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O’Driscolls Irish Whiskey Leopardstown Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

  • Prize money: £76956.52
  • 2m 5f 107y
  • 25 runners
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O’Driscolls Irish Whiskey Leopardstown Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

Runners: 25 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.20
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 1/2-22

Last run: 52 days

W: 10st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Runner-up on all three starts over fences, against Hollow Games here and against two crack Mullins novices since; handicapper has not taken many chances with his mark but is the choice of Blackmore; respected.

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1st

16

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Heart Wood

10st 1lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

6/1

2nd

1

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 29y

11:30 Naas

Heart Wood

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

raced in second

13/8

2nd

6

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:10 Naas

Heart Wood

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Ran six times over hurdles in France, on final occasion winning a Listed handicap for juveniles over 2m2f at Auteuil in March 2022 (heavy); later same year showed plenty of promise when runner-up in well-contested Navan beginners' chase but has been off the track since; Drinmore entry so clearly held in some regard.

6/1

20/1

  • Place: £11.00

Form: 1P-144

Last run: 70 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Still unexposed over fences; only a couple of lengths behind Percy Warner over this trip at Cork in November when last seen; could still have enough potential progression to run well here.

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2nd

15

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Riaan

10st 2lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Still unexposed over fences; only a couple of lengths behind Percy Warner over this trip at Cork in November when last seen; could still have enough potential progression to run well here.

20/1

4th

3

26th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

14:50 Cork

Riaan

11st 8lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, prominent after 2nd, went second after 7th

5/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 643-44 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Decent novice last season; big handicaps looking more his level this season, best effort when not quite getting home in the Paddy Power here at Christmas; drop in trip should suit and looks a leading player here.

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3rd

4

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

James Du Berlais

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Decent novice last season; big handicaps looking more his level this season, best effort when not quite getting home in the Paddy Power here at Christmas; drop in trip should suit and looks a leading player here.

6/1

4th

3

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

James Du Berlais

11st 11lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

prominent on inner, went second and pressed leader 6th, disputed lead 9th, led 11th, headed last, weakened final 110yds

25/1

4th

4

30th Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 0y

12:40 Thurles

James Du Berlais

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Better known for his hurdling exploits, especially in his early days in France; won on chasing debut at Fairyhouse in January after a long absence; found the competition too demanding in four Grade 1 attempts subsequently.

8/1

14/1

  • Place: £6.60

Form: 0F-244 D

Last run: 54 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Smart form over hurdles last season including fourth of eight in a 2m6f Grade 1 event here; solid display against the smart Quilixios on chasing debut at Limerick; twice soundly beaten at Punchestown since behind top Mullins novices; others preferred but not without a chance.

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4th

17

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Cool Survivor

10st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart form over hurdles last season including fourth of eight in a 2m6f Grade 1 event here; solid display against the smart Quilixios on chasing debut at Limerick; twice soundly beaten at Punchestown since behind top Mullins novices; others preferred but not without a chance.

14/1

4th

1

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 150y

12:30 Punchestown

Cool Survivor

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart form over hurdles last season including fourth of eight in a 2m6f Grade 1 event at Leopardstown in February; poor run at Cheltenham and fell at Aintree subsequently; did not go down with a fight against the smart Quilixios on chasing debut at Limerick; never looked like making an impact in the race won by Gaelic Warrior here last month.

11/8

Form: 014-90 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Fine season last year highlighted by his victory in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham; four career runs over fences havd revealed very little; his hurdles form should give him an obvious chance off this mark but hard to fancy on what he has shown; 2lb wrong

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3rd

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

16:25 Fairyhouse

Good Time Jonny

11st 12lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: A J Martin

held up in rear, went modest third after 2nd, no extra from 3 out

5/2

5th

20

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Good Time Jonny

10st 0lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: A J Martin

Fine season last year highlighted by his victory in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham; four career runs over fences havd revealed very little; his hurdles form should give him an obvious chance off this mark but hard to fancy on what he has shown; 2lb wrong

33/1

Form: 426-31 D

Last run: 70 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced and seems to need soft ground; decisive winner of a 2m5f handicap chase at Cork in November (Riaan third); 2lb wrong but a case can be made for him.

