January 19 / 15.55 Fairyhouse

15.55 Fairyhouse

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Jump Into January @ fairyhouse Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5221.24
  • 2m 3f 110y
  • 19 runners
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Jump Into January @ fairyhouse Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 19 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: P80-72 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Five-time winner, 4-19 over hurdles, 1-21 as a chaser; has slumped in the ratings; produced a bright display when second in a veterans' chase at Tramore; ran off marks in the mid-130s at his peak, down to 95 now; could pick up some place money.
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1

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

12:25 Limerick

Carrig Cathal

12st 0lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: D Broad

Former useful hurdler, winning four times in all and capable of good form, marks in the mid-130s when at his peak; down a long way in the ratings now; managed a good run when 9l second in a veterans' handicap chase here last month; fair sixth at Navan ten days ago, but others are better suited by these race conditions.

7/1

6th

8

21st Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:42 Navan

Carrig Cathal

11st 0lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: D Broad

towards rear of midfield, headway 4 out, ridden and kept on from 3 out, never dangerous

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: -0652P

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Won a point at Boulta and a Cork bumper last season; modest form in maiden hurdles; much more like it when second on her handicap debut at Tramore in December; bitterly disappointing at the same venue last time; seems unreliable, but could not be safely ruled out; Darragh Allen aboard for her two wins, called back into action with his useful 7lb claim.
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3

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:17 Limerick

Fons Vivus

11st 13lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Padraig Butler

10

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 170y

13:40 Tramore

Fons Vivus

11st 6lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Padraig Butler

prominent on outer

5/1

Form: 83-P08

Last run: 184 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Fair third in a 2m5f Limerick handicap hurdle last April on good ground; a long way below that level of form in three subsequent outings before being given a break; heavy ground not guaranteed to suit.
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4th

2

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:42 Limerick

Hillsin

11st 11lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

Maiden after 10 hurdle starts; one of his best runs came over 2m5f here last April; hasn't been at that level since and has to improve from comeback run.

10/1

14th

11

21st Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:42 Navan

Hillsin

10st 12lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gavin Cromwell

towards rear of midfield, weakened and lost touch 2 out

14/1

Form: 0P-P8P D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Showed ability in winning twice in France early in his career; Irish form is very weak, never closer than eighth in eight attempts and has failed to complete three of his last four starts.
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8th

4

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 70y

15:42 Punchestown

Deux Par Deux

11st 11lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Mrs Denise Foster

midfield

20/1

10

21st Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 6f 110y

14:37 Fairyhouse

Deux Par Deux

11st 7lb

J: E Walsh

T: Mrs Denise Foster

Well beaten on all starts for this yard since moving from France and is difficult to fancy.

40/1

Form: 040

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Limerick fourth on her second start was mildly encouraging; may find her level now that she is switched to handicaps and raised in trip after three 2m starts, though the trainer puts up a senior rider on his other runner.
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5th

18

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 110y

15:53 Fairyhouse

Elsannah

11st 11lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Shane Crawley

Limerick fourth on her second start was mildly encouraging; may find her level now that she is switched to handicaps and raised in trip after three 2m starts; trainer's Elzoom is guaranteed a run.

18th

21

26th Dec 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Elsannah

11st 5lb

J: E O’Connell

T: Shane Crawley

Improved from Galway debut when fourth at Limerick, a lot more progress required now.

50/1

Form: 00-0U9

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Major improvement needed from mid-field run over 2m here last month; only a five-year-old, so at least he has time on his side.
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10th

2

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 110y

15:53 Fairyhouse

Elzoom

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Shane Crawley

Major improvement needed from mid-field run over 2m here last month; only a five-year-old, so at least he has time on his side.

20/1

9th

15

21st Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:37 Fairyhouse

Elzoom

10st 11lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Shane Crawley

Fair mid-field run at this venue on second maiden start last year; well beaten on first two handicap starts at Navan; big price when unseated at sixth at Limerick last time.

