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Heavy

JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

  • Prize money: £52212.39
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • 12 runners
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JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.70
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 542-3P C

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Winner of three races over fences; creditable staying-on fourth in the Magners Plate at Cheltenham; put up a career-best when a gallant second to I Am Maximus in the Irish Grand National, 1 1/2l in front of Defi Bleu; had a run over hurdles at Kilbeggan in August; 13-2 in Kerry National, pulled up after a bad mistake three out.
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11

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Gevrey

11st 7lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Versatile trip-wise, having been a strong-finishing fourth in the 2m4f Plate here last March, then runner-up in the Irish National (3m5f, soft); signs of further improvement when winning the Munster National in October but two pulled-up runs since temper enthusiasm for this task.

25/1

0

5

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Gevrey

11st 5lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Second to I Am Maximus in last year's Irish Grand National; won the Munster National at Limerick in October, but failed to complete his two races on either side of that, the Kerry National and the Troytown.

25/1

0

5

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Gevrey

11st 3lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Gordon Elliott

Second in last year's Irish National; stayed on best to land last month's Munster National; handles heavy ground but this looks tougher and an 8lb rise may be enough to anchor him.

8/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 3229-2

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Point winner; beat 1-14 favourite Kilcruit in a maiden hurdle at Cork in December 2021, failed to build on that; error-prone but ran respectably in beginners' contests won by some of the top novices last term; tailed off in first handicap in Punchestown race won by Kilcruit; second in a beginners' event at Gowran last month.
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0

19

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Largy Debut

10st 5lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

in rear, fell 1st

9/1

2nd

11

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:15 Limerick

Largy Debut

10st 6lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Point winner; beat 1-14 favourite Kilcruit in a maiden hurdle at Cork in December 2021, failed to build on that; error-prone but ran respectably in beginners' contests won by some of the top novices last term; tailed off in first handicap in Punchestown race won by Kilcruit; second in a beginners' event at Gowran last month.

12/1

2nd

5

30th Sep 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

17:45 Gowran Park

Largy Debut

11st 12lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

raced in fourth early, went third before 4th

7/4

14/1

  • Place: £4.90

Form: 9441P- D

Last run: 190 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
Pulled up in the Grand National on final start last season having previously scored with authority over 3m4f at Punchestown, jumping very well; 2021 Thyestes Chase winner, fourth in last season's edition; in rear in this race 12 months ago on seasonal debut.
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11th

3

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Coko Beach

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Stays 3m4f; career-best form in major handicaps this season, including over these fences when second in the heavy-ground Becher, before winning his cross-country debut (3m) in February; handicapper has responded but chief headache for backers is what he did in the last two Grand Nationals, as he disputed the lead long way but ended 66l adrift on first occasion and pulled up on second; may need a different tactic.

22/1

11th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

14:00 Aintree

Coko Beach

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Stays 3m4f; career-best form in major handicaps this season, including over these fences when second in the heavy-ground Becher, before winning his cross-country debut (3m) in February; handicapper has responded but chief headache for backers is what he did in the last two Grand Nationals, as he disputed the lead long way but ended 66l adrift on first occasion and pulled up on second; may need a different tactic.

22/1

Form: P9-440

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Most recent victory came in a Grade B 2m1f handicap chase at the 2022 Dublin racing festival; ninth in Grand National; ran well at a huge price when fourth in a Grade 3 hurdle at Tipperary in July; creditable display when fourth in the Galway Plate; let down by his jumping in the Kerry National.
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13

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

A Wave Of The Sea

11st 6lb

J: Mr D G Lavery

T: Ben Haslam

Made the frame for Joseph O'Brien in two good handicaps last August/October and he's on a handy mark on that form; one to watch in the betting now in headgear for the first time for this trainer (last win came in these blinkers) but he's yet to shine for this yard and has plenty to prove.

50/1

7th

3

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

A Wave Of The Sea

11st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ben Haslam

Very useful for Joseph O'Brien; respectable fourth in a couple of notable Irish handicaps this term; possibly unsuited by heavy ground on debut for Ben Haslam but in contention when unseating five out at Doncaster (3m) next time; on a 16-race losing sequence but a case can be made.

