March 17 / 15.10 Down Royal

15.10

Yielding To Soft

Powered By Bluegrass Novice Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7570.8
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • 13 runners
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Powered By Bluegrass Novice Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.80
  • Place: £2.50

Form: -13931 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Has improved in two runs for this yard, finishing third behind Landrake in a novice hurdle at Fairyhouse in December and proved softer ground is no issue when gaining his first handicap success at Gowran last month (third and sixth have won since); 6lb rise is manageable and more to come.
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4th

8

24th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 110y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Ottoman Style

11st 12lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Point winner and three-time hurdles scorer; in good form in handicap hurdles in February/March; went up a stone in total for 2m4f wins at Gowran and Down Royal; made a couple of mistakes when unplaced off 129 at this venue in April.

14/1

8th

9

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 155y

16:15 Fairyhouse

Ottoman Style

11st 3lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

soon in touch with leaders, headway and close up on outer home turn, soon pushed along, not fluent 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, beaten when mistake last

9/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 3-213P

Last run: 68 days

W: 12st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Point and bumper winner who was only beaten 3l when runner-up in a maiden hurdle on this season's return in October and went one better a month later at Punchestown; hasn't managed to build on that in graded company twice since but should relish this drop in class; has more to give.
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5th

3

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 146y

13:05 Punchestown

Monbeg Park

11st 2lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Sean Thomas Doyle

Point/bumper winner who developed into a very useful 137-rated novice hurdler last season; perhaps needed the run break when behind IL Etait Temps on his chase debut at Thurles; looked in need of step up in trip when a rallying fourth behind the highly impressive Marine Nationale over 2m1f at Leopardstown.

11/1

17/2

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 414 BF

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Promising hurdle debut at Punchestown before getting off the mark in a maiden hurdle at Ayr on heavy ground; form of his win has worked out well with the second and fourth have won since; may have found quicker ground against him back at Ayr last time in a novice and potential improver up in trip.
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12th

9

9th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 100y

14:00 Fairyhouse

L Anamour

11st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

Won an Ayr maiden over 2m on heavy in January and solid runs in defeat back there and at Down Royal since; latter run over this trip; bit more needed.

11/1

3rd

10

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:10 Down Royal

L Anamour

11st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

midfield on outer, headway 4 out, chased leaders 3 out, lost position before 2 out, rallied approaching last, kept on and went third run-in

17/2

4th

5

27th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:45 Ayr

L Anamour

12st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

in touch with leaders, niggled along 2 out, weakened approaching last

2/1

Form: 4F9-60

Last run: 47 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Seven-race maiden and tailed off in two starts this season.
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3rd

8

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Fairyhouse

Petit King

11st 2lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Edward Cawley

prominent, jumped slightly left 3rd, 10 lengths down when left in lead 3 out, soon joined, headed and lost second approaching last, kept on, no match for winner

16/1

3rd

8

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Fairyhouse

Petit King

11st 2lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Edward Cawley

prominent, jumped slightly left 3rd, 10 lengths down when left in lead 3 out, soon joined, headed and lost second approaching last, kept on, no match for winner

16/1

4th

9

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 0y

15:27 Naas

Petit King

10st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Edward Cawley

Won and came 3rd in 2m4f Punchestown handicaps lately; respectable run over fences last time; has a chance back over hurdles.

8/1

Form: -56171

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Won a maiden hurdle at Limerick in November and bounced back from a lesser effort when landing a handicap hurdle at Naas last month; 9lb higher but that looked competitive and there might be more to come back up in trip.
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8th

17

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:05 Fairyhouse

Luimneach

10st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Desmond McDonogh

Has won two of his last four starts including 2m Naas handicap; too keen over 2m4f last time and hood should help.

16/1

Form: 340842

Last run: 6 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Went close to losing his maiden tag last week when beaten a neck but 6lb wrong for this assignment.
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9th

6

16th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 70y

16:25 Naas

Early Arrival

11st 10lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: James M Barcoe

Strike-rate of 1-31 sets the alarm bells ringing but he went close in a huge field over C&D 12 days ago and will surely be on the scene if he can repeat that form.

4/1

9th

6

16th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 70y

16:25 Naas

Early Arrival

11st 10lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: James M Barcoe

Strike-rate of 1-31 sets the alarm bells ringing but he went close in a huge field over C&D 12 days ago and will surely be on the scene if he can repeat that form.

4/1

2nd

25

4th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 180y

16:15 Naas

Early Arrival

11st 1lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: James M Barcoe

1-30 under rules and wasn't in any sort of form when last seen; off 128 days.

100/1

Form: 2214

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Hit the crossbar in two bumpers before getting off the mark in a maiden hurdle at Tramore; well below that form in a novice hurdle last time; not certain to appreciate shorter trip.
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7th

6

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

18:10 Musselburgh

Cardamon Hill

10st 10lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Dianne Sayer

Has become disappointing since winning a maiden in Ireland and when third here last time he was some 12l behind runner-up Jem In Em; just 1lb lower and perhaps placed at best.

16/1

7th

6

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

18:10 Musselburgh

Cardamon Hill

10st 10lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Dianne Sayer

Has become disappointing since winning a maiden in Ireland and when third here last time he was some 12l behind runner-up Jem In Em; just 1lb lower and perhaps placed at best.

