January 25 / 14.23 Fairyhouse

14.23

Soft To Heavy

Easter Festival Early Bird Maiden Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5221.24
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 19 runners
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Easter Festival Early Bird Maiden Hurdle

Runners: 19 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

11/10 (Won)

  • Win: £1.40
  • Place: £1.02

Form: 2/2 BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Did not look an easy ride when second in a 1m4f AQPS event in April 2021; form looks quite solid, winner later scored twice over hurdles; did not make Irish debut until favorite for a 2m maiden at Limerick after Christmas; raced up with the pace before running out of steam, no match for a stablemate of Sam Magee but well clear of the remainder; strong contender.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

10

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:23 Fairyhouse

In Excess

11st 4lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

prominent, not fluent 2nd, led after 5th

11/10

2nd

19

26th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:58 Limerick

In Excess

10st 13lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: W P Mullins

First reserve; second in an AQPS bumper 20 months ago; of obvious interest if getting in.

5/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 2

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Walk In The Park mare; half-sister to 2m4f hurdle winner Shiroccoville; made a satisfactory start to her career when second behind a Willie Mullins-trained 1-5 chance at Tramore.
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No / Draw
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Verdict Starting price

1st

4

17th Dec 2023

Yielding

1m 7f 205y

14:00 Thurles

Birdie Or Bust

10st 11lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Second in two maidens in January; looked more mature when bolting up by 14l in a maiden at Tipperary in May; sent off favourite for a Grade 3 event at the same venue on her first run after a break; ran out of steam from last and faded into third; again failed to run to market expectations in another Grade 3 contest at Down Royal; questions to answer.

11/2

5th

7

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 190y

13:27 Down Royal

Birdie Or Bust

10st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Second in maidens at Tramore and Fairyhouse in January; looked more mature when bolting up by 14l in a maiden at Tipperary in May; sent off favourite for a Grade 3 event at the same venue on her first run after a break; ran out of steam from last and faded into third behind Williamstowndancer; can do better.

11/2

3rd

7

1st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 50y

15:15 Tipperary

Birdie Or Bust

10st 8lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

raced in second, clear with one other from 2nd, led after 5th

100/30

9/4

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 3-123 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Galway bumper winner on seasonal debut; ran a promising first race over hurdles at Navan, though no match for an impressive Willie Mullins winner; confirmed a fair standard of form when third at Leopardstown, down in trip now after those two 2m4f runs.
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

14:32 Fairyhouse

Firm Footings

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent

9/4

2nd

4

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Firm Footings

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, not fluent 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, rallied and went second approaching last, kept on but no chance with winner run-in

8/1

2nd

3

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 43y

12:00 Punchestown

Firm Footings

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in second, ridden and challenging when bumped and hampered 2 out, soon led narrowly or disputed lead, kept on well but headed towards finish

5/2

Form: 1-38 D

Last run: 73 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Out of an unraced half-sister to Gold Cup winner Native River; recruited by leading owners to join the Elliott team after Musselburgh bumper win in February for Donald Whillans; fair hurdling debut at Listowel, not as good at Navan on second attempts; apparent second-string for stable who also saddle Firm Footings.
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Verdict Starting price

2

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

12:30 Newcastle

Neigh Botha

11st 9lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Made too many jumping errors when beaten favourite in a chase last month but still ran well enough to suggest he's in fairly good form; switches back to hurdling on a good mark and might be the answer.

7/2

4th

5

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

13:00 Musselburgh

Neigh Botha

10st 7lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Course bumper winner who is 0-12 over hurdles/fences but he's been an encouraging third this autumn on two of his three chase starts, including in first-time blinkers (retained) at Sedgefield (2m3f, soft) recently when he went clear before fading; could capitalise on the drop back down in trip.

