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17.10 Galway

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Tote Always SP Or Better At Galway Maiden Hurdle

  • Prize money: £8428.57
  • 2m 5f 11y
  • 23 runners
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Tote Always SP Or Better At Galway Maiden Hurdle

Runners: 23 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

Form: 95

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Promising enough Downpatrick hurdling debut a fortnight ago but plenty more likely needed to feature here.
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10th

8

11th Oct 2022

Good

2m 4f 150y

16:05 Punchestown

Applejack Poet

11st 11lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Matthew J Smith

midfield, headway and prominent 2 out, ridden and no extra approaching last, soon weakened

25/1

16th

3

24th Sep 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

15:43 Listowel

Applejack Poet

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Matthew J Smith

in touch with leaders, ridden but weakened after 4 out

33/1

8th

4

6th Aug 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

17:20 Kilbeggan

Applejack Poet

11st 4lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Matthew J Smith

towards rear of midfield, pushed along before 2 out, kept on run-in, never near to challenge

33/1

Form: 33-

Last run: 225 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Varied career to-date, starting life in point-to-points, placed in a bumper and fair level of form on the flat when second in Dundalk staying handicap; well below best when last seen at Navan in May and has since joined current yard; hurdling debut.
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2

2nd Sep 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

16:30 Kilbeggan

Ballymist

11st 12lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: Terence O’Brien

towards rear of midfield, jockey looked down to see if something was amiss before 4 out, soon pulled up quickly

33/1

9th

5

6th Aug 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

17:20 Kilbeggan

Ballymist

11st 4lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Terence O’Brien

towards rear, pushed along 2 out, minor headway run-in, never dangerous

66/1

Form: 1-

Last run: 426 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Half-brother to 2m5f chase winner Moscowsowhat was in contention when unseating three out in Dromahane point-to-point last winter on only start for Pat Doyle; winning start under Rules in 2m Limerick bumper in May, plenty keen and green but finding for pressure (yielding-to-soft); bred to stay well and no surprise he starts off hurdling over this sort of trip; major player.
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4th

1

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Champ Kiely

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

raced freely, held up in midfield, headway and in touch with leaders 4th, went second after 5th, led after 4 out, pushed along and headed 2 out, weakened run-in

7/4

1st

4

2nd Oct 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Tipperary

Champ Kiely

11st 1lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

made all, jumped well, good jump and went clear 2 out, shaken up and kept on strongly run-in, impressive

5/2

4

24th Sep 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

13:55 Listowel

Champ Kiely

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Stayed on strongly to win a Limerick bumper on debut and it was a big step forward when mightily impressive at the Galway festival in a wide-margin maiden hurdle success; form has a solid enough look to it and return to softer ground should be fine; type to keep on improving.

7/4

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Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Brother to Irish Derby winner Sovereign (and useful hurdler Triplicate) was lightly raced on the level with Aidan O'Brien, winning 1m4f Limerick maiden and chasing home a very smart performer in Group 3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket in summer of 2020; long absence since of concern but could prove a classy recruit to the hurdling ranks and market will be very interesting (holds an Irish St Leger entry).
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1st

2

27th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

13:20 Navan

Dawn Rising

11st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Group 3-placed for Aidan O'Brien on the Flat; ran okay on hurdle bow when placed at Galway and left that effort behind when bolting up in a maiden hurdle at Listowel; unproven on slower ground but warrants respect.

13/2

1st

3

23rd Sep 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

13:40 Listowel

Dawn Rising

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent, not fluent 4 out, went second and pressed leader after 3 out, led going best before 2 out, went clear when pushed along before last, ran on, eased towards finish

5/1

Form: 14-524

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Listowel bumper winner and easily the pick of 3 attempts hurdling when chasing home a ready winner at Punchestown (2m, good) in May; not as effective at Bellewstown early this month and now takes a marked step up in trip.
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3rd

12

12th Oct 2022

Good

2m 4f 80y

15:20 Punchestown

Esperti

10st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Peter Fahey

in touch with leaders, close up on inner 2 out, pressed leaders going okay when bit short of room and slightly hampered when lost position home turn, soon ridden, ran on and briefly went second towards finish, lost second post

10/1

6

30th Sep 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

16:27 Gowran Park

Esperti

10st 12lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Peter Fahey

Bumper winner who gained first win over timber in a maiden hurdle at Kilbeggan on his penultimate start; not as good in a novice last time and handicapper has taken no chances.

