December 27 / 14.20 Leopardstown

14.20

Yielding To Soft

Paddy Power Who Put The Wrappers Back In The Box? Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £15663.72
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 13 runners
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Paddy Power Who Put The Wrappers Back In The Box? Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.30
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 320-54 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Won back-to-back last season and posted a career best when only narrowly denied in a Fairyhouse novice hurdle; hasn't built on that since however although comeback fourth to Fortunedefortunata was encouraging; entitled to come on for that too.
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7th

4

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

17:05 Fairyhouse

One Last Tango

11st 7lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Eoin Griffin

Landed a Leopardstown handicap over Christmas on his penultimate start; never really involved back at that venue at the Dublin Racing Festival; testing ground is fine for him and first-time cheekpieces may help; hard to rule out.

5/1

10th

12

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

One Last Tango

10st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Eoin Griffin

Fourth to Fortunedefortunata at Navan but stepped up on that when accounting for By Your Side in a handicap here at Christmas; up 9lb for that but going the right way once again and shouldn't be far away.

10/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 2-2602 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Experienced 4yo yet to score in handicap company but arrives here on a career-high mark after finishing second in very valuable Fairyhouse contest early this month on soft; one to consider.
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6th

8

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

17:05 Fairyhouse

By Your Side

11st 1lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

Just 1-18 over hurdles but better than his record suggests; ran as well as could be expected off a mark of 130 in the County (80-1 SP); 6lb lower mark helps but others may be on better marks.

25/1

10th

20

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

By Your Side

10st 2lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

Experienced 5yo who improved when runner-up in competitive handicaps in December at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) and Leopardstown (2m, heavy); he's better than he showed behind a few of these at Leopardstown last month (2m, soft; slightly hampered two out) but his form needs to go to a new level today.

50/1

7th

15

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

By Your Side

10st 6lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Just the one win over hurdles but boasts very solid form, chasing home Common Practice at Fairyhouse and One Last Tango here; tends to come late and needs to get there late; might just get the tow into the race he needs here.

12/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 400-91 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Somewhat inconsistent since joining Gordon Elliott but won at Galway last year and welcome return to form at Navan last month (second start back) finding plenty for pressure in testing conditions to win going away; up 9lb for that to career-high mark so more needed.
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3rd

4

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 160y

14:55 Cork

Fortunedefortunata

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Three-time winner over hurdles although seemed to be anchored by the handicapper somewhat after winning at Navan in November; good time to go chasing although likely to improve for whatever he does here.

8/1

Form: 376330

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Three hurdle wins and two over fences but on a long losing run and recent return to hurdles at Thurles didn't inspire confidence; wants further.
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14th

5

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Minx Tiara

11st 9lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: David O’Brien

It's possible chasing is her optimum discipline nowadays and, with the British handicapper having taken no chances, she needs to build on last month's second of 19 at Leopardstown (2m2f, soft); however, that was certainly a good run and her past exploits suggest she may be capable of better still.

25/1

2nd

6

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 2f 0y

12:40 Leopardstown

Minx Tiara

10st 9lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: David M O’Brien

Three hurdle wins and two over fences; on a long losing run but some encouragement can be taken from her fourth of 13 over 2m here at Christmas.

20/1

4th

10

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Minx Tiara

10st 7lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: David M O’Brien

chased clear leader, clear with one other 2nd, briefly led approaching last, headed last, weakened run-in

20/1

Form: -27113 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Nicely progressive since September return, winning Clonmel maiden and Cork handicap before clear third (By Your Side second) in very valuable Fairyhouse handicap early this month, coming home strongly after being denied a clear run; could still have more to offer.
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2nd

9

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

17:05 Fairyhouse

Conyers Hill

11st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

Won back-to-back earlier in the season but signs the handicapper has caught up since and he was below par at the Dublin Racing Festival when last seen; tough looking mark.

18/1

12/1

Form: 0-4434 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Dual-purpose sort whose sole hurdles win came in C&D maiden last season; solid run in Punchestown handicap last month before okay run on Dundalk AW; blinkers now replace usual visor.
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5th

3

(8)

10th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

14:15 Leopardstown

Walhaan

10st 2lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: Ciaran Murphy

Dual-purpose 8yo won on heavy in France and both wins for current yard have been on AW, including last month; solid effort at Lingfield since and no fitness concerns.

7/1

5th

3

(8)

10th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

14:15 Leopardstown

Walhaan

10st 2lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: Ciaran Murphy

Dual-purpose 8yo won on heavy in France and both wins for current yard have been on AW, including last month; solid effort at Lingfield since and no fitness concerns.

