April 19 / 19.37 Ballinrobe

19.37

Heavy

Lodge At Ashford Castle (Q.R.) Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5900
  • 2m 6f 91y
  • 13 runners
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Lodge At Ashford Castle (Q.R.) Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £7.40
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 888F1

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Still going okay when coming down on his handicap debut at Limerick last month but left that behind when bolting up at Naas earlier this month; 12lb rise is fair and booking of O'Connor is a positive; shortlisted.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

4

9th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

17:40 Tipperary

Oneforgonzo

11st 13lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Sean Aherne

Bolted up by 13l at Naas (3m, soft to heavy) and had a bit in hand when defying a 12lb rise at Ballinrobe (2m6f, soft); has another 9lb to contend with now and on drier ground, but he's clearly progressive.

11/4

9th

4

9th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

17:40 Tipperary

Oneforgonzo

11st 13lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Sean Aherne

Bolted up by 13l at Naas (3m, soft to heavy) and had a bit in hand when defying a 12lb rise at Ballinrobe (2m6f, soft); has another 9lb to contend with now and on drier ground, but he's clearly progressive.

11/4

1st

8

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 91y

19:37 Ballinrobe

Oneforgonzo

11st 8lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: Sean Aherne

towards rear, headway on outer before 2 out, soon in touch with leaders, went third last, ridden to lead final 110yds, kept on well, comfortably

11/4

3/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 13OO60

Last run: 69 days

W: 12st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Bumper winner on decent ground last year and ran with credit behind Luccia at Ascot on his penultimate run; tailed off having been too keen in the Betfair Hurdle since from 7lb higher British mark; likely to be a big player from this reduced mark stepping up in trip (full brother excelled at 2m6f+).
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

7

30th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

18:40 Warwick

Onlyamatteroftime

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Punchestown bumper winner for Niall Madden in June 2023; highly tried on first three starts for Willie Mullins, running out in the Greatwood on first occasion before creditable sixth at Ascot in December (1m7f, good); bit disappointing when second in a Ballinrobe handicap last time (2m6f, soft; set plenty to do); strong contender in this maiden.

7/4

14/1

  • Place: £5.90

Form: 0-134P CD

Last run: 150 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Won on return over C&D in August and two good runs in defeat prior to pulling up at Limerick when last seen; best form is on quicker ground though.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

3

30th May 2024

Good To Firm

2m 6f 0y

19:47 Limerick

My Friend The Wind

11st 13lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

disputed lead early, soon prominent, dropped to midfield halfway, headway and went modest fourth 2 out, no extra from last

7/1

2nd

2

15th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

20:00 Tipperary

My Friend The Wind

11st 11lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Ran well at Ballinrobe after five months off, although many of his best runs have been when fresh so won't necessarily improve for it; still solid each-way claims and trip not a problem.

9/1

2nd

2

15th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

20:00 Tipperary

My Friend The Wind

11st 11lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Ran well at Ballinrobe after five months off, although many of his best runs have been when fresh so won't necessarily improve for it; still solid each-way claims and trip not a problem.

9/1

Form: 563F4P

Last run: 64 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Won handicap debut in 2022 but hasn't managed to build on that since and was pulled up back over timber last time; now tried with cheekpieces and others preferred.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

9

31st May 2024

Soft

2m 5f 180y

17:20 Tramore

Nephin Beg

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Sean Thomas Doyle

Won on handicap debut in 2022 but has been hit and miss since and yet to run to the same sort of level in five chase starts; possibly didn't stay the trip latest and has an each-way chance back at his preferred distance.

7/1

6th

3

18th May 2024

Soft

3m 1f 50y

17:10 Wexford

Nephin Beg

11st 7lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Sean Thomas Doyle

Has shown promise over fences (0-4) and ran well in his latest hurdle when tried in cheekpieces (2m6f, soft); looks to have a race in him off this mark.

10/1

Form: 3P01U0

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Showed ability in bumpers and confirmed that promise when bolting up on handicap bow at Limerick; beaten when unseating at Punchestown and tailed off at Cork since; hard to gauge now but warrants respect back up in trip.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

2

9th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

17:40 Tipperary

Noble Talent

12st 0lb

J: John Shinnick

T: T J Nagle Jr

Not unbacked when winning easily on handicap debut at Limerick in January (2m5f, heavy); his fifth behind Oneforgonzo at Ballinrobe (2m6f) represented a return to form and likely to go well if he stays.

16/1

5th

2

9th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

17:40 Tipperary

Noble Talent

12st 0lb

J: John Shinnick

T: T J Nagle Jr

Not unbacked when winning easily on handicap debut at Limerick in January (2m5f, heavy); his fifth behind Oneforgonzo at Ballinrobe (2m6f) represented a return to form and likely to go well if he stays.

16/1

Form: P68890

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Eight-race maiden and hard to fancy on anything he's shown so far; needs to improve for further; wears first-time hood.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

3

17th Jun 2024

Good

3m 0f 100y

17:45 Kilbeggan

The Lucky Lobster

11st 11lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: Declan Queally

Combination of a longer trip and good ground seemed to do the trick for him last time when a staying-on second over C&D 15 days; almost nothing to choose between him and Navy Waves on that basis.

7/2

2nd

5

2nd Jun 2024

Good

3m 1f 32y

14:55 Kilbeggan

The Lucky Lobster

11st 10lb

J: Declan Queally

T: Declan Queally

Never better than sixth in a race of any description, down the field over fences last time.

