January 26 / 14.50 Gowran Park

14.50 Gowran Park

Soft

Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase (Grade A)

  • Prize money: £52212.39
  • 3m 1f 0y
  • 21 runners
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Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase (Grade A)

Runners: 21 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

Form: 111U/0

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 8lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Smart bumper and hurdles performer won his first three races over fences in 2019/20; beaten in third when unseating at the last in the 2020 National Hunt Chase; considering prolonged absence, did well to hold his place until nearing the closing stages of the Paddy Power; arguably leading hope now for the champion trainer who has won this four times in the last nine years.
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Verdict Starting price

1st

3

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Carefully Selected

11st 8lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Smart bumper and hurdles performer won his first three races over fences in 2019/20; beaten in third when unseating at the last in the 2020 National Hunt Chase; considering prolonged absence, did well to hold his place until nearing the closing stages of the Paddy Power; arguably leading hope now for the champion trainer who has won this four times in the last nine years.

13/2

11th

3

27th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:00 Leopardstown

Carefully Selected

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

towards rear of midfield, not fluent 3rd, headway 3 out, pushed along and in touch with leaders after 2 out, ridden towards far side approaching last, weakened run-in

20/1

16/1

Form: -66R1P C

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Went up 10lb for emphatic 2m4f course win in November; undependable on overall profile; pulled-up in a rated novice contest at Fairyhouse last time.
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2nd

13

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Dunboyne

10st 8lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Went up 10lb for emphatic 2m4f course win in November; undependable on overall profile; pulled-up in a rated novice contest at Fairyhouse last time.

16/1

1

21st Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

12:37 Fairyhouse

Dunboyne

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, pushed along but lost position after 4th, dropped to rear 5th, soon ridden but beaten, pulled up before 4 out

5/1

Form: 23/F-4

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict
Took well to fences 2020/21 season, winning 2m6f Grade 2 at Punchestown and second in Limerick Grade 1 event; ran only once last season; struggled in good company in the Clonmel Oil Chase on return, but will be a lot sharper now; first-time cheekpieces, as well as tongue-tie worn before; rider's claim a major plus-factor.
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Pencilfulloflead

11st 11lb

J: Mr R James

T: Gordon Elliott

Took well to fences 2020/21 season, winning 2m6f Grade 2 at Punchestown and second in Limerick Grade 1 event; ran only once last season; struggled in good company in the Clonmel Oil Chase on return, but will be a lot sharper now; first-time cheekpieces, as well as tongue-tie worn before; rider's claim a major plus-factor.

8/1

4th

4

17th Nov 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 96y

14:53 Clonmel

Pencilfulloflead

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Gordon Elliott

Bumper and maiden hurdle winner; took well to fences 2020/21 season, winning Grade 2 novice at Punchestown (2m6f, heavy) and good second in Limerick Grade 1 novice; off for 11 months until halfway faller in Ascot conditions event last December, sole run last season; runs well fresh and likes it soft/heavy.

13/2

Form: 448-94 CD

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Winner of this race in 2021, sixth behind Longhouse Poet last season; down the field in Munster National but now holds an each-way chance on his Troytown fourth, just in front of strongly-fancied stablemate Frontal Assault; still only eight, and has the benefit of Ben Harvey's 5lb claim.
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4th

4

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Coko Beach

11st 6lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Gordon Elliott

Winner of this race in 2021, sixth behind Longhouse Poet last season; down the field in Munster National but now holds an each-way chance on his Troytown fourth, just in front of strongly-fancied stablemate Frontal Assault; still only eight, and has the benefit of Ben Harvey's 5lb claim.

14/1

4th

5

27th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Navan

Coko Beach

11st 7lb

J: Parker Hendriks

T: Gordon Elliott

Winner of 2021 Thyestes Chase and Ten Up Novice Chase (over this C&D); down the field in Munster National but proven around here and would likely appreciate testing conditions; first ride under rules in Ireland for teenager making fine impression on American jumps circuit.

