February 26 / 14.40 Naas

14.40

Yielding

Barberstown Castle Novice Handicap Chase (Grade B)

  • Prize money: £23495.58
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • 9 runners
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Barberstown Castle Novice Handicap Chase (Grade B)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £1.60
  • Place: £1.20

Form: F9-521 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
120-rated hurdler now makes her handicap chase debut off 135 after winning a Down Royal novice event readily a month ago; opening mark looks a bit harsh, but further progress is not out of the question and the 7lb claim will help; trainer has done well with her siblings.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

25

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

14:00 Aintree

Limerick Lace

10st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Acts well on heavy; won three of her four starts this term, including last month's 2m4f Grade 2 mares' chase at Cheltenham, and the exception was her second of 20 to Coko Beach in the 3m Troytown at Navan (not her best jumping, crowded); 7yos can no longer be ruled out straightaway, following Noble Yeats's triumph in 2022, but a stronger indication of stamina from her would be preferable.

11/1

10th

25

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Limerick Lace

10st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Acts well on heavy; won three of her four starts this term, including last month's 2m4f Grade 2 mares' chase at Cheltenham, and the exception was her second of 20 to Coko Beach in the 3m Troytown at Navan (not her best jumping, crowded); 7yos can no longer be ruled out straightaway, following Noble Yeats's triumph in 2022, but a stronger indication of stamina from her would be preferable.

11/1

1st

8

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Limerick Lace

11st 2lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Has turned a corner of late, gaining wide-margin wins at Clonmel (2m2f, heavy) and Doncaster (2m4f, good to soft; Carole's Pass and Pink Legend third and fourth) either side of her useful effort in a good 3m Navan handicap; up in class today but she was impressive last time and is likely to be involved.

7/2

13/2

  • Place: £2.20

Form: /U15P4

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Wide-margin winner of a beginners' event at Clonmel in December; flopped at Limerick later that month and finished lame at Fairyhouse on penultimate start; more like it when fourth behind Final Orders at Leopardstown, 2l off runner-up Barnacullia.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

0

22

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Jody Ted

10st 11lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Eoin Griffin

towards rear, unseated 8th

12/1

1st

12

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Punchestown

Jody Ted

10st 0lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Eoin Griffin

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, mistake 5th, pressed leaders 5 out

6/1

1st

5

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:50 Limerick

Jody Ted

11st 10lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Eoin Griffin

Decent record after a break and will handle the ground; plenty of creditable efforts in valuable, and better-contested, handicaps last term after winning at Clonmel and this race represents a nice opportunity for him to land a good pot.

100/30

Form: 241F07 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
3-42 over hurdles, placed 14 times; lightly raced over fences, won beginners' event at Sligo last September; signs of a return to form in a 3m handicap hurdle at Leopardstown last time.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11th

11

17th May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 50y

18:45 Kilbeggan

The Little Yank

10st 2lb

J: Daniel King

T: John Patrick Ryan

9yo with high mileage and losing run was extended when well beaten over fences at Killarney five days ago; others appeal more.

14/1

11th

11

17th May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 50y

18:45 Kilbeggan

The Little Yank

10st 2lb

J: Daniel King

T: John Patrick Ryan

always behind

14/1

7th

15

12th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 0y

16:30 Killarney

The Little Yank

10st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: John Patrick Ryan

Heavily raced six-time winner on a long losing run at the moment; 6lb out of the handicap; faces a tough task in the circumstances.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 313492

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
Won a novice chase at Galway in October; ran with credit in a Grade 2 novice at Punchestown before out of his depth in a Grade 1 event; made a bright start to life in handicaps with second to highly progressive Final Orders at Leopardstown, giving him a slight edge over Jody Ted.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

4

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 144y

18:07 Ballinrobe

Barnacullia

11st 3lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Michael Mulvany

towards rear, dropped to rear halfway, detached from 3 out, tailed off

9/2

7th

4

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 144y

18:07 Ballinrobe

Barnacullia

11st 3lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Michael Mulvany

towards rear, dropped to rear halfway, detached from 3 out, tailed off

9/2

4th

6

29th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 11y

16:10 Galway

Barnacullia

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Michael Mulvany

prominent

5/1

Form: -132P2 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Won a beginners' chase at Down Royal last May; made a respectable handicap debut when chasing home the useful Big Debates at Fairyhouse in December; failed at Thurles in January, back to form with second in a rated novice chase last Sunday.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Gallyhill

12st 4lb

J: Mr Tom Hutsby

T: F A Hutsby

Formerly useful but just one chase win (in 2022) from 11 attempts and he ended his time with Gordon Elliott on a quiet note; well-held last of four finishers in a point for new yard and his BHA mark likely flatters him.

