December 22 / 18.30 Dundalk (AW)

18.30

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Botanica International Handicap

  • Prize money: £6004.42
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 14 runners
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Botanica International Handicap

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Polytrack

Weather: Showers

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.40
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 089215 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 64

Form & Verdict
Bolted up in C&D claimer on first try at 2m and ran with credit when beaten roughly 2l a fortnight ago; should relish the step back up in trip.
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6th

12

(7)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 3

15:15 Lingfield (AW)

Riyami

9st 2lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Three wins over 2m at Dundalk (Polytrack) since November and he was best of the rest behind an emphatic winner who was given too much rope there last time; probably needs something extra to defy this mark but he's 3-7 on AW and could have more to offer in this sphere.

13/2

2nd

2

(7)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

17:45 Dundalk (AW)

Riyami

12st 0lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

held up in rear, still plenty to do when headway from over 3f out, went modest second but no chance with winner towards finish

100/30

1st

1

(15)

14th Feb 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

14:10 Dundalk (AW)

Riyami

10st 0lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

held up in rear, headway from over 3f out, challenging when ridden over 1f out, ran on to lead towards finish

5/1

13/2

  • Place: £4.30

Form: 619928

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 59

Form & Verdict
Bounced back to form when runner-up at Navan on her penultimate run and the drop in trip was probably against her here last month; not ruled out back up in trip (sole win came at 1m7f).
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2nd

3

(1)

19th Jan 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

17:00 Dundalk (AW)

Folly Beach

10st 1lb

J: Daniel King

T: M A Molloy

Bounced back to form when runner-up at Navan in October and appreciated the return to this trip when runner-up in a handicap last month; up 4lb but likely to be a leading player..

9/2

2nd

11

(7)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Dundalk (AW)

Folly Beach

9st 0lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: M A Molloy

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, headway and prominent towards near side 2f out, ridden and challenging over 1f out, kept on well, no match for winner

13/2

8th

7

(17)

24th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

19:30 Dundalk (AW)

Folly Beach

9st 6lb

J: Colin Keane

T: M A Molloy

towards rear, headway over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, never near to challenge

12/1

6/1

  • Place: £3.70

Form: 517584

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 60

Form & Verdict
1m5f winner at Sligo in August; while he's only 1-18, he stayed on well for fourth when beaten roughly 1l here a fortnight ago and he's on a fair mark.
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10th

6

(2)

9th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:30 Dundalk (AW)

Glyde Ranger

9st 10lb

J: James Ryan

T: T G McCourt

Sole win came over 1m5f on turf at Sligo last summer; running well in defeat here this winter including behind two of these latest but his mark looks about right.

16/1

3rd

2

(17)

19th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:30 Dundalk (AW)

Glyde Ranger

9st 12lb

J: N G McCullagh

T: T G McCourt

towards rear, headway over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, ran on well and went third towards finish

8/1

3rd

14

(12)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Dundalk (AW)

Glyde Ranger

8st 9lb

J: James Ryan

T: T G McCourt

towards rear, pushed along from over 5f out, headway towards far side from over 2f out, keeping on when switched left under 2f out, went third inside final 110yds, no match for first two

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: /862-4 C BF

Last run: 91 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Went close over 1m4f here last winter and sole Flat success came in a 1m4f maiden here back in February 2021; below form over hurdles last time but ran okay here previously and he's interesting stepping up to this trip on the level for the first time.
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11th

3

(3)

22nd Mar 2024

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1m 4f 0y

20:30 Dundalk (AW)

Palace Rock

9st 10lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: Francis Casey

C&D maiden winner but has proved expensive to follow at times in handicaps, including over C&D a fortnight ago when decent third, having every chance; should be thereabouts but possible stronger finishers here.

9/2

3rd

9

(1)

8th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

20:15 Dundalk (AW)

Palace Rock

8st 10lb

J: James Ryan

T: Francis Casey

soon led narrowly, headed and prominent after 1f

6/1

2nd

6

(6)

23rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

18:45 Dundalk (AW)

Palace Rock

9st 11lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: Francis Casey

C&D winner three years ago and dual winner over hurdles since; good C&D second to an improver last month (when blinkered) before brought down in very valuable Leopardstown handicap hurdle; headgear now left off.