25/1

9th

3

23rd Oct 2022

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:35 Limerick

Coko Beach

11st 10lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, headway and prominent 6th, went second 12th, ridden and lost position home turn, weakening when mistake and pecked on landing 2 out

20/1

Form: /0P5-5

Last run: 89 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Only two runs in 2022 were over hurdles, unplaced both times; has struggled since Navan second behind Coko Beach in 2021; claims rest on his 18l defeat of Coko Beach at Naas earlier that season; stable enjoying a good season, rider's claim an asset.
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5th

8

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Espanito Bello

11st 1lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

Only two runs in 2022 were over hurdles, unplaced both times; has struggled since Navan second behind Coko Beach in 2021; claims rest on his 18l defeat of Coko Beach at Naas earlier that season; stable enjoying a good season, rider's claim an asset.

8/1

5th

3

29th Oct 2022

Soft

2m 6f 0y

15:28 Galway

Espanito Bello

11st 11lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

towards rear of midfield, headway into midfield before 10th, pushed along before 2 out, keeping on home turn, not reach leaders

20/1

Form: P2-153

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Fine effort for a novice when second in last season's Irish Grand National; good form when beating subsequent Grade 2-winning mare Darrens Hope on seasonal debut at Galway; suffered early interference when unplaced favourite for the Troytown at Navan; back down in class after a Grade 1 attempt now at Leopardstown; leading chance on the balance of form.
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6th

6

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Frontal Assault

11st 3lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

Fine effort for a novice when second in last season's Irish Grand National; good form when beating subsequent Grade 2-winning mare Darrens Hope on seasonal debut at Galway; suffered early interference when unplaced favourite for the Troytown at Navan; back down in class after a Grade 1 attempt now at Leopardstown; leading chance on the balance of form.

12/1

3rd

4

29th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Frontal Assault

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Fine effort for a novice when second in last season's Irish Grand National; good form when beating subsequent Grade 2-winning mare Darrens Hope on seasonal debut at Galway; suffered early interference when unplaced favourite for the Troytown at Navan.

13/2

5th

9

27th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Navan

Frontal Assault

11st 4lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Strong-staying 7yo boasts an attractive profile for handicap of this nature and arrives with a similar set-up to when stablemate Run Wild Fred won this last year; Irish Grand National runner-up struck on his return to action at Galway in early October, and that form was boosted last weekend when runner-up Darrens Hope landed Grade 2 Florida Pearl Novice Chase.

7/2

Form: /829-2 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict
Has run only five times since third behind Galvin in 2021 National Hunt Chase; down the field in this race last year before losing out narrowly to Any Second Now in Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse; dropped away from the second-last out in the Grand National; reappearance at Thurles in December was encouraging.
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7th

1

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Escaria Ten

11st 12lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Gordon Elliott

Has run only five times since third behind Galvin in 2021 National Hunt Chase; down the field in this race last year before losing out narrowly to Any Second Now in Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse; dropped away from the second-last out in the Grand National; reappearance at Thurles in December was encouraging.

7/1

2nd

3

1st Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 6f 0y

13:32 Thurles

Escaria Ten

11st 0lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Gordon Elliott

pressed leader, ridden and led before last, soon hung right, headed run-in, kept on

3/1

Form: 15-156

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Won the 2m6f Galway Blazers last July; defeated Busselton on that occasion, made mistakes when fifth behind that rival in Kerry National; not beaten far in sixth in the Paddy Power; capable of making his presence felt.
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8th

5

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Gabbys Cross

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won the 2m6f Galway Blazers last July; defeated Busselton on that occasion, made mistakes when fifth behind that rival in Kerry National; not beaten far in sixth in the Paddy Power; capable of making his presence felt.

12/1

6th

10

27th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:00 Leopardstown

Gabbys Cross

11st 6lb

J: Peter Carberry

T: Henry De Bromhead

towards rear of midfield, headway before 2 out, pushed along and in touch with leaders home turn, not fluent last, ridden and kept on towards finish

20/1

5th

11

21st Sep 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

16:20 Listowel

Gabbys Cross

10st 6lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

held up in rear, mistake 7th, not fluent 11th, mistake and jockey lost iron briefly 5 out, headway when mistake 4 out, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, kept on, never near to challenge

10/1

Form: 24-10F

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
Second-season novice went up 9lb for beating subsequent Paddy Power winner Real Steel on his seasonal debut at Galway; out the back in the Troytown; beaten when falling two out over a shorter trip at Limerick last time.
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9th

18

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Flash De Touzaine

10st 6lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Miss Elizabeth Doyle

Second-season novice went up 9lb for beating subsequent Paddy Power winner Real Steel on his seasonal debut at Galway; out the back in the Troytown; beaten when falling two out over a shorter trip at Limerick last time.

