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Paddy Power Chase (Extended Handicap Chase) (Listed Race)

  • Prize money: £97345.13
  • 3m 0f 100y
  • 27 runners
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Paddy Power Chase (Extended Handicap Chase) (Listed Race)

Runners: 27 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 76-431

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Point, bumper and hurdle winner for Eugene O'Sullivan got off the mark over fences on third attempt for current yard when comfortably taking 2m5f Cork beginners last month; switched ownership since and likely market mover on handicap chase debut but inexperience a possible negative.

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10

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Meetingofthewaters

10st 10lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

towards rear, hampered when unseated 1st

5/1

13/2

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 3F5-44 C

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Close third in this race last year off 136 and went on to finish good fifth in Irish National; well held twice in Grade 3 events this term (inadequate 2m latest) but return to handicap company and 3m could see a much improved showing here (cheekpieces fitted).

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4th

5

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Panda Boy

11st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

soon prominent

7/1

2nd

15

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Panda Boy

11st 3lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield halfway, headway home turn, went third last, ran on well and went second final 110yds, no match for winner

13/2

4th

2

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:35 Naas

Panda Boy

11st 1lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

in rear

25/1

20/1

  • Place: £6.50

Form: 0P-465 CD

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Last year's winner off 131 hasn't run to that level since although fair effort in Munster National; beaten a fair way back hurdling latest and needs to bounce back to repeat last year's success.

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3rd

23

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Real Steel

10st 10lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

towards rear, headway but still plenty to do home turn, ran on well from last, went third towards finish

20/1

5th

9

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Real Steel

10st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: E McNamara

Not the force of old in form terms but prevailing by a short head in a top 3m handicap chase at Leopardstown last Christmas was easily his biggest payday; ran creditably in a Grade 3 four weeks ago and has a chance even on that form, but this is his first run over hurdles since 2018.

16/1

6th

9

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:15 Limerick

Real Steel

10st 8lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Won an ultra-competitive Paddy Power at Leopardstown last December; well held in Leopardstown Chase won by The Goffer, pulled up in Irish Grand National; beaten 20l in fourth behind Mars Harper at Listowel.

14/1

25/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 6643-4

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Better known for his hurdling exploits; won on chasing debut at Fairyhouse in January after a long absence but found Grade 1 waters too deep; recent Thurles return just okay and probably on a high enough mark in first handicap chase; tongue-tie tried.

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3rd

4

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

James Du Berlais

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Decent novice last season; big handicaps looking more his level this season, best effort when not quite getting home in the Paddy Power here at Christmas; drop in trip should suit and looks a leading player here.

6/1

4th

3

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

James Du Berlais

11st 11lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

prominent on inner, went second and pressed leader 6th, disputed lead 9th, led 11th, headed last, weakened final 110yds

25/1

4th

4

30th Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 0y

12:40 Thurles

James Du Berlais

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Better known for his hurdling exploits, especially in his early days in France; won on chasing debut at Fairyhouse in January after a long absence; found the competition too demanding in four Grade 1 attempts subsequently.

8/1

Form: 3U3P-4

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Quite highly tried as a novice, ending campaign when pulled up when favourite for Irish National; again well-supported on seasonal return in valuable 3m1f Cheltenham handicap in October, saddle slipping when creditable fourth to stablemate Whacker Clan; Blackmore remains loyal and could well have more to offer (tongue tie tried).

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5th

18

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Amirite

11st 1lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, some headway home turn, ran on from last, not reach leaders

8/1

4th

2

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Cheltenham

Amirite

11st 11lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Flopped badly when favourite for Irish Grand National in April and not seen again since but was a very useful novice chaser last season (third in two Graded races) and still has potential.

5/1

15

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 5f 0y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Amirite

10st 4lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Late withdrawal from the 3m Grade 1 at Cheltenham; point/hurdle winner and off the mark at the first attempt over fences (2m5f); best form yet when third in a 3m1f Grade 3 at Naas (soft) and he was knocked off his stride late on in finishing behind Thedevilscoachman; not yet exposed, gives the impression that he'll stay all day and his prominent style of running suits this race; interesting.

12/1

Form: 54P-54 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

2022 Kerry National winner had quite a light campaign afterwards when well held; well beaten on last month's seasonal return in Lismullen Hurdle but can be expected to come on for that and rider's claim a positive.

