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Racing Again 18th May Handicap Chase

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  • 3m 1f 100y
  • 15 runners
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Racing Again 18th May Handicap Chase

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: F22241 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner and a very consistent performer; up 7lb for a narrow victory in a handicap chase at Limerick two weeks ago but should still contend.

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11th

2

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:50 Down Royal

He Fitz In

11st 13lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: D E Fitzgerald

midfield, in touch with leaders when not fluent 3 out, weakened and mistake 2 out

5/1

1st

6

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 120y

16:40 Limerick

He Fitz In

10st 6lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: D E Fitzgerald

prominent, soon went third, pressed leaders home turn, went second before 2 out, wandered around but led narrowly approaching last, ridden out towards finish

5/1

Abandoned

Form: 46-66U

Last run: 98 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Won a handicap hurdle off 98 at Punchestown 14 months ago; unseated on his sole start over fences at Limerick in December; best watched.

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5th

9

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

Dr Val

10st 11lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: E Sheehy

Is 1-16 over hurdles; in rear when unseated on chasing debut last time; others preferred.

28/1

0

3

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 120y

12:55 Limerick

Dr Val

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: E Sheehy

Respectable run over hurdles at Punchestown latest but lacking experience at this game and it's probably a big ask to open his account in a competitive heat such as this on his first roll of the dice.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 142118

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 12lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Lightly-raced veteran has managed to log three wins this season over hurdles and fences from 2m to 3m; entitled to be forgiven a poor run at Thurles last month and much better can be expected this time; also engaged 5.13 Clonmel yesterday.

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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

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Won over hurdles at Fairyhouse in November over just short of 3m from Mick Charlie and best run since was when 3rd at the same track over 2m5f; did not jump well on his sole chase start at Clonmel in December but capable of much better; also engaged 5.13 Clonmel yesterday.

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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: 7-PP06

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Totally out of form before two decent runs in points; could have struggled over the extreme distance at Leopardstown latest; still best watched.

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13th

6

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:50 Down Royal

Joy Of Life

11st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Seamus Neville

jumped left on occasions, didn't always jump with fluency, prominent, pressed leader 4th, lost second when mistake 4 out, weakened before 3 out

14/1

6th

12

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 61y

16:35 Leopardstown

Joy Of Life

10st 3lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Seamus Neville

Totally out of form but confidence may have been restored by two runs in points; others still preferred; new headgear tried.

33/1

Form: 635PP7

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Filly

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Winner over hurdles; best effort over fences when third in an ordinary beginners at Gowran in November; somewhat better effort in a Navan handicap hurdle last time after being pulled up on her two previous runs; others preferred.

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7th

6

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:40 Navan

Carrig Carol

10st 12lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: Peter Croke

Pulled up over fences on her penultimate start and didn't go a yard when pulled up back over timber latest; hard to recommend on recent form.

50/1

Form: -89F55

Last run: 96 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Fell and tailed off twice in three runs over fences; hard to fancy on his handicap chase debut.

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14th

10

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:50 Down Royal

Hunt Museum

11st 2lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Francis J Flood

didn't jump well, in rear throughout

12/1

5th

3

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 173y

12:45 Punchestown

Hunt Museum

11st 12lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Francis J Flood

Lightly raced 95-rated hurdler whose two runs over fences suggest he'll need more time and handicaps.

66/1

Form: 4047-F

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Only a couple of lengths off Its On The Line in a Cork hunter chase a couple of years ago; fell on his stable debut in a Limerick handicap chase two weeks ago after a year off; best watched.

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2nd

11

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 6f 0y

15:40 Down Royal

Plain Or Battered

11st 5lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: P J Rothwell

In the frame a few times between hurdles and fences; has a squeak if at his best on second run after a break.

22/1

7

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 120y

16:40 Limerick

Plain Or Battered

10st 0lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P J Rothwell

in touch with leaders, fell 4th

10/1

Abandoned

Form: 23-343

Last run: 76 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Frustrating sort; winless in 29 starts but enough good form to suggest he is good enough to win one of these; hard to recommend.

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3rd

11

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 0f 0y

15:42 Navan

Fox Le Bel

10st 12lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Liz Doyle

Frustrating sort; has often looked like a possible future winner; placed in 11 of his 28 races, including on his final three starts last season and when third at Fairyhouse on his penultimate start; failed to match that when fourth at Punchestown last time; always a risky proposition but may yet pick up a race.

8/1

4th

7

16th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 157y

12:20 Punchestown

Fox Le Bel

11st 0lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Liz Doyle

prominent, soon went second, outpaced and lost position before 3 out, kept on and went modest fourth approaching last

9/2

Form: -70426

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Solid second in a 3m handicap chase at Navan in January; nowhere near that level behind He Fitz In at Limerick; claims on his best form.

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6th

8

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 120y

16:40 Limerick

Starlight Cato

10st 0lb

J: Daniel King

T: Daniel John Howard

in rear throughout, hampered by faller 4th, mistake 5 out, not fluent 4 out, detached before 2 out

11/2

Abandoned

Form: 22-304 BF

Last run: 76 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Both career wins have come over hurdles; stays this trip and not beaten far when fourth in a Navan handicap chase in January (Starlight Cato second); respected; also engaged 5.13 Clonmel yesterday.

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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: 0-96PP

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Winner for Jessica Harrington in 2019; pulled up last twice and does not make much appeal.

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13

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:50 Down Royal

Thegoaheadman

10st 9lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: James M Barcoe

pushed along briefly, soon midfield, bit short of room on inner after 3rd, lost position when reminder after 7th, dropped to rear and weakened after 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

33/1

17

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 74y

15:05 Thurles

Thegoaheadman

10st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: James M Barcoe

towards rear

40/1

Form: 0P64-0

Last run: 335 days

W: 10st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner; not seen since well beaten in a Cork handicap hurdle last May; best watched.

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12th

20

6th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 180y

16:50 Cork

Ask And Answer

11st 3lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: Sean Aherne

prominent on inner, lost second halfway, ridden and weakened quickly after 4 out

4th

11

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:25 Cork

Ask And Answer

11st 2lb

J: Mr S Tobin

T: Sean Aherne

Not a bad run last time when beaten 18l at Fairyhouse in December; is now 3lb lower than his last winning mark so is considered on ground that will suit.

14/1

Form: 4-0626

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 9lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Just the one win to her credit but can be an effective front-runner on her day; runner-up in a Thurles handicap hurdle in February; no wins over fences but could be dangerous to give much leeway to around here.

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2nd

6

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 0y

18:45 Clonmel

Seangoell

10st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Norman Lee

pushed along briefly, briefly led, prominent soon after start, pressed leader from 8th, led narrowly 4 out, joined before 3 out

6/1

Form: /6PPP-

Last run: 353 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Poor performer; off a year and pulled up last thrice; makes no appeal from 6lb out of the handicap.

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Verdict

Not many of these appeal that much. The winless Fox Le Bel will score some day, while good chances can be given to the likes of Tangental and the prolific veteran Mick Charlie among others. Preference is for top-weight HE FITZ IN who underlined his consistency by winning at Limerick and might not be stopped by a 7lb penalty. [Justin O’Hanlon]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

He Fitz In

The Irish Sun:

Hunt Museum

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Fox Le Bel

POSTDATA:

He Fitz In