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15:00 Punchestown

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Pertemps Network Group Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £11486.73
  • 3m 0f 100y
  • 12 runners
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Pertemps Network Group Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.80
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 42F2-1

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Promoted to 134 over fences for a handsome Limerick win last month; interesting off a modest 114 here (only one pound out of the handicap) especially since he is relatively unexposed over hurdles (2-5) and the very capable Mark McDonagh takes 3lb off the 10st.

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0

22

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Jody Ted

10st 11lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Eoin Griffin

towards rear, unseated 8th

12/1

1st

12

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Punchestown

Jody Ted

10st 0lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Eoin Griffin

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, mistake 5th, pressed leaders 5 out

6/1

1st

5

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:50 Limerick

Jody Ted

11st 10lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Eoin Griffin

Decent record after a break and will handle the ground; plenty of creditable efforts in valuable, and better-contested, handicaps last term after winning at Clonmel and this race represents a nice opportunity for him to land a good pot.

100/30

11/2

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 3U-072 C

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Better over fences but managed a good second behind Biddy One in this sphere at Galway last month; not certain to uphold form with third-placed Shadow Rider who was making his seasonal debut and was also returning from a spell over fences.

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8th

16

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Gabbys Cross

10st 9lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

in touch with leaders, prominent 3 out, not fluent 2 out, weakened before last

16/1

18th

19

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Gabbys Cross

10st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

No win since 2022 Galway festival (2m6f over fences); returned to hurdling off hugely lower marks on last two outings and runner-up in both, latterly in the Punchestown qualifier (3m, soft); significantly back up the weights but that latest run was promising and he's in serious calculations.

10/1

2nd

8

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Punchestown

Gabbys Cross

10st 8lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

soon towards rear

11/2

14/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: U141-6

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Twice a winner at Limerick from final three starts last season, last occasion when clear with runner-up in 2m5f handicap on soft; needs to reverse the form of his seasonal debut at Galway with Gabbys Cross and Shadow Rider

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11th

23

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Alpesh Amin

10st 4lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: E McNamara

Only two attempts at 3m, splitting Gabbys Cross and Popova when third in the Punchestown qualifier (soft) in November on second occasion; big runs over 2m4f on heavy in his two starts since, winning very smoothly when switched to waiting tactics at Gowran Park last time; that gives hope.

28/1

1st

4

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 20y

14:52 Gowran Park

Alpesh Amin

11st 8lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

held up in rear, mistake 7th

13/2

2nd

3

27th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:37 Limerick

Alpesh Amin

12st 0lb

J: Miss S Doyle

T: E McNamara

Won a maiden and a handicap at this track last season from 2m3f-2m5f; fine efforts in two competitive handicaps since returning from a break though didn't jump well at Punchestown last time; chance off the same mark at a track where he goes well.

11/2

Form: 38-513

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Gained second hurdles success when getting up on the line to collar long odds-on Space Tourist over 2m4f on good ground at Listowel; failed to uphold that form with the runner-up when third over further at Limerick; trip could be a negative.

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14th

22

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Popova

10st 7lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, weakened after 2 out

16/1

8th

21

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Popova

10st 6lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Second-season hurdler; held up in rear when upped to 2m4f, 2m6f then 3m on last three outings, getting up on the line on first occasion and moving into fourth of 12 in the Punchestown qualifier (soft) in November latest, 4l behind Gabbys Cross; unexposed but others seem to shout their claims more loudly.

10/1

4th

7

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Punchestown

Popova

10st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

held up in rear, mistake 6th

8/1

Form: /8630- C

Last run: 211 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Versatile sort; has recorded three major handicap wins over jumps (including the Greatwood and Morebattle over hurdles) as well as landing the 31-runner Cesarewitch last month; has tended to struggle in his hurdle appearances in recent seasons; market may provide clues.

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5th

2

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Punchestown

The Shunter

11st 9lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Emmet Mullins

held up in last early, some headway when mistake 8th

8/1

1st

12

(3)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

The Shunter

9st 1lb

J: James Doyle

T: Emmet Mullins

Prolific spell over jumps culminated in 2021 Cheltenham Festival win; no joy in that sphere since and now a 10yo but he made up his ground too late when fourth of 20 at Naas (2m, heavy) last November and his 1m4f run this August was encouraging; missed last month's Irish Cesarewitch due to coughing but today's race can play to his strengths and he's in with a big shout.

10/1

Form: 3891P8 CD

Last run: 47 days

W: 10st 2lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Veteran who has won five of his 38 starts over hurdles; did well to win at Ballinrobe in August; however, owner has two more appealing contenders here.

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19th

1

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

12:40 Leopardstown

A Great View

12st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Denis W Cullen

held up in rear, pushed along before 5th

16/1

6th

10

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Punchestown

A Great View

10st 2lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Denis W Cullen

Veteran who has won five of his 38 starts over hurdles; did well to win at Ballinrobe in August; however, owner has two more appealing contenders here.

14/1

Form: /PPP-3

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Hurdle and chase winner for Willie Mullins, both wins over 2m4f on heavy; plagued by jumping problems in three chase starts last season; showed signs of a revival when sent back over hurdles at Galway on stable debut; despite some untidy jumping finished third behind subsequent Cheltenham winner Buddy One and today's rival Gabbys Cross; could be in the mix now.

