13:20 Thurles (IRE) 21 Jan 2018

www.thurlesraces.ie Maiden Hurdle (4YO to 5YO)

Winner €6,775 - 16 run - Draw Advantage: None

1

2m

Heavy

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Weighed In
No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
00
iT
White & emerald green check, white sleeves, emerald green star on cap (Lee Power)

Askari (GB)  15 

b g Sea The Stars - Loulwa (Montjeu)

5 11-12
-
5 11-12
-

Fair Flat winner. Twice-raced maiden over hurdles. Fair winner at 11f on flat. Thirteenth of 14 in novice hurdle (50/1) at Cork (16f, heavy) 15 days ago. Yard also saddles Pete So High.

Fair Flat winner. Twice-raced maiden over hurdles. Fair winner at 11f on flat. Thirteenth of 14 in novice hurdle (50/1) at Cork (16f, heavy) 15 days ago. Yard also saddles Pete So High.

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2
7P-4506
iT
Red, yellow diamond, black sleeves, yellow armlet, black cap (D G O'Connor)

Bazarov 15 

br g Stowaway - Booley Bay (Gulland)

5 11-4 t
-
5 11-4 t
-

Twice-raced maiden under Rules. Tongue strap on for 1st time, sixth of 14 in novice hurdle at Cork (16f, heavy, 66/1) on hurdles bow 15 days ago.

Twice-raced maiden under Rules. Tongue strap on for 1st time, sixth of 14 in novice hurdle at Cork (16f, heavy, 66/1) on hurdles bow 15 days ago.

3
0-0055
iT
Red, white star, white & red hooped sleeves, red cap (Barry Healy)

Boherard Boy 20 

b g Arakan - Shesmar (Shernazar)

5 11-4
-
5 11-4
-

Lightly-raced maiden. Creditable fifth of 15 in novice hurdle at Tramore (16f, heavy, 7/1) 20 days ago. Yard having good spell and he's in with an each-way shout.

Lightly-raced maiden. Creditable fifth of 15 in novice hurdle at Tramore (16f, heavy, 7/1) 20 days ago. Yard having good spell and he's in with an each-way shout.

4
P
iT
Red, white panel, white & red hooped sleeves, white cap (Eamonn Tarrant)

Doyen Bay 49 

b g Doyen - Send To War (Sendawar)

5 11-4
-
5 11-4
-

€15,000 3-y-o, Doyen gelding. Dam unraced half-sister to French 2¼m hurdle winner Sharbasia. Pulled up sole start between the flags and probably best watched on Rules debut.

€15,000 3-y-o, Doyen gelding. Dam unraced half-sister to French 2¼m hurdle winner Sharbasia. Pulled up sole start between the flags and probably best watched on Rules debut.

5
F8-
iT
Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlet, light blue & red quartered cap (A Brooks)

Force Of Forces (FR)  363 

g g Gris De Gris - Rose Bombon (Cadoudal)

5 11-4
-
5 11-4
-

Twice-raced maiden. 15/2, eighth of 11 in juvenile hurdle at Bangor (16.7f, soft). Off 12 months and first run for yard after leaving Venetia Williams. One to note in the betting.

Twice-raced maiden. 15/2, eighth of 11 in juvenile hurdle at Bangor (16.7f, soft). Off 12 months and first run for yard after leaving Venetia Williams. One to note in the betting.

6
0-4432
iT
Orange, black star , black & orange hooped sleeves, orange cap, black star (G McGrath)

Jetez 24 

b g Getaway - Miss Squiff (Saddlers' Hall)

5 11-4
-
5 11-4
-

Lightly-raced maiden under Rules. Good second of 15 in novice hurdle at Leopardstown (20.2f, soft, 10/1) 24 days ago. Back down in trip and very much the one to beat.

Lightly-raced maiden under Rules. Good second of 15 in novice hurdle at Leopardstown (20.2f, soft, 10/1) 24 days ago. Back down in trip and very much the one to beat.

