December 27 / 15.00 Leopardstown

15.00

Yielding

Paddy Power Chase (Extended Handicap Chase) (Listed Race)

  • Prize money: £97345.13
  • 3m 0f 100y
  • 27 runners
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Paddy Power Chase (Extended Handicap Chase) (Listed Race)

Runners: 27 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 76-431

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Point, bumper and hurdle winner for Eugene O'Sullivan got off the mark over fences on third attempt for current yard when comfortably taking 2m5f Cork beginners last month; switched ownership since and likely market mover on handicap chase debut but inexperience a possible negative.
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7th

26

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Meetingofthewaters

10st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Sent chasing this season and his second chase win came in smooth fashion in a top handicap at Leopardstown (3m, soft) at Christmas; hooded for both starts since (hampered when unseating first time) and good third of 21 at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy) latest but that display also sparks concern over whether he will settle well enough; stacks of potential if he does.

10/1

7th

26

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

14:00 Aintree

Meetingofthewaters

10st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Sent chasing this season and his second chase win came in smooth fashion in a top handicap at Leopardstown (3m, soft) at Christmas; hooded for both starts since (hampered when unseating first time) and good third of 21 at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy) latest but that display also sparks concern over whether he will settle well enough; stacks of potential if he does.

10/1

3rd

7

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Meetingofthewaters

11st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

No special shakes as a hurdler but has come right into his own on last two chase completions, winning a beginners' race at Cork (2m5f) and giving a powerful display to beat 11 other finishers in a major handicap at Leopardstown (3m, both on soft) after Christmas; fitting a hood (retained today) was a surprise move next time, when hampered and unseating rider at the first, but he has further to go as a staying chaser and soft ground is ideal.

11/2

13/2

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 3F5-44 C

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Close third in this race last year off 136 and went on to finish good fifth in Irish National; well held twice in Grade 3 events this term (inadequate 2m latest) but return to handicap company and 3m could see a much improved showing here (cheekpieces fitted).
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17th

31

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Panda Boy

10st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

Wore cheekpieces on last two starts when doing excellent late work to be second of 27 to Meetingofthewaters in a top handicap chase and fourth of 22 in a major handicap hurdle, both 3m at Leopardstown (soft; unproven on heavy); that suggested stamina reserves and his run in the 2023 Irish National (his only attempt beyond 3m) was creditable, albeit with four rivals moving away from him late on; not dismissed.

10/1

17th

31

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

14:00 Aintree

Panda Boy

10st 7lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

Wore cheekpieces on last two starts when doing excellent late work to be second of 27 to Meetingofthewaters in a top handicap chase and fourth of 22 in a major handicap hurdle, both 3m at Leopardstown (soft; unproven on heavy); that suggested stamina reserves and his run in the 2023 Irish National (his only attempt beyond 3m) was creditable, albeit with four rivals moving away from him late on; not dismissed.

10/1

4th

5

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Panda Boy

11st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

soon prominent

7/1

20/1

  • Place: £6.50

Form: 0P-465 CD

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Last year's winner off 131 hasn't run to that level since although fair effort in Munster National; beaten a fair way back hurdling latest and needs to bounce back to repeat last year's success.
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3rd

23

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Real Steel

10st 10lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

towards rear, headway but still plenty to do home turn, ran on well from last, went third towards finish

20/1

5th

9

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Real Steel

10st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: E McNamara

Not the force of old in form terms but prevailing by a short head in a top 3m handicap chase at Leopardstown last Christmas was easily his biggest payday; ran creditably in a Grade 3 four weeks ago and has a chance even on that form, but this is his first run over hurdles since 2018.

16/1

6th

9

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:15 Limerick

Real Steel

10st 8lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Won an ultra-competitive Paddy Power at Leopardstown last December; well held in Leopardstown Chase won by The Goffer, pulled up in Irish Grand National; beaten 20l in fourth behind Mars Harper at Listowel.

14/1

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25/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 6643-4

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict
Better known for his hurdling exploits; won on chasing debut at Fairyhouse in January after a long absence but found Grade 1 waters too deep; recent Thurles return just okay and probably on a high enough mark in first handicap chase; tongue-tie tried.
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2nd

2

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

James Du Berlais

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Faded into seventh behind Shakem Up'arry in the Plate at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last month, having travelled well; however, that's not the first time he's weakened up the Cheltenham hill and an each-way case can be made on his Irish handicap form this winter (3m/2m5f, soft/yielding to soft).

9/1

2nd

2

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

James Du Berlais

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Faded into seventh behind Shakem Up'arry in the Plate at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last month, having travelled well; however, that's not the first time he's weakened up the Cheltenham hill and an each-way case can be made on his Irish handicap form this winter (3m/2m5f, soft/yielding to soft).

