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Fitzpatrick’s Mercedes-Benz Apprentice Derby Handicap

  • Prize money: £15391.3
  • 1m 4f 0y
  • 19 runners
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Fitzpatrick’s Mercedes-Benz Apprentice Derby Handicap

Runners: 19 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £33.50
  • Place: £6.00

Form: 218-03

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

AW winner in Britain; ran okay when third in a Gowran handicap over 1m1f last week on Irish debut; steps up in trip here and not discounted if he handles it.

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13th

1

(12)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

17:10 Chelmsford (AW)

Courageous Strike

9st 9lb

J: Raul Da Silva

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Delivered on promise shown in Ireland when winning 9.4f Wolverhampton nursery on stable debut in October; subsequent defeat in good Kempton novice is not viewed harshly but he's a bit more exposed than some of these; gelded in November; blinkers (worn once in Ireland) refitted.

20/1

12/1

  • Place: £3.70

Form: /7-229

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Winner over hurdles; narrowly beaten in pair of Gowran handicaps in the spring before below par run here last month; chance on best form.

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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

14/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 09-165 BF

Last run: 6 days

W: 10st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Up 8lb for winning a 1m2f Navan handicap in May; competitive off his new mark twice since but has fallen short; down 1lb and has to prove himself as effective over this trip.

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7/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 5592

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Tried in blinkers on his handicap debut for this rider when just touched off over 1m2f at Down Royal last week; up 1lb but could well be progressive; has to prove that he stays this trip though.

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5th
17 (7)
Rotolo

20/1

Form: /07-30 BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 61

Form & Verdict

Returned to form when a close third to Master Dunraven at Navan last month; not as effective stepped up to 1m4f at Leopardstown last time; others preferred despite the trainer's good record here.

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13

(11)

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 2f 0y

16:35 Navan

Rotolo

9st 5lb

J: Neve Bennett

T: W T Farrell

Close up on handicap debut at Naas (1m2f) in July 2022 but lightly raced since and hasn't progressed.

25/1

Form: 5-3323

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 10lb

7 yo Filly

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

13lb higher than when gaining second of two wins in 2022; drops back in trip after two good runs in defeat at Navan and Listowel; respected.

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20/1

Form: /3570-

Last run: 260 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced filly; showed some maiden ability for Kevin Prendergast; best watched on her stable debut after eight months off.

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13th

16

(8)

12th Oct 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 4f 0y

15:35 Curragh

Aird

9st 3lb

J: Gary Halpin

T: Kevin Prendergast

prominent

13/2

7th

2

(9)

29th Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 26y

19:15 Bellewstown

Aird

9st 3lb

J: Leigh Roche

T: Kevin Prendergast

in touch with leaders

4/1

Form: 50/4-2 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Active over jumps in the spring, winning a Downpatrick handicap chase; reverted back to the Flat when caught on the line in a 1m5f handicap at Down Royal last week; 4lb higher here but possibly more to come from him; leading chance.

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8/1

Form: 13-742 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Gradually getting there this season, most recently touched off in a fast ground claimer at Limerick; will be on the premises with a repeat.

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No Results Found

Form: 48-3

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Pleasing return to action having been gelded when third of eight at Sligo; not that well handicapped it would seem and needs to improve to figure.

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No Results Found

Form: P-414 BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Stayed on well to win a 1m5f Sligo maiden last month; opening mark of 80 looked stiff enough and proved beyond him on his handicap bow at Fairyhouse; drop of 1lb might not be sufficient.

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OUR TIP

25/1

Form: 6742-0 D

Last run: 126 days

W: 10st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Three-time AW winner from 1m2f to 1m4f; fit from hurdling and new headgear combination tried; others preferred

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50/1

Form: 172/9-

Last run: 534 days

W: 10st 1lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Winner over 2m1f in Britain and likes fast ground; beaten a mile on his stable debut in a Punchestown maiden hurdle.

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No Results Found

Form: 214 BF

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Workmanlike winner of a 1m maiden at Dundalk in March; fourth in 1m2f Roscommon handicap in first-time cheekpieces last month; blinkers tried here and very much unexposed; could be a factor if the step up in trip suits.

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1st

2

(9)

8th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

18:15 Dundalk (AW)

Al Mudhaffar

9st 8lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Turned over when odds on for his debut over this C&D three weeks ago but stuck to his task well; likely to be a major player with that experience under his belt.

2/1

Form: 205-21 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Has come back in fine form this season and seemed to relish the step up in trip when beating L'Un Deux Trois five lengths in Fairyhouse handicap two weeks ago; up 11lb but should go close with top claimer on board again.

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16th
19 (3)
Jurality

50/1

Form: 7-869

Last run: 63 days

W: 8st 7lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Maiden form was okay but too free when dropping out tamely on handicap debut at Cork; cheekpieces replace blinkers.

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9th

1

(10)

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 4f 25y

15:25 Cork

Jurality

9st 12lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D J Bunyan

Has not shown a great deal in three maidens and does not appear that well treated; blinkers tried and hard to dismiss his chance in a weak contest.

12/1

66/1

Form: 523-00

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 13lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Placed in a couple of maidens for Roger Varian; well beaten in two starts for his current trainer; others more likely.

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10th

2

(9)

12th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 53y

13:15 Leopardstown

Sub Rosa

10st 1lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Donal Kinsella

Best of four runs for Roger Varian was AW second over this trip; picked up for 18,000gns last summer; been off a long time; tongue tied.

20/1

Form: 69-532 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Three-time Flat winner; progressing gradually this season; up 3lb for finishing second in a Fairyhouse handicap last week; 8lb pull with winner Lady Christa might not be enough to turn the tables.

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No Results Found

Form: 692

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Much improved effort up to 1m2f and on good ground in a Down Royal maiden last month; up to 1m4f for his handicap debut; very much unexposed and the market should be a good guide.

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9th

5

(14)

8th May 2024

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

17:20 Gowran Park

Robbies Rock

9st 8lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Gavin Cromwell

Beaten 20l on debut over C&D and isn't easy to fancy on the back of that.

40/1

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Payout
Exacta €3031.00
Straight Forecast €4689.10
Tricast €42134.10

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Lady Christa

The Irish Sun:

Rotolo

RP RATINGS (IRE):

French Company

POSTDATA:

Son Of Hypnos