7
44
iT
Dark blue (Mrs John Magnier)

Last Man Standing 101 

ch g Flemensfirth - Tricky Present (Presenting)

5 11-4
-
5 11-4
-

Twice-raced maiden. 5/2, fourth of 16 in novice hurdle at this C&D (good) 101 days ago. Likely to do better in due course and place possibilities.

Twice-raced maiden. 5/2, fourth of 16 in novice hurdle at this C&D (good) 101 days ago. Likely to do better in due course and place possibilities.

8
07
iT
Yellow, maroon stars, yellow & emerald green hooped sleeves & cap (Edward Cawley)

Misty Hollow 20 

b g Beat Hollow - Storm Whistle (Toulon)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Twice-raced maiden. 66/1 and hooded for 1st time, seventh of 15 in novice hurdle at Fairyhouse (20f, heavy) 20 days ago. Others preferred.

Twice-raced maiden. 66/1 and hooded for 1st time, seventh of 15 in novice hurdle at Fairyhouse (20f, heavy) 20 days ago. Others preferred.

9
58
iT
Yellow, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star (Barry Connell)

Speaker Connolly 24 

b g Court Cave - Kylebeg Dancer (General Monash)

5 11-4
-
5 11-4
-

Promising type. 20/1, eighth of 13 in bumper at Leopardstown (16f, soft) on bumper debut 24 days ago. Switches from bumpers to hurdles and should improve.

Promising type. 20/1, eighth of 13 in bumper at Leopardstown (16f, soft) on bumper debut 24 days ago. Switches from bumpers to hurdles and should improve.

10
0
iT
Royal blue, yellow epaulettes, hooped sleeves, yellow cap, royal blue star (Pauric Joseph Conlon & John Devine)

Devine Star 52 

b f Westerner - Valleyboggan (Saddlers' Hall)

5 10-11
-
5 10-11
-

Once-raced maiden. 100/1, fifteenth of 18 in novice hurdle at this C&D (soft) on NH debut 52 days ago.

Once-raced maiden. 100/1, fifteenth of 18 in novice hurdle at this C&D (soft) on NH debut 52 days ago.

11
6
iT
Red, white cross of lorraine, white & orange hooped cap (Mrs Ellen Leahy)

No Holdenback 26 

b f Oscar - Patterdan (Presenting)

5 10-11
-
5 10-11
-

Once-raced maiden. Sixth of 13 in bumper at Limerick (16f, heavy, 33/1) on NH debut 26 days ago. Makes hurdles debut.

Once-raced maiden. Sixth of 13 in bumper at Limerick (16f, heavy, 33/1) on NH debut 26 days ago. Makes hurdles debut.

12
097
iT
Red & black check, black sleeves, red seams, red cap, black star (Buffalo Blues Syndicate)

Buffalo Blues (GB)  21 

b g Harbour Watch - Artistic License (Chevalier)

4 10-10
-
4 10-10
-

Fair Flat winner. Thrice-raced maiden over hurdles. 66/1, seventh of 9 in juvenile hurdle at Punchestown (16f, heavy) 21 days ago.

Fair Flat winner. Thrice-raced maiden over hurdles. 66/1, seventh of 9 in juvenile hurdle at Punchestown (16f, heavy) 21 days ago.

13
34
iT
Maroon, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star (Gigginstown House Stud)

Pete So High (GER)  25 

b g High Chaparral - Paulaya (Peintre Celebre)

4 10-10
-
4 10-10
-

Fairly useful Flat winner. Twice-raced maiden over hurdles. Fairly useful winner at 12f on flat. 7/2, fourth of 19 in juvenile hurdle at Leopardstown (16f, soft) 25 days ago. Trainer going well.

Fairly useful Flat winner. Twice-raced maiden over hurdles. Fairly useful winner at 12f on flat. 7/2, fourth of 19 in juvenile hurdle at Leopardstown (16f, soft) 25 days ago. Trainer going well.

