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13:45 Leopardstown

Soft

Neville Hotels Novice Chase (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £52212.39
  • 3m 0f 100y
  • 6 runners
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Neville Hotels Novice Chase (Grade 1)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.30
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 1561-1

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Point-to-point and bumper winner; impressed on hurdling debut last season before being found wanting in Grade 1 company; took advantage of a drop in class at Punchestown festival; jumped well when making a winning chase debut at Naas; may find third-placed Corbetts Cross a much tougher nut to crack now.

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1st

5

29th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

13:45 Leopardstown

Grangeclare West

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, prominent

11/2

1st

5

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:10 Naas

Grangeclare West

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Point-to-point and bumper winner impressed on hurdling debut this time last year at Navan before disappointing a bit in Grade 1 company; took advantage of drop in class at Punchestown festival and now starts out over fences and certainly bred for the job.

5/2

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11/8

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 11O-31 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Very smart novice hurdler (rated 148) last term, completing hat-trick in Grade 2 Navan novice in February; every chance when running out at the last in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham; made a low-key chasing debut Naas when only third behind Grangeclare West; much more professional when scoring at Fairyouse and this trip ideal for him.

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3rd

3

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Corbetts Cross

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Emmet Mullins

6l runner-up in Grade 1 novice chase at Leopardstown (3m, soft) in December and showed improved form in a first-time hood (retained) when bolting up in Grade 2 NH Chase at last month's Cheltenham Festival (3m6f, heavy); faces much tougher opposition now out of novice company but he was certainly impressive last time and it remains to be seen where his limitations lie.

7/2

1st

1

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Corbetts Cross

11st 7lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: Emmet Mullins

held up in rear, in touch with leaders on outer 10th, pressed leaders going easily after 3 out, good jump to lead 2 out, soon went clear, readily

2/1

1

7th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 42y

14:30 Fairyhouse

Corbetts Cross

11st 12lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: Emmet Mullins

Won Grade 2 novice hurdle at Navan last February; every chance when running out at the last in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham; made a low-key chasing debut at Naas when only third behind Grangeclare West; more professional when scoring at this venue, before again finding Grangeclare West too good in Grade 1 Leopardstown event; ideal opportunity here.

1/2

Form: 43-913 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Dual Stayers' Hurdle winner returned to Cheltenham for chasing debut when making much of running and jumping generally soundly for smooth success; an aversion to right-handed tracks was confirmed when he hung badly at Punchestown; run can be forgiven on that basis, and he may turn the tables on the winner Favori De Champdou going this direction.

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6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Made all in this in 2021 (good to soft) and 2022 (soft) and reverts to hurdles after some mixed chase form this season; not beaten far when fourth to Sire Du Berlais in this race last year but he wasn't at his peak in that campaign and needs to get back to his very best to regain his crown.

11/1

3rd

4

29th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

13:45 Leopardstown

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

led narrowly or disputed lead early, led clearly after 6th

9/4

Form: 4/33-1

Last run: 83 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fine third in 3m Navan Grade 2 on chasing debut in February; not as good in Naas Grade 3 the following month; put that experience to good use when justifying favouritism at Fairyhouse in October; faces a much sterner challenge now.

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6th

2

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Flanking Maneuver

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

towards rear, badly hampered by faller 6th, headway and in touch with leaders before 5 out, weakened 3 out, detached when bad mistake 2 out

25/1

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:02 Naas

Flanking Maneuver

11st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Noel Meade

pressed leaders, fell 1st

3/1

3rd

4

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:48 Navan

Flanking Maneuver

11st 1lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

raced wide, led, joined after 3rd, faced challenge after 3 out, not fluent and headed 2 out, lost second and weakened before last

6/1

Form: 1P4-21 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Three-time winner over hurdles, including Grade 2 at Limerick last December on testing ground; made a good start over fences when second to the useful Affordale Fury at Galway; impressed in winning Grade 2 Punchestown event in which Flooring Porter spoiled his chance by hanging badly left; no stamina doubts, ground suitable.

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4

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Favori De Champdou

11st 9lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, no impression when fell 2 out

20/1

4th

1

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

15:45 Navan

Favori De Champdou

11st 8lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

led, briefly headed 2nd, joined 5th, led again 10th

10/1

5th

2

29th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

13:45 Leopardstown

Favori De Champdou

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped right on occasions, raced in second and briefly disputed lead early, pressed leader after 6th

3/1

Form: 252457 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

95-rated handicapper; 1-10 over fences; completely out of his depth.

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6th

6

29th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

13:45 Leopardstown

Tullyhogue Fort

11st 10lb

J: Mr P J O’Neill

T: John F O’Neill

raced wide, soon towards rear

200/1

7th

9

17th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 219y

12:15 Thurles

Tullyhogue Fort

11st 1lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: John F O’Neill

Staying type who has been mixing hurdling and chasing this season; just denied in a 3m1f chase at Roscommon in August and in a 2m6f hurdle at Galway in September; found 2m inadequate at Aintree last month.

12/1

5th

10

11th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 3

14:10 Aintree

Tullyhogue Fort

10st 2lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: John F O’Neill

Strong stayer who has mixed hurdles and fences this season, just denied in 3m1f chase at Roscommon in August; takes a big drop back in trip and is 3lb out of the handicap.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta €124.00
Straight Forecast €117.20
Trifecta €304.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Corbetts Cross

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Favori De Champdou

TOPSPEED:

Flanking Maneuver

The Irish Sun:

Corbetts Cross

POSTDATA:

Favori De Champdou