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Racing Again February 22nd Handicap Chase

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  • 2m 0f 70y
  • 13 runners
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Racing Again February 22nd Handicap Chase

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain and snow

Form: 275479 CD

Last run: 139 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Two of his six chase wins have come here; lost form last year but has quickly slid down the handicap and is off a low mark now if able to get back to even close to the level he was at 12 months ago.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

6

22nd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 158y

13:53 Thurles

Espion Du Chenet

10st 5lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: Louise G Lyons

didn't always jump with fluency, in rear throughout, detached when weakened after 4 out, tailed off when eased after 2 out

25/1

9th

11

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:25 Listowel

Espion Du Chenet

10st 5lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: Louise G Lyons

Has done a lot of racing since his last win, two most recent runs provide no encouragement; tailed off in Kilbeggan race in which Irish Blaze was third two week ago.

25/1

Form: 337-07 C

Last run: 259 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

His three chase wins include one at this track; however, has to bounce back from two poor runs when last seen in spring.

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5

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:55 Clonmel

Presenting Point

11st 13lb

J: John Shinnick

T: A M O’Grady

in touch with leaders early, dropped to midfield and weakening when not fluent 4th, tailed off when pulled up before last

10/1

7th

4

25th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 110y

20:30 Limerick

Presenting Point

11st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: A M O’Grady

Three-time chase winner; was poor over hurdles last time but has a minor chance on his previous Leopardstown third behind Battle Of Mirbat.

18/1

OUR TIP

Form: -64147 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Won comfortably over fences here in November followed by a solid hurdles run; below form over the smaller obstacles last time but has a sound chance back chasing even off 10lb higher.

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Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

14:03 Thurles

McGrath From Clune

12st 0lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Robert Tyner

jumped right on occasions, held up in rear, headway when raced wide after 5 out

2/1

7th

8

15th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 77y

13:25 Punchestown

McGrath From Clune

11st 6lb

J: Mr J H Williamson

T: Robert Tyner

Comfortable winner of a handicap chase at Thurles in November; would have been closer but for a bad mistake at the last at Cork last time revertting to hurdles; one for the shortlist.

6/1

Form: 632810 D

Last run: 98 days

W: 11st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Eight wins in all codes, including on the Flat at this track; however, was poor over fences back here last time, so has questions to answer now.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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7th

2

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

14:03 Thurles

Itsalonglongroad

11st 12lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Charles Coakley

Eight wins in all codes, including on the Flat at this track; however, was poor over fences back here last time, so has questions to answer now.

7/1

10th

6

2nd Nov 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 2f 66y

13:30 Thurles

Itsalonglongroad

11st 5lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Charles Coakley

Course Flat winner late last season; ended a long losing sequence over jumps with last month's Tramore win which was achieved at the main expense of Peckham Springs; 6lb worse off with that rival, same claiming rider aboard.

6/1

Form: 056P-P D

Last run: 268 days

W: 11st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Nine wins in UK but lost his form last year for Sue Smith; needs a revival on yard debut after a break; tongue-tie tried.

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3rd

3

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

14:03 Thurles

Joke Dancer

11st 9lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Patrick Griffin

briefly led, soon prominent, led again 3 out, headed before last

20/1

5

16th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 19y

Class 4

15:25 Newcastle

Joke Dancer

11st 6lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

towards rear, not fluent 3rd, dropped to last before 5th, shaken up with one circuit to go, reminders after 7th

12/1

Form: 50-092

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Was 4th to Added Bonus off 3lb higher in this last year; back to form when 2nd in a Cork beginners chase last time and has a leading chance if repeating that effort.

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5th

4

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

14:03 Thurles

Thedancingfarrier

11st 7lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: Paul Stephen Kiely

Was 4th to Added Bonus off 3lb higher in this last year; back to form when 2nd in a Cork beginners chase last time and has a leading chance if repeating that effort.

100/30

2nd

8

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:32 Cork

Thedancingfarrier

11st 12lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: Paul Stephen Kiely

Veteran; has looked regressive over the last 18 months and would need a career best to win this.

40/1

Form: 3-1920 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner including on heavy ground was disappointing last time and has to rebound on chasing debut.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

17th

7

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

12:48 Down Royal

Wellgowats

11st 10lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Liam G O’Brien

midfield

6/1

2nd

3

17th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:45 Wexford

Wellgowats

11st 11lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Liam G O’Brien

took keen hold, in rear, headway after 4 out, went second towards near side after 2 out, briefly led when ridden run-in, no extra towards finish

11/2

Form: 9-5277 C

Last run: 70 days

W: 10st 9lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Has won twice over hurdles here but not so good last time; needs to bounce back reverting to chasing.