14
iT
Red, pink hoop, pink armlet, red cap (Sullivan Bloodstock Limited)

Saglawy (FR)  (259F) 

bay g Youmzain - Spasha (Shamardal)

4 10-10
-
4 10-10
-

199/10, 10½ lengths last of 5 to Phelps Win in Prix de Guiche at Chantilly (9f, good to soft). Off 8 months. First run for yard after leaving N. Clement. Force of Forces appears to be the stable No 1.

199/10, 10½ lengths last of 5 to Phelps Win in Prix de Guiche at Chantilly (9f, good to soft). Off 8 months. First run for yard after leaving N. Clement. Force of Forces appears to be the stable No 1.

15
8
iT
Yellow, royal blue triple diamond, royal blue diamonds on sleeves, yellow cap, royal blue diamonds (Mrs Anne McMahon)

Classical Rock 26 

b g Thewayyouare - Source Of Light (Diamond Green)

4 10-5
-
4 10-5
-

Fair maiden on the Flat. Once-raced maiden. 33/1, first run since leaving Darren Bunyan when eighth of 13 in juvenile hurdle at Limerick (16f, heavy) on NH debut 26 days ago.

Fair maiden on the Flat. Once-raced maiden. 33/1, first run since leaving Darren Bunyan when eighth of 13 in juvenile hurdle at Limerick (16f, heavy) on NH debut 26 days ago.

16
0
iT
Dark blue, white seams, white spots on cap (Mrs Audrey O'Dwyer)

I've Got Rhythm 15 

b g Approve - Batilde (Victory Piper)

4 10-5
-
4 10-5
-

Fair maiden on the Flat. Once-raced maiden. 28/1, eleventh of 14 in novice hurdle at Cork (16f, heavy) on NH debut 15 days ago.

Fair maiden on the Flat. Once-raced maiden. 28/1, eleventh of 14 in novice hurdle at Cork (16f, heavy) on NH debut 15 days ago.

17
5
iT
Grey, dark green epaulettes, dark green cap, grey star (John Hughes Bloodstock Limited)

Permanent (GB)  26 

b g Invincible Spirit - Love Everlasting (Pursuit of Love)

4 10-5
-
4 10-5
-

Once-raced maiden. Fifth of 13 in juvenile hurdle at Limerick (16f, heavy, 66/1) on NH debut 26 days ago.

Once-raced maiden. Fifth of 13 in juvenile hurdle at Limerick (16f, heavy, 66/1) on NH debut 26 days ago.

18
iT
Black, red stars on sleeves, hooped cap (Darren Cahill)

Nisior Donn (89F) 

b f Intense Focus - Gypsie Queen (Xaar)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Modest maiden on the Flat, making jumps debut. Seventh of 16 in maiden at Fairyhouse (6f, heavy, 50/1) 89 days ago. Stamina very much to prove.

Modest maiden on the Flat, making jumps debut. Seventh of 16 in maiden at Fairyhouse (6f, heavy, 50/1) 89 days ago. Stamina very much to prove.

19
06
iT
Dark blue, orange seams, orange cap, dark blue spots (J A Griffin)

Physicist 20 

b g Galileo - Impressionist Art (Giant's Causeway)

Non Runner (Reserve)

Non Runner (Reserve)

Fair maiden on the Flat. Twice-raced maiden. 28/1, last of 6 in juvenile hurdle at Musselburgh (15.6f, good to soft) 20 days ago. RESERVE.

Fair maiden on the Flat. Twice-raced maiden. 28/1, last of 6 in juvenile hurdle at Musselburgh (15.6f, good to soft) 20 days ago. RESERVE.

20
iT
Red, emerald green stars, red sleeves, striped cap (J F Carroll)

Myanne 

b f Golan - Vanishing Queen

Non Runner (Reserve)

Non Runner (Reserve)

Golan mare. Dam unraced. RESERVE.

Golan mare. Dam unraced. RESERVE.

