April 20 / 14.45 Curragh

14.45

Heavy

Hytech EQ Ultra Handicap

  • Prize money: £15391.3
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • 16 runners
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Hytech EQ Ultra Handicap

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.30
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 90131- CD

Last run: 223 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Ended last season in the form of his life at this track, winning twice including 1m2f premier handicap on final start in September and in between finished a close third in Irish Cambridgeshire over this trip; those efforts came on much better ground however so obvious ground concerns here.
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1st

3

(2)

25th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

16:15 Curragh

Crystal Black

9st 12lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Gerard Keane

in touch with leaders, midfield 3f out, bit short of room when going okay 2f out, headway when in the clear and ridden from over 1f out, went second and ran on inside final 110yds, led final strides

13/2

1st

3

(2)

25th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

16:15 Curragh

Crystal Black

9st 12lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Gerard Keane

in touch with leaders

13/2

1st

1

(8)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

14:45 Curragh

Crystal Black

10st 0lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Gerard Keane

prominent

7/1

10/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: 3487-5 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Grand sort handles heavy and won a big pot over 7f at Cork last May; left with plenty to do when never nearer fifth in last month's Irish Lincoln on seasonal return, should get closer this time.
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5th

4

(2)

31st May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 3y

Class 2

17:40 Epsom

Earls

9st 10lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Gavin Cromwell

Prolific winner who can't have the ground slow enough; comfortable winner of a 7f handicap at Haydock last month off 4lb lower (Rhoscolyn fourth) but he turned in a lacklustre effort in a valuable Cork handicap three weeks ago; the more rain that falls the better.

10/1

14th

7

(14)

10th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

17:50 Cork

Earls

9st 7lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Gavin Cromwell

Won this race last year and gained compensation for a narrow defeat at the Curragh to land a Haydock handicap 13 days ago; best form is on testing ground and he's 5lb higher this time but not ruled out.

5/1

14th

7

(14)

10th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

17:50 Cork

Earls

9st 7lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Gavin Cromwell

Won this race last year and gained compensation for a narrow defeat at the Curragh to land a Haydock handicap 13 days ago; best form is on testing ground and he's 5lb higher this time but not ruled out.

5/1

10/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 0909-4 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Long losing run but reappeared with fine fourth in Irish Lincoln here last month, having raced prominently; down to a competitive mark and has to enter calculations.
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4th

10

(7)

24th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

19:20 Curragh

Casanova

8st 12lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: Adrian McGuinness

Losing run since 2021 and appreciates some cut in the ground; however, he's back on a good mark and was only narrowly denied over C&D last month; runner-up has already boosted that form and he has to be on the shortlist.

9/1

4th

10

(7)

24th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

19:20 Curragh

Casanova

8st 12lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: Adrian McGuinness

midfield, headway when switched left under 2f out, kept on on near side of group inside final 110yds, went fourth final strides

9/1

3rd

10

(11)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

14:45 Curragh

Casanova

9st 5lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: Adrian McGuinness

Long losing run but reappeared with fine fourth in Irish Lincoln here last month, having raced prominently; down to a competitive mark and has to enter calculations.

10/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 874-31 C

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Consistent for Ross O'Sullivan, winning twice over 1m2f on soft ground; up to career-high mark after recent Leopardstown win for this yard over same trip, having his field well strung out when winning going away; cheekpieces now fitted for drop in trip and seems sure to go well.
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4th

5

(16)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

14:45 Curragh

Mr Rango

9st 8lb

J: Shane Foley

T: John M Harney

Consistent for Ross O'Sullivan, winning twice over 1m2f on soft ground; up to career-high mark after recent Leopardstown win for this yard over same trip, having his field well strung out when winning going away; cheekpieces now fitted for drop in trip and seems sure to go well.

