January 26 / 15.55 Gowran Park

15.55 Gowran Park

Soft

Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £8092.92
  • 2m 4f 85y
  • 15 runners
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Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

15/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.20
  • Place: £2.00

Form: -67213 BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Nicely progressive of late, following up Clonmel win in finishing good third over 2m3f at Limerick, having been left with plenty to do; likely still has more to offer at this trip and one for the shortlist.
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1st

13

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Bluebell Diva

10st 8lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

Nicely progressive of late, following up Clonmel win in finishing good third over 2m3f at Limerick, having been left with plenty to do; likely still has more to offer at this trip and one for the shortlist.

15/2

3rd

4

29th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

15:35 Limerick

Bluebell Diva

11st 8lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: M F Morris

in touch with leaders

5/2

1st

14

8th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 43y

13:10 Clonmel

Bluebell Diva

11st 4lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: M F Morris

disputed lead early, raced in second after 1st, led 4 out, faced strong challenge when ridden and wandered around before 2 out, kept on well run-in

4/1

OUR TIP

13/2

  • Place: £2.30

Form: -22121 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Mare in great nick recent months over fences before taking full advantage of lower hurdles mark to run away with 2m4f Limerick contest over Christmas from the front; 12lb higher now but remains 7lb below her chase mark so of obvious appeal.
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2nd

4

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Optional Mix

11st 12lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Eoin Doyle

Mare in great nick recent months over fences before taking full advantage of lower hurdles mark to run away with 2m4f Limerick contest over Christmas from the front; 12lb higher now but remains 7lb below her chase mark so of obvious appeal.

13/2

1st

8

27th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:39 Limerick

Optional Mix

11st 2lb

J: Miss E Cody

T: Eoin Doyle

made all, shaken up and went clear after 2 out, comfortably

4/1

2nd

4

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 3f 165y

11:55 Fairyhouse

Optional Mix

11st 1lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Eoin Doyle

raced in second, led before 4th, clear 5th, much reduced lead 7th, faced challenge 3 out, mistake 2 out, pushed along when mistake and headed last, kept on, no match for winner

11/4

9/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 8-061

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Made the expected improvement when upped in trip to land 2m3f Naas maiden last month, finishing well clear with the short-priced favourite, battling well for pressure; still unexposed on handicap debut and likely has more to offer before he goes chasing.
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3rd

7

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Slane Hill

11st 10lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

Made the expected improvement when upped in trip to land 2m3f Naas maiden last month, finishing well clear with the short-priced favourite, battling well for pressure; still unexposed on handicap debut and likely has more to offer before he goes chasing.

9/2

1st

9

20th Dec 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 2f 183y

14:05 Naas

Slane Hill

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Barry Connell

in touch with leaders, headway and prominent 3 out (usual 5 out), pushed along and went second 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ridden out towards finish

8/1

Form: 0-8602

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Won twice over hurdles this time last year but had been struggling for form this season until improvement when second to a clear winner over 2m3f at Naas earlier this month (Simply Shabra third) off reduced mark; place claims again.
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4th

8

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Justicialism

11st 8lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: B R Hamilton

Won twice over hurdles this time last year but had been struggling for form this season until improvement when second to a clear winner over 2m3f at Naas earlier this month (Simply Shabra third) off reduced mark; place claims again.

9/1

2nd

3

8th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 2f 187y

15:20 Naas

Justicialism

11st 9lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: B R Hamilton

Won twice over hurdles last term but really struggled for form in a trio of outings this season; stamina to prove at this trip and others preferred.

20/1

11th

6

29th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 57y

14:25 Punchestown

Justicialism

11st 12lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: B R Hamilton

Won twice in juvenile company last season incl' over C&D; has been badly out of form since and is difficult to fancy.

33/1

Form: 3212P-

Last run: 438 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Handicap hurdle (3m) winner for Matthew Smith; not seen since pulling up in a Punchestown handicap hurdle 14 months ago and likely best watched.
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5th

10

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Lord Gillygooley

11st 3lb

J: Niall Prendergast

T: Declan Queally

Handicap hurdle (3m) winner for Matthew Smith; not seen since pulling up in a Punchestown handicap hurdle 14 months ago and likely best watched.

20/1

10

7th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:12 Cork

Lord Gillygooley

10st 4lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Declan Queally

Handicap hurdle winner for Matthew Smith; not seen since pulling up in a Punchestown handicap hurdle 14 months ago; interesting on his debut for Declan Queally and the market may provide the best advice.