7/1

6th

11

(9)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:05 Lingfield (AW)

Walhaan

9st 2lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Ciaran Murphy

Dual-purpose 8yo; with this headgear combination back on he made all for a cosy success at Dundalk (1m2f) two weeks ago; this could take more winning, he lacks course experience and has competition for the lead.

10/1

Form: 3134-2 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Very useful dual-purpose 4yo, wins including Grade 2 Kempton 4yo hurdle last winter and valuable Curragh Flat handicap; ran to form on return from short break in finishing second to an improver in Grade 3 at Fairyhouse recently; respected on handicap debut.
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7th

3

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Nusret

11st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

midfield

15/2

2nd

1

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:35 Fairyhouse

Nusret

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Won the Adonis last season before hitting the frame in an Aintree Grade 1 and finishing 8l behind Lossiemouth at Punchestown; improved form has come on decent ground and has to give a decent chunk of weight to his rivals back down in class.

7/2

26th

27

(25)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Nusret

9st 3lb

J: Mikey Sheehy

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

towards rear of midfield

16/1

Form: 202-20 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Dual winner over hurdles last season; signed off with a fine second in a Listed mares' hurdle at Punchestown; pick of recent form when second on handicap debut in quite valuable Down Royal contest, very tame recent Fairyhouse effort raises questions.
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5th

13

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

The Model Kingdom

10st 10lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

Runner-up in Graded and Listed company as a novice and chased home Magic Tricks at Down Royal in November; well beaten last twice; can travel very well in her races but has found little for pressure in the past; others preferred.

14/1

8th

4

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

The Model Kingdom

11st 0lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Noel Meade

midfield, headway before 2 out

9/1

18th

7

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Fairyhouse

The Model Kingdom

10st 11lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Noel Meade

in touch with leaders, midfield after 1st

13/2

OUR TIP

Form: 0-1P18 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Cheltenham bumper winner for John McConnell last season and won Bellewstown maiden hurdle this summer before switched to current yard, winning 2m4f Cheltenham novices' in October on preferred good ground; very disappointing on soft in Grade 1 Royal Bond however when let down by jumping; stiff enough task here on handicap debut for one so inexperienced.
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No Results Found

Form: 6U-PP0 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Three wins for Gordon Elliott, including a maiden and novice hurdle a year ago; completely lost his way after that and recent debut run for current yard none too encouraging.
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9th

5

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 4f 0y

13:55 Navan

Itswhatunitesus

11st 7lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: H Rogers

Won back-to-back over hurdles last season but has really struggled since and shown nothing in two runs for this yard.

33/1

10th

5

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Itswhatunitesus

10st 13lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: H Rogers

in rear, mistake 1st

33/1

10th

2

17th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:10 Navan

Itswhatunitesus

11st 6lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: H Rogers

towards rear

50/1

Form: 050F-5 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Last win came in 2m1f Killaney handicap hurdle in July 2022; late inroads on recent seasonal return at Thurles so should come on for that and not one to rule out.
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3rd

3

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 144y

18:07 Ballinrobe

Zoffanien

11st 5lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

prominent, lost third 3 out, outpaced approaching last, rallied and went third again run-in, no match for first two

10/1

3rd

3

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 144y

18:07 Ballinrobe

Zoffanien

11st 5lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

prominent, lost third 3 out, outpaced approaching last, rallied and went third again run-in, no match for first two

10/1

Form: F579-6 CD

Last run: 226 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Four hurdle wins include very valuable C&D handicap at 2022 Dublin Racing Festival off 138; chasing of late, winning twice but exposed in handicap company towards end of last season; back hurdling on first start since May and may need it although rider's claim a positive.
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3rd

2

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Cork

Call Me Lyreen

11st 2lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, took keen hold, disputed lead early, raced in second from 1st, led before 2nd

5/2

9th

2

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Call Me Lyreen

11st 8lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Four-time winner over hurdles and two wins over fences to his credit; below par on his return to action here over Christmas and might just be best watched.

33/1

Form: 10504- D

Last run: 246 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Thurles maiden winner last season had been well held until career-best on final start when fourth in Punchestown mares' novice in April under forcing tactics; nicely treated with The Model Kingdom on that run but lack of a recent outing a concern in such a competitive handicap.
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13th

13

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Still Ciel

10st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

towards rear

7/1

4th

11

25th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 100y

15:40 Punchestown

Still Ciel

11st 4lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Henry De Bromhead

soon led, shaken up approaching last, headed after last, weakened final 110yds

25/1

Non-runners

Hey Johnny

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Payout
Exacta €39.80
Straight Forecast €48.65
Tricast €174.94
Trifecta €188.70

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Conyers Hill

The Irish Sun:

Still Ciel

TOPSPEED:

The Model Kingdom

RP RATINGS (IRE):

One Last Tango

POSTDATA:

Walhaan