7/2

Form: 30-8

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Fair third on debut in a Ballinrobe bumper last April. down the field in valuable Goffs Land Rover Bumper subsequently; should be better for the experience of hurdling debut at Leopardstown, when noted staying on late; first reserve.
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Verdict Starting price

12th

11

14th May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:25 Killarney

Make The Plan

11st 4lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

prominent

9/2

2nd

11

2nd May 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 139y

16:45 Ballinrobe

Make The Plan

11st 4lb

J: Richard Condon

T: Oliver McKiernan

took keen hold, prominent, jumped slightly left 2nd, mistake 4 out, went second after 2 out, challenging when ridden after last, soon no extra, no match for winner

9/1

15th

9

26th Feb 2023

Yielding

1m 7f 109y

16:10 Naas

Make The Plan

11st 12lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Fair third on debut in a Ballinrobe bumper last April; down the field in valuable Goffs Land Rover Bumper subsequently; has had two runs over hurdles; finished behind Sign From Above in a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown.

20/1

Form: 276305

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Placed in two bumpers, best effort at Roscommon last summer on debut; quite promising along with Kelce over C&D on second hurdles start; worth a look for future reference.
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5th

2

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 198y

15:20 Punchestown

Fiveonefive

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Cian Collins

Three-time winner, two in Britain including in a novice handicap at Hereford in November; probably finished as close as he was entitled in a Navan novice event last month; chance in a competitive race.

7/1

3rd

3

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 0f 0y

12:45 Navan

Fiveonefive

11st 4lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Cian Collins

raced in third, lost third but in touch with leaders before 3 out, mistake when pecked on landing 2 out, went third again from last, no match for first two

6/1

1st

1

6th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

15:50 Hereford

Fiveonefive

11st 12lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Cian Collins

Penalised for winning two handicaps this year but he has progressed well and it was a Class 2 handicap in which he ran third at Ffos Las (2m, good to soft) 22 days ago; returns to novice company in a race lacking depth.

Evs

20/1

Form: 68

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Has shown a degree of promise in two maiden outings; closely matched with Fiveonfive on running at this venue; likely handicap prospect after this.
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18

6th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:40 Tipperary

Kelce

11st 4lb

J: J J Slevin

T: C A Murphy

Second reserve; well beaten on his two handicap starts and might need to come down a bit.

8th

3

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 80y

19:00 Down Royal

Kelce

11st 13lb

J: Richard Condon

T: C A Murphy

Tailed off in four starts under Rules including handicap debut latest; looks up against it from this mark on handicap debut.

25/1

12th

12

11th May 2023

Soft

2m 3f 25y

19:48 Clonmel

Kelce

11st 7lb

J: Richard Condon

T: C A Murphy

Beaten a fair way in good-class maidens last winter; needs more fluency in his jumping but remains a potential improver now entering handicaps.

8/1

Form: P5

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Fair performer on the Flat, four wins and ten places from 52 starts; jumped poorly and was pulled-up on her hurdles debut at Thurles in October; can get the hang of things judged on long-priced fifth in a 25-runner Naas maiden a month ago.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

10

13th Jun 2023

Good

2m 1f 133y

18:33 Sligo

Take My Hand

11st 6lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Michael Mulvany

took keen hold, prominent, went second before 2nd, hit 5th

12/1

6th

10

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 120y

18:50 Tramore

Take My Hand

10st 9lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Michael Mulvany

Four-time Flat winner; 0-8 over hurdles but has competitive form, including when second under a positive ride over C&D in April; Ballinrobe was nothing like so good but she's better than that.

10/1

7th

12

2nd May 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 139y

17:48 Ballinrobe

Take My Hand

11st 7lb

J: Niall Moore

T: Michael Mulvany

Three-time Flat winner has run with credit in handicap hurdles, most recently second under a positive ride at Tramore; one to consider off just 1lb higher.

11/2

Form: 00

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
In a top stable, but no sign of ability in maiden hurdles at Leopardstown and Tramore in recent weeks.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

12th

7

1st Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 180y

15:35 Killarney

On My Bike

11st 5lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Only beaten 6l at Bellewstown in July and kept plugging away when fourth over 2m6f at Ballinrobe last time; unproven on soft ground.

