July 28 / 17.05 Galway

17.05 Galway

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Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap (Grade A)

  • Prize money: £133865.55
  • 2m 0f 11y
  • 20 runners
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Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap (Grade A)

Runners: 20 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £23.20
  • Place: £4.20

Form: 7000-1 CD

Last run: 61 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Smart dual purpose performer who won this race three years ago off a 3lb higher mark; finished seventh in 2020 and fifth last year; in good form again this year; profited from a reduced mark when winning a handicap hurdle at Punchestown in May; second on the Flat last time; history against him in terms of his age.
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14th

3

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:05 Fairyhouse

Tudor City

11st 12lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: A J Martin

midfield

25/1

5th

1

5th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 0f 190y

14:58 Down Royal

Tudor City

11st 12lb

J: Peter Carberry

T: A J Martin

Won Galway Hurdle for the second time in July; good run at Killarney since but was below form at Listowel; fair sixth of 18 on Flat at Leopardstown a fortnight ago; might struggle to reverse form with his stablemate Niburu.

8/1

6th

6

(18)

22nd Oct 2022

Soft

1m 2f 0y

16:55 Leopardstown

Tudor City

9st 12lb

J: Jake Coen

T: A J Martin

towards rear of midfield, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, not reach leaders

5/1

14/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 49060- D

Last run: 89 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Twice successful over hurdles, but best form is represented by his fourth placing in this race 12 months ago; best of three runs in the second half of last season when sixth behind Glan at Fairyhouse; warmed up for this with a good run on the Flat, finishing a head second in a 2m1f Killarney event; each-way chance.
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4th

1

20th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 100y

14:05 Punchestown

Jesse Evans

11st 12lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Noel Meade

in rear throughout, pushed along after 2 out, soon no impression

20/1

19th

5

(2)

6th Nov 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 25y

16:27 Naas

Jesse Evans

9st 0lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Noel Meade

Form of third to Moracana is tested in the previous race today; really likeable dual-code sort who was very good in hurdles win since; not sure he wants this sort of a slog though.

15/2

1st

3

2nd Oct 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:35 Tipperary

Jesse Evans

11st 3lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Noel Meade

towards rear, smooth headway before 2 out, pushed along and quickened to lead after 2 out, clear approaching last, kept on well, comfortably

9/2

20/1

  • Place: £4.80

Form: 1-2117 D

Last run: 2 days

W: 10st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Ran with credit in strong juvenile company last season and then put his experience to good use in notching three wins and a second; struggled here on Tuesday; no horse of his age has won this since 2000.
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5th

7

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Prairie Dancer

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

raced in second, disputed lead before 3rd, not fluent but led 5th

12/1

3rd

2

12th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:55 Naas

Prairie Dancer

11st 6lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

jumped slightly right, pushed along briefly, led, joined before 3rd, briefly headed before 4 out, ridden when headed on inner home turn, outpaced 2 out, soon no impression and slightly hampered, no match for first two

100/30

1st

4

19th Sep 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

15:35 Listowel

Prairie Dancer

11st 2lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

jumped right on occasions, close up when pushed along briefly and reminders, soon led and made rest, mistake 2nd, clear going okay when raced wide after 3 out, ridden briefly before last, ran on, comfortably

5/1

14/1

  • Place: £12.10

Form: 251P-0 D

Last run: 74 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Built on useful novice form to land valuable 2m Fairyhouse handicap hurdle in April; well fancied to follow up at Punchestown festival but chance was ended when almost coming down at the third-last and pulled-up; picked up an injury in Killarney race won by Celestial Horizon.
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7

23rd Sep 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

14:15 Listowel

Glan

11st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield on inner, pushed along after 3 out, weakened and pulled up before 2 out (jockey said mare lost her action; vet reported mare to be post race normal)

15/2

4th

20

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Glan

10st 12lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear of midfield, pushed along and headway after 2 out, ridden and went fourth approaching last, kept on well run-in, not reach leaders

14/1

14/1

Form: 030-21 D

Last run: 61 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Did well to finish third to Glan at Fairyhouse on her first handicap start; much lesser handicap effort at Punchestown; ran away with a 2m4f novice event at Punchestown last time and now has to cope with 7lb rise; however, looks well enough handicapped relative to Anna Bunina on running at Killarney in May.
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5th

17

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Heia

11st 2lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

midfield, pushed along and headway from 2 out, ridden and kept on run-in, not reach leaders

14/1

Form: /12-51 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Talented mare who has not been easy to train; ran a fine race behind Darasso in 2m4f Fairyhouse Grade 2 event at Easter; not at her best in race won by Anna Bunina at Killarney in May; restored to form at Tipperary last time; holds leading chance on that evidence.
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6th

3

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Santa Rossa

11st 12lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

prominent, pushed along and lost third 2 out, ridden approaching last, no extra run-in

6/1

Form: U8138- D

Last run: 145 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Three-time hurdles winner and a fine third in valuable 27-runner Liffey Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown in February, should be fit enough after a 1m4f handicap run at the Curragh a month ago.
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1st

