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13:00 Punchestown

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William Hill Play Responsibly Maiden Hurdle

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  • 2m 3f 56y
  • 9 runners
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William Hill Play Responsibly Maiden Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/10 (Won)

  • Win: £1.90
  • Place: £1.10

Form: /3212- BF

Last run: 241 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Started favourite on all four bumpers last season, notably winning at Cork (heavy) and final start when second in Grade 2 at Aintree; quite stoutly-bred 5yo should relish this trip on hurdles debut.

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

1st

2

3rd Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Blizzard Of Oz

11st 6lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

prominent, mistake 4th, challenging on outer going best after 2 out, led before last, ridden out

5/2

5th

3

10th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 21y

13:55 Naas

Blizzard Of Oz

11st 6lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Beat Any Road in a Cork bumper in March but beaten twice by Captain Cody and had to overcome a poor round of jumping in winning his maiden hurdle at Punchestown in December; needs to improve to win this.

3/1

1st

2

12th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 56y

13:00 Punchestown

Blizzard Of Oz

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

midfield, headway and went second after 2 out, challenging when carried left last, soon led and edged right, ridden clear towards finish

11/10

11/2

  • Place: £1.30

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Flemensfirth half-brother to winners Just Janice (2m-2m4f hurdle), Sheer Liss (bumper) and Piaff Bubbles (3m hurdle); dam bumper winner, half-sister to bumper/1m6f and 2m2f Flat/useful 2m-3m hurdle winner Gusty Rocky; ready winner of Rathcannon point-to-point over a year ago and now debuts for Henry de Bromhead.

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

6th

6

21st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:53 Cork

Killaney King

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

sweating, didn't always jump with fluency, took keen hold, prominent, led from 1st

4/1

5th

7

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 4f 0y

13:20 Navan

Killaney King

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Point winner with a nice pedigree; runner-up in a maiden hurdle at Punchestown last month on rules debut; likely to come on for that and looks like a leading player here.

6/1

2nd

4

12th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 56y

13:00 Punchestown

Killaney King

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

didn't always jump with fluency, soon pressed leader, led after 2 out, ridden and faced challenge when jumped left last, soon headed and carried right, no extra towards finish

11/2

9/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 33

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point-to-point second has posted a couple of solid runs in maiden hurdles this term behind a pair of smart novices, at Galway and when third over 2m4f at Navan, barely getting the trip; flatter track here should suit but likely no easier task.

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

3rd

1

29th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:40 Punchestown

Beau Walking

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Mrs John Harrington

Consistent sort placed in all four maiden hurdles although latest remote Limerick third wasn't his best (stamina test possibly stretched him); likely place prospects again here.

5/1

3rd

3

28th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 0y

12:55 Limerick

Beau Walking

11st 4lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Mrs John Harrington

jumped well, led, soon clear, reduced lead after 3 out, headed before 2 out, lost second approaching last, weakened run-in

9/2

3rd

1

12th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 56y

13:00 Punchestown

Beau Walking

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Mrs John Harrington

Point-to-point second has posted a couple of solid runs in maiden hurdles this term behind a pair of smart novices, at Galway and when third over 2m4f at Navan, barely getting the trip; flatter track here should suit but likely no easier task.

9/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Kalanisi 5yo whose dam was runner-up in 2m6f hurdle, and is sister to fairly useful 2m3f-3m hurdle winner Grand Theatre and to the dam of smart staying chaser Regal Encore; runner-up on sole point-to-point at Taylorstown in May; stiff-looking task on Rules debut.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 165y

16:30 Fairyhouse

Kinturk Kalanisi

10st 8lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Thomas Gibney

Progressive sort whose form when third behind Largy Hill at Cork has worked out well; justified favouritism at Navan despite some ragged jumping; suitable trip for handicap debut.

8/1

1st

4

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 100y

15:15 Navan

Kinturk Kalanisi

11st 12lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Thomas Gibney

dwelt start, jumped right on occasions, didn't always jump with fluency, made virtually all, faced challenge when ridden before last, stayed on

2/1

2nd

4

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 7f 150y

16:30 Punchestown

Kinturk Kalanisi

11st 12lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Thomas Gibney

towards rear early, headway and prominent 3rd, soon pressed leader, led before 8th

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1504-0 BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won only point-to-point for Colin Bowe; bumper form last season included Limerick win and decent fourth behind a stablemate here; very disappointing when odds-on for hurdles debut in Naas maiden last month, dropping away quickly after leading to four out so questions to answer and Townend prefers Blizzard Of Oz.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

4

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:05 Cork

Chosen Witness

10st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Limerick bumper winner took a long time to get off the mark over flights, finally doing so in a Thurles maiden hurdle earlier this month; could be some mileage in his handicap mark and should not be far away here.

