April 08 / 16.30 Fairyhouse

16.30

Soft

I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final (Grade B)

  • Prize money: £26106.19
  • 3m 0f 110y
  • 14 runners
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I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final (Grade B)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.70
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 33-241

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Improved on debut for this yard when winning a maiden hurdle at Navan last month; top apprentice retains the ride and pedigree hints at him having more to give at this trip.
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10

9th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 100y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Western Walk

11st 3lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Jonathan Sweeney

Some near misses for Gavin Cromwell and off the mark at first attempt for current trainer in 2m7f Navan maiden last month, backed that up with success in the valuable novice handicap here yesterday; chance if turning out again in hotter contest.

8/1

1st

11

8th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 0f 110y

16:30 Fairyhouse

Western Walk

10st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Jonathan Sweeney

Improved on debut for this yard when winning a maiden hurdle at Navan last month; top apprentice retains the ride and pedigree hints at him having more to give at this trip.

6/1

1st

10

4th Mar 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 100y

15:45 Navan

Western Walk

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Jonathan Sweeney

Not quite at his best on final start before a break; big chance on overall form for Gavin Cromwell, notably a second placing at Ballinrobe last May; first outing for Jonathan Sweeney.

4/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 7-9311 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Arrives on the back of back-to-back handicap hurdle wins at Punchestown this year; talented apprentice claiming 7lb helps offset a 10lb rise but no doubt this demands a career best.
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0

1

24th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 50y

13:00 Fairyhouse

Verdant Place

12st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Patrick T Foley

Two wins over hurdles, over 2m4f and 2m7f early last year, both at Punchestown; ran well enough on chasing debut over C&D; failed to make much impression in two starts over shorter; interference at the first fence may have harmed his chance on his handicap debut at Naas; third-favourite then, run looked too bad to be true.

4/1

11th

9

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:12 Naas

Verdant Place

10st 10lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Patrick T Foley

Two wins over hurdles, over 2m4f and 2m7f early last year, both at Punchestown; ran well enough on chasing debut at Fairyhouse over 2m5f; has failed to make much impression in two starts over shorter but may find his level in handicaps.

9/2

8/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 6-321P

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Had progressed with each run, getting off the mark in a maiden hurdle at Naas, prior to a poor showing in the Albert Bartlett last time; not obviously well treated from this mark.
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7

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

18:00 Punchestown

Seabank Bistro

11st 1lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won a Naas maiden over 2m3f before running poorly in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham; bounced back to run a fine race over this trip at Fairyhouse and could have further improvement.

6/1

3rd

4

8th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 0f 110y

16:30 Fairyhouse

Seabank Bistro

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Had progressed with each run, getting off the mark in a maiden hurdle at Naas, prior to a poor showing in the Albert Bartlett last time; not obviously well treated from this mark.

8/1

14

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Seabank Bistro

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Fourth in last season's Champion Bumper here; turned over when odds-on for his first two hurdle races (2m5f; just over 3l behind Corbetts Cross in the second) and it was a very winnable maiden that he picked up at Naas (2m3f, soft); however, the demands of this race can spike significant improvement and it would be no surprise if he ran his best race yet.

20/1

Form: 561108

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Followed up a maiden hurdle win at Downpatrick with a novice hurdle win at the same venue in September; well below form twice since in handicaps and has a bit to prove now; wears first-time cheekpieces.
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3rd

8

25th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 147y

15:55 Naas

Desertmore House

10st 8lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Martin Brassil

Career best performance when landing the Kerry National in September; twice a winner over hurdles and tries his hand here off his 19lb lower mark; interesting.

6/1

4th

3

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

14:45 Naas

Desertmore House

11st 0lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Martin Brassil

raced in third, dropped to rear before 5 out, detached 2 out, kept on run-in

7/1

8th

9

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Desertmore House

11st 8lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Martin Brassil

never better than midfield, kept on from last

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: 0-4123

Last run: 102 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Won a maiden hurdle at Wexford in October but in behind Favori De Champdou twice since; better off at the weights this time but perhaps not enough; off 102 days.
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7th

6

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 180y

17:20 Punchestown

Harry Des Ongrais

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, nudged along and dropped to rear 2 out, ridden and no impression when mistake last

12/1

5th

3

8th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 0f 110y

16:30 Fairyhouse

Harry Des Ongrais

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won a maiden hurdle at Wexford in October but in behind Favori De Champdou twice since; better off at the weights this time but perhaps not enough; off 102 days.

17/2

3rd

2

27th Dec 2022

Soft To Heavy

2m 7f 0y

13:29 Limerick

Harry Des Ongrais

11st 3lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

in touch with leaders, pushed along before 2 out, ridden but no extra after 2 out, mistake last

11/2

Form: 54U341 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Gained a first win when bolting up at Wexford last week, despite jumping poorly; will need to be slicker here and his revised mark doesn't leave him any margin for error in this much tougher contest.
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0

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

11:45 Aintree

Hardy Bloke

11st 8lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

raced in fourth, lost touch from 10th, pulled up before 13th

10/1

4th

4

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 127y

Class 2

13:50 Haydock

Hardy Bloke

11st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

in rear, not fluent 1st, in touch with leaders when mistake 7th, not fluent 9th, outpaced after 5 out, kept on but no impression

