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.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

13

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Almuhit

10st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Emmet Mullins

Does not look straightforward but he delivered some solid runs as a Flat stayer last summer, including a last-gasp win, and is unexposed with stamina tests over hurdles; has second run for his highly respected new stable, with usual cheekpieces restored and a tongue-tie added; interesting.

9/2

12th

8

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

12:40 Leopardstown

Almuhit

11st 12lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Emmet Mullins

midfield

8/1

9th

1

(11)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:45 Curragh

Almuhit

10st 2lb

J: W J Lee

T: Adrian Brendan Joyce

prominent

11/2

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.
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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

2nd

2

(7)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 180y

20:10 Killarney

Minella Mate

11st 11lb

J: Mr J C Barry

T: John J Nallen

raced in second, led under 2f out, kept on well final furlong, headed final strides

3/1

1st

20

(13)

2nd Aug 2023

Soft

1m 4f 43y

17:40 Galway

Minella Mate

11st 12lb

T: John J Nallen

prominent, soon disputing second, challenging 3f out, ridden to lead home turn, ran on well inside final furlong

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.
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Verdict Starting price

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

2nd

8

(22)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Pied Piper

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Gordon Elliott

High-class hurdler, best form when pipped in the 2m1f County Hurdle at Cheltenham (soft) this March; should be spot on for this following his August Flat run and, even though he did not stay on quite so strongly as some, his sixth of 19 off this mark at Royal Ascot (2m4f) last year, when he met lots of trouble in running, confirms he's on the shortlist.

9/2

3rd

5

(4)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 180y

20:10 Killarney

Pied Piper

11st 7lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: Gordon Elliott

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, headway 4f out, challenging under 2f out, no impression final 110yds, lost second towards finish

9/4

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.
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

6

11th Sep 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 87y

16:30 Galway

Seddon

11st 0lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

In tremendous form over hurdles and fences last season, winning four on the bounce, including the Magners Plate at Cheltenham; decent Flat debut run latest at Killarney; well-treated at these weights and hugely respected.

2/1

4th

7

(1)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 180y

20:10 Killarney

Seddon

11st 4lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: John C McConnell

led, headed and lost two places under 2f out, kept on but lost third final 110yds

7/1

1st

12

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 30y

17:30 Punchestown

Seddon

10st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

made all, travelled strongly, ridden and faced challenge before last, kept on well run-in

15/2

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.
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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

5th

6

(2)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 180y

20:10 Killarney

Balaclava

11st 4lb

J: Ms M Kelly

T: D J Bunyan

dwelt start, in touch with leaders, dropped to rear 6f out, soon detached

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.
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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