20/1

0

1

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:45 Doncaster

A Wave Of The Sea

12st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Ben Haslam

Useful for Joseph O'Brien; respectable fourth in a couple of notable Irish handicaps this term; possibly unsuited by heavy ground on debut for Ben Haslam; on a 15-race losing sequence but now drops in grade off last winning mark; possibilities.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: FF/23- C BF

Last run: 356 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict
Only one win from 15 chase starts, that in valuable Troytown Chase at Navan in 2021; runner-up in Leopardstown Grade 1 novice and National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham the season before last; ran only twice last season; good return when second to stablemate Galvin at Punchestown; blowing hard after poor run behind Noble Yeats at Wexford.
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2

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Run Wild Fred

11st 10lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

His solitary chase win from 19 attempts came back in 2021; subsequently runner-up in the National Hunt Chase here (3m6f, good to soft) four months later but he has plenty to prove on his two most recent completed runs and he was brought down at Fairyhouse last month.

40/1

Form: 210P-4 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Won an ultra-competitive Paddy Power at Leopardstown last December; well held in Leopardstown Chase won by The Goffer, pulled up in Irish Grand National; beaten 20l in fourth behind Mars Harper at Listowel.
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3rd

23

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Real Steel

10st 10lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

towards rear, headway but still plenty to do home turn, ran on well from last, went third towards finish

20/1

5th

9

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Real Steel

10st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: E McNamara

Not the force of old in form terms but prevailing by a short head in a top 3m handicap chase at Leopardstown last Christmas was easily his biggest payday; ran creditably in a Grade 3 four weeks ago and has a chance even on that form, but this is his first run over hurdles since 2018.

16/1

6th

9

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:15 Limerick

Real Steel

10st 8lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Won an ultra-competitive Paddy Power at Leopardstown last December; well held in Leopardstown Chase won by The Goffer, pulled up in Irish Grand National; beaten 20l in fourth behind Mars Harper at Listowel.

14/1

Form: 5366-3 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Second in 2022 Irish Grand National; won at Galway on seasonal debut last October; suffered early interference when unplaced favourite in the Troytown at Navan; did not jump well when sixth in the Thyestes; has often been vulnerable in conditions races, as when last of three at Galway recently; Jack Kennedy had other options.
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4th

12

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Frontal Assault

10st 13lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, led 2nd, headed 3 out, weakened last

33/1

4th

12

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Frontal Assault

10st 13lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, led 2nd, headed 3 out, weakened last

33/1

4th

8

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 174y

16:37 Naas

Frontal Assault

10st 11lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Hasn't added to Galway beginners' success and decidedly mixed fortunes in good-class handicaps this term, let down by jumping in Grand National Trial at Punchestown recently; hard to be confident in.

14/1

Form: 4P4-85

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Last season's Leopardstown Chase winner; ran well to take fourth behind Corach Rambler in the Ultima at Cheltenham; pulled-up after four out in the Irish Grand National; much better again when fourth in the bet365 at Sandown, beaten almost 20l when eighth in the Galway Plate; staying on at the finish when fifth in the Kerry National.
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13th

27

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

The Goffer

10st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

Best form when fourth in major handicaps at Cheltenham (3m1f) and Sandown (3m4f) last spring, albeit not seeing those races out nearly as well as those ahead; underperforming this term, capitulating badly from the home turn when 34l fifth back at Cheltenham (heavy) latest, so he probably does not have what it takes in this.

66/1

13th

27

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

14:00 Aintree

The Goffer

10st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

Best form when fourth in major handicaps at Cheltenham (3m1f) and Sandown (3m4f) last spring, albeit not seeing those races out nearly as well as those ahead; underperforming this term, capitulating badly from the home turn when 34l fifth back at Cheltenham (heavy) latest, so he probably does not have what it takes in this.