16/1

3rd

3

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

14:45 Musselburgh

Cardamon Hill

11st 10lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Dianne Sayer

held up in rear, dropped to last before 10th

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 71 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Left his point form behind when a 66-1 winner of a maiden hurdle at Punchestown last month; that form hasn't really worked out since though and might be on a tough opening mark for handicap debut.
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6th

1

15th May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

17:55 Killarney

Connors Cross

11st 10lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: James Andrew Fahey

led, soon clear, jumped slightly right 5th, jumped slightly right and not fluent 6th, headed when carried head high after 4 out, ridden and weakened before 3 out

9/2

2

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:10 Down Royal

Connors Cross

11st 12lb

J: Peter Smithers

T: James Andrew Fahey

Left his point form behind when a 66-1 winner of a maiden hurdle at Punchestown last month; that form hasn't really worked out since though and might be on a tough opening mark for handicap debut.

16/1

1st

2

22nd Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 100y

13:40 Punchestown

Connors Cross

11st 4lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: James Andrew Fahey

in touch with leaders, led 2nd, mistake 6th, joined 3 out, led again after 2 out, soon left clear, slowed dramatically approaching last, hard pressed and ridden run-in, kept on

25/1

Form: 27-1

Last run: 318 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Won two Flat races last term before opening his account over hurdles at Ballinrobe when last seen; ran well fresh last season and has a workable opening mark; needs to prove he's as effective on a slower surface though.
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9th

3

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Dartan

11st 9lb

J: James Smith

T: Matthew J Smith

Had a fruitful summer with two wins on the Flat (2m/2m1f) and two over hurdles (3m/2m4f); all those were on good or good to yielding, whereas he was well beaten in his three Irish runs on soft or heavy, so that's the worry.

14/1

12th

5

(12)

13th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:45 Dundalk (AW)

Dartan

9st 8lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Matthew J Smith

Dual-purpose sort had been in good form over the summer, winning twice over 2m on the Flat and twice over hurdles; below form on soft last time; might find this trip a bit sharp.

9/1

12th

22

(23)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Dartan

9st 4lb

J: Leigh Roche

T: Matthew J Smith

prominent, went second after 2f, led 4f out

66/1

Form: 416146 C

Last run: 5 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Came on from his return with a narrow success in a novice hurdle here but hasn't managed to build on that over further from his new mark; looks opposable in a competitive race.
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3rd

8

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 100y

16:33 Navan

The Gradual Slope

10st 13lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Sean O O’Brien

2-20 over hurdles; respectable efforts in beginners' chases at Fairyhouse and Clonmel; badly hampered two out when 13l second of four finishers at Limerick in his first handicap.

10/1

Form: 8-U273

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Consistent sort who ran with credit when third of 14 at Fairyhouse last month; entitled to come on from that first run in seven months but may not have much in hand from this mark at present.
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5th

5

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 3

13:45 Cheltenham

Mr Saxobeat

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Thomas Gibney

He was running well in third (just behind runner-up Railway Hurricane) when slipping and almost falling at the final fence over C&D last month (good; pulled up); also effective on soft ground; might not be far away.

10/1

0

6

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 166y

Class 3

15:20 Cheltenham

Mr Saxobeat

11st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Won four-runner beginners' chase at Clonmel (2m4f, good) on chasing debut in June and has remained in good form since, perhaps most notably when second in Listed handicap at Killarney (2m5f, yielding to soft) in August; should give another good account here but others appeal more.

14/1

3rd

3

27th Sep 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 47y

17:05 Sligo

Mr Saxobeat

11st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Couldn't win a hurdle but fair start over fences this summer; after winning at Clonmel, had Sphagnum well behind when second in Tipperary novice and likewise The Little Yank was well in arrears when he was second in 2m5f Killarney handicap; handled yielding/soft last time, trainer says he ideally wants it good.

2/1

Form: 34211U BF

Last run: 182 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Unseated in her hat-trick bid when last seen six months ago but was beaten at the time; might need this on return and all her best form is on good ground.
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3rd

6

19th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 120y

18:50 Limerick

Bella Bliss

10st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: John C McConnell

Productive mare with three hurdle wins and two over fences at up to 3m, including here last summer; ground against her of late and again unlikely to get her ground here but could sneak a placing.

14/1

3rd

6

19th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 120y

18:50 Limerick

Bella Bliss

10st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: John C McConnell

Productive mare with three hurdle wins and two over fences at up to 3m, including here last summer; ground against her of late and again unlikely to get her ground here but could sneak a placing.

14/1

Form: 1636-P C

Last run: 259 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Has been struggling in points in recent times; feasibly handicapped on last season's chase form but needs to prove he's as effective over hurdles and his recent point form isn't encouraging.
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8

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:10 Down Royal

Arahecan

11st 1lb

J: Shane Mulcahy

T: Neill McCluskey

in touch with leaders, soon dropped to midfield, mistake 5th, clipped heels and fell before 4 out

25/1

Non-runners

Connors Cross, Dartan

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €24.00
Straight Forecast €33.82
Tricast €275.36
Trifecta €276.10

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

L Anamour

RP Ratings (IRE):

Luimneach

The Irish Sun:

Monbeg Park

POSTDATA:

Ottoman Style

TOPSPEED:

L Anamour