January 25 / 13.23 Fairyhouse

13.23

Soft To Heavy

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  • Prize money: £5743.36
  • 2m 5f 0y
  • 8 runners
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Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.30
  • Place: £1.60

Form: -B8744

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Down in trip; respectable handicap debut last time at Limerick having been hampered badly at the eighth fence; needs to improve but not without a chance.
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11th

13

12th May 2023

Yielding

2m 3f 20y

19:55 Kilbeggan

The Tack Room

10st 9lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: John E & Thomas Kiely

Got off the mark when winning a Fairyhouse handicap chase in testing ground in January; wasn't disgraced when out of the handicap in the Leinster National since; could still have improvement to come, so respected.

6/1

6th

14

12th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 126y

16:52 Naas

The Tack Room

10st 0lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: John E Kiely

towards rear of midfield, headway and in touch with leaders when mistake and lost position 3 out, keeping on when mistake 2 out, soon ridden, weakened run-in

11/2

1st

5

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 0y

13:23 Fairyhouse

The Tack Room

11st 5lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: John E Kiely

prominent early, dropped to midfield before 5th, headway and pressed leaders 3 out, soon challenging on outer, led when pushed along from 2 out, ridden when faced strong challenge after last, kept on well

11/2

6/4

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1-0211 C

Last run: 75 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Useful winning hurdler; won handicap hurdle over this trip at Cheltenham in November, seeing it out strongly only three days after winning a 2m7f handicap at this venue; given a small break since and is rated 10lb lower over fences; big chance of making it three in a row here.
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11th

7

(10)

14th Feb 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

14:10 Dundalk (AW)

Sweet Will

9st 6lb

J: Siobhan Rutledge

T: Emmet Mullins

Five-time winner over jumps for Gavin Cromwell; close second in a Fairyhouse handicap chase on his stable debut in December over 2m5f; below his best in two runs since; Flat form is patchy but could be well-treated off this mark and well worth a market check.

8/1

13th

15

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Sweet Will

10st 2lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Emmet Mullins

Won four hurdles for Gavin Cromwell; went close on debut for this yard at Fairyhouse (2m5f, soft) before finishing a 17l fourth under similar conditions at Leopardstown (lost some momentum with interference at the last - normally two out); proved his stamina for 3m with a good-ground hurdle win here last March; interesting for ultra-shrewd connections.

7/1

4th

6

29th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 70y

12:00 Leopardstown

Sweet Will

11st 7lb

J: Conor Clarke

T: Emmet Mullins

Four-time hurdle winner for Gavin Cromwell; pulled up in his last two races before a summer break and suffered the same fate in a handicap chase at Fairyhouse in October; showed a revival when second at Fairyhouse at the beginning of the month; leading chance if building on that now.

3/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 091401 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Down slightly in trip; last seen winning handicap chase at Limerick easily; up 9lb for that and will need to take another step forward here to follow up; goes on heavy ground; strong contender.
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0

12

25th Aug 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

19:20 Kilbeggan

Difficult Decision

10st 12lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Four-time winner, including two over fences; pulled-up when last seen at Navan in March; probably best on softer ground and lacks a recent run.

25/1

10

4th Mar 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

16:50 Navan

Difficult Decision

10st 5lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

led, headed and raced in second before 2nd, disputing second 5th, lost position 6th, midfield when slow jump 8th, weakened 9th, soon dropped to last and pulled up

9/2

3rd

1

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 0y

13:23 Fairyhouse

Difficult Decision

11st 12lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

led, joined home turn, headed when not fluent and lost second 2 out, soon ridden and no extra, weakened and eased run-in

3/1

Form: 44-53P C

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Back down in trip; useful hurdle winner but yet to match that form over fences; pulled up last time out on handicap chase debut at Punchestown; has ability but more needed here.
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11

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:50 Cork

Ciao Bella

10st 12lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Daniel G Murphy

Mostly below form chasing lately; however, would have a squeak off this hurdles mark if restored to her best and runs well here.

20/1

4th

3

2nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:05 Clonmel

Ciao Bella

11st 7lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Liz Doyle

Winner over hurdles; inconsistent form over fences; pulled-up in two of her last three races; others have stronger claims.