66/1

5th

6

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

The Goffer

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Cracking fourth in this race last year (soft) when giving best only after the last; may have had some breathing issues as he's been tongue tied since September, when making steady late headway in the Kerry National (3m, yielding to soft); he was rested after a lesser effort at Limerick next time but won a race for stable staff on his return last month and is primed for a big run off 2lb lower than 12 months ago.

6/1

Form: 636227

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Six wins and 22 places in a busy 62-race career; 1-13 over fences; in fair form before unplaced run at Cork last Sunday; up against it in this company.
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4th

6

1st Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 160y

14:58 Cork

The Little Yank

10st 3lb

J: John Shinnick

T: John Patrick Ryan

raced in third behind clear leader, headway 5 out, weakened approaching last

11/1

4th

6

1st Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 160y

14:58 Cork

The Little Yank

10st 3lb

J: John Shinnick

T: John Patrick Ryan

raced in third behind clear leader, headway 5 out, weakened approaching last

11/1

5th

5

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 120y

16:05 Limerick

The Little Yank

10st 8lb

J: Daniel King

T: John Patrick Ryan

in rear but in touch with leaders

10/1

Form: 6-F211

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Second to Sharjah in a beginners' chase at the Galway festival before landing a similar event two days later, thus getting off the mark at the tenth attempt over fences; doubled his tally with emphatic handicap win over 2m7f at Listowel, raised 8lb but seems to have turned a corner.
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13th

6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Mars Harper

11st 5lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Best chase form when winning a 2m6f Listowel handicap (yielding to soft) in September but he ran moderately behind Embittered at Navan in December when last seen and made no impact in this race last year.

33/1

5th

4

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 100y

14:17 Navan

Mars Harper

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear, headway after 5th

7/2

2nd

4

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 70y

13:58 Punchestown

Mars Harper

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Better than ever in second season chasing, winning Galway beginners' event and following up in 2m6f Listowel handicap; disappointed following month however behind a stablemate in 3m Munster National where trip trip could have been too far; back in trip here with tongue tie added to usual cheekpieces so don't rule out bouncing back.

7/2

Form: 11987/

Last run: 543 days

W: 10st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Won four novice events between April and July in 2021; soundly beaten in three big handicaps later that season, including when sixth in this race; formerly with Henry de Bromhead, now transferred to Gordon Elliott.
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3

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 124y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Cavalry Master

11st 8lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Completed four-timer in novice company when beating Hewick in summer of 2021 but winless since; first-time blinkers had an effect when runner-up over 2m4f (heavy) at Gowran in February but hard to know if he'll reproduce that.

14/1

Form: 0P353- D

Last run: 195 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Failed to win last season after starting the campaign with sixth placing in this event; showed good form on his final three starts; third to Coko Beach in 3m4f National Trial at Punchestown, fifth in the Kim Muir, and a battling third of six finishers in 27-runner Irish Grand National, 1 1/2l behind stablemate Gevrey.
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10th

17

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Defi Bleu

10st 9lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Gordon Elliott

Well held eighth in this last year in similar conditions and he unseated five out on his return last month so he may still need a run to get going; has place claims if he is fully tuned up but others are more solid.

25/1

0

7

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:15 Limerick

Defi Bleu

10st 12lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Gordon Elliott

Failed to win last season after starting the campaign with sixth placing in this event; showed good form on his final three starts; third to Coko Beach in 3m4f National Trial at Punchestown, fifth in the Kim Muir, and a battling third of six finishers in 27-runner Irish Grand National, 1 1/2l behind stablemate Gevrey.

12/1

3rd

20

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 5f 0y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Defi Bleu

10st 2lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Gordon Elliott

Knows what these sort of races are about but he's none too predictable and finished behind some of these in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham; would be a surprise winner.

28/1

Non-runners

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Payout
Exacta €43.10
Straight Forecast €42.28
Tricast €644.01
Trifecta €748.70

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Frontal Assault

RP RATINGS (IRE):

The Goffer

POSTDATA:

Largy Debut

TOPSPEED:

Frontal Assault

The Irish Sun:

Frontal Assault