January 19 / 13.40 Fairyhouse

13.40

Heavy

Easter Festival Early Bird Maiden Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5221.24
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 19 runners
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Easter Festival Early Bird Maiden Hurdle

Runners: 19 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Abandoned

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Won a 7f Laytown maiden in September in first-time tongue-tie; surpassed that form with third of 19 in a 1m handicap at the Curragh in October; excellent Flat pedigree, half-brother to Irish St Leger winner Royal Diamond, and to Pattern winners Princess Highway and Mad About You; interesting recruit to hurdling.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

11

(14)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Coeur Dor

9st 2lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

Couldn't sustain his effort returned to 1m2f at the Curragh last month but in peak form previously, winning valuable events at about 1m for two wins in August (yielding to soft and good); should be suited by the way this is run and could have a say.

16/1

8th

1

(17)

10th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

17:45 Curragh

Coeur Dor

10st 0lb

J: Jake Coen

T: D K Weld

midfield

8/1

1st

3

(1)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

18:10 Curragh

Coeur Dor

9st 12lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

towards rear of midfield, switched left soon after start

13/2

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Best Flat form at Dundalk (2-10), failed to win on turf; should be fit from AW action, but testing conditions may not be ideal for hurdling debut.
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5th

7

1st Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 100y

17:20 Wexford

Rockview Roman

11st 11lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Three-time Flat winner; easily best display over hurdles so far on handicap debut at Sligo last month; further progress is on the cards.

6/1

2nd

7

10th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 185y

18:35 Sligo

Rockview Roman

11st 9lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

soon midfield, mistake 4th, headway when bit short of room and switched left after 2 out, ran on and went second run-in, no match for winner

14/1

Form: P5

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Fair performer on the Flat, four wins and ten places from 52 starts; jumped poorly and was pulled-up on her hurdles debut at Thurles in October; can get the hang of things judged on long-priced fifth in a 25-runner Naas maiden a month ago.
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Verdict Starting price

8th

10

13th Jun 2023

Good

2m 1f 133y

18:33 Sligo

Take My Hand

11st 6lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Michael Mulvany

took keen hold, prominent, went second before 2nd, hit 5th

12/1

6th

10

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 120y

18:50 Tramore

Take My Hand

10st 9lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Michael Mulvany

Four-time Flat winner; 0-8 over hurdles but has competitive form, including when second under a positive ride over C&D in April; Ballinrobe was nothing like so good but she's better than that.

10/1

7th

12

2nd May 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 139y

17:48 Ballinrobe

Take My Hand

11st 7lb

J: Niall Moore

T: Michael Mulvany

Three-time Flat winner has run with credit in handicap hurdles, most recently second under a positive ride at Tramore; one to consider off just 1lb higher.

11/2

Form: 02

Last run: 81 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Was found to be blowing hard after a disappointing debut in a bumper Listowel last September; showed the benefit of the run going close at Wexford on hurdling debut; that was not a strong race, but he should be thereabouts again.
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6th

3

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:57 Cork

Abbeydale

11st 1lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Landed heavy-ground 2m Gowran maiden last March later same month faded tamely in a rated contest at Naas; made a pleasing seasonal/handicap debut when a staying-on fourth over 2m at Thurles last month; half-brother to the useful Irish Saint should appreciate this extra half-mile.

5/2

4th

3

17th Dec 2023

Yielding

1m 7f 205y

14:35 Thurles

Abbeydale

11st 9lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Landed heavy-ground Gowran maiden back in March but later same month faded tamely in more competitive Naas rated novice; reappears for handicap debut with likely still more to offer.

8/1

6th

1

30th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 63y

15:07 Naas

Abbeydale

11st 9lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Gordon Elliott

Narrowly beaten in a 2m4f heavy ground maiden hurdle at Wexford in October and appreciated the return to those conditions when landing a Gowran maiden hurdle over this trip 19 days ago; the more rain the better and one of the standard setters here.

