November 24 / 14.40 Thurles

14.40

Yielding

ThurlesRaces.ie Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5453.78
  • 2m 4f 156y
  • 18 runners
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ThurlesRaces.ie Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 18 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.60
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 53421

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Much improved under forcing tactics under today's rider at Cork last month, bolting up on yielding ground (second and third both ran solid races subsequently); 9lb higher now but 5yo could have more to offer.
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4th

4

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

13:15 Down Royal

Lor Des Roses

11st 10lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: D Harvey

Useful hurdler; won a pair of handicaps in Cork and Thurles before disappointing when well-beaten in a novice hurdle at Thurles last time out over 2m7f; dropped in trip here and he needs to bounce back.

6/1

4th

2

18th Dec 2022

Frozen

2m 7f 0y

15:14 Thurles

Lor Des Roses

11st 8lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: D Harvey

Back-to-back handicap hurdle winner will be in receipt of 6lb from Grand Soir; jockey's claimer takes off another 5lb; looks to have an advantage here but has struggled over longer trips in the past.

2/1

1st

11

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 156y

14:40 Thurles

Lor Des Roses

11st 9lb

J: Mr B W Harvey

T: D Harvey

Much improved under forcing tactics under today's rider at Cork last month, bolting up on yielding ground (second and third both ran solid races subsequently); 9lb higher now but 5yo could have more to offer.

7/2

8/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: F-4873

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Placed for fifth time over hurdles when decent third at Gowran last time over today's trip; on a fair mark and one to consider.
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2

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 180y

18:10 Tramore

Gali Flight

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Philip Fenton

30-race maiden and then of those defeats have been over fences; didn't run badly last time in a handicap but wouldn't be the obvious answer to this.

8/1

2

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 180y

18:10 Tramore

Gali Flight

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Philip Fenton

30-race maiden and then of those defeats have been over fences; didn't run badly last time in a handicap but wouldn't be the obvious answer to this.

8/1

7th

4

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 2f 66y

13:30 Thurles

Gali Flight

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Philip Fenton

prominent, went second and raced wide 8th, led when good jump 3 out, headed and weakened before last

14/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 6-3651

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Punchestown bumper winner had shown promise in maiden hurdles before off the mark in 2m4f Clonmel handicap last month on returning from a short break, handling testing conditions well; 6lb rise probably enough so needs to take another step forward here.
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4th

8

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 7f 150y

15:55 Punchestown

Lizlucky

10st 13lb

J: Sarah Kavanagh

T: Patrick T Foley

Has won on heavy; decent third in a 3m handicap here in December but failed to build on that at Fairyhouse last month; good enough to get involved.

8/1

4th

6

1st Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 50y

13:50 Fairyhouse

Lizlucky

11st 6lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Patrick T Foley

prominent, in touch with leaders 8th, brief headway before 2 out, weakened approaching last

9/1

3rd

2

12th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 7f 194y

15:00 Punchestown

Lizlucky

11st 13lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Patrick T Foley

Consistent sort last term, holding her form well after getting off the mark over hurdles in a mares' hurdle at Clonmel on heavy; last month's Thurles comeback not without promise and should come on for it.

14/1

Form: 69916-

Last run: 221 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Much improved when getting up late over 2m3f at Naas in March (good-to-yielding) just okay effort at Fairyhouse following month off 7lb higher; absent since so may need this.
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9

27th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 131y

17:30 Ballinrobe

West Is Awake

10st 11lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Edward Cawley

midfield, took keen hold and in touch with leaders halfway

10/1

9

27th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 131y

17:30 Ballinrobe

West Is Awake

10st 11lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Edward Cawley

midfield, took keen hold and in touch with leaders halfway

10/1

Form: 574-

Last run: 256 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Unexposed 5yo entering handicap company; best work at finish over 2m3f at Naas last time, no surprise if he improved for this longer trip on handicap debut and well worth a market check.
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5th

9

27th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:39 Limerick

Asluckwouldhaveit

11st 1lb

J: Miss A B O’Connor

T: Padraig Roche

in touch with leaders, disputing third 3 out, soon ridden, weakened home turn, tailed off

4/1

5th

8

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 156y

14:40 Thurles

Asluckwouldhaveit

11st 9lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Padraig Roche

Unexposed 5yo entering handicap company; best work at finish over 2m3f at Naas last time, no surprise if he improved for this longer trip on handicap debut and well worth a market check.

