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Guinness Faugheen Novice Chase (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £52212.39
  • 2m 3f 100y
  • 5 runners
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Guinness Faugheen Novice Chase (Grade 1)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

4/11 (Won)

  • Win: £1.40
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1121-1 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Progressed well last season over hurdles from 2m to 3m, culminating with top-level honours at Punchestown; promises to be even better over fences if judged on his taking display back at Punchestown last month (2m3f, soft) when dominant from a long way out in beating Inothewayurthinkin by an eased-down 15l; hard to resist on the back of that.

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

4

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

13:10 Leopardstown

Gaelic Warrior

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Suffered only defeat last season when second to stablemate Impaire Et Passe in the Ballymore; signed off with 3m Grade 1 win at Punchestown; dominant from a long way out in scoring eased-down by 15l on chase debut at the same venue; jumped well and always in full control when beating Il Etait Temps over an extended 2m3f in Grade 1 at Limerick; looks the part.

4/5

1st

2

28th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 100y

14:05 Limerick

Gaelic Warrior

11st 12lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

jumped well, made all, soon clear, not fluent 3rd, reduced lead 5th, 1 length ahead halfway, went clear going easily after 2 out, eased run-in, impressive

4/11

1st

6

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 200y

12:48 Punchestown

Gaelic Warrior

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Smart novice hurdler last term who took out the 3m Grade 1 novice hurdle at the festival here when last seen; can jump right on occasions but has a clear class edge over his rivals on hurdle form.

5/4

8/1

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 2152-1

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

More than held his own in Grade 1s as a novice hurdler last season and jumped well in the main en route to a successful chase debut at Thurles (2m2f, yielding) when comfortably repelling respected opposition at odds-on; today's company will test his mettle but he's hard to knock.

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

1st

3

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:25 Leopardstown

Il Etait Temps

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, not fluent 3rd, headway before 2 out, switched left before last, ridden when went second after last, soon challenging, led final strides

14/1

2nd

3

28th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 100y

14:05 Limerick

Il Etait Temps

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

raced in fourth behind clear leader, headway 5th, went third halfway, went second on inner when bit short of room before 2 out, not fluent 2 out, no chance with winner approaching last, kept on

8/1

1st

5

30th Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 2f 91y

12:10 Thurles

Il Etait Temps

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

led narrowly or disputed lead early, raced in second from 2nd, not fluent 5th, jumped slightly left 8th, pressed leader when mistake 3 out, led going best home turn, went clear approaching last, pushed out, comfortably

5/4

Form: 434-22

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Useful novice hurdler without being in Gaelic Warrior's league and he chased that rival in vain on his second chase start at Punchestown last month (2m3f, soft; first-time tongue-tie that's now dispensed with); difficult to envisage him reversing those placings even if ridden more positively.

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

9th

12

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Inothewayurthinkin

10st 9lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Gavin Cromwell

Dual winner over hurdles; has run into Gaelic Warrior twice over fences, running well in the Grade 1 at Limerick at Christmas; mark of 144 over fences is no gimme but could well be capable of running up to it.

7/1

3rd

4

28th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 100y

14:05 Limerick

Inothewayurthinkin

11st 12lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Gavin Cromwell

held up in rear, went modest fourth 10th, good headway after 3 out, went third 2 out, kept on

25/1

2nd

7

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 200y

12:48 Punchestown

Inothewayurthinkin

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Useful novice hurdler who made a highly encouraging start to his chase career when runner-up to Imagine in a beginners' at Fairyhouse 18 days ago; big player if he can build on that with first-time tongue-tie.

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2474-1 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Last season over hurdles was underwhelming given the level of form he showed in bumpers (second at the Cheltenham Festival) but always appealed as the type to do well over fences and he made an impressive start at Navan (2m4f, soft to heavy) when accounting for the smart Fact To File; should make his presence felt.

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

1st

2

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

15:45 Navan

American Mike

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, pecked on landing 3rd, went third when not fluent 11th, led going easily after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, ridden clear approaching last, tired and faced challenge last, ridden out towards finish

4/1

4th

1

28th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 100y

14:05 Limerick

American Mike

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gordon Elliott

chased clear leader, mistake 3rd, headway 5th, lost second before 2 out, lost third 2 out, soon weakened

4/1

Form: 134121

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Inferior to some of these as a hurdler but he's the most experienced over fences, taking strike-rate to 3-6 in a match at Navan (2m4f, soft) 11 days ago; one line of form from his previous race puts him on a par with Inothewayurthinkin who has a lot to find with Gaelic Warrior.

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

4th

4

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:27 Gowran Park

Lucid Dreams

11st 3lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: John Patrick Ryan

3-6 over hurdles but a much better chaser; three wins in a very busy spell since last September and second in the Grade 2 Craddockstown at Punchestown; ran a fine race when a staying-on second in the Dan and Joan Moore at Fairyhouse; down the field in company with Embittered in the Leopardstown Chase.

10/1

11th

9

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Lucid Dreams

10st 10lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: John Patrick Ryan

Three-time winner over hurdles but a much better chaser; three-time winner over fences but should also have won the Grade 2 Craddockstown at Punchestown and ran a cracker when a staying-on second in the Dan and Joan Moore at Fairyhouse; couid well be best at 2m but stays this trip and likely to be thereabouts.

10/1

2nd

5

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

13:57 Fairyhouse

Lucid Dreams

11st 1lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: John Patrick Ryan

Finished just in front of Uncle Phil when runner-up at Punchestown in November before winning a match by a wide margin at Navan; out of his depth in Grade 1 company since but may resume progress back down in class in handicap company and the return to a shorter trip shouldn't be an issue (only beaten half a length in a 2m Grade 2 novice at Punchestown in November); intriguing runner.

11/2

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