November 24 / 15.10 Thurles

15.10 Thurles

Yielding

Holycross Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4957.98
  • 2m 0f 33y
  • 19 runners
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Holycross Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 19 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 700-1U

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Readily landed a mares handicap hurdle at Sligo last month before a first fence unseat in a Naas handicap chase; up 8lb for that Sligo success and one for the shortlist here.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

13

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Boghlone Honey

11st 8lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Liam P Cusack

prominent on outer, pressed leader after 3 out (usual 4 out), led going easily before 2 out, soon went clear, went well clear when not fluent last, easily

6/1

15

12th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:15 Naas

Boghlone Honey

10st 8lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Liam P Cusack

midfield, mistake and unseated rider 1st

16/1

1st

8

21st Oct 2022

Yielding

2m 1f 110y

14:25 Sligo

Boghlone Honey

11st 1lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Liam P Cusack

held up in midfield, prominent in chasing group 4 out, led going best just after 2 out, went clear approaching last, ridden briefly and kept on strongly run-in, eased towards finish, comfortably

25/1

7/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 9803-5

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Alternated between fences and hurdles last season, by far his best effort when a good third in a big-field handicap hurdle at Naas in March; probably needed the run on his return in a handicap chase at Limerick last month; looks the owner's first-string here.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

6

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Know The Game

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: J T R Dreaper

midfield, in touch with leaders when mistake 3 out (usual 4 out)

7/1

5th

8

23rd Oct 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 100y

16:45 Limerick

Know The Game

10st 5lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: J T R Dreaper

held up in rear, headway into midfield 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, weakened 2 out

10/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 2947U8 CD

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Last win was over C&D a year ago; unlucky not to add to that tally during the summer; not disgraced in a competitive Navan contest last time; 10lb higher than last year but well capable of getting into the shake-up at his best.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

7

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Peace Party

11st 10lb

J: E Walsh

T: Desmond McDonogh

Last win was over C&D a year ago; unlucky not to add to that tally during the summer; not disgraced in a competitive Navan contest last time; 10lb higher than last year but well capable of getting into the shake-up at his best.

14/1

13

8th Oct 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

16:30 Fairyhouse

Peace Party

10st 12lb

J: E Walsh

T: Desmond McDonogh

midfield, in touch with leaders 3 out, pushed along to lead after 2 out, keeping on when bad mistake and unseated rider last

7/1

7th

1

26th Sep 2022

Good

1m 7f 78y

14:25 Roscommon

Peace Party

12st 0lb

J: E Walsh

T: Desmond McDonogh

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders 3 out, soon ridden, weakening and no impression when hampered last

10/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 12F33F D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Landed a 2m handicap hurdle at Wexford in July and had every chance when coming down at the last at the same venue last month; consistent performer and unlikely to be too far away here.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

3

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Our Bobby

11st 12lb

J: Niall Moore

T: John M Burke

Landed a 2m handicap hurdle at Wexford in July and had every chance when coming down at the last at the same venue last month; consistent performer and unlikely to be too far away here.

5/1

6

31st Oct 2022

Soft

2m 0f 100y

15:05 Wexford

Our Bobby

11st 4lb

J: Niall Moore

T: John M Burke

midfield

13/2

3rd

3

2nd Oct 2022

Good

2m 1f 0y

13:35 Killarney

Our Bobby

11st 13lb

J: Niall Moore

T: John M Burke

midfield, in touch with leaders 5 out, ridden before 3 out, outpaced after 2 out, no match for first two

11/2

Form: 941P-3 D

Last run: 105 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Won a Flat handicap at Tipperary in May and generally in good form over the summer; returning from a couple of sub-standard Flat efforts last month at the Curragh and Dundalk but cannot be discounted.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

5

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Secret Sea

11st 11lb

J: Richard Condon

T: Eoin Doyle

Won a Flat handicap at Tipperary in May and generally in good form over the summer; returning from a couple of sub-standard Flat efforts last month at the Curragh and Dundalk but cannot be discounted.

8/1

13th

8

(17)

4th Nov 2022

Standard

1m 4f 0y

18:30 Dundalk (AW)

Secret Sea

9st 10lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Eoin Doyle

dwelt start, towards rear of midfield

14/1

15th

1

(17)

13th Oct 2022

Soft

1m 4f 0y

15:45 Curragh

Secret Sea

10st 2lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Eoin Doyle

held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous

14/1

Form: 5F82-6

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in a Galway maiden hurdle for Pat Kelly 13 months ago; faded on his reappearance at Wexford last month after a year off; should come on but others preferred.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

2

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Champagne Vacation

11st 13lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Sean Aherne

Runner-up in a Galway maiden hurdle for Pat Kelly 13 months ago; faded on his reappearance at Wexford last month after a year off; should come on but others preferred.

