June 02 / 18.30 Down Royal

18.30

Good

BoyleSports Opportunity Maiden Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5221.24
  • 2m 4f 80y
  • 16 runners
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BoyleSports Opportunity Maiden Hurdle

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.40
  • Place: £1.50

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Kalanisi 5yo cost 9,000Euros as a yearling and 20,000Euros as a 3yo; second foal; dam dual bumper winner, half-sister to high-class 2m2f-3m1f hurdler/chaser China Rock; market best guide on debut from respected source.
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Verdict Starting price

4th

4

2nd Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 80y

16:00 Kilbeggan

Ochocinco

11st 12lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: C A Murphy

held up in rear, hit 4 out, headway approaching last, stayed on run-in, went fourth final strides, never dangerous

8/1

10th

7

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 165y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Ochocinco

11st 7lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: C A Murphy

in rear, pushed along briefly after 3rd

16/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 5-5

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Won Kinsale point in October before just okay run in a bumper and last month appeared a bit one-paced when fifth in 2m3f Kilbeggan maiden hurdle; tongue-tie now fitted and slightly longer trip to suit but needs more.
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4th

9

27th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 131y

17:00 Ballinrobe

Marv Michael

11st 4lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, went second after 3rd, outpaced approaching last, no extra run-in

9/2

4th

9

27th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 131y

17:00 Ballinrobe

Marv Michael

11st 4lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, went second after 3rd, outpaced approaching last, no extra run-in

9/2

12/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Brave Mansonnien 5yo cost 58,000Euros as a 3yo; half-brother to French 10.5f/1m4f winner Cressida; dam unraced half-sister to US 1m2f Grade 2 winner Noble Stella and very smart jump winner Noble Prince; runner-up in Ballycrystal point-to-point in February for Denis Murphy; worth a market check on rules debut.
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Verdict Starting price

7th

8

25th Apr 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

17:50 Wexford

Noble Blue

11st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

Some promising runs since switching to fences, though twice a beaten favourite in beginners' races after starting with a Gowran second; may find 2m inadequate and has plenty to prove following two disappointing displays in handicap company.

9/2

7th

8

25th Apr 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

17:50 Wexford

Noble Blue

11st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

Some promising runs since switching to fences, though twice a beaten favourite in beginners' races after starting with a Gowran second; may find 2m inadequate and has plenty to prove following two disappointing displays in handicap company.

9/2

6

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 0y

17:08 Navan

Noble Blue

11st 3lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

Some promising runs since switching to fences; bit below form when fifth of 10 on handicap debut at Gowran last month, left with a lot to do; may do better if he handles the drop back in trip.

5/1

Form: 4-

Last run: 81 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Tailed off last of four finishers on debut in Stratford 4yo hurdle in March.
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5th

15

13th Jul 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 165y

15:15 Downpatrick

JAdore Chas

11st 0lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: Gerald Stephen Quinn

prominent

20/1

6th

10

18th Jun 2023

Good

2m 5f 60y

13:45 Downpatrick

JAdore Chas

10st 12lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: Gerald Stephen Quinn

midfield, ridden and no impression from 2 out

16/1

4th

11

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 80y

18:30 Down Royal

JAdore Chas

10st 12lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: Gerald Stephen Quinn

Tailed off last of four finishers on debut in Stratford 4yo hurdle in March.

50/1

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Ordinary point-to-point form and none too fluent on recent hurdles debut at Punchestown when well held; visor now fitted.
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0

12

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

12:35 Lingfield

Alkajack

10st 11lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Clare Hobson

A glimmer of promise in points and hurdle races when trained in Ireland and changed hands for 7,000gns this summer; 40-1, failed to show much on chase/handicap debut at Warwick (2m4f, soft) there weeks ago; visor (tried once, well beaten but best form) returns.

50/1

0

5

8th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

12:45 Warwick

Alkajack

11st 8lb

J: Will Featherstone

T: Clare Hobson

midfield, slow jump 2nd, towards rear with one circuit to go, detached and struggling before 11th

33/1

Form: 77-

Last run: 158 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Two poor bumper runs, can only be watched now switched to hurdles.
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10th

12

10th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

17:35 Roscommon

The Bridge House

11st 4lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

midfield

50/1

6th

10

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 140y

16:30 Punchestown

The Bridge House

11st 12lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Modest bumper form but ran better to finish sixth in a 2m4f maiden hurdle at Down Royal (good); that's something to build on.

40/1

6th

9

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 80y

18:30 Down Royal

The Bridge House

11st 4lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Two poor bumper runs, can only be watched now switched to hurdles.

