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12:35 Leopardstown

Heavy

Pigsback.com Maiden Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7831.86
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • 8 runners
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Pigsback.com Maiden Hurdle

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

OUR TIP

4/7 (Won)

  • Win: £1.10
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 11-2 BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Has long been well regarded; won a point and two bumpers without much fuss despite racing with the choke out; came up short when odds-on for his hurdling debut at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) but he probably bumped into another potential top-notcher in Firefox and they had it to themselves; has a stout pedigree so this longer trips looks a better fit; hard to beat.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

1

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Ballyburn

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Outsprinted by Firefox in falsely run 2m maiden on hurdling debut in December but scored by wide margin when upped to 2m4f for next outing and confirmed he's a top-class and very exciting novice when drawing nicely clear in Leopardstown Grade 1 (2m, soft) last month; after some dilly-dallying, connections opted to move him back up in trip for his Festival run; regarded by many as the banker of the meeting, and it's easy to understand why.

2/5

1st

2

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Ballyburn

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, pressed leader, disputed lead after 3rd, led narrowly after 2 out (usual 3 out), went clear going best after last (usual 2 out), pushed out, comfortably

10/11

1st

2

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Ballyburn

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold

4/7

9/2

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 22

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bought for 120,000euros after winning a point; failed to justify favouritism in a Down Royal bumper and was no match for a Mullins hotpot on hurdling debut at Thurles (2m); looks all about stamina so no surprise to see him raised in trip here.

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9th

11

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Cleatus Poolaw

10st 13lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

First or second in his two points and all five races under rules; progressing well as a hurdler, following his Naas maiden win (2m3f) with always-prominent second of 14 to Noble Birth in the Pertemps qualifier there (2m7f, soft) 18 days ago; 3m can help with further progress.

7/1

2nd

4

25th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 147y

15:55 Naas

Cleatus Poolaw

10st 13lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Did well to win a maiden hurdle over 2m2f here last month; looks a horse that will really relish this sort of trip and unlikely to be far away.

4/1

1st

4

28th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 116y

15:15 Naas

Cleatus Poolaw

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, soon went second, pressed leader from 2nd, ridden to lead run-in, went clear inside final 110yds

6/1

5/2

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 7-3

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

By the same sire as Constitution Hill; appeared to perform below market expectations when about 10l behind Ballyburn at Punchestown in April (good to yielding) and improved on that when a front-running third in another bumper at Navan (soft/heavy); that form is working out and he's not to be underestimated now switched to hurdles.

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3rd

1

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Apples Of Bresil

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

By the same sire as Constitution Hill; appeared to perform below market expectations when about 10l behind Ballyburn at Punchestown in April (good to yielding) and improved on that when a front-running third in another bumper at Navan (soft/heavy); that form is working out and he's not to be underestimated now switched to hurdles.

5/2

3rd

1

18th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Navan

Apples Of Bresil

12st 0lb

J: Mr Finian Maguire

T: Barry Connell

led, edged left when ridden 2f out, headed but prominent over 1f out, kept on well but lost second final strides

9/2

Form: 98/2

Last run: 61 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

From the front she ran a nice race at Galway when finding a useful mare of Gordon Elliott's too strong but this is a much stronger maiden than that and she'll probably be placed at best if she's lucky.

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8th

7

10th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 60y

14:35 Limerick

Saddle Her Up

10st 9lb

J: Sean Cleary-Farrell

T: Barry J Fitzgerald

in rear throughout

16/1

6th

7

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 189y

15:05 Punchestown

Saddle Her Up

11st 2lb

J: Sean Cleary-Farrell

T: Barry J Fitzgerald

Improved performance to win a 2m2f mares maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse last month; much more needed here.

50/1

1st

10

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 2f 40y

12:47 Fairyhouse

Saddle Her Up

11st 7lb

J: Sean Cleary-Farrell

T: Barry J Fitzgerald

soon raced in second

15/2

Form: 430

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Signs of ability in two British bumpers before going off at 100-1 for a maiden at Naas and performing accordingly; likely to be outclassed in this good a maiden.

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9th

1

23rd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:25 Tipperary

Cloughroe

12st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Showed some ability in two UK bumpers and in a Punchestown maiden hurdle last time on fourth start for this yard; check market on handicap debut.

9/1

5th

2

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 7f 150y

16:30 Punchestown

Cloughroe

11st 12lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Modest form in three maiden hurdles and makes little appeal; tried in a tongue-tie here.

50/1

8th

4

15th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 25y

14:55 Punchestown

Cloughroe

11st 12lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Showed some ability in a pair of bumpers in Britain; well beaten in two maiden hurdles here; steps up in trip but hard to make a case for.

25/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Bought for £40,000 soon after finishing second in a point back in April 2022 and the winner has gone on to be placed in bumpers/maidens; however, her debut under rules has been a long time coming and this is a hot race with Ballyburn in town.

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6th

20

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

13:07 Down Royal

Laurie Blue

10st 11lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: E D Delany

prominent

100/1

5th

6

3rd Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 72y

14:50 Leopardstown

Laurie Blue

10st 9lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: E D Delany

always behind, didn't always jump with fluency

100/1

6th

7

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Laurie Blue

11st 5lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: E D Delany

Bought for £40,000 soon after finishing second in a point back in April 2022 and the winner has gone on to be placed in bumpers/maidens; however, her debut under rules has been a long time coming and this is a hot race with Ballyburn in town.

100/1

Form: 6-7

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Placed in a point; sixth in a Navan bumper won by Royal Bond winner Farren Glory and the maiden hurdle he contested there also went to a smart one in Stellar Story (2m4f, soft/heavy); shouldn't be long in winning but he needs to raise his game to keep up with the pick of these; tongue-tie is new.

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1st

3

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

15:45 Limerick

Coming Up Easy

11st 12lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

jumped well, raced wide, raced in second, briefly disputed lead 7th, led going best before straight, went clear before 2 out, stayed on, easily

4/6

0

5

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Coming Up Easy

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, disputing fourth after 4th, went fourth 5th, hit then fell 7th

20/1

7th

2

18th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

11:50 Navan

Coming Up Easy

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Third in a point and ran with credit when sixth in a Navan bumper here in March; should be a big player on return.

6/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Hit the deck in all her points but she was thereabouts when falling three out in the latest (October); could have been found an easier starting point over hurdles.

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3rd

7

4th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

17:35 Leopardstown

Tell Me This

11st 11lb

J: Mr D McGill

T: Nina Walsh

Fell in all three point starts but showed ability on the last of them; brought down midway on hurdling debut when 100/1; likely capable of running respectably on bumper debut.

40/1

0

9

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Tell Me This

11st 5lb

J: Peter Carberry

T: Nina Walsh

held up in rear, in touch with leaders when badly hampered then brought down 7th

50/1

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Payout
Exacta €28.00
Straight Forecast €33.70
Trifecta €55.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Ballyburn

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Ballyburn

POSTDATA:

Ballyburn

The Irish Sun:

Ballyburn