21
iT
Emerald green, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap (Ann & Alan Potts Limited)

Sizing Joshua 

b g Flemensfirth - Alleygrove Lass (Alderbrook)

Non Runner (Reserve)

Non Runner (Reserve)

€110,000 3-y-o, Flemensfirth gelding. RESERVE.

€110,000 3-y-o, Flemensfirth gelding. RESERVE.

Verdict

JETEZ brings the strongest form to the table, having placed at both Punchestown and Leopardstown either side of Christmas, and he will prove difficult to beat. Pete So High also ran well in a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting, finishing eight and three-quarter lengths fourth behind impressive winner Mr Adjudicator. He should give another good account, while 1m1f Flat scorer Saglawy might prove best of Willie Mullins' duo.

Verdict

This represents a good opportunity for JETEZ to open his account. The 5-y-o was runner-up in a stronger maiden hurdle than this at Leopardstown during the Christmas period and sets a clear standard on that form. Pete So High and Last Man Standing both possess ability and Speaker Connolly is a likely improver, but Willie Mullins' duo Force of Forces and Saglawy may emerge as the main dangers.

13:50 Thurles (IRE) 21 Jan 2018

W.t. O'grady Memorial Irish Ebf Novice Hurdle (5YO plus)

Winner €8,932 - 8 run - Draw Advantage: None

2

2m 6f 61y

Heavy

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Weighed In
No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
204311
iT
Emerald green, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap (Ann & Alan Potts Limited)

Beyond The Law 10 

b g Westerner - Thegoodwans Sister (Executive Perk)

6 11-10 t
-
6 11-10 t
-

Useful hurdler. 7/1, career best when winning 6-runner minor event hurdle at Clonmel (18.8f, heavy) 10 days ago, forging clear. Clearly on the upgrade and merits respect.

Useful hurdler. 7/1, career best when winning 6-runner minor event hurdle at Clonmel (18.8f, heavy) 10 days ago, forging clear. Clearly on the upgrade and merits respect.

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511
iT
Yellow, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star (Barry Connell)

Dom Dolo (FR)  35 

b g Special Kaldoun - Toscane Des Fleurs

5 11-7
129
5 11-7
129

Promising type. 10/3, won 7-runner minor event hurdle at this course (23.2f, heavy) 35 days ago, plenty in hand. Looks a bright prospect and high on the shortlist.

Promising type. 10/3, won 7-runner minor event hurdle at this course (23.2f, heavy) 35 days ago, plenty in hand. Looks a bright prospect and high on the shortlist.

3
3211/0-1
iT
Maroon & white diamonds, white sleeves, white cap, maroon diamond (Martin McDonagh & Paul G Murphy & M J Nixon)

Articulum 63 

b g Definite Article - Lugante (Luso)

8 11-5
-
8 11-5
-

Promising sort. Career best when winning 11-runner novice hurdle at Cork (16f, heavy, 4/1) on hurdles bow 63 days ago, cruising clear. This former point winner should benefit from this stiffer test.

Promising sort. Career best when winning 11-runner novice hurdle at Cork (16f, heavy, 4/1) on hurdles bow 63 days ago, cruising clear. This former point winner should benefit from this stiffer test.

4
2/2221
iT
Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves, light green cap (Mrs S Ricci)

Sympa Des Flos (FR)  25 

che g Tiger Groom - Je Te Donne

6 11-5 t1 h
-
6 11-5 t1 h
-

Fairly useful hurdler. Career best when winning 16-runner novice hurdle (evens) at Limerick (22f, heavy) 25 days ago, easily. However, this is much tougher. Tongue strap on 1st time.

Fairly useful hurdler. Career best when winning 16-runner novice hurdle (evens) at Limerick (22f, heavy) 25 days ago, easily. However, this is much tougher. Tongue strap on 1st time.

