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17:35 Curragh

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Runners: 17 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 6521-7 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Won four times over 1m4f, once on soft, for Charlie Johnston; acquired for 20,000gns in the autumn; better for recent stable debut on AW but probably high enough in the ratings at present.

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6th

3

6th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 180y

13:35 Down Royal

Edge Of Darkness

11st 6lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

took keen hold, prominent, mistake and lost ground 1st, hampered when left in fourth 2 out, weakened approaching last

33/1

12th

8

(10)

27th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 5f 0y

17:10 Navan

Edge Of Darkness

9st 2lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Four-time winner for the Johnstons; mid-division in a Dundalk claimer on his stable debut last month; more needed.

16/1

OUR TIP

Abandoned

Form: 12140- D

Last run: 174 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Blew his mark when winning handicap by 11l at Epsom last summer and been off since Christmas; probably best watched here.

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13th

6

(2)

10th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

14:15 Leopardstown

Belgoprince

9st 13lb

J: Ben Coen

T: A J Martin

Scored over 1m4f last summer on much better ground at Tipperary and Epsom and stays further; trip on the short side here, has form on soft.

9/1

9th

20

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Belgoprince

10st 2lb

J: Peter Carberry

T: A J Martin

took keen hold, towards rear

12/1

Form: 2-2 BF

Last run: 66 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Favourite both starts, pipped on soft at Gowran last spring and beaten less than a length on AW in February; up in trip for handicap debut and likely to stay.

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6th

5

(2)

23rd Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 4f 100y

19:15 Gowran Park

Carlo Bianconi

9st 9lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Despite running green, went very close in a maiden over an extended 1m1f at this venue a year ago; just lost out to the experienced Squire Danaher over the extended 1m4f at Dundalk in January; the winner followed up in handicap company, and third-placed Morse has also won a handicap; strong contender.

7/4

Abandoned

Form: 7022-

Last run: 153 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Improved form in two back-end maidens; beaten neck by Bay Of Sanibel over 1m6f at Navan before just failing to get up in C&D contest on heavy; significant that connections have held onto him and likely contender on handicap debut.

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6th

7

(2)

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 6f 0y

15:05 Navan

Neptunes Staircase

8st 9lb

J: James Ryan

T: G M Lyons

led, headed over 2f out, lost ground quickly over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

3/1

2nd

10

(11)

23rd Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 4f 100y

19:15 Gowran Park

Neptunes Staircase

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: G M Lyons

Ran four times last season, showing much-improved form on his last two starts; kept on well from off the pace when a neck second over 1m6f at Navan; got within a nose of an Aidan O'Brien-trained favourite over 1m4f at the Curragh; handles heavy ground.

9/4

Abandoned

Form: 4451/7

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 10lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Heavy ground winner over 1m2f on final start for Andrew Balding in 2022; not done much over hurdles for this yard, okay AW run last month and fitter for that at least.

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12

6th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 180y

14:10 Down Royal

Eikonix

11st 6lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: John Joseph Hanlon

refused to race

20/1

13th

8

23rd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:25 Tipperary

Eikonix

11st 8lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Dual Flat winner has been soundly beaten in testing ground recently but these conditions suit better and could result in an improved showing.

12/1

Abandoned

Form: 3-9974 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 10lb

7 yo Filly

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Often placed but very hard to win with; it all clicked for her over C&D in October when she beat Narlita; fit from AW and will go on the ground so each-way chance at a venue where she generally runs well.

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5th

5

(7)

5th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 2f 120y

16:00 Sligo

Pachmena

9st 2lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Gavin Cromwell

Turf breakthrough came over 1m4f at the Curragh last autumn (soft); AW form over the winter didn't measure up but certainly not one to rule out back on turf from in-form yard.

12/1

4th

8

(10)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

17:50 Dundalk (AW)

Pachmena

9st 5lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: Gavin Cromwell

C&D winner in 2020 who won on the turf at the Curragh last autumn; regressive on AW this year however and bit to find on recent C&D effort.

12/1

Form: /3100-

Last run: 215 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Killarney maiden winner over 1m3f last summer for Ger Lyons but soundly beaten in two handicaps; too keen on stable debut over hurdles at Limerick; should find his level in due course; tongue-tie fitted.

