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Clinton Higgins Chartered Accountants Novice Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £8465.22
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • 7 runners
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Clinton Higgins Chartered Accountants Novice Handicap Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Windy

2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.30
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 1-5212 BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Better chaser than hurdler; atoned for narrow Clonmel defeat in November by landing 2m6f Tramore handicap later same month despite not handling the track particularly well; only just touched off by the improving Clonmeen at Punchestown; has the best recent credentials.

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

10th

8

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:25 Naas

Kings Halo

10st 11lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: James Daniel Dullea

prominent

4/1

1st

7

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:00 Naas

Kings Halo

10st 1lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: James Daniel Dullea

made all, soon clear with one other, reduced lead before 2 out, clear going best approaching last, pushed out and went further clear run-in, easily

2/1

2nd

7

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 173y

13:15 Punchestown

Kings Halo

10st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: James Daniel Dullea

Better chaser than hurdler, atoning for narrow Clonmel defeat last month by landing 2m6f Tramore handicap later same month despite not really handling the track; 8lb rise seems plenty but still respected.

4/1

10/1

  • Place: £7.10

Form: P-3909

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Won a valuable handicap hurdle at Down Royal three seasons ago; 0-9 over fences, beaten by some smart sorts early on over but has become bitterly disappointing; in rear throughout at Leopardstown on latest; Mark Walsh's presence is the only positive.

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

2nd

6

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:00 Naas

Cayd Boy

11st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Liz Doyle

raced in fourth behind clear leaders, went third after 3rd, good headway before 2 out, went second approaching last, no chance with winner from last

10/1

9th

7

26th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

Cayd Boy

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Liz Doyle

held up in rear, mistake 1st

12/1

14th

4

28th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 5f 200y

16:17 Galway

Cayd Boy

11st 6lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Liz Doyle

Last win came three years ago in Down Royal handicap; career punctuated by breaks since and is 0-8 chasing, poor recent comeback effort in Cork handicap; reverts to hurdles for first time in 18 months.

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: /FF-12 BF

Last run: 133 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Fell on both novice chase starts at Punchestown last winter, a Grade 3 event on the second occasion; made amends when putting in a good round of jumping at Roscommon in August; no match for Uncle Phil at Galway in September, form recently advertised by the winner in a valuable handicap; clear chance if near his best after a break.

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

3rd

1

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:00 Naas

Gracchus De Balme

11st 13lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

raced in second, headway 2 out, hit 2 out, weakened approaching last

5/2

2nd

1

17th Sep 2023

Good

2m 1f 0y

16:20 Listowel

Gracchus De Balme

11st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Won a heavy-ground maiden hurdle the season before last and then placed in a big-field handicap at Fairyhouse; fell on both novice chase starts at Punchestown last winter, a Grade 3 event on the second occasion; made amends when putting in a good round of jumping to beat a stablemate of Great Bear at Roscommon last month.

5/2

1st

3

8th Aug 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 76y

19:00 Roscommon

Gracchus De Balme

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

jumped well, raced in second, challenging 3 out, ridden briefly to lead before last, went clear and pushed out run-in, comfortably

11/8

Form: 56-F3P

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Uncompetitive last season in beginners' chases won by smart horses; third at Punchestown in November was encouraging after a Gowran fall, but he put another blot on his record when pulled up in the Tim Duggan Memorial at Limerick.

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

5th

4

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:25 Naas

Coqolino

11st 7lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Gordon Elliott

held up in rear

14/1

4th

2

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:00 Naas

Coqolino

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear, mistake 5th, keeping on when left in fourth 4 out

6/1

0

6

28th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 100y

14:40 Limerick

Coqolino

11st 5lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield

13/2

Form: F3387-

Last run: 275 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Both hurdle wins came at 2m; best chase run when third behind useful pair Grandero Bello and Macs Charm over this trip at Gowran last February; below that standard on his final two starts before a break; one of three for his owner here.

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

9th

5

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:25 Naas

Slip Of The Tongue

11st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Padraig Roche

towards rear, in touch with leaders but reminder 4th

8/1

5th

3

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:00 Naas

Slip Of The Tongue

11st 12lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

raced in third behind clear leaders, raced in fourth after 3rd, dropped to rear before 5 out

7/1

7th

11

28th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

16:15 Punchestown

Slip Of The Tongue

10st 10lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Padraig Roche

Both hurdle wins came at 2m; best chase run when third behind Grandero Bello and Macs Charm over 2m4f at Gowran; tried a longer trip last time and not as effective; Gowran run potentially puts him in the mix.

10/1

Form: 00-155 C

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Bumper and three-time hurdle winner for Noel Meade; ran twice over fences for Meade, including 25l third of five behind El Fabiolo at Fairyhouse in December 2022; tailed off in a Navan beginners' chase on debut for this yard; transformation needed.

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

6th

4

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:00 Naas

Highland Charge

11st 10lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

in touch with leaders, slow jump and lost ground 1st, slow jump 2nd

16/1

5th

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 100y

14:52 Navan

Highland Charge

11st 12lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

didn't always jump with fluency, took keen hold, in touch with leaders, weakened 4 out, soon tailed off

33/1

Form: B60-44 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

128-rated hurdler; has run in two strong beginners' chases; jumping was ragged when tailed off fourth of five behind Fact To File at Leopardstown; hard to assess.

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

0

5

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:00 Naas

Spirit Of Legend

11st 9lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

towards rear, headway and went fourth 5 out, fell 4 out

5/1

4th

4

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 70y

13:15 Leopardstown

Spirit Of Legend

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, pressed leader after 5th, mistake 6th

7/1

4th

7

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:05 Navan

Spirit Of Legend

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Maiden hurdle winner at this meeting last year; only narrowly denied at Leopardstown over Christmas but lost his way a little subsequently; interesting that he's the yard's first-string over Lets Go Champ and he has a squeak.

5/1

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Payout
Exacta €352.00
Straight Forecast €286.60
Trifecta €935.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Kings Halo

The Irish Sun:

Spirit Of Legend

TOPSPEED:

Slip Of The Tongue

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Kings Halo

POSTDATA:

Kings Halo