5
2/2742-1
iT
Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap (Mrs S Ricci)

Burrows Saint (FR)  64 

b g Saint Des Saints - La Bombonera (Mansonnien)

5 11-2 t1
-
5 11-2 t1
-

Fairly useful hurdler. First run since leaving Guillaume Macaire when won 19-runner novice hurdle (4/5) at Punchestown (20f, soft) on IRE NH debut 64 days ago, all out. Tongue strap on 1st time.

Fairly useful hurdler. First run since leaving Guillaume Macaire when won 19-runner novice hurdle (4/5) at Punchestown (20f, soft) on IRE NH debut 64 days ago, all out. Tongue strap on 1st time.

6
2-12
iT
Royal blue, pink disc, maroon sleeves, royal blue stars, dark blue cap, pink spots (Andrew Gemmell & Thomas Friel)

Discorama (FR)  26 

b g Saddler Maker - Quentala

5 11-2
-
5 11-2
-

Thrice-raced winner. 5/1, second of 6 in minor event hurdle at Limerick (20f, heavy) 26 days ago. Yard in good form and another bold show likely.

Thrice-raced winner. 5/1, second of 6 in minor event hurdle at Limerick (20f, heavy) 26 days ago. Yard in good form and another bold show likely.

7
1-161
iT
Maroon, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star (Gigginstown House Stud)

Dortmund Park (FR)  20 

bay g Great Pretender - Qena (Le Balafre)

5 11-2 t
-
5 11-2 t
-

Fairly useful hurdler. Tongue strap on for 1st time, won 15-runner novice hurdle (11/4) at Fairyhouse (20f, heavy) 20 days ago, suited by increase in trip. Stable in good form. May well do better.

Fairly useful hurdler. Tongue strap on for 1st time, won 15-runner novice hurdle (11/4) at Fairyhouse (20f, heavy) 20 days ago, suited by increase in trip. Stable in good form. May well do better.

8
224443
iT
Red, emerald green sash & sleeves, yellow cap (Michael J Bowe)

High Nellie 63 

b f High Chaparral - Daisy A Day (Asir)

8 10-12
114
8 10-12
114

Fairly useful hurdler. 5/1, third of 10 in novice chase at Cork (21f, heavy) on debut over fences 63 days ago, barely adequate test. Switches from chase to hurdles and looks up against it.

Fairly useful hurdler. 5/1, third of 10 in novice chase at Cork (21f, heavy) on debut over fences 63 days ago, barely adequate test. Switches from chase to hurdles and looks up against it.

Verdict

Beyond The Law is very effective on bottomless ground, as two 22-length victories prove, and he warrants plenty of respect in his bid to complete the hat-trick, but BURROWS SAINT shades the verdict in receipt of 8lb. He bravely saw off subsequent winner Flawless Escape (first race selection Jetez third) on his Irish debut at Punchestown in November and stepping up two furlongs, along with being fitted with a first-time tongue-tie, could bring about plenty of improvement. Dom Dolo and Discorama are others to note.

Verdict

Several promising types on show and DOM DOLO could be the pick of them. Indeed, he was impressive here last month and appeals as the type to develop into a live contender for a race such as the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival in March. Articulum was a facile winner on his comeback run at Cork and is feared most ahead of Discorama and the hat-trick seeking Beyond The Law.

14:20 Thurles (IRE) 21 Jan 2018

Matty Ryan Memorial Handicap Hurdle (4YO plus)

Winner €11,396 - 12 run - Draw Advantage: None

3

2m

Heavy

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No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
618551
iT
Emerald green & orange hooped, white cap (John P McManus)

Getoutwhenyoucan 51 

br g Beneficial - Ballycleary (Phardante)

9 11-9 p
127
9 11-9 p
127

C&D winner. 2 wins from 6 runs this season. 6/1, career best when winning 8-runner handicap hurdle at Limerick (16f, heavy) 51 days ago, digging deep. Up 6 lb.

C&D winner. 2 wins from 6 runs this season. 6/1, career best when winning 8-runner handicap hurdle at Limerick (16f, heavy) 51 days ago, digging deep. Up 6 lb.