8

(8)

8th Oct 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 141y

15:45 Curragh

Autumn Evening

9st 9lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders under 4f out, pressed leader going easily 2f out, pushed along to lead over 1f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, kept on well, comfortably

10/1

2nd

9

(4)

22nd Sep 2022

Good

1m 4f 0y

16:20 Listowel

Autumn Evening

8st 8lb

J: Nathan Crosse

T: Mrs John Harrington

took keen hold, midfield, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and went third over 1f out, kept on strongly inside final furlong, went second towards finish, always held

12/1

Form: 3657-3 D BF

Last run: 61 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Useful hurdler/chaser whose most recent win came in Grade 3 novice chase at Punchestown last October; down the field in this race last year; others preferred.
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2nd

1

20th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 0f 160y

15:25 Cork

Embittered

11st 12lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Won a Grade 3 novice chase at Punchestown 13 months ago over 2m2f; ran okay in the Grand Annual and when third to Espion Du Chenet at Punchestown in May; not disgraced in he Galway Hurdle or the Kerry National since; back to 2m is not an issue and certainly the class act here.

11/4

7th

16

21st Sep 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

16:20 Listowel

Embittered

10st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

midfield, pushed along after 4 out, minor headway when ridden after 3 out, no extra but kept on after 2 out, slow jump last

16/1

8th

5

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Embittered

11st 10lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent, not fluent 5th, pushed along after 3 out, dropped to midfield before 2 out, ridden and keeping on when bad mistake last, kept on run-in

33/1

Form: 1-5121 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Admirable mare has been in great form in recent months with victories in the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr, a Listed mares' contest at Killarney (beat today's rival Heia on level terms), and in a Bellewstown handicap last time; 5lb claim will help her cause.
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6th

1

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:05 Fairyhouse

Anna Bunina

11st 12lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: John C McConnell

held up in rear

20/1

4

2nd Oct 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:35 Tipperary

Anna Bunina

10st 10lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: John C McConnell

Mare has had an excellent year with three wins in this sphere notably Scottish Champion Hurdle in April; also won on the Flat at Killarney in August; well behind Jesse Evans in Galway Hurdle on latest jumps start and she's been on the go pretty much all year.

6/1

8th

11

(15)

24th Sep 2022

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:25 Chester

Anna Bunina

8st 7lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: John C McConnell

midfield, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, weakened gradually inside final furlong

6/1

10/1

Form: 35902- CD

Last run: 93 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Highly tried as a novice last season; best handicap run so far when second to Felix Desjy at Punchestown; has run twice on the Flat since then; finished seventh behind stablemate Echoes In Rain in the big amateur race here on Monday.
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10th

5

23rd Sep 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

14:15 Listowel

Farout

11st 8lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and no impression approaching last

9/1

10th

10

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Farout

11st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, ridden after 2 out, no impression approaching last

10/1

Form: 5P100- CD

Last run: 91 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Stable in great form but probably too high in the handicap since Navan win in January; met trouble in running in the Martin Pipe, no real excuse at Punchestown.
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16th

10

(23)

6th Nov 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 25y

16:27 Naas

The Very Man

8st 11lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

Useful hurdler on his day; took well to this game, and nice to see the Thurles second win well since; that suggests 7lb rise is surmountable but draw is a worry and this far tougher.

14/1

1st

3

6th Oct 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Thurles

The Very Man

10st 3lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

travelled strongly, prominent, went second before halfway, disputing second after halfway, led when ridden under 2f out, ran on final 110yds, eased towards finish, comfortably

4/6

7

(6)

31st Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

17:30 Gowran Park

The Very Man

9st 9lb

J: Scott McCullagh

T: Mrs John Harrington

Rated 138 over hurdles and ran a fine race on Flat debut when second in a 1m4f maiden at Tramore last time; seems yard's third-string but capable of running well.

10/1

Form: 11248- D

Last run: 132 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Talented novice hurdler last season, recording wide-margin wins in a Punchestown maiden and a Grade 3 event at Navan before being just denied in the Grade 1 Royal Bond; showed up well for a long way in the County Hurdle on handicap debut; last two runs on Flat; very interesting in first-time cheekpieces.
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2nd

11

(16)

6th Nov 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 25y

16:27 Naas

My Mate Mozzie

8st 10lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Gavin Cromwell

High-class hurdler on his day; 5-1, ran blinders last twice, including at Leopardstown behind Jesse Evans; not without a chance; jockey 7-198 this season.