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7th

1

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:25 Naas

Percy Warner

11st 12lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

in touch with leaders

10/1

6th

21

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Percy Warner

10st 0lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Lightly raced and seems to need soft ground; decisive winner of a 2m5f handicap chase at Cork in November (Riaan third); 2lb wrong but a case can be made for him.

12/1

1st

6

26th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

14:50 Cork

Percy Warner

11st 0lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

towards rear, headway 4 out, went fourth 3 out, challenging 2 out, ridden and led narrowly last, pushed out and went clear towards finish

11/2

Form: 76P-40

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Grade 3-winning novice chaser and runner-up in a Grade 1; below his best in two runs this season, although ran better than his finishing position in the Paddy Power; others look more likely though.

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7th

5

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Adamantly Chosen

10st 13lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

Grade 3-winning novice chaser and runner-up in a Grade 1; below his best in two runs this season, although ran better than his finishing position in the Paddy Power; others look more likely though.

20/1

10th

2

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Adamantly Chosen

11st 11lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

prominent, went third home turn, weakened approaching last

14/1

4th

1

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 70y

13:58 Punchestown

Adamantly Chosen

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Winner of two novice chases last season, including a Grade 3 here and runner-up in Grade 1 novices at Limerick and Leopardstown; disappointing end to novice campaign when jumping poorly (pulled up) in C&D novice handicap at the festival so reappears here with questions to answer.

13/2

Form: P0-FP2

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Third in this last year off a 6lb higher mark, and is effectively running off that mark here from 6lb out of the handicap; second in a four-runner contest at Aintree over Christmas but much more needed here.

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1

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

13:37 Haydock

Top Ville Ben

12st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Philip Kirby

12yo who has a patchy profile nowadays and was soundly beaten in Ireland a fortnight ago; however, he showed spark when second of four at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day and this course winner is not ruled out.

11/2

8th

25

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Top Ville Ben

10st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Philip Kirby

Third in this last year off a 6lb higher mark, and is effectively running off that mark here from 6lb out of the handicap; second in a four-runner contest at Aintree over Christmas but much more needed here.

40/1

Form: 34-223

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Dual winner over hurdles; has run into Gaelic Warrior twice over fences, running well in the Grade 1 at Limerick at Christmas; mark of 144 over fences is no gimme but could well be capable of running up to it.

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9th

12

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Inothewayurthinkin

10st 9lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Gavin Cromwell

Dual winner over hurdles; has run into Gaelic Warrior twice over fences, running well in the Grade 1 at Limerick at Christmas; mark of 144 over fences is no gimme but could well be capable of running up to it.

7/1

3rd

4

28th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 100y

14:05 Limerick

Inothewayurthinkin

11st 12lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Gavin Cromwell

held up in rear, went modest fourth 10th, good headway after 3 out, went third 2 out, kept on

25/1

2nd

7

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 200y

12:48 Punchestown

Inothewayurthinkin

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Useful novice hurdler who made a highly encouraging start to his chase career when runner-up to Imagine in a beginners' at Fairyhouse 18 days ago; big player if he can build on that with first-time tongue-tie.

4/1

Form: 2132-5 D

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict

Multiple Grade 1 winner over fences; not at his best last season and began this season by finishing fifth in the December Gold Cup at Cheltenham, his first handicap chase; down to a good mark if he could find his best but looks best watched for now.

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10th

1

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Fakir Doudairies

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Multiple Grade 1 winner over fences; not at his best last season and began this season by finishing fifth in the December Gold Cup at Cheltenham, his first handicap chase; down to a good mark if he could find his best but looks best watched for now.

25/1

5th

1

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Fakir Doudairies

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Runner-up in two Grade 1 chases at the Festival here but not seen at this track since 2021 (ran at Aintree in April last two seasons); has run in only Grade 1 and Grade 2 events for the last four years and this is his first ever handicap, with an each-way chance at the weights and trip/ground to suit; he can also go well after a break.

