February 04 / 13.40 Leopardstown

13.40

Soft

Tattersalls Ireland 50th Derby Sale Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • Prize money: £76956.52
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • 10 runners
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Tattersalls Ireland 50th Derby Sale Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

10/11 (Won)

  • Win: £1.60
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 11-21 C

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Won both bumpers last season; suffered a reverse at the hands of Firefox (beaten in Grade 1 company since) in a Fairyhouse maiden hurdle before getting off the mark over flights with a comprehensive defeat of a subsequent winner over 2m4f here at Christmas; drops back in trip here but is the choice of Paul Townend and that is of obvious significance.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

1

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Ballyburn

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Outsprinted by Firefox in falsely run 2m maiden on hurdling debut in December but scored by wide margin when upped to 2m4f for next outing and confirmed he's a top-class and very exciting novice when drawing nicely clear in Leopardstown Grade 1 (2m, soft) last month; after some dilly-dallying, connections opted to move him back up in trip for his Festival run; regarded by many as the banker of the meeting, and it's easy to understand why.

2/5

1st

2

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Ballyburn

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, pressed leader, disputed lead after 3rd, led narrowly after 2 out (usual 3 out), went clear going best after last (usual 2 out), pushed out, comfortably

10/11

1st

2

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Ballyburn

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold

4/7

11/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 13-11 D

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Beat King Of Kingsfield in a Naas maiden hurdle before doing enough to beat the useful Lecky Watson over 2m4f in a Navan Grade 2 in December; drop back to 2m is unlikely to be a problem and he remains a novice of some potential.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Slade Steel

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Seems versatile ground-wise; has progressive RPRs and career record is 4-6; his only defeats came in races won by notable rival Ballyburn, keeping-on second in Leopardstown Grade 1 latest when dropped back to 2m; Grade 2 scorer over 2m4f at Navan the time before and may ideally need a return to that distance; he's in this race to avoid a clash with Ballyburn in the Gallagher but is a big player on form and any emphasis on stamina, through pace/ground, would be a plus.

9/2

2nd

10

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Slade Steel

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, disputed lead after 3rd, raced in second after 2 out (usual 3 out), kept on well after last (usual 2 out), no match for winner

11/2

1st

4

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

13:07 Navan

Slade Steel

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

in touch with leaders, disputing third after 4th, pressed leaders when jumped slightly left 2 out, soon bit short of room then headway, led approaching last, ridden when faced challenge but ran on run-in

7/4

10/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 3-2221 CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Good bumper horse and a better hurdler; chased home Slade Steel in a Naas maiden hurdle and stablemate Farren Glory in the Grade 1 Royal Bond before beating the very smart Mirazur West in a maiden hurdle here at Christmas; likely to find one or two too good but could be bang there if he can find a little improvement.
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Verdict Starting price

14th

6

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

King Of Kingsfield

10st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Runner-up in Grade 1 Royal Bond in December (2m, soft) before winning Leopardstown maiden (2m, yielding), and he was behind this week's Festival Grade 1 winners Ballyburn and Slade Steel when 14l third in Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m, soft) last month; strong claims on that latest evidence.

5/1

3rd

9

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

King Of Kingsfield

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

held up in rear, not fluent 1st, headway after 2 out (usual 3 out), went third after last (usual 2 out), soon outpaced and lost third, went third again and kept on inside final 110yds, no match for first two

10/1

1st

13

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

King Of Kingsfield

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Third to A Dream To Share in Grade 1 bumper at Punchestown; led when beaten at odds-on in first two maiden hurdles, behind subsequent Grade 2 winner on latter occasion; held up last time and looked like he might win Grade 1 Royal Bond at Fairyhouse early in the straight before being run down by a stablemate; should be hard to beat back in a maiden.

15/8

25/1

Form: 16P

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
High class Flat horse, winning the Ebor Handicap and seventh in the Melbourne Cup last season; hurdles form is not so easy to assess, winning a Killarney novice last May and pulled up in the 2m Grade 1 here at Christmas; looks the third or fourth string of the Mullins quintet here.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

9

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Absurde

10st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

High class on the Flat, winning the Ebor (1m6f, good to firm) last August; yet to transfer that ability fully to hurdles and the forecast soft ground may be a hindrance, but his Grade 1 fourth at Leopardstown (2m, soft) last month behind Ballyburn and Slade Steel was a step in the right direction (King Of Kingsfield third); has potential off this mark in view of his Flat form.

6/1

4th

1

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Absurde

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

High class Flat horse, winning the Ebor Handicap and seventh in the Melbourne Cup last season; hurdles form is not so easy to assess, winning a Killarney novice last May and pulled up in the 2m Grade 1 here at Christmas; looks the third or fourth string of the Mullins quintet here.

