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14:15 Punchestown

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  • 2m 3f 15y
  • 7 runners
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Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

13/8 (Won)

  • Win: £1.70
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 192P-F

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Top-class novice hurdler in the 2021/22 season; made an impressive chasing debut at Gowran last season before contesting Grade 1 contests; had had jumping issues over fences; running well against subsequent Grade 1 with Dinoblue when falling two out at Naas last time; interesting back hurdling now.

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1st

1

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Cork

Sir Gerhard

11st 7lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, disputed lead early, led narrowly from 1st, headed and raced in second before 2nd, not fluent 5th

4/9

12

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Sir Gerhard

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won Champion Bumper in 2021 (good to soft) and Grade 1 novice hurdle (2m5f, soft) back here the following March; his chasing career was very mixed and he's unproven at 3m under rules, but he won in tidy style back over hurdles at Punchestown on New Year's Eve (2m3f, heavy; conditions race) and this fascinating contender could be a player if tapping back into his early promise.

7/1

1st

5

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 15y

14:15 Punchestown

Sir Gerhard

11st 6lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Top-class novice hurdler in the 2021/22 season; made an impressive chasing debut at Gowran last season before contesting Grade 1 contests; had had jumping issues over fences; running well against subsequent Grade 1 with Dinoblue when falling two out at Naas last time; interesting back hurdling now.

13/8

4/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: F11P-7 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won 2022 Boyne Hurdle from Ashdale Bob; Dual Grade 3 winner over fences this year; should be better for his return to action in the Troytown Chase.

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3rd

6

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 45y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Thedevilscoachman

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Noel Meade

raced wide, didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, dropped to last and weakened before 2 out, no impression when hampered by faller after 2 out

7/2

4th

5

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:15 Gowran Park

Thedevilscoachman

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Noel Meade

Won 2022 Boyne Hurdle at Navan from Ashdale Bob; dual Grade 3 winner over fences last year, showing plenty of stamina in races at Naas and Limerick; improved from his return to action in the Troytown Chase when splitting Sir Gerhard and Ashdale Bob at Punchestown; first-time cheekpieces now; could be hard to beat.

7/4

2nd

6

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 15y

14:15 Punchestown

Thedevilscoachman

11st 6lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Noel Meade

Won 2022 Boyne Hurdle from Ashdale Bob; Dual Grade 3 winner over fences this year; should be better for his return to action in the Troytown Chase.

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 42P5-5 D

Last run: 204 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Losing sequence stretches back to April 2021; below best in high-level races after Grade 1 second behind Home By The Lee over 3m at Leopardstown a year ago; not beaten far in fifth in the Prix La Barka at Auteuil in June; big chance here if fully fit and back to his best.

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6th

1

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:05 Cork

Ashdale Bob

11st 12lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Mrs John Harrington

Not the force he once was; was unable to score on favourable terms in a Leopardstown conditions event last time; cheekpieces are retained here and down another 3lb; still a dangerous opponent here with 7lb taken off his back.

4/1

2nd

4

3rd Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 72y

14:50 Leopardstown

Ashdale Bob

11st 2lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Mrs John Harrington

prominent, went second before 5th, led going okay after 2 out, faced challenge when ridden before last, headed but kept on run-in, no match for winner

4/6

5th

4

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Ashdale Bob

11st 3lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Mrs John Harrington

in touch with leaders, not fluent 4th, prominent after 7th, led narrowly before 2 out, headed after 2 out, weakened approaching last

5/1

Form: 248/33 C

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Smart juvenile hurdler 2019/20 season and better again the following season, winning Grade 2 at Down Royal, second in Grade 1 at Leopardstown and fourth in Champion Hurdle; returned in October after a very long absence; chase run behind Il Etait Temps at Thurles a month ago was quite encouraging.

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2

4th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:30 Leopardstown

Aspire Tower

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

led, joined after 4th, faced challenge but going okay when switched right after 2 out, nudged along and joined when fell last

4/6

2nd

1

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

13:33 Thurles

Aspire Tower

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

led, joined 2nd, clear with one other before 4th, mistake 4 out, headed 2 out, led again going best before last, ridden and headed run-in, kept on but no match for winner

2/1

Form: 6F22-5 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Albert Bartlett winner in 2021; put in a terrific effort when second in the Grand National; began new campaign over an inadequate trip in Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase at Cork; similar reservations now.

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14th

17

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Vanillier

10st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

He's generally far more workmanlike than fluent over his fences but produced a sound jumping display in this race (good to soft; 4lb higher today) last year, finishing strongly as well but he'd twice been rather messed about in traffic on the second circuit and left with far too much to do before taking second, Corach Rambler having gone well beyond recall; similar build-up to last year but requiring more improvement and he has a bit to prove in the mud, while on the other hand soft/heavy ground will place even greater demands on stamina and that is his major strength; has to be in serious calculations.

10/1

2nd

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Vanillier

11st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

raced in second and pressed leader, disputed lead 13th, led narrowly 2 out, headed approaching last, soon no chance with winner

9/4

15th

3

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Vanillier

11st 3lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Very useful chaser, runner up in last season's Grand National his finest effort; two runs over hurdles and fences over inadequate trips; could do better here but this is very much a stepping stone back towards Aintree.

50/1

Form: U-U535 C

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Talented hurdler/chaser at his best; over three years since his last win; not a bad run in a three-runner hurdle race here in October; struggled in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan last time.

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4th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 193y

16:15 Thurles

Andy Dufresne

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Promise behind Zanahiyr in October but really struggled for form since; tailed off in Grade 2 chase latest; drops in class at least.

10/1

5th

3

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 90y

16:23 Navan

Andy Dufresne

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

raced wide

8/1

15th

5

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Andy Dufresne

11st 6lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

Five career wins but out of form for some time and looks up against it here.

50/1

Form: 7-U647 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Never regained the heights of the spring of 2021 when winning the Boodles at Cheltenham and the Grade 1 Champion juvenile at Punchestown; no success in the senior ranks; respectable run in a Fairyhouse handicap last time, but others preferred.

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7th

4

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 15y

14:15 Punchestown

Jeff Kidder

11st 6lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

Never regained the heights of the spring of 2021 when winning the Boodles at Cheltenham and the Grade 1 Champion juvenile at Punchestown; no success in the senior ranks; respectable run in a Fairyhouse handicap last time, but others preferred.

12/1

7th

4

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Jeff Kidder

11st 5lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

midfield on inner

12/1

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Straight Forecast €41.30
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Ashdale Bob

POSTDATA:

Sir Gerhard

TOPSPEED:

Andy Dufresne

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Ashdale Bob

The Irish Sun:

Sir Gerhard