January 24 / 13.15 Down Royal

13.15 Down Royal

Yielding To Soft

Franciscan Well Rated Novice Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7570.8
  • 2m 1f 33y
  • 9 runners
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Franciscan Well Rated Novice Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.30
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 35-416

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Good winner of maiden hurdle at Kilbeggan last June, beating Scenic Look by 11l; returned from six months off with credible sixth in handicap at Leopardstown last month; down in trip here and has each-way claims.
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1st

8

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

13:15 Down Royal

The Gradual Slope

11st 7lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Sean O O’Brien

Good winner of maiden hurdle at Kilbeggan last June, beating Scenic Look by 11l; returned from six months off with credible sixth in handicap at Leopardstown last month; down in trip here and has each-way claims.

10/1

11/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 062211

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
In good form at present; won 2m handicap hurdle at Gowran off 101 on penultimate start before winning novice hurdle at Limerick last month; slightly up in trip and should be in the mix
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2nd

9

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

13:15 Down Royal

Marelly

11st 4lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Eoin Christopher McCarthy

In good form at present; won 2m handicap hurdle at Gowran off 101 on penultimate start before winning novice hurdle at Limerick last month; slightly up in trip and should be in the mix

11/2

1st

4

29th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Limerick

Marelly

11st 4lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Eoin Christopher McCarthy

raced in second, nudged along to lead home turn, pushed along and faced challenge 2 out, ridden and ran on well from last, clear towards finish

11/4

1st

7

26th Nov 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Marelly

10st 7lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Eoin Christopher McCarthy

held up in midfield, headway 3 out, led approaching last, ridden run-in, all out

6/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.70

Form: -638U7 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Fair hurdler/chaser; below form when seventh on last start in handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse over 3m last week; significantly down in trip here; needs to bounce back.
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3rd

5

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

13:15 Down Royal

Fameaftertheglory

11st 9lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Fair hurdler/chaser; below form when seventh on last start in handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse over 3m last week; significantly down in trip here; needs to bounce back.

12/1

7th

6

14th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

13:37 Fairyhouse

Fameaftertheglory

11st 2lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gavin Cromwell

midfield, not fluent 5th, awkward jump 4 out, outpaced and pushed along 3 out, soon ridden, beaten when mistake 2 out

12/1

8

29th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

12:00 Leopardstown

Fameaftertheglory

11st 7lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

Bumper winner who went 0-5 over hurdles before switching his attention to fences this season; it was a good effort at Wexford and when not unfancied at 9-2 for his handicap debut at Naas (2m4f) he made a bad mistake three out; can go well.

12/1

Form: 342114 BF

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Useful hurdler; won a pair of handicaps in Cork and Thurles before disappointing when well-beaten in a novice hurdle at Thurles last time out over 2m7f; dropped in trip here and he needs to bounce back.
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4th

4

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

13:15 Down Royal

L’or Des Roses

11st 10lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: D Harvey

Useful hurdler; won a pair of handicaps in Cork and Thurles before disappointing when well-beaten in a novice hurdle at Thurles last time out over 2m7f; dropped in trip here and he needs to bounce back.

6/1

4th

2

18th Dec 2022

Frozen

2m 7f 0y

15:14 Thurles

L’or Des Roses

11st 8lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: D Harvey

Back-to-back handicap hurdle winner will be in receipt of 6lb from Grand Soir; jockey's claimer takes off another 5lb; looks to have an advantage here but has struggled over longer trips in the past.

2/1

1st

11

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 156y

14:40 Thurles

L’or Des Roses

11st 9lb

J: Mr B W Harvey

T: D Harvey

Much improved under forcing tactics under today's rider at Cork last month, bolting up on yielding ground (second and third both ran solid races subsequently); 9lb higher now but 5yo could have more to offer.

7/2

Form: 213131 C

Last run: 86 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
3-time winner; twice over hurdles; won 6-runner mares' hurdle at Wexford back in October, beating My Design by 2l; drop in trip shouldn't be an issue and she's a strong contender.
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5th

3

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

13:15 Down Royal

Champella

11st 13lb

J: Mr T P Harney

T: Ross O’Sullivan

3-time winner; twice over hurdles; won 6-runner mares' hurdle at Wexford back in October, beating My Design by 2l; drop in trip shouldn't be an issue and she's a strong contender.