8/1

2nd

1

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Fakir Doudairies

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Fortunate to win Grade 2 at Thurles in January when left in the lead at the final fence; below-par third in Grade 1 Ascot Chase last time, 7l behind runner-up Pic D'Orhy in a race he won last year (on soft); however, he's been an impressive winner of the last two runnings of this race (good to soft) and perhaps first-time cheekpieces will give him a boost.

9/4

Form: 412152 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner over hurdles but a much better chaser; three-time winner over fences but should also have won the Grade 2 Craddockstown at Punchestown and ran a cracker when a staying-on second in the Dan and Joan Moore at Fairyhouse; couid well be best at 2m but stays this trip and likely to be thereabouts.

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4th

4

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:27 Gowran Park

Lucid Dreams

11st 3lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: John Patrick Ryan

3-6 over hurdles but a much better chaser; three wins in a very busy spell since last September and second in the Grade 2 Craddockstown at Punchestown; ran a fine race when a staying-on second in the Dan and Joan Moore at Fairyhouse; down the field in company with Embittered in the Leopardstown Chase.

10/1

11th

9

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Lucid Dreams

10st 10lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: John Patrick Ryan

Three-time winner over hurdles but a much better chaser; three-time winner over fences but should also have won the Grade 2 Craddockstown at Punchestown and ran a cracker when a staying-on second in the Dan and Joan Moore at Fairyhouse; couid well be best at 2m but stays this trip and likely to be thereabouts.

10/1

2nd

5

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

13:57 Fairyhouse

Lucid Dreams

11st 1lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: John Patrick Ryan

Finished just in front of Uncle Phil when runner-up at Punchestown in November before winning a match by a wide margin at Navan; out of his depth in Grade 1 company since but may resume progress back down in class in handicap company and the return to a shorter trip shouldn't be an issue (only beaten half a length in a 2m Grade 2 novice at Punchestown in November); intriguing runner.

11/2

Form: 143-64

Last run: 86 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Has had his jumping issues but won a Grade 3 novice contest at Naas last year and ran a fine race in retrospect when fourth to Elixir De Nutz in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter in November; not the easiest to weigh up but no surprise if he could run a big race off this mark.

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12th

8

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Indiana Jones

10st 10lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

Has had his jumping issues but won a Grade 3 novice contest at Naas last year and ran a fine race in retrospect when fourth to Elixir De Nutz in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter in November; not the easiest to weigh up but no surprise if he could run a big race off this mark.

16/1

4th

4

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 1

15:30 Exeter

Indiana Jones

10st 8lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: M F Morris

Huge individual who was always going to be better over fences and things began to click last season when he won a small-field Grade 3 at Navan (2m, good to yielding) before later producing a career-best RPR when running well in a Grade 1 at Punchestown; probably needed the race at Cork where he was rusty all round; better can be expected this time.

7/2

6th

1

15th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 1f 140y

16:55 Cork

Indiana Jones

11st 12lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: M F Morris

Had a good last season, winning twice, including a Grade 3 novice at Navan before running well in a strong Grade 1 at Punchestown when last seen; has a chance if ready on return.

5/1

Form: P-071P

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Smart on his day, as he showed when winning a Listed handicap chase at Navan in December; pulled up in the Paddy Power subsequently; this trip should suit better but not the most consistent of conveyances.

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3rd

2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:27 Gowran Park

Embittered

11st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart on his day, as he showed when winning a Listed handicap chase over roughly this trip at Navan in December; pulled up in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown and down the field in another valuable handicap at Leopardstown last time.

10/1

13th

6

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Embittered

10st 12lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart on his day, as he showed when winning a Listed handicap chase at Navan in December; pulled up in the Paddy Power subsequently; this trip should suit better but not the most consistent of conveyances.

33/1

Form: U8-098 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Dual winning chaser for Joseph O'Brien; soundly beaten in two chases for Gordon Elliott and very hard to make a case for at present; 2lb wrong.

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14th

19

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Fire Attack

10st 0lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual winning chaser for Joseph O'Brien; soundly beaten in two chases for Gordon Elliott and very hard to make a case for at present; 2lb wrong.

