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13:00 Naas

Soft To Heavy

BetVictor Irish EBF Novice Chase

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  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 6 runners
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BetVictor Irish EBF Novice Chase

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: /818-1 D

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Winning hurdler but showed that he is potentially a much better chaser when readily landing a beginners chase at Punchestown in November; could go close here.

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1

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:35 Gowran Park

Aslukwoodhavit

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Winning hurdler made good impression on chasing debut in winning 2m Punchestown novice in November but not as fluent in much better Navan novice last month when well held behind some decent sorts; remains unexposed and upped in trip here for handicap debut.

9/1

4th

1

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:42 Naas

Aslukwoodhavit

11st 8lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Winning hurdler but showed that he is potentially a much better chaser when readily landing a beginners chase at Punchestown in November; could go close here.

6/1

Form: 41/1-1 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Unbeaten in two starts in Ireland; readily beat a more established stable companion in a conditions hurdle at Cork at Easter; satisfactory chase debut when narrowly landing a Fairyhouse beginners in November; looks capable of considerable improvement and looks the one to beat here.

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1st

3

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:35 Punchestown

Mister Policeman

11st 9lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

didn't always jump with fluency, took keen hold, prominent, mistake and pecked on landing 1st, went second 6th, led going easily after 2 out, went clear when good jump last, easily

5/4

3rd

2

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:42 Naas

Mister Policeman

11st 8lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Unbeaten in two starts in Ireland; readily beat a more established stable companion in a conditions hurdle at Cork at Easter; satisfactory chase debut when narrowly landing a Fairyhouse beginners in November; looks capable of considerable improvement and looks the one to beat here.

1/2

OUR TIP

Form: 223/16 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Six wins, including the 2021 Triumph Hurdle; winning start to his chasing career at Limerick in October before running no race in a Punchestown Grade 2; contender on his best form.

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1st

3

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:42 Naas

Quilixios

11st 8lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

travelled strongly, soon disputed lead, led clearly when raced wide before 3rd, faced challenge towards near side before 2 out, went clear approaching last, ridden out

5/1

6th

6

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

13:23 Punchestown

Quilixios

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

2021 Triumph Hurdle winner whose best run the following season came when second in Grade 2 at Limerick; returned to same venue after a 610-day absence for successful chasing debut (2m3f) last month despite showing a tendency to jump right and then rallying after blundering the last; marked step up in trip here and will need to jump much better in a hot contest.

8/1

Form: 11P-F1 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Won three in a row over hurdles as a novice last term including a Grade 3 at Thurles but bombed out when sent off favourite for the Coral Cup; looked booked for a creditable second when left clear by the final fence fall of odds-on favourite Hunters Yarn at Fairyhouse last month (Byker 40l second); probably wants further but capable of a big run here.

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2nd

4

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:42 Naas

Sa Fureur

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, went second from 5th, challenging towards near side before 2 out, ridden after 2 out, kept on but no match for winner

13/2

Form: 780PPF

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

88-rated hurdler has failed to complete on both starts over fences; completely out of his depth.

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5

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 100y

15:30 Down Royal

One Of Us Is Lying

11st 5lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Neill McCluskey

An 88-rated hurdler; failed to complete his first two starts over fences; completely out of his depth in a strong novice chase at Naas 11 days ago.

25/1

5th

5

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:42 Naas

One Of Us Is Lying

11st 2lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Neill McCluskey

88-rated hurdler has failed to complete on both starts over fences; completely out of his depth.

200/1

Abandoned

Form: 2-5502 C

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Colt

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Form & Verdict

Runner-up in the Boodles at Cheltenham last year; remote second to the fortunate Sa Fureur on his chase debut at Fairyhouse; will improve for that but a lot more needed.

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5th

7

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

14:32 Fairyhouse

Byker

11st 8lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: C Byrnes

Useful 127-rated hurdler who was just touched off in last season's Fred Winter; struggled this season and left in remote second after last-fence fall of Hunters Yarn on chase debut over C&D last month; best watched for now.

16/1

2nd

9

16th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 110y

12:00 Fairyhouse

Byker

11st 6lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: C Byrnes

in touch with leaders, outpaced 3 out, went third after 2 out, left in remote second last

11/2

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Verdict

Not a bad race. A few of these are capable of further improvement. Aslukwoodhavit already looks a better chaser and might just have the edge on his Triumph Hurdle winning stablemate Quilixios. Sa Fureur should go well but probably wants further. The one to be on should be MISTER POLICEMAN, unbeaten in two Irish starts and capable of much better than his Fairyhouse chase debut. [Justin O’Hanlon]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Mister Policeman

TOPSPEED:

Sa Fureur

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Mister Policeman

The Irish Sun:

Mister Policeman

POSTDATA:

Sa Fureur