November 05 / 15.00 Curragh

15.00

Heavy

Comer Group International Loughbrown Stakes (Group 3)

  • Prize money: £28716.81
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 7 runners
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Comer Group International Loughbrown Stakes (Group 3)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.90
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 18-062 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Talented stayer would probably have won with a clearer passage and had three of these behind when fine second in Irish Cesarewitch over C&D; revised mark means he's the one to beat although one imagines he was trained to peak for that latest race which is a slight concern.
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1st

1

(1)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Curragh

Falcon Eight

9st 9lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

prominent on inner, pushed along and went second over 2f out, ridden to lead up the centre under 2f out, clear inside final furlong, kept on well

7/4

2nd

3

(9)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Falcon Eight

10st 0lb

J: Jake Coen

T: D K Weld

midfield, headway 2f out, keeping on when short of room and switched left inside final furlong, ran on well and went second post

33/1

6th

5

(8)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

2m 5f 143y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Falcon Eight

9st 4lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: D K Weld

Although beaten in the last two editions of this won by Stratum, he was under 2l away 12 months ago and drying ground will aid his cause no end; good and bad under both codes in the meantime but he's one who won't be fazed by this unique test.

13/2

5/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 12-830

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 6lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Grade 1 winner over hurdles and capable of very useful form on the level including when touched off in last year's Irish Cesarewitch; ran respectably when only 10-1 chance for Ascot Gold Cup; 1m4f was too sharp when third at Galway but never got into the race when one of the leading fancies for the Irish Cesarewitch; she's a lot better than that so not ruled out.
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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

2nd

4

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:35 Punchestown

Echoes In Rain

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, held up in last, headway on outer and disputing second before 2 out, went second last, kept on, no match for winner

13/2

OUR TIP

3/1

Form: -21146

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Admirable dual-purpose performer was getting 7lb when just behind Falcon Eight in Irish Cesarewitch where he had a clear run and every chance; travelled well until not getting home when sixth in English equivalent; has had hard races but might be capable of another big performance.
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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

4th
5 (4)
Final Gesture

8/1

Form: -16466

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Gowran Listed winner over 1m6f on seasonal/yard debut in May; unlucky in running in 1m4f Galway Listed contest in September; later that month, couldn't really land a blow when sixth in Irish Cesarewitch and, although better off at the weights, is held by Falcon Eight and Jesse Evans on that form.
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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: -51600 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Listed winner at Down Royal in the summer and useful stayer at her best; placed in previous two runnings of Naas November Handicap over this trip but hard to fancy after trailing home last in this year's edition.
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5th

6

(5)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Curragh

Powerful Aggie

9st 6lb

J: Mikey Sheehy

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

towards rear, dropped to rear halfway, brief headway 2f out, soon no impression

20/1

16th

2

(14)

15th Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 31y

17:10 Naas

Powerful Aggie

9st 12lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

towards rear

12/1

6/1

Form: 02-U11 C

Last run: 64 days

W: 9st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Grand 9yo is another useful dual-purpose horse and well placed to win his last two starts over 1m6f, most recently when making all to beat four rivals in 1m6f Listed contest at Chester two months ago; on paper his new mark doesn't leave him with much to find but might find a couple too strong.
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6th

3

(7)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Curragh

Shanroe

9st 9lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Karl Thornton

prominent, disputing second 5f out, weakened quickly 3f out, eased final furlong, tailed off

6/1

1st

2

(1)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 6f 87y

Class 1

15:20 Chester

Shanroe

9st 7lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Karl Thornton

Acquitted himself with credit in big races last term and back on song when winning at Galway four weeks ago on latest outing, most of those runs at 1m6f; Irish raider who should not be far away.

8/1

16/1

Form: 444838

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
British-trained visitor handles soft but is lowest-rated of these; finished ahead of Falcon Eight over marathon trip at Royal Ascot and was respectable eighth of 31 in Cesarewitch at Newmarket latest but long time winless and hard to fancy.
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7th

7

(2)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Curragh

Typewriter

9st 6lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Andrew Balding

prominent, went second after 2f, weakened quickly over 3f out, eased from 1f out, tailed off

16/1

0

13

(27)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Typewriter

9st 0lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

No win since handicap debut two years ago; solid runs this year include her fourth in the 2m5f Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot (good to firm) and third over 1m6f at Goodwood (soft) last time, but career best is needed.

33/1

3rd

1

(5)

27th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:50 Goodwood

Typewriter

10st 1lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

Has won on soft; absent since finishing midfield in the 2m4f handicap at Glorious Goodwood; some creditable efforts otherwise this term, including in York Group 3 and the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot; on a ten-race losing sequence and doesn't seem the easiest to place but has possibilities dropped back in trip/grade.

8/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €8.80
Straight Forecast €9.08
Trifecta €25.40

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Falcon Eight

TOPSPEED:

Final Gesture

POSTDATA:

Echoes In Rain

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Falcon Eight

The Irish Sun:

Falcon Eight