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17:13 Clonmel

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Botanica International Opportunity Handicap Chase

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  • 2m 7f 0y
  • 9 runners
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Botanica International Opportunity Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

Form: -75P31 C

Last run: 65 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Made all the running despite some poor jumping in a claiming hurdle when last seen; hasn't shown the same level of form over fences so possibly vulnerable here.

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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

Form: 4P-P00

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Both wins have come on much better ground; not a factor in a Thurles handicap chase two weeks ago and a similar result looks likely here; hood now tried.

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10th

4

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 74y

15:05 Thurles

Centurion Steel

11st 11lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Declan Queally

towards rear

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: 355PP0

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Handles this ground but shown very little over fences and hurdles recently; others much preferred.

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11th

1

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:20 Gowran Park

Carrolls Cottage

12st 0lb

J: Niall Prendergast

T: Philip Fenton

Has been struggling off his lower chase mark; boasts a decent hurdles record (2-8) but cheekpieces failed to spark a revival in form over C&D three week ago.

25/1

Form: 142118 C

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 4lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Veteran in terrific form this season with three wins, most recent win coming from nowhere to win a 2m novice handicap here last month; stays this trip well but does have to bounce back from a sub-standard effort at Thurles; respected if he can.

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8th

9

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 74y

15:05 Thurles

Mick Charlie

11st 4lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Declan Queally

in touch with leaders on inner, not fluent 4 out

3/1

Form: 556P35 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Below form over hurdles at Cork last time and showed little on his only chase start here earlier in the season; tough looking mark.

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7th

10

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

Danny The Fence

10st 9lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Karl Thornton

Not bad runs lately over hurdles; however, was well-held on handicap chase debut in November and others are preferred.

25/1

Form: 7P366P

Last run: 71 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Returned from four months off with promising third at Fairyhouse but struggled in three runs since; hard to recommend despite decent decent mark.

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1st

11

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

Weihnachts

10st 9lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P J Rothwell

held up in rear, headway and in touch with leaders 3 out, led last, ridden out

20/1

0

9

24th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 50y

13:00 Fairyhouse

Weihnachts

11st 1lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P J Rothwell

3-28 over fences; recorded his most recent success at Cork just over a year ago; has dropped in the ratings, but very disappointing when last of six in the same Cork event this year; blinkered for the first time; stable enjoying a fine season.

9/1

Form: 22-304 C BF

Last run: 75 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

In good form this time last year and promising return to fences when fourth at Navan in January; looks well treated if he can build on that and he's rated 12lb lower in this sphere.

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3rd

12

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:50 Down Royal

Tangental

10st 9lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: C A Murphy

midfield, in touch with leaders after 4 out, prominent before 2 out, went third but no extra after last, no match for first two

11/2

Form: 7-6303 D

Last run: 68 days

W: 10st 1lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Won off 75 at Fairyhouse last season and it was a step back in the right direction when placed back there in January; needs career best to defy this mark though.

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1st

5

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 0y

18:45 Clonmel

Eddies Pride

10st 0lb

J: G B Noonan

T: Norman Lee

held up in rear, went fourth after 10th

4/1

Form: 4-2P57

Last run: 72 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

0-9 over fences; promising when second at Galway in October but struggled in three runs since; return to further should help at least.

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7th

9

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 100y

15:30 Down Royal

Da Big Fella

11st 2lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Eamon Courtney

Is 1-15 over hurdles, 0-8 chasing; second at Galway in October was encouraging; lost a shoe in running at Punchestown; soundly beaten in fifth at Limerick.

8/1

5th

9

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 120y

12:55 Limerick

Da Big Fella

10st 4lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Eamon Courtney

Lost a shoe in running when disappointing at Punchestown; looked to be going the right way when coming out second best at Galway prior to that and with an excuse for latest lapse, he remains a threat to all concerned.

5/1

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Verdict

This can go the way of TANGENTAL who showed he may have a future over the larger obstacles when fourth on just his second chase start at Navan in January and he’s rated 12lb higher over timber. Mick Charlie will be in the mix if he can bounce back from a poor run last time and Eddies Pride took a step back in the right direction last time. [Phill Anderson]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Tangental

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Eddies Pride

POSTDATA:

Mick Charlie

The Irish Sun:

Tangental