8/1

4th

3

28th Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 14y

18:35 Ballinrobe

On My Bike

11st 11lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

towards rear

14/1

Form: 00

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Poor form in points; in good hands, but no impact in two maiden hurdle outings over this trip since Christmas.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

5

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Master Breffni

11st 4lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

held up in rear, outpaced and pushed along before 4 out, soon lost touch

12/1

4th

2

2nd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 5

13:35 Catterick

Master Breffni

11st 13lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

Ex-Irish maiden who was an early faller in C&D contest last week on stable/chase debut; has achieved nothing since being placed over hurdles at Naas last March.

14/1

0

1

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 5

15:00 Catterick

Master Breffni

12st 0lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Encouraging third over hurdles at Naas last March but struggled on final three runs for Jim Dreaper and remains a maiden; a return to form is needed on this chase and stable debut.

20/1

Form: U

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Four wins and nine places from 37 starts on the Flat, effective on turf and AW; looked a bit unlucky on her penultimate visit to Dundalk; unseated at second when 33-1 on recent hurdling debut at Clonmel.
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Verdict Starting price

4

8th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:20 Fairyhouse

Newgirlintown

11st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Gerard O’Leary

Ratled 73 on Flat but shown nothing in two hurdle starts.

33/1

11th

5

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:23 Fairyhouse

Newgirlintown

11st 5lb

J: Gearoid Brouder

T: Gerard O’Leary

midfield, towards rear after 5th

25/1

2

17th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 164y

12:50 Clonmel

Newgirlintown

11st 7lb

J: Gearoid Brouder

T: Gerard O’Leary

led, headed when fell 2nd

6/1

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Dual Flat winner, including on heavy ground, and rated 79 in that sphere; 50-1 when always at the back on stable/hurdling debut at Tramore.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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8th

4

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 159y

15:15 Punchestown

Eikonix

11st 10lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Two wins on the Flat for Andrew Balding, including over 1m2f on heavy; no encouragement from two handicap hurdle runs.

20/1

11th

4

14th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:55 Naas

Eikonix

12st 3lb

J: Mr H E Sexton

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Dual Flat winner ran well in a Gowran maiden hurdle on return but pulled himself up early on at Wexford since after racing freely; can't be recommended after that.

33/1

0

2

17th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:45 Wexford

Eikonix

11st 11lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Useful (rated 79) on the flat at up to 1m2f and effective on heavy ground; maiden hurdle form at 2m and potential improver now upped in trip for handicap debut.

7/1

Form: 60

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Well fancied when mid-division in a Tramore bumper; 40-1 when in rear on hurdling debut at Cork; will need more experience.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

7

19th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

16:35 Thurles

Walk Out

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: John E & Thomas Kiely

Still a maiden but getting closer, runner-up latest two starts in 2m4f handicaps at Tramore and Listowel (mistake last); remains on a competitive mark and should be thereabouts.

11/2

4th

5

1st Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 180y

15:35 Killarney

Walk Out

11st 8lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: John E & Thomas Kiely

Mare twice second in 2m4f handicaps; no match for easy winner at Listowel but that was creditable and longer trip should suit.

5/1

2nd

16

18th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

16:30 Listowel

Walk Out

10st 0lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: John E & Thomas Kiely

Second on handicap debut over this trip at Tramore in April; 2m probably too sharp when sixth at Wexford last time but is markedly up in grade here.

14/1

Form: 00

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
No encouragement from outings in maidens at Thurles and Naas in December.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

18

23rd May 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 7f 180y

16:15 Punchestown

Small Money

10st 12lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: Anthony Mullins

Second reserve; poor so far including his handicap debut; he's another who may approve of this drier ground.

9th

8

16th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:25 Clonmel

Small Money

11st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Anthony Mullins

No show in three maiden hurdles and best watched on his handicap debut.