20/1

12

16th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

17:00 Clonmel

Ciao Bella

11st 5lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Miss Elizabeth Doyle

didn't jump with fluency, in rear, pushed along briefly when reminder after 3rd, detached when pulled up before 7th

10/1

9/1

Form: F-34U6 C

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Course winner over hurdles; remains a maiden over fences after ten starts; decent runs last summer at Killarney and Ballinrobe; unseated at this venue on first run after a break; moderate sixth over C&D last time.
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0

1

25th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 5f 63y

17:05 Roscommon

Norwigi

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: E Bolger

in touch with leaders, not fluent 1st, soon switched left, prominent 5th

7/2

5th

3

11th Sep 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 111y

18:45 Galway

Norwigi

11st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: E Bolger

in touch with leaders, bumped rival 3rd, not fluent last, soon weakened

11/4

1st

2

25th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 180y

19:03 Killarney

Norwigi

12st 0lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: E Bolger

midfield, in touch with leaders when not fluent 6th

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2165P8 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Won beginners chase at Sligo in September but largely disappointing since; well-beaten eighth last time out in handicap chase; others preferred.
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9th

10

29th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 70y

12:00 Leopardstown

Broken Ice

11st 3lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

Modest strike rate is a concern (1-12 hurdles, 1-18 chasing); best form this year when second on goodish ground at Killarney in May and Kilbeggan in June; jumping let him down badly at Chepstow in October; ground probably not ideal, though managed 9l second on testing going on latest.

11/2

2nd

3

24th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 74y

13:30 Fairyhouse

Broken Ice

12st 2lb

J: Miss M O’Sullivan

T: Gavin Cromwell

towards rear, dropped to last and detached 6th, headway 4 out, midfield after 3 out, ran on after 2 out, not fluent last, went modest second towards finish

7/2

Form: U39-25 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Back over fences and down in trip; ran well in handicap hurdles the last twice since moving to Eric McNamara; can figure here if he can match his hurdles form, having previously not convinced over fences in the UK.
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5th

6

27th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:58 Fairyhouse

Mont Saint Vincent

11st 6lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: E McNamara

Won maiden hurdle at Ffos Las in April 2021; inconsistent since switching from Britain; failed to build on a promising second at Limerick when only sixth back at that venue latest; fair mark if he's on a going day.

12/1

6th

6

28th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

15:15 Limerick

Mont Saint Vincent

11st 7lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

in touch with leaders, headway after 2 out (usual 3 out), went fourth approaching last, weakened run-in

5/1

2nd

7

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

15:40 Limerick

Mont Saint Vincent

11st 10lb

J: Mr D Doyle

T: E McNamara

Won over 2m6f when trained in Britain; couple of fair runs over 3m last year including over C&D on heavy; shaped like he needed it after eight months off when just behind Robyndeglory at Fairyhouse.

10/1

Form: 1/U673

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Off for three years after winning a Thurles maiden hurdle in November 2019; no show in three beginners' chases in November/December; made a couple of mistakes but otherwise emerged with credit when third at Punchestown in her first handicap chase ten days ago.
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8

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 50y

19:10 Punchestown

Kallis Quest

10st 8lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

in touch with leaders, hampered 1st, towards rear when badly hampered by faller 9th

12/1

1st

12

4th Mar 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

16:50 Navan

Kallis Quest

10st 0lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

Missed three years and generally struggled since returning with the exception of a placed effort at Punchestown in January; has failed to complete twice since; cheekpieces now tried but 5lb wrong for this.

25/1

10

18th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:37 Gowran Park

Kallis Quest

10st 7lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Terence O’Brien

Off for three years after winning a Thurles maiden hurdle in November 2019; no show in three beginners' chases but much more encouraging third to Soloman Lane in 2m4f Punchestown handicap last month, mistake at the last proving costly; again let down by jumping when faller two out at Fairyhouse when holding every chance; on a competitive mark but jumping a concern.

9/1

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Payout
Exacta €9.20
Straight Forecast €10.60
Tricast €27.77
Trifecta €28.50

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Sweet Will

TOPSPEED:

Difficult Decision

SPOTLIGHT:

The Tack Room

The Irish Sun:

Sweet Will

POSTDATA:

Difficult Decision