20/1

3rd

2

19th Aug 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 180y

17:15 Killarney

Esperti

11st 4lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Peter Fahey

held up in behind leaders, mistake 2nd, close up on outer after 9th, going okay before 3 out, soon pressed leader and pushed along, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, no extra and lost touch when weakened after 2 out

4/1

Form:

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Half-brother to winners Notarfbad (useful 2m-2m5f hurdle/chase), Gonnabegood (2m5f-3m hurdle) and Bowntobebad (2m3f hurdle), dam unraced half-sister to high-class 2m hurdler Flame Creek; tailed off in Ballinrobe bumper in May, can only be watched now on hurdles bow.
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5

30th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 150y

14:00 Galway

Gallant Flame

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Ms Margaret Mullins

in touch with leaders, lost position when not fluent 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before 2 out

100/1

Form: 10-5

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Tramore bumper winner last summer then flopped when odds-on in this race and was absent for 11 months until fading tamely from two out on hurdles debut at Tipperary last month; probably best treated with caution for the moment, Champ Kiely appears the yard's number one here.
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No Results Found

Form: 3

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Leading Light gelding cost 30,000Euros as a 3yo; half-brother to 2m hurdle winner Hamundarson and bumper/2m3f hurdle winner White Hart Lady; dam bumper/2m3f hurdle winner; not much to take from 4 point-to-points but outran his 20-1 odds on hurdles bow at Killarney recently when never never nearer third over 2m4f; much more needed here.
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6

23rd Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:55 Ffos Las

Lookondebrightside

11st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: David Rees

held up in rear, pushed along and some headway after 7th, well held but keeping on when mistake and fell 2 out

16/1

2nd

2

19th Sep 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

15:05 Listowel

Lookondebrightside

11st 10lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Peter Fahey

sweating, prominent, not fluent 1st, not fluent 3 out, pushed along and went second before 2 out, ridden but no chance with winner approaching last

16/1

Form: 65-434

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Fair level of form in bumpers although nothing to suggest this extended trip will suit on hurdles debut.
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3rd

2

31st Oct 2022

Soft

2m 0f 100y

14:30 Wexford

Magheralin Mick

11st 9lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

prominent, headway 3 out, outpaced and lost position before 2 out, ridden and went fourth approaching last, kept on and went third final strides

13/2

4th

5

2nd Oct 2022

Good

2m 6f 180y

14:10 Killarney

Magheralin Mick

11st 2lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

prominent, mistake 3rd, going okay and pressed leader when bad mistake 3 out, soon lost ground, pushed along before 2 out, no extra approaching last

5/1

4th

3

16th Sep 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 110y

15:35 Downpatrick

Magheralin Mick

11st 10lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gavin Cromwell

soon towards rear but in touch with leaders, mistake 6th, pushed along after 2 out, headway when not fluent last, ridden after last, no extra towards finish

6/1

Form: 311-72

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Showed a decent standard of form in bumpers last year, winning at Cork and Listowel; too keen on hurdles debut but much better effort over 3m at Cork earlier this month, mistake two out not helping his cause when second to a progressive type; needs to improve again here, place claims if he does.
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7

23rd Oct 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:15 Limerick

Misty’s Gift

11st 12lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: David Harry Kelly

Won a bumper at Cork in August 2021 and subsequently promoted to first in another the following month; 0-5 over hurdles but has hinted at winning potential at a level; has enough experience to show up well but vulnerable to an improving type.