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7

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Busselton

10st 11lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Tough and consistent at his best; won the Kerry National in 2022 and produced his best performance in a while when sixth in the Paddy Power here at Christmas; could come on again for that and might not be far away.

14/1

6th

8

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Busselton

11st 9lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent throughout, went second home turn, weakened approaching last

20/1

4th

5

18th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:05 Navan

Busselton

11st 3lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Better known as a chaser; won the Kerry National last year but didn't repeat that form in four starts after and was poor when last seen; probably best watched back over hurdles.

22/1

Form: U7-5F8 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Sole chase win came in 2022 Leinster National at Naas but only beaten a short-head by Real Steel in this race last year off today's mark for Noel Meade; three runs for current yard since returning in November have been well below best however.

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6th

8

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Diol Ker

11st 1lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

Sole chase win came for Noel Meade in the 2022 Leinster National at Naas; beaten a short head by Real Steel in last season's Paddy Power at Leopardstown; four runs for his current yard since returning in November offer minimal encouragement.

33/1

7th

10

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Diol Ker

11st 8lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear, not fluent 3rd, headway into midfield 6th, in touch with leaders 9th, weakened after 2 out (usual 3 out)

25/1

8th

1

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 130y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Diol Ker

11st 12lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

pushed along in rear early, midfield after 3rd, headway and in touch with leaders 15th, mistake 17th, weakened from 3 out

20/1

Form: -21711 D

Last run: 98 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Revelation since returning in July over fences, winning three of four starts including big pots in Midlands National at Kilbeggan and Kerry National at Listowel, jumping soundly and staying really well; back from a break and 10lb higher than at Listowel but only fifth start over fences and likely more to come.

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3rd

8

25th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 147y

15:55 Naas

Desertmore House

10st 8lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Martin Brassil

Career best performance when landing the Kerry National in September; twice a winner over hurdles and tries his hand here off his 19lb lower mark; interesting.

6/1

4th

3

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

14:45 Naas

Desertmore House

11st 0lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Martin Brassil

raced in third, dropped to rear before 5 out, detached 2 out, kept on run-in

7/1

8th

9

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Desertmore House

11st 8lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Martin Brassil

never better than midfield, kept on from last

11/2

Form: 4P4-3P C

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Hasn't added to chase debut win at Navan a year ago although Galway Plate third was a solid run; let down by jumping in Troytown on latest and blinkers now replace cheekpieces worn then.

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13

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Hollow Games

10st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual bumper winner and Grade 3-winning novice hurdler; decent chaser too, third in the Galway Plate and probably did not get home in the Paddy Power; more at home over this trip and the choice of Jack Kennedy; each-way chance.

16/1

9th

11

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Hollow Games

11st 7lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

never better than midfield, weakened after 2 out (usual 3 out)

33/1

0

8

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Hollow Games

11st 1lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Solid staying on third in the Galway Plate when last seen; unexposed at this sort of trip and won on heavy early in his career; wears first-time cheekpieces and should run well if he takes to them.

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: 276P-4 BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Winner of two novice chases last season and best efforts when twice second in Grade 1 novices here; fourth to Idas Boy on seasonal return at Punchestown last month but not so sure this extended trip will suit.

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7th

5

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Adamantly Chosen

10st 13lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

Grade 3-winning novice chaser and runner-up in a Grade 1; below his best in two runs this season, although ran better than his finishing position in the Paddy Power; others look more likely though.

20/1

10th

2

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Adamantly Chosen

11st 11lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

prominent, went third home turn, weakened approaching last

14/1

4th

1

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 70y

13:58 Punchestown

Adamantly Chosen

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Winner of two novice chases last season, including a Grade 3 here and runner-up in Grade 1 novices at Limerick and Leopardstown; disappointing end to novice campaign when jumping poorly (pulled up) in C&D novice handicap at the festival so reappears here with questions to answer.

13/2

Form: -11336 C

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Won back-to-back novice chases at Wexford in the summer on decent ground; let down by jumping in much more testing conditions when tried at 3m in Troytown latest so questions to answer here.