10/1

3rd

4

23rd Sep 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

14:15 Listowel

My Mate Mozzie

11st 9lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

prominent, headway to lead before 2 out, ridden and faced challenge last, headed run-in, no extra towards finish

10/1

12th

8

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

My Mate Mozzie

11st 9lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

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

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 22104- D

Last run: 89 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Bumper and maiden hurdle winner faced a stiff task for one so inexperienced in Martin Pipe on handicap debut, too keen and failed to get home; came from a long way off the pace when fourth in 2m3f handicap at Punchestown festival; Paul Townend keeps faith, strong-run 2m may suit.
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5th

1

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 3f 165y

13:55 Fairyhouse

Adamantly Chosen

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

towards rear

14/1

1st

4

12th Oct 2022

Good

2m 2f 140y

15:55 Punchestown

Adamantly Chosen

11st 1lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

disputed lead, bad mistake 1st, soon prominent, led just after 4th, good jump then pushed along 2 out, ridden when another good jump last, kept on well run-in

3/1

13th

13

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Adamantly Chosen

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders after 3 out, pushed along and no impression after 2 out

5/1

Form: F2505- D

Last run: 132 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Won a Grade 1 novice hurdle the season before last; tailed off in Liffey Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown in February; much more like it when long-priced fifth in the County Hurdle; no winner with this weight since 1999.
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14th

1

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Ballyadam

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

towards rear of midfield, some headway 3 out, pushed along and no impression from 2 out

12/1

Form: 4403-0 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Highly tried since beating the useful HMS Seahorse on hurdling debut at Punchestown in January; Grade 2-placed at Fairyhouse in April; found to be lame after below-par Bellewstown run, in race won by Anna Bunina; first time with cheekpieces.
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15th

19

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

The Tide Turns

10st 13lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

never better than mid-division, ridden and no impression towards rear before 2 out, eased run-in

16/1

Form: 7001-4 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Smart Graded performer over hurdles and fences at his best; out of sorts for a long time, began to show signs of old form with a respectable mid-field finish in the County Hurdle; similar run at Fairyhouse before coming good when beating stablemate Farout at Punchestown; fourth to Santa Rossa in Grade 3 event at Tipperary.
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2

5th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 0f 190y

14:58 Down Royal

Felix Desjy

11st 10lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart performer on his day and bounced back to form when landing a handicap at the Punchestown festival at the end of last term; not at the same level in four runs since June; his trainer appears to have stronger contenders for this.

16/1

12th

2

23rd Sep 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

14:15 Listowel

Felix Desjy

11st 11lb

J: Mr R James

T: Gordon Elliott

always towards rear, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and keeping on when not fluent last, soon no extra

16/1

7th

1

19th Aug 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

16:40 Killarney

Felix Desjy

11st 12lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear of midfield, pushed along before 3 out, ridden but no impression after 3 out

12/1

Form: /F5-15 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Winner of three of her six races over hurdles; has quite a bit to find with Santa Rossa on running at Tipperary four weeks ago; stable appears to have stronger candidates lower in the handicap.
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1st

3

20th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 7f 190y

15:15 Punchestown

Shewearsitwell

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

towards rear of midfield, not fluent 3rd, dropped to rear 4th, headway from 2 out, switched right and went third last, ridden and ran on well to lead final strides

8/1

4

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Shewearsitwell

11st 11lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

prominent, disputing third after 3 out, pushed along and weakened quickly before 2 out, pulled up approaching last

14/1

Form: /1234- D

Last run: 93 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Bumper and maiden hurdle winner; narrowly denied in 2m Naas Grade 3 event in March; faced Grade 1 opposition on final two starts as a novice; may be capable of a big run.
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2nd

4

12th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

13:30 Naas

Vina Ardanza

11st 6lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade 1 placed as a novice hurdler and it was a step back in the right direction when beaten 8l at Listowel in a competitive handicap in September; mark seems stiff for now though.

12/1

9th

6

23rd Sep 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

14:15 Listowel

Vina Ardanza

11st 5lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear of midfield, pushed along before 3 out, ridden approaching last, kept on run-in, never near to challenge

14/1

6

20th Aug 2022

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

15:55 Killarney

Vina Ardanza

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

pressed leader, made challenge 3 out, ridden before 2 out, disputed lead when mistake and fell last

4/6

Form: 31110- D

Last run: 132 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Won four of his five races in the first half of last season, a bumper and three races over hurdles; disappointed when thrown in at the deep-end for handicap debut in the County Hurdle.
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8th

3

19th Aug 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

16:40 Killarney

Top Bandit

11st 4lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, pushed along before 3 out, weakened after 3 out

7/1

16

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Top Bandit

11st 3lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, fell 4 out

20/1

Form: 512-1P D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Trounced Rich Belief (second reserve) at Killarney in May on only his second handicap start; needs to bounce back from Tipperary lapse in Grade 3 contest won by Santa Rossa.
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10

30th Jul 2022

Good

2m 6f 168y

14:30 Galway

Celestial Horizon

11st 0lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent, not fluent 2nd, hampered and lost position 3 out, soon got behind, pulled up before 2 out

16/1

18

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Celestial Horizon

11st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

slowly into stride, in rear, reminders after 1st, not fluent 2nd, hampered 4 out, detached from 3 out, pulled up 2 out, never going well

14/1

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Payout
Exacta €159.10
Straight Forecast €211.93
Tricast €5026.99
Trifecta €3314.70

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

My Mate Mozzie

RP Ratings (IRE):

Celestial Horizon

POSTDATA:

Prairie Dancer

The Irish Sun:

Santa Rossa

TOPSPEED:

My Mate Mozzie