14/1

6th

1

30th Oct 2022

Soft

2m 4f 150y

15:40 Wexford

Champagne Vacation

12st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Sean Aherne

in touch with leaders, went second 6th, leader went clear 10th, ridden 3 out, lost modest second and weakened before 2 out

7/1

Form: P06160 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Won a good ground handicap hurdle at Tramore in August; not quite at that level in two starts since and better ground would help; others preferred.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

8

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Bite That

11st 9lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Patrick J Flynn

Won a good ground handicap hurdle at Tramore in August; not quite at that level in two starts since and better ground would help; others preferred.

16/1

10th

3

27th Oct 2022

Soft

2m 0f 114y

15:30 Clonmel

Bite That

12st 2lb

J: Mr J L Gleeson

T: Patrick J Flynn

midfield, headway 3 out, pressed leaders when ridden and edged right before 2 out, not fluent and weakened 2 out

10/1

6th

8

26th Aug 2022

Good

2m 0f 190y

17:50 Down Royal

Bite That

11st 3lb

J: G B Noonan

T: Patrick J Flynn

took keen hold, prominent, not fluent and lost position 3rd, pushed along but outpaced after 3 out, no extra when not fluent 2 out

11/2

Form: 307336

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Yet to win but some solid handicap form this year in the context of this race; faded late but far from disgraced at Punchestown last time; drops in trip here but very interesting nonetheless, even if Bryan Cooper prefers his stablemate.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

14

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Ocojohn

11st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Thomas Cooper

Yet to win but some solid handicap form this year in the context of this race; faded late but far from disgraced at Punchestown last time; drops in trip here but very interesting nonetheless, even if Bryan Cooper prefers his stablemate.

10/1

6th

10

11th Oct 2022

Good

2m 4f 150y

16:05 Punchestown

Ocojohn

11st 10lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Thomas Cooper

prominent, went second 1st, led just before 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, lost second and no extra just after last, lost position and weakened final 110yds

12/1

3rd

6

2nd Oct 2022

Good

2m 6f 180y

14:45 Killarney

Ocojohn

11st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Thomas Cooper

prominent, not fluent 7th, pushed along before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, no extra run-in

5/1

Form: 9F-957 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Fourth run for the stable, respectable efforts in handicaps at Galway and Killarney before possibly not staying over 2m3f at Clonmel latest; could be far more at home over this trip than stablemate Ocojohn and considered with Bryan Cooper preferring him.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

15

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Elusive Rebeldom

11st 7lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Thomas Cooper

Fourth run for the stable, respectable efforts in handicaps at Galway and Killarney before possibly not staying over 2m3f at Clonmel latest; could be far more at home over this trip than stablemate Ocojohn and considered with Bryan Cooper preferring him.

10/1

7th

13

27th Oct 2022

Soft

2m 3f 92y

14:20 Clonmel

Elusive Rebeldom

11st 1lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Thomas Cooper

midfield, headway 4 out, weakened 2 out

8/1

5th

7

2nd Oct 2022

Good

2m 1f 0y

13:35 Killarney

Elusive Rebeldom

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Thomas Cooper

towards rear, pushed along and headway from 4 out, ridden after 3 out, switched right and kept on after 2 out, not reach leaders

14/1

Form: 0-9116

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Good staying type with six career wins; not at his best when failing to complete a hat-trick at Roscommon last time having gone up 17lb; cannot be discounted here.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

11

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Oskar High

11st 9lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Norman Lee

Good staying type with six career wins; not at his best when failing to complete a hat-trick at Roscommon last time having gone up 17lb; cannot be discounted here.

8/1

6th

8

26th Sep 2022

Good

2m 7f 170y

15:35 Roscommon

Oskar High

10st 13lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Norman Lee

led, headed after 5 out, pushed along and lost position after 4 out, no extra from 3 out

4/1

1st

11

9th Sep 2022

Good

2m 5f 181y

17:00 Ballinrobe

Oskar High

10st 4lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Norman Lee

disputed lead early, chased clear leader after 1st, pushed along after 2 out, headway approaching last, led when ridden from last, soon faced challenge but kept on well, always doing enough

3/1

Form: /0P7-8 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Won a Fairyhouse bumper for Vincent Ward 19 months ago; respectable effort in a maiden hurdle there at Easter; handicap debut here and not obviously well treated but should improve for his Limerick run.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11th

1

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Mary’s Pride

12st 0lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Edward Cawley

Won a Fairyhouse bumper for Vincent Ward 19 months ago; respectable effort in a maiden hurdle there at Easter; handicap debut here and not obviously well treated but should improve for his Limerick run.