66/1

8th

1

26th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

Fire Attack

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

led, headed and raced in second before 2nd

14/1

9th

5

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 100y

14:17 Navan

Fire Attack

11st 0lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

led, not fluent 5th, headed before 3 out, soon lost position

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: F22-55

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

5th

7

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 15y

14:15 Punchestown

Vanillier

11st 6lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

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.

14/1

Form: 16F-PP D

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner over fences but pulled up in both runs this season and up against it.

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16th

11

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

El Barra

10st 9lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Conor O’Dwyer

Three-time winner over fences but pulled up in both runs this season and up against it.

100/1

0

1

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

El Barra

12st 0lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Conor O’Dwyer

Useful for Willie Mullins, including when third of 15 finishers in the Galway Plate (2m6f, good; has won on soft/heavy) in July 2022; however, he has failed to complete in two starts this year, pulling up for new yard over hurdles in October, and has something to prove back over fences.

20/1

Form: /14-12 D BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Dual winner over fences, including a Listed contest at Thurles in November; turned over at odds of 2-5 in a Tramore Listed last month; would need a career best to win such a competitive handicap off this mark but not impossible.

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2

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Classic Getaway

11st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

prominent early, bad mistake and lost ground quickly 4th, midfield when not fluent 7th, soon eased and pulled up

10/1

2nd

1

1st Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 170y

14:15 Tramore

Classic Getaway

11st 3lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

prominent, soon went third, went second 7th, clear with one other from 3 out, led before 2 out, ridden and tired approaching last, headed run-in, kept on

5/2

1st

3

30th Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 0y

12:40 Thurles

Classic Getaway

11st 4lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

made all, travelled strongly, clear going best after 2 out, ridden briefly and kept on well after last

6/1

Form: 4P-546 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Tough and consistent at his best; won the Kerry National in 2022 and produced his best performance in a while when sixth in the Paddy Power here at Christmas; could come on again for that and might not be far away.

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7

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Busselton

10st 11lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Tough and consistent at his best; won the Kerry National in 2022 and produced his best performance in a while when sixth in the Paddy Power here at Christmas; could come on again for that and might not be far away.

14/1

6th

8

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Busselton

11st 9lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent throughout, went second home turn, weakened approaching last

20/1

4th

5

18th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:05 Navan

Busselton

11st 3lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Better known as a chaser; won the Kerry National last year but didn't repeat that form in four starts after and was poor when last seen; probably best watched back over hurdles.

22/1

Form: 6-4311 C

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Point/bumper/handicap hurdle winner; picked up useful experience in two beginners' chases at Galway before winning over 2m5f at Cork in November; emphatic winner of the Paddy Power at Leopardstown in his first handicap chase; hood tried here but a very progressive chaser and could well go close off 15lb higher.

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Verdict Starting price

10

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Meetingofthewaters

10st 10lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

towards rear, hampered when unseated 1st

5/1

Form: P4-3P9 C

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Dual bumper winner and Grade 3-winning novice hurdler; decent chaser too, third in the Galway Plate and probably did not get home in the Paddy Power; more at home over this trip and the choice of Jack Kennedy; each-way chance.

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13

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Hollow Games

10st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual bumper winner and Grade 3-winning novice hurdler; decent chaser too, third in the Galway Plate and probably did not get home in the Paddy Power; more at home over this trip and the choice of Jack Kennedy; each-way chance.

16/1

9th

11

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Hollow Games

11st 7lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

never better than midfield, weakened after 2 out (usual 3 out)

33/1

0

8

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Hollow Games

11st 1lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Solid staying on third in the Galway Plate when last seen; unexposed at this sort of trip and won on heavy early in his career; wears first-time cheekpieces and should run well if he takes to them.

11/2

Form: 113360 C

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Won a couple of chases at Wexford last summer; well beaten in the Paddy Power but ran okay previously in the Troytown despite some sketchy jumping; not a forlorn hope.

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14

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Watch House Cross

10st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won a couple of chases at Wexford last summer; well beaten in the Paddy Power but ran okay previously in the Troytown despite some sketchy jumping; not a forlorn hope.

20/1

11th

16

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Watch House Cross

11st 3lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, brief headway 2 out (usual 3 out), weakened home turn

20/1

6th

15

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Watch House Cross

10st 11lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won back-to-back novice chases at Wexford in the summer; stamina to prove up in trip here and his better form is on quicker ground so he's opposable.

