May 18 / 13.55 Navan

13.55

Good To Yielding

Flower Hill Apprentice Handicap

  • Prize money: £5130.43
  • 0m 5f 180y
  • 16 runners
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Flower Hill Apprentice Handicap

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.70
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 40-086 CD

Last run: 11 days

W: 8st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 47

Form & Verdict
Three of his six wins have been here and fair sixth on latest visit, beaten less than 2l; this trip probably suits better than 5f nowadays.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

17

(6)

18th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 180y

13:55 Navan

Stanhope

8st 12lb

J: Keithen Kennedy

T: John C McConnell

started quickly, led narrowly or disputed lead, headed inside final furlong, ridden and rallied final 110yds, led again post

8/1

1st

17

(6)

18th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 180y

13:55 Navan

Stanhope

8st 12lb

J: Keithen Kennedy

T: John C McConnell

started quickly, led narrowly or disputed lead, headed inside final furlong, ridden and rallied final 110yds, led again post

8/1

11

(7)

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

0m 5f 0y

14:35 Navan

Stanhope

9st 0lb

J: Keithen Kennedy

T: John C McConnell

Three of his six wins have come here and showed benefit of Curragh comeback when eighth of 21, keeping on late, over C&D last month.

15/2

9/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 709472

Last run: 3 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 55

Form & Verdict
Fourth in a big field on handicap debut at the Curragh and well backed when second at Sligo three days ago; tends to give herself too much to do but there is a race in her at some stage.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11th

5

(11)

19th Jul 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

17:42 Down Royal

Layoftheland

9st 6lb

J: Sean Davis

T: Sean Davis

towards rear

16/1

16th

10

(2)

13th Jul 2024

Good

0m 5f 180y

15:02 Navan

Layoftheland

9st 6lb

J: Sean Davis

T: Sean Davis

Narrowly beaten over C&D in May off 57 although both Fairyhouse runs since below that level; can't be ruled out.

10/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 3-6062

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 54

Form & Verdict
Dual winner over 5f in Britain; best run for current yard when second to well-treated rival here with four of these behind and 2lb rise is fair; slightly longer trip this time.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4

(11)

3rd Jul 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

18:10 Tipperary

Cuban Grey

9st 8lb

J: Keithen Kennedy

T: Patrick J McKenna

Continues in good form since C&D win in May (soft), most recently just denied by an in-form rival at Down Royal on good (Realtin Fantasy third, Havana Notion fourth), despite hanging right; in-form rider takes the mount and another big run expected.

100/30

2nd

7

(5)

21st Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

18:30 Down Royal

Cuban Grey

8st 10lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Patrick J McKenna

soon disputed lead, led narrowly 2f out, edged right over 1f out, soon ridden, headed towards finish

6/1

4th

4

(5)

8th Jun 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

14:55 Navan

Cuban Grey

9st 4lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Patrick J McKenna

Heavily raced at two and three in Britain where he won twice; hit form for new yard last month with two placed efforts here before winning at Tipperary; recent improvement on easy ground and, although he's won on Tapeta, may not want it this quick.

7/1

12/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 30-800 C

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 57

Form & Verdict
Won over 5f here last summer and now 2lb lower; shown little lately (badly hampered last time) but new headgear might help to spark him.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

17

(10)

28th May 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

20:15 Tipperary

Shoebox King

9st 7lb

J: Nathan Crosse

T: Kevin Thomas Coleman

First reserve; best of his last four runs came in cheekpieces at Navan last time; visor back on; has a squeak.

Form: 867-90 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 61

Form & Verdict
Six-time winner has made a low-key start to the campaign; yard in fine form and he's capable at this level on his day.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

3

(5)

26th Jun 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

18:00 Naas

Aloysius Lilius

9st 8lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Gerard O’Leary

Very best turf form has come with a bit more cut in the ground than what is likely here and he didn't beat a rival on soft at Tipperary when last seen last month.

12/1

11th

3

(4)

28th May 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

20:15 Tipperary

Aloysius Lilius

9st 10lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Gerard O’Leary

Won over C&D last August off 3lb higher; couldn't cope with higher marks and has dropped back down the weights; not a bad Navan run over 6f last time; squeak.

9/1

11th

3

(4)

28th May 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

20:15 Tipperary

Aloysius Lilius

9st 10lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Gerard O’Leary

Won over C&D last August off 3lb higher; couldn't cope with higher marks and has dropped back down the weights; not a bad Navan run over 6f last time; squeak.

