January 24 / 12.40 Down Royal

12.40

Yielding To Soft

Molson Coors Beverage Company Maiden Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5221.24
  • 2m 1f 33y
  • 20 runners
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Molson Coors Beverage Company Maiden Hurdle

Runners: 20 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

Evs (Won)

  • Win: £1.60
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 12

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Twice-raced; bumper winner; second on hurdles debut beaten 3l by Dark Raven last month, well clear of the third; that was a promising effort; major player.
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3

9th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 100y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Doctor Bravo

11st 3lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gordon Elliott

Has made good strides since his debut in December, never really landing a blow but best run yet when eighth in a strong renewal of the Supreme Novices' last month; steps up in trip now and leading claims.

5/1

8th

4

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Doctor Bravo

11st 7lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Made his debut only in December and won a big-field maiden at Down Royal (2m1f, soft) in January on his second hurdle start; he was receiving weight from the first two when third in the Grade 3 Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran (2m, soft to heavy) last month but it was still a highly creditable run behind two experienced class acts in Fil Dor and Sharjah, and this very lightly raced 6yo could have more to offer for his top trainer; interesting.

20/1

3rd

4

18th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:17 Gowran Park

Doctor Bravo

11st 1lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Gordon Elliott

Bumper winner; chased home Dark Raven in a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day and made it 2-3 with Down Royal maiden hurdle win last month; much more on his plate but entirely unexposed.

9/2

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11/8

  • Place: £1.02

Form: 116-22 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Dual winner in bumpers; second on hurdles debut when 1l behind Caldwell Diamond; first past the post on last start ahead of Nucky Johnson and Hunters Yarn but subsequently demoted for carrying the former right; remains promising.
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0

8

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

The Big Doyen

11st 12lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Peter Fahey

never better than midfield, dropped to rear after 3 out, detached when pulled up before 2 out

14/1

3rd

2

17th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

The Big Doyen

11st 5lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Peter Fahey

Irish hurdler; failed to score last term but has shown improvement upped to 2m4f/2m5f this season, winning at Tipperary and Galway then respectable second (behind a Closutton odds-on shot) in Listed grade at Limerick; all wins on good or good to yielding but seems to handle softer; may still have more to offer at this sort of trip; big player despite 3lb penalty.

11/2

2nd

2

21st Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

15:50 Limerick

The Big Doyen

11st 2lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Peter Fahey

led, 2 lengths ahead halfway, not fluent 2 out, headed approaching last, kept on, no match for winner

11/4

33/1

  • Place: £8.80

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Cost 4,000Euros as a yearling and £35,000 five-year-old; dam point winner, half-sister to 2m3f/2m4f chase winner Divex, is granddaughter of half-sister to useful 2m hurdle winner Miss Daisy Dee; Rules debut; dual point winner but pulled up on last start in December.
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6th

3

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 6f 148y

12:35 Punchestown

Marronstown

11st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: D M Christie

soon raced in second, joined leader before 7th, not fluent 3 out, soon lost second and weakened quickly

14/1

8

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

13:23 Down Royal

Marronstown

11st 12lb

J: Mr B O’Neill

T: D M Christie

Picked up two wins in 'Points' but failed to set the track alight over hurdles and looks to have his work cut out here; first-time hood.

14/1

9th

7

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

12:45 Punchestown

Marronstown

11st 7lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: D M Christie

Dual point-to-point winner with fair form in maiden hurdles; will need to raise his game in order to make his presence felt on handicap debut.

10/1

Form: 347

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Down in trip; glimpses of promise in bumpers; beaten a long way on hurdles debut last month at this track; hard to recommend.
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16th

14

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Ringdufferin

10st 13lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

2-2 since fitted with cheekpieces last month, the wins gained from the front at Downpatrick (2m5f, soft) and Gowran Park (3m, heavy; handicap debut); faces a tougher assignment but should be fine on the forecast quicker ground and is heading in the right direction.

8/1

1st

8

30th Sep 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:00 Gowran Park

Ringdufferin

10st 1lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Improving with each run this season and got off the mark in a novice hurdle at Downpatrick earlier this month; room for improvement in the jumping department and he's on a workable mark for handicap debut.