9/1

7th

1

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

James Du Berlais

12st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Made a successful switch to fences in early 2023; Grade 1 races generally asked too much of him subsequently although he was anything but disgraced when sixth in the Turners (soft) over C&D last March; in the frame in valuable Leopardstown handicaps since Christmas over 3m (soft) and 2m5f (yielding to soft) but will need more to win this.

12/1

Form: 3U3P-4

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Quite highly tried as a novice, ending campaign when pulled up when favourite for Irish National; again well-supported on seasonal return in valuable 3m1f Cheltenham handicap in October, saddle slipping when creditable fourth to stablemate Whacker Clan; Blackmore remains loyal and could well have more to offer (tongue tie tried).
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5th

18

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Amirite

11st 1lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, some headway home turn, ran on from last, not reach leaders

8/1

4th

2

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Cheltenham

Amirite

11st 11lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Flopped badly when favourite for Irish Grand National in April and not seen again since but was a very useful novice chaser last season (third in two Graded races) and still has potential.

5/1

Form: 54P-54 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict
2022 Kerry National winner had quite a light campaign afterwards when well held; well beaten on last month's seasonal return in Lismullen Hurdle but can be expected to come on for that and rider's claim a positive.
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14

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Busselton

11st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Has run creditably in a variety of competitive races but his last win came in the Kerry National (3m, good) in October 2022 and he has rarely been at his best over the last 12 months; could do with the ground drying out.

40/1

7

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Busselton

10st 11lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Tough and consistent at his best; won the Kerry National in 2022 and produced his best performance in a while when sixth in the Paddy Power here at Christmas; could come on again for that and might not be far away.

14/1

6th

8

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Busselton

11st 9lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent throughout, went second home turn, weakened approaching last

20/1

Form: U7-5F8 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Sole chase win came in 2022 Leinster National at Naas but only beaten a short-head by Real Steel in this race last year off today's mark for Noel Meade; three runs for current yard since returning in November have been well below best however.
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9

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Diol Ker

11st 3lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't jump well, jumped right on occasions, in touch with leaders early, midfield when jumped right 10th, weakened 16th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out

50/1

9

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Diol Ker

11st 3lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't jump well, jumped right on occasions, in touch with leaders early, midfield when jumped right 10th, weakened 16th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out

50/1

Form: -21711 D

Last run: 98 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Revelation since returning in July over fences, winning three of four starts including big pots in Midlands National at Kilbeggan and Kerry National at Listowel, jumping soundly and staying really well; back from a break and 10lb higher than at Listowel but only fifth start over fences and likely more to come.
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3rd

8

25th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 147y

15:55 Naas

Desertmore House

10st 8lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Martin Brassil

Career best performance when landing the Kerry National in September; twice a winner over hurdles and tries his hand here off his 19lb lower mark; interesting.

6/1

4th

3

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

14:45 Naas

Desertmore House

11st 0lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Martin Brassil

raced in third, dropped to rear before 5 out, detached 2 out, kept on run-in

7/1

8th

9

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Desertmore House

11st 8lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Martin Brassil

never better than midfield, kept on from last

11/2

Form: 4P4-3P C

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Hasn't added to chase debut win at Navan a year ago although Galway Plate third was a solid run; let down by jumping in Troytown on latest and blinkers now replace cheekpieces worn then.
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3rd

1

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

18:15 Clonmel

Hollow Games

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped left on occasions, led, briefly disputed lead early, headed when not fluent and pushed along briefly 3 out, soon joined winner, ridden and bit short of room when outpaced before 2 out, soon lost second, kept on but no impression after last

7/4

3rd

1

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

18:15 Clonmel

Hollow Games

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped left on occasions, led, briefly disputed lead early

7/4

10th

2

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Hollow Games

11st 11lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

Chase form has gone pear-shaped since finishing third in the Galway Plate in August; filled the same position in this contest two years ago (good to soft; off 1lb lower) and holds each-way claims provided the effort is repeated on this return to hurdles.

20/1

Form: 276P-4 BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict
Winner of two novice chases last season and best efforts when twice second in Grade 1 novices here; fourth to Idas Boy on seasonal return at Punchestown last month but not so sure this extended trip will suit.
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21th

22

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Adamantly Chosen

10st 9lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Runner-up in a maiden hurdle on sole start on heavy; weakened right out of it on his only two appearances over about 3m, including in the Cheltenham Grade 1 novice last March; however, he put 14l between himself and his remaining three rivals (eventually headed by Roi Mage) after leading two out in a 3m2f conditions event on soft at Down Royal four weeks ago; needs better again but is much more interesting after that latest run.

