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Heavy

Ballymacarbry Beginners Chase

  • Prize money: £5643.48
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • 5 runners
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Ballymacarbry Beginners Chase

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

OUR TIP

Form: 60-022

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Grade 2 winner over timber at the end of his four-race winning streak as a juvenile hurdler; no further success since those early days but has shown plenty of promise in both chase starts on heavy ground; should go well again.

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

2nd

5

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:15 Down Royal

Duffle Coat

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Four-time hurdle winner is rated 128 in that sphere and has taken to chasing really well with fine runner-up efforts at Punchestown and Gowran (jumped left); should be closely involved.

15/8

Abandoned

Form: 0/9/P-

Last run: 459 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

French winner on his younger days; has shown very little for this yard and off for 459 days; chase debut with hood fitted.

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

8th

8

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:15 Down Royal

Fourbi

11st 12lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: Luke Comer

Won a French bumper in 2019 but only four unplaced runs since; hood on; can't be fancied.

100/1

4

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 13y

12:50 Fairyhouse

Fourbi

11st 12lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Luke Comer

in touch with leaders, headway after 4th, led narrowly when mistake 5th, headed after 7th, soon weakened, dropped to rear when pulled up before 3 out

66/1

Form: 54342- C

Last run: 452 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Useful hurdler, twice successful from seven starts; has kept good company in his two runs over fences; badly hampered on first attempt, jumping looked suspect behind Appreciate It at Naas.

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

2nd

3

8th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:20 Naas

Gaelic Arc

11st 2lb

J: Niall Prendergast

T: John Patrick Ryan

Best hurdle form is right up there but was well beaten in an ordinary Grade 2 on his chase debut most recently after being hampered early; would prefer better ground.

20/1

Form: 2P-333

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Auteuil hurdle winner in 2022; no success for this yard but has shown plenty of promise, including in a Gowran race won by his talented stablemate Tactical Move; form also ties in with the useful Saint Felicien.

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

3rd

6

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:02 Gowran Park

Spanish Harlem

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

didn't always jump with fluency, led, mistake 3rd, headed 3rd, soon lost second but prominent, switched right after 2 out, went second again from last, no extra when lost second towards finish

7/2

3rd

6

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:25 Gowran Park

Spanish Harlem

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Bought for 360,000Euros after winning his sole start in France, a 17-runner Auteuil hurdle in June 2002; beaten at short odds in three Irish novice events later in the season; flopped when well fancied for the Martin Pipe; jumped poorly on chase debut at Naas.

13/2

Form: 223459

Last run: 83 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Both wins have come on testing ground; 0-6 over fences and needs to step up on his most recent efforts in order to cope with a couple of these rivals.

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

9th

6

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:12 Naas

Walnut Beach

11st 5lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Patrick J Flynn

Two wins over hurdles; second five times last year, twice over fences and in three Flat handicaps during September/October; faced a tough task in a beginners' chase at Thurles last time; this offers him a more realistic chance.

16/1

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Verdict

Based on form involving his stablemate Tactical Move and the useful Saint Felicien, SPANISH HARLEM sets a solid standard. Duffle Coat is the most likely danger after a couple of promising runs that have revealed a good portion of the ability he showed in his juvenile hurdling days. [Alan Sweetman]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Spanish Harlem

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Spanish Harlem

POSTDATA:

Spanish Harlem

The Irish Sun:

Spanish Harlem