16/1

8th

6

23rd Oct 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:15 Limerick

Mary’s Pride

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Edward Cawley

towards rear, ridden and headway into midfield after 3 out, weakened from 2 out

11/1

6/1

Form: 6/711- D

Last run: 490 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Looked a real improver when landing a pair of handicap hurdles at Tramore and Limerick 19 months ago; racing off a 19lb higher mark here; tough ask but the market should be a good guide.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

12th

4

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Gendarme

11st 11lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

Looked a real improver when landing a pair of handicap hurdles at Tramore and Limerick 19 months ago; racing off a 19lb higher mark here; tough ask but the market should be a good guide.

6/1

Form: -95650

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Second in a Killarney bumper for John Murphy in 2021 but only bits and pieces of form since; well beaten in a Navan maiden hurdle latest and not easy to fancy.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

13th

9

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Fairy Tree

11st 9lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Matthew J Smith

Second in a Killarney bumper for John Murphy in 2021 but only bits and pieces of form since; well beaten in a Navan maiden hurdle latest and not easy to fancy.

33/1

12th

16

13th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

11:45 Navan

Fairy Tree

11st 5lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Matthew J Smith

held up in rear, minor headway after 3 out, made no impression

50/1

6th

3

5th Aug 2022

Good

2m 0f 160y

20:10 Wexford

Fairy Tree

11st 11lb

J: Mr J Kelly Smith

T: Matthew J Smith

midfield, ridden and headway over 1f out, hung left but ran on well inside final furlong, not reach leaders

8/1

Form: /288-0

Last run: 205 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Won a Flat handicap at Dundalk in March; lost his way on the Flat after that and best watched here on his return to hurdles.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

14th

12

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

The Virginian

11st 9lb

J: Peter Smithers

T: Padraig Roche

Won a Flat handicap at Dundalk in March; lost his way on the Flat after that and best watched here on his return to hurdles.

33/1

11th

2

(20)

26th Aug 2022

Good

1m 4f 110y

19:40 Tipperary

The Virginian

10st 2lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Padraig Roche

ducked left start, towards rear, pushed along from over 3f out, ridden and some headway towards far side from 2f out, switched left over 1f out, no extra when bit short of room inside final furlong, eased towards finish

16/1

Form: /00-78

Last run: 174 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Has had a few trainers since winning twice on the Flat in Britain; debuts for Pat Foley here and hard to fancy on what he has done recently.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Morning Skye

11st 9lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: Patrick T Foley

Has had a few trainers since winning twice on the Flat in Britain; debuts for Pat Foley here and hard to fancy on what he has done recently.

20/1

Form: 20/60/ D

Last run: 804 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Second in a Tramore maiden hurdle for Gordon Elliott but not much to recommend otherwise; debuts for Peter Maher here after more than two years off.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

16

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Mam Trasna

11st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Peter Maher

Second in a Tramore maiden hurdle for Gordon Elliott but not much to recommend otherwise; debuts for Peter Maher here after more than two years off.

66/1

OUR TIP

Form: 005F-

Last run: 224 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
First reserve; showed a little ability in a Cork maiden hurdle in January; best watched.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

17

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Crowsatedappletart

11st 7lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Michael Winters

First reserve; showed a little ability in a Cork maiden hurdle in January; best watched.

Form: 090F-0

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Second reserve; plum last in a Fairyhouse handicap hurdle last month; makes little appeal.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

18

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Grand Cru Chatho

11st 6lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Edward Cawley

Second reserve; plum last in a Fairyhouse handicap hurdle last month; makes little appeal.

16th

2

8th Oct 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

17:05 Fairyhouse

Grand Cru Chatho

12st 0lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Edward Cawley

led, pushed along when headed 2 out, soon weakened quickly

14/1

Form: 44-009

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Third reserve; not disgraced in a couple of early bumpers or in a Gowran maiden hurdle; might need a little leeway from the handicapper.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

19

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 33y

15:10 Thurles

Bella Union

11st 5lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: John C McConnell

Third reserve; not disgraced in a couple of early bumpers or in a Gowran maiden hurdle; might need a little leeway from the handicapper.

Non-runners

Crowsatedappletart, Grand Cru Chatho, Bella Union

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €35.20
Straight Forecast €28.05
Tricast €198.31
Trifecta €386.50

Selections

The Irish Sun:

Our Bobby

RP Ratings (IRE):

Boghlone Honey

POSTDATA:

Peace Party

SPOTLIGHT:

Gendarme