50/1

21th

22

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

14:00 Aintree

Adamantly Chosen

10st 9lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Runner-up in a maiden hurdle on sole start on heavy; weakened right out of it on his only two appearances over about 3m, including in the Cheltenham Grade 1 novice last March; however, he put 14l between himself and his remaining three rivals (eventually headed by Roi Mage) after leading two out in a 3m2f conditions event on soft at Down Royal four weeks ago; needs better again but is much more interesting after that latest run.

50/1

1st

2

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Adamantly Chosen

11st 4lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

prominent, jockey lost iron briefly when mistake 4th, led before 2 out, went clear approaching last, comfortably

5/1

Form: -11336 C

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Won back-to-back novice chases at Wexford in the summer on decent ground; let down by jumping in much more testing conditions when tried at 3m in Troytown latest so questions to answer here.
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9th

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Watch House Cross

11st 3lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Faded in the 2m5f Coral Cup last March; won small-field novice chases at Wexford (2m, yielding; 2m4f, good to yielding) later but has found 3m on testing ground beyond him in competitive handicaps since; the return to 2m4f should suit but he needs to put a subsequent early fall behind him.

25/1

14

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Watch House Cross

10st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won a couple of chases at Wexford last summer; well beaten in the Paddy Power but ran okay previously in the Troytown despite some sketchy jumping; not a forlorn hope.

20/1

11th

16

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Watch House Cross

11st 3lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, brief headway 2 out (usual 3 out), weakened home turn

20/1

Form: 3-3305

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Hasn't added to Listowel beginners' win last season but some solid runs in good handicap company, including third in both the Mayo and Midland Nationals; bit to find with a couple of these on recent Punchestown run however.
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11

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Life In The Park

10st 13lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

This 7yo returned to form in a first-time tongue-tie (retained) with his strong-finishing fourth behind Shakem Up'arry in the Plate at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last month; he's one to consider under Rachael Blackmore.

15/2

11

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Life In The Park

10st 13lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

This 7yo returned to form in a first-time tongue-tie (retained) with his strong-finishing fourth behind Shakem Up'arry in the Plate at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last month; he's one to consider under Rachael Blackmore.

15/2

4th

11

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Life In The Park

11st 1lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

One win from nine chase runs, in a 2m6f beginners race at Listowel in September 2022; has been vulnerable in handicaps since last April and there is little reason to think he's well enough treated to play a part today either, unless the first-time tongue-tie makes a big difference.

25/1

Form: /12P-1

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict
Promising in novice company in 2021-22 season, winning at Cork before a narrow defeat in a Grade 3 at same venue; returned from year's absence in fine fettle to win 2m6f Punchestown handicap last month, seeing it out well; 7lb higher now but could have more improvement in him upped in trip on only fifth chase start.
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0

1

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Idas Boy

11st 12lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Noel Meade

midfield, mistake 3rd, fell 5th

12/1

1st

3

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 5f 70y

13:58 Punchestown

Idas Boy

11st 6lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Looked a promising sort in novice company in 2021-22 season winning a beginners' at Cork before a narrow defeat in a Grade 3 at same venue; however, pulled up a long way out in Grade 2 novice on this card last year and hasn't been seen since.

8/1

Form: /23-59 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict
Seasoned campaigner hasn't won since taking 3m Navan handicap two years ago; okay run in Munster National but well held in Troytown and remains opposable despite declining mark.
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2

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Run Wild Fred

11st 10lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

His solitary chase win from 19 attempts came back in 2021; subsequently runner-up in the National Hunt Chase here (3m6f, good to soft) four months later but he has plenty to prove on his two most recent completed runs and he was brought down at Fairyhouse last month.

40/1

Form: 6P-071

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Was gaining first win outside of novice company when much improved in 2m5f Navan handicap early this month, winning going away in testing conditions under today's rider; well worth another try at 3m but 10lb penalty makes this tough.
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11th

6

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Embittered

11st 2lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Won in good style at Navan (2m4f, heavy) in December on second stable start but this 10yo has failed to reproduce that form on his four starts since (most recently at the Cheltenham Festival) and needs to raise his game.

66/1

11th

6

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Embittered

11st 2lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Won in good style at Navan (2m4f, heavy) in December on second stable start but this 10yo has failed to reproduce that form on his four starts since (most recently at the Cheltenham Festival) and needs to raise his game.