3/1

Form: 276305

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Placed in two bumpers, best effort at Roscommon last summer on debut; quite promising along with Kelce over C&D on second hurdles start; worth a look for future reference.
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5th

2

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 198y

15:20 Punchestown

Fiveonefive

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Cian Collins

Three-time winner, two in Britain including in a novice handicap at Hereford in November; probably finished as close as he was entitled in a Navan novice event last month; chance in a competitive race.

7/1

3rd

3

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 0f 0y

12:45 Navan

Fiveonefive

11st 4lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Cian Collins

raced in third, lost third but in touch with leaders before 3 out, mistake when pecked on landing 2 out, went third again from last, no match for first two

6/1

1st

1

6th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

15:50 Hereford

Fiveonefive

11st 12lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Cian Collins

Penalised for winning two handicaps this year but he has progressed well and it was a Class 2 handicap in which he ran third at Ffos Las (2m, good to soft) 22 days ago; returns to novice company in a race lacking depth.

Evs

Form: P

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Half-brother to his trainer's 2m5f handicap hurdle winner Huckleberry Rock; 100-1 when pulled-up on debut in a 2m4f maiden here on New Year's Day; one to rule out.
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14th

9

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:30 Limerick

Huckleberry River

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Shane Crawley

Three-figure odds when pulled up in two Fairyhouse outings in January; can be ruled out; hooded now

100/1

9

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:23 Fairyhouse

Huckleberry River

11st 4lb

J: Benjamin P Kennedy

T: Shane Crawley

took keen hold, towards rear, in touch with leaders before 2nd, prominent before 5th

100/1

Form: 2/2 BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Did not look an easy ride when second in a 1m4f AQPS event in April 2021; form looks quite solid, winner later scored twice over hurdles; did not make Irish debut until favorite for a 2m maiden at Limerick after Christmas; raced up with the pace before running out of steam, no match for a stablemate of Sam Magee but well clear of the remainder; strong contender.
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Verdict Starting price

1st

10

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:23 Fairyhouse

In Excess

11st 4lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

prominent, not fluent 2nd, led after 5th

11/10

2nd

19

26th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:58 Limerick

In Excess

10st 13lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: W P Mullins

First reserve; second in an AQPS bumper 20 months ago; of obvious interest if getting in.

Abandoned

Form: 68

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Has shown a degree of promise in two maiden outings; closely matched with Fiveonfive on running at this venue; likely handicap prospect after this.
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18

6th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:40 Tipperary

Kelce

11st 4lb

J: J J Slevin

T: C A Murphy

Second reserve; well beaten on his two handicap starts and might need to come down a bit.

8th

3

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 80y

19:00 Down Royal

Kelce

11st 13lb

J: Richard Condon

T: C A Murphy

Tailed off in four starts under Rules including handicap debut latest; looks up against it from this mark on handicap debut.

25/1

12th

12

11th May 2023

Soft

2m 3f 25y

19:48 Clonmel

Kelce

11st 7lb

J: Richard Condon

T: C A Murphy

Beaten a fair way in good-class maidens last winter; needs more fluency in his jumping but remains a potential improver now entering handicaps.

8/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Gelded son of Frankel is a Niarchos cast-off with a smart pedigree; one fair run for Willie McCreery in 2021 but a low-grade maiden handicapper last season; chance is not obvious on hurdling debut.
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Verdict Starting price

15th

17

(1)

17th Aug 2023

Good

1m 1f 0y

19:35 Leopardstown

Lofoten

8st 9lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: P J Rothwell

Maiden after 12 starts has been soundly beaten on last three runs and doesn't make a lot of appeal.

50/1

11th

14

(16)

26th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

19:30 Naas

Lofoten

8st 12lb

J: Cian Horgan

T: P J Rothwell

dwelt start, towards rear of midfield

20/1

10th

18

(9)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 2f 0y

17:20 Navan

Lofoten

9st 1lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: P J Rothwell

Maiden's staying-on fifth under Bowen at Listowel (1m) was promising and didn't see out 1m5f latest; could go okay over this trip.