20/1

7th

2

12th May 2023

Yielding

2m 3f 20y

19:55 Kilbeggan

Gallyhill

11st 10lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a Down Royal beginners' chase over this trip a year ago; has mostly run well in defeat since but never got involved at Naas last time; has to find more just 1lb lower.

12/1

4

18th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 42y

16:25 Tipperary

Gallyhill

11st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Gordon Elliott

Lots of sound runs in defeat over fences since winning at Down Royal last year; doesn't seem to be improving but has his chance in an open race.

4/1

Form: 11/542

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Won a point-to-point and both starts over hurdles for Gordon Elliott two seasons ago; off for a long time before being well held on his first two starts over fences; improved in first-time cheekpieces when second on his handicap debut here four weeks ago; holds a leading chance.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

1

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:25 Naas

Percy Warner

11st 12lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

in touch with leaders

10/1

Form: 4-23PF

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
0-9 over fences but placed three times this term; has shown a tendency to jump to the left in several of her races at Fairyhouse; faller at this venue last time when set a stiff task in a conditions race.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

2

30th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 40y

18:30 Ballinrobe

Razzle Dazzle Love

11st 9lb

J: E Walsh

T: Thomas Gibney

Bumper and hurdle winner lost her form over fences earlier this year but there was some encouragement from her hurdle run here last time; has to do more, though.

16/1

3rd

4

14th Apr 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 98y

17:50 Ballinrobe

Razzle Dazzle Love

11st 6lb

J: E Walsh

T: Thomas Gibney

Bumper and maiden hurdle winner in 2020 has been chasing in the last year without success; has dropped down the handicap returned to hurdles but others still preferred.

20/1

1

20th Mar 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 0y

16:25 Navan

Razzle Dazzle Love

12st 2lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Is 0-9 over fences and failed to complete in her last two starts, albeit very much up against it at Listed level last time; doesn't look well treated on any of her chase form to date.

7/1

Form: 3532F3

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Two hurdle wins for Willie Mullins in 2020, obtaining a mark of 142; well beaten in six completed chase starts for his current stable, all in decent company; in touch when falling four out in a Grade 3 event here in January; should find things easier now in his first handicap.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

16:17 Naas

Francin

11st 0lb

J: Mr R A Berry

T: J A Berry

Useful sort for Willie Mullins but has been well-held when facing mostly stiff tasks for this yard; another one today and best passed over.

100/1

8

26th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

14:40 Naas

Francin

10st 7lb

J: Mr J P Berry

T: J A Berry

Two hurdle wins for Willie Mullins in 2020, obtaining a mark of 142; well beaten in six completed chase starts for his current stable, all in decent company; in touch when falling four out in a Grade 3 event here in January; should find things easier now in his first handicap.

10/1

Form: 025746

Last run: 69 days

W: 10st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Handicap chase winner at Galway last September and went close to taking advantage of his lower hurdles mark at this venue in October; last four chase starts not very encouraging.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

8

16th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 0y

16:55 Clonmel

It Could Be You

11st 4lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Thomas Mullins

prominent behind clear leaders, headway and went third after 4th

3/1

8th

8

16th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 0y

16:55 Clonmel

It Could Be You

11st 4lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Thomas Mullins

prominent behind clear leaders, headway and went third after 4th, lost position 5 out, weakened from 3 out

3/1

1st

7

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 152y

16:00 Clonmel

It Could Be You

11st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Thomas Mullins

made all

33/1

Non-runners

Percy Warner, Razzle Dazzle Love, Francin

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €5.10
Straight Forecast €6.08
Tricast €33.08
Trifecta €28.90

Selections

RP Ratings (IRE):

Jody Ted

The Irish Sun:

Limerick Lace

SPOTLIGHT:

Percy Warner

POSTDATA:

Gallyhill

TOPSPEED:

Jody Ted