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12:00 Punchestown

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William Hill Ireland Rated Novice Chase

  • Prize money: £8615.04
  • 2m 0f 43y
  • 5 runners
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William Hill Ireland Rated Novice Chase

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.70
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 1U2-44

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

130-rated hurdler whose best run came here when second in good-class 2m novice last season (Arctic Bresil fourth); chase debut at Galway was respectable and was doing best work at the finish when fourth to impressive Facile Vega at Navan; may need a longer trip to maximise his potential over fences though (Grade 1-entered over 2m4f at Christmas).

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

1st

4

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Spillanes Tower

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: James Joseph Mangan

in touch with leaders, not fluent 8th, smooth headway challenging towards far side 2 out, shaken up to lead approaching last, ridden and kept on well run-in

7/4

2nd

1

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:48 Navan

Spillanes Tower

11st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: James Joseph Mangan

raced wide, in touch with leaders, headway and went second before last, not fluent last, kept on but no match for winner

11/8

1st

4

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 146y

13:05 Punchestown

Spillanes Tower

11st 2lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: James Joseph Mangan

in touch with leaders, nudged along after 4 out, headway when switched right after 2 out, soon challenging, stayed on to lead run-in, pushed out, readily

8/1

5/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 167-15 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Began his second season over hurdles in good style when winning Sligo conditions event in October but never landed a blow in valuable 2m4f Naas handicap following month; 5yo half-brother to smart Monalee could well make a better chaser.

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

3rd

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

14:32 Fairyhouse

Firm Footings

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent

9/4

2nd

4

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Firm Footings

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, not fluent 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, rallied and went second approaching last, kept on but no chance with winner run-in

8/1

2nd

3

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 43y

12:00 Punchestown

Firm Footings

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in second, ridden and challenging when bumped and hampered 2 out, soon led narrowly or disputed lead, kept on well but headed towards finish

5/2

OUR TIP

Form: 0-0123 C

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Useful handicap hurdler who won easily on chasing debut at Killarney (2m1f, yielding to soft) in August and was not discredited when well-held second behind high-class rival in Tipperary Grade 3; too keen when bit below that level in Grade 2 Wincanton novice event latest, not staying 2m4f; back in trip here and no easy task conceding weight.

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

3rd

1

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 43y

12:00 Punchestown

Captain Conby

11st 9lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: E Sheehy

jumped left on occasions, led, faced challenge when jumped left and bumped rival 2 out, soon headed and weakened, no match for first two

4/1

3rd

1

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 1

13:50 Wincanton

Captain Conby

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: E Sheehy

took keen hold, midfield, awkward jump 4th, headway before 4 out, weakened after 3 out

4/1

2nd

2

1st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 20y

17:00 Tipperary

Captain Conby

11st 1lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: E Sheehy

disputed lead, led narrowly 3rd, headed and lost two places 4th, lost ground before 4 out, mistake 3 out, kept on and went modest second run-in, no match for winner

7/2

Form: 1P4- D

Last run: 228 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point-to-point second made an impressive start over hurdles a year ago in Cork maiden but ran no sort of race (keen, didn't travel) in Grade 1 Tolworth Novices at Sandown; subsequent Punchestown fourth in first-time tongue tie was more encouraging; stiff enough task on chase debut but runs well fresh and has to be respected (holds a Grade 1 entry over Christmas).

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

12th

17

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Arctic Bresil

10st 11lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won hurdle debut (2m1f, yielding to soft) last midwinter but promotion to a Grade 1 next time didn't come off; not an immediate hit over fences and he wasn't the strongest finisher in the field when upped to 2m4f at Gowran (heavy; similar weights chance to runner-up Saint Felicien) in January; probably capable of better if stamina holds out.

12/1

2nd

4

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:35 Punchestown

Arctic Bresil

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

held up in last, headway 7th, went third and nudged along after 2 out, went second when ridden before last, kept on but no match for winner

11/2

4th

1

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:25 Gowran Park

Arctic Bresil

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Ran twice in points; won a 2m1f Cork maiden hurdle on racecourse debut last season but then flopped in the Tolworth at Sandown; subsequent Punchestown fourth in first-time tongue tie was more encouraging; made a couple of errors when given a stiff task on chasing debut in a Punchestown contest by the very useful Spllane's Tower.

6/1

Form: 3/13-3

Last run: 66 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

121-rated hurdler a bit below the level of some of these and ran an okay race on chase debut at Fairyhouse in October; lot more likely needed here though.

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

1st

2

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 120y

16:05 Limerick

Hgranca De Thaix

11st 9lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

raced in second, shaken up after 2 out, challenging when carried left run-in, ran on well to lead final strides

9/2

3rd

2

22nd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 158y

13:53 Thurles

Hgranca De Thaix

11st 9lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

didn't always jump with fluency, soon prominent behind clear leaders, mistake 2nd, outpaced after 2 out, keeping on towards far side when not fluent last, went third towards finish

11/2

5th

4

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 43y

12:00 Punchestown

Hgranca De Thaix

11st 5lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

didn't always jump with fluency, prominent, pressed leaders after 3 out, weakened 2 out

7/1

Form: /223-3

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Second in 2m6f Navan maiden his standout run in four attempts hurdling (rated 118), lost a shoe on recent Hexham run; plenty more needed to make an immediate impact chasing here.

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

4th

4

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 182y

14:05 Punchestown

Jimmy Chou Pecos Aa

11st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

jumped left on occasions, soon led, faced challenge when not fluent 2 out, soon headed and hung left, weakened towards near side before last

16/1

7th

4

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:25 Gowran Park

Jimmy Chou Pecos Aa

11st 12lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: John C McConnell

Second in a maiden point in 2021; placed on all five starts in hurdles. but has become expensive to follow; beaten favourite in three of his last four races; found little at the finish of a four-runner Hexham event last time.

14/1

2nd

3

1st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

14:30 Catterick

Jimmy Chou Pecos Aa

11st 1lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: John C McConnell

led, not fluent 3 out, faced challenge 2 out, soon ridden, headed approaching last, hung left and no extra run-in

10/11

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Payout
Exacta €93.00
Straight Forecast €101.10
Trifecta €388.00

Selections

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Firm Footings

TOPSPEED:

Captain Conby