August 24 / 20.10 Killarney

20.10

Good To Yielding

Executive Helicopters (Q.R.) Race

  • Prize money: £7831.86
  • 2m 0f 180y
  • 6 runners
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Executive Helicopters (Q.R.) Race

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

100/30 (Won)

  • Win: £5.80
  • Place: £2.10

Form: -00230

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Inferior hurdler to some of these but better known for his Flat exploits and went close over this trip at the Curragh in July; perhaps unwise to read too much into his no-show on heavy ground at Galway.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

1

(10)

14th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 182y

19:50 Killarney

Almuhit

10st 0lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Emmet Mullins

soon prominent behind clear leader, went second after 6f

9/2

4th

1

(10)

14th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 182y

19:50 Killarney

Almuhit

10st 0lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Emmet Mullins

soon prominent behind clear leader, went second after 6f, pushed along from 4f out, lost position over 2f out, soon no impression

9/2

3/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 1

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Bumper winner who sprung a 66-1 surprise in a 1m4f maiden at Galway, beating Irish Derby fifth Up And Under who has since won a maiden himself; the bare form could be flattering but he's clearly very talented.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

3

(5)

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 6f 0y

15:05 Navan

Minella Mate

9st 10lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: John J Nallen

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, prominent 3f out, pressed leaders 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

8/1

2nd

3

(5)

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 6f 0y

15:05 Navan

Minella Mate

9st 10lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: John J Nallen

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, prominent 3f out, pressed leaders 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

8/1

2nd

2

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 6f 0y

17:00 Listowel

Minella Mate

11st 4lb

J: Mr J L Gleeson

T: John J Nallen

raced wide, raced in second, lost second but prominent after 3f, bit short of room when challenging 2f out, soon went second when switched right and ridden, kept on but no match for winner

10/11

Form: 331/6-

Last run: 436 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
High-class hurdler who was last seen finishing well beaten in a Grade 1 at Punchestown in April, that after nearly winning the County Hurdle at Cheltenham; no slouch on the Flat for the Gosdens and wasn't far away in a 2m4f handicap at last year's Royal Ascot; might be the one.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Pied Piper

12st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Third in the 2022 Triumph Hurdle over C&D (good to soft) and beaten a head by Faivoir in this race last year (soft); ran okay behind State Man in Punchestown Grade 1 in November last time out and he's just 2lb higher than 12 months ago; every chance he'll be in the mix once more.

10/1

4th

2

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:35 Punchestown

Pied Piper

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in third, squeezed through on inner and disputing second before 2 out, hit and lost position last, weakened and dropped to last run-in

11/2

7/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Has been a revelation for John McConnell in winning his last four handicaps over jumps (2m3f-2m5f), supplementing his chase win at Cheltenham in March with an all-the-way hurdle success at Punchestown in April; was quick enough to win a bumper earlier in his career but might be exposed for a bit of speed on this occasion.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1

17th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 51y

19:45 Kilbeggan

Seddon

11st 12lb

J: Alex Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Had a stellar year in 2023 with festival wins over this trip at Cheltenham and Punchestown (hurdles); ran well in America in the autumn and shaped like he needed it when mid-division in Punchestown chase at this year's festival; if he's anywhere near his best with a very useful claimer on board, he'll take plenty of beating.

5/1

8th

5

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Seddon

11st 8lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

in touch with leaders, not fluent and hampered by faller 5 out

8/1

8th

5

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Seddon

11st 8lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

in touch with leaders, not fluent and hampered by faller 5 out

8/1

200/1

Form: 9807-0

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 35

Form & Verdict
Longstanding maiden with a basement handicap mark; out of his depth.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

16th

5

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Punchestown

Balaclava

12st 0lb

J: Ms N Di Brita

T: D J Bunyan

Tailed off in amateur riders' Derby at the Curragh 6 months ago; shown little in recent years.

50/1

16th

5

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Punchestown

Balaclava

12st 0lb

J: Ms N Di Brita

T: D J Bunyan

Tailed off in amateur riders' Derby at the Curragh 6 months ago; shown little in recent years.

50/1

7th

6

(5)

31st Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

15:07 Curragh

Balaclava

11st 4lb

J: Ms M Kelly

T: D J Bunyan & G O’Leary

dwelt start, midfield

200/1

OUR TIP

Form: 0/20/4

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Useful at his peak, as when going down narrowly in a 2m4f handicap at Royal Ascot two years ago; ran an encouraging fourth at Galway on his return from a long absence; respected.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

0

7

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

15:00 Leopardstown

M C Muldoon

10st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Poor on the Flat in the Cesarewitch latest and has never been as good in this sphere; would probably prefer quicker ground than what is likely; new trip.

33/1

0

9

(16)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

M C Muldoon

9st 3lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: W P Mullins

Used to act on soft; short-headed off this mark at Royal Ascot (2m4f) in 2021 but tailed-off favourite in this race that October; not seen again until a satisfactory return this August but he was tailed off in the Irish Cesarewitch (50-1, helped set the pace) three weeks ago.

40/1

27th

20

(14)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

M C Muldoon

9st 6lb

J: Gavin Ryan

T: W P Mullins

soon led, headed 4f out

33/1

Non-runners

Magellan Strait

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €22.20
Straight Forecast €22.04
Trifecta €32.20

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Pied Piper

POSTDATA:

M C Muldoon

The Irish Sun:

Seddon

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Pied Piper