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14

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Watch House Cross

10st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won a couple of chases at Wexford last summer; well beaten in the Paddy Power but ran okay previously in the Troytown despite some sketchy jumping; not a forlorn hope.

20/1

11th

16

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Watch House Cross

11st 3lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, brief headway 2 out (usual 3 out), weakened home turn

20/1

6th

15

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Watch House Cross

10st 11lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won back-to-back novice chases at Wexford in the summer; stamina to prove up in trip here and his better form is on quicker ground so he's opposable.

20/1

Form: 3-3305

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Hasn't added to Listowel beginners' win last season but some solid runs in good handicap company, including third in both the Mayo and Midland Nationals; bit to find with a couple of these on recent Punchestown run however.

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12th

19

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Life In The Park

11st 1lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, weakened towards far side home turn

20/1

5th

6

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 70y

13:58 Punchestown

Life In The Park

11st 2lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Hasn't added to Listowel beginners' win last season but some solid runs in good handicap company, including third in both the Mayo and Midland Nationals; not as good on softer ground at Listowel on latest so legitimate ground concerns here.

10/1

10th

16

20th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

16:25 Listowel

Life In The Park

10st 10lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Has put in solid runs in good handicap company, including third behind Tullybeg in the Mayo National; same placing behind Foxy Jacks and Stealthy Tom in the Midlands National.

14/1

Form: /12P-1

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Promising in novice company in 2021-22 season, winning at Cork before a narrow defeat in a Grade 3 at same venue; returned from year's absence in fine fettle to win 2m6f Punchestown handicap last month, seeing it out well; 7lb higher now but could have more improvement in him upped in trip on only fifth chase start.

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0

1

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Idas Boy

11st 12lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

midfield, mistake 3rd, fell 5th

12/1

1st

3

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 70y

13:58 Punchestown

Idas Boy

11st 6lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Looked a promising sort in novice company in 2021-22 season winning a beginners' at Cork before a narrow defeat in a Grade 3 at same venue; however, pulled up a long way out in Grade 2 novice on this card last year and hasn't been seen since.

8/1

Form: /23-59 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Seasoned campaigner hasn't won since taking 3m Navan handicap two years ago; okay run in Munster National but well held in Troytown and remains opposable despite declining mark.

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2

7th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 42y

14:30 Fairyhouse

Run Wild Fred

11st 11lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped right on occasions, raced in second, disputed lead before 3rd

4/1

0

4

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Run Wild Fred

11st 11lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, disputed lead 9th, weakening when bad mistake 2 out (usual 3 out), soon pulled up

25/1

9th

3

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Run Wild Fred

11st 6lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Encouraging return when roughly 6l behind Gevrey in the Munster National last month; fairly treated on the pick of his efforts but he probably wants ground a bit quicker than what is likely here; notable that Kennedy takes the ride.

7/1

Form: 6P-071

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Was gaining first win outside of novice company when much improved in 2m5f Navan handicap early this month, winning going away in testing conditions under today's rider; well worth another try at 3m but 10lb penalty makes this tough.

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3rd

2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:27 Gowran Park

Embittered

11st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart on his day, as he showed when winning a Listed handicap chase over roughly this trip at Navan in December; pulled up in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown and down the field in another valuable handicap at Leopardstown last time.

10/1

13th

6

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Embittered

10st 12lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart on his day, as he showed when winning a Listed handicap chase at Navan in December; pulled up in the Paddy Power subsequently; this trip should suit better but not the most consistent of conveyances.

33/1

Form: /1465/ D

Last run: 699 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Sole win chasing came after near year's absence in 2021 Munster National at Limerick (soft); hasn't been seen since fifth in 2022 Thyestes Chase but runs well fresh; others preferred.

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0

6

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Ontheropes

11st 4lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Sole chase win gained in 2021 Munster National at Limerick; fifth behind Longhouse Poet in this race two years ago; did not appear again until pulled up when 66-1 chance for the Paddy Power at Leopardstown last month; up against it.

16/1

0

7

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Ontheropes

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

never better than midfield, towards rear 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

25/1

3

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Ontheropes

11st 6lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: W P Mullins

Returned from a lengthy absence to win the 3m Munster National at Limerick (3m, soft) in October; never in serious contention when 30l fourth in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and made inroads all too late when respectable fifth in first-time cheekpieces (retained today) for good 3m1f handicap at Gowran Park on latest outing; tongue-tie is added; has to be well worth a go at marathon trip but others have more convincing claims.