20/1

Form: 21U-78 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Off the track for a year after winning a Limerick beginners chase 14 months ago; ran okay in a handicap chase over 2m1f here at Christmas before beaten out of sight in a Listed handicap hurdle at Navan two weeks ago; looks up against it here.

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18

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Drumbear

10st 0lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: John C McConnell

Off the track for a year after winning a Limerick beginners chase 14 months ago; ran okay in a handicap chase over 2m1f here at Christmas before beaten out of sight in a Listed handicap hurdle at Navan two weeks ago; looks up against it here.

100/1

8th

6

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 4f 0y

13:55 Navan

Drumbear

11st 6lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

soon raced in second, chased clear leader after 3rd

6/1

7th

2

26th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

Drumbear

11st 10lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

in touch with leaders on inner

5/1

Form: /U1-55

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Off the track for 11 months after bolting up despite jumping left in a Fairyhouse beginners 13 months ago; ran well despite some poor jumping in the Dan and Joan Moore at Fairyhouse; 3lb wrong here and others preferred.

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22

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Chavez

10st 0lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: W P Mullins

Off the track for 11 months after bolting up despite jumping left in a Fairyhouse beginners 13 months ago; ran well despite some poor jumping in the Dan and Joan Moore at Fairyhouse; 3lb wrong here and others preferred.

33/1

5th

9

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

13:57 Fairyhouse

Chavez

10st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Wide margin course winner in a beginners' in January and not a bad run when fifth on his return on St Stephen's Day at Leopardstown; entitled to come on for that and he's unexposed but Townend prefers Uncle Phil.

14/1

5th

5

26th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

Chavez

11st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

midfield

5/1

Form: 41-1F5 C

Last run: 63 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Won a very competitive handicap hurdle over 3m at this meeting last year; jumped soundly when winning on his chase debut at Galway in October but confidence seemed to suffer after a fall at Cork the following month when jumping very poorly in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse; 3lb wrong here means he is effectively running off his hurdles mark and he can get involved with better jumping.

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23

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Perceval Legallois

10st 0lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Won a very competitive handicap hurdle over 3m at this meeting last year; jumped soundly when winning on his chase debut at Galway in October but confidence seemed to suffer after a fall at Cork the following month when jumping very poorly in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse; 3lb wrong here means he is effectively running off his hurdles mark and he can get involved with better jumping.

10/1

5th

4

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:00 Fairyhouse

Perceval Legallois

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Won a valuable 3m handicap hurdle at Leopardstown in February, earning promotion to 135; jumped well and won easily on his chasing debut at Galway, though the runner-up suffered bad interference mid-race; in touch with the leaders when falling three out in Grade 3 Cork event won by shorter-priced stablemate Letsbeclearaboutit.

12/1

0

5

5th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:40 Cork

Perceval Legallois

11st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Consistent sort took his form to a new level in winning a valuable 3m handicap hurdle at Leopardstown in February, earning promotion to 135; jumped well and won easily on his chasing debut at Galway, though the runner-up suffered bad interference mid-race; helps to give his trainer a strong hand.

9/2

Form: -F2631 CD

Last run: 70 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Has built up an enviable record in this race, winning off 133 in 2022 and fourth last year off 135; 5lb wrong so effectively running off last year's mark, and comes here in good form after easily winning a banks race at Punchestown in November; should be primed for a big run once again.

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24

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Birchdale

10st 0lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: E Bolger

towards rear, not fluent when bumped and unseated 1st

20/1

1st

3

26th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

11:40 Punchestown

Birchdale

11st 4lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: E Bolger

prominent, headway and pressed leader 4 out, led going best before last, ridden briefly and ran on after last, comfortably

6/1

3rd

5

23rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 6f 0y

16:30 Listowel

Birchdale

11st 4lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: E Bolger

None too consistent as he reminded us when a disappointing favourite in Take All's handicap at Wexford, but he had that rival behind when runner-up at Punchestown the time before (2m5f, good to yielding); one to consider now returning from a break.

7/1

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