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4th

15

11th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 65y

14:15 Cork

Voice Of Reason

11st 7lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, not fluent 5th, weakened from 2 out

10/1

7th

9

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:25 Limerick

Voice Of Reason

11st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

took keen hold, led, headed and weakened quickly before 2 out

9/4

Form: 01-

Last run: 171 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Left course debut well behind when beating Neptunes Staircase by a neck at Navan in October (1m6f, soft); scopey sort and well bred so there could be plenty more to come.

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1st

8

(7)

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 6f 0y

15:05 Navan

Bay Of Sanibel

8st 8lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

raced in second, nudged along to lead over 2f out, ridden and faced challenges over 1f out, briefly headed over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, eased towards finish, gamely

15/8

2nd

3

(7)

27th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 5f 0y

16:35 Navan

Bay Of Sanibel

10st 0lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

Stepped up considerably from her debut effort when landing a 1m6f maiden here in October; totally unexposed and could be very well handicapped; very much a contender.

7/1

Form: /2212- C BF

Last run: 167 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Likeable mare has been brought along steadily, off the mark in 1m2f maiden here in September and second when favourite for Leopardstown handicap over same trip the following month; first try at this trip which she's bred to get but she'll need to settle to do so and might be a bit fresh on her return.

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1st

11

(9)

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 2f 50y

17:35 Cork

Nostringsattached

8st 10lb

J: Wesley Joyce

T: Andrew Kinirons

Curragh maiden winner in September and went down by only half a length on handicap debut at Leopardstown the following month; likes to get her toe in so any rain that comes will be a plus and good apprentice takes over; trip is perfect and goes well fresh.

11/2

Abandoned

Form: 14310-

Last run: 158 days

W: 9st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Trainer did well last year with this nicely-bred sort who's had physical issues over the years; won first time out over 1m5f and also scored over 2m in the autumn; ground fine and although he's up into a higher level of competition now, hasn't had much racing and could improve a bit more.

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1st

4

(5)

27th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 5f 0y

16:35 Navan

Nostra Casa

9st 12lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Paul W Flynn

Enjoyed a good year in 2023, winning over this trip at Sligo and over 2m at Thurles; runs well fresh and well capable of putting up a bold showing here.

14/1

Abandoned

Form: 62381-

Last run: 253 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Off the mark over 1m5f at Down Royal on nicer ground last summer but some of his soft-ground maiden form was creditable and ran okay over hurdles on testing ground in January; hood worn then stays on and not out of this under Lee.

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1st

2

12th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 0y

13:00 Killarney

St Faz

11st 7lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: E J O’Grady

Flat handicap winner last year ran a fine race in that sphere when 3rd at Navan on comeback; best of three hurdle runs when 3rd in a Cork maiden in January on heavy ground; sound surface suits better, so holds a solid chance.

9/4

3rd

6

(6)

27th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 5f 0y

16:35 Navan

St Faz

9st 12lb

J: W J Lee

T: E J O’Grady

Got up late to win a 1m5f handicap at Down Royal in July and went hurdling from there, his best effort when a good fourth in a Cork maiden hurdle in January; hooded here and the stable have had a good start to the Flat season; should go well.

10/1

Abandoned

Form: 63122- D BF

Last run: 159 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Thrived over this trip on testing ground in the autumn, winning at Bellewstown before finishing second here (behind Pachmena) and at Galway; the question is whether she'll be in the same form after a five-month break.

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6th

6

(2)

5th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 2f 120y

16:00 Sligo

Narlita

8st 12lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: H Rogers

Consistent performer last season, winning over 1m4f at Bellewstown and second twice afterwards; can run well fresh and likes it soft.

10/1

Abandoned

Form: 48085- D

Last run: 302 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Two wins at three on quick ground in small-field contests for Andrew Balding, one of them over this trip; placed in five of her six hurdle starts for this yard and has been handling heavy ground well lately; race fitness gives her an each-way chance.

