March 17 / 15.50 Down Royal

15.50

Yielding To Soft

Bluegrass Stamm 30 Chase

  • Prize money: £8092.92
  • 3m 2f 50y
  • 9 runners
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Bluegrass Stamm 30 Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.30
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 6-P16U

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict
Won the Thyestes Chase last season and ran well in the Grand National before weakening late; won a hurdle race at Limerick at Christmas before a poor run at Gowran; unseated at the first in the Bobbyjo last time.
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5

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Longhouse Poet

11st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

pressed leaders early, disputing second after 4th, lost position and pushed along from 9th, not fluent 11th, lost touch 12th, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out

9/2

0

2

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Longhouse Poet

11st 11lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

raced wide, midfield, bad mistake and dropped to rear 7th, reminder and struggling after 8th, detached after 9th, pulled up before 10th

14/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 17-33F CD

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict
Former Graded-class chaser in France; achieved his Irish highlight when winning this race 12 months ago; ran as well as he was entitled to when third to Minella Indo at Tramore in January; fell at 20th in a cross-country event at Cheltenham last time; tough task at these weights.
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9th

28

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Roi Mage

10st 8lb

J: James Reveley

T: Patrick Griffin

Took to this challenge expertly last year (good to soft) until six others went away from the second last and he was beaten 14l; won a French cross-country race in November and stuck to his task well behind Adamantly Chosen last month; has seemingly had a better preparation than last year (when he had an injury in late January) and softer ground this time looks a help; has 2lb lower mark too and a good each-way chance.

50/1

9th

28

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

14:00 Aintree

Roi Mage

10st 8lb

J: James Reveley

T: Patrick Griffin

Took to this challenge expertly last year (good to soft) until six others went away from the second last and he was beaten 14l; won a French cross-country race in November and stuck to his task well behind Adamantly Chosen last month; has seemingly had a better preparation than last year (when he had an injury in late January) and softer ground this time looks a help; has 2lb lower mark too and a good each-way chance.

50/1

2nd

1

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Roi Mage

11st 10lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Patrick Griffin

led, prominent when headed after 4th, pressed leader 10th, outpaced after 3 out, headway approaching last, went second run-in, stayed on

13/2

Form: 323U-0

Last run: 299 days

W: 11st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict
No further chase success since completing a hat-trick with Irish Grand National triumph in 2019; won over hurdles later that year; best display in recent seasons when fourth in 2021 Grand National; fell at the Chair in last year's race; absent since tailed off in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris last May.
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19th

2

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Burrows Saint

11st 9lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Winner of the 2019 Irish Grand National and has contested the last two Nationals around here, finishing fourth in 2021 (travelled strongly before not getting home) and departing at The Chair 12 months ago; confined to just two starts in the meantime and there were plenty of positives to take from his return from an absence at Down Royal when behind big National hope Longhouse Poet; this race might just suit him down the ground.

10/1

3rd

2

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:50 Down Royal

Burrows Saint

11st 0lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, prominent 5th, led narrowly 6th, headed 13th

5/1

Form: -7961U C

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 0lb

14 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Veteran did well to win 2m4f handicap here in January, a first chase success adding to two wins over hurdles; making up the numbers here.
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8th

13

1st May 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 2f 50y

15:55 Down Royal

Wee Small Hours

10st 0lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: M M Rice

held up in rear, some headway when not fluent 5 out

33/1

21th

24

30th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 130y

16:52 Naas

Wee Small Hours

10st 13lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: M M Rice

Veteran and inconsistent these days but it was a good run when fourth behind Longhouse Poet last time; not ruled out back over timber.

8/1

4th

8

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:50 Down Royal

Wee Small Hours

11st 0lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: M M Rice

towards rear, headway and in touch with leaders 12th, good jump to lead 13th, bad mistake and jockey lost irons 3 out, soon ridden, weakened before 2 out

200/1

Form: 065U66

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
119-rated winning hurdler; has been running respectably in handicaps; no chance at this level.
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10th

2

5th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

15:32 Carlisle

Portstorm

12st 1lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Ian Duncan

held up in rear

20/1

5th

7

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:50 Down Royal

Portstorm

11st 0lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

towards rear of midfield, not fluent 12th

40/1

6th

12

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 40y

14:10 Punchestown

Portstorm

10st 0lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: C A McBratney

Fair sixth over 3m at Navan last time, doing well to recover after suffering bad interference at the first fence; faces a demanding task from 7lb out of the handicap.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: /U2F-P C

