September 24 / 16.10 Curragh

16.10

Yielding To Soft

Friends Of The Curragh Irish Cesarewitch (Premier Handicap)

  • Prize money: £286725.66
  • 2m 0f 165y
  • 30 runners
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Friends Of The Curragh Irish Cesarewitch (Premier Handicap)

Runners: 30 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

Form: 0-8030

Last run: 55 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Beat Nusret in his maiden last summer and ran well behind Jesse Evans this July; however, his handicap form is none too encouraging.
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15th

2

(2)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Magellan Strait

9st 4lb

J: William Buick

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Had a mixed season last term but his win was a big one, rallying well and then holding off Falcon Eight when 150-1 in the Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh (2m1f, soft); long odds-on winner of a small-field AW race in January on sole start since; both those wins were under a 7lb claimer, who now gives way to William Buick; needs to raise his game again.

8/1

15th

2

(2)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Magellan Strait

9st 4lb

J: William Buick

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Had a mixed season last term but his win was a big one, rallying well and then holding off Falcon Eight when 150-1 in the Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh (2m1f, soft); long odds-on winner of a small-field AW race in January on sole start since; both those wins were under a 7lb claimer, who now gives way to William Buick; needs to raise his game again.

8/1

1st

2

(2)

19th Jan 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

16:30 Dundalk (AW)

Magellan Strait

9st 10lb

J: Hugh Horgan

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Belied his ordinary handicap form and 150-1 price when landing the Irish Cesarewitch over 2m1f at the Curragh when last seen 117 days ago, digging deep to fend off Falcon Eight on testing ground; never ran on this surface but handled all types of ground on turf; might need the run on return but will still be difficult to beat on these terms.

4/9

33/1

  • Place: £9.70

Form: 518-06 C

Last run: 92 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Fifth in this last year off a 4lb higher mark and won on his return visit when the ground was bordering on heavy; behind Dawn Rising in the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot on final appearance and he's probably playing for place money.
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7th

1

(1)

31st May 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

19:30 Down Royal

Falcon Eight

9st 9lb

J: Leigh Roche

T: D K Weld

Has been a fine servant over staying trips; touched off in Irish Cesarewitch in October before winning Curragh Group 3 over this trip; former winner of the Chester Cup and beaten less than 4l in latest renewal three weeks ago; that shows 9yo still has plenty left to offer.

11/8

7th

1

(15)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Falcon Eight

9st 12lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: D K Weld

First, fifth and 15th in the last three Chester Cups, all from well off the pace but never going well last year; ended last year with close second to Magellan Strait in Irish Cesarewitch before winning a Group 3; well held in French Listed race on return; has to be in serious calculations back here but it's likely that others are better handicapped.

20/1

7th

1

(15)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Falcon Eight

9st 12lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: D K Weld

First, fifth and 15th in the last three Chester Cups, all from well off the pace but never going well last year; ended last year with close second to Magellan Strait in Irish Cesarewitch before winning a Group 3; well held in French Listed race on return; has to be in serious calculations back here but it's likely that others are better handicapped.

20/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 2/3123

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Low-mileage 6yo who won the 2m5f Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot and has surpassed that form in his recent Group assignments here over 1m6f, latterly in the Irish St Leger; this longer trip clearly won't faze him and he can handle deep ground should it get miserable.
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5th

1

(2)

17th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 6f 0y

19:05 Leopardstown

Dawn Rising

9st 5lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Dual-purpose performer was third to Yashin in last year's renewal and went on to enjoy a fine season, winning the Queen Alexandra Stakes and rounding off the year when a very close third in the Irish Cesarewitch; never at the races on comeback when last of seven to Kyprios on Navan.

14/1

5th

1

(2)

17th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 6f 0y

19:05 Leopardstown

Dawn Rising

9st 5lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Dual-purpose performer was third to Yashin in last year's renewal and went on to enjoy a fine season, winning the Queen Alexandra Stakes and rounding off the year when a very close third in the Irish Cesarewitch; never at the races on comeback when last of seven to Kyprios on Navan.