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Kalanisi half-brother to 2m4f-3m1f hurdle/useful chase winner Beforeall and 3m/3m1f hurdle winner Scooby; dam unraced half-sister to 2m1f-2m3f hurdle/chase winner Diamond Brook; fell on only point-to-point last season, best watched on rules debut.
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Verdict Starting price

8th

9

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 141y

18:40 Sligo

Royal Class

11st 5lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Joseph Anthony Murray

Goes into handicap company after three outings; hard to assess but he is one of the younger members of the field and is open to improvement

12/1

8th

6

25th Jul 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 5y

16:38 Ballinrobe

Royal Class

11st 4lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Joseph Anthony Murray

Some progression from his first to his second run over hurdles; needs this for a mark but might not be far from the shake-up.

14/1

Form: 00

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Tailed off in maidens at Cork and Tipperary last month; easily passed over.
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10th

5

7th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 165y

15:58 Fairyhouse

Heart Of Rome

11st 9lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Paul Nolan

Ran poorly last time at Listowel (3m) but his third at Down Royal the time before (3m, good to yielding) represented marked improvement on his previous form; only a 4yo and has races in him.

10/1

9th

14

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:40 Listowel

Heart Of Rome

11st 2lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

Made a respectable handicap debut effort at Limerick in July after being hampered; did well at Down Royal when tackling 3m for the first time; young horse with potential for further improvement.

13/2

3rd

21

1st Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

19:05 Down Royal

Heart Of Rome

10st 8lb

T: Paul Nolan

Third reserve; respectable handicap debut effort at Limerick in July after being hampered; plenty more required here though.

Form: S39-40

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Couple of okay runs in bumpers, including here, but recent run was moderate; switches to hurdles but others preferred.
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7th

14

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 170y

14:30 Down Royal

Noble Annys

10st 6lb

J: Peter Smithers

T: R K Watson

Some bumper promise before switched to Britain, placed in a Hexham novice her best effort; well held in Catterick claimer last month and now debuts for new yard with tongue tie tried.

14/1

7th

14

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 170y

14:30 Down Royal

Noble Annys

10st 6lb

J: Peter Smithers

T: R K Watson

Some bumper promise before switched to Britain, placed in a Hexham novice her best effort; well held in Catterick claimer last month and now debuts for new yard with tongue tie tried.

14/1

5th

7

6th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

14:15 Catterick

Noble Annys

11st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Wilf Storey

Ex-Irish maiden who is inconsistent; has made the frame twice for current yard but suffered a heavy defeat last time; far from solid and faces a difficult task at the weights to boot.

25/1

50/1

Form: 90-

Last run: 238 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Couple of modest maiden hurdle runs last autumn and pulled up more recently in point-to-point; easily passed over.
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Verdict Starting price

0

17

8th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 100y

17:47 Kilbeggan

Iguis

11st 6lb

T: Paul Traynor

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders before 2nd, prominent before 4th, not fluent 5th, not fluent 6th

12th

4

7th Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 150y

17:05 Wexford

Iguis

11st 12lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Paul Traynor

didn't jump well, in rear, mistake 1st, reminder after 6th

66/1

10th

4

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 80y

18:30 Down Royal

Iguis

11st 4lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Paul Traynor

Couple of modest maiden hurdle runs last autumn and pulled up more recently in point-to-point; easily passed over.

50/1

Form: 1

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Won Ballinaboola point-to-point in February (good) before successful rules debut in Hexham mares' bumper last month, making all and battling well (first two clear); should stay 2m4f and shortlisted on hurdles debut.
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3rd

4

27th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

14:20 Perth

Stadium Talk

11st 7lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Point/bumper winner; flopped badly on hurdling debut in June (broke blood vessel) but kept on strongly to win by 15l at Wexford (3m, yielding) at start of this month and needs to be taken very seriously here.

5/2

1st

1

1st Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

17:55 Wexford

Stadium Talk

11st 7lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

led, briefly disputed lead before 9th, headed and raced in second 11th, led again and went clear before 2 out, ridden and stayed on after 2 out, comfortably

9/1

11th

2

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 80y

18:30 Down Royal

Stadium Talk

11st 5lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Won Ballinaboola point-to-point in February (good) before successful rules debut in Hexham mares' bumper last month, making all and battling well (first two clear); should stay 2m4f and shortlisted on hurdles debut.