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2
32-4463
iT
Maroon, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star (Gigginstown House Stud)

Icario (FR)  24 

ch g Soldier of Fortune - Indianapolis (Tiger Hill)

5 10-13 t h
119
5 10-13 t h
119

Respectable third of 17 in novice hurdle at Limerick (16f, heavy, 7/1) 24 days ago. Stable having good spell. Can give a good account without posing serious threat to principals.

Respectable third of 17 in novice hurdle at Limerick (16f, heavy, 7/1) 24 days ago. Stable having good spell. Can give a good account without posing serious threat to principals.

3
P5-344P
iT
White, black cross sashes & sleeves, red cap (James O'Donoghue)

Knockraha Pylon 15 

b f King's Theatre - Wyndham Miss Sally (Flemensfirth)

8 10-13 t
117
8 10-13 t
117

C&D winner. Pulled up in handicap hurdle at Cork (20f, heavy, 10/1) 15 days ago, pulled up before last. Not taken lightly.

C&D winner. Pulled up in handicap hurdle at Cork (20f, heavy, 10/1) 15 days ago, pulled up before last. Not taken lightly.

4
P13P0-P
iT
Light green, royal blue star & sleeves, light green cap (Michael J Slattery & Karl Slattery)

Westerners Son 25 

b g Westerner - Perfect Prospect (Golan)

10 10-12 b
116
10 10-12 b
116

Pulled up in handicap chase at Limerick (19.6f, heavy, 25/1) 25 days ago, no threat soon after. Switches from chase to hurdles and blinkers back on.

Pulled up in handicap chase at Limerick (19.6f, heavy, 25/1) 25 days ago, no threat soon after. Switches from chase to hurdles and blinkers back on.

5
2251F3
iT
Dark green, white chevron, white armlet, white diamond on cap (Byrnsey Boys Syndicate)

Rosie Alice 26 

ch f Beneficial - Caltra Royale (Moscow Society)

7 10-11
115
7 10-11
115

Latest win in chase at Kilbeggan in September. Respectable third of 9 in handicap hurdle (7/1) at Limerick (16f, heavy) 26 days ago. Must improve.

Latest win in chase at Kilbeggan in September. Respectable third of 9 in handicap hurdle (7/1) at Limerick (16f, heavy) 26 days ago. Must improve.

6
1/3750
iT
Emerald Green & Orange Hooped, emerald green cap, white star (John P McManus)

Miracle In Medinah (GB)  23 

b g Milan - Annaghbrack (Rudimentary)

7 10-10
114
7 10-10
114

Lightly-raced winner under Rules. Useful winner at 16f in bumpers. 14/1, eleventh of 15 in handicap hurdle at Leopardstown (20f, soft) 23 days ago (reportedly suffered with a breathing problem).

Lightly-raced winner under Rules. Useful winner at 16f in bumpers. 14/1, eleventh of 15 in handicap hurdle at Leopardstown (20f, soft) 23 days ago (reportedly suffered with a breathing problem).

7
316761
iT
Royal blue, royal blue & white striped sleeves, yellow cap, dark blue spots (Mrs Elizabeth Stack)

Shower Cross 26 

g g Portrait Gallery - Storming Rose (Glacial Storm)

7 10-10 h
114
7 10-10 h
114

Lightly-raced winner under NH rules. 9/4, career best when winning 13-runner novice hurdle at Limerick (19f, heavy) on hurdles bow 26 days ago, travelling strongly. Makes handicap hurdle debut.

Lightly-raced winner under NH rules. 9/4, career best when winning 13-runner novice hurdle at Limerick (19f, heavy) on hurdles bow 26 days ago, travelling strongly. Makes handicap hurdle debut.

8
142560
iT
White & purple diamonds, emerald green sleeves, white armlet, emerald green & white striped cap (Ms G C Murphy)

Jefferson Davis 26 

b g Duke Of Marmalade - Samorra (In The Wings)

5 10-7
113
5 10-7
113

20/1, nineteenth of 26 in handicap hurdle at Leopardstown (18f, good to soft) 26 days ago. Others more persuasive.