4/1

1st

6

30th Oct 2022

Soft

2m 4f 150y

15:05 Wexford

Champella

10st 13lb

J: Mr T P Harney

T: Ross O’Sullivan

held up in rear, headway and in touch with leaders 8th, joined leader before 2 out, led narrowly approaching last, ridden and kept on well run-in

8/1

3rd

4

2nd Oct 2022

Good

2m 6f 180y

14:10 Killarney

Champella

11st 3lb

J: Mr T P Harney

T: Ross O’Sullivan

in touch with leaders, headway after 10th, pressed leader when hit 3 out, pushed along and lost position before 2 out, weakened approaching last

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: S22

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Thrice-raced over hurdles; second on his last two starts to smart types Facile Vega and Indiana Dream; down in trip here and should acquit himself well.
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6th

1

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

13:15 Down Royal

An Mhi

11st 13lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Thrice-raced over hurdles; second on his last two starts to smart types Facile Vega and Indiana Dream; down in trip here and should acquit himself well.

11/2

2nd

2

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 13y

12:50 Fairyhouse

An Mhi

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

led narrowly or disputed lead early, headed but prominent when slightly hampered 5th, disputed lead after 7th, ridden when headed before 2 out, soon no chance with winner, kept on

7/2

2nd

1

3rd Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:52 Fairyhouse

An Mhi

11st 12lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Well-bred sort was a beaten favourite in both point' starts but showed ability; was in contention when meeting a mishap on hurdling debut at Cheltenham; looks capable of a big run.

9/2

Form: 22-101

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Won handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse three weeks ago by a neck off 111; had previously won a novice hurdle at Cork last May; usually races up with the pace; can feature if he backs up that Fairyhouse win but is less open to progress than his rivals.
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7th

7

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

13:15 Down Royal

Kashi

11st 7lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Karl Thornton

Won handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse three weeks ago by a neck off 111; had previously won a novice hurdle at Cork last May; usually races up with the pace; can feature if he backs up that Fairyhouse win but is less open to progress than his rivals.

10/1

1st

1

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Kashi

12st 0lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Karl Thornton

prominent, pressed leader 3 out

12/1

22th

13

(11)

26th Oct 2022

Soft To Heavy

1m 6f 0y

16:00 Curragh

Kashi

9st 2lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Karl Thornton

lost many lengths start, always towards rear, ridden 4f out, soon no impression, eased from over 2f out (jockey said gelding jumped slowly from the starting stalls)

10/1

Form: 22-410 D BF

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Showed promise in bumpers; opened account over hurdles at Fairyhouse in November, beating The Big Doyen by 1l; 10th of 13 two weeks later in novice hurdle at Hereford, race maybe coming too soon; strong claims if shrugging off latest effort.
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8th

2

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

13:15 Down Royal

Caldwell Diamond

11st 13lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Showed promise in bumpers; opened account over hurdles at Fairyhouse in November, beating The Big Doyen by 1l; 10th of 13 two weeks later in novice hurdle at Hereford, race maybe coming too soon; strong claims if shrugging off latest effort.

4/1

1

7th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:02 Cork

Caldwell Diamond

11st 11lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Built on the promise shown last term when landing a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse on return; too bad to be true when tailed off at Hereford last time out but remains with potential and ought to bounce back; drops back down in trip.

9/4

10th

1

23rd Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

12:50 Hereford

Caldwell Diamond

11st 7lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Gordon Elliott

Built upon his previous promise when getting off the mark at the fifth attempt in a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) a fortnight ago; every chance he'll be fine now up in trip and he has leading form claims for his top Irish trainer under a 7lb penalty.

4/5

Form: 43

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Winning pointer; shown promise on two hurdles starts so far; third behind Dark Raven at Leopardstown last month, beaten 16l; remains open to progress.
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9th

6

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

13:15 Down Royal

Clonshire River

11st 7lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

Winning pointer; shown promise on two hurdles starts so far; third behind Dark Raven at Leopardstown last month, beaten 16l; remains open to progress.

10/1

3rd

2

26th Dec 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Clonshire River

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

Left clear at the last when winning a maiden point at Ballindenisk just over a year ago; made most of the running before fading into fourth on hurdling debut in a 20-runner maiden at Punchestown last month; open to improvement.

10/1

4th

2

29th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 57y

12:50 Punchestown

Clonshire River

11st 12lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Eddie & Patrick Harty

Left clear at the last when winning a maiden point at Ballindenisk a year ago; dam stayed well on the Flat, winning three races for Hughie Morrison before showing little over hurdles for Charles Byrnes.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta €26.00
Straight Forecast €20.49
Trifecta €257.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Champella

The Irish Sun:

Caldwell Diamond

POSTDATA:

An Mhi

RP Ratings (IRE):

Marelly

TOPSPEED:

The Gradual Slope