5/2

Form: 5

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict
Best Flat form last year for Johnny Murtagh came on quick ground, winning Tipperary maiden and Listed placed over 1m6f; opening effort over timber at Killarney last month was just okay; entitled to come on for that experience and won't need to improve too much to play a major role.
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5th

11

18th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

15:20 Listowel

Shajak

11st 1lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Gordon Elliott

Had a simple task in a maiden hurdle at Limerick in July; ran in snatches when flopping at Kilbeggan last time; in between those two runs, put in an excellent effort on the Flat at Galway when third behind Teed Up in the big amateur handicap.

14/1

0

5

25th Aug 2023

Good

2m 3f 0y

17:05 Kilbeggan

Shajak

11st 9lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

Quality Flat type for Johnny Murtagh last year won a Limerick maiden hurdle on third start in this sphere before a fine run on the Flat in a premier handicap at Galway; major chance.

7/4

3rd

10

(2)

31st Jul 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

18:40 Galway

Shajak

11st 9lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: Gordon Elliott

Quality Flat horse for Johnny Murtagh last year; comes here on the back of a decisive success in a Limerick maiden hurdle on Thursday; not badly treated on his Flat form and no surprise should he get involved.

10/1

Form: P-060

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Showed some improvement on third hurdle start at Clonmel but Wexford run since a backward step; cheekpieces now tried.
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12

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 80y

18:30 Down Royal

Alkascotch

10st 11lb

J: Robbie Geoghegan

T: S R B Crawford

Showed some improvement on third hurdle start at Clonmel but Wexford run since a backward step; cheekpieces now tried.

16/1

10th

1

20th May 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

13:40 Wexford

Alkascotch

11st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

towards rear of midfield, not fluent 3rd, dropped to rear 5th, slow jump 6th

20/1

6th

2

11th May 2023

Soft

2m 0f 54y

16:45 Clonmel

Alkascotch

10st 13lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

No show on both maiden outings; can only be watched for now.

33/1

Form: 090-

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
First reserve; twice soundly beaten in bumpers, in between shade better effort in Leopardstown maiden hurdle but not enough to warrant an interest in here.
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14

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 80y

18:30 Down Royal

Tiz All Hush Hush

11st 4lb

J: Peter Smithers

T: R K Watson

First reserve; twice soundly beaten in bumpers, in between shade better effort in Leopardstown maiden hurdle but not enough to warrant an interest in here.

12th

9

20th Apr 2023

Yielding

1m 7f 30y

19:20 Kilbeggan

Tiz All Hush Hush

12st 0lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: R K Watson

prominent, lost second halfway, soon pushed along and dropped to midfield

66/1

9th

14

6th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Tiz All Hush Hush

11st 12lb

J: Peter Smithers

T: R K Watson

didn't jump with fluency, soon towards rear of midfield, slow jump and lost position 4th, pushed along and no extra after 2 out

200/1

Form: 9-

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Second reserve; placed in Borris House point-to-point but tailed off on bumper debut at Cork; can only be watched on hurdles debut.
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5th

3

16th Sep 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:30 Navan

Chasing Chances

11st 12lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Didn't get home when fourth over 2m7f on hurdling bow at Punchestown in June; well beaten at Perth later that month when trainer felt race came too soon; freshened up.

16/1

5th

2

24th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

13:42 Perth

Chasing Chances

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Beaten out of sight in Cork bumper on rules debut in April but belied triple-digit odds and shaped with considerable promise when fourth of 14 in Punchestown maiden hurdle (2m7f, good to yielding) two weeks ago; major player here if suited by the drop in trip.

15/8

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Third reserve; poor form in point-to-points, easily passed over on rules debut.
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9th

4

15th Jun 2024

Good

2m 5f 180y

14:15 Downpatrick

Moneynabane

12st 1lb

J: Mr J Dunne

T: Ian Patrick Donoghue

C&D winner in October but completely lost his way subsequently; may need this on yard debut after five-month break.

20/1

14th

3

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

14:20 Down Royal

Moneynabane

11st 12lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: Neill McCluskey

Won at Downpatrick in October but has been way below that since and is not easy to fancy.

33/1

14th

5

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

12:48 Down Royal

Moneynabane

11st 10lb

J: Ethan O’Sullivan

T: Neill McCluskey

prominent

50/1

Non-runners

Shajak, Chasing Chances, Moneynabane

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Payout
Exacta €21.10
Straight Forecast €17.95
Trifecta €119.20

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Shajak

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Shajak

TOPSPEED:

Shajak

POSTDATA:

Shajak

The Irish Sun:

Shajak