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1st

1

25th Apr 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 100y

18:52 Wexford

Shadow Rider

11st 12lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

Pulled up on his last three chase starts for Willie Mullins in 2022 but has found some form again over timber of late, winning at Fairyhouse off 125 before finishing runner-up in a Listed handicap hurdle at Cork last month from 10lb higher; 2lb lower chase mark helps and Kelly is good value for his 5lb; big player.

6/4

2nd

3

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:05 Cork

Shadow Rider

11st 3lb

J: Peter Smithers

T: Padraig Roche

towards rear, headway on near side of group 3 out, switched right and keeping on when mistake last, went second but no chance with winner towards finish

3/1

Form: 223221 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Consistent young hurdler who took his form to a new level with a wide-margin 3m Clonmel win; up 9lb for that but probably capable of sustained progress in tests of stamina such as this.

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11th

15

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Stuzzikini

10st 12lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

never better than midfield

66/1

12

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Stuzzikini

11st 3lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

Consistent spell culminated in a wide-margin win at Clonmel (3m, heavy) in November; form has dipped markedly in his two subsequent starts, which is far from ideal coming to this bigger stage and also leaves him with still something to prove off this sort of mark.

33/1

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Form: 16U1U- C

Last run: 225 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Best known for winning the 2022 Thyestes Chase, though won a 2m4f conditions hurdles at Limerick last December; confirmed his stamina with a 3m2f Down Royal chase win; unseated at Canal Turn on first circuit in the Grand National; 20-1, pulled up in this race last year on seasonal debut.

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5th

4

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 90y

14:30 Punchestown

Longhouse Poet

12st 3lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

Three chase wins include 2022 Thyestes and Down Royal conditions race last year (beating Roi Mage); yet to hit form this campaign, pulled up halfway after bad mistake in Thyestes; again failed to complete at Down Royal (Roi Mage second).

12/1

5

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Longhouse Poet

11st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

pressed leaders early, disputing second after 4th, lost position and pushed along from 9th, not fluent 11th, lost touch 12th, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out

9/2

Form: /4860- C

Last run: 379 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Very useful juvenile hurdler in 2020; struggled in handicaps and conditions races alike last season; now down 13lb from his career-high; may become competitive again, especially if first-time cheekpieces do the trick.

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2nd

2

12th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 0y

15:20 Killarney

Duffle Coat

11st 4lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart hurdler has shown decent form in five chases this year without winning; a solid fourth, albeit beaten 17l, in a competitive Listed handicap at Punchestown last time; should go close.

9/4

4th

16

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 55y

16:15 Punchestown

Duffle Coat

10st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Four-time hurdle winner as a juvenile in 2020; lost his way but career now somewhat revised over fences this season; runner-up in four beginners' chases, the latest when narrowly beaten at Downpatrick last week, previously no match for Dreal Deal at Down Royal.

14/1

2nd

3

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 150y

19:20 Downpatrick

Duffle Coat

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, not fluent 3rd

6/4

Form: 6P0-7P C

Last run: 67 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Useful staying novice hurdler two seasons ago; seems to have lost his way, failing to adapt well to chasing; ran poorly on his only handicap hurdle attempt last season; hard to fancy.

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14th

1

28th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 116y

15:45 Naas

Freedom To Dream

11st 12lb

J: Eamonn Fitzgerald

T: Peter Fahey

midfield

20/1

11th

5

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Punchestown

Freedom To Dream

10st 11lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Peter Fahey

Useful staying novice hurdler two seasons ago; seems to have lost his way, failing to adapt well to chasing; ran poorly on his only handicap hurdle attempt last season; hard to fancy.

20/1

0

1

20th Sep 2023

Good

2m 6f 0y

17:00 Listowel

Freedom To Dream

11st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Peter Fahey

Decent hurdle winner ran well on chasing debut last season behind Gerri Colombe but was well below that twice since and has questions to answer after a break.

7/1

Form: 0/56-1

Last run: 100 days

W: 10st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Odds-on winner of a 2m Tramore maiden in August on his ninth start over hurdles; unknown quantity at this trip; has changed stable.

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7th

4

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

12:47 Cork

Doctor Brown Bear

11st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Eamon Courtney

Odds-on winner of a 2m Tramore maiden last August on his ninth start over hurdles; subsequently left Martin Brassil; failed to stay when tried over an extended 3m in a handicap at Punchestown on his first start for this stable; this should suit much better.

10/1

12th

9

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Punchestown

Doctor Brown Bear

10st 4lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Eamon Courtney

Odds-on winner of a 2m Tramore maiden in August on his ninth start over hurdles; unknown quantity at this trip; has changed stable.

12/1

1st

2

18th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

17:33 Tramore

Doctor Brown Bear

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

Juvenile form was decent; obtained ample experience, if somewhat frustrating; in theory his Cheltenham sixth when last seen should be enough here but far from convinced he'll show his best.

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Payout
Exacta €145.00
Straight Forecast €118.00
Tricast €641.00
Trifecta €1136.00

Selections

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Shadow Rider

SPOTLIGHT:

Jody Ted

POSTDATA:

Gabbys Cross

TOPSPEED:

Shadow Rider

The Irish Sun:

Shadow Rider