Form: 174B/3

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Emerged from 30 months absence to finish second in a point-to-point in October before fine third in Troytown Chase following month under positive ride; could go well here under talented 5lb claimer.

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0

9

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Fakir Dalene

11st 1lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Emerged from 18 month absence to finish second in a point-to-point in October before fine third in Troytown Chase under a positive ride; brought down at the fifth when one of the main fancies for the Paddy Power at Leopardstown; could make his presence felt.

10/1

0

12

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Fakir Dalene

11st 5lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, brought down 5th

14/1

3rd

14

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Fakir Dalene

10st 11lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Gordon Elliott

Second in a point last month but not seen under rules since end of 2021-22 season; probably best watched from this sort of mark.

33/1

Form: 4221-P D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 8yo off the mark chasing in 3m Fairyhouse handicap at Easter (soft) but dropped out quickly on return to action in last month's Troytown Chase; hard to see him improving enough to feature.

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5th

11

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Macs Charm

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: C A Murphy

Second to Ain't That A Shame over 2m4f here last March; won a 3m Fairyhouse handicap last Easter; pulled up on both starts this season, the Troytown at Navan and the Paddy Power at Leopardstown.

33/1

0

14

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Macs Charm

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: C A Murphy

in touch with leaders, weakened 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

20/1

0

9

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Macs Charm

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: C A Murphy

Beaten 6l by Ain't That A Shame in a Gowran beginners' before getting off the mark over fences in a Fairyhouse handicap; won going away and a 6lb rise is fine; should be involved if ready on return.

12/1

Form: 1/15/8

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Impressive novice chase winner over 2m7f two years ago but seen only twice since, latest after 22 months absence when getting tired and dropping away in 2m5f Cork handicap last month; entitled to come on for that and only 9yos fourth chase outing.

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0

17

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

En Beton

11st 2lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

led, bad mistake and headed 9th, soon pulled up

25/1

8th

1

26th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

14:50 Cork

En Beton

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

prominent, led 1st, headed but prominent before 2nd, mistake 8th

100/30

2

14th May 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 2f 0y

16:55 Killarney

En Beton

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Off 467 days; makes handicap chase debut; last seen finishing fifth in Grade 3 at Naas, beaten 45l; had shown promise before that effort, landing beginners chase at Punchestown in impressive fashion by 21l; only his third start over fences and is coming off a long lay-off so this might be a big ask, although he clearly has the ability to feature.

8/1

Form: 060-57

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Last season was a washout and has been switched to cross-country this term, running okay without really landing a blow at both Punchestown and Cheltenham; reduced mark back in handicap but opposable.

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6th

4

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 130y

13:20 Punchestown

Enjoy Dallen

11st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Ciaran Murphy

Smart staying handicap chaser at his best, third in the Irish Grand National and the Paddy Power 2021; a long time since he has prospered; needs to step up on what he has shown cross-country so far; finished behind Vital Island here in November, and held by Fameaftertheglory on Cheltenham running.

14/1

0

20

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Enjoy Dallen

11st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Ciaran Murphy

never better than midfield, detached before 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

33/1

7th

5

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Enjoy Dallen

10st 9lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

Last season was a washout but he used to be smart and ran a nice race when beaten 10l in the Risk Of Thunder on Punchestown's Banks Course 19 days ago on his return from an absence; although he's not weighted to reverse placings with runner-up Vital Island, he should strip fitter here and the return of headgear is probably a good thing.

12/1

Form: 2F-0F7

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Won a couple of minor chases last season but record in big handicaps is poor, most recently never sighted behind Idas Boy at Punchestown; headgear combination now tried.

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4th

9

28th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 116y

15:45 Naas

Upping The Anti

11st 0lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, mistake 1st

14/1

0

21

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Upping The Anti

11st 0lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Henry De Bromhead

towards rear 1st, fell 1st

33/1

7th

5

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 70y

13:58 Punchestown

Upping The Anti

11st 3lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won a couple of minor chases last season; has failed to complete in four of his last seven starts, including latest when a faller at the last when a weakening third in Listowel handicap won by Mars Harper; trip/ground concerns too.