66/1

11th

2

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Embittered

11st 8lb

J: Mr R James

T: Gordon Elliott

Three chase wins from 25 attempts, ending a two-year losing run at Navan (2m4f, soft) in December; has run really well over hurdles at the Festival but he played little part in the Grand Annual two years ago and was pulled up in this race last March; up against it.

66/1

Form: /1465/ D

Last run: 699 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Sole win chasing came after near year's absence in 2021 Munster National at Limerick (soft); hasn't been seen since fifth in 2022 Thyestes Chase but runs well fresh; others preferred.
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7th

6

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 174y

16:37 Naas

Ontheropes

11st 3lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Sole chase win gained in 2021 Munster National at Limerick; pulled up on both starts since returning from 699-day absence, in very competitive Paddy Power Chase and Thyestes, not jumping fluently on second occasion; tongue tie will need to bring significant improvement to feature.

14/1

Form: 174B/3

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Emerged from 30 months absence to finish second in a point-to-point in October before fine third in Troytown Chase following month under positive ride; could go well here under talented 5lb claimer.
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3

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Fakir Dalene

11st 12lb

J: Mr R James

T: Gordon Elliott

Pulled up in the Thyestes last time out and it's hard to be confident after that; however, he was fourth in this race in 2022 and his good third in the Troytown last November showed that he retained all of his ability; worth a second look in view of Gordon Elliott's fine record at the Festival.

25/1

0

9

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Fakir Dalene

11st 1lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Emerged from 18 month absence to finish second in a point-to-point in October before fine third in Troytown Chase under a positive ride; brought down at the fifth when one of the main fancies for the Paddy Power at Leopardstown; could make his presence felt.

10/1

0

12

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Fakir Dalene

11st 5lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, brought down 5th

14/1

Form: 4221-P D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 8yo off the mark chasing in 3m Fairyhouse handicap at Easter (soft) but dropped out quickly on return to action in last month's Troytown Chase; hard to see him improving enough to feature.
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5th

7

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 174y

16:37 Naas

Macs Charm

11st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: C A Murphy

Sole win chasing came off 135 at Fairyhouse nearly a year ago; best run since on latest when encouraging fifth of 18 in Thyestes, staying on; not one to rule out.

7/1

5th

11

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Macs Charm

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: C A Murphy

Second to Ain't That A Shame over 2m4f here last March; won a 3m Fairyhouse handicap last Easter; pulled up on both starts this season, the Troytown at Navan and the Paddy Power at Leopardstown.

33/1

0

14

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Macs Charm

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: C A Murphy

in touch with leaders, weakened 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

20/1

Form: 1/15/8

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Impressive novice chase winner over 2m7f two years ago but seen only twice since, latest after 22 months absence when getting tired and dropping away in 2m5f Cork handicap last month; entitled to come on for that and only 9yos fourth chase outing.
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0

17

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

En Beton

11st 2lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

led, bad mistake and headed 9th, soon pulled up

25/1

8th

1

26th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

14:50 Cork

En Beton

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

prominent, led 1st, headed but prominent before 2nd, mistake 8th

100/30

2

14th May 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 2f 0y

16:55 Killarney

En Beton

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Off 467 days; makes handicap chase debut; last seen finishing fifth in Grade 3 at Naas, beaten 45l; had shown promise before that effort, landing beginners chase at Punchestown in impressive fashion by 21l; only his third start over fences and is coming off a long lay-off so this might be a big ask, although he clearly has the ability to feature.

8/1

Form: 060-57

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Last season was a washout and has been switched to cross-country this term, running okay without really landing a blow at both Punchestown and Cheltenham; reduced mark back in handicap but opposable.
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6th

4

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 130y

13:20 Punchestown

Enjoy Dallen

11st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Ciaran Murphy

Smart staying handicap chaser at his best, third in the Irish Grand National and the Paddy Power 2021; a long time since he has prospered; needs to step up on what he has shown cross-country so far; finished behind Vital Island here in November, and held by Fameaftertheglory on Cheltenham running.

14/1

0

20

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Enjoy Dallen

11st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Ciaran Murphy

never better than midfield, detached before 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

33/1

7th

5

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Enjoy Dallen

10st 9lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

Last season was a washout but he used to be smart and ran a nice race when beaten 10l in the Risk Of Thunder on Punchestown's Banks Course 19 days ago on his return from an absence; although he's not weighted to reverse placings with runner-up Vital Island, he should strip fitter here and the return of headgear is probably a good thing.

12/1

Form: 2F-0F7

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Won a couple of minor chases last season but record in big handicaps is poor, most recently never sighted behind Idas Boy at Punchestown; headgear combination now tried.
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5th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:40 Navan

Upping The Anti

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Had been struggling this winter but definite step back in the right direction at Naas last time when only beaten 2l; will relish the longer trip and he acts on this ground.