14/1

7th

2

(2)

27th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 6f 0y

16:00 Navan

Dawn Rising

9st 6lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

dwelt start, in rear throughout

8/1

12/1

Form: 30-211

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Placed for a third time in the Galway Hurdle before continuing his good work on the Flat at Killarney (1m6f), for which he picked up a penalty; that spells danger, as does the prospect of very testing ground.
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3rd

2

(3)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Curragh

Jesse Evans

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Noel Meade

in touch with leaders, headway disputing second 3f out, outpaced 2f out, switched right over 1f out, kept on

3/1

0

10

(18)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Jesse Evans

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Noel Meade

A fourth and two seconds in the last three runnings of the Galway Hurdle; also a force on the Flat, winning at Killarney (1m6f) in August and close fourth of 30 in Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh (2m1f, soft) three weeks ago; in-form contender who needs plenty of respect.

10/1

4th

17

(20)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Jesse Evans

9st 7lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Noel Meade

prominent throughout, disputing lead under 2f out, kept on until no extra towards finish

12/1

Form: 242-71

Last run: 75 days

W: 9st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Second to Drop The Anchor in last year's November Handicap at Naas (2m, heavy); 5lb higher than that day but he confirmed himself in good order when close up in the Galway Hurdle; should give his running and get in contention.
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3rd

16

(12)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 6f 34y

Class 2

18:15 Ascot

My Mate Mozzie

9st 3lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Gavin Cromwell

Classy sort over jumps, finishing third in last August's Galway Hurdle and runner-up in Grade 1 novice chase last December; has also shown considerable ability on the Flat and fifth in the Irish Cesarewitch last September when 2m1f seemed to stretch him; a possible now back in this code.

15/2

6th

9

12th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

My Mate Mozzie

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

held up in rear, not fluent 8th

9/1

2nd

3

26th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

My Mate Mozzie

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Versatile sort, point/bumper/Flat winner; very useful hurdler, close third in this season's Galway Hurdle; found little when beaten by a 50-1 chance on his chasing debut at Fairyhouse; readily coped with modest opposition at Cheltenham two months ago; tongue-tie retained now.

10/1

6th
10 (27)
Final Gesture

16/1

Form: 4-1646

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Decent in France and bought off Godolphin for 925,000euros; up and down this season but she should have been closer at Galway (1m4f, soft; just behind Echoes In Rain) and could have untapped potential lurking over this far.
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4th

5

(4)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Curragh

Final Gesture

9st 6lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

led, headed up the centre under 2f out, weakened final furlong

8/1

6th

10

(27)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Final Gesture

9st 11lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

midfield

16/1

6th

1

(2)

12th Sep 2023

Yielding

1m 4f 42y

18:25 Galway

Final Gesture

9st 12lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

ducked right start and bumped rival start

13/2

Form: 10-421

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Again competitive this year over hurdles and on the Flat, following his near miss behind Teed Up at Galway with a thoroughly authoritative display at Ascot's Shergar Cup (2m, good to soft); questionable over whether he's the best handicapped of these with a penalty but this sort of test will be right up his street.
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12th

2

(9)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

2m 3f 210y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

The Very Man

9st 11lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

Very solid sequence last spring/summer on ground ranging from good (unraced on firmer) to heavy, including a dominant display from the back over 2m at this track; 7lb higher mark today demands a career-best Flat performance but he was bang there in blanket finish to a good handicap hurdle last month and it's not hard to think that this trip will suit.

25/1

5th

3

(6)

31st May 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

19:30 Down Royal

The Very Man

9st 6lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

Dual-purpose type won 2m Ascot handicap off 92 last summer; good run over hurdles in competitive Punchestown festival handicap and that should have brought him on.

8/1

5th

10

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 118y

17:25 Punchestown

The Very Man

11st 2lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Mrs John Harrington

No hurdle wins since January 2022 but won on the Flat at Ascot last year; didn't show much back over timber at the Dublin Racing Festival last time and others are more convincing.

