December 16 / 12.30 Fairyhouse

12.30

Heavy

Tote Always SP Or Better @Fairyhouse Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £9398.23
  • 3m 0f 68y
  • 9 runners
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Tote Always SP Or Better @Fairyhouse Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 1F-P15 C BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Won a handicap chase at Clonmel from 9lb lower towards the end of last season; returned with a win from his reduced hurdle mark but was a beaten favourite back over fences at Galway since when making a couple of mistakes; suspicion he's on a good mark if his jumping holds up.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4

21st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 70y

16:33 Cork

Emancipator

11st 2lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

Very best form has come over fences at this sort of trip on similar ground; rated lower over timber and ran okay when fourth of 14 at Naas last month; step back up in trip will suit.

9/1

4th

12

25th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 147y

15:55 Naas

Emancipator

10st 0lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

Went up 13lb for winning a Gowran handicap hurdle in September; won a handicap chase at Fairyhouse in December but lack-lustre effort at Thurles after that; back over hurdles here and gets bang in off bottom-weight; should be competitive.

8/1

5th

4

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 5f 132y

14:10 Thurles

Emancipator

11st 3lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

Better chaser than hurdler with three wins, most recently with a game success in a 3m handicap chase at Punchestown last month; up another 8lb for that; this trip is fine for him and he could well go close again.

5/1

11/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: -62113 D BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Won his latest chase start at Gowran in September and in good form over hurdles since, winning at Limerick before a 3l defeat at Cork last month; fine on this ground and one to consider back up in trip.
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Verdict Starting price

4th

11

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 45y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Positive Thinker

10st 6lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Michael J McDonagh

Very consistent this season, mixing hurdling and chasing including winning 2m4f handicap chase at Gowran and just touched off over an extended 3m at this venue; an excellent effort to take second behind Irish Grand National candidate Hartur D'Arc, when running from 6lb out of handicap, at Naas last time; 11lb lower than over fences and has Cian Quirke's 5lb claim as well.

4/1

4th

11

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 45y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Positive Thinker

10st 6lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Michael J McDonagh

Very consistent this season, mixing hurdling and chasing including winning 2m4f handicap chase at Gowran and just touched off over an extended 3m at this venue; an excellent effort to take second behind Irish Grand National candidate Hartur D'Arc, when running from 6lb out of handicap, at Naas last time; 11lb lower than over fences and has Cian Quirke's 5lb claim as well.

4/1

2nd

13

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 174y

16:37 Naas

Positive Thinker

10st 0lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Michael J McDonagh

Very consistent at a lower level this season mixing hurdling and chasing including winning 2m4f handicap chase at Gowran and just touched off at Fairyhouse; upped in class now and tough task from 6lb out of handicap.

12/1

13/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 1114/3 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Won three on the spin at this venue a couple of seasons ago (one chase, two hurdles); missed all of last season but nothing wrong with his return here when beaten 5l a fortnight ago and should be a player if he doesn't bounce.
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20

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Wheres Frankie

10st 1lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Karl Thornton

prominent, pressed leaders when not fluent 16th, weakened after 4 out, not fluent 3 out, dropped to rear when pulled up after 2 out

14/1

20

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Wheres Frankie

10st 1lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Karl Thornton

prominent, pressed leaders when not fluent 16th, weakened after 4 out, not fluent 3 out, dropped to rear when pulled up after 2 out

14/1

1st

6

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 61y

16:35 Leopardstown

Wheres Frankie

11st 4lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Karl Thornton

in touch with leaders, prominent on inner 13th, joined leaders 14th

11/4

Form: 31-451 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Maiden hurdle winner; showed promise in beginners' company before getting off the mark over fences here on handicap debut a fortnight ago (Where's Frankie third); good value for the winning margin and gave the impression he may improve for further; 8lb higher mark may not be insurmountable.
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Verdict Starting price

1st

2

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 120y

15:55 Fairyhouse

So Des Flos

11st 11lb

J: Miss Charlotte Butler

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, not fluent 2nd, briefly disputed lead before 9th, joined leader 5 out, led going okay 3 out, headed and ridden towards far side after last, rallied when led again towards finish

8/1

4th

1

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 140y

16:02 Down Royal

So Des Flos

12st 0lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, not fluent 2nd

13/2

4th

2

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 61y

16:35 Leopardstown

So Des Flos

12st 1lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

Two wins to his credit, most recently in a 2m5f handicap chase at Fairyhouse in December; looked vulnerable over 3m last twice though and questionable whether this marathon trip will suit.

