet

11st 4lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Peter Maher

prominent, soon pressed leaders, lost position after 3 out, weakened quickly before 2 out

50/1

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Payout
Exacta €414.00
Straight Forecast €533.00
Tricast €4358.90
Trifecta €3586.00

Selections

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Quest With Speed

SPOTLIGHT:

Dr Val

The Irish Sun:

Bob Cigar

POSTDATA:

Benkei

TOPSPEED:

Quest With Speed