9/2

1st

5

15th Sep 2023

Good

2m 5f 110y

16:00 Downpatrick

Ringdufferin

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, made all, set slow pace, mistake 3rd, faced challenge 2 out, increased tempo before last, ridden and ran on after last

11/2

Form: 062

Last run: 80 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Didn't show a great deal in bumpers but improved markedly on hurdles debut over C&D when second to Invictus Machin, beaten 5l; saw it out well that day and is open to improvement.
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3rd

3

21st Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

15:50 Limerick

The Wallpark

11st 2lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in second, lost second before 2 out, weakened approaching last

9/2

1st

5

20th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Listowel

The Wallpark

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, led narrowly, headed but prominent after 2nd, not fluent and reminder 4th, pushed along and led again before 2 out, ridden out run-in, won going away

13/2

1st

5

26th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 100y

13:55 Killarney

The Wallpark

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

led narrowly, headed after 2nd

4/1

Form:

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Well held when 12th on hurdles debut nine days ago at Punchestown; needs to improve markedly to figure.
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6th

11

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

12:40 Leopardstown

West Away

11st 10lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: John C McConnell

in touch with leaders

12/1

1st

3

10th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:15 Cork

West Away

11st 13lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Runner-up in a point-to-point but 0-5 hurdling and previous two handicap efforts leave him with plenty to find although could improve for this step up in trip.

16/1

Form: 3

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Down in trip; first start under Rules a week ago when remote third to Eabha Grace, beaten a long way; tongue-strap on first time.
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17th

8

23rd Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

16:50 Thurles

Knockraha Park

11st 4lb

J: Ms H Phillips

T: Ian Patrick Donoghue

Did not do badly in a Down Royal maiden hurdle last month and handicapped on that basis; others preferred,

33/1

12th

8

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:32 Limerick

Knockraha Park

11st 7lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Ian Patrick Donoghue

Beaten a huge distance in third at Punchestown; soundly beaten at Down Royal last week; no appeal.

50/1

7th

17

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

12:40 Down Royal

Knockraha Park

10st 11lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Ian Patrick Donoghue

Down in trip; first start under Rules a week ago when remote third to Eabha Grace, beaten a long way; tongue-strap on first time.

100/1

15/2

Form: 2/P

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Down in trip; pulled up on first start for Willie Mullins at Tramore 3 weeks ago over 2m6f, racing keenly; drop back in trip likely to suit but best watched after how he weakened on debut.
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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

Form: 0-600B

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Little impact under Rules in six starts; will find this difficult.
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11

30th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 0y

13:25 Limerick

Wee Jerry

10st 6lb

J: Kevin A Murphy

T: Neill McCluskey

Is 0-18 over hurdles; tailed off over 2m at Naas last time since a pleasing run over this trip at Downpatrick; new headgear combination.

14/1

17th

14

14th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:55 Naas

Wee Jerry

11st 6lb

J: Mr D McGill

T: Neill McCluskey

Maiden was a 6l 2nd at Downpatrick last time off a mark of 80; tends to make mistakes but has a chance down in trip with cheekpieces added.

8/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Hurdles debut; fair on the Flat; one-time winner over 1m1f; rated 70; first start for John McConnell after leaving James McAuley.
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3rd

7

18th Jun 2023

Good

2m 1f 65y

16:05 Downpatrick

Prioritise

11st 5lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: John C McConnell

Much improved performance when staying on strongly to land a 2m handicap hurdle at Roscommon on Monday; up 10lb for that but likely that she is improving and every chance of going close again.

7/2

1st

5

12th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 46y

18:18 Roscommon

Prioritise

11st 10lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

70-rated on the Flat; jumping has been an issue in this sphere; late headway when beaten 15l on second handicap start at Tipperary.

20/1

15

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 175y

19:00 Tramore

Prioritise

11st 10lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: John C McConnell

Form: 0F8

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Well held on his three starts so far; down in trip here; tongue-strap left on; up against it.
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12th

11

12th May 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:00 Kilbeggan

The Belmont Boys

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Shown very little so far, either failing to complete or finishing tailed off each time.

40/1

16

1st May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 180y

13:35 Down Royal

The Belmont Boys

11st 4lb

J: Michael J Molloy

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

towards rear, brought down after 1st

33/1

13th

9

12th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:10 Navan

The Belmont Boys

11st 12lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

never better than mid-division, didn't jump well, ridden when weakened after 3 out, tailed off

200/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
First foal; dam bumper (inc AW) and 2m/2m5f hurdle winner, half-sister to 1m2f/1m3f Flat and smart 2m-3m hurdle winner United out of German 7f-1m1f winner/German 1,000 Guineas fourth Una Kasala.
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1st

14

19th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

16:35 Kilbeggan

Unklipped

11st 5lb

J: Mr C J Shine

T: Denis Leahy

prominent early, in touch with leaders after 2nd

100/1

14

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 5f 30y

19:20 Tramore

Unklipped

11st 7lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: Denis Leahy

Quite well beaten in three maiden hurdles; could be capable of better but hard to fancy here.

66/1

10th

20

4th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 170y

17:20 Tipperary

Unklipped

10st 13lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Denis Leahy

Towards the back in maidens at Down Royal and Clonmel; can be safely ruled out.