9/1

Form: 071P-6 D

Last run: 201 days

W: 11st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Dual Cork winner (2m4f) absent since never counting at same venue in May; may need this.
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9

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 180y

18:10 Tramore

Thedancingfarrier

11st 12lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: Paul Stephen Kiely

His three hurdle wins have been at Cork, the latest last month over 3m; effective at this trip and went close in a beginners' chase back at Cork in January; looks vulnerable elsewhere.

14/1

9

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 180y

18:10 Tramore

Thedancingfarrier

11st 12lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: Paul Stephen Kiely

His three hurdle wins have been at Cork, the latest last month over 3m; effective at this trip and went close in a beginners' chase back at Cork in January; looks vulnerable elsewhere.

14/1

6th

8

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 80y

16:40 Cork

Thedancingfarrier

10st 5lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Paul Stephen Kiely

His three hurdle wins have all come at this track, his latest just 10 days ago over C&D in similar conditions; raised 5lb for that but has won off a 9lb higher mark before, so has to be considered again.

11/2

Form: 1PP-P7

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Formerly very useful over fences, Grade 3 winner and landed handicap off 136 last year; nothing since and best watched.
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0

13

7th Aug 2023

Good

2m 2f 150y

16:53 Cork

Benruben

11st 6lb

J: Tom Kelly

T: Leonard Paul Flynn

midfield, dropped to rear halfway

25/1

2

18th Dec 2022

Frozen

2m 1f 166y

13:44 Thurles

Benruben

11st 12lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Leonard Paul Flynn

Three-time chase winner has been mostly below form this year and cheekpieces need to spark a revival.

22/1

7th

1

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 156y

14:40 Thurles

Benruben

11st 13lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Leonard Paul Flynn

Formerly very useful over fences, Grade 3 winner and landed handicap off 136 last year; nothing since and best watched.

16/1

Form: 213279

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Ballinrobe maiden winner in August ran a solid race in Downpatrick novice but hasn't really gone on from that, out of depth at Grade 3 level latest; will appreciate return to handicap company but others preferred.
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1st

10

10th Jun 2024

Good

3m 1f 40y

17:48 Roscommon

Paidis Passion

10st 6lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Paul W Flynn

soon disputed lead, led clearly from 2nd, jumped left and mistake 7th

12/1

6th

6

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 146y

13:05 Punchestown

Paidis Passion

10st 9lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: D M Christie

Progressive mare between last August and October, gaining three wins a row, two over hurdles and a mares' chase at Ballinrobe; soundly beaten in two handicap chases.

100/1

8th

2

29th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 70y

12:00 Leopardstown

Paidis Passion

11st 11lb

J: Carl Millar

T: D M Christie

Progressive mare between August and October, gaining three wins a row, two over hurdles and a mares' chase at Ballinrobe in which Hazelhatch Lady was third; soundly beaten in fifth on her handicap chase debut at Down Royal.

8/1

Form: 6-721P

Last run: 99 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Dual hurdles winner at Downpatrick, including in July over 2m6f; moderate run on Flat last month and others probably better handicapped.
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8th

10

24th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 185y

17:35 Downpatrick

Fassbender

11st 0lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: Mark Michael McNiff

Dual winner here and placed many times; well beaten on heavy ground over the winter the last twice but this ground suits better and has a chance.

11/1

8th

10

24th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 185y

17:35 Downpatrick

Fassbender

11st 0lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: Mark Michael McNiff

Dual winner here and placed many times; well beaten on heavy ground over the winter the last twice but this ground suits better and has a chance.

11/1

Form: /FP0P-

Last run: 231 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Versatile sort, winner on the Flat/AW and maiden hurdle for Gavin Cromwell; out of form for his subsequent yard and never counted on debut for current trainer on Flat at Galway last month; seems best watched for now.
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14th

3

(13)

16th Dec 2022

Standard

2m 0f 0y

17:00 Dundalk (AW)

Father Ailbe

9st 12lb

J: Shane Crosse

T: Miss Hilary McLoughlin

prominent, led after 1f, briefly headed 7f out, disputing lead until lost position over 3f out, dropped to last and ridden home turn

100/1

3

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 156y

14:40 Thurles

Father Ailbe

11st 12lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Miss Hilary McLoughlin

Versatile sort, winner on the Flat/AW and maiden hurdle for Gavin Cromwell; out of form for his subsequent yard and never counted on debut for current trainer on Flat at Galway last month; seems best watched for now.

