January 25 / 13.53 Fairyhouse

13.53

Soft To Heavy

Easter Festival 8-10 April Novice Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6004.42
  • 2m 3f 110y
  • 5 runners
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Easter Festival 8-10 April Novice Hurdle

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

10/11 (Won)

  • Win: £1.40

Form: 1-132

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Exciting type; bumper and maiden hurdle winner; close second in a Grade 2 at Naas on his last start when beaten a neck by Inthepocket, staying on strongly to press the winner in the closing stages; close third in a Grade 3 at Navan the time before that; will appreciate soft ground and looks difficult to beat.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

6

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 173y

12:45 Punchestown

Three Card Brag

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, led, mistake 3rd, joined 4th, clear with one other before 9th, pushed along when joined after 3 out, headed 2 out, soon ridden, no extra approaching last, no match for winner

11/10

2nd

12

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 110y

11:45 Fairyhouse

Three Card Brag

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped left on occasions, led, ridden when faced challenge before last, kept on well but headed towards finish

5/1

6th

1

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 180y

16:15 Punchestown

Three Card Brag

11st 12lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Gordon Elliott

Comfortably beat Sandor Clegane and Nucky Johnson in a Galway maiden hurdle (2m) on seasonal debut; was then just denied by Inthepocket in a Naas Grade 2 before winning a Fairyhouse novice, both over this trip; might not have stayed 3m in the Albert Bartlett and the drop back to this trip should suit.

7/4

OUR TIP

Form: 13 BF

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Promising type; upped in trip here; finished third on Irish debut at Gowran after six months off in what is traditionally a strong novice hurdle; that was an encouraging effort and he shaped like he would improve plenty; a fascinating contender.
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3rd

6

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:02 Gowran Park

Spanish Harlem

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

didn't always jump with fluency, led, mistake 3rd, headed 3rd, soon lost second but prominent, switched right after 2 out, went second again from last, no extra when lost second towards finish

7/2

3rd

6

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:25 Gowran Park

Spanish Harlem

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Bought for 360,000Euros after winning his sole start in France, a 17-runner Auteuil hurdle in June 2002; beaten at short odds in three Irish novice events later in the season; flopped when well fancied for the Martin Pipe; jumped poorly on chase debut at Naas.

13/2

3rd

3

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 29y

11:30 Naas

Spanish Harlem

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Bought for 360,000Euros after winning his sole start in France, a 17-runner Auteuil hurdle in June 2002; beaten at short odds in three Irish novice events later in the season; flopped when well fancied for the Martin Pipe; has plenty to prove at this stage.

9/2

Form: 471PF0 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Point/bumper/hurdles winner; disappointing tenth in handicap hurdle at Leopardstown last time out; up against it in this company.
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0

3

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 5f 132y

14:10 Thurles

Time To Rocco

11st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Colin Motherway

Latest win came in a 2m2f mares chase here in March; consistent since without winning, most recently behind R'Eveleyn Pleasure at Cork; should get closer but others preferred.

7/1

4th

2

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:07 Cork

Time To Rocco

11st 7lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Colin Motherway

Won a 2m2f mares' event at Thurles last March; has done most of her racing in conditions races; soundly beaten in fourth behind the useful Brides Hill in a mares' handicap at Fairyhouse last month; probably vulnerable off this mark.

6/1

4th

6

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

11:55 Fairyhouse

Time To Rocco

10st 11lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Colin Motherway

towards rear, not fluent 1st

7/1

Form: 98

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
0-16 on Flat; only placed effort came in a 7f Laytown claimer last September, though has run well in low-grade Dundalk handicaps; down the field at Sligo last summer on hurdles debut; mid-division at Clonmel eight days ago.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

14th

11

(10)

9th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:30 Dundalk (AW)

Mosaaheb

9st 5lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: John Joseph Hanlon

A 27-race maiden; ran okay back on the Flat here last time but off 72 days and opposable in this contest.

25/1

Form: 6122 D

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Won a maiden hurdle at Down Royal last June and has held his form well since; finished second on both of his most recent starts in novice hurdles; in good heart but he is up against some smart types here.
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15th

3

10th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

16:45 Punchestown

Dovlator

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Well below his best in two handicap hurdles in the spring but a bit better run in a Wexford novice in May; poor over fences last twice.

25/1

0

3

1st Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

18:35 Down Royal

Dovlator

11st 1lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Sole win came in 2m5f maiden here last year, showing better form in novice company afterwards; below best in the spring and tailed off on chasing debut in July; tongue tie tried now back hurdling but looks to have it to do on recent form.

16/1

6th

5

4th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 114y

16:05 Tipperary

Dovlator

11st 5lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Far better than latest placings suggest but hard to know what to expect here on chasing debut from this 0-4 pointer and 1-7 hurdler; worth a market check all the same.

16/1

Non-runners

Dovlator

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €1.70
Straight Forecast €1.93
Trifecta €2.60

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Three Card Brag

The Irish Sun:

Spanish Harlem

RP Ratings (IRE):

Three Card Brag

TOPSPEED:

Three Card Brag

POSTDATA:

Three Card Brag