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13th

8

22nd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 88y

16:23 Thurles

Port Rashid

11st 1lb

J: Miss J Townend

T: Timothy Townend

Dual course winner who shaped okay over fences here last week; veteran now but may have another one in him from this sort of mark and booking of Townend is a plus.

4/1

4th

5

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

14:03 Thurles

Port Rashid

11st 2lb

J: Miss J Townend

T: Timothy Townend

Has won twice over hurdles here but not so good last time; needs to bounce back reverting to chasing.

11/1

Abandoned

Form: 1/0-PP

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Has seen very little action in the last three years; pulled-up on return in a Down Royal chase; not much appeal unless the market suggests otherwise.

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9th

7

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

14:03 Thurles

Land Jet

10st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Peter Maher

Has seen very little action in the last three years; pulled-up on return in a Down Royal chase; not much appeal unless the market suggests otherwise.

25/1

0

7

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 100y

15:30 Down Royal

Land Jet

11st 4lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Peter Maher

Promoted winner of 3m1f Kilbeggan handicap on good ground in April 2021 for Joseph O'Brien; absent for a year until placed in point-to-point; poor form in two staying handicap hurdles at Punchestown a year apart.

25/1

Form: -39706

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Maiden after 16 runs, mostly over hurdles; has to improve from last chase start

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6th

8

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

14:03 Thurles

Huit Reflets

10st 7lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Liz Doyle

Maiden after 16 runs, mostly over hurdles; has to improve from last chase start; cheekpieces kept on.

10/1

6th

10

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 146y

15:05 Punchestown

Huit Reflets

10st 11lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Liz Doyle

Low-grade maiden hurdler making chasing debut and hard to see him making an immediate impact unless first-time cheekpieces have a major effect.

14/1

Form: 772900 CD

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Sole win came in this last year, beating Thedancingfarrier into fourth; only glimpses of that form since; needs his best; 2lb out of the handicap.

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1st

9

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

14:03 Thurles

Added Bonus

10st 5lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Brendan Maurice Walsh

pushed along briefly, in touch with leaders, prominent when jumped slightly right 5 out, not fluent when jumped slightly right 3 out, led and ridden before last, ran on well and went clear run-in

15/2

11th

19

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 0y

15:42 Limerick

Added Bonus

10st 6lb

T: Brendan Maurice Walsh

Reserve; good second at Gowran in September but ran very flat twice in the interim; potential to surprise but a risky one as far as supporting goes.

Form: P0/0-P

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Pulled-up in a point and hunter chase lately; no appeal from 7lb out of the handicap.

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10th

10

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

14:03 Thurles

Love And Wishes

10st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Jamie Albert Sloan

Pulled-up in a point and hunter chase lately; no appeal from 7lb out of the handicap.

33/1

0

5

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:33 Down Royal

Love And Wishes

12st 0lb

J: Mr B Dunleavy

T: Jamie Albert Sloan

led, headed when not fluent 9th

50/1

Form: 56PPF9

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

First reserve; struggling at present and no appeal from 11lb out of the handicap.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9th

14

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 100y

15:30 Down Royal

Glen Ali

10st 7lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Ms Claire O’Connell

Has struggled since rejoining her original trainer after an unsuccessful stint with Iain Jardine; tends to jump to the right; no reassurance from her last three races.

66/1

0

10

11th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 9y

12:25 Clonmel

Glen Ali

10st 0lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Ms Claire O’Connell

towards rear but in touch with leaders, fell 5th

66/1

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Non-runners

Prince Of Air

Verdict

Not many of these make much appeal. THEDANCINGFARRIER was fourth to Added Bonus in this last year and ran his best race for some time when runner-up in a beginners’ at Cork last time, so can win if repeating that. Espion Du Chenet lost his form last year but is thrown in if he can stage a revival. McGrath From Clune won over fences here in November and has been over hurdles since, so is feared back to this discipline. Prince Of Air has a squeak. [Tyrone Molloy]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Thedancingfarrier

The Irish Sun:

Huit Reflets

TOPSPEED:

Espion Du Chenet

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Thedancingfarrier

POSTDATA:

Thedancingfarrier