February 18 / 16.37 Gowran Park

16.37

Soft

Careys Cottage Cup Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £8353.98
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • 10 runners
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Careys Cottage Cup Handicap Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.60
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 075U25

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Pick of five attempts chasing when second in 2m6f beginners' at Punchestown, ran in snatches and never really landed a blow on handicap debut at Down Royal latest; may have more to offer over fences but others look more solid.
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2nd

4

4th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:00 Leopardstown

From The Ashes

11st 13lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

midfield, in touch with leaders 10th, prominent before 2 out

8/1

7th

5

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 166y

16:10 Punchestown

From The Ashes

11st 10lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

Won a handicap chase at Gowran last February and is now rated 122 in that sphere; his handicap hurdle form is relatively weak, but interesting that trainer persists despite modest form in his last three racses.

6/1

10th

8

27th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:37 Limerick

From The Ashes

11st 6lb

J: Miss A L Fitzgibbon

T: C Byrnes

Won a handicap chase at Gowran in February and is now rated 122 in that sphere; well beaten in two hurdle starts lately but is surely capable of much better off this mark.

15/2

14/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 81-116 D

Last run: 90 days

W: 11st 1lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Veteran has had several trainers, winning first three starts for current yard in banks race, handicap hurdle and 3m Fairyhouse handicap chase in October; ran well for long way back over the banks at Punchestown following month (blood in nostrils) and given a break since; may be high enough in the handicap now.
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7th

3

21st Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 100y

19:28 Wexford

Hurricane Darwin

11st 12lb

J: Miss S Ahern

T: C W J Farrell

Veteran has shown that he retains a healthy appetite for racing in a range of events; three consecutive wins last year came in a cross-country race, a handicap hurdle and a handicap chase; no major sign of a decline in form this year.

10/1

4th

3

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 0y

14:35 Punchestown

Hurricane Darwin

12st 3lb

J: Mr B O Walsh

T: C W J Farrell

Veteran has been in great form since joining this yard last season, starting off with a victory in this event at the main expense of Stealthy Tom; picked up handicap wins last autumn, one of them over hurdles; has continued to show enthusiasm, most recently when highly tied in a Grade 2 contest at Navan; holds a leading chance.

4/1

3rd

4

20th Mar 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 90y

15:25 Navan

Hurricane Darwin

11st 3lb

J: Mr S Cavanagh

T: C W J Farrell

Veteran has been in great form since joining this yard a year ago, winning three times and running a solid second at Gowran last time; however, he is out of his depth in this company.

50/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 221212 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Mare in great nick recent months, winning Wexford handicap chase (beating Handsworth) before taking full advantage of lower hurdles mark to run away with 2m4f Limerick contest and then finishing second in a competitive 2m5f handicap here last month; rider's claim here a big positive and big run again expected.
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6th

12

13th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 50y

18:10 Killarney

Optional Mix

10st 12lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Eoin Doyle

Enjoyed a productive 2022 campaign; has been out of form as a hurdler/chaser for a considerable time.

25/1

6th

12

13th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 50y

18:10 Killarney

Optional Mix

10st 12lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Eoin Doyle

Enjoyed a productive 2022 campaign; has been out of form as a hurdler/chaser for a considerable time.

25/1

4

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 120y

15:55 Fairyhouse

Optional Mix

11st 3lb

J: Miss E Cody

T: Eoin Doyle

took keen hold, didn't jump with fluency, raced in last early, headway and prominent 7th, 3 lengths down when mistake and unseated 3 out

20/1

Form: 7-9088 BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Handicap hurdle winner off 98 at Naas last March; 0-4 chasing and beaten a long way each time, including when never sighted on handicap debut at Fairyhouse last month (joint-favourite): jumping remains open to improvement and may yet do better.
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2nd

14

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Better Times Ahead

10st 0lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Robert Tyner

Much-improved when stepping up in trip to almost 3m at Navan in March last year, landing a valuable novice handicap on heavy ground; presumably needed Gowran return after 11 months off; no match for Macdermott at Fairyhouse but that form was significantly boosted by the Scottish National outcome; a long way in front of Battle Of Mirbat at Fairyhouse.

8/1

2nd

14

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Better Times Ahead

10st 0lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Robert Tyner

Much-improved when stepping up in trip to almost 3m at Navan in March last year, landing a valuable novice handicap on heavy ground; presumably needed Gowran return after 11 months off; no match for Macdermott at Fairyhouse but that form was significantly boosted by the Scottish National outcome; a long way in front of Battle Of Mirbat at Fairyhouse.

8/1

2nd

10

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 124y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Better Times Ahead

10st 13lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Robert Tyner

Was much improved when stepping up in trip to almost 3m at Navan just over a year ago, landing a valuable novice handicap on heavy ground; entitled to have needed Gowran return after 11 months off and he's dangerous given his unexposed profile.

