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16:50 Curragh

Good To Firm

Finlay Volvo Handicap

  • Prize money: £12826.09
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • 13 runners
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Finlay Volvo Handicap

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 2445-1 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Showed plenty of good form in defeat in France last year up to 1m, including in Group 3 company; won a 6f maiden here on Irish debut and should have improved from that so is taken seriously.

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1st

5

(6)

21st Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

14:55 Curragh

Follow Me

9st 8lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Ross O’Sullivan

midfield towards near side

9/2

8/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 5052-1

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Got off the mark in a 6f Dundalk maiden on return last month; has run well over this trip before in a Dundalk nursery when keen; can go well if settling.

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1st

5

(11)

12th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

17:40 Dundalk (AW)

Transcending Glory

9st 7lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

made all, faced challenges when ridden towards near side from under 2f out, kept on well

6/1

2nd

1

(5)

8th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

14:00 Dundalk (AW)

Transcending Glory

10st 0lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

soon prominent, challenging when ridden under 2f out, edged right over 1f out, soon led narrowly towards near side, headed final stride

13/2

14/1

  • Place: £6.30

Form: 2657-5

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

A 5f maiden winner at Down Royal last year was then second in a Group 2 over 6f here; her form petered out after, albeit in strong company and well beaten at Cork on return; unproven over this trip.

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5th

4

(10)

10th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 110y

16:40 Cork

Gunzburg

9st 2lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Gavin Cromwell

Won Down Royal maiden before a second in a Curragh Group 2 but she failed to build on that and may need this on return from 260 days off; new yard.

10/1

7th

5

(5)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

13:50 York

Gunzburg

9st 2lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

Runner-up in Group 2 Airlie Stud Stakes at the Curragh (6f, good) last month but that form isn't particularly strong and she's failed to go on from that; needs something extra now in cheekpieces.

25/1

Form: 335-1

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Generally consistent in defeat last year up to 7f; got off the mark in a 6f Cork maiden on return; more needed over this stiff 7f trip.

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1st

4

(6)

10th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

17:15 Cork

Grand City Hall

9st 8lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: Jarlath P Fahey

Promise in each of his three 2yo starts and gelded since last seen; interesting to see what the market makes of him on return; one to consider back up in trip.

5/1

Form: 3-12

Last run: 85 days

W: 9st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Was a 5l Dundalk maiden winner over 1m on second start there and ran a fine race again there next time over the same trip; travels strongly in his races so the drop back to this trip should suit; of interest.

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2nd

4

(3)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

19:15 Dundalk (AW)

Nerano

9st 8lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

started quickly, led narrowly or disputed lead, headed and raced in second after 2f, joined leader going okay over 2f out, led again when ridden 1f out, headed and kept on inside final furlong, no match for winner

5/1

Form: 76-3

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 7lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Some decent maiden runs in defeat including in first-time tongue-tie over 1m at Naas last time; will have to improve from 4lb out of the handicap.

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3rd

3

(6)

11th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 0y

17:25 Naas

Auburn Avenue

9st 3lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Chris Timmons

soon midfield

20/1

Form: 340-19 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Won a heavy ground Cork handicap over this trip on return but was well below that form over C&D since in similar conditions; may not be at home on faster ground.

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9th

18

(6)

21st Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

15:30 Curragh

Uncle Albert

8st 13lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Kieran P Cotter

Ran well here last year and this lightly raced 3yo came readily clear to win a heavy-ground Cork handicap over this trip three weeks ago; could be progressive enough to cope with the 6lb rise.

4/1

Form: 659-33

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Similar efforts in defeat in maidens over 6f (Cork) and over C&D recently with blinkers added; ground versatile and one to consider on handicap debut.

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3rd

5

(10)

10th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

17:15 Cork

Monasterboice

9st 8lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Noel Meade

Promise as a juvenile and career best when third of 18 (beaten half a length) in a Curragh maiden last month; has speed and drop in trip could suit; one to consider with a run under his belt and Keane booked.

3/1

9th
13 (5)
Neo Smart

22/1

Form: 71-936 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 8st 8lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Dundalk maiden winner has run well in defeat the last twice, including over C&D on soft two starts ago; similar effort at Naas over 1m since; needs to find more; tongue-tie added.

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No Results Found

8/1

Form: 67747- C

Last run: 259 days

W: 9st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Was a 6f course maiden winner last year and showed decent form up to 7f after, with best run coming when fourth in a Tipperary Listed race over that trip; respected on return.

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7th

6

(4)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

14:15 Leopardstown

Democracy

9st 5lb

J: Christophe Soumillon

T: A P O’Brien

in rear throughout

14/1

Form: 344-13

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 10lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Got off the mark in a 6f Naas handicap and a good run there since off a 12lb higher mark in a stronger contest; off the same mark today and has form over this trip; can run well.

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3rd

13

(4)

11th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 205y

15:40 Naas

Tai Tam Bay

8st 13lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

led

6/1

1st

14

(4)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 205y

17:20 Naas

Tai Tam Bay

8st 7lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

Fairly consistent in defeat last year at around this trip; 3lb wrong on seasonal return so has it to do.

14/1

12th
5 (12)
Ragga Bomb

5/1

Form: 817-

Last run: 232 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Won a 6f (good) Cork maiden last year on second start and was unlucky in-running in a Dundalk Listed race over 7f, getting no daylight until late on; could have more to give and interesting.

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No Results Found

Form: 8-1340

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Consistent in defeat last year; an AW winner over 6f in January but was disappointing at Naas last time and has to bounce back up in trip.

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10th

7

(7)

11th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 205y

15:40 Naas

Perfect Judgement

9st 3lb

J: Cian MacRedmond

T: Adrian McGuinness

Promise at 2 before January win and not beaten far in either start since, behind Bid For Chester latest; more required back in a handicap.

33/1

4th

4

(3)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 0y

14:10 Curragh

Perfect Judgement

9st 4lb

J: Cian MacRedmond

T: Adrian McGuinness

Solid maiden turf form at two and improvement both AW starts this year in 6f conditions events at Dundalk, asserting late to win in January and then short of room at crucial stage when close third last month; cheekpieces now fitted for turf return, should go well if handling the conditions.

7/2

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Payout
Exacta €796.00
Straight Forecast €724.10
Tricast €10888.70
Trifecta €8238.00

Selections

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Tai Tam Bay

SPOTLIGHT:

Nerano

POSTDATA:

Follow Me

TOPSPEED:

Gunzburg

The Irish Sun:

Tai Tam Bay