November 17 / 14.00 Wexford

14.00

Heavy

M.W. Hickey Memorial Chase (Listed Race)

  • Prize money: £13053.1
  • 2m 7f 0y
  • 4 runners
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M.W. Hickey Memorial Chase (Listed Race)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00

Form: 2132P-

Last run: 248 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Enjoyed a good novice hurdling season, highlighted by a second placing in a 2m6f Grade 1 event; 1-5 over fences last season beat the subsequent Irish Grand National winner I Am Maximus at Fairyhouse last December; absent since pulled up in the National Hunt Chase.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

4

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Minella Crooner

11st 4lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Winner over 2m7f on heavy ground at Wexford last November; not at his best since; a negative that he has been pulled up in his two attempts at about 3m6f; also suffered that fate in Grand National.

16/1

1st

4

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Minella Crooner

11st 4lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Winner over 2m7f on heavy ground at Wexford last November; not at his best since; a negative that he has been pulled up in his two attempts at about 3m6f; also suffered that fate in Grand National.

16/1

21

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Minella Crooner

10st 10lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

Has shown his form over 2m7f on heavy ground this term but took a backward step behind I Am Maximus at Fairyhouse in February and pulled up at Cheltenham (33-1) last month; also pulled up in his two attempts at about 3m6f, so he's not high on the list.

66/1

Form: 0-1341 C

Last run: 77 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Bumper winner and twice successful over hurdles, including over 3m at this venue in May; won over an extended 2m3f here in September on his third chase start; probably needs better ground than this to show his best form and faces a tough task in any case, though his course experience is a plus-factor.
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Verdict Starting price

7th

2

29th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

19:30 Wexford

Joyeux Machin

11st 10lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

midfield, dropped to rear 3 out

3/1

6

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 55y

16:15 Punchestown

Joyeux Machin

10st 13lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

Beat the useful Effernock Fizz at Wexford last autumn and narrowly beaten at the same venue afterward; lost a Navan match in December; hard to be confident after an early departure at Limerick a fortnight ago; new headgear combination

12/1

6

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 55y

16:15 Punchestown

Joyeux Machin

10st 13lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

Beat the useful Effernock Fizz at Wexford last autumn and narrowly beaten at the same venue afterward; lost a Navan match in December; hard to be confident after an early departure at Limerick a fortnight ago; new headgear combination

12/1

Form: -54248

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Mare has done well to win in four categories, point/bumper/hurdle chase; however, well held by Joyeux Machin on running here in September; moderate run over hurdles on latest; tongue-tie fitted now in addition to usual hood.
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0

3

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 5f 132y

14:10 Thurles

Time To Rocco

11st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Colin Motherway

Latest win came in a 2m2f mares chase here in March; consistent since without winning, most recently behind R'Eveleyn Pleasure at Cork; should get closer but others preferred.

7/1

4th

2

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:07 Cork

Time To Rocco

11st 7lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Colin Motherway

Won a 2m2f mares' event at Thurles last March; has done most of her racing in conditions races; soundly beaten in fourth behind the useful Brides Hill in a mares' handicap at Fairyhouse last month; probably vulnerable off this mark.

6/1

4th

6

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

11:55 Fairyhouse

Time To Rocco

10st 11lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Colin Motherway

towards rear, not fluent 1st

7/1

OUR TIP

11/10

Form: /2133-

Last run: 217 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict
Won Grade 2 novice hurdle at Fairyhouse at the main expense of Churchstonewarrior; novice chase form ties in with last Saturday by Down Royal winner Gerri Colombe who finished in front of him three times; best effort when third in the Brown Advisory at Cheltenham; made mistakes when soundly beaten in third at Aintree; gets 5lb from Churchstonewarrior.
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1

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 174y

16:37 Naas

Bronn

11st 12lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: W P Mullins

Former Grade 2 novice hurdle winner is only 1-7 chasing but has been highly tried, notably when placed in Grade 1 novice chases last season at Cheltenham and Aintree; disappointing so far this term, dropping out tamely after mistakes under top-weight in Thyestes on latest when cheekpieces tried; questions to answer now.

10/1

0

1

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Bronn

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Former Grade 2 novice hurdle winner; twice placed in Grade 1s novice chases last season, third in the Brown Advisory at Cheltenham and third in the Mildmay Novices' at Aintree; cheekpieces now tried after two low-key performances this season; handicap debut.

12/1

4th

3

1st Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 170y

14:15 Tramore

Bronn

11st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

raced in second, lost second 7th, not fluent 11th, lost touch after 3 out, lost third before 2 out

100/30

Non-runners

Churchstonewarrior, Idas Boy

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €15.70
Straight Forecast €16.76
Trifecta €29.10

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