Last run: 110 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict
Triumph Hurdle winner in 2018; developed into a fine staying chaser two seasons ago, second to The Shunter at Cheltenham and fifth in the Grand National; second in the Troytown Chase last season but was pulled-up in the same race on sole start this term.
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3

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:50 Down Royal

Farclas

11st 0lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in second, pulled up quickly after 4th

7/1

4

25th Feb 2023

Yielding

3m 1f 110y

15:55 Fairyhouse

Farclas

11st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Triumph Hurdle winner was second in the Troytown Chase over 3m last season but was pulled-up in the same race on sole start this term; others preferred.

20/1

1

27th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Navan

Farclas

11st 12lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

Only made one appearance after chasing home stablemate Run Wild Fred in this race last year, falling at the sixth last in the Irish National; not easy task on return from 223-day absence to shoulder big weight (2lb higher than his mark here 12 months ago) but experienced conditional's 5lb claim a help.

14/1

Form: 32-163 C

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
In good shape recently including when sixth in Leopardstown Chase; produced a career-best when third behind Kemboy in the Bobbyjo at Fairyhouse.
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9th

12

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Now Where Or When

10st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

His profile is patchy but a case can be made on his best form, which was a cracking third in a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse (3m1f, yielding) last February; faced tough task when respectable 24l fourth of five at Down Royal (3m2f, soft) last month and is not a forlorn hope now back in a handicap.

25/1

9th

12

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Now Where Or When

10st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

His profile is patchy but a case can be made on his best form, which was a cracking third in a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse (3m1f, yielding) last February; faced tough task when respectable 24l fourth of five at Down Royal (3m2f, soft) last month and is not a forlorn hope now back in a handicap.

25/1

4th

7

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Now Where Or When

11st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: S R B Crawford

prominent, led 10th, headed before 2 out, weakened approaching last

14/1

Form: /F-435 C

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
Former Grade 2 novice winner; needed the run at Clonmel in November after a lengthy absence; put in an encouraging display when third in the Thyestes; let down by his jumping in the Bobbyjo Chase, ending up a long way behind Now Where Or When who is rated 17lb inferior to him.
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6

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:50 Down Royal

Pencilfulloflead

11st 0lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Gordon Elliott

Former Grade 2 novice winner; needed the run at Clonmel in November after a lengthy absence; put in an encouraging display when third in the Thyestes; let down by his jumping in the Bobbyjo Chase, ending up a long way behind Now Where Or When who is rated 17lb inferior to him.

5/2

5th

9

25th Feb 2023

Yielding

3m 1f 110y

15:55 Fairyhouse

Pencilfulloflead

11st 0lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Classy sort has endured absences from action in the last two seasons but showed he is as good as ever with two solid runs this term; is closely matched with Carefully Selected on Thyestes running but best form is on softer ground.

3/1

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

Form: 33-34U

Last run: 75 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Improving handicapper in the summer of 2021; solid effort early last season when third in the Midlands National at Kilbeggan in July; fourth in Porterstown Handicap over 3m5f at Fairyhouse; beaten when unseating three out in Grade 3 event on latest; has a bit to find on official figures but is versatile in terms of ground and stays well.
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0

14

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 130y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Fairyhill Run

10st 5lb

J: Daniel King

T: John Patrick Ryan

in touch with leaders, lost position and dropped to midfield before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

25/1

0

9

5th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 4f 0y

15:15 Cork

Fairyhill Run

10st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: John Patrick Ryan

led, headed and prominent after 3rd, led again 14th, headed and ridden after 3 out, weakened quickly before 2 out, pulled up approaching last

14/1

2nd

9

23rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 6f 0y

16:30 Listowel

Fairyhill Run

10st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: John Patrick Ryan

Formerly smart but has looked out of touch for a while now and others are much safer.

20/1

Non-runners

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Payout
Exacta €10.60
Straight Forecast €11.99
Trifecta €37.20

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Pencilfulloflead

The Irish Sun:

Longhouse Poet

RP Ratings (IRE):

Pencilfulloflead

TOPSPEED:

Pencilfulloflead

POSTDATA:

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