6/1

Form: 652051 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Recorded first win in a while when back to form last month under a patient ride at Cork over this trip, seeing it out well in favoured testing conditions; 5lb rise seems reasonable and one to consider.
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1st

11

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

Weihnachts

10st 9lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P J Rothwell

held up in rear, headway and in touch with leaders 3 out, led last, ridden out

20/1

Form: /1F-61 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Got a punitive rise in the ratings for a gambled-on win at Clonmel on handicap debut last season; back from year's absence over Christmas and came on hugely from that Limerick run to land 2m5f Fairyhouse contest 10 days ago, jumping well and just holding on in a driving finish; 5lb rise and could have more to offer on only third start back.
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3rd

2

19th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 100y

19:20 Limerick

Sunnyvilla

11st 11lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Donal Hassett

Now a three-time winner over fences; possibly a little fortunate to get away with a 4lb rise for his front-running success at Thurles at the beginning of the month; 5lb claimer controlled the race effectively then.

5/2

3rd

2

19th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 100y

19:20 Limerick

Sunnyvilla

11st 11lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Donal Hassett

Now a three-time winner over fences; possibly a little fortunate to get away with a 4lb rise for his front-running success at Thurles at the beginning of the month; 5lb claimer controlled the race effectively then.

5/2

1st

7

1st Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 160y

14:58 Cork

Sunnyvilla

10st 0lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Donal Hassett

made virtually all, 15 lengths ahead 4th, much reduced lead 5 out, faced challenge 2 out, pushed along approaching last, ridden and went clear again run-in

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: 4-4042

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Looked promising when winning Navan maiden hurdle on Rules debut a year ago; has largely failed to build on that since although took a step forward on second chasing start when chasing home a ready odds-on winner in Down Royal rated novice last month; keen sort, needs to settle better now upped in trip for handicap chase debut.
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11th

5

12th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 0y

16:30 Killarney

Irish Blaze

11st 2lb

J: E Walsh

T: Cian Collins

Won twice for Gordon Elliott and had done well on his three Irish starts for Cian Collins, notably when beating subsequent Fairyhouse handicap winner Captains Nephew in a Down Royal novice event in January; struggled in the Red Rum at Aintree; stamina could be an issue, best form has been at around 2m.

12/1

11th

5

12th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 0y

16:30 Killarney

Irish Blaze

11st 2lb

J: E Walsh

T: Cian Collins

Won twice for Gordon Elliott and had done well on his three Irish starts for Cian Collins, notably when beating subsequent Fairyhouse handicap winner Captains Nephew in a Down Royal novice event in January; struggled in the Red Rum at Aintree; stamina could be an issue, best form has been at around 2m.

12/1

12th

10

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Irish Blaze

10st 7lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Cian Collins

Front-runner; ridden last five starts by claimer Carl Millar; has raised his game this winter but is relatively exposed over fences and, although a heavy-ground hurdle winner in 2022, he's missed three races on soft and heavy going since August; it remains to be seen how he copes with today's surface.

14/1

Form: 7-220B D

Last run: 6 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Came back from his summer break with two very good seconds in handicap chases at Wexford (to Optional Mix) and Aintree but hasn't enjoyed much luck in running since, jumping poorly and hampered at Leopardstown and brought down at first at Navan; this probably his ideal trip and still on a fair mark but needs to jump better.
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6th

15

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Handsworth

10st 2lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: J P Dempsey

It's to his credit that he was close up in a 2m4f handicap here in December (good to soft) but he hasn't shone in his previous attempts over 3m and is a long way out of the weights; cheekpieces refitted.

22/1

3rd

3

20th Mar 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 0y

16:25 Navan

Handsworth

11st 11lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: J P Dempsey

Won twice over fences and two excellent runs in defeat early in the campaign, particularly an Aintree second; has really struggled in three starts since and while potentailly well well treated, he probably needs further than this trip.

12/1

Form: U33517 D BF

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Quite lightly raced 8yo battled well to win over this trip at Punchestown last month and hampered three out when attempting follow-up at Fairyhouse, fading quite tamely; may be worth giving another chance to.
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1st

5

4th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 107y

17:05 Leopardstown

Soloman Lane

11st 13lb

J: Mr D Doyle

T: Martin Hassett

Is 1-14 over fences; pulled up at Fairyhouse last time but has a big chance on his previous C&D second at the Christmas meeting.

11/2

0

4

24th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 50y

13:00 Fairyhouse

Soloman Lane

11st 8lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Martin Hassett

Won a 2m3f handicap chase at Punchestown 12 months ago; fair effort when third at the same venue on his seasonal debut; never threatened at Down Royal; much more like it when second at Leopardstown.

6/1

Form: /U673F

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 7lb

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 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.
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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 €51.00
Straight Forecast €56.57
Tricast €146.18
Trifecta €276.30

Selections

The Irish Sun:

Better Times Ahead

POSTDATA:

From The Ashes

SPOTLIGHT:

Optional Mix

TOPSPEED:

Handsworth

RP Ratings (IRE):

Hurricane Darwin