20/1, nineteenth of 26 in handicap hurdle at Leopardstown (18f, good to soft) 26 days ago. Others more persuasive.

9
7-8011
iT
Dark blue, white chevron, diabolo on sleeves, red cap (Cubomania Syndicate)

Cubomania 20 

roa g Halling - Surrealism (Pivotal)

5 10-5 t
111
5 10-5 t
111

Lightly-raced winner over hurdles. Career best when winning 9-runner handicap hurdle at Tramore (16f, heavy, 2/1) 20 days ago. Stable having good spell and he's a leading contender.

Lightly-raced winner over hurdles. Career best when winning 9-runner handicap hurdle at Tramore (16f, heavy, 2/1) 20 days ago. Stable having good spell and he's a leading contender.

10
30086-4
iT
Pink & white diamonds (Rockview Racing Club)

Get Out Of Jail 83 

b g Authorized - Dashing Beauty (Daggers Drawn)

7 10-3 t b
107
7 10-3 t b
107

Blinkers on for 1st time in this code, bit below form fourth of 9 in handicap hurdle (11/4) at Wexford (16f, soft) 83 days ago.

Blinkers on for 1st time in this code, bit below form fourth of 9 in handicap hurdle (11/4) at Wexford (16f, soft) 83 days ago.

11
6633P4
iT
Maroon, dark blue & maroon striped sleeves, dark blue cap, maroon star (Bitview Partnership)

Cluan Dara 20 

b g Scorpion - Long Walk Home (Presenting)

6 10-0 b
104
6 10-0 b
104

9/2 and blinkered for 1st time, respectable fourth of 8 in handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse (16f, heavy) 20 days ago. Needs a couple of these to falter.

9/2 and blinkered for 1st time, respectable fourth of 8 in handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse (16f, heavy) 20 days ago. Needs a couple of these to falter.

12
5P9-6F7
iT
Black & pink diamonds, halved sleeves, white cap (William Hurley & Mrs Aisling Hurley)

Jazz Ranger 45 

b g Bushranger - Dixieland Jazz (Cadeaux Genereux)

6 9-10
100
6 9-10
100

Below form seventh of 14 in handicap hurdle at Clonmel (16.3f, heavy, 10/1) 45 days ago. Bit to prove at present.

Below form seventh of 14 in handicap hurdle at Clonmel (16.3f, heavy, 10/1) 45 days ago. Bit to prove at present.

Verdict

CUBOMANIA is unbeaten in both starts since joining Gordon Elliott and, although a further 9lb hike in the ratings will obviously make life a lot tougher, the progressive five-year-old is fancied to score again. Getoutwhenyoucan has been put up 6lb for his game Limerick success but has the talented Donal McInerney taking 5lb off. He must enter calculations along with Shower Cross, who readily won his maiden last time, and another of Elliott's inmates in Icario.

Verdict

CUBOMANIA made it 2-2 for Gordon Elliott when scoring in decisive fashion at Tramore on New Year's Day. A 7 lb rise for that is fair enough and the hat-trick beckons for this progressive 5-y-o. Shower Cross ran away with a Limerick maiden hurdle on Boxing Day and brings potential to the table, while Knockraha Pylon and Get Out of Jail are live each-way contenders.

14:50 Thurles (IRE) 21 Jan 2018

Horse & Jockey Hotel Kinloch Brae Chase (grade 3) (Class 1) (6YO plus)

Winner €26,550 - 4 run - Draw Advantage: None

4

2m 4f

Heavy

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No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
514242
iT
Maroon, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star (Gigginstown House Stud)

A Toi Phil (FR)  20 

b g Day Flight - Lucidrile (Beyssac)

8 11-8 t
155
8 11-8 t
155

Very smart chaser. Seven wins from 21 