7/1

Form: 142-78

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Navan maiden winner also finished second in Listed mares' race at Cheltenham last season; no threat but encouraging efforts on both comeback runs in handicaps of late; more required and others possibly better handicapped.
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6th

6

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Lady Rita

11st 11lb

J: Richard Condon

T: Louise G Lyons

Navan maiden winner also finished second in Listed mares' race at Cheltenham last season; no threat but encouraging efforts on both comeback runs in handicaps of late; more required and others possibly better handicapped.

16/1

8th

17

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 3f 120y

14:32 Punchestown

Lady Rita

10st 2lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Louise G Lyons

Got some black type when second in Listed mares' race at Cheltenham in April; respectable seventh in a big field at Navan and entitled to come on for that.

16/1

7th

15

27th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 6f 0y

13:50 Navan

Lady Rita

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Louise G Lyons

Seems to be improving with every run and earned black type when last seen finishing second in Listed mares' novices' hurdle at Cheltenham in April; sole win in a maiden hurdle came over this C&D and appears versatile in terms of ground; live contender if sharp enough on return from 227-day break.

8/1

Form: 2-1694

Last run: 58 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Cork win in May came at 3m so no shortage of stamina; recent Punchestown run was a solid effort but likely more needed to feature here.
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7th

14

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Iridescent

10st 8lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Jonathan Fogarty

Cork win in May came at 3m so no shortage of stamina; recent Punchestown run was a solid effort but likely more needed to feature here.

16/1

4th

10

29th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 150y

15:25 Punchestown

Iridescent

11st 9lb

J: M P Fogarty

T: Jonathan Fogarty

Just 1-16 over hurdles but fairly consistent this year; however, has to improve significantly from a poor Wexford comeback.

16/1

9th

7

31st Oct 2022

Soft

2m 0f 100y

15:05 Wexford

Iridescent

11st 3lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Jonathan Fogarty

in rear

14/1

Form: 0PP/00 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Over two years since running away with valuable Navan handicap over this trip off 124; regressive of late and hard to be confident in; eye shield tried.
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8th

3

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Jukebox Jive

11st 12lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Shane Nolan

Over two years since running away with valuable Navan handicap over this trip off 124; regressive of late and hard to be confident in; eye shield tried.

25/1

15th

13

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 3f 120y

14:32 Punchestown

Jukebox Jive

10st 7lb

J: Mr C M Quirke

T: Shane Nolan

Well beaten under both codes this year and isn't as good as he was; opposable.

100/1

12th

4

27th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 6f 0y

13:50 Navan

Jukebox Jive

11st 10lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Shane Nolan

Flat form this year suggests he's out of sorts and not the force of old; encouraging that last win over hurdles (his best performance in this sphere) came off 1lb higher than today's mark at this venue on soft to heavy ground; needs to bounce back.

28/1

Form: 131590 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Plenty of stamina, winning over 3m2f at Ballinrobe over the summer; well below best over Christmas and top-weight remains opposable off this mark.
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9th

1

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Noble Birth

12st 0lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: Gordon Elliott

Plenty of stamina, winning over 3m2f at Ballinrobe over the summer; well below best over Christmas and top-weight remains opposable off this mark.

16/1

10th

25

28th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

13:10 Leopardstown

Noble Birth

10st 5lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear

25/1

9th

7

1st Oct 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

15:27 Gowran Park

Noble Birth

10st 9lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, mistake 4th, ridden and weakened after 4 out

11/2

Form: -F2709

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Cork winner last season (2m), ran every bit as well in defeat at Tramore (2m5f, yielding); two comeback runs last month leave him with plenty to find however, although mildly encouraging effort second occasion.
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10th

9

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Garcon Doux

11st 3lb

J: Niall Moore

T: Philip Fenton

Cork winner last season (2m), ran every bit as well in defeat at Tramore (2m5f, yielding); two comeback runs last month leave him with plenty to find however, although mildly encouraging effort second occasion.

12/1

9th

11

28th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Garcon Doux

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Philip Fenton

in rear on outer

40/1

15th

4

11th Dec 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:50 Cork

Garcon Doux

11st 11lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Philip Fenton

always towards rear, pushed along after 4 out, became detached 3 out, eased approaching last

12/1

Form: 3/0-92 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Former Irish Cesarewitch winner whose sole hurdles win came over this trip at Navan two years ago; best effort yet over timber when chasing home a clear-cut winner in 3m Cheltenham handicap last month; softer ground no problem and one to consider.
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2

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Brazos

11st 12lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: John Joseph Murphy

Former Irish Cesarewitch winner whose sole hurdles win came over this trip at Navan two years ago; best effort yet over timber when chasing home a clear-cut winner in 3m Cheltenham handicap last month; softer ground no problem and one to consider.