9/1

Form: 809937 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 50

Form & Verdict
Has run 38 times and only win was in a claimer; her third in a big field at the Curragh is form that is working out well but she finished behind three of these here last time when a bit disappointing over 5f.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

16

(9)

6th Jul 2024

Good

0m 5f 205y

15:20 Naas

Un Bacio Ancora

9st 0lb

J: Keithen Kennedy

T: P J F Murphy

Very hard to win with (just AW claimer to her name) and not the most consistent but repeat of placed efforts at the Curragh and Navan this year would give her an each-way shout; hot apprentice rides her for the second time.

14/1

13th

12

(2)

8th Jun 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

14:55 Navan

Un Bacio Ancora

8st 10lb

J: Jamie Powell

T: P J F Murphy

Just AW claimer win from 40 starts but some good efforts on easy ground this year; beaten fractions in 27-runner Curragh contest in April and only a length off Cuban Grey at Tipperary last week; blinkers replace cheekpieces.

11/1

Form: 00-764

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 52

Form & Verdict
Maiden was fourth over 1m for Johnny Murtagh last year and over 7f last time at Gowran; dropping back to this trip not sure to suit.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

12

(8)

12th Jul 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

16:15 Dundalk (AW)

Hope And Innocence

8st 13lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: T G McCourt

Longstanding maiden who doesn't arrive here in the best of form and needs help from the visor.

10/1

5th

11

(6)

4th Jul 2024

Good

0m 7f 211y

17:30 Bellewstown

Hope And Innocence

9st 1lb

J: Cian Horgan

T: T G McCourt

Second runner for yard; remains a maiden after 15 starts but not beaten far at times, including over C&D a year ago; poor over 6f last time but this trip suits better.

16/1

28/1

Form: 260500

Last run: 7 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 47

Form & Verdict
Maiden has gone close on AW but latest turf runs have been poor.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

12

(17)

10th Jul 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

20:00 Fairyhouse

Below Deck

8st 12lb

J: Nathan Crosse

T: Luke Comer

21-race maiden but back to form when second over this trip at Leopardstown last month off this basement mark, despite racing keenly; one to consider although draw makes it tough.

6/1

2nd

11

(9)

20th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 33y

17:15 Leopardstown

Below Deck

8st 7lb

J: Nathan Crosse

T: Luke Comer

disputed lead early, led narrowly after 2f, joined under 2f out, headed and kept on inside final furlong, no match for winner

20/1

9th

14

(1)

28th May 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

20:15 Tipperary

Below Deck

8st 12lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Luke Comer

Maiden has run well a number of times but has to bounce back from most recent below par efforts.

20/1

25/1

Form: 509-

Last run: 384 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 53

Form & Verdict
Okay efforts in first two maidens on AW; handicap debut after a year off.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

16th

13

(13)

14th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

18:15 Fairyhouse

Only A Star

9st 4lb

J: James Ryan

T: T G McCourt

in touch with leaders

16/1

Form: 267589 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 47

Form & Verdict
All four wins on AW and was well held at Sligo last time.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

15

(4)

18th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 180y

13:55 Navan

No Speed Limit

8st 12lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: Patrick J McKenna

started quickly, prominent

14/1

10th

15

(4)

18th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 180y

13:55 Navan

No Speed Limit

8st 12lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: Patrick J McKenna

started quickly, prominent

14/1

14/1

Form: 890-83

Last run: 3 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 48

Form & Verdict
Quick reappearance after being beaten a length in Sligo claimer on Wednesday; more on her plate here.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

11

(11)

6th Jul 2024

Good

0m 5f 205y

15:55 Naas

Aurora Nova

8st 7lb

J: Wesley Joyce

T: Andrew McNamara

Broke her duck in very good style at Fairyhouse in June; up 14lb for that and faded late in a 5f Down Royal handicap since; probably better suited by this trip but has to prove that she can be effective off this mark, even if she is 2lb lower.

10/1

4th

7

(1)

21st Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

17:25 Down Royal

Aurora Nova

8st 7lb

J: Wesley Joyce

T: Andrew McNamara

soon disputed lead on inner, led narrowly halfway, headed from 1f out, weakened inside final 110yds

11/2

1st

8

(14)

14th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

18:15 Fairyhouse

Aurora Nova

9st 7lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Andrew McNamara

midfield, headway when switched left towards near side over 2f out, ridden and hung right but went second over 1f out, ran on well to lead final 110yds, won going away

9/2

OUR TIP

Form: 318-09 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 65

Form & Verdict
Three-time winner was in good form on AW in December; hasn't sparkled lately in two turf runs but suffered interference at Naas last weekend and drop in grade a help.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

2

(1)

26th Jun 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

18:00 Naas

Senado Square

9st 12lb

J: Cian Horgan

T: Andrew Slattery

Won twice on AW through the winter but not at the same level back on turf in recent times; bit to prove on this surface at present.