33/1

14th

14

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:23 Fairyhouse

Small Money

11st 4lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Anthony Mullins

took keen hold, prominent, not fluent 2nd

100/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Won a 7f Laytown maiden in September in first-time tongue-tie; surpassed that form with third of 19 in a 1m handicap at the Curragh in October; excellent Flat pedigree, half-brother to Irish St Leger winner Royal Diamond, and to Pattern winners Princess Highway and Mad About You; interesting recruit to hurdling.
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8th

11

(14)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Coeur Dor

9st 2lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

Couldn't sustain his effort returned to 1m2f at the Curragh last month but in peak form previously, winning valuable events at about 1m for two wins in August (yielding to soft and good); should be suited by the way this is run and could have a say.

16/1

8th

1

(17)

10th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

17:45 Curragh

Coeur Dor

10st 0lb

J: Jake Coen

T: D K Weld

midfield

8/1

1st

3

(1)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

18:10 Curragh

Coeur Dor

9st 12lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

towards rear of midfield, switched left soon after start

13/2

Form: 5

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Shown little in two starts in points; moderate fifth on hurdling debut at Tramore.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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10th

5

4th Mar 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

15:10 Navan

Coolmeen Park

11st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Miss Ellmarie Holden

Showed little in two starts in points; moderate fifth on hurdling debut at Tramore; major improvement when beating another long-priced runner for 50-1 Thurles maiden win; runner-up Soldier Solid has boosted the form with a Punchestown win.

12/1

1st

12

9th Feb 2023

Yielding

1m 7f 132y

14:40 Thurles

Coolmeen Park

11st 4lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Miss Ellmarie Holden

midfield, headway after 3 out, ridden and went second last, led and hard pressed final 110yds, kept on

66/1

7

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:23 Fairyhouse

Coolmeen Park

11st 4lb

J: Diarmuid Moloney

T: Miss Ellmarie Holden

Shown little in two starts in points; moderate fifth on hurdling debut at Tramore.

33/1

Form: P

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Half-brother to his trainer's 2m5f handicap hurdle winner Huckleberry Rock; 100-1 when pulled-up on debut in a 2m4f maiden here on New Year's Day; one to rule out.
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14th

9

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:30 Limerick

Huckleberry River

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Shane Crawley

Three-figure odds when pulled up in two Fairyhouse outings in January; can be ruled out; hooded now

100/1

9

25th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:23 Fairyhouse

Huckleberry River

11st 4lb

J: Benjamin P Kennedy

T: Shane Crawley

took keen hold, towards rear, in touch with leaders before 2nd, prominent before 5th

100/1

Form: 0-500

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Will need to qualify for a mark judged on two maiden outings at Naas; second reserve.
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21th

9

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:42 Naas

Sarahs Soldier

11st 8lb

J: Richard Condon

T: P A Fahy

Fair efforts last twice over longer; did not appear to see out 3m at Punchestown last month; big drop back in trip here but not easy to dismiss.

14/1

9th

10

12th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 7f 194y

15:00 Punchestown

Sarahs Soldier

11st 2lb

J: Richard Condon

T: P A Fahy

Best handicap effort (2m6f) came on much better ground over the summer; too keen on return here last month and could struggle to see this out in the conditions.

16/1

6th

15

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 175y

15:45 Punchestown

Sarahs Soldier

11st 2lb

J: Richard Condon

T: P A Fahy

took keen hold, towards rear

25/1

Form: 34

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Enough merit in his bumper runs at this venue and at Leopardstown to suggest he has a solid future over jumps; may need to gather experience.
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5th

22

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Park Of Kings

10st 3lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Paul Nolan

soon midfield

33/1

3rd

10

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Park Of Kings

11st 2lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Paul Nolan

towards rear

10/1

3rd

4

11th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:07 Gowran Park

Park Of Kings

11st 4lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Paul Nolan

prominent, soon went third, left in modest second 5th, headway 3 out, lost second 2 out, no extra approaching last

5/2

Non-runners

Coolmeen Park, Sarah's Soldier, Park Of Kings

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €6.00
Straight Forecast €6.41
Trifecta €7.30

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

In Excess

RP Ratings (IRE):

In Excess

TOPSPEED:

In Excess

POSTDATA:

In Excess

The Irish Sun:

In Excess