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20:20 Gowran Park

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Gowran Handicap

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  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 9 runners
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Gowran Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Abandoned

Form: 6/331-

Last run: 292 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Won 1m6f Galway handicap last summer when last seen on the Flat; won maiden hurdle at Navan but has struggled a bit in handicap hurdles since, never counting at Punchestown festival latest; career-high mark on Flat return, ideally would want a bit better ground.

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12th

9

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 94y

15:40 Punchestown

Sign From Above

11st 11lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Peter Fahey

Won a Galway Flat handicap last August and beat the useful Antrim Coast in a Navan maiden hurdle in September; fifth in a handicap hurdle at Chepstow in October; a long way below his best here in February and pulled up at Gowran the same month; better ground will help.

25/1

OUR TIP

Abandoned

Form: 3122-6

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Consistent performer last season, winning over 1m4f at Bellewstown and second twice afterwards; wasn't beaten far on seasonal return at Sligo and tongue tie tried here; ground to suit.

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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: 600-73

Last run: 5 days

W: 9st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Very useful on his day (peak rating of 99); not the force he was though recent Leopardstown run (ladies handicap) shows him to be on a competitive mark; unproven over this far however.

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No Results Found

Form: 41/60-

Last run: 204 days

W: 9st 11lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Smart hurdler won at Fairyhouse Easter meeting and far from disgraced in Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown latest; both Flat wins have been at 1m4f though ran well over this trip at Galway last summer; respected.

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5th

11

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Whatcouldhavebeen

11st 3lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Jarlath P Fahey

Grade 1 runner-up last season and her season finally got on track when a decisive winner of a handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse last month; cheekpieces left on and should be capable of acquitting herself well.

14/1

1st

4

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 45y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Whatcouldhavebeen

11st 7lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Jarlath P Fahey

travelled strongly, raced in second, led on inner before 4 out, faced challenge but going okay before 2 out, ridden when went clear before last, stayed on, pushed out

12/1

Form: -00040

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Sole win came at 1m as a 2yo; mixed codes of late and hard to see him scoring here.

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Form: 98/40-

Last run: 292 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 66

Form & Verdict

Winning hurdler is 0-9 on the Flat, not seen on the level since well beaten behind Sign From Above at last year's Galway festival; lacks a recent run and ideally wants a bit better ground.

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4th

4

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Punchestown

Mighty Mo Missouri

12st 3lb

J: Eimear Smullen

T: Mrs John Harrington

Tailed off in similar event here in February and hard to make a case for.

10/1

Abandoned

Form: 89-94

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 4lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

Bumper/hurdle winner with just four runs on the Flat to-date, fair effort latest in Roscommon maiden; should stay this extended trip but opening mark a bit on the high side.

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Abandoned

Form: 231-73

Last run: 4 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

Galway winner last October (heavy) returned from spell hurdling early this month, never counting at Sligo but good effort at Navan last Saturday when third under a much more positive ride over 1m5f; not sure this extra furlong will suit but major player (up 2lb in future events).

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Abandoned

Form: 56-054 D

Last run: 4 days

W: 8st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 57

Form & Verdict

Twice a winner over this trip at Dundalk and encouraging turf return at Navan last Saturday when fourth under a prominent ride; big run again anticipated.

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Verdict

Making a quick reappearance after finishing a good third at Navan on Saturday, GRANN’S BOY gets the vote, despite a slight stamina concern. Also running well on that Navan card was Mephisto, who could emerge the main threat, while the selection’s stablemate Narlita can’t be ruled out as well as smart hurdler Whatcouldhavebeen. [Alan Hewison]

Selections

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Mephisto