5/1

33/1

Form: 650098

Last run: 9 days

W: 8st 10lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 55

Form & Verdict
Really struggling for form since joining this yard and step up in trip not sure to suit.
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7th

12

(15)

26th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

17:30 Dundalk (AW)

Mille Miglia

9st 2lb

J: Ben Coen

T: C A McBratney

Regressive mare has been soundly beaten on AW lately up to this trip and needs much more.

20/1

4th

6

(4)

3rd Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 6

17:25 Newcastle (AW)

Mille Miglia

8st 13lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: C A McBratney

in touch with leaders in centre of group

16/1

13th

8

(5)

14th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

16:10 Dundalk (AW)

Mille Miglia

9st 3lb

J: Conor Maxwell

T: C A McBratney

Struggling for form since joining this yard; mild promise stepping up to 2m before finishing down the field over C&D last month; others preferred.

25/1

Form: 3/4/05 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict
Losing run since 2m win at Kempton in June 2020; missed most of 2022 and needed his belated return but some encouragement when fifth here last month; well treated and step back up in trip should suit; Keane booked.
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6th

6

(1)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Dundalk (AW)

Red Secret

9st 6lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Kevin Michael Smith

Losing run since 2m win at Kempton in June 2020; missed most of 2022 and needed his belated return but some encouragement when fifth here last month; well treated and step back up in trip should suit; Keane booked.

7/1

5th

2

(10)

29th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:00 Dundalk (AW)

Red Secret

9st 13lb

J: Wesley Joyce

T: Kevin Michael Smith

Dual AW winner in Britain; moderate form in maiden hurdles last winter; in rear in 1m6f Curragh handicap last month on his only Flat start in 2023; should find this surface much more to his liking.

14/1

17th

10

(1)

31st Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 6f 0y

16:07 Curragh

Red Secret

9st 8lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Kevin Michael Smith

prominent

50/1

9/1

Form: 575106 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict
Ended a long losing run over 1m6f at Killarney but lesser efforts over 1m4f here since; has run well over this trip previously so can't be ruled out; wears first-time hood.
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4th

10

4th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 180y

16:15 Naas

Jake Peter

11st 10lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: M A Cahill

Hasn't shown much over hurdles since 2019; running okay in defeat on the Flat when last seen but probably vulnerable back in this sphere after 104 days off.

33/1

4th

10

4th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 180y

16:15 Naas

Jake Peter

11st 10lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: M A Cahill

Hasn't shown much over hurdles since 2019; running okay in defeat on the Flat when last seen but probably vulnerable back in this sphere after 104 days off.

33/1

7th

5

(8)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Dundalk (AW)

Jake Peter

9st 6lb

J: Alan Persse

T: M A Cahill

Ended a long losing run over 1m6f at Killarney but lesser efforts over 1m4f here since; has run well over this trip previously so can't be ruled out; wears first-time hood.

9/1

Form: 293867

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 64

Form & Verdict
Losing run since a 1m5f success in France in 2021; went close in the summer but has been below form of late and others appeal more.
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8th

8

(5)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Dundalk (AW)

Zileo

9st 5lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: M Halford & T Collins

pushed along briefly, soon in touch with leaders, led after 4f

16/1

7th

3

(8)

29th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:00 Dundalk (AW)

Zileo

9st 13lb

J: W J Lee

T: M Halford & T Collins

Three runner-up finishes on turf this year, two of them over further than this; has failed to show his best form at this venue and it looked as if he needed further when sixth over C&D four weeks ago; on a positive note, his yard is in excellent form.

5/1

6th

4

(15)

1st Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

17:05 Dundalk (AW)

Zileo

10st 1lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: M Halford & T Collins

Stays a lot further and plenty of placed form on turf, including three runner-up finishes this year; not shown his best at this venue albeit not had that many goes here.

12/1

20/1

Form: -71240

Last run: 113 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 55

Form & Verdict
All three wins have come on turf and was tailed off a long way out at Navan when last seen; probably best watched returning from 113 days off.
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9th

6

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

13:45 Down Royal

Franno

11st 3lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Gerard Keane

Triple Flat winner was poor in that sphere when last seen; maiden after five starts over hurdles and her best form is on better ground.

16/1

9th

12

(14)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Dundalk (AW)

Franno

8st 10lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Gerard Keane

All three wins have come on turf and was tailed off a long way out at Navan when last seen; probably best watched returning from 113 days off.