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2nd

10

(11)

5th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 2f 120y

16:00 Sligo

Whimsy

8st 9lb

J: Wayne Hassett

T: Anthony McCann

dwelt start, in rear

10/1

Abandoned

Form: 689-

Last run: 172 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner and maiden hurdler; ran okay in first Flat maiden at Galway festival but stiff task on handicap debut after five months off on ground that is probably deeper than she wants.

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8

(3)

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 2f 0y

16:35 Navan

Young Lucy

9st 9lb

J: Shane Foley

T: A J Martin

Beat last week's Punchestown winner Familiar Dreams in a bumper last May; has become bitterly disappointing given that level of form and was behind some of these at Gowran two weeks ago.

20/1

15th

16

(9)

23rd Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 1f 100y

18:15 Gowran Park

Young Lucy

9st 8lb

J: Shane Foley

T: A J Martin

Bumper winner at Cork last May, beating subsequent three-time winner Familiar Dreams; modest form over hurdles; best of three maidens run was over 1m4f at Galway.

12/1

Abandoned

Form: 6/040/ BF

Last run: 548 days

W: 8st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

AW winner in Britain and has won over hurdles on good ground for this yard; didn't show much in three outings over jumps last year and been off since May; outsider.

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20th

16

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 94y

15:40 Punchestown

Rumi

11st 6lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: E J O’Grady

1m3f AW winner in Britain and won a Listowel maiden hurdle on good to yielding in September 2022, given a lengthy break after falling in a chase at Ballinrobe last May; made a winning return in a staying handicap on the Flat at Gowran last week; strong chance if this does not come too soon.

7/1

1st

2

(6)

24th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 5f 160y

19:25 Gowran Park

Rumi

10st 0lb

J: Cian Horgan

T: E J O’Grady

in touch with leaders early, midfield when pushed along briefly over 3f out, headway when ridden over 2f out, joined leader up the centre inside final furlong, led towards finish

10/1

Form: /67/7-

Last run: 262 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

Hurdles winner not beaten far when mid-division on Flat handicap debut at Killarney (1m3f) in August but has been off since the following month and doubt he wants it this heavy; tried in blinkers.

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2nd

6

(15)

9th May 2024

Heavy

1m 6f 0y

16:50 Gowran Park

Valleyoftheeagles

9st 12lb

J: Wayne Hassett

T: Martin Hassett

midfield, in touch with leaders 6f out

15/2

2nd

4

(4)

24th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 5f 160y

19:25 Gowran Park

Valleyoftheeagles

9st 13lb

J: Wayne Hassett

T: Martin Hassett

midfield early, lost position after 3f, soon towards rear, headway when switched right over 2f out, switched left when ridden to lead from 1f out, soon wandered around and joined towards near side, headed towards finish

8/1

Abandoned

Form: 0993-0

Last run: 19 days

W: 8st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 59

Form & Verdict

Modest maiden's best run was when third on heavy ground over 9.5f at Gowran last autumn; well held on last month's return over 1m here and far from sure to stay this far.

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6th

13

(11)

10th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

14:15 Leopardstown

Broad Daylight

8st 7lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: J S Bolger

Maiden ended last season with a good third at Gowran on heavy; both runs this term leave him with plenty to find though; 1lb wrong.

16/1

6th

17

(3)

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

17:12 Leopardstown

Broad Daylight

9st 5lb

J: Gabriella Hill

T: J S Bolger

Ended last season with a pleasing display at Gowran; down the field at the Curragh last month in a race in which See Me Through was fourth.

33/1

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Verdict

A competitive finale featuring a trio of runners who won or went close in maidens and could be well treated on handicap debut. NEPTUNES STAIRCASE is one of them and he has form over C&D on heavy so gets the nod albeit there’s nothing between him and Bay Of Sanibel on their running over a bit further at Navan. Carlo Bianconi is the other lurker to note while of the more grizzled handicappers, Pachmena, Nostra Casa and Whimsy make each-way appeal on ground that they handle. [Mark Nunan]

Selections

POSTDATA:

Whimsy

SPOTLIGHT:

Neptunes Staircase

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Edge Of Darkness

TOPSPEED:

Pachmena

The Irish Sun:

Whimsy