January 24 / 15.35 Down Royal

15.35

Yielding To Soft

Madri Excepcional Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £7570.8
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • 8 runners
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Madri Excepcional Handicap Chase

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.30
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 5-B842 D BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Big run on handicap chase debut when runner-up (beaten a short head) at Punchestown last month, relishing the step back up in trip; up 4lb but should have more to give in this sphere.
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2nd

8

9th Nov 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

13:40 Clonmel

Angels Dawn

10st 13lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: S Curling

soon prominent in chasing group

6/1

6th

16

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 5f 0y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Angels Dawn

10st 4lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: S Curling

Progressive mare with only six starts to her name over fences; travelling well when unseating two out in Punchestown's 3m4f trial for this and she went on to repel Stumptown in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham (3m2f, soft); Festival form has a habit of appearing on the winning CV and there's a lot in her favour; a must for the shortlist.

10/1

1st

22

16th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Angels Dawn

11st 0lb

J: Mr P A King

T: S Curling

Short-headed at Punchestown (2m7f, soft to heavy) in December on third chase start and went one better at Down Royal in January (3m, soft; Ballykeel second); bang there when unseating two out at Punchestown (3m4f, yielding) last month and this progressive mare could be a key contender.

13/2

9/2

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 553433

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Below form when tailed off at Fairyhouse earlier this month but shaped with promise previously in beginners'/novice company; return to further and better ground both fine; should give a good account on handicap chase debut.
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3rd

2

26th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 180y

17:25 Killarney

Ballykeel

10st 2lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, outpaced and lost position 4 out, left in remote fourth 2 out, ran on and went third towards finish

5/1

3rd

2

24th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

16:07 Perth

Ballykeel

11st 12lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

pressed leader, ridden when lost second after 4 out, weakened gradually from 3 out

11/4

Form: -61424

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Gained a second chase win at Kilbeggan last summer and has posted a trio of solid efforts in defeat since; can give another good account but this looks competitive.
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0

5

25th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 180y

19:03 Killarney

Arverne

11st 8lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

2-23 over fences; jumping was none too fluent at Tipperary on his first run after a break; one of three in the line-up for his owner; market may provide some hints.

10/1

9th

6

4th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 14y

15:05 Tipperary

Arverne

11st 8lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Gavin Cromwell

Ground versatile 2-22 chaser seemed to lose his confidence a little with one or two sketchy jumps midway when last seen out at Leopardstown; if you draw a line through that run, his previous form makes for sound enough reading, and if back on his game here, he could be one to keep on your side.

10/1

6

6th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 97y

16:35 Leopardstown

Arverne

11st 7lb

J: Mr J Dunne

T: Gavin Cromwell

Gained a second chase win at Kilbeggan last summer and has posted a series of solid efforts in defeat since, last two at 3m; should be thereabouts again and shorter trip no problem.

9/2

Form: 1-6232 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
A fairly consistent sort who ran another big race behind a very well handicapped rival when runner-up in a competitive 16-runner Leopardstown handicap last month; went close over this C&D in November and this is a bit easier than some of his recent assignments.
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5th

2

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

14:45 Musselburgh

Archies Charm

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: B R Hamilton

Hurdle and chase winner in Ireland; effective at 2m4f or further and versatile with regard to the going; made the frame at Down Royal last time; each-way player.

7/1

4th

1

11th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:28 Down Royal

Archies Charm

11st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: B R Hamilton

Close second in this race last year possibly his best effort; ran okay after a three month break when third in a handicap chase at Gowran last time; only 2lb higher than last year and could go close.

10/1

3rd

4

30th Sep 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

17:10 Gowran Park

Archies Charm

11st 9lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: B R Hamilton

Seconds to Final Orders and Seddon last term were good runs and didn't stay 3m4f in Ulster National; off since June and generally takes a run before he's at his best.

15/2

OUR TIP

Form: 3075U2

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Only beaten roughly 4l in a beginners' at Punchestown last week; handicapper may have let him in lightly for his handicap chase debut.
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8th

1

23rd Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 138y

14:30 Thurles

From The Ashes

12st 0lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

Tailed off on this month's reappearance and would probably prefer slower ground than this but feasibly treated if he does handle conditions.

17/2

10th

1

5th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:50 Cork

From The Ashes

12st 0lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: C Byrnes

Rated 13lb higher as a chaser following Gowran win last season; trainer also runs the temptingly weighted Temptationinmilan.

12/1

5th

4

26th Mar 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 120y

15:00 Limerick

From The Ashes

11st 4lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

prominent, in touch with leaders halfway, not fluent towards rear 9th, some headway before 2 out, no impression approaching last

15/8

Form: 7-6P55 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Good strike-rate of 4-11 over fences and 7-22 overall rattling off a remarkable seven-timer last season; signs he's high in the weights over both hurdles and fences so far this season and the handicapper has been slow to relent.
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3rd

12

5th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 4f 0y

15:15 Cork

Glenquin Castle

10st 0lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Martin Brassil

towards rear of midfield, not fluent 11th, in touch with leaders with one circuit to go, prominent 3 out, ridden and no extra after 2 out

10/1

3rd

6

10th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

16:45 Punchestown

Glenquin Castle

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Martin Brassil

midfield, mistake 2nd

9/2

Form: P-7247

Last run: 2 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Big run when beaten half a length in a novice handicap chase at Clonmel last month but well below form since including when tailed off at Thurles on Sunday; now 0-14 over fences but should be capable from this mark at some point.
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5th

6

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

11:40 Naas

Carrolls Cottage

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Philip Fenton

ran in snatches, prominent, lost third approaching last, weakened run-in

6/1

3rd

4

26th Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 63y

17:25 Clonmel

Carrolls Cottage

11st 11lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Philip Fenton

No win for more than two years and disappointing profile in recent times; handles the ground and has a chance if coming back to the sort of form he showed when second to Womalko over 2m2f in December.

10/1

1

6th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 169y

16:35 Clonmel

Carrolls Cottage

12st 0lb

J: Niall Moore

T: Philip Fenton

Won twice over hurdles at Limerick but has yet to score in 17 chase starts; has been poor the last twice and has to put those runs well behind him.

14/1

Form: 2B-065

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Feasibly treated on his best hurdles form and took a step back in the right direction when fifth of 12 at Punchestown last month; however, seems at his very best on more testing ground than what he gets here and this looks competitive; wears first-time cheekpieces.
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5th

7

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:50 Down Royal

Portstorm

11st 0lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

towards rear of midfield, not fluent 12th

40/1

6th

12

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 40y

14:10 Punchestown

Portstorm

10st 0lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

Fair sixth over 3m at Navan last time, doing well to recover after suffering bad interference at the first fence; faces a demanding task from 7lb out of the handicap.

25/1

6th

9

12th Feb 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

16:10 Navan

Portstorm

11st 5lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

raced in last early, badly hampered by faller and became detached 1st, some headway after 8th, pushed along into midfield after 4 out, ridden and no extra after 3 out (jockey said gelding was badly hampered at first fence)

16/1

Non-runners

Carrolls Cottage

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €17.20
Straight Forecast €23.43
Tricast €146.49
Trifecta €55.50

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Ballykeel

RP Ratings (IRE):

Arverne

SPOTLIGHT:

Archies Charm

POSTDATA:

Ballykeel

The Irish Sun:

Arverne