9/2

Form: 43057- D

Last run: 181 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Handled heavy ground when winning Bellewstown maiden this time last year; quite highly tried afterwards by Johnny Murtagh, best run when third in Listowel handicap off 91; first start for new yard.
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3rd

1

(1)

9th May 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

15:45 Gowran Park

Fast Tara

10st 0lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent

9/2

3rd

1

(1)

9th May 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

15:45 Gowran Park

Fast Tara

10st 0lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Handled heavy ground when winning Bellewstown maiden last year and again on seasonal return for this yard in Curragh handicap last month, making most when beaten little over 1l; same mark here so has to be respected from yard which has made a fine start to the season.

9/2

5th

4

(6)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

14:45 Curragh

Fast Tara

9st 9lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Handled heavy ground when winning Bellewstown maiden this time last year; quite highly tried afterwards by Johnny Murtagh, best run when third in Listowel handicap off 91; first start for new yard.

14/1

Form: 193-95 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Highly progressive last season (including on heavy); just respectable runs both starts this season, keeping on late behind Independent Expert over inadequate 7f latest; return to a stiff mile to suit so not one to rule out.
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8th

2

(5)

3rd Jun 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 1f 100y

15:05 Gowran Park

Simply Sideways

9st 11lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: Timothy Doyle

Highly progressive last season, winning five handicaps, including three in a row during September/October; took a while to find her form this term but reversed previous form with Independent Expert over 1m here last time.

5/1

1st

4

(2)

9th May 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

15:45 Gowran Park

Simply Sideways

9st 10lb

J: Wayne Hassett

T: Timothy Doyle

in touch with leaders, prominent on inner 4f out, led when ridden and wandered around over 1f out, kept on well, always doing enough

6/1

1st

4

(2)

9th May 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

15:45 Gowran Park

Simply Sideways

9st 10lb

J: Wayne Hassett

T: Timothy Doyle

Highly progressive last season (including on heavy); just respectable runs this season, slowly away and keen at the Curragh on latest; bit to find but don't rule out.

6/1

Form: 23123- BF

Last run: 169 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Bought for 42,000gns out of Ralph Beckett's yard in December, having won Chepstow maiden last summer and run to a better level subsequently in handicaps at Pontefract and Newmarket (heavy); begins for Joseph O'Brien off a fair mark.
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6th

1

(7)

3rd Jun 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 1f 100y

15:05 Gowran Park

Mexicali Rose

10st 0lb

J: Wayne Hassett

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Bought for 42,000gns out of Ralph Beckett's yard last December, having won Chepstow maiden and run to a better level subsequently in handicaps; unplaced in a handicap on stable debut; not well treated by the race conditions in a C&D Listed event last month; ran a fine race to finish third but has paid a price with a 10lb rise.

9/2

3rd

3

(3)

8th May 2024

Heavy

1m 1f 100y

18:50 Gowran Park

Mexicali Rose

9st 9lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Bought for 42,000gns out of Ralph Beckett's yard last December, having won Chepstow maiden last summer and run to a better level subsequently in handicaps at Pontefract and Newmarket; unplaced in a handicap on stable debut; not well treated by the race conditions.

20/1

3rd

3

(3)

8th May 2024

Heavy

1m 1f 100y

18:50 Gowran Park

Mexicali Rose

9st 9lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Bought for 42,000gns out of Ralph Beckett's yard last December, having won Chepstow maiden last summer and run to a better level subsequently in handicaps at Pontefract and Newmarket; unplaced in a handicap on stable debut; not well treated by the race conditions.

20/1

Form: 8204-1 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Mare likes an ease in the ground and was recording fourth career win when making successful seasonal return at Cork last month, beating Scholarship; 4lb rise okay and gets 1m so one to consider.
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9th

6

(6)

3rd Jun 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 1f 100y

15:05 Gowran Park

Independent Expert

9st 3lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

Mare likes an ease in the ground; gained fourth career win on seasonal return at Cork in March; beaten only 2l in a more competitive Curragh contest (1m) when not clear run; good run last time when second to today's rival Simply Sideways over 1m here.

5/1

2nd

7

(3)

9th May 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

15:45 Gowran Park

Independent Expert

9st 5lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

prominent, challenging towards near side over 1f out, kept on well, no match for winner

15/2

2nd

7

(3)

9th May 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

15:45 Gowran Park

Independent Expert

9st 5lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

Mare likes an ease in the ground and was fourth career win when making successful seasonal return at Cork in March; only beaten 2l in much more competitive Curragh contest (1m) when not clear run but had a couple of today's rivals ahead so more needed.