12/1

Form: -0097U

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Unplaced in 10 starts so far; made an error when coming down at Cork last time; needs to leave this season's form behind.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

12

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 91y

19:37 Ballinrobe

Trackman Tommy

11st 5lb

J: Miss L Costello

T: Patrick G Kelly

towards rear, not fluent 2nd, headway 4 out, headway into midfield after 4 out, outpaced after last

33/1

7th

12

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 91y

19:37 Ballinrobe

Trackman Tommy

11st 5lb

J: Miss L Costello

T: Patrick G Kelly

towards rear, not fluent 2nd, headway 4 out, headway into midfield after 4 out

33/1

4

21st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 70y

17:08 Cork

Trackman Tommy

11st 12lb

J: Charlotta Ericsson

T: Patrick G Kelly

held up in rear on inner early, in touch with leaders and 7 lengths down when mistake and unseated 10th

20/1

Form: 0511P6

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Won back-to-back handicap hurdles at the start of the winter but his mark suffered as a result; now tried in a first-time tongue-tie and career best called for.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

5

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 91y

19:37 Ballinrobe

Shotgun Jack

12st 4lb

J: Ms E C Costello

T: Patrick G Kelly

led, faced challenge after 2 out, headed approaching last, soon weakened

16/1

8th

5

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 91y

19:37 Ballinrobe

Shotgun Jack

12st 4lb

J: Ms E C Costello

T: Patrick G Kelly

led, faced challenge after 2 out, headed approaching last, soon weakened

16/1

6th

6

21st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 70y

16:33 Cork

Shotgun Jack

10st 10lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: Patrick G Kelly

Too keen last time out on handicap debut but had won in good style on both his previous starts on similar ground to what he will get here; type to bounce back and freshened up with 84-day break.

6/1

Form: 230554

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
0-10 but ran with credit over fences last time on just his second start for this yard; interesting back over timber stepping up in trip.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

10

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 91y

19:37 Ballinrobe

Sea Road Fill

11st 7lb

J: Mr E P O’Brien

T: Darren Collins

prominent, weakened quickly from last

16/1

9th

10

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 91y

19:37 Ballinrobe

Sea Road Fill

11st 7lb

J: Mr E P O’Brien

T: Darren Collins

prominent

16/1

4th

8

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 160y

14:55 Cork

Sea Road Fill

11st 12lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Darren Collins

Maiden over hurdles but respectable debut over fences in a weaker beginners' chase at Thurles; more needed here.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1112B0

Last run: 18 days

W: 12st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Won four on the spin last year, two over timber and two over fences; brought down at Down Royal last month and tailed off at Fairyhouse since; might bounce back up in trip here and went close from a higher chase mark in November; handles testing ground.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

1

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 91y

19:37 Ballinrobe

Cave Court

12st 4lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Noel C Kelly

raced wide, midfield

7/1

10th

1

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 91y

19:37 Ballinrobe

Cave Court

12st 4lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Noel C Kelly

raced wide, midfield, weakened approaching last

7/1

10th

11

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Fairyhouse

Cave Court

10st 12lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Noel C Kelly

Ran up a four-timer over hurdles and fences last August/September; runner-up to subsequent scorer Clonmeen in a handicap chase at Down Royal in November; potentially well treated relative to chase form, brought down at the fourth at Down Royal.

10/1

Form: /50246

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Promising run at Punchestown in January but distant fourth on chase debut at Thurles in February and struggled on return to hurdles at Cork latest.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

10

7th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

19:20 Clonmel

Not May

10st 11lb

J: Mr E Finegan

T: Hugh Paul Finegan

Not a bad run on sole chase start at Thurles in February (soft); just denied over hurdles last time at Downpatrick wearing first-time cheekpieces; one to consider.

9/2

2nd

12

10th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 160y

18:45 Downpatrick

Not May

10st 2lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Hugh Paul Finegan

midfield

12/1

2nd

12

10th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 160y

18:45 Downpatrick

Not May

10st 2lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Hugh Paul Finegan

in touch with leaders

12/1

Form: 6971

Last run: 8 days

W: 12st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Didn't show a lot in maiden hurdles but made a winning handicap debut at Limerick last week when sent off 11-4 favourite; won well but the handicapper has dished out a 16lb hike in the weights; pedigree hints at him improving for further so can't be ruled out.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

6

18th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 50y

16:00 Wexford

King Of Cong

11st 8lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

prominent

10/1

4th

6

18th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 50y

16:00 Wexford

King Of Cong

11st 8lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

prominent

10/1

2

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 91y

19:37 Ballinrobe

King Of Cong

12st 4lb

J: Mr D Allen

T: Terence O’Brien

prominent, soon went second

13/2

Form: /9-037

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Promise in 2022; missed 2023 but improved from her handicap debut when hitting the frame over 3m1f at Punchestown on her penultimate start; however, lesser effort at Leopardstown last time and she needs a career best.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 91y

19:37 Ballinrobe

See A Stride

11st 13lb

J: Mr F D Brickley

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders on inner

12/1

7

19th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 91y

19:37 Ballinrobe

See A Stride

11st 13lb

J: Mr F D Brickley

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders on inner

12/1

Non-runners

Mister Twist

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €16.30
Straight Forecast €12.65
Tricast €178.51
Trifecta €215.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Onlyamatteroftime

POSTDATA:

Oneforgonzo

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Onlyamatteroftime

The Irish Sun:

Oneforgonzo