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13:25 Fairyhouse

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Close Brothers Rated Novice Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7831.86
  • 2m 3f 165y
  • 11 runners
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Close Brothers Rated Novice Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 3-81

Last run: 41 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 7yo placed in a point-to-point and bumper before much improved on second start over hurdles to win 2m Limerick maiden in October, winning going away from a strong favourite who has since won a Grade 3 novice; half-sister You Wear It Well a Grade 2 winner over 2m4f and every chance he'll stay this trip; interesting.

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4th

9

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Answer To Kayf

11st 4lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

Steadily improving novice hurdler who has built up a good partnership with John Shinnick this season, winning at Naas (2m3f, heavy) most recently; ran well at Fairyhouse (2m4f; just under 2l behind Waterford Whispers) and Limerick (2m7f Grade 2) in December; holds very solid claims on handicap debut and is one for the shortlist.

7/1

1st

1

10th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 21y

13:55 Naas

Answer To Kayf

11st 10lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

Landed a 2m maiden hurdle at Limerick in October, but has proved equally if not more efficient upped in trip; second in a Fairyhouse novice hurdle in early December before a staying second in a Grade 2 Limerick novice over 2m7f; dropping back to this trip is unlikely to be an issue and should go close.

2/1

3rd

2

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 0y

13:33 Limerick

Answer To Kayf

11st 3lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

Accounted for a subsequent Grade 3 winner over 2m here in October and bumped into a promising rival when picked off late at Fairyhouse (2m4f, soft); will need his best yet to take this but he's by no means exposed and goes up in trip.

6/1

Form: 242-61

Last run: 23 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Consistent in defeat in bumpers (including here) before making winning start over hurdles in ordinary 2m Clonmel auction maiden last month under positive ride; handles testing conditions and good chance of staying 2m4f; much stiffer task here though.

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3rd

5

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:05 Cork

Any Road

10st 8lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: E J O’Grady

prominent, joined leaders before straight, not fluent 3 out, outpaced after 2 out, not fluent last, kept on towards finish, no match for first two

8/1

6th

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 116y

13:42 Naas

Any Road

11st 1lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: E J O’Grady

held up in rear

10/1

3rd

2

25th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

1m 7f 144y

15:25 Naas

Any Road

11st 11lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: E J O’Grady

Clonmel maiden hurdle winner and probably put in a career best effort when a close fourth in a novice hurdle here two weeks ago; interesting runner in his first handicap.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1 C

Last run: 61 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Running a big race before coming down at the last on sole point-to-point last winter and returned from summer off to make winning start over hurdles in 2m maiden here in October, travelling strongly throughout and going clear with an odds-on favourite (second again since); looks a nice prospect and no surprise if he played a role here.

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12th

2

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Fairyhouse

Redstone

12st 0lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Beat the very useful King Of Kingsfield in a C&D maiden in October before disappointing over further in a novice event here in December; in touch when fell three out at Down Royal, seems well handicapped.

9/2

1

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

13:42 Down Royal

Redstone

12st 0lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

held up in rear, steady headway after 7th, going okay and in touch with leaders when fell 3 out

3/1

3

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 165y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Redstone

12st 0lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Running a big race before coming down at the last on sole point-to-point last winter and returned from summer off to make winning start over hurdles in 2m maiden here in October, travelling strongly throughout and going clear with an odds-on favourite (second again since); looks a nice prospect and no surprise if he played a role here.

13/2

Form: 1

Last run: 35 days

W: 12st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Half-brother to 2m2f/2m4f hurdle winner She's Commanche justified favouritism in fine style on debut in Galway maiden in late October, jumping well and readily drawing away run-in; form is ordinary but manner of his victory was impressive and 4yo has plenty of scope so looks an exciting prospect.

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4th

5

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 0f 0y

12:45 Navan

Release The Beast

11st 2lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

in touch with leaders, went third before 3 out, no extra after 2 out, weakening when lost third from last

4/1

4

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 165y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Release The Beast

12st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

Half-brother to 2m2f/2m4f hurdle winner She's Commanche justified favouritism in fine style on debut in Galway maiden in late October, jumping well and readily drawing away run-in; form is ordinary but manner of his victory was impressive and 4yo has plenty of scope so looks an exciting prospect.

7/1

1st

1

28th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 90y

14:32 Galway

Release The Beast

11st 11lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

prominent, pressed leader after 1st

11/2

Form: 51 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 12st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fetched 170,000euros after finishing second of three finishers in a Fairyhouse point-to-point; beaten favourite on bumper debut but made amends switched to hurdles when making much of running to win 2m4f Wexford 4yo maiden in testing conditions last month; nice staying prospect but much more on his plate here.

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14th

4

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Fairyhouse

Sportinthepark

11st 10lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Won a heavy ground maiden hurdle at Wexford in November; no show on his handicap debut at Leopardstown; ended up third in Down Royal event in which Redstone fell; needs to find extra, cheekpieces fitted.

16/1

3rd

3

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

13:42 Down Royal

Sportinthepark

11st 10lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

midfield, hampered by faller 6th, headway after 7th, left in lead 3 out, headed after last, no extra final 110yds

16/1

7th

4

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

Sportinthepark

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Noel Meade

Conditions were testing when winning at Wexford (2m4f) and he followed that with a nothing run behind Waterford Whispers at Fairyhouse; that leaves him with a question to answer on handicap debut.

20/1

Form: 3-3U1

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Promising debut when third in the Goffs Defender Bumper at the Punchestown festival but disappointed when odds at Downpatrick; unseated early on hurdles debut before clear-cut winner of ordinary Gowran 4yo maiden last month, having led from halfway; stiffer task here but going the right way.