12/1

Form: 2F2-11 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

In the form of his life, coming here on the back of wins in 2m3f Limerick handicap chase and when taking advantage of much lower hurdles mark over 3m at Punchestown (both on soft); first attempt at 3m over fences and could improve again.

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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

Form: 9/33-5

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Dual Navan hurdles winner in early 2021 is 0-4 chasing, inadequate trip on last month's seasonal return at Fairyhouse; unknown quantity entering handicap company here.

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0

24

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Gars De Sceaux

10st 9lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

in rear throughout, detached before 9th, soon pulled up

12/1

5th

3

24th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 110y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Gars De Sceaux

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

Point winner in 2020; won a maiden and novice hurdle at Navan in the opening months of 2021; ran only once the following season and only twice last season, when soundly beaten in third in races at Navan and Gowran; still young enough to make an impact over fences but needs further than this.

13/2

3rd

3

11th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:20 Gowran Park

Gars De Sceaux

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, mistake 5th, steadied 9th, pushed along before straight, lost third before 3 out, reminder and no extra after 3 out, left in modest third last

100/30

Form: 4P-5P6

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Dour stayer's only chase win came in 3m7f Punchestown handicap back in 2021; not much to take from this season so far and would be a surprise if he played a major role.

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0

25

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Mister Fogpatches

10st 8lb

J: Richard Condon

T: P A Fahy

never better than midfield, detached 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

50/1

6th

7

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 130y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Mister Fogpatches

10st 12lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: P A Fahy

prominent, soon went second, lost position after 3 out, no extra from 2 out

25/1

0

4

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Cheltenham

Mister Fogpatches

11st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: P A Fahy

Well beaten on the Flat last month, after a break, and also struggled when 100-1 for Grade 2 chase a week later; this handicap chase is a more suitable assignment but he's yet to add to his 3m7f win at the 2021 Punchestown festival and others have much more persuasive profiles.

16/1

Form: 0P6F-0

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Strong stayer who won over 3m5f at Fairyhouse a year ago but no comparable form since, none too fluent on last month's seasonal return in Troytown; of limited appeal.

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0

1

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 6f 148y

15:35 Punchestown

Punitive

12st 4lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: Gordon Elliott

Strong stayer who won the valuable Porterstown Chase over 3m5f at Fairyhouse last season but no comparable form in high-value handicaps since; none too fluent on seasonal return in Troytown; never in the hunt when 100-1 chance in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown last time; back on his last winning mark, but hard to be confident.

6/1

0

26

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Punitive

10st 8lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear throughout, detached before 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

40/1

11th

20

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Punitive

10st 4lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

Strong stayer who won over 3m5f at Fairyhouse last December but lost his way subsequently and this looks tough on his return.

33/1

Form: /16-88 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Twice a winner for Henry de Bromhead, notably 2m6f Punchestown handicap last season (heavy); couple of underwhelming runs for current yard this term, none too fluent in Troytown last time; opposable.

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0

18

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Royal Thief

10st 3lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

Twice a winner for Henry de Bromhead, notably 2m6f Punchestown handicap last season; hard to make a case for him on current form; remote eighth in the Troytown, fell at the first when 50-1 for the Paddy Power.

33/1

0

28

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Royal Thief

10st 7lb

J: Baptiste Le Clerc

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear, fell 1st

66/1

Form: F953-U

Last run: 52 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Sole chase win came over 2m6f at Galway last season; beaten when unseating in Cork National on seasonal return and hard to fancy.

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0

29

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Flash De Touzaine

10st 6lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Liz Doyle

never better than midfield, weakened from 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

33/1

0

5

5th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 4f 0y

15:15 Cork

Flash De Touzaine

10st 10lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Liz Doyle

prominent, not fluent 1st, weakened before 3 out, no chance when mistake and unseated 2 out

8/1

3rd

14

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Flash De Touzaine

10st 4lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Liz Doyle

Career best when winning at Galway (2m6f) in October in the mud; best since when fair fifth at Navan (near 3m, heavy) in first-time cheekpieces on latest start, which was also a first run for ages with his tongue tied; plugged on pretty well that day but 4m is quite a step in the dark and good ground would be something new away from his early bumpers.

33/1

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