25/1

10th

5

(14)

18th Oct 2022

Soft

1m 3f 184y

17:10 Gowran Park

Father Ailbe

9st 8lb

J: Shane Crosse

T: Miss Hilary McLoughlin

dwelt start, in rear, pushed along 4f out, ridden towards far side 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous

25/1

Form: -42156

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Bumper winner ran well for a long way on recent handicap debut in first-time cheekpieces, possibly not quite seeing out 2m6f trip at Navan; slight drop in trip to suit and one to consider.
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3rd

8

17th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 51y

19:15 Kilbeggan

Moonovercloon

11st 12lb

J: James Smith

T: Matthew J Smith

128-rated hurdler ran a cracker in hot Punchestown festival handicap before switching to fences; solid form in second both chase starts over this trip and each-way shout.

12/1

2nd

4

7th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

18:50 Clonmel

Moonovercloon

11st 0lb

J: James Smith

T: Matthew J Smith

Bumper and dual hurdles winner who likes good ground; career best over hurdles on reappearance when third of 23 in hot Punchestown festival handicap; second to de Bromhead-trained winner on chase debut at Limerick; trainer's son knows him inside out.

100/30

2nd

8

23rd May 2024

Good

2m 3f 160y

18:25 Limerick

Moonovercloon

11st 12lb

J: James Smith

T: Matthew J Smith

Bang there in a competitive 2m4f handicap hurdle at Punchestown when off a feather weight (12th-placed Ambitious Fellow carried 11st 6lb); has to enter the equation on chase debut.

5/1

Form: 144-P9

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Wexford maiden winner last year (2m) has had a very restricted campaign in 2022, most recently never sighted in Galway handicap last month; hard to make a case for.
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5th

8

9th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 194y

15:45 Sligo

Staging Post

10st 6lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Mark Michael McNiff

Won his bumper here and arrives in good form after finishing second in a handicap hurdle here last month; top rider booked and has to have a solid chance.

3/1

2nd

13

13th Jun 2023

Good

2m 1f 133y

18:33 Sligo

Staging Post

11st 3lb

J: Daniel King

T: Mark Michael McNiff

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders before 2 out, pushed along and went second approaching last, ran on and went clear with winner final 110yds

4/1

Form: 0/231-

Last run: 476 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Improved on joining Willie Mullins in summer of 2021, placed twice in handicaps before readily landing 2m2f Sligo contest (yielding) August that year; not seen since and reappears from 14 months' absence for new yard so market could prove best guide to his chances.
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11th

17

16th Jun 2024

Yielding

2m 1f 165y

16:35 Downpatrick

Attitash

11st 7lb

J: Caragh Monaghan

T: Ian Patrick Donoghue

Second reserve; good comeback when second over fences here in April but well held over hurdles at Cartmel; fifth in a chase here on Saturday; new headgear combo.

5th

9

15th Jun 2024

Good

2m 3f 100y

15:25 Downpatrick

Attitash

10st 12lb

J: Caragh Monaghan

T: Ian Patrick Donoghue

Tailed off at Cartmel last time and on a losing run since 2021 but showed promise on his penultimate start, a C&D handicap; repeat of that run would put him in the mix.

7/1

Form: U0-146

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Went up 9lb for winning at Clonmel in May and two Tramore runs since suggests the handicapper may have his measure for the moment.
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1st

2

30th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

15:00 Ffos Las

Steppenwolf

11st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Winning hurdler but inferior chase form in eight attempts; left Gavin Cromwell for 12,500gns; had wind surgery and return to goodish ground won't harm; has to be of some interest.

10/1

5th

6

27th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 65y

13:05 Fairyhouse

Steppenwolf

11st 7lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

Winning hurdler; has failed to complete three of his seven starts over fences; made a bad mistake at the eighth when third in a Ludlow handicap; beaten almost 20l in fifth at Leopardstown last time.