25/1

0

1

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Absurde

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

towards rear, brief headway before 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up approaching last

9/1

66/1

Form: 42-1 D

Last run: 262 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Made most to win a maiden hurdle at Tipperary in May and not seen since; hard to assess and difficult to see him landing this on what he has done so far.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

8

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Jit Langy

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Made most to win a maiden hurdle at Tipperary in May and not seen since; hard to assess and difficult to see him landing this on what he has done so far.

66/1

1st

10

18th May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:00 Tipperary

Jit Langy

10st 13lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

soon led narrowly, nudged along and went clear after 2 out, not fluent last, comfortably

6/4

17

14th May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

13:55 Killarney

Jit Langy

10st 13lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Ran twice in France last September; fourth in 1m5f AQPS race, promising second over hurdles at Auteuil; obvious prospects if getting a run; same ownership as Shajak; first reserve.

Form: 1P D BF

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Very easy winner of a Thurles maiden hurdle in November; reportedly never travelled when favourite for the 2m Grade 1 here at Christmas; should get a better idea of his level of ability after this but others look more likely.
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6th

4

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Daddy Long Legs

11st 12lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Very easy winner of a Thurles maiden hurdle in November; reportedly never travelled when favourite for the 2m Grade 1 here at Christmas; should get a better idea of his level of ability after this but others look more likely.

12/1

Form: 3-1

Last run: 270 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Winner over hurdles in France and bought for 250,000Eur at Arqana in May; thrown in at the deep end on debut for Willie Mullins and a very interesting runner.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

7

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Gold Dancer

11st 3lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders before 2 out, hampered by faller when left in fourth 2 out, no extra approaching last

10/1

7th

7

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Gold Dancer

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Winner over hurdles in France and bought for 250,000Eur at Arqana in May; thrown in at the deep end on debut for Willie Mullins and a very interesting runner.

20/1

Form: 04-164 C

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Won bumper on debut last season beating the very useful Lecky Watson; highly tried after that; ready winner on hurdles debut at Punchestown in October; found wanting in Grade 1 Royal Bond; remote fourth in testing conditions in Grade 1 event at Leopardstown.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

3

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:45 Fairyhouse

Fascile Mode

11st 4lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Thomas Mullins

towards rear, headway from 2 out, ran on well run-in, never on terms

14/1

8th

6

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Fascile Mode

11st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Thomas Mullins

Won bumper on debut last season beating the very useful Lecky Watson; highly tried after that; ready winner on hurdles debut at Punchestown in October; found wanting in Grade 1 Royal Bond; remote fourth in testing conditions in Grade 1 event at Leopardstown.

50/1

Form: 15-11F D BF

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Improved from his maiden hurdle success to beat stable companion King Of Kingsfield in the Grade 1 Royal Bond at Fairyhouse; was in pole position to win the Grade 1 Tolworth at Aintree over Christmas when falling two out; a leading player here if that fall has not left a mark.
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9th

5

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Farren Glory

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Improved from his maiden hurdle success to beat stable companion King Of Kingsfield in the Grade 1 Royal Bond at Fairyhouse; was in pole position to win the Grade 1 Tolworth at Aintree over Christmas when falling two out; a leading player here if that fall has not left a mark.

3/1

0

2

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 1

13:05 Aintree

Farren Glory

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent

11/4

1st

4

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Farren Glory

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Second to a useful yardstick in a point last November; beat a pair of subsequent hurdle winners in a bumper at Navan in February; highly tried on his hurdling debut in a Grade 2 contest over an extended 2m4f here in April; jumping was untidy then and again when exploiting a big drop in class in a maiden at Clonmel last month.

9/2

OUR TIP

Form: 2U17 D

Last run: 139 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Dual Flat winner and wide margin winner of a Wexford maiden hurdle in September; not seen since wrecking his chance by jumping right in the Lartigue Hurdle at Listowel later that month; looks out of his depth here notwithstanding his jumping issues.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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1

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Fairyhouse

Boher Road

12st 1lb

J: Peter Smithers

T: Jarlath P Fahey

soon led and clear, 10 lengths ahead and going okay when crashed through wing 3 out

25/1

1

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Fairyhouse

Boher Road

12st 1lb

J: Peter Smithers

T: Jarlath P Fahey

soon led and clear, 10 lengths ahead and going okay when crashed through wing 3 out

25/1

10th

3

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Boher Road

11st 12lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Jarlath P Fahey

raced wide, led, not fluent 3rd, soon joined, headed and prominent when not fluent and jumped slightly right 4th, weakened and dropped to last after 2 out (usual 3 out), tailed off

100/1

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Payout
Exacta €6.50
Straight Forecast €7.01
Tricast €42.85
Trifecta €58.20

Selections

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Ballyburn

SPOTLIGHT:

Farren Glory

TOPSPEED:

Farren Glory

POSTDATA:

Ballyburn

The Irish Sun:

Ballyburn