25/1

10

28th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 160y

14:40 Limerick

Flash De Touzaine

10st 12lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Miss Elizabeth Doyle

prominent, led 2nd, headed but prominent after 5th

16/1

10th

14

27th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Navan

Flash De Touzaine

10st 7lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Miss Elizabeth Doyle

Lots to like about comeback win at Galway four weeks ago, running out ready winner on return from 232-day break; 9lb rise makes life tougher but is unexposed over fences (this will be his sixth chasing start) and has run well at this track before.

12/1

Form: 5-22U1

Last run: 53 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Stayed on well when runner-up over 3m1f at Cheltenham in November; unseated at the fifth in the Troytown; made amends when beating stablemate Fakiera in the 3m5f Porterstown Chase at Fairyhouse a week later; big chance now despite an 8lb rise.
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10th

11

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Punitive

10st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Stayed on well when runner-up over 3m1f at Cheltenham in November; unseated at the fifth in the Troytown; made amends when beating stablemate Fakiera in the 3m5f Porterstown Chase at Fairyhouse a week later; big chance now despite an 8lb rise.

8/1

1st

7

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 5f 0y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Punitive

10st 9lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, slow jump 14th, pushed along towards rear after 3 out, ridden and headway towards near side from 2 out, led approaching last, ridden out towards finish

15/2

16

27th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Navan

Punitive

10st 5lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Two fine efforts to start life with this stable after joining from Henry de Bromhead, runner-up in Galway novice chase behind Barnacullia and second in amateur riders' handicap chase at Cheltenham behind improving Anightinlambour; this a much tougher assignment so more required but in good heart.

16/1

Form: 465242

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Yet to score over fences, but his second to stablemate Puntive in the 3m5f Porterstown Chase at Fairyhouse early last month shows that a good staying handicap chase is within his reach; second under a big weight at Punchestown last time.
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11th

16

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Fakiera

10st 7lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gordon Elliott

Yet to score over fences, but his second to stablemate Puntive in the 3m5f Porterstown Chase at Fairyhouse early last month shows that a good staying handicap chase is within his reach; second under a big weight at Punchestown last time.

12/1

2nd

1

15th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 150y

15:10 Punchestown

Fakiera

12st 5lb

J: Mr J J Codd

T: Gordon Elliott

Yet to get off the mark over fences, but his good second in the Porterstown at Fairyhouse last month shows that a good staying handicap chase is within his reach; never really threatened in a 2m7f beginners' chase here last time, showing that an extreme test of stamina is what he needs now.

5/1

4th

4

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 7f 40y

12:15 Punchestown

Fakiera

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Has run some fine races in defeat over fences, including in the marathon Porterstown Handicap at Fairyhouse last time; drops in trip but still should be competitive.

4/1

Form: P3P-P9

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Single-figure odds when pulled-up in this race last year; nothing since to inspire support; pulled-up in the Cork National, trailed in ninth of ten finishers in the Porterstown Chase.
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7

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Braeside

11st 2lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Gordon Elliott

Single-figure odds when pulled-up in this race last year; nothing since to inspire support; pulled-up in the Cork National, trailed in ninth of ten finishers in the Porterstown Chase.

20/1

9th

2

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 5f 0y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Braeside

11st 10lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, pushed along and lost position 3 out, soon weakened, eased from 2 out

12/1

3

6th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 4f 0y

16:13 Cork

Braeside

11st 9lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won this on heavy ground first time out last season off 132 and good fourth in Paddy Power at Leopardstown at Christmas; nothing since but he'll be primed for this repeat bid.