20/1

Form: 5/3400

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Group 3 winner; started off for this yard with three decent efforts (Listed/two strong handicaps) but now has to bounce back from a very laboured run at Leopardstown only two weeks ago.
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0

3

(31)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Jackfinbar

9st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: W P Mullins

Absent four years before looking as good as ever for new yard this term, best of that form when coming from off the pace, and he tried to come from way back when eighth at 50-1 in the Irish Cesarewitch (2m1f, soft) three weeks ago; not totally ruled out despite currently looking on a tough mark.

25/1

8th

1

(18)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Jackfinbar

10st 2lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

towards rear

16/1

14th

1

(9)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 180y

17:05 Leopardstown

Jackfinbar

10st 0lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: W P Mullins

soon led, headed but prominent after 2f

10/1

Form: -61124

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
This is a quick turnaround after finishing fourth in last week's St Leger at Doncaster (1m6f, soft) but bringing Classic form back into a handicap has to bode well and the same connections won this last year with a 3yo of inferior ability; might not want the ground to get really testing.
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5th

1

(3)

17th May 2024

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

15:45 York

Tower Of London

9st 6lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

dwelt start, raced in last, headway on outer 3f out, weakened over 1f out

11/8

5th

1

(3)

17th May 2024

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

15:45 York

Tower Of London

9st 6lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Progressed well as 3yo, culminating in his St Leger fourth; made a storming start to 2024 with big-money wins from off the pace at Riyadh (1m7f) and Meydan (2m) so he has the class to go well despite 3lb penalty.

11/8

9th

12

(13)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Tower Of London

9st 11lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

towards rear of midfield

7/1

Form: 11-313 C

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Likeable 5yo who won over 2m1f at Killarney before finishing close up around a few of these when third in a 1m4f premier handicap at Galway; far from exposed as a stayer and looked happy on testing ground at Galway last season; considered.
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4th

1

(3)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

15:35 Curragh

Chally Chute

9st 7lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: M Halford & T Collins

in touch with leaders, bit short of room 2f out, ran on final furlong, went fourth final 110yds, not reach leaders

6/1

11th
19 (3)
Lot Of Joy

20/1

Form: /43-68

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Beaten only 1l last year off 2lb lower; since done well over hurdles but couldn't land a blow over Flat or jumps at Galway and wasn't at her best in a Listed race back there 12 days ago; needs to pull her socks up.
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0

11

(30)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Lot Of Joy

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: W P Mullins

Her first British challenge saw a heavy defeat over hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival this March and she's not made a serious impact since, particularly on Flat; there was, however, a bold show from her in the Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh (2m, yielding) last year.

22/1

11th

19

(3)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Lot Of Joy

9st 6lb

J: Ben Coen

T: W P Mullins

midfield

20/1

8th

5

(9)

12th Sep 2023

Yielding

1m 4f 42y

18:25 Galway

Lot Of Joy

9st 9lb

J: Ben Coen

T: W P Mullins

Versatile mare; ran twice here at the festival; sixth of 20 in the big amateur handicap; mid-division in the Galway Hurdle; would get 10lb from stablemate Echoes in Rain in a handicap.

14/1

12th
22 (23)
Dartan

66/1

Form: -71015 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Having a good year under both codes and wasn't seen to best effect after missing the break over too sharp a trip at Leopardstown 15 days ago (1m5f, good); this is tougher than he's accustomed to but a strong stayer who could outrun his odds.
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9th

3

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Dartan

11st 9lb

J: James Smith

T: Matthew J Smith

Had a fruitful summer with two wins on the Flat (2m/2m1f) and two over hurdles (3m/2m4f); all those were on good or good to yielding, whereas he was well beaten in his three Irish runs on soft or heavy, so that's the worry.

14/1

12th

5

(12)

13th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:45 Dundalk (AW)

Dartan

9st 8lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Matthew J Smith

Dual-purpose sort had been in good form over the summer, winning twice over 2m on the Flat and twice over hurdles; below form on soft last time; might find this trip a bit sharp.