50/1

Form: 16146P

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Won a novice hurdle at Down Royal in January but has looked poorly treated from this mark in three handicaps since; pulled up a long way out last time; others preferred.
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3rd

8

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:40 Clonmel

The Gradual Slope

11st 12lb

J: Daniel King

T: Sean O O’Brien

disputed lead early, prominent after 2nd

12/1

4th

8

24th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 50y

12:30 Fairyhouse

The Gradual Slope

11st 12lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Sean O O’Brien

prominent, pressed leader from 1st, briefly disputed lead after 5th, weakening when jumped right 2 out, no impression when not fluent last

40/1

Form: -U273P

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Bumper winner; beaten a long way out at Down Royal last month but may have bounced after a big run following a break at Fairyhouse; doesn't look well treated though.
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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: 232510

Last run: 63 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Won going away on handicap debut at Leopardstown in December but well held when stepped up to this sort of trip latest; bit to prove on the back of that run.
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1

2nd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

15:35 Catterick

Sams Choice

12st 2lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

in touch with leaders, outpaced before 2 out, 9 lengths fourth when fell last

4/1

Form: -13130

Last run: 168 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Had been in good form prior to a tough ask at Cheltenham in October; off 168 days and this is a big step up.
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1st

3

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 5f 120y

20:00 Tramore

Story Rory

11st 13lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: Thomas Gibney

Progressive last summer when winning at Ballinrobe and Sligo and placed at Listowel festival; well beaten in two runs after a winter break.

20/1

16

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 80y

19:30 Down Royal

Story Rory

11st 0lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Thomas Gibney

11th

16

15th May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

18:25 Killarney

Story Rory

10st 6lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

Beaten a long way out on his last couple of starts; however, may have needed the run latest and a return to shorter may suit; tough looking mark.

20/1

Form: 32115

Last run: 202 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Won mares' maiden hurdle at Killarney in the summer before following up at Bellewstown; couldn't build on that at Listowel last time and all her form is on good ground; tough ask and takes on the opposite sex for the first time under Rules.
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2nd

7

15th Sep 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 181y

16:50 Ballinrobe

Shannon Glory

11st 0lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Paul Power

Dual hurdle winner ran well enough at Killarney last time and can be involved again.

9/1

3rd

9

26th Aug 2023

Good

2m 6f 80y

15:40 Killarney

Shannon Glory

10st 7lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Paul Power

midfield, headway 3 out, went third 2 out, no impression approaching last

14/1

Form: 2-111P

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Too keen when pulled up in the Albert Bartlett last time but the rival he beat in a Grade 2 at Limerick on his penultimate start ran well in that race at the Festival; seems on a good mark for his handicap debut.
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4th

1

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

15:45 Navan

Favori De Champdou

11st 8lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

led, briefly headed 2nd, joined 5th, led again 10th

10/1

5th

2

29th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

13:45 Leopardstown

Favori De Champdou

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped right on occasions, raced in second and briefly disputed lead early, pressed leader after 6th

3/1

1st

3

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

13:23 Punchestown

Favori De Champdou

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Three-time winner over hurdles, including Grade 2 at Limerick last December on testing ground; exposed in Grade 1 company in the spring but made a good start over fences at Galway last month when second to Affordale Fury, jumping soundly and keeping on well after making most; should win good races over fences this season but tough task here.

11/2

Form: -311F2 C

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Fell when going well in a hat-trick bid at Navan in January; only beaten half a length in a novice hurdle at Navan last time and shaped like the longer trip should be fine; others may lurk on better marks though.
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0

4

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 0f 0y

15:05 Navan

Landrake

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped left on occasions, led, not fluent 3rd, headed and raced in second 4th, slow jump and lost position briefly 5th, jumped badly left and bumped rival 7th, lost second 10th

15/2

4th

2

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 29y

11:30 Naas

Landrake

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Useful novice hurdler last season, winning two of his four starts, including a Clonmel maiden at the maiden expense of the subsequently progressive Corbetts Cross; made a couple of errors during a low-key chasing debut in a Navan contest won by stablemate American Mike.

13/2

5th

3

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:05 Navan

Landrake

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Useful novice hurdler who was runner-up over 2m6f here when last seen; dam is a half-sister to Rule The World so no major suprise if she improves for a fence; brings the joint-highest RPR over timber into this (140).

4/1

Form: 525354

Last run: 45 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Running well in defeat this term but huge ask here from 5lb out of the weights.
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7th

8

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 110y

12:15 Fairyhouse

Rebellious Gale

10st 3lb

J: Sarah Kavanagh

T: A J Martin

jumped left on occasions, didn't always jump with fluency, in rear throughout, no impression when hampered by faller 3 out

14/1

7th

8

4th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

17:55 Tipperary

Rebellious Gale

11st 11lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: A J Martin

towards rear of midfield

13/2

5th

17

9th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 100y

14:00 Fairyhouse

Rebellious Gale

10st 9lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: A J Martin

Consistent enough sort in defeat since winning a 2m6f Limerick handicap last May and stays 3m; might find this a bit sharp.

16/1

Non-runners

Favori De Champdou, Landrake

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Payout
Exacta €14.90
Straight Forecast €13.78
Tricast €34.65
Trifecta €40.10

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Favori De Champdou

The Irish Sun:

Verdant Place

POSTDATA:

Landrake

TOPSPEED:

Rebellious Gale

RP Ratings (IRE):

Favori De Champdou