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WillowWarm Gold Cup (Chase) (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £51304.35
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • 7 runners
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WillowWarm Gold Cup (Chase) (Grade 1)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

7/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.60
  • Place: £1.10

Form: -44112 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Career-best when bating Blood Destiny over a trip a little shorter than this in a Grade 3 at Punchestown in January; failed to uphold that form over 2m at the same venue last time; suited by heavy ground, should make a race of it with Blood Destiny

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

1st

4

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Spillanes Tower

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: James Joseph Mangan

in touch with leaders, not fluent 8th, smooth headway challenging towards far side 2 out, shaken up to lead approaching last, ridden and kept on well run-in

7/4

2nd

1

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:48 Navan

Spillanes Tower

11st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: James Joseph Mangan

raced wide, in touch with leaders, headway and went second before last, not fluent last, kept on but no match for winner

11/8

1st

4

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 146y

13:05 Punchestown

Spillanes Tower

11st 2lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: James Joseph Mangan

in touch with leaders, nudged along after 4 out, headway when switched right after 2 out, soon challenging, stayed on to lead run-in, pushed out, readily

8/1

11/2

  • Place: £2.80

Form: /1-211 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fragile sort, very lightly raced; won a bumper in 2019 and a maiden hurdle early last year; made a satisfactory start over fences when second to odds-on stablemate Nick Rockett here in January; made all to beat Saint Felicien at Gowran later that month; backed that up with odds-on Naas win; can hold his own in this grade.

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

2nd

5

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Tactical Move

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

disputed lead at steady pace, pressed leader 8th, challenging when not fluent 3 out, flashed tail but rallied from last, no match for winner

11/2

1st

3

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:02 Naas

Tactical Move

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

jumped slightly left throughout, led, mistake 3rd, pressed leader when headed after 7th, led again 4 out, ridden after last, kept on well final 110yds

4/9

1st

7

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:25 Gowran Park

Tactical Move

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Fragile sort, very lightly raced; won a Clonmel bumper in 2019 and a Punchestown maiden hurdle a year ago; made a satisfactory start over fences when second to odds-on stablemate Nick Rockett at Fairyhouse; holds a leading chance

9/4

Form: 92-121 C

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Made all on chase debut in a beginners' at Naas; too keen when beaten 2l by Spillane's Tower (gave 4lb) at Punchestown in January; settled much better and jumped well when turning the tables on Spillane's Tower (gave 7lb) over a shorter trip at Navan; may prevail in an interesting rematch on level terms.

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

3rd

1

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Blood Destiny

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, not fluent 4 out, keeping on towards far side when not fluent 2 out, went third after last, no impression towards finish

13/8

1st

2

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:48 Navan

Blood Destiny

11st 1lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, raced wide, soon raced in second, switched left and joined leader after 3rd, challenging going easily after 3 out, led 2 out, went clear approaching last, easily

13/8

2nd

5

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 146y

13:05 Punchestown

Blood Destiny

10st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, led, faced challenge towards near side before last, staying on run-in

1/2

Form: 1400F2

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Hurdle winner on good ground last summer and bounced back from some lesser efforts when running well for a long way before coming down at Leopardstown 12 days ago early this month; solid run against an odds-on shot in a four-runner contest at Thurles.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

6

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Thecompanysergeant

11st 12lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

towards rear, headway and prominent 6th, challenging 3 out, weakened from last

20/1

2nd

6

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 192y

14:30 Thurles

Thecompanysergeant

11st 1lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

held up in rear, not fluent 6th, headway 3 out, went second 2 out, went clear with winner approaching last, kept on, no match for winner

7/1

9

4th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:30 Leopardstown

Thecompanysergeant

11st 12lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

prominent, ridden and challenging towards far side before last, joined leader when fell last

20/1

Form: 124214 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Former high-class hurdler; no match for start novice Fact To File at Leopardstown (2m5f) on debut over fences, then justified favouritism at Thurles (2m); best of the Irish when fourth in the Turners at Cheltenham; not out of his depth in a race like this.

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

5th

7

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Zanahiyr

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gordon Elliott

disputed lead at steady pace, led narrowly 8th, jumped left and mistake 4 out, headed after 3 out, soon weakened

13/2

10

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Zanahiyr

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Versatile ground-wise; has finished third in two Champion Hurdles (disqualified on first occasion); no match for highly notable rival at Leopardstown (2m5f) on debut over fences, then justified favouritism at Thurles (2m); worth his place in this field, given his ability over hurdles, but has comparatively high mileage (raced 26 times in total) and others are open to much greater progress.

16/1

1st

9

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

13:33 Thurles

Zanahiyr

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, pressed leader, joined leader 2nd, clear with one other before 4th, led 2 out, ridden and headed before last, stayed on and led again run-in, pushed out

7/4

Form: 3-143F C

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Made a fine comeback from a 760-day absence when third in a Grade 2 novice chase at Navan last season; well beaten on only other start last term; won a beginners' event over a longer trip at this venue on seasonal debut; limitations evident since.

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6th

2

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Flanking Maneuver

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

towards rear, badly hampered by faller 6th, headway and in touch with leaders before 5 out, weakened 3 out, detached when bad mistake 2 out

25/1

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:02 Naas

Flanking Maneuver

11st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Noel Meade

pressed leaders, fell 1st

3/1

3rd

4

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:48 Navan

Flanking Maneuver

11st 1lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

raced wide, led, joined after 3rd, faced challenge after 3 out, not fluent and headed 2 out, lost second and weakened before last

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: /3221B D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Off the track for 22 months before an effective switch to fences this winter; twice second, including behind Tactical Move at Gowran before winning at the same venue; dropping away when brought down four out in Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

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3

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Saint Felicien

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, took keen hold after 5th, fell 6th

12/1

5

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Saint Felicien

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Hurdle winner on yielding; lightly raced 7yo who was made favourite but was pulled up in the 2m5f Coral Cup in 2022; off the track for 22 months after but has made a convincing switch to fences this winter and strode clear in good style at Gowran (2m4f, heavy) 26 days ago; this race is a big step up but he is a more likely improver than many.

8/1

1st

5

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:02 Gowran Park

Saint Felicien

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

pressed leader, not fluent 7th, led 3 out, went clear before last, ridden and ran on when edged right run-in, pushed out

4/5

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Payout
Exacta €167.00
Straight Forecast €141.30
Trifecta €424.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Blood Destiny

TOPSPEED:

Zanahiyr

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Blood Destiny

POSTDATA:

Blood Destiny

The Irish Sun:

Blood Destiny