9/1

12th

22

(23)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Dartan

9st 4lb

J: Leigh Roche

T: Matthew J Smith

prominent, went second after 2f, led 4f out

66/1

OUR TIP

8/1

Form: 212-83 D BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
High-class hurdler who won a Grade 1 in April; only headed in the final strides of this race 12 months ago; returning off 6lb higher isn't the end of the world and after a respectable effort in the Ascot Gold Cup she found 1m4f too sharp a test when perhaps unlucky at Galway (Listed); she's high up the shortlist.
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2

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

in rear

25/1

4th

5

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

raced in third, outpaced when dropped to rear home turn, soon no impression

20/1

3rd

4

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, disputing third when not fluent 4th

9/1

Form: 564831

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Keeping himself busy this year but no sign of losing his edge when taking the Class 2 Mallard Handicap over 1m6f at Doncaster last week (soft); thriving on his work but this is much harder and he's picked up a penalty.
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4th

5

8th Jun 2024

Good

2m 1f 77y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Legendary Day

11st 8lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

didn't jump well, towards rear, mistake 3rd, pecked on landing 7th

3/1

1st

5

4th Jun 2024

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

14:15 Southwell

Legendary Day

11st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

Quite a useful staying handicapper on the Flat; won a Sedgefield novice on hurdle debut in November 2022 (2m, soft) and fair efforts next twice; well beaten on the Flat recently, but quite interesting on first run over fences.

12/1

13th

10

(14)

25th May 2024

Soft

2m 0f 46y

Class 2

15:30 Haydock

Legendary Day

8st 12lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

Four wins last January-September; back 1lb lower than for his last win, which came over the extended 1m6f on soft at Doncaster and he stays 2m too; tailed off latest but is back up from 1m4f and needs a second look.

40/1

14/1

Form: 112721 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Developing into a very solid staying handicapper and deserved his narrow win over 2m at Goodwood 19 days ago for which he is penalised; was second in the Chester Cup on soft ground and can see him going well.
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4th

1

(5)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Novel Legend

10st 0lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Fanshawe

Ended last term with heavy defeats in the Irish Cesarewitch and Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak; up to that he'd had a cracking campaign in handicaps, in which the first of three wins came over C&D first time out (his last AW run), and he still looks on a highly competitive mark if reappearing at the top of his game.

11/2

4th

1

(5)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Novel Legend

10st 0lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Fanshawe

Ended last term with heavy defeats in the Irish Cesarewitch and Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak; up to that he'd had a cracking campaign in handicaps, in which the first of three wins came over C&D first time out (his last AW run), and he still looks on a highly competitive mark if reappearing at the top of his game.

11/2

15th

4

(32)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Novel Legend

10st 0lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: James Fanshawe

in touch with leaders

14/1

Form: 36163

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 3yo going the right way judged on his one-paced third behind the potentially very smart Harbour Wind in a 1m6f Listed at Leopardstown; might well improve plenty for going further this afternoon; not ruled out.
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16th

30

(16)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

St Vincents Garden

9st 0lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

midfield

14/1

3rd

4

(7)

24th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

18:55 Leopardstown

St Vincents Garden

9st 7lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

bumped rival start, pushed along briefly, soon prominent, took keen hold and raced in third after 1f

12/1

6th

12

(1)

21st Jun 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

St Vincents Garden

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Behind three of these when last of six in Navan Listed race (1m5f, soft) last month but was beaten about only 2l on that second start and his strong finish in that slowly run race suggests his performance can be marked up; game win in Fairyhouse maiden (1m4f, good) 12 days ago and this unexposed colt could be about to take a big step forward; one of three for yard.

11/1

22/1

Form: /10-24 C

Last run: 55 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Diminutive 5yo who did well over hurdles during the winter and he wasn't far away in Teed Up's Flat handicap at Galway (2m1f, heavy); has each-way claims but others appeal more for win purposes.
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5th

4

19th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

16:00 Thurles

HMS Seahorse

11st 0lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Paul Nolan

All three wins have been on soft ground, including 2m4f Navan handicap last term; bit outclassed final start when fair fourth in Grade 2 at Fairyhouse over Easter; not sure this longer trip will suit.

