December 14 / 14.20 Naas

14.20

Soft To Heavy

John Thomas McNamara Series (Q.R.) Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

  • Prize money: £5482.3
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 15 runners
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John Thomas McNamara Series (Q.R.) Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

Form: 1662-5 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 4lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Won handicaps at Kelso and Newcastle last winter; a solid run after a break when not beaten far in 5th in a Navan handicap; should have improved from that and is a major olayer off the same mark.
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7th

3

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:17 Down Royal

Maimies Magic

11st 12lb

J: Mr S Connor

T: S R B Crawford

prominent

5/1

3rd

10

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:40 Navan

Maimies Magic

10st 5lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Running well in defeat this campaign and respectable fourth at Kelso last time but this is tougher, despite her lower mark over here.

10/1

4th

10

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:55 Kelso

Maimies Magic

10st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Won handicaps here (2m2f), heavy) and Newcastle (2m1f, soft) last winter but he's run hot and cold since his last success and was disappointing when favourite at Naas last time; has a bit to prove after another break including stamina at this new trip; tongue-tie added.

11/1

Form: 60/4P-

Last run: 244 days

W: 12st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Came back from a long absence with a respectable 4th in a Clonmel maiden in March but was pulled-up in a Ballinrobe handicap a month later; new yard and needs his best.
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3rd

9

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 3f 100y

18:50 Downpatrick

Kilmacurkin

10st 6lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: James Andrew Fahey

led, headed and raced in second before 2nd, mistake 2 out, no extra approaching last

50/1

3rd

9

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 3f 100y

18:50 Downpatrick

Kilmacurkin

10st 6lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: James Andrew Fahey

led, headed and raced in second before 2nd, mistake 2 out, no extra approaching last

50/1

9th

8

29th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 0y

16:10 Punchestown

Kilmacurkin

11st 7lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: James Andrew Fahey

Placed in a point and fair fourth in Clonmel maiden for previous yard; well held in first two starts since joining capable stable and now steps up in trip with headgear fitted.

20/1

Form: 470

Last run: 26 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Pulled-up in a point and showed little in three maiden hurdles; can only be fancied if attracting market support.
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5th

12

21st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:23 Cork

Imbolc

11st 3lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: E Sheehy

Decent effort when fourth in a 2m3f handicap hurdle at Limerick at Christmas; failed to match that form at Punchestown; second over a longer trip at Limerick last time, beaten 13l so needs to find a bit more.

10/1

2nd

13

10th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 60y

15:10 Limerick

Imbolc

11st 1lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: E Sheehy

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders 4 out, prominent after 3 out, led narrowly home turn, headed after 2 out, kept on, no match for winner

16/1

7th

10

15th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 25y

15:25 Punchestown

Imbolc

10st 13lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: E Sheehy

Limerick fourth at Christmas was a step in the right direction; not sure if this longer trip will suit though.

10/1

Form: 764186 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Got off the mark when winning a Galway handicap in October but was below that level in two starts since off this mark; has to find improvement.
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2nd

10

21st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 70y

17:08 Cork

Ivane

11st 2lb

J: Ms C Skerry

T: Ciaran Murphy

raced wide, prominent, not fluent 2nd, joined leader after 10th, not fluent 4 out, led before 3 out, clear when mistake 2 out, soon ridden and reduced lead, headed but kept on from last, no match for winner

8/1

4th

18

10th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 116y

14:17 Naas

Ivane

10st 12lb

J: Ms C Skerry

T: Ciaran Murphy

Won a heavy ground handicap at Galway last October off 4lb higher but hasn't matched that form since; a squeak if back to his best.

20/1

8th

16

3rd Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:25 Leopardstown

Ivane

10st 6lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

Won at Galway earlier in the season but hasn't managed to build on that from higher marks since; respectable chase debut last time; ground fine and could go well.

25/1

Form: 0/66P- CD

Last run: 292 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Sole win came in a C&D handicap in 2022 but struggled off higher marks after; broke blood vessels when last seen in February; best watched on return unless strong in the market.
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12

3rd Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:25 Leopardstown

Tuckmill

10st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Peter Fahey

Both wins have come at Naas on better ground than what he will get here; latest win came on seasonal reappearance in December and slight concern he's not been seen since; 5lb higher and likely to need progress.

6/1

7

14th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Naas

Tuckmill

11st 13lb

J: Mr R A Jackson

T: Peter Fahey

Sole win came in a C&D handicap in 2022 but struggled off higher marks after; broke blood vessels when last seen in February; best watched on return unless strong in the market.

16/1

13

25th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 23y

15:20 Fairyhouse

Tuckmill

11st 4lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Peter Fahey

in touch with leaders, not fluent 7th, pushed along and well behind after 3 out, soon pulled up

33/1

Form: 723255 BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
No win in 18 hurdle starts but placed several times; probably didn't stay 2m4f at Wexford last time but has a solid shout if bouncing back to earlier efforts.
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10th

14

6th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 180y

14:10 Down Royal

Banada Bridge

11st 4lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Mrs Denise Foster

midfield

14/1

Form: 3-9730 D BF

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Has run well at times in defeat this year, including when 3rd in a Limerick handicap in October; the race at Clonmel five days later might have come too soon; a squeak if bouncing back.
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3rd

2

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 76y

17:45 Clonmel

Go Gill Go

11st 6lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: James Grace

Bounced back from a couple of poor runs when an 11l third at Limerick in January; a losing run going back to her sole success in 2021 is off-putting but should have one in her from this sort of mark; very best form on quicker ground.