15/2

Form: 0692-2

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Decent Newbury form (7f) last year for Clive Cox, winning on seasonal debut and ended campaign with good second on heavy; good start for new connections when second to Independent Expert at Cork last month (7f) but remains unproven over 1m.
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7th

12

(15)

25th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

16:15 Curragh

Scholarship

8st 13lb

J: Jack Cleary

T: Gerard O’Leary

Dual winner in UK up to 7f; good run on debut for this in-form yard over that trip but not as good over 1m since; unproven over this trip.

16/1

7th

12

(15)

25th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

16:15 Curragh

Scholarship

8st 13lb

J: Jack Cleary

T: Gerard O’Leary

Dual winner in UK up to 7f; good run on debut for this in-form yard over that trip but not as good over 1m since; unproven over this trip.

16/1

25/1

Form: 5/285/

Last run: 1070 days

W: 9st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Smart performer in his day, runner-up in Cork Listed and and ran well in Group 1 company; absent nearly three years so impossible to know what to make of him at this stage.
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8th

3

(11)

24th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

19:20 Curragh

Fiscal Rules

9st 9lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: J S Bolger

Only win came in a Cork maiden in 2020; narrowly denied over 7f at Gowran on his penultimate start and wasn't beaten far in Leopardstown Group 3 since but mark looks tough.

25/1

8th

3

(11)

24th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

19:20 Curragh

Fiscal Rules

9st 9lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: J S Bolger

Only win came in a Cork maiden in 2020; narrowly denied over 7f at Gowran on his penultimate start and wasn't beaten far in Leopardstown Group 3 since but mark looks tough.

25/1

5th

2

(1)

12th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

15:00 Leopardstown

Fiscal Rules

9st 9lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: J S Bolger

Highly tried and rated as 3yo but only managed maiden win; back from almost three years off and nearly beat 104-rated foe at Gowran (7f, heavy) on Thursday; turned out again quickly which is a very Bolger thing to do; won't mind this ground and respected.

8/1

Form: 5-8435 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Heavily raced seven-time winner; already had three turf runs this season, notably Cork third to Independent Expert; bit to find.
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8th

11

(11)

3rd Jun 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 1f 100y

16:35 Gowran Park

Sirjack Thomas

9st 2lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: Adrian McGuinness

9yo with high mileage and struggles with his consistency these days; recent form not good enough.

25/1

15th

12

(10)

24th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

20:20 Curragh

Sirjack Thomas

9st 7lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: Adrian McGuinness

Ended a losing run in this race last year from 4lb higher but he's been inconsistent since and didn't shown enough over 1m at Cork last week when getting similar conditions to this.

16/1

15th

12

(10)

24th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

20:20 Curragh

Sirjack Thomas

9st 7lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: Adrian McGuinness

Ended a losing run in this race last year from 4lb higher but he's been inconsistent since and didn't shown enough over 1m at Cork last week when getting similar conditions to this.

16/1

12th
15 (15)
Pralognan

25/1

Form: 2/023- D

Last run: 309 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Juvenile winner in France with placed form at up to 1m4f; faller on last month's hurdles return and this trip looks on the short side.
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12th

15

(15)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

14:45 Curragh

Pralognan

8st 13lb

J: Wayne Lordan

T: A J Martin

Juvenile winner in France with placed form at up to 1m4f; faller on last month's hurdles return and this trip looks on the short side.

25/1

12th

15

(15)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

14:45 Curragh

Pralognan

8st 13lb

J: Wayne Lordan

T: A J Martin

Juvenile winner in France with placed form at up to 1m4f; faller on last month's hurdles return and this trip looks on the short side.