11/2

17th

14

(29)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

HMS Seahorse

9st 9lb

J: Scott McCullagh

T: Paul Nolan

towards rear of midfield

22/1

4th

1

(4)

31st Jul 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

18:40 Galway

HMS Seahorse

12st 2lb

J: Mr E P O’Brien

T: Paul Nolan

Not the biggest but a talented individual under both codes; bolted up in a 1m3f premier handicap at the Curragh last year; decent second to the 100-rated Taipan in a Killarney conditions in May; did disappoint when odds-on for the maiden hurdle on this card last year.

16/1

18th
11 (28)
Teed Up

8/1

Form: 92-212 D BF

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Had a Galway Festival to remember and not for the first time, finishing first (2m1f) and second (1m4f) on the Flat before winning over hurdles; has only won once away from that venue (at Roscommon) and that's a nagging concern.
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9th

1

(12)

17th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 4f 0y

20:15 Leopardstown

Teed Up

10st 11lb

J: Anna McGuinness

T: Emmet Mullins

steadied start, soon raced in last and detached

16/1

9th

1

(12)

17th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 4f 0y

20:15 Leopardstown

Teed Up

10st 11lb

J: Anna McGuinness

T: Emmet Mullins

Six-time winner, including the valuable amateur handicap at Galway last year, following up over hurdles later in the week; nothing since and this is just another step on the road back to Ballybrit so others preferred.

16/1

11th

1

(4)

27th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 5f 0y

17:10 Navan

Teed Up

10st 2lb

J: N G McCullagh

T: Emmet Mullins

Six-time winner, including the valuable amateur handicap at Galway last year, following up over hurdles later in the week; off since beaten in the Naas November Handicap and might well come on for the run here.

12/1

25/1

Form: 1-9755

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Good fifth in a 1m6f Group 2 here (soft) before another sound run over 1m5f in a Galway handicap; unraced over this sort of trip and others can see it out stronger.
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3rd

2

1st Jun 2024

Good

2m 0f 100y

15:00 Listowel

Sionnach Eile

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Joseph G Murphy

prominent, bit short of room when switched right before 2 out, not fluent 2 out, soon switched right, no extra after last, no match for first two

5/4

3rd

5

12th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 0y

13:35 Killarney

Sionnach Eile

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Joseph G Murphy

Smart Flat sort at his best, winning a Premier handicap at Galway in 2022; wasn't in the same form last year, albeit he faced some tough tasks; should be capable of a bold show if taking to this game.

7/2

3rd

5

12th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 0y

13:35 Killarney

Sionnach Eile

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Joseph G Murphy

Smart Flat sort at his best, winning a Premier handicap at Galway in 2022; wasn't in the same form last year, albeit he faced some tough tasks; should be capable of a bold show if taking to this game.

7/2

20th
25 (6)
Joupe

100/1

Form: 768287 C

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Predictably struggled in a Group 3 last week and she was way lower in the weights when gaining her last success in a 1m6f deep-ground handicap here 12 months ago.
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7th

2

(4)

14th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

19:08 Cork

Joupe

9st 9lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Peter Lawlor

Three time winner has run creditably in defeat in stakes company, notably when third over 1m6f at Gowran (sft/hvy) last time; needs to find improvement.

16/1

3rd

6

(1)

8th May 2024

Heavy

1m 6f 0y

18:20 Gowran Park

Joupe

9st 2lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Peter Lawlor

Sole win was off 72 in a Curragh handicap in 2022; career-best when 5l runner-up in this race last year; not disgraced as a 150-1 chance at Cork 12 days ago; another good run not out of the question, but she is the lowest-rated runner.

20/1

3rd

6

(1)

8th May 2024

Heavy

1m 6f 0y

18:20 Gowran Park

Joupe

9st 2lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Peter Lawlor

Sole win was off 72 in a Curragh handicap in 2022; career-best when 5l runner-up in this race last year; not disgraced as a 150-1 chance at Cork 12 days ago; another good run not out of the question, but she is the lowest-rated runner.