5/1

3rd

2

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 76y

17:45 Clonmel

Go Gill Go

11st 6lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: James Grace

Bounced back from a couple of poor runs when an 11l third at Limerick in January; a losing run going back to her sole success in 2021 is off-putting but should have one in her from this sort of mark; very best form on quicker ground.

5/1

Form: 7-08P4

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Showed little on the Flat; however, showed a bit more on second handicap hurdle start at Thurles last time, beaten 10l after 3 months break; should have improved from that and go closer with cheekpieces retained.
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No Results Found

Form: 6/00/3

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Just hints of ability on the Flat and over hurdles but put up a solid effort on handicap debut after a break at Wexford (2m4f) last time; should have improved from that and this trip can suit the Flat-bred better; leading player.
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9

23rd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

15:35 Tipperary

Man River

11st 12lb

J: Mr P W Gleeson

T: P F O’Donnell

Modest on the Flat and over hurdles; big outsider on chase debut.

100/1

Form: 670700

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
One of two runners for yard; a glimpse of ability in a bumper and maiden hurdles; beaten a long way in a Navan handicap last time; cheekpieces need to work.
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6th

11

23rd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:25 Tipperary

Cramers Valley

11st 7lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P J Rothwell

Just denied at Naas two starts ago but not as good off this mark since and needs more, though his yard is in fine form so not to be discounted.

12/1

6th

11

23rd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:25 Tipperary

Cramers Valley

11st 7lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P J Rothwell

Just denied at Naas two starts ago but not as good off this mark since and needs more, though his yard is in fine form so not to be discounted.

12/1

5th

13

10th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 116y

14:52 Naas

Cramers Valley

11st 0lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: P J Rothwell

towards rear

15/2

Form: 09-397

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Maiden has run well a couple of times over hurdles but has been regressive in the last year; well beaten on return last time but has a squeak if repeating best efforts.
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3rd

6

10th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

19:30 Sedgefield

Huit Reflets

11st 1lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

0-13 over hurdles when trained in Ireland; ran quite well when third on stable debut at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) in March but was tired and well held in the end, and today's trip-and-ground combination is not sure to suit.

10/1

3rd

6

10th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

19:30 Sedgefield

Huit Reflets

11st 1lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

0-13 over hurdles when trained in Ireland; ran quite well when third on stable debut at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) in March but was tired and well held in the end, and today's trip-and-ground combination is not sure to suit.

10/1

3rd

1

22nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 5

14:50 Hexham

Huit Reflets

11st 12lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

0-13 over hurdles and 0-17 overall when trained by Liz Doyle in Ireland; makes stable debut from a workable mark and with trip/ground suitable but was well beaten in a chase last month and is tricky to weigh up at present; cheekpieces (worn for last two runs) are removed.

5/1

Form: 9098

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Not much to show for three maiden runs or handicap bow at Thurles last time; needs loads of improvement.
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14

14th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Naas

Restless Son

11st 10lb

J: Mr R James

T: Norman Lee

Not much to show for three maiden runs or handicap bow at Thurles last time; needs loads of improvement.

33/1

8th

12

30th Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 101y

15:35 Thurles

Restless Son

11st 5lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: Norman Lee

Soundly beaten in three maidens on softer ground and market likely best guide here on handicap debut.

14/1

9th

6

26th Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 125y

14:00 Clonmel

Restless Son

11st 12lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: Norman Lee

Soundly beaten in two maiden hurdles and makes no appeal in this company.

200/1

Form: U00-PP

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Flat maiden winner has been pulled-up on both handicap hurdle starts and isn't easy to fancy.
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No Results Found

Form: 0-7760

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Maiden under all codes was tailed-off in a Limerick handicap hurdle last time and isn't easy to fancy.
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7th

11

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 180y

17:05 Downpatrick

Essential Part

11st 5lb

J: Harry Sexton

T: Adrian Sexton

midfield

33/1

7th

11

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 180y

17:05 Downpatrick

Essential Part

11st 5lb

J: Harry Sexton

T: Adrian Sexton

took keen hold, midfield, weakened from 2 out

33/1

18th

19

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Punchestown

Essential Part

11st 9lb

J: Adrian Sexton

T: Adrian Sexton

Struggling for any sort of form when last seen and off four months.

200/1

Form: -60936

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Not beaten far off this basement mark the last twice under this rider and can be involved again but more needed to score.
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0

19

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

14:20 Down Royal

Outdoor Mozzy

10st 13lb

J: Miss P Elvin

T: P J Rothwell

Not beaten far off this basement mark on her last few starts; likely to run well again but needs to find more to score.

12/1

17

14th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Naas

Outdoor Mozzy

11st 5lb

J: Miss P Elvin

T: P J Rothwell

Not beaten far off this basement mark the last twice under this rider and can be involved again but more needed to score.

8/1

6th

15

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 13y

14:40 Thurles

Outdoor Mozzy

10st 13lb

J: Miss P Elvin

T: P J Rothwell

Best effort so far saw her finish 7l behind Destivelle when third of 15 over C&D a fortnight ago; trainer having an excellent season.

10/1

Non-runners

Phoebe's Charm, Therailwayman

Selections

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Maimie's Magic

The Irish Sun:

Junot

SPOTLIGHT:

Man River

POSTDATA:

Maimie's Magic