100/1

Form: 0/

Last run: 637 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Useful maiden on the Flat; stays 2m; rated 74; hurdles debut; first run for R K Watson.
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13th

8

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

12:40 Down Royal

King Of Cashel

11st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: R K Watson

Useful maiden on the Flat; stays 2m; rated 74; hurdles debut; first run for R K Watson.

28/1

50/1

Form: 2008

Last run: 129 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Shown glimpses of promise in bumpers; well held on hurdles debut at Navan last September, beaten roughly 25l into eighth; improvement required here.
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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

Form: 0S0P09

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Down in trip; little impact in six starts under Rules so far; difficult to see her landing a blow here.
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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: 00

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Well held in two maiden hurdles so far; hard to fancy.
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0

2

17th Aug 2023

Good

1m 7f 110y

17:15 Tramore

Abu Hazem

11st 5lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Anthony McCann

Modest operator over hurdles and appears to be in at the deep end here; makes limited appeal.

50/1

14th

11

30th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 40y

19:00 Ballinrobe

Abu Hazem

10st 6lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Anthony McCann

Unseated early on his handicap debut at Tipperary when a 50-1 chance; others are far more likely winners of this.

50/1

Form: 8

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Hurdles debut; well beaten eighth on first start in a bumper last month at Leopardstown; tough ask.
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14th

1

(1)

3rd Mar 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

17:30 Dundalk (AW)

Areuhavingacup

10st 7lb

J: James Ryan

T: T G McCourt

Struggled in a bumper and in a maiden hurdle; half-brother to four winners but makes no appeal on Flat/AW debut.

100/1

5

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

12:40 Down Royal

Areuhavingacup

11st 4lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: T G McCourt

Hurdles debut; well beaten eighth on first start in a bumper last month at Leopardstown; tough ask.

200/1

8th

2

28th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:30 Leopardstown

Areuhavingacup

12st 0lb

J: Mr I Ryan

T: T G McCourt

midfield

100/1

Form: 20-3

Last run: 258 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Off 258 days; down in trip; looked promising on debut back in May 2021 when half a length second to Champ Kiely in a bumper; failed to build on that in his next start; step back in the right direction when third on hurdles debut at Perth last May, beaten 14l by Enki Flacke; needs to improve.
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4th

1

18th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

14:15 Perth

Bellaney Lord

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

Clear second to a smart horse on bumper debut in 2021 and looked set to be placed behind two useful rivals before penultimate-flight fall in maiden hurdle at Down Royal (2m1f, soft) in January; has very strong claims if judged on those exploits but his last two runs were very disappointing and it's hard to know what to expect from him here; wears a first-time hood.

4/1

4

14th Apr 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 98y

17:20 Ballinrobe

Bellaney Lord

11st 4lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: S R B Crawford

Has proved disappointing since a good second to the talented Champ Kiely (147-rated, Ballymore third) on debut in a bumper at Limerick almost two years ago; pulled-up at Down Royal last month.

14/1

22

9th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Bellaney Lord

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

First reserve; bumper form hasn't been matched since going hurdling, pulled up last time at Down Royal; hood now tried.

Form: 00

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
No impact in two hurdle runs so far; tongue-strap left on; hard to make a case for.
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12th

12

18th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:02 Gowran Park

Moonface

11st 12lb

J: Eoin G Kelly

T: Paul W Flynn

Tailed off in three runs in maiden hurdles so far; huge ask.

200/1

7th

7

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:07 Limerick

Moonface

11st 12lb

J: Benjamin P Kennedy

T: Paul W Flynn

Has finished towards the back in maidens at Naas and Punchestown, can be ruled out.

66/1

10

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

12:40 Down Royal

Moonface

11st 4lb

J: Eoin G Kelly

T: Paul W Flynn

No impact in two hurdle runs so far; tongue-strap left on; hard to make a case for.

150/1

Form: P

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Pulled up on first start a week ago at Punchestown; down in trip.
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19

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

12:40 Down Royal

Orlock Point

10st 11lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Pulled up on first start a week ago at Punchestown; down in trip.

66/1

9

16th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 130y

13:50 Punchestown

Orlock Point

11st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Kalanisi mare; sister to 2m hurdle winner Wolfofallstreets; dam unraced half-sister to bumper winner Alexandr Nevsky out of sister to useful 2m jumper St Pirran, from good jumping family of Shotgun Willy and Observe; best watched.

50/1

Non-runners

Abu Hazem, Moonface, Orlock Point

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €3.10
Straight Forecast €2.74
Trifecta €26.70

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Doctor Bravo

RP Ratings (IRE):

The Big Doyen

POSTDATA:

Doctor Bravo

The Irish Sun:

The Big Doyen