14/1

5th

9

29th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 70y

12:00 Leopardstown

Steppenwolf

11st 4lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Gavin Cromwell

Winning hurdler; has failed to complete three of his six starts over fences; made a bad mistake at the eighth when third in an ordinary Ludlow handicap last time; trainer appears to have a stronger candidate in Broken Ice.

16/1

Form: 3P7F2P D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Won over this trip at Tramore in April but very mixed form in six outings since, Downpatrick novice second easily best run; pulled up on recent chase debut and now reverts to hurdles.
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2nd

6

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Aintree

Prince Zaltar

10st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: P J Rothwell

Steadily progressive 6yo who won twice in the spring (2m4f, good to yielding/good) and was a respectable sixth of 20 at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) three weeks ago; also effective on soft; last time was his first run since July and he may be able to build on it.

16/1

6th

6

17th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

Prince Zaltar

11st 8lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: P J Rothwell

The winner of two 2m4f handicaps in Ireland this year and late mistakes did him no favours when beaten 14l over 2m7f the final time; needs to resume improvement to defy this sort of mark.

20/1

4th

7

21st Jul 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 180y

15:05 Killarney

Prince Zaltar

10st 11lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: P J Rothwell

Has gained two wins over 2m4f this year; not at his best back at this trip at Ballinrobe when last seen; probably needs a career best to defy his current mark.

10/1

Form: 09-445

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
First reserve; improvement in Kilbeggan maidens over the summer (good), not at that level at Wexford last month on heavy; return to better ground should suit on handicap debut and potential improver.
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9th

5

30th May 2024

Good To Firm

2m 3f 0y

19:17 Limerick

Simpletwistoffaith

11st 11lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Patrick J F Hassett

midfield, prominent halfway

12/1

7th

17

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

15:55 Cork

Simpletwistoffaith

11st 8lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Patrick J F Hassett

Kilbeggan maiden last summer (good-to-yielding) his standout effort; better for recent comeback run but still others preferred.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 132P-P D

Last run: 203 days

W: 11st 4lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Second reserve; veteran whose last win came when not needing to be at best in Limerick claiming hurdle in February for Robert Tyner; pulled up quickly on last two starts in the spring over fences and obvious concerns now.
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10

9th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 77y

14:05 Thurles

Spare Brakes

11st 3lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: V C Ward

Five wins for Robert Tyner; 13-year-old pulled up on all three starts for his current trainer and makes no appeal.

50/1

6

21st Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 6f 110y

14:37 Fairyhouse

Spare Brakes

11st 11lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: V C Ward

Five-time winner was poor over fences when last seen and looks best watched on return.

33/1

Form: -FP677

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Third reserve; won twice in novice hurdles in Britain for Fergal O'Brien, showing her best form on good ground at around 2m; has struggled for this yard so far and now tried blinkered.
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3rd

7

1st Jun 2024

Good

2m 7f 100y

17:25 Listowel

Ordered Lives

11st 8lb

J: Mr D M Fitzgerald

T: Martin Paul Fitzgerald

Dual novice winner for Fergal O'Brien; it's been a rocky road in handicaps and a slip-up in her recent point won't have done much for her confidence; new headgear tried.

33/1

8

6th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 0y

13:45 Tramore

Ordered Lives

11st 3lb

J: Mr J L Gleeson

T: Martin Paul Fitzgerald

midfield, dropped to rear 3rd, ridden and struggling 2 out, tailed off when pulled up before last

20/1

18

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 156y

14:40 Thurles

Ordered Lives

11st 3lb

J: Mr J L Gleeson

T: Martin Paul Fitzgerald

Third reserve; won twice in novice hurdles in Britain for Fergal O'Brien, showing her best form on good ground at around 2m; has struggled for this yard so far and now tried blinkered.

Non-runners

Simpletwistoffaith, Spare Brakes, Ordered Lives

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Payout
Exacta €37.50
Straight Forecast €33.47
Tricast €272.26
Trifecta €214.80

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

L'or Des Roses

POSTDATA:

Paidi's Passion

RP Ratings (IRE):

Asluckwouldhaveit

TOPSPEED:

Spare Brakes

The Irish Sun:

L'or Des Roses