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14.50

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Solerina January 28th Mares Maiden Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5221.24
  • 2m 3f 110y
  • 12 runners
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Solerina January 28th Mares Maiden Hurdle

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 5-43

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Back up in trip; ran a promising race last time out in what looked a strong contest, albeit she was beaten a long way; she is going the right way.
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8th

3

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 2f 0y

12:40 Leopardstown

Broomfield Bijou

10st 11lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: J P Dempsey

Won twice over hurdles towards the end of last season, including a Punchestown festival handicap off 7lb lower than this; interesting back in handicap company after two runs in conditions races; wear cheekpieces for the first time; each-way proposition.

10/1

3rd

7

26th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 2f 40y

13:20 Punchestown

Broomfield Bijou

10st 7lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: J P Dempsey

Showed improved form last spring, winning a Ballinrobe maiden hurdle (2m2f) before taking a handicap at this venue over 2m; solid second in a Listowel novice on comeback and is capable of running well.

9/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
E12,000 3yo; 4th foal; sister to useful 2m4f/2m5f hurdle winner Atlantic Fairy; dam placed point/unplaced bumpers and hurdles, half-sister to bumper/2m3f-3m2f hurdle/chase winner Keepitsecret and bumper/2m4f hurdle/2m6f chase winner Be My Leader; interesting connections have persevered with this 8yo; worth a market check.
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6th

11

2nd Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 160y

13:40 Downpatrick

Crumb Of Comfort

10st 11lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, in touch with leaders from 2nd

8/1

10th

5

22nd Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 31y

14:50 Punchestown

Crumb Of Comfort

10st 13lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Encouraging debut when third of 14 at Fairyhouse last month and her pedigree suggests she should appreciate going up in trip; big player if she improves again.

11/4

3rd

3

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 110y

14:53 Fairyhouse

Crumb Of Comfort

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

E12,000 3yo; 4th foal; sister to useful 2m4f/2m5f hurdle winner Atlantic Fairy; dam placed point/unplaced bumpers and hurdles, half-sister to bumper/2m3f-3m2f hurdle/chase winner Keepitsecret and bumper/2m4f hurdle/2m6f chase winner Be My Leader; interesting connections have persevered with this 8yo; worth a market check.

8/1

Form: 66/52

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Fifth in a beginners' chase at Downpatrick in August before winning three points this winter; very encouraging second in a maiden hurdle at Limerick three weeks ago, travelling strongly; first time visor on; a likely contender.
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2nd

3

7th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

13:47 Clonmel

Desert Heather

10st 13lb

J: Mr R W Barron

T: Declan Queally

raced in second, hit 6th, disputed lead before 10th, pushed along briefly when pressed winner after 3 out, soon disputed lead and pushed along, briefly led before 2 out

13/2

4th

7

5th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:05 Cork

Desert Heather

10st 7lb

J: Mr R W Barron

T: Declan Queally

Triple point' winner hit form on the track last spring, winning consecutive handicap hurdles at Kilbeggan over this trip; did well to beat Solitary Man and Pinyon Jay over C&D last time on return; worse off at today's weights with them but a big chance with improvement to come.

7/4

1st

7

15th Oct 2023

Soft

3m 0f 50y

14:35 Cork

Desert Heather

10st 11lb

J: Mr R W Barron

T: Declan Queally

Returning from five months off but was in mighty form in 3m Kilbeggan handicaps in the spring, beating none other than Kerry National winner Desertmore House when last seen in May; respected, particularly at these weights, but vulnerable to race-fit rivals.

4/1

Form: 56

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Improved on debut to finish a respectable sixth at Tramore on latest start; first-time cheekpieces on; needs to improve to land this but not without a chance.
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1st

8

8th Feb 2024

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 4

13:05 Huntingdon

Fortunefavorsdbold

11st 1lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Christian Williams

jumped left on occasions, soon raced in second, joined leader before 2nd, briefly led 4th, led 4 out, faced challenge when briefly headed 2 out, good jump last, ridden out

16/1

15th

9

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 4

13:30 Wincanton

Fortunefavorsdbold

11st 6lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Won 3m maiden hurdle at Limerick (soft) last March but right out of form in her five starts since, last four for new yard; best watched.

40/1

Form:

Last run: 5 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Showed little on debut under rules at Fairyhouse; hood comes off; big ask
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9th

14

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 100y

15:30 Down Royal

Glen Ali

10st 7lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Ms Claire O’Connell

Has struggled since rejoining her original trainer after an unsuccessful stint with Iain Jardine; tends to jump to the right; no reassurance from her last three races.

66/1

0

10

11th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 9y

12:25 Clonmel

Glen Ali

10st 0lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Ms Claire O’Connell

towards rear but in touch with leaders, fell 5th

66/1

Form: /225-2

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Useful hurdler; first run after nine months off at Limerick when second to Shecouldbeanything, staying on well in the finish; will go on improving and certainly has the ability to land one of these; the one to beat.
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2nd

1

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 35y

13:05 Thurles

Hauturiere

11st 3lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

didn't always jump with fluency, raced in third, mistake 8th, ridden and went second on outer before last, pressed winner when switched right run-in, kept on but no match for winner

10/11

1st

2

27th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 6f 120y

13:27 Limerick

Hauturiere

10st 12lb

J: A P Heskin

T: W P Mullins

Has a few lengths to find with Harmonya Maker from their recent clash at Cork, but entitled to strip a good deal fitter from the run and with the former a little suspect in the jumping department, no surprise if she gets a lot closer today, and has already finished in front of her three times over hurdles; will make it interesting.

