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Writech Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £12826.09
  • 2m 3f 60y
  • 15 runners
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Writech Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £14.50
  • Place: £4.50

Form: 1130-9

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Won three on the spin last year but needs to improve considerably on both recent runs.

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16th

15

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 118y

17:25 Punchestown

The Wallpark

11st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Won three on the spin last summer and ground possibly against him when stepped up in trip when last seen; respected despite 196-day absence.

12/1

6/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 213P-1 D

Last run: 57 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Did well for Declan Queally, four wins included handicaps last year at Cork and Galway and left his yard after comfortably winning 2m3f Clonmel claimer last month (claimed for 11,000euros); one to consider.

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10/1

  • Place: £4.10

Form: 232P5-

Last run: 72 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Several good hurdle runs over the spring, including at Punchestown; no show back on the Flat latest but can't be ruled out with trip/ground to suit.

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Form: /86-32 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Dual 2m4f winner over hurdles in 2022 returned from year's absence in March and steadily working her way into form, most recently second to a clear winner at Roscommon after forcing it (jumped left); definitely one to consider.

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16/1

Form: 0-5U4U

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner got off the mark over hurdles in a Punchestown handicap on soft in January; unseated on two of three attempts chasing and reverts to hurdles here.

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Form: 887-21 CD

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

First reserve; won this race two years ago and second hurdles win came last month over this trip at Punchestown in ladies handicap; 5lb rise for that looks fair.

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Form: 6409-0

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Grade 3 winning novice chaser but well below best in light campaign last term; back hurdling for first time in over two years when soon fading out of it at Listowel last month; questions to answer but remains of interest off this mark.

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9th

7

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Indiana Jones

11st 4lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: M F Morris

Grade 3 winner at Navan last year but not at his best in three runs this season; best watched.

33/1

Form: 70-932 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Has tumbled in the ratings and back to a competitive mark with good recent efforts at Listowel and Tipperary in blinkers; 3lb rise doesn't help his cause however.

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Form: 4120-5 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Nine career wins include two handicap chase successes here last summer and Thurles hurdles win in December off 114; better for recent run here over fences.

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10th

4

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 0y

15:27 Naas

Pakens Rock

11st 3lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Barry T Murphy

Fine servant won his ninth race when scoring over hurdles at Thurles and was runner-up there since; is up another 2lb but has a shout.

9/1

Form: 000-33 BF

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Dual-purpose sort not the easiest to win with but entitled to have claims on penultimate Listowel third albeit needs to settle better.

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8/1

Form: 410-

Last run: 71 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Off the mark at second time of asking in Cork maiden last autumn (yielding-to-soft), jumping exposed on return in competitive Punchestown handicap in early May; time off since and remains a potential improver with Walsh back on.

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14th

19

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 94y

15:40 Punchestown

Hands On

11st 5lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: E Bolger

Weak in market but shaped quite well when beaten 8l in fourth in juvenile winners' contest at Listowel last September; beat subsequent winner Eagle Fang at Cork following month; Flemensfirth gelding has been given plenty of time to mature.

14/1

1st

3

15th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 20y

13:25 Cork

Hands On

11st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: E Bolger

Not many Flemensfirths start off at three; weak in market but shaped quite well when beaten 8l in winners' contest at Listowel and softer ground should help.

11/2

Form: 11P27- C

Last run: 160 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Won handicap hurdle here last year (2m) and proved a much better chaser last term, winning twice and good second in Leopardstown handicap at Christmas; absent since below-par run at same venue in February; back hurdling of 13lb lower mark so has to be respected.

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7th

5

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:10 Leopardstown

The Big Chap

11st 2lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Paul W Flynn

Won a beginners' at Fairyhouse in October before a novice chase success at Galway later that month; pulled up after a bad mistake behind Solness at Fairyhouse but back on track with a 1l defeat to The Folkes Tiara over C&D on St Stephen's Day; that looked like a warm race and he was closing on the winner all the way to the line; should be in the mix again.

13/2

2nd

4

26th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

The Big Chap

11st 9lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Paul W Flynn

held up in midfield

8/1

Form: 6-49U8 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Maiden winner here on hurdling debut in September but mixed form in handicaps, not looking to stay 3m here last month; drop back in trip to suit and handicapper giving him a chance.

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No Results Found

Form: 417P-7 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Five wins for Gordon Elliott; ran like he needed it on stable bow at Wexford; probably best watched at present.

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No Results Found

Form: 146PF-

Last run: 83 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage 6yo; won Galway maiden last September (soft) but disappointing in four runs in Britain since, early faller in Scottish Champion (Handicap) Hurdle latest; questions to answer.

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15

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Alvaniy

10st 6lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Low-mileage 6yo; off the mark at Galway (2m, soft) last September but disappointing in three British races, pulled up in the Betfair Hurdle on latest; hard to recommend from 8lb out of the handicap.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta €1277.00
Straight Forecast €1093.60
Tricast €12440.20
Trifecta €4745.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Natural Look

TOPSPEED:

War Correspondent

The Irish Sun:

Champella

RP RATINGS (IRE):

The Big Chap

POSTDATA:

Natural Look