12/1

2nd

10

9th Dec 2022

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Brazos

10st 2lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: John Joseph Murphy

Useful on Flat in his younger years; never-dangerous ninth when a 66-1 shot here (2m5f Class 3) four weeks ago; possibly worth this return to 3m but faces a tougher assignment upped in grade; also declared 2:05 Bangor.

16/1

Form: 21F136

Last run: 106 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Bellewstown bumper winner landed Kilbeggan maiden hurdle in September; errors at vital times when never landing a serious blow back at 2m on latest so will appreciate this step up in distance; tough task nonetheless in a competitive handicap.
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5

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Country Queen

11st 11lb

J: Sarah Kavanagh

T: Gordon Elliott

Bellewstown bumper winner landed Kilbeggan maiden hurdle in September; errors at vital times when never landing a serious blow back at 2m on latest so will appreciate this step up in distance; tough task nonetheless in a competitive handicap.

16/1

6th

3

12th Oct 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Punchestown

Country Queen

11st 10lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear early, minor headway when mistake 3rd, nudged along before 2 out, keeping on when ridden before last, not fluent last, no extra run-in

6/1

3rd

2

22nd Sep 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

13:35 Perth

Country Queen

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

sweating, prominent, led 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, jumped right 2 out, soon ridden and hung left, 1 length ahead when not fluent last, headed run-in, no extra and lost second inside final 110yds

4/7

Form: 2-P03P

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Maiden's best effort in handicaps came when third (Justicialism second) over 2m3f at Naas earlier this month; badly hampered and effectively carried out on chase debut since; each-way claims back hurdling.
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13th

8

8th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 3f 165y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Simply Shabra

11st 10lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Anthony McCann

Pulled up in his last couple of starts including when stopping quickly back in a handicap hurdle last time; very best efforts have come over a bit further than this.

33/1

11

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Simply Shabra

11st 2lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Anthony McCann

Maiden's best effort in handicaps came when third (Justicialism second) over 2m3f at Naas earlier this month; badly hampered and effectively carried out on chase debut since; each-way claims back hurdling.

12/1

6

15th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 150y

14:40 Punchestown

Simply Shabra

11st 12lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Anthony McCann

Stays well and comes here on the back of a solid third to the very well-handicapped Cadatharla in a Naas handicap hurdle last week; cheekpieces left on here for his chase debut and respected if his jumping holds up.

8/1

Form: 21-541 D

Last run: 79 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Winning chaser last term who emerged from 5 months' absence for ready win off lower hurdles mark in 2m4f Fairyhouse handicap in November; 14lb rise brings him to parity with chase mark but clearly in fine order and loves this soft ground so big player.
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12

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Emancipator

11st 0lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Terence O’Brien

Winning chaser last term who emerged from 5 months' absence for ready win off lower hurdles mark in 2m4f Fairyhouse handicap in November; 14lb rise brings him to parity with chase mark but clearly in fine order and loves this soft ground so big player.

7/2

1st

4

8th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:22 Fairyhouse

Emancipator

11st 9lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Terence O’Brien

String of consistent efforts over hurdles early in the year, including here, without managing to win; hacked up by 20 lengths on sole chase start at Clonmel in April and now rated 104 in that sphere; beaten at short prices back over hurdles last twice including when last seen at Tramore five months ago; stays further and ground no issue.

7/2

Form: 805644

Last run: 65 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Point-to-point winner for Michael Flannery and couple of solid runs back hurdling in November at around this trip; more needed though.
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15

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 85y

15:55 Gowran Park

Lough Na Fooey

10st 0lb

J: Daniel King

T: L Young

Point-to-point winner for Michael Flannery and couple of solid runs back hurdling in November at around this trip; more needed though.

20/1

4th

13

22nd Nov 2022

Soft

2m 3f 0y

12:15 Limerick

Lough Na Fooey

11st 5lb

J: Tommy Brett

T: L Young

Bit of promise in maidens for Michael Flannery; point winner in October on debut for this stable; fair fourth in a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse; place chance.

6/1

4th

4

8th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:52 Fairyhouse

Lough Na Fooey

11st 10lb

J: Tommy Brett

T: L Young

midfield, headway before 2 out, ridden and outpaced approaching last, ran on well and went fourth towards finish

12/1

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Payout
Exacta €26.20
Straight Forecast €20.86
Tricast €77.22
Trifecta €50.70

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Bluebell Diva

SPOTLIGHT:

Slane Hill

RP Ratings (IRE):

Optional Mix

POSTDATA:

Iridescent

The Irish Sun:

Bluebell Diva