7/1

5th

6

1st Oct 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

14:17 Gowran Park

Misty’s Gift

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: David Harry Kelly

disputed lead, led clearly after 3rd, pushed along when headed 2 out, ridden and outpaced approaching last, lost fourth final 110yds

6/1

4th

9

17th Sep 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:20 Navan

Misty’s Gift

11st 12lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: David Harry Kelly

jumped right on occasions, disputed lead early, slight lead when jumped right 2nd, jumped right and not fluent 7th, joined after 2 out, headed and hung right before last, ridden and kept on but no impression run-in

12/1

Form:

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Showed little in points and tailed off on hurdling debut at Cork (3m) earlier this month; visored now.
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No Results Found

Form: 094/0-

Last run: 406 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Sole win came when trained in Britain in 2018, best effort for some time when strong-finishing fourth at Killarney recently; 0-5 hurdling however and very hard to fancy.
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6th

5

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31st Oct 2022

Heavy

1m 3f 180y

16:25 Galway

Three Comets

9st 8lb

J: Nathan Crosse

T: Luke Comer

Gained first Irish win when battling on well to score in a driving finish over 2m on soft ground at Thurles having run well over 1m6f at Killarney in the summer; assured stamina no bad thing in these conditions but 9lb higher here and may find a few too pacy.

7/1

1st

7

6th Oct 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

16:55 Thurles

Three Comets

10st 0lb

J: Nathan Crosse

T: Luke Comer

towards rear, pushed along briefly when reminder before halfway, reminder halfway, pushed along when headway and raced wide from 3f out, switched left and ridden 2f out, led narrowly when drifted right final 110yds, just did enough (jockey said gelding never travelled in the early part of this race and leaned right in the straight; trainer's rep said, regarding the apparent improvement in form, gelding did not get the run of the race at Down Royal whereas today, under instruction, the animal raced wide and delivered his challenge from a wide position which ensured a clear run)

16/1

13th

10

2nd Sep 2022

Good

2m 1f 175y

18:10 Down Royal

Three Comets

9st 7lb

J: Nathan Crosse

T: Luke Comer

pushed along briefly, towards rear of midfield early, towards rear when reminder under 7f out, pushed along from over 5f out, soon ridden and no extra, made no impression

12/1

Form: /54/3-

Last run: 344 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 8yo with some nice snippets of bumper form and better of two hurdling runs in 2m5f Sligo maidens came last August when plenty keen in finishing decent third (yielding), clear home turn but tiring run-in; clearly not straightforward to train and back from another lengthy absence here.
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5th

12

19th Aug 2022

Good

3m 1f 0y

18:10 Kilbeggan

Valley Breeze

11st 4lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

raced wide, midfield, in touch with leaders 4th, mistake 6th, not fluent 4 out, mistake and ridden briefly 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon ridden, weakened and lost two places run-in

5/2

Form: 9/

Last run: 452 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Also-ran in Punchestown bumper in May 2021 and pulled up on sole point-to-point last season; best watched now on hurdles debut.
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6th

7

8th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:15 Clonmel

Wellington Hill

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Ms Margaret Mullins

Won a Gowran maiden hurdle in October before a midfield finish on handicap debut; not disgraced in a high quality Gowran novice chase last time and this is a lesser contest, so can be more competitive.

8/1

5th

7

26th Nov 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

12:00 Gowran Park

Wellington Hill

11st 12lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Ms Margaret Mullins

in rear

33/1

7th

18

12th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

13:30 Naas

Wellington Hill

10st 2lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: Ms Margaret Mullins

Progressed with each run over hurdles and off the mark in a maiden hurdle at Wexford last month; handicapper has taken no chances with this opening mark though.

7/1

Form:

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Showed definite ability in point-to-points but ran well below expectations on bumper debut at Killarney earlier this month, sweating and up with pace until fading tamely home turn; may need more time to reach his potential.
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4th

7

6th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 100y

14:45 Tramore

Who’s Houdini

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Maiden after five hurdle starts but wasn't disgraced on chasing debut at Gowran last time; with improvement to come, should be involved; has run well at this track.

7/1

3rd

10

26th Nov 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

12:35 Gowran Park

Who’s Houdini

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: John Joseph Hanlon

in touch with leaders, soon dropped to midfield

16/1

15th

4

21st Oct 2022

Yielding

3m 1f 90y

16:45 Sligo

Who’s Houdini

11st 12lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

took keen hold, midfield, awkward jump 6th, ridden but weakened quickly after 2 out (usual 3 out), tailed off

9/1

Form: P-9

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Twice-raced pointer was soundly beaten on hurdles debut at Ballinrobe in May when tried hooded; can only be watched.
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5

3rd Oct 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Tipperary

Beacon Street

10st 13lb

J: Robbie Geoghegan

T: Norman Lee

In the rear throughout and trailed home last in a 2m1f maiden hurdle at Ballinrobe last time.