25/1

Form: 00P00

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Point winner at Tipperary the season before last; off for over a year after that; poor form in maiden hurdles; 50-1 when in rear in first handicap at Puncnehstown; cheekpieces on now.
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16th

3

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 110y

15:53 Fairyhouse

Reserve Judgement

11st 9lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: John C McConnell

Point winner at Tipperary the season before last; off for over a year after that; poor form in maiden hurdles; 50-1 when in rear in first handicap at Punchestown; cheekpieces on now.

16/1

21th

18

29th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 150y

15:25 Punchestown

Reserve Judgement

11st 4lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: John C McConnell

Point' winner has shown nothing in maidens but is likely capable of better; check the market for any confidence.

22/1

Form: 707-

Last run: 592 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Weak form in maidens, transformation needed on handicap debut after a long layoff; trainer appears to have a better chance with Robindevidastar.
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7th

7

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 110y

15:53 Fairyhouse

Fairly Bold

11st 6lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: P J Rothwell

Weak form in maidens, transformation needed on handicap debut after a long layoff; trainer appears to have a better chance with Robindevidastar.

33/1

Form: /0430- D

Last run: 287 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Best form has been going left-handed at Navan where she won and finished second the season before last and was decent fourth last February; lacks a recent outing and may need this.
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1st

9

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 110y

15:53 Fairyhouse

Dragon’s Pass

11st 5lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Mrs Denise Foster

Best form has been going left-handed at Navan, where she won and finished second the season before last and was a decent fourth last February; lacks a recent outing but worth considering.

13/2

Form: 35-337

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Frustrating sort, remains a maiden after 22 starts, placed seven times; not a lost cause but hard to recommend as a betting proposition; beaten favourite on many occasions, including two of his last three starts.
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4th

13

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 70y

15:42 Punchestown

Fox Le Bel

11st 5lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Miss Elizabeth Doyle

in touch with leaders, headway and prominent after 3 out, ridden after 2 out, outpaced approaching last, kept on towards finish, not reach leaders

11/2

19

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 110y

15:53 Fairyhouse

Fox Le Bel

11st 5lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Miss Elizabeth Doyle

Frustrating sort, remains a maiden after 22 starts, placed seven times; not a lost cause but hard to recommend as a betting proposition; beaten favourite on many occasions, including two of his last three starts, third reserve.

Form: 7-6620

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Punchestown winner off a lowly 85 last season; not far off his best form again when 8l second here in November; made a bad error three out at Cork last time; capable of making his presence felt.
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13th

10

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 110y

15:53 Fairyhouse

Robindevidastar

11st 5lb

J: James O’Sullivan

T: P J Rothwell

Punchestown winner off a lowly 85 last season; not far off his best form again when 8l second here in November; made a bad error three out at Cork last time; capable of making his presence felt.

10/1

17

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 170y

13:40 Tramore

Robindevidastar

10st 12lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: P J Rothwell

Second reserve; back to form when runner-up at Fairyhouse in November but failed to build on that since.

Form: 000-77

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Fair handicap debut over 2m7f at this venue in November; not as effective over 2m3f at Clonmel six weeks ago; needs to find plenty.
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11

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 110y

15:53 Fairyhouse

Son Of Tully

11st 5lb

J: Mr D G Lavery

T: Patrick Eugene Turley

Fair handicap debut over 2m7f at this venue in November; not as effective over 2m3f at Clonmel six weeks ago; needs to find plenty.

14/1

7th

10

8th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 3f 14y

14:15 Clonmel

Son Of Tully

11st 6lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Patrick Eugene Turley

Best effort in five hurdle starts came on handicap/seasonal debut at Fairyhouse last time; can improve enough from that to be a player; non-runner (reserve) at Tramore Tuesday.

6/1

Form: /05080

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Little prospect of success at this stage following two handicap attempts in December; beat only one rival in 16-runner Down Royal contest.
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13th

15

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 70y

15:42 Punchestown

Jimli’s Glory

11st 3lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: R K Watson

prominent

25/1

15th

14

26th Dec 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

12:48 Down Royal

Jimli’s Glory

10st 13lb

J: Ciaran O’Shea

T: R K Watson

Tailed off in five starts so far including when 66-1 for handicap debut last week.