6/1

4th

9

28th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 116y

15:45 Naas

Upping The Anti

11st 0lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, mistake 1st

14/1

0

21

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Upping The Anti

11st 0lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Henry De Bromhead

towards rear 1st, fell 1st

33/1

Form: 2F2-11 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
In the form of his life, coming here on the back of wins in 2m3f Limerick handicap chase and when taking advantage of much lower hurdles mark over 3m at Punchestown (both on soft); first attempt at 3m over fences and could improve again.
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0

22

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Jody Ted

10st 11lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Eoin Griffin

towards rear, unseated 8th

12/1

1st

12

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Punchestown

Jody Ted

10st 0lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Eoin Griffin

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, mistake 5th, pressed leaders 5 out

6/1

1st

5

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:50 Limerick

Jody Ted

11st 10lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Eoin Griffin

Decent record after a break and will handle the ground; plenty of creditable efforts in valuable, and better-contested, handicaps last term after winning at Clonmel and this race represents a nice opportunity for him to land a good pot.

100/30

Form: 9/33-5

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Dual Navan hurdles winner in early 2021 is 0-4 chasing, inadequate trip on last month's seasonal return at Fairyhouse; unknown quantity entering handicap company here.
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0

24

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Gars De Sceaux

10st 9lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

in rear throughout, detached before 9th, soon pulled up

12/1

5th

3

24th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 110y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Gars De Sceaux

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

Point winner in 2020; won a maiden and novice hurdle at Navan in the opening months of 2021; ran only once the following season and only twice last season, when soundly beaten in third in races at Navan and Gowran; still young enough to make an impact over fences but needs further than this.

13/2

3rd

3

11th Mar 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:20 Gowran Park

Gars De Sceaux

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, mistake 5th, steadied 9th, pushed along before straight, lost third before 3 out, reminder and no extra after 3 out, left in modest third last

100/30

Form: 4P-5P6

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
Dour stayer's only chase win came in 3m7f Punchestown handicap back in 2021; not much to take from this season so far and would be a surprise if he played a major role.
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0

25

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Mister Fogpatches

10st 8lb

J: Richard Condon

T: P A Fahy

never better than midfield, detached 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

50/1

6th

7

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 130y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Mister Fogpatches

10st 12lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: P A Fahy

prominent, soon went second, lost position after 3 out, no extra from 2 out

25/1

0

4

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Cheltenham

Mister Fogpatches

11st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: P A Fahy

Well beaten on the Flat last month, after a break, and also struggled when 100-1 for Grade 2 chase a week later; this handicap chase is a more suitable assignment but he's yet to add to his 3m7f win at the 2021 Punchestown festival and others have much more persuasive profiles.

16/1

Form: 0P6F-0

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
Strong stayer who won over 3m5f at Fairyhouse a year ago but no comparable form since, none too fluent on last month's seasonal return in Troytown; of limited appeal.
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3rd

2

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:25 Ffos Las

Punitive

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

prominent early, lost position but in touch with leaders 4th, went fourth 4 out, left in third 3 out, stayed on

14/1

Form: /16-88 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Twice a winner for Henry de Bromhead, notably 2m6f Punchestown handicap last season (heavy); couple of underwhelming runs for current yard this term, none too fluent in Troytown last time; opposable.
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5th

2

10th Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 120y

16:20 Limerick

Royal Thief

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

disputed lead, led narrowly 3rd, headed before 2 out, soon weakened

33/1

Form: F953-U

Last run: 52 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Sole chase win came over 2m6f at Galway last season; beaten when unseating in Cork National on seasonal return and hard to fancy.
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12th

17

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Flash De Touzaine

11st 1lb

J: Mr J C Barry

T: Liz Doyle

Won at Galway (2m6f, soft to heavy) in October 2022 and last season ended with highly creditable third in the Scottish National (4m, good); however, he's struggled on both runs this season; return to form is needed.

66/1

0

29

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Flash De Touzaine

10st 6lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Liz Doyle

never better than midfield, weakened from 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

33/1

0

5

5th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 4f 0y

15:15 Cork

Flash De Touzaine

10st 10lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Liz Doyle

prominent, not fluent 1st, weakened before 3 out, no chance when mistake and unseated 2 out

8/1

Non-runners

Chemical Energy, Ha D'or

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €89.20
Straight Forecast €53.31
Tricast €1346.47
Trifecta €3637.90

Selections

POSTDATA:

Meetingofthewaters

The Irish Sun:

Amirite

SPOTLIGHT:

Jody Ted

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Chemical Energy

TOPSPEED:

Fakir D'alene