20/1

25/1

Form: 222217

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Deserved his win over 1m4f at Galway (heavy) but the 10lb rise anchored him when behind Jessie Evans at Killarney and this demands even more.
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5th

6

(13)

15th Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 31y

17:10 Naas

Mon Coeur

9st 4lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Joseph G Murphy

midfield

16/1

21th

29

(26)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Mon Coeur

9st 1lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Joseph G Murphy

prominent early, soon dropped to midfield

25/1

7th

4

(5)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 6f 40y

19:10 Killarney

Mon Coeur

9st 4lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Joseph G Murphy

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield 5f out, soon nudged along, brief headway 2f out, soon no impression

10/1

33/1

Form: 1/02/2 C

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Another durable dual-purpose performer from the Mullins yard who has been over fences since going close on a rare Flat run these days at Galway in August (1m6f); won't mind a slog in the mud but probably placed at best.
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10th

5

(1)

5th Jun 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

19:00 Curragh

Mt Leinster

9st 5lb

J: Donagh O’Connor

T: John C McConnell

slowly away, soon recovered in rear

25/1

13th

1

(16)

26th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

17:25 Curragh

Mt Leinster

10st 6lb

J: Siobhan Rutledge

T: John C McConnell

slowly into stride, took keen hold, in rear

20/1

13th

1

(16)

26th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

17:25 Curragh

Mt Leinster

10st 6lb

J: Siobhan Rutledge

T: John C McConnell

Struggled back on the Flat last time and seems on a stiff enough mark at this point of his career.

20/1

Form: -24450

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Sole win remains a maiden in 2019; highly tried in plenty of Group/Listed races and fast ground was no good to him when well beaten in the Ebor; better expected this time, though has stamina to prove over this far.
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6th

5

(6)

17th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 6f 0y

19:05 Leopardstown

Sunchart

9st 5lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

prominent, led after 2f

12/1

6th

5

(6)

17th May 2024

Good To Yielding

1m 6f 0y

19:05 Leopardstown

Sunchart

9st 5lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

prominent, led after 2f

12/1

25/1

Form: 6751-4

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Better known as a jumper and a useful one at that, though ran moderately in his final two handicap hurdles earlier this year; has a notable Flat win to his name having landed last season's November Handicap at Naas (2m) and a trip short of a mile was never going to bring the best out of him when back from a break at Tipperary; ran okay all things considered and he could be a lively one.
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0

7

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 50y

13:42 Navan

Drop The Anchor

10st 12lb

J: Peter Smithers

T: P A Fahy

Dual-purpose sort has won valuable handicaps in both codes; well beaten on his last number of hurdle starts and blinkers will have to make a difference.

33/1

10th

7

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

14:00 Naas

Drop The Anchor

10st 12lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: P A Fahy

towards rear of midfield

25/1

12th

3

(11)

15th Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 31y

17:10 Naas

Drop The Anchor

9st 8lb

J: N G McCullagh

T: P A Fahy

dwelt start

12/1

50/1

Form: 64-873 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Has won all sorts during his long and admirable career; signs this year that his powers are on the wane, for all that he was close up at Galway (1m6f) and then runner-up over hurdles; others are much preferred.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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8th

4

(5)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Stratum

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: W P Mullins

always behind, lost touch 5f out, tailed off

66/1

25th

7

(22)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Stratum

9st 13lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

towards rear

50/1

2nd

7

12th Aug 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

18:55 Kilbeggan

Stratum

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Smart dual-purpose sort has won 11 races under all codes; has run mostly on the Flat in the last two years and ran a corker when second at Galway last week; couldn't handle testing ground at Auteuil when last seen over hurdles in November but this will suit better; the pick of Paul Townend.

6/4

Form: 160-16 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Became very classy in juvenile hurdles through the winter and made a winning return to the Flat over 1m6f here in June; back from a break with a never-dangerous sixth of 14 at Leopardstown (1m5f, good) and good reason to believe he can find something on that.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11th

12

(8)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

2m 3f 210y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

Nusret

9st 3lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Grade 1 placed as a juvenile hurdler in April 2023 and won a 1m6f Flat handicap at the Curragh that June; while his hurdles performances in December and this April were satisfactory, he appears to be much more interesting today away from soft ground (ran on good to firm just once, creditably) and with this new stamina test, which could be just his cup of tea.