4/1

1st

1

5th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 52y

15:40 Thurles

Chosen Witness

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Point-to-point winner won Limerick bumper (heavy) on rules debut and ran well in Punchestown winners' contest; three maiden hurdle runs this term a bit underwhelming, weak enough finishing efforts twice; drops in trip here.

10/1

4th

2

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 4f 0y

13:20 Navan

Chosen Witness

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Point winner; won a bumper on rules debut at Limerick last season; never involved in the Champion Bumper before a respectable fourth to Ballyburn; not at that level in two runs over hurdles this season; likely to do better at some stage, probably over further.

15/2

Form: 2

Last run: 182 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Won Stradbally mares' maiden point-to-point in April on good ground and good run on Rules debut on similar ground when chasing home a long odds-on shot in Sligo mares bumper in June; not sure how she'll cope with much more demanding conditions for hurdles debut.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

10

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 132y

15:08 Thurles

Littlebiggie

10st 11lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Ray Hackett

Point winner on good; second to long odds-on Aurora Vega in Sligo bumper last summer; raced keenly on hurdling debut against geldings at Punchestown, led before fading out of contention over 2m3f; remote second in a five-runner mares' hurdle at Fairyhouse.

8/1

2nd

5

1st Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 36y

12:10 Fairyhouse

Littlebiggie

10st 13lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Ray Hackett

Point winner on good was second to long odds-on Aurora Vega (unbeaten in three bumpers) in Sligo summer bumper; 80s when raced keenly in last month's hurdling debut against geldings at Punchestown, led before fading out of contention over 2m3f; hood might help.

9/2

Form: 1

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Trained by Donnchadh Doyle when second in a Corbeagh House point-to-point a year ago; bought for £220,000 at Cheltenham later that month and winning Rules debut in 2m Cork bumper (heavy) last month, despite running green; this trip should suit him well now switched to hurdles.

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

1st

9

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 150y

14:17 Navan

Rainbow Trail

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Trained by Donnchadh Doyle when second in a point; bought for £220,000 at Cheltenham; won a Clonmel bumper last November, despite running green; reported blowing hard after a disappointing hurdling debut at Punchestown; much more like it when second to a Willie Mullins-trained rival in a 25-runner maiden at Naas last month.

8/11

2nd

11

25th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

1m 7f 144y

13:55 Naas

Rainbow Trail

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Trained by Donnchadh Doyle when second in a point in December 2022; bought for £220,000 at Cheltenham later that month; won a Clonmel bumper in November, despite running green; reported blowing hard after a disappointing hurdling debut at Punchestown.

7/1

7th

6

12th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 56y

13:00 Punchestown

Rainbow Trail

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Trained by Donnchadh Doyle when second in a Corbeagh House point-to-point a year ago; bought for £220,000 at Cheltenham later that month and winning Rules debut in 2m Cork bumper (heavy) last month, despite running green; this trip should suit him well now switched to hurdles.

100/30

Form: 0-

Last run: 234 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bought for £40,000 at Cheltenham in January after winning an Alnwick point-to-point but dropped out tamely on bumper debut at Ayr in April; likely best watched on hurdles debut.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

1

8th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 5

16:00 Ayr

Whosmydaddy

12st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Showed little in three starts over hurdles and in a bumper, but appreciated the switch to fences (1-1 in points) when making a successful chase/handicap debut at Musselburgh (3m, soft; first-time cheekpieces) last month, making every yard and winning comfortably; 8lb higher, but he remains open to progress as a chaser and much respected; stable also runs Baron Briggs.

7/4

1st

7

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 5

14:15 Musselburgh

Whosmydaddy

11st 3lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Won last January in his only point; tailed off in a bumper and maiden hurdle for John McConnell, while beaten about 27l in two novice hurdles at Newcastle (2m1f/2m4f) for new yard; no form claims but early days and he has new trip and first-time headgear for handicap debut; worth market check.

14/1

Form: 79

Last run: 106 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Dual Flat winner in Denmark; two hurdle runs don't inspire much confidence.

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Verdict Starting price

9th

9

12th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 56y

13:00 Punchestown

Meadow Soprano

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: John C McConnell

Dual Flat winner in Denmark; two hurdle runs don't inspire much confidence.

66/1

13th

9

(14)

24th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

19:30 Dundalk (AW)

Meadow Soprano

9st 6lb

J: Siobhan Rutledge

T: John C McConnell

towards rear

25/1

9th

2

28th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 160y

15:15 Downpatrick

Meadow Soprano

11st 5lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

never better than midfield, mistake 2nd, not fluent 4th, tailed off

12/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Blizzard Of Oz

POSTDATA:

Beau Walking

The Irish Sun:

Blizzard Of Oz