10/1

12th

1

(7)

18th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 180y

13:55 Navan

Senado Square

10st 2lb

J: Cian Horgan

T: Andrew Slattery

prominent

12/1

12th

1

(7)

18th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 180y

13:55 Navan

Senado Square

10st 2lb

J: Cian Horgan

T: Andrew Slattery

prominent

12/1

14/1

Form: 6060-6 C

Last run: 64 days

W: 9st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 54

Form & Verdict
Two of old timer's five wins have been over C&D; sixth off lower AW mark in March.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

13th

5

(8)

18th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 180y

13:55 Navan

Teddy Boy

9st 5lb

J: Sorcha Woods

T: Edward Lynam

midfield

14/1

13th

5

(8)

18th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 180y

13:55 Navan

Teddy Boy

9st 5lb

J: Sorcha Woods

T: Edward Lynam

midfield

14/1

6th

13

(11)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

20:20 Dundalk (AW)

Teddy Boy

9st 1lb

J: Sorcha Woods

T: Edward Lynam

Better on turf, particularly with cut in the ground; soundly enough beaten in three starts over the winter and others preferred.

25/1

14/1

Form: 60-8

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 60

Form & Verdict
First home in AW Barrier Trial and first maiden run at Dundalk was okay; not much since but at least has had a recent run ahead of handicap debut.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

14th

8

(18)

18th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 180y

13:55 Navan

Jacks Inn

9st 3lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: John M Harney

midfield

14/1

14th

8

(18)

18th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 180y

13:55 Navan

Jacks Inn

9st 3lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: John M Harney

midfield

14/1

8th

3

(4)

8th May 2024

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

17:20 Gowran Park

Jacks Inn

9st 8lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: John M Harney

Won a Dundalk Barrier Trial last year and a solid run at that track on debut but well below that level at Navan next time; gelded since; might want faster ground.

25/1

33/1

Form: 700-07

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 47

Form & Verdict
Modest and longstanding maiden has tongue-tie added; hard to make a case for him
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

18th

20

(3)

5th Jun 2024

Good

0m 6f 63y

20:00 Curragh

Sin E Shekells

8st 7lb

J: Siobhan Rutledge

T: J G Murray

41-race maiden has run poorly in recent starts and makes no appeal from 2lb out of the handicap.

66/1

15th

16

(9)

18th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 180y

13:55 Navan

Sin E Shekells

8st 12lb

J: Rory Mulligan

T: J G Murray

anticipated start, hit stall, jockey lost irons, towards rear

33/1

15th

16

(9)

18th May 2024

Good To Yielding

0m 5f 180y

13:55 Navan

Sin E Shekells

8st 12lb

J: Rory Mulligan

T: J G Murray

anticipated start, hit stall, jockey lost irons, towards rear

33/1

14/1

Form: 0-00

Last run: 49 days

W: 8st 8lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 51

Form & Verdict
Beaten around 14l in maidens but dam was fast as is half-brother; handicap debut.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

12

(4)

7th Jul 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

15:30 Limerick

Star Sailor

8st 10lb

J: Alan Persse

T: Patrick J Flynn

prominent, soon raced in second

14/1

7th

18

(7)

16th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

14:45 Gowran Park

Star Sailor

8st 7lb

J: Alan Persse

T: Patrick J Flynn

Finished in rear on handicap debut at Navan; showed major improvement when 6l second at Down Royal, a nose in front of Chou Chou (first reserve); further progress on the cards; second reserve.

2nd

12

(4)

31st May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

19:00 Down Royal

Star Sailor

8st 10lb

J: Alan Persse

T: Patrick J Flynn

prominent and briefly disputed lead early

25/1

Non-runners

Step Back In Time, My Girl Sioux

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Payout
Exacta €29.50
Straight Forecast €19.11
Tricast €103.39
Trifecta €147.30

Selections

POSTDATA:

My Girl Sioux

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Hope And Innocence

The Irish Sun:

Un Bacio Ancora

SPOTLIGHT:

Shoebox King