16/1

Form: 00

Last run: 4 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Poor form in points; in good hands, but no impact in two maiden hurdle outings over this trip since Christmas.
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4th

5

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Master Breffni

11st 4lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

held up in rear, outpaced and pushed along before 4 out, soon lost touch

12/1

4th

2

2nd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 5

13:35 Catterick

Master Breffni

11st 13lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

Ex-Irish maiden who was an early faller in C&D contest last week on stable/chase debut; has achieved nothing since being placed over hurdles at Naas last March.

14/1

0

1

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 5

15:00 Catterick

Master Breffni

12st 0lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Encouraging third over hurdles at Naas last March but struggled on final three runs for Jim Dreaper and remains a maiden; a return to form is needed on this chase and stable debut.

20/1

Form: 00

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
In a top stable, but no sign of ability in maiden hurdles at Leopardstown and Tramore in recent weeks.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

12th

7

1st Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 180y

15:35 Killarney

On My Bike

11st 5lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Only beaten 6l at Bellewstown in July and kept plugging away when fourth over 2m6f at Ballinrobe last time; unproven on soft ground.

8/1

4th

3

28th Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 14y

18:35 Ballinrobe

On My Bike

11st 11lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

towards rear

14/1

Form: 34

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Enough merit in his bumper runs at this venue and at Leopardstown to suggest he has a solid future over jumps; may need to gather experience.
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Verdict Starting price

5th

22

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Park Of Kings

10st 3lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Paul Nolan

soon midfield

33/1

3rd

10

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Park Of Kings

11st 2lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Paul Nolan

towards rear

10/1

3rd

4

11th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:07 Gowran Park

Park Of Kings

11st 4lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Paul Nolan

prominent, soon went third, left in modest second 5th, headway 3 out, lost second 2 out, no extra approaching last

5/2

Form: P/06

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Modest form in points after 2019 win; getting on in years, but produced his best hurdles effort so far at Naas last time; 150-1 shot on that occasion, did well to keep on for sixth of 24 finishers behind odds-on Hunters Yarn.
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8th

9

15th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 73y

14:25 Punchestown

Pay Later

10st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Jonathan Sweeney

Gambled favourite for his stable debut at Fairyhouse two weeks ago after 11 months off but made no show after jumping poorly; unusual for this stable to get it so badly wrong so he had clearly been showing something; interesting once again, as will be the market.

12/1

11th

11

1st Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 143y

13:15 Fairyhouse

Pay Later

10st 13lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Jonathan Sweeney

Point winner showed a glimpse of ability over hurdles, including in a Navan handicap when last seen; interesting jockey booking and worth a market check; tongue-tie on.

12/1

9th

3

12th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 100y

15:10 Navan

Pay Later

11st 7lb

J: Gearoid Brouder

T: Gerard O’Leary

Winning pointer; has shown some ability in maiden hurdles and looks fairly treated; interesting runner.

14/1

Form: 3

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Point winner for Liam Kenny on good ground at Tattersalls Farm last May; sold for 80,000 Euros; drops in trip after a pleasing run to take third over 2m4f on stable/hurdling debut at Down Royal last month; handled soft ground then, should improve.
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5th

5

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 0y

15:50 Thurles

Sam Magee

11st 4lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Mark is on the slide after some disappointing efforts and he's hard to fancy up in trip.

20/1

7th

7

7th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:15 Fairyhouse

Sam Magee

11st 9lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Point winner; made a bright start over hurdles last winter; promising third at Down Royal in December before fair fifth at Naas; poor form in two runs in the spring and beaten favourite in a maiden at Kilbeggan last month; questions to answer now.

8/1

8th

7

8th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

15:27 Kilbeggan

Sam Magee

11st 12lb

J: Daire McConville

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent

3/1

Form: 09P

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Big price in three maiden hurdle outings, nothing to suggest he could feature.
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11th

11

31st May 2023

Good

2m 1f 100y

18:30 Wexford

Thirsty Thursday

11st 2lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Colin Motherway

Fair run on heavy ground at Clonmel in March in his first handicap; has failed to build on that; cheekpieces on now.