10/1

Form: P-6280 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Beat Donkey Years off 131 at Fairyhouse last April, but pulled-up in the race won by that opponent at the Punchestown festival; second to Captain Kangaroo in 3m4f Cork National; hard to be confident after much lesser efforts in the Troytown and Paddy Power.
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9

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Defi Bleu

10st 13lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: Gordon Elliott

Beat Donkey Years off 131 at Fairyhouse last April, but pulled-up in the race won by that opponent at the Punchestown festival; second to Captain Kangaroo in 3m4f Cork National; hard to be confident after much lesser efforts in the Troytown and Paddy Power.

33/1

17th

15

27th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:00 Leopardstown

Defi Bleu

11st 2lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, lost position before 3 out, pushed along and no extra from 2 out

25/1

8th

12

27th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Navan

Defi Bleu

11st 1lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Took nice step forward from comeback sixth in Munster National to claim second in Cork Grand National three weeks ago; hasn't always been the most consistent but probably still on a reasonable mark and stable could hardly be in better form; each-way chance.

16/1

Form: 6UF-F5

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Has failed to prosper since Fairyhouse novice win 14 months ago; remote fifth at Limerick last month following three consecutive failures to complete; little appeal, though perhaps a hope that first-time cheekpieces will help.
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10

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Lieutenant Command

10st 13lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Noel Meade

Has failed to prosper since Fairyhouse novice win 14 months ago; remote fifth at Limerick last month following three consecutive failures to complete; little appeal, though perhaps a hope that first-time cheekpieces will help.

25/1

5th

4

28th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 160y

14:40 Limerick

Lieutenant Command

11st 7lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Noel Meade

held up in rear

10/1

Form: 21-93U

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Rewarded for consistency last season when winning a competitive 3m handicap chase at the Punchestown festival; unseated at fifth in the Paddy Power, definite chance on previous Munster National third, with Defi Bleu, Darrens Hope and Coko Beach behind.
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12

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Donkey Years

10st 9lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Rewarded for consistency last season when winning a competitive 3m handicap chase at the Punchestown festival; unseated at fifth in the Paddy Power, definite chance on previous Munster National third, with Defi Bleu, Darrens Hope and Coko Beach behind.

9/1

23

27th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:00 Leopardstown

Donkey Years

10st 11lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: E McNamara

towards rear of midfield, mistake and unseated rider 5th

15/2

3rd

14

23rd Oct 2022

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:35 Limerick

Donkey Years

10st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: E McNamara

midfield, headway and ridden when went third before 2 out, no impression approaching last

5/1

Form: 34-30P D

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Fair novice last season, form included a win over 3m1f at Wexford and a staying-on fourth in 2m5f handicap at Punchestown festival; not one of the stable's stronger candidates judged on Troytown and Paddy Power displays.
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14

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Egality Mans

10st 8lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Fair novice last season, form included a win over 3m1f at Wexford and a staying-on fourth in 2m5f handicap at Punchestown festival; not one of the stable's stronger candidates judged on Troytown and Paddy Power displays.

25/1

22

27th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:00 Leopardstown

Egality Mans

10st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

midfield, pushed along after 3 out, weakened from 2 out, pulled up approaching last

18/1

11th

13

27th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Navan

Egality Mans

10st 11lb

J: B J Cooper

T: W P Mullins

Not many miles on the clock for his age and produced some fairly useful runs earlier in the year, such as his fourth to stablemate Royal Rendezvous in Grade A handicap chase at Punchestown festival; likely to enjoy the trip and show up well if ready enough for return; Townend rides Fighter Allen.

10/1

Form: 4421UF

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Beat Defi Bleu in the Munster National, now 10lb higher; let down by his jumping in two subsequent starts, over the National fences in the Becher and in the Paddy Power.
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15

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Captain Kangaroo

10st 7lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: W P Mullins

Beat Defi Bleu in the Munster National, now 10lb higher; let down by his jumping in two subsequent starts, over the National fences in the Becher and in the Paddy Power.

20/1

25

27th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:00 Leopardstown

Captain Kangaroo

10st 9lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: W P Mullins

towards rear of midfield, fell 4th

16/1

16

3rd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 188y

Class 1

14:05 Aintree

Captain Kangaroo

11st 2lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

Left his previous jumping displays behind when off the mark at the sixth attempt over fences in the Cork National (3m4f, soft to heavy) last month; 13lb higher here but this 7yo is open to further improvement for his leading Irish trainer now things have clicked; handles various ground.