12/1

13/2

Form: 210-42 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Won a beginners' at Clonmel last season and left a low-key reappearance behind when runner-up at Galway in October; third and fourth from that race have run okay in defeat since and he's respected here; 1lb higher.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

4

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

Old Soul

11st 11lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Liz Doyle

Unlucky to unseat two runs ago at Navan but was running well when falling last time at Leopardstown; the cheekpieces worn then are retained; be involved.

6/1

8th

4

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

Old Soul

11st 11lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Liz Doyle

Unlucky to unseat two runs ago at Navan but was running well when falling last time at Leopardstown; the cheekpieces worn then are retained; be involved.

6/1

Form: 9/40/P C

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Losing run since back-to-back chase wins in 2019; pulled up a long way out on return from a lengthy absence last month and remains best watched for now, despite an attractive handicap mark.
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Verdict Starting price

4th

5

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:35 Gowran Park

Ex Patriot

11st 1lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: Miss Ellmarie Holden

2m2f handicap chase win here nearly five years ago was his last success; after lengthy absence yet to hit form this season, last of five behind R'evelyn Pleasure at Limerick on latest; rapidly declining mark but remains opposable.

20/1

5th

1

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 120y

12:20 Limerick

Ex Patriot

11st 12lb

J: Hugh Morgan

T: Miss Ellmarie Holden

in rear but in touch with leaders, not fluent 8th, prominent 9th, briefly went second after 3 out, weakened after 2 out

13/2

6th

1

16th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 68y

12:30 Fairyhouse

Ex Patriot

11st 12lb

J: Hugh Morgan

T: Miss Ellmarie Holden

held up in rear, mistake 4 out, some headway on outer before 2 out, soon no impression

20/1

Form: 33-F41 CD

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Consistent over hurdles last season; fell when still involved in a beginners' in September and was a beaten favourite in a novice chase at Cork three weeks later but got off the mark with a C&D beginners' win last month; mixed signals on the strength of that form but room for improvement in the jumping department and handles this sort of ground.
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Verdict Starting price

7th

4

16th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 68y

12:30 Fairyhouse

Potters Party

11st 5lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, not fluent 8th, towards rear after 3 out, weakened before 2 out

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: 4F-665 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Won beginners' at Kilbeggan last summer but hasn't kicked on in handicaps; return to a shorter trip may help but his best form is on better ground than this.
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Verdict Starting price

8th

3

16th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 68y

12:30 Fairyhouse

Everglow

11st 7lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

prominent, went second 5th, weakened from 3 out

7/1

5th

13

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 130y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Everglow

10st 5lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

towards rear of midfield, some headway 3 out, kept on approaching last, never near to challenge

16/1

6th

8

5th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 4f 0y

15:15 Cork

Everglow

10st 6lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

midfield, in touch with leaders 3 out, weakened after 2 out

12/1

Form: U134-0 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Won twice over fences last season but it was a low-key return over hurdles last month; while his very best form is on better ground, he handles conditions and should come on for his return; can't be ruled out.
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Verdict Starting price

9th

7

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 193y

16:50 Thurles

Temptationinmilan

11st 5lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

Stays well as he showed when winning a 3m handicap chase at Navan 13 months ago; well below his best over fences this season, though signs of a return to form when fifth over 3m4f at Leopardstown last time; runs off 15lb lower in this sphere, chance has to be taken seriously.

3/1

5th

4

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 61y

16:35 Leopardstown

Temptationinmilan

11st 5lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

in touch with leaders, mistake 8th, prominent halfway, briefly led 13th, disputed lead when mistake and lost ground 15th

12/1

7th

9

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 7f 76y

Class 2

14:15 Musselburgh

Temptationinmilan

10st 11lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

in touch with leaders in centre of group

8/1

Non-runners

Clonmeen

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Payout
Exacta €21.30
Straight Forecast €22.65
Tricast €55.00
Trifecta €87.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

So Des Flos

The Irish Sun:

Potters Party

TOPSPEED:

Positive Thinker

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Emancipator

POSTDATA:

Clonmeen