14/1

5th

4

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

16:15 Punchestown

Nusret

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Very useful dual-purpose 4yo; ran to form on return from short break when second to an improver in Grade 3 at Fairyhouse in December but ground against him on handicap debut at Leopardstown subsequently; remains potential improver on better ground.

14/1

5th

4

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

16:15 Punchestown

Nusret

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Very useful dual-purpose 4yo; ran to form on return from short break when second to an improver in Grade 3 at Fairyhouse in December but ground against him on handicap debut at Leopardstown subsequently; remains potential improver on better ground.

14/1

27th
20 (14)
M C Muldoon

33/1

Form: 0/20/4

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Respected on his peak form of old but it was his first run from a mammoth absence when fourth of six runners at Galway (1m6f), finishing just behind stablemates Mt Leinster and Stratum off level-weights; has a lot more on his plate here.
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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

28th
32 (19)
Brazil

Form: 06/081 C

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Second reserve; good hurdler who for some reason ran no race in the Galway Hurdle but bounced back a day later to beat a few of these on the Flat (1m4f); 7lb higher for this should he get a run and would need considering.
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10th

7

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Brazil

11st 9lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

Won the 4yo handicap at 2022 Festival (good to soft) on his sole appearance at Cheltenham; his two hurdle races in 2023 and one last month were all poor, having been gelded before the latter, but there was a Flat win at last year's Galway Festival, so he might not be done with just yet; this is his first foray beyond 2m1f.

12/1

13th

3

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Brazil

11st 7lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

Good juvenile, won the Boodles at Cheltenham and won a Grade 3 at Naas; also won a premier handicap on the Flat at Galway; not seen since down the field in the Irish Cesarewitch; claims on his best form.

14/1

28th

32

(19)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Brazil

9st 0lb

T: Padraig Roche

towards rear, ridden and detached 4f out

29th
31 (11)
La Hacienda

Form: 08-310 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
First reserve; won the Northumberland Vase at Newcastle in June over 2m so she's a stayer and 1m4f found her out at Galway; will need a career best to take this.
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3rd

5

16th Jun 2024

Yielding

2m 1f 165y

16:35 Downpatrick

La Hacienda

11st 10lb

J: James Smith

T: Matthew J Smith

A good thing on paper when you look at her Flat mark of 88 (stays 2m on the level) but not shown much since returning to action lately; it all hinges on whether she enjoys going back over obstacles for first time since 2022 when she didn't show much in four spins.

5/1

11th

6

(8)

5th Jun 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

19:00 Curragh

La Hacienda

9st 2lb

J: James Ryan

T: Matthew J Smith

started quickly, led narrowly or disputed lead early, prominent after 1f

14/1

8th

5

(7)

31st May 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

19:30 Down Royal

La Hacienda

9st 1lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Matthew J Smith

Won valuable AW handicap at Newcastle last summer; third of six in this last year when returning from similar absence but this is a better renewal and she's up against it on ratings.

16/1

30th
16 (33)
Weston

50/1

Form: 14-850

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Twice won over middle distances in Germany; close up in the 2m4f Ascot Stakes on just his second run for this yard but then flopped at Galway (1m4f); this trip on soft ground could trigger something but comes with risks attached.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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4th

2

(8)

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 6f 0y

15:05 Navan

Weston

9st 13lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: H Rogers

took keen hold, midfield, steady headway from 2f out, bit short of room over 1f out, outpaced inside final furlong, stayed on towards finish, not pace to challenge

16/1

4th

2

(8)

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 6f 0y

15:05 Navan

Weston

9st 13lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: H Rogers

took keen hold, midfield, steady headway from 2f out, bit short of room over 1f out, outpaced inside final furlong, stayed on towards finish, not pace to challenge

16/1

Non-runners

Powerful Aggie, The Shunter, Whiskey Sour

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Payout
Straight Forecast €3145.87
Tricast €36489.87

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Chally Chute

TOPSPEED:

HMS Seahorse

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Dawn Rising

POSTDATA:

Stratum

The Irish Sun:

Chally Chute