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Bar One Racing Hilly Way Chase (Grade 2)

  • Prize money: £52212.39
  • 2m 0f 160y
  • 6 runners
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Bar One Racing Hilly Way Chase (Grade 2)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

2/9 (Won)

Form: /1111- D

Last run: 227 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 172

Form & Verdict

Top-class novice hurdler the season before last; unbeaten in four starts over fences; beat stablemate Dysart Dynamo by 10l at Leopardstown before defeating Jonbon in the Arkle at Cheltenham; signed off with an effortless Punchestown festival win, despite a few little errors; head and shoulders above these rivals.

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

1st

2

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:10 Leopardstown

El Fabiolo

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

jumped right on occasions, didn't always jump with fluency, raced in second

30/100

1st

1

10th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:15 Cork

El Fabiolo

12st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, awkward jump 2nd, led going best 4 out, went clear when not fluent last, ridden briefly and ran on well run-in

2/9

1st

2

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

18:35 Punchestown

El Fabiolo

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Top-class novice hurdler won at this meeting last year but has developed into an even better chaser, unbeaten in three starts; beat Dysart Dynamo 10l in the Irish Arkle Chase before beating Jonbon in the Cheltenham Arkle, with the former well held when falling; should win with a clear round.

2/5

Form: 5106-2 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Smart juvenile hurdler two seasons ago; after winning his first start over fences, was well beaten in a couple of Grade 1s, including a remote fifth behind El Fabiolo at Leopardstown; sent back over hurdles and won a Grade 3 event at Gowran; made a race of it with EL Fabiolo's stablemate Dinoblue in a Grade 3 chase at Naas four weeks ago.

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

2nd

3

10th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:15 Cork

Fil Dor

11st 4lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart juvenile hurdler two seasons ago; after winning his first start over fences, was well beaten in a couple of Grade 1s, including a remote fifth behind El Fabiolo at Leopardstown; sent back over hurdles and won a Grade 3 event at Gowran; made a race of it with EL Fabiolo's stablemate Dinoblue in a Grade 3 chase at Naas four weeks ago.

7/1

2nd

1

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:35 Naas

Fil Dor

11st 1lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

held up in rear, went fourth 3 out, keeping on when left in second 2 out, 2 lengths down last, ran on well run-in

11/2

6th

1

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Fil Dor

11st 8lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, pushed along after 3 out, weakened quickly after 2 out

11/4

Form: F101-4 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Just four runs last season but put up a career-best when beating El Fabiolo's stablemate Dinoblue in the Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham in March; made a bad mistake when last of four finishers on seasonal debut over 2m4f at Clonmel; suited by strong-run 2m.

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

3rd

5

10th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:40 Naas

Maskada

10st 11lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Beating Dinoblue in the Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham last March, form consistently advertised by the runner-up; made a bad mistake when last of four finishers on seasonal debut in 2m4f Clonmel event won by Allegorie De Vassy; weakened from three out when third behind the brilliant El Fabiolo in the Hilly Way at Cork; well suited by these race conditions.

13/8

3rd

6

10th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:15 Cork

Maskada

10st 11lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Just four runs last season but put up a career-best when beating El Fabiolo's stablemate Dinoblue in the Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham in March; made a bad mistake when last of four finishers on seasonal debut over 2m4f at Clonmel; suited by strong-run 2m.

8/1

4th

2

9th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 96y

14:15 Clonmel

Maskada

10st 9lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Just four runs last season but put up a career-best when winning the Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham in March; that was over 2m but she previously won a Limerick handicap over just short of this trip; gets 10lb from Allegorie De Vassy, so should run a big race.

11/8

Form: 11/1/ D

Last run: 708 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Unbeaten in three starts for Willie Mullins; backed up bumper win November 2020 with wide-margin maiden hurdle success at Punchestown in February 2021; made all for an easy win in a beginners' chase over an extended 2m5f at Fairyhouse in January 2022; has had issues and faces a huge task against that background.

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

1st

4

1st Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 170y

14:15 Tramore

Jungle Boogie

11st 0lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

led, mistake 5th, headed before 2 out, rallied from last, led again towards finish, all out

13/2

4th

4

10th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:15 Cork

Jungle Boogie

11st 4lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Unbeaten in three starts for Willie Mullins; backed up bumper win November 2020 with wide-margin maiden hurdle success at Punchestown in February 2021; made all for an easy win in a beginners' chase over an extended 2m5f at Fairyhouse in January 2022; has had issues and faces a huge task against that background.

25/1

1st

6

1st Jan 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 110y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Jungle Boogie

12st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Followed up smart debut bumper win with impressive 30-length maiden hurdle strike at Punchestown in February; this will be just his third start, now an 8yo, after reportedly having some soundness issues previously; potentially high-class operator if making smooth transition to chasing.

11/8

Form: 36F22-

Last run: 239 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Albert Bartlett winner in 2021; more than two years since his only win over fences, in a Grade 2 event over an extended 2m6f at Punchestown; restored to his best when second to Kemboy in last season's Bobbyjo Chase and put in a terrific effort when second in the Grand National; begins new campaign over an inadequate trip.

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

2nd

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Vanillier

11st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

raced in second and pressed leader, disputed lead 13th, led narrowly 2 out, headed approaching last, soon no chance with winner

9/4

15th

3

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Vanillier

11st 3lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Very useful chaser, runner up in last season's Grand National his finest effort; two runs over hurdles and fences over inadequate trips; could do better here but this is very much a stepping stone back towards Aintree.

50/1

5th

7

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 15y

14:15 Punchestown

Vanillier

11st 6lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Albert Bartlett winner in 2021; put in a terrific effort when second in the Grand National; began new campaign over an inadequate trip in Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase at Cork; similar reservations now.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2151-0 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Wide-margin of a valuable 2m1f Fairyhouse handicap in January; gave a resolute display to win Grade 3 Newlands Chase over 2m in February; should be sharper now as a result of last month's reappearance in a handicap hurdle at Naas.

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

2nd

2

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:55 Naas

Rebel Gold

11st 8lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Patrick T Foley

Veteran won this race last season; down the field on seasonal debut in a handicap hurdle at this venue won by Espanito Bello; out of his depth in Cork's Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase won by El Fabiolo; not a bad handicap run at Leopardstown last time but up against it here.

14/1

5th

4

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:10 Leopardstown

Rebel Gold

11st 9lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Patrick T Foley

Veteran; won twice over fences last season; struggled in two runs this term, although had his work cut out against El Fabiolo in Grade 2 company last time; this mark looks on the high side for what he's achieved so far but Stone-Walsh's 5lb claim will help in that regard.

22/1

6th

2

10th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:15 Cork

Rebel Gold

11st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Patrick T Foley

Wide-margin of a valuable 2m1f Fairyhouse handicap in January; gave a resolute display to win Grade 3 Newlands Chase over 2m in February; should be sharper now as a result of last month's reappearance in a handicap hurdle at Naas.

40/1

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Payout
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

El Fabiolo

RP RATINGS (IRE):

El Fabiolo

TOPSPEED:

El Fabiolo

POSTDATA:

El Fabiolo

The Irish Sun:

El Fabiolo