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6th

2

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 45y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Western Fold

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a maiden at Gowran (2m, heavy) in November on fourth start; major improvement to score by 15l in a novice at Down Royal (2m1f, soft) in January; weakened from three out after being ridden prominently in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham; perhaps not sure to stay.

8/1

13

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Western Fold

11st 7lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a maiden at Gowran (2m, heavy) in November on fourth start and huge improvement to score by 15l in a novice at Down Royal (2m1f, soft) in January latest; fell at halfway on penultimate start in his only handicap (2m4f); has a tempting mark in this top handicap and there's enough stamina in pedigree to make today's third attempt at this sort of trip look worth a go.

22/1

1st

3

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

13:10 Down Royal

Western Fold

12st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, headway and prominent on far side of group 4 out, led going best before 2 out, clear when ridden after 2 out, pushed out, comfortably

9/2

Form: 14 D

Last run: 64 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Won ordinary Down Royal maiden on debut in June (good) and straight into handicap company at Gowran in September, none too fluent in testing conditions but faring respectably; likely has more to offer on better ground but this no easy task.

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7

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 165y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Ochocinco

11st 7lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: C A Murphy

Won ordinary Down Royal maiden on debut in June (good) and straight into handicap company at Gowran in September, none too fluent in testing conditions but faring respectably; likely has more to offer on better ground but this no easy task.

16/1

4th

4

29th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 4f 70y

16:25 Gowran Park

Ochocinco

11st 0lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: C A Murphy

midfield

6/1

Form: 584-10 BF

Last run: 120 days

W: 11st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Navan maiden winner on the Flat for Aidan O'Brien; mixed bag hurdling, good fourth in Boodles at Cheltenham before winning Kilbeggan maiden but never sighted in valuable Galway handicap (didn't jump well); didn't appear to stay in Curragh Flat handicap latest; well treated by race conditions but others hold greater potential at this stage and Walsh prefers Waterford Whispers.

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8

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 165y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Sundial

11st 7lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

Navan maiden winner on the Flat for Aidan O'Brien; mixed bag hurdling, good fourth in Boodles at Cheltenham before winning Kilbeggan maiden but never sighted in valuable Galway handicap (didn't jump well); didn't appear to stay in Curragh Flat handicap latest; well treated by race conditions but others hold greater potential at this stage and Walsh prefers Waterford Whispers.

13/2

5th

3

(2)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:45 Curragh

Sundial

9st 12lb

J: Jamie Powell

T: Padraig Roche

prominent

5/1

Form: 441-U2

Last run: 78 days

W: 11st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Cork maiden winner and Downpatrick novice second; well held on Flat on latest and looks to have a bit to find at this level.

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6

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 20y

14:52 Gowran Park

Luminous Light

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Anthony McCann

pulled up before last

10/1

2nd

4

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:30 Limerick

Luminous Light

11st 4lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Anthony McCann

Maiden winner has run well from this mark over longer trips last twice, including when third in decent contest at Fairyhouse earlier in the month; looks vulnerable back at 2m.

7/1

Form: /05P/7 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Much better chaser, winning twice in heavy ground in early 2021; absent since pulled up in 2022 Scottish National until never sighted in Gowran novice handicap hurdle last month (0-10 hurdling); inadequate trip here.

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9th

9

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 174y

16:37 Naas

Stormy Judge

10st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: P A Fahy

Useful winning performances at Naas and Navan as a novice handicapper three seasons ago; missed all of last season and pick of this season's form when staying-on fourth of 18 in Thyestes at Gowran; not nearly as good in Grand National Trial at Punchestown since, jumping left.

8/1

5th

6

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Stormy Judge

11st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: P A Fahy

prominent, in touch with leaders after 10th

13/2

4th

16

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Stormy Judge

10st 5lb

J: Richard Condon

T: P A Fahy

Useful winning performances at Naas and Navan as a novice handicapper three seasons ago; missed all of last season; has run over hurdles three times this term, showing signs of a possible return to form.

8/1

Form: 7-1

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Cost 62,000euros as a 3yo; some debut promise in 2m maiden here at Easter and reappeared to readily land weak enough Galway maiden in late October, plenty green but finding plenty to win going away; bare form doesn't amount to much but gave the impression he could be a big improver upped in trip and Mark Walsh prefers him to Sundial.

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2nd

13

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Waterford Whispers

11st 0lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Unexposed sort who beat Answer To Kayf at Fairyhouse (2m4f, soft; won going away) in December, following up his reappearance success; ran creditably at Leopardstown (2m4f, soft to heavy) in the hat-trick attempt, beating all bar a rival who dictated the pace; should have more to offer and looks an ideal type for this race; strongly respected.

7/2

2nd

5

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

Waterford Whispers

11st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Henry De Bromhead

took keen hold, pressed leaders, went second and challenging on outer before last, ridden and kept on well run-in, no match for winner

11/4

11

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 165y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Waterford Whispers

11st 4lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Henry De Bromhead

Cost 62,000euros as a 3yo; some debut promise in 2m maiden here at Easter and reappeared to readily land weak enough Galway maiden in late October, plenty green but finding plenty to win going away; bare form doesn't amount to much but gave the impression he could be a big improver upped in trip and Mark Walsh prefers him to Sundial.

4/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Answer To Kayf

The Irish Sun:

Release The Beast

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Answer To Kayf

TOPSPEED:

Answer To Kayf

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Answer To Kayf