25/1

4

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:52 Down Royal

Pralognan

11st 12lb

J: Peter Carberry

T: A J Martin

held up in rear, headway into midfield after 3 out, keeping on when fell 2 out

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: 61131- D

Last run: 187 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Likeable sort made it three wins from five starts when beating four rivals in rated race at Gowran in October on heavy, his final start; remains relatively unexposed entering handicap ranks here and has to be respected.
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5th

5

(5)

7th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Grey Leader

9st 5lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Joseph G Murphy

Won three last season but yet to hit form this season in three attempts, tending to race keenly; eyeshield fitted here but may struggle with the pace over this trip and on quick ground.

12/1

13th

11

(6)

24th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

19:20 Curragh

Grey Leader

8st 12lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: Joseph G Murphy

Won three last season, including twice over this sort of trip; hasn't been at that level in two runs this term; best effort came on heavy but handles good ground and he's on a workable mark; lightly raced compared to some of his rivals.

20/1

13th

11

(6)

24th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

19:20 Curragh

Grey Leader

8st 12lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: Joseph G Murphy

Won three last season, including twice over this sort of trip; hasn't been at that level in two runs this term; best effort came on heavy but handles good ground and he's on a workable mark; lightly raced compared to some of his rivals.

20/1

14th
7 (1)
Lady Lunette

16/1

Form: 1105-6 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
C&D win last summer came off mark of 84 and not discredited behind Crystal Black over 1m2f here; ambitiously campaigned without success since including recent Naas Listed; will appreciate return to handicaps.
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2nd

2

(5)

12th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

19:00 Limerick

Lady Lunette

9st 11lb

J: Ben Coen

T: R P Cody

prominent on inner early, lost position but in touch with leaders after 1f, bit short of room when headway and bumped over 2f out, soon ridden, went second and kept on well towards finish, no match for winner

7/2

9th

14

(12)

25th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

16:15 Curragh

Lady Lunette

8st 12lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: R P Cody

Dual winner last year including a 1m handicap here; decent runs on soft lately, including at Gowran last time when unlucky-in-running; this ground suits better and seems to stay this trip.

12/1

Form: 8129-6

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Soft ground winner at Leicester last year bettered that form when second at Newmarket afterwards; encouraging enough seasonal return in Lincoln at Doncaster so not one to rule out on ground he handles.
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1st

8

(4)

25th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 1y

Class 2

16:05 Chester

Spirit Genie

8st 9lb

J: George Wood

T: Jennie Candlish

held up in rear, headway on inner over 2f out, short of room home turn, ridden and ran on well inside final furlong, led inside final 110yds, just prevailed

4/1

1st

8

(4)

25th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 1y

Class 2

16:05 Chester

Spirit Genie

8st 9lb

J: George Wood

T: Jennie Candlish

held up in rear

4/1

1st

2

(6)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 75y

Class 4

16:05 Nottingham

Spirit Genie

9st 7lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Jennie Candlish

towards rear

7/1

Form: 0508-0

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Seasoned handicapper yet to win beyond 7f and hasn't won since July 2022; too keen in Lincoln on seasonal return and remains opposable despite reduced mark.
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1st

6

(2)

7th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

17:40 Fairyhouse

Current Option

9st 4lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: Adrian McGuinness

prominent, steadied and lost position but in touch with leaders soon after start, headway and challenging on near side of group when ridden over 1f out, led and ran on inside final furlong, pushed out

9/1

14th

14

(14)

24th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

19:20 Curragh

Current Option

8st 9lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Adrian McGuinness

Losing run since 2022 Galway festival; low-key efforts on first two runs here this term before a better effort last time behind Rahmi and Cheers Again; hard to rule out from lowest mark since 2019.

14/1

14th

14

(14)

24th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

19:20 Curragh

Current Option

8st 9lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Adrian McGuinness

Losing run since 2022 Galway festival; low-key efforts on first two runs here this term before a better effort last time behind Rahmi and Cheers Again; hard to rule out from lowest mark since 2019.

14/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta €73.30
Straight Forecast €51.30
Tricast €479.35
Trifecta €1000.60

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Earls

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Grey Leader

The Irish Sun:

Spirit Genie

TOPSPEED:

Casanova

POSTDATA:

Earls