20/1

17th

8

(1)

31st Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

16:40 Navan

Franno

9st 7lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Gerard Keane

midfield on inner early, weakened and dropped to last over 5f out

6/1

12/1

Form: 848004

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Hasn't won on the Flat since a 1m4f success on turf back in 2021; ran okay over 1m4f here a fortnight ago on all-weather debut and well worth another go at this trip.
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10th

1

(4)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Dundalk (AW)

Vultan

10st 2lb

J: Siobhan Rutledge

T: A J Martin

Hasn't won on the Flat since a 1m4f success on turf back in 2021; ran okay over 1m4f here a fortnight ago on all-weather debut and well worth another go at this trip.

12/1

4th

6

(2)

8th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

20:30 Dundalk (AW)

Vultan

8st 7lb

J: Siobhan Rutledge

T: A J Martin

Useful handicapper on turf in 2021 when he also won over hurdles; unable to make much impact under either code this year and now makes AW debut.

12/1

6/1

Form: 925654

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
0-8; good run on handicap debut (1m) in June and good runs in defeat over further since, including here on his last two runs; not certain to stay this trip but he should be firmly in the mix if he can see it out.
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5th

8

(8)

5th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

20:00 Dundalk (AW)

Free Flow

9st 10lb

J: Luke McAteer

T: James M Barrett

prominent

12/1

5th

8

(8)

5th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

20:00 Dundalk (AW)

Free Flow

9st 10lb

J: Luke McAteer

T: James M Barrett

prominent

12/1

14/1

Form: 978306 CD

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 59

Form & Verdict
Sole win in 21 starts came over C&D last winter and back on that last winning mark; needs to step up on his sixth in a claimer here last week.
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12th

9

(10)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Dundalk (AW)

Chutzpal

9st 0lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: Eoin Doyle

Sole win in 21 starts came over C&D last winter and back on that last winning mark; needs to step up on his sixth in a claimer here last week.

14/1

6th

7

(6)

13th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

15:15 Dundalk (AW)

Chutzpal

9st 6lb

J: Alan Persse

T: Eoin Doyle

Course 2m handicap winner just over a year ago, best run this year when third over 2m1f at Limerick in June; last three runs have been over hurdles; others much better suited by the race conditions.

20/1

8th

1

30th Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 101y

13:50 Thurles

Chutzpal

11st 7lb

J: Conor Brassil

T: Eoin Doyle

Dundalk (2m) AW winner a year ago is 0-3 hurdling, jumping letting him down at Wexford on latest; others preferred.

66/1

25/1

Form: 4-4260

Last run: 260 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 59

Form & Verdict
Losing run since turf success in 2021 in Britain and has stamina to prove at this trip; off 203 days.
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11th

4

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

13:07 Down Royal

Deep Sigh

11st 5lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

towards rear

100/1

13th

10

(9)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Dundalk (AW)

Deep Sigh

9st 0lb

J: Shane Foley

T: John C McConnell

Losing run since turf success in 2021 in Britain and has stamina to prove at this trip; off 203 days.

25/1

7th

4

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 180y

18:00 Down Royal

Deep Sigh

11st 5lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Doncaster Flat winner back in the day; both runs for current yard underwhelming, never sighted on hurdles debut last month at Downpatrick.

25/1

Form: 33150R CD

Last run: 91 days

W: 9st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
C&D winner in March before a good run at Lingfield but it was a poor comeback run and he refused to race here last time; risky.
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7

(13)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

17:45 Dundalk (AW)

Khadaash

11st 9lb

J: Mr Finn Buckley

T: John C McConnell

Refused to race on his penultimate run last year and did practically the same when last seen over C&D in December; won this race last year but temperament issues make him a big doubt here.

50/1

14th

3

(15)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Dundalk (AW)

Khadaash

9st 13lb

J: Donagh O’Connor

T: John C McConnell

C&D winner in March before a good run at Lingfield but it was a poor comeback run and he refused to race here last time; risky.

20/1

0

8

(8)

22nd Sep 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:30 Dundalk (AW)

Khadaash

9st 9lb

J: Cian Fahy

T: John C McConnell

Won over 2m here in March and a similar effort in defeat at Lingfield next time; was poor on return at Bellewstown last time but could leave that behind back on this surface.

14/1

Non-runners

Honketonk Angel, Mosaaheb, Tenth Amendment

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €83.30
Straight Forecast €91.07
Tricast €857.70
Trifecta €908.70

Selections

POSTDATA:

Zileo

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Glyde Ranger

SPOTLIGHT:

Palace Rock

The Irish Sun:

Zileo