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14:57 Clonmel

Heavy

Nire Valley Claiming Hurdle

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  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 9 runners
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Nire Valley Claiming Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

OUR TIP

Form: 748562

Last run: 49 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

No chance with a Willie Mullins hotpot in a maiden hurdle here last month but ran well; needs a bit more under these race conditions but could improve enough to have a squeak.

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4th

1

16th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 119y

14:05 Naas

Answering

12st 0lb

J: Mr D Doyle

T: Timothy Doyle

The form of his second at Clonmel in January was given a surprise boost when the winner Jimmy Du Seuil chased home stablemate Ballyburn at Cheltenham; again runner at Thurles early last month before readily justifying favouritism at the same venue 11 days later; this opening mark gives him a fighting chance.

7/2

1st

2

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 202y

15:40 Thurles

Answering

11st 12lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Timothy Doyle

made all, going best 2 out, ridden and went clear after last, comfortably

3/1

2nd

4

5th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 52y

15:40 Thurles

Answering

11st 4lb

J: Mr D Doyle

T: Timothy Doyle

Has shown ability in bumpers and maiden hurdles, most recently forcing much of pace when second to a clear winner over 2m at Clonmel in January (heavy); more likely needed but one for the shortlist.

10/1

Form: -75P31 C

Last run: 30 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Overcame some average jumping to land a Limerick claiming hurdle unchallenged last month; unlikely to get such an easy lead here but still has a favourite's chance in a better contest.

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3rd

6

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

Robinstown

11st 7lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Cian Collins

led, soon went clear, reduced lead before 3 out, headed last, weakened gradually inside final 110yds

20/1

Abandoned

Form: 9/7-53 D BF

Last run: 105 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Has attracted the attention of the stewards in the past; won a Flat handicap at Gowran in October and finished a good third in a Punchestown handicap hurdle to the progressive Miss Pronunciation in November; no show in first-time cheekpieces in a Dundalk handicap two weeks ago

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13th

5

(8)

14th Feb 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

14:10 Dundalk (AW)

Ellaat

9st 8lb

J: Sean Davis

T: C Byrnes

Has attracted the attention of the stewards in the past; came from some way back to win a heavy ground handicap at Gowran in October over 1m4f; good runs subsequently in a Curragh handicap and a Punchestown handicap hurdle; cheekpieces tried here and likely to go well if the market speaks favourably.

5/1

3rd

3

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 107y

14:40 Punchestown

Ellaat

11st 9lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

midfield

7/2

Form: 1/5537 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Off the track for two years after winning a Listowel handicap hurdle in 2021; not a bad effort over fences here two weeks ago but needs to find a bit more this time.

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3rd

4

19th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

18:20 Limerick

Cosmic Rock

11st 9lb

J: G B Noonan

T: Eoin Christopher McCarthy

raced wide, soon led, headed 2nd, disputed lead after 3rd, led clearly before 6th, ridden and reduced lead after 2 out, jumped slightly right last, headed and lost second when weakened run-in

14/1

9th

9

1st Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:23 Cork

Cosmic Rock

11st 3lb

J: Tom Kelly

T: Eoin Christopher McCarthy

in touch with leaders, not fluent 3 out, weakened approaching last

20/1

5th

6

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 50y

14:55 Limerick

Cosmic Rock

11st 0lb

J: Tom Kelly

T: Eoin Christopher McCarthy

midfield, not fluent towards rear 3rd, some headway after 3 out, no impression after 2 out

10/1

Form: P57363 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Competitive in handicap hurdles up to 2m4f and fared well when third to a progressive sort in a Fairyhouse handicap chase three weeks ago; could be better suited by the race conditions but no real surprise if he went well here.

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1st

3

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:50 Down Royal

Politicise

11st 12lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Nigel Thomas Slevin

prominent, challenging 3 out, ridden after 2 out, kept on well and hung right towards finish, led final stride, hit rail just after line

14/1

4th

7

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 0y

17:08 Navan

Politicise

11st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Nigel Thomas Slevin

Losing run since 2020 and 0-13 over fences; doesn't look well treated on this season's form and low-key effort over hurdles a fortnight ago (from this mark).

10/1

8th

5

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:20 Gowran Park

Politicise

11st 7lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Nigel Thomas Slevin

Out of the money in four handicap chase outings after going close at Tipperary last May; back to hurdles in the first-time tongue-tie and cheekpiece combination when a fine third in a competitive 2m4f handicap at Leopardstown; another respectable run over hurdles at Naas; no match for first two over fences at Fairyhouse a month ago.

13/2

Form: -P6P4P

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Last of his three wins came in a Thurles handicap chase last March; out of form over fences since returning in the autumn; well suited by the race conditions but hard to have confidence in at the moment.

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6th

1

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

Routine Excellence

12st 0lb

J: Caragh Monaghan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Dual chase winner up to 3m; back to form with a fine 3rd at Fairyhouse last time; raised 1lb for that but can be a player again.

4/1

3rd

5

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 120y

15:55 Fairyhouse

Routine Excellence

11st 2lb

J: Caragh Monaghan

T: Gavin Cromwell

in touch with leaders, towards rear when not fluent 6th, headway after 4 out, went third and kept on after last, no match for first two

10/1

Form: -55265 BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Two career wins and can be hard work in his races; good second in testing conditions in a 3m handicap hurdle at Limerick but ran no race on the inner track there behind Robinstown last time; can expect better here.

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5th

4

30th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 0y

12:50 Limerick

Ballyadam Destiny

11st 2lb

J: D G Hogan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Two wins over hurdles, the most recent over 3m at Thurles nearly two years ago; seasonal best on return to his original trainer when second over 3m at this venue after Christmas; unplaced in a handicap of a higher standard at Fairyhouse last time; stablemate Bal De Rio is marginally better suited by the race conditions but lacks a recent run.

3/1

6th

7

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

13:22 Fairyhouse

Ballyadam Destiny

11st 0lb

J: Daniel King

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

visibility reduced by fog

13/2

Form: 5P-0FP

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 8lb

11 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Has shown in little in two stats for Elliott and hard to see him making an impact on that evidence.

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8

7th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 65y

14:00 Fairyhouse

Magnium

11st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Former smart hurdler, rated 135 at this peak in 2019 during his time with Jessica Harrington; now on his fourth different trainer since those days; chase form has been dismal in recent seasons; had dropped out of contention when falling three out in a 2m4f Navan handicap on first start for Gordon Elliott.

20/1

Form: 7000-P D

Last run: 206 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Out of form for some time over hurdles and fences and hard to give a chance to.

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14th

14

(10)

8th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

19:45 Dundalk (AW)

Wojood

8st 12lb

J: Jack Cleary

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

C&D winner but the losing run is mounting up and no signs of a revival at this venue of late; plenty to prove.

33/1

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Verdict

Robinstown was unchallenged in a claiming hurdle at Limerick last time and is unlikely to enjoy such a lead this time. Favourite that day Ballyadam Destiny should do a lot better. The vote goes to ELLAATp despite a disappointing effort at Dundalk. A repeat of his previous Punchestown run could be good enough. [Justin O’Hanlon]

Selections

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Ballyadam Destiny

SPOTLIGHT:

Ellaat

The Irish Sun:

Politicise

TOPSPEED:

Ballyadam Destiny

POSTDATA:

Ballyadam Destiny