13/8

4th

2

10th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

13:45 Cork

Hauturiere

10st 13lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

131-rated hurdler posted similar RPR when making winning chase debut at Killarney in May, coming off strong pace to win going away over 2m4f; not sure this drop in trip will play to her strengths although soft ground will make it a test.

7/2

Form: -06829

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Back up in trip; disappointing on handicap hurdle debut at Down Royal when finishing ninth, previous second behind Elusive Guy at Limerick was an encouraging effort but this looks a tough ask.
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8th

3

10th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 7f 110y

19:08 Roscommon

Hi Ski

11st 11lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Ross O’Sullivan

led, ridden and headed after 2 out, weakened run-in

14/1

Form: 2-26

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Showed promise in bumpers; respectable effort on hurdles debut 22 lengths behind Hauturiere; can give a good account without winning.
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2nd

5

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 24y

13:50 Punchestown

Kates Hill

10st 2lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: J P Dempsey

prominent, steadied 2 out, soon outpaced and dropped to rear, ridden and switched left before 2 out, ran on well towards near side after last, went second final strides, just failed

5/2

1st

6

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 6f 148y

12:35 Punchestown

Kates Hill

11st 5lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: J P Dempsey

in touch with leaders, headway and challenging towards near side 2 out, soon ridden, led last, kept on well

2/1

2nd

1

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

12:00 Naas

Kates Hill

12st 0lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: J P Dempsey

Three wins in point-to-points; hard to make a case for her on form in beginners' chases and the trip will hardly be in her favour.

12/1

Form:

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Tough ask on hurdles debut in strong contest at Leopardstown when finishing down the field; up in trip and needs to find plenty.
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8th

14

14th Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 168y

20:20 Ballinrobe

Littletwinklestar

11st 2lb

J: Niall Prendergast

T: Maike Magnussen

Lightly raced mare who kept plugging away to finish third of 15 over 2m5f here 20 days ago; can step up again over this longer trip, though softer ground might not be welcomed.

14/1

3rd

8

25th Jul 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 122y

19:08 Ballinrobe

Littletwinklestar

11st 2lb

J: Niall Prendergast

T: Maike Magnussen

Only 15-2 for her handicap debut at Downpatrick (2m1f) and after a mid-race move she dropped right out; could be capable of better.

14/1

11th

3

18th Jun 2023

Good

2m 1f 65y

16:40 Downpatrick

Littletwinklestar

11st 10lb

J: Niall Prendergast

T: Maike Magnussen

Was second when falling at the last in first of two point-to-points and her third run over hurdles saw her finish a respectable fourth in a Tramore maiden; handicap bow.

10/1

Form: 0S0P09

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Well held in-six starts under rules so far; first time cheekpieces; unlikely to land a blow.
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7

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 180y

17:30 Down Royal

Lockdown Daisy

10st 9lb

J: Miss A McGuinness

T: J J Lambe

Shown nothing so far, soundly beaten in maidens here the last twice; cheekpieces tried.

66/1

13

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:30 Down Royal

Lockdown Daisy

11st 2lb

J: James Duggan

T: J J Lambe

Shown nothing in seven starts so far; back up in trip for handicap debut with first-time cheekpieces fitted.

50/1

15th

18

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

12:40 Down Royal

Lockdown Daisy

10st 11lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: J J Lambe

Down in trip; little impact in six starts under Rules so far; difficult to see her landing a blow here.

250/1

Form: 83

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Twice raced in bumpers and acquitted herself well in her last start when third at Limerick; up in trip and this is a tough ask on hurdles debut.
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1st

9

30th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:00 Limerick

Mag Dillane

11st 7lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: E McNamara

midfield, in touch with leaders before 6th, headway and challenging home turn, led approaching last, pushed out

5/2

5th

12

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:08 Limerick

Mag Dillane

10st 5lb

J: Niall Moore

T: E McNamara

Best effort when runner-up in a 2m maiden hurdle here in October; well beaten twice since, including a handicap hurdle on the inner circuit here; others preferred.

20/1

10th

4

21st Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:35 Limerick

Mag Dillane

11st 8lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Moderate third in a bumper at this venue last November; pleasing second in a C&D maiden hurdle on penultimate start; 2m4f perhaps too far when well beaten at Cork last time.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 8323

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Promising type who has been consistent on her last three starts; third in maiden hurdle at Limerick on her latest start, staying on well; goes on heavy ground and will enjoy a stamina test; ticks a lot of boxes.
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5th

8

7th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Fairyhouse

Purse Price

11st 4lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Bolted up in a maiden hurdle at Thurles last time when gaining her first win under rules; looks like a big player on these terms and further progress possible.

3/1

1st

10

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

1m 7f 132y

12:30 Thurles

Purse Price

10st 13lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

travelled strongly, soon pressed leader, led going easily before 2 out, went clear and nudged along after 2 out, jumped slightly left last, ran on, easily

9/2

3rd

8

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

12:13 Down Royal

Purse Price

11st 1lb

J: Baptiste Le Clerc

T: Gordon Elliott

Was in good nick in February (yielding) and chance on those runs but struggled thereafter; unseated latest at Clonmel but had given fine account up until then; chance for top yard; rider's fourth ride in Ireland.

3/1

Verdict

The frustrating Hauturiere made an encouraging reappearance at Limerick behind Shecouldbeanything and should go well again. Preference is for DESERT HEATHER, who took a big step forward at Limerick. She has been in good heart, winning three points, and travelled notably well behind Go Boy on her return to the track Purse Price has been holding her form well for Gordon Elliott but she might need more of a test of stamina to show her best. [Conor Fennelly]