40/1

Form: 7-0427 BF

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Unplaced favourite over 2m4f at Gowran in November; encouraging second over the same trip at this venue previously, though beaten 8l; needs to settle better than at Gowran; place chance if doing so.
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15th

13

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 110y

15:53 Fairyhouse

Banada Bridge

11st 2lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Mrs Denise Foster

Unplaced favourite over 2m4f at Gowran in November; encouraging second over the same trip at this venue previously, though beaten 8l; needs to settle better than at Gowran; place chance if doing so.

7/1

7th

12

26th Nov 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:20 Gowran Park

Banada Bridge

11st 2lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Mrs Denise Foster

raced freely, prominent

4/1

Form: 42FP04

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Placed only once from 16 outings; Limerick fourth last time offers some hope; best run when 14l second at Galway last autumn; stays well.
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6th

14

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 110y

15:53 Fairyhouse

Getaclan

11st 0lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: D McNamara

Has failed to build on a Galway second obtained last September; fair fourth over a longer trip at Limerick last time; rider's 5lb claim is a significant asset.

12/1

4th

9

22nd Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:15 Limerick

Getaclan

11st 0lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: D McNamara

Maiden made the frame in handicaps at Ballinrobe and Galway in late summer, including remote second at latter venue; poor form over fences and hurdles since.

14/1

Form: /02/0/

Last run: 678 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
One good run in 2019, finishing second in a 2m handicap at this venue; only one run since then, struggled in a 2m4f contest at Gowran in March 2021; new stable and headgear combination now.
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4th

15

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 110y

15:53 Fairyhouse

Mighty Jeremy

10st 13lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Liam G O’Brien

One good run in 2019, finishing second in a 2m handicap at this venue; only one run since then, struggled in a 2m4f contest at Gowran in March 2021; new stable and headgear combination now.

16/1

Form: 9P8-35

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Modest form in maidens, including remote third at Cork (beaten 43l), but could now find his level in handicaps; first reserve.
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5th

7

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 70y

15:42 Punchestown

Wee Charlie

11st 9lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

midfield

14/1

21

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:05 Gowran Park

Wee Charlie

11st 2lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

First reserve; well held in maidens, including a remote third at Cork two starts back; didn't seem to stay last time over further; drops back in trip for handicap debut.

Form: 5-0909

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Not disgraced in a couple of maidens; raced prominently for a long way at Punchestown in her first handicap; only five and open to improvement; second reserve.
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2nd

16

21st Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:42 Navan

Gold Haven

10st 6lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Michael Mulvany

in touch with leaders, lost position after 4 out, headway 2 out, chased leaders and ridden last, made challenge run-in, every chance towards finish, just denied

16/1

9th

7

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 100y

15:07 Punchestown

Gold Haven

11st 6lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: Michael Mulvany

Not disgraced on second start over hurdles behind a useful sort; worth watching in the market on handicap debut; tongue-tie added.

12/1

Form: 5P6PPP

Last run: 3 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Big price when pulled-up at Punchestown on Monday, her third such failure in a row; impossible to fancy; third reserve.
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11th

11

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

13:50 Down Royal

Katlaur

10st 5lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

Point winner; unplaced in 12 starts under Rules and pulled up in her last three starts; blinkers now tried.

20/1

16

16th Jan 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 100y

15:20 Punchestown

Katlaur

10st 11lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: C A McBratney

didn't jump with fluency, prominent, pushed along after 9th, weakened quickly and dropped to rear before 5 out, pulled up before 4 out

66/1

Verdict

If settling better than at Gowran, BANADA BRIDGE (nap) appeals judged on a previous second at this venue. That race was won by a horse trained by Liz Doyle whose Fox Le Bel has the form to win one of these but has been a beaten favourite on seven occasions. Robindevidastar, who ran well at this venue on his penultimate start, has flopped at Cork since. Fons Vivus is also worth considering if forgiven a lapse last time. [Alan Sweetman]