100/1

Form: 521

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Not a bad hurdle effort on hurdling debut at Punchestown in May before contesting bumpers, second at Downpatrick before beating a strong favourite at Bellewstown, despite flashing tail and attempting to run out; clearly has ability but quirky; worth considering back hurdling although much stiffer stamina test here.
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6th

3

12th Oct 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Punchestown

Country Queen

11st 10lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear early, minor headway when mistake 3rd, nudged along before 2 out, keeping on when ridden before last, not fluent last, no extra run-in

6/1

3rd

2

22nd Sep 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

13:35 Perth

Country Queen

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

sweating, prominent, led 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, jumped right 2 out, soon ridden and hung left, 1 length ahead when not fluent last, headed run-in, no extra and lost second inside final 110yds

4/7

1st

5

2nd Sep 2022

Good

2m 3f 0y

17:30 Kilbeggan

Country Queen

11st 5lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

ducked left start, towards rear of midfield, headway after 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, soon chased leaders, ridden approaching last, kept on strongly run-in, led final strides

8/1

Form: 08

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
66-1 when soundly beaten in maidens at Listowel and Roscommon this summer.
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No Results Found

Form: 6/710-

Last run: 171 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
All-the-way winner of Limerick bumper (heavy) over Christmas after uncontested lead but reportedly made respiratory noise when dropping out quickly in Grade 2 mares' contest at Leopardstown in February; back from a break for hurdles debut and encounters much quicker ground.
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No Results Found

Form:

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Tailed off on bumper debut last month, easily overlooked now switched to hurdles.
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11th

15

1st Oct 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

14:17 Gowran Park

The Grey Goose

11st 5lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Aidan Anthony Howard

towards rear of midfield, pushed along but weakened after 3 out

150/1

Form: 80

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
First reserve; mild promise in a pair of maiden hurdles in May but this looks a lot stronger maiden and hard to fancy.
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No Results Found
OUR TIP

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Second reserve; Arctic Cosmos 5yo is first foal of an unraced half-sister to useful 3m chase winner A Glass In Thyne, family of high-class jumper Native Upmanship; newcomer best watched.
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12th

5

8th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 43y

12:35 Clonmel

Coole Vision

11st 12lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Norman Lee

took keen hold, held up in rear

12/1

5th

3

30th Oct 2022

Soft

2m 4f 156y

15:55 Galway

Coole Vision

11st 4lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Norman Lee

in rear throughout, didn't jump with fluency

100/1

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Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Third reserve; Robin Des Champs mare a 30,000Euros foal; dam unraced sister to smart 2m4f-3m1f hurdle/chase winner Gallant Oscar; twice-raced in point-to-points, watching brief advised on Rules debut.
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5th

11

3rd Oct 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:55 Tipperary

Robindale

10st 9lb

J: Jack Foley

T: Ciaran Murphy

led and clear early, reduced lead 6th, bad mistake and headed 3 out, soon lost second when ridden and weakened

50/1

12

26th Sep 2022

Good

2m 7f 170y

15:35 Roscommon

Robindale

10st 6lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Ciaran Murphy

Mare has a good pedigree, her dam being an unraced sister to smart hurdle/chase winner Gallant Oscar; enters handicap company at a modest level, with cheekpieces on for the first time; worth considering.

10/1

6th

14

2nd Aug 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 198y

19:00 Roscommon

Robindale

11st 5lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Ciaran Murphy

midfield, prominent before 5th, lost position and midfield after 8th, pushed along before 3 out, no extra from 2 out, soon weakened

50/1

Betting Forcast

40/1 Applejack Poet, 33/1 Ballymist, 9/4 Champ Kiely, 13/8 Dawn Rising, 8/1 Esperti, 66/1 Gallant Flame, 14/1 Lasparas, 16/1 Lookondebrightside, 33/1 Magheralin Mick, 8/1 Misty’s Gift, 100/1 Onthewaytowin, 66/1 Three Comets, 8/1 Valley Breeze, 100/1 Wellington Hill, 40/1 Who’s Houdini, 100/1 Beacon Street, 15/2 Country Queen, 100/1 Justnotnow, 33/1 Monteip, 100/1 The Grey Goose, Sagebelle, Coole Vision, Robindale