10/1

Form: 124281

Last run: 67 days

W: 10st 6lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
Chase score two stands at 2-15 and placed eight times following a battling performance to beat Minella Crooner in a Grade 2 contest at Punchestown; previous run in the Munster National was a shade disappointing, but her chance is underlined by a second to Frontal Assault at Galway, 11lb better off now.
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17

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Darrens Hope

10st 6lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Robert Murphy

Chase score two stands at 2-15 and placed eight times following a battling performance to beat Minella Crooner in a Grade 2 contest at Punchestown; previous run in the Munster National was a shade disappointing, but her chance is underlined by a second to Frontal Assault at Galway, 11lb better off now.

15/2

1st

7

20th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 6f 140y

13:30 Punchestown

Darrens Hope

10st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Robert Murphy

led, ridden and headed but battled back and sustained duel with runner-up before 2 out, led again inside final 110yds, gamely

16/1

8th

16

23rd Oct 2022

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:35 Limerick

Darrens Hope

10st 10lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Robert Murphy

always towards rear, pushed along with one circuit to go, slightly hampered 10th, never dangerous

12/1

Form: -14256

Last run: 60 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Galway novice winner; not a bad first handicap effort when sixth in the Troytown, only just behind the beaten favourite Frontal Assault; only horse of his age among the 21 declared, open to improvement; first reserve.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

19

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Rambranlt’jac

10st 5lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Galway novice winner; not a bad first handicap effort when sixth in the Troytown, only just behind the beaten favourite Frontal Assault; only horse of his age among the 21 declared, open to improvement; first reserve.

29

27th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:00 Leopardstown

Rambranlt’jac

10st 7lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: W P Mullins

First reserve; Galway novice winner kept plugging away when 22l sixth in Troytown on handicap bow and that experience will stand to him.

6th

15

27th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Navan

Rambranlt’jac

10st 6lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Dug in well to land 2m6.5f beginners' chase at Galway festival but hasn't quite kicked on from that in trio of starts since over shorter; may well do better at this longer trip but hard to have confidence.

25/1

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Form: 4U59-P D

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Not much of note in his form since winning off a 9lb lower mark at Punchestown in late-2020; 66-1 when pulled-up after a bad mistake three out on his reappearance in the Paddy Power; second reserve.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

20

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Stones And Roses

10st 5lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

Not much of note in his form since winning off a 9lb lower mark at Punchestown in late-2020; 66-1 when pulled-up after a bad mistake three out on his reappearance in the Paddy Power; second reserve.

26

27th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:00 Leopardstown

Stones And Roses

10st 9lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

soon led, headed but prominent 12th, weakening and towards rear when bad mistake 3 out, pulled up after 2 out

33/1

Form: 2P-F5F D

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Useful staying mare at her best; doubts at this stage, since she has failed to complete three of last four starts; took a heavy fall at the 14th in the Welsh National on latest; previously fifth in Porterstown Chase in which Punitive beat Fakiera; third reserve.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

21

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Regina Dracones

10st 2lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Useful staying mare at her best; doubts at this stage, since she has failed to complete three of last four starts; took a heavy fall at the 14th in the Welsh National on latest; previously fifth in Porterstown Chase in which Punitive beat Fakiera; third reserve.

15

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Regina Dracones

10st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Thomas Gibney

Kept jumping to her left in a hot handicap at Punchestown (upped to 3m7f) in April and that finally cost her when an error ended her race three out, disputing the lead and travelling well at the time; fell early on reappearance and weakened from two out when a respectable fifth over 3m5f at Fairyhouse one week later; needs to see it out vastly better today but this second-season chaser may have needed that outing and remains one to note.

40/1

5th

10

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 5f 0y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Regina Dracones

10st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

travelled strongly, prominent, slow jump 1st, challenging when not fluent 3 out, ridden and weakened approaching last

20/1

Non-runners

Rambranlt'jac, Stones And Roses, Regina Dracones

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Payout
Straight Forecast €125.91
Tricast €886.28

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Escaria Ten

The Irish Sun:

Pencilfulloflead

POSTDATA:

Fakiera

SPOTLIGHT:

Darrens Hope

TOPSPEED:

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