January 24 / 15.35 Down Royal

15.35 Down Royal

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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1st

2

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:35 Down Royal

Angels Dawn

11st 13lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: S Curling

in touch with leaders on inner, prominent 8th, briefly went second after 11th, not fluent 4 out, pushed along 3 out, headway when switched left going okay and went second before 2 out, ridden after last, edged left when ran on to lead towards finish

11/4

2nd

9

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 7f 40y

12:47 Punchestown

Angels Dawn

11st 7lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: S Curling

held up in rear, headway after 4 out, keeping on when raced wide home turn, not fluent when pushed along 2 out, joined leader when mistake and lost ground last, kept on well towards finish, just failed

8/1

4th

9

26th Nov 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

12:00 Gowran Park

Angels Dawn

11st 5lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: S Curling

towards rear

40/1

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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2nd

3

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:35 Down Royal

Ballykeel

11st 13lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: Gordon Elliott

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.

9/2

3rd

1

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 30y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Ballykeel

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Hurdle winner has run respectably in three novice chase starts without looking like winning; however, his experience can stand to him against these rivals, so has to be taken seriously.

7/2

1

29th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

12:00 Leopardstown

Ballykeel

12st 0lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: Gordon Elliott

Maiden hurdle winner who never threatened in his three handicaps in that discipline; has been running okay in novice/beginners' chases without suggesting this mark is a gift.

13/2

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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3rd

8

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:35 Down Royal

Arverne

10st 8lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gavin Cromwell

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.

10/1

4th

1

18th Dec 2022

Frozen

3m 0f 59y

13:14 Thurles

Arverne

11st 12lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Gavin Cromwell

Struggled last season but came back to form on last few starts and if he can continue that trend after a break, will go well; likes to dominate.

9/2

2nd

1

2nd Oct 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

15:55 Killarney

Arverne

12st 0lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Gavin Cromwell

led, not fluent 5 out, not fluent and briefly headed 4 out, soon ridden briefly, faced challenge and ridden after 3 out, headed after 2 out, left in second and slightly hampered last, no extra run-in

6/1

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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4th

1

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:35 Down Royal

Archies Charm

12st 0lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: B R Hamilton

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.

3/1

2nd

3

29th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

12:00 Leopardstown

Archies Charm

11st 13lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: B R Hamilton

Made successful handicap chase debut at Downpatrick last September (2m7f, soft) after which he went missing for a year; higher in the weights now but he has returned in good nick and a late mistake did for him in a competitive 2m4f handicap at Gowran last month.

16/1

3rd

4

26th Nov 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:05 Gowran Park

Archies Charm

11st 0lb

J: B J Cooper

T: B R Hamilton

led, not fluent 6th, ridden and headed 3 out

2/1

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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5th

7

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:35 Down Royal

From The Ashes

11st 3lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

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

4/1

2nd

2

15th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 150y

14:40 Punchestown

From The Ashes

11st 12lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

prominent, pressed leader when nudged along 3 out, outpaced when ridden after 2 out, kept on, no match for winner

20/1

5

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 7f 40y

12:15 Punchestown

From The Ashes

11st 12lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

Has been well beaten in two novice chases and will be of more interest in handicaps; cheekpieces tried.

25/1

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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6th

5

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:35 Down Royal

Glenquin Castle

11st 7lb

J: Conor Brassil

T: Martin Brassil

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.

14/1

5th

4

19th Dec 2022

Frozen

3m 0f 170y

15:10 Punchestown

Glenquin Castle

11st 8lb

J: Conor Brassil

T: Martin Brassil

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders before 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon ridden, no extra and lost fourth run-in

8/1

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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4

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:35 Down Royal

Carrolls Cottage

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Philip Fenton

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.

10/1

7th

5

22nd Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 162y

14:10 Thurles

Carrolls Cottage

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Philip Fenton

Yet to score over fences, going closest when narrowly beaten in first-time blinkers over 2m2f at Clonmel last month; disappointing at Cork two weeks ago though; has the ability and the trip is fine but overall profile is disappointing enough; blinkers left on again.

5/1

4th

3

7th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:22 Cork

Carrolls Cottage

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Philip Fenton

0-12 over fences but posted his best effort yet when beaten half a length at Clonmel last month; longer trip is fine and has one in him from this mark.

2/1

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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6

24th Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:35 Down Royal

Portstorm

11st 7lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

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.

20/1

5th

10

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 7f 40y

12:47 Punchestown

Portstorm

11st 5lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

prominent, jumped left when not fluent 3rd, left in second 5th, lost second but close up 7th, mistake 13th, joined leader 3 out, soon pushed along, not fluent when lost second 2 out, soon ridden and no extra

11/1

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