14/1

20

26th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 0y

18:15 Limerick

Thirsty Thursday

11st 2lb

J: Niall Moore

T: Colin Motherway

9th

6

21st Apr 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

17:40 Kilbeggan

Thirsty Thursday

11st 5lb

J: Ian Power

T: Colin Motherway

Reportedly hung left when not running at all badly in a Clonmel handicap last month, not so good since at Navan; marked step up in trip here.

16/1

Form:

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Started his Flat career well for Tony Mullins, producing several good efforts over 6f/7f at the Curragh, before regressing sharply; faded from three out on recent stable/hurdling debut at Cork.
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9th

13

(11)

25th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 2f 75y

16:45 Down Royal

Valhallas Dream

8st 12lb

J: Jack Cleary

T: R P Burns

Failed to build on early promise for Tony Mullins; very poor form in four starts this year, two on Flat, two over hurdles.

25/1

22th

15

(10)

16th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

20:15 Cork

Valhallas Dream

9st 2lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: R P Burns

Some promise back in the day for Tony Mullins; restricted campaign in recent years and hard to fancy on recent evidence.

20/1

8

(16)

4th Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

16:07 Listowel

Valhallas Dream

9st 4lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: R P Burns

Showed promise in his maidens and was a good fifth on handicap debut at the Curragh back in May 21 but has failed to make much of an impact since returning from 14-month break last October; last seen finishing 10th of 12 in a Dundalk handicap in April, racing freely in rear; doesn't make much appeal.

40/1

Form: 2008

Last run: 124 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Showed promise when 12l second on his debut in a bumper at Tipperary last summer; has failed to build on that so far; little impact in mid-field on his hurdling debut at Navan; first reserve.
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17th

14

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 175y

15:45 Punchestown

Resilient Front

11st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

towards rear of midfield

20/1

7th

4

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 13y

14:40 Thurles

Resilient Front

11st 10lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Bumper runner-up was too keen when tailed off on handicap debut over 2m5f at Downpatrick; may fare better over this trip.

10/1

7th

1

6th Oct 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 110y

16:10 Downpatrick

Resilient Front

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Noel Meade

midfield and took keen hold early, dropped to rear before 4th

10/1

Abandoned

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
First foal; dam a 2m4f chase winner by Flemensfirth from the family of Gold Cup winner Master Oats; reported lame when missing an intended debut in a bumper at this venue early last month; second reserve.
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11th

3

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 5f 120y

19:30 Tramore

Calazure

11st 12lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Noel Meade

Promise in a bumper on debut and bounced back from a lesser effort when fourth of 13 (beaten roughly 5l) at Downpatrick last time; sets the standard and could be hard to beat if he handles the quicker ground.

11/8

4th

5

2nd Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 160y

13:40 Downpatrick

Calazure

11st 4lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Noel Meade

towards rear

33/1

13th

2

9th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 182y

15:50 Thurles

Calazure

11st 4lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Noel Meade

Showed promise in a Navan bumper won by Cheltenham favourite It's For Me; up sharply in trip for his hurdles debut; not discounted.

12/1

Abandoned

Form: 2/P

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Touched off over 2m2f at Compiegne in May 2019 on his only start in France; raced keenly and dropped away tamely on belated Irish debut at Tramore; trainer's In Excess has strong credentials; third reserve.
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3rd

5

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

13:33 Thurles

Figaroc

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

jumped left on occasions, in touch with leaders, went modest third after 4 out, mistake 2 out, kept on, no match for first two

20/1

6th

2

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:25 Gowran Park

Figaroc

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Won a maiden hurdle at Clonmel last season; carried out when still involved in a handicap hurdle at the Punchestown festival; remote sixth behind top-class stablemate Gaelic Warrior on chasing debut at Punchestown in November.

20/1

Verdict

There should be a fair amount of improvement to come from IN EXCESS following a second placing at Limerick on his Irish debut. Henry de Bromhead trains the winner of that race and now provides a strong challenger in Sam Magee. Abbeydale probably has more on his plate than when second at Wexford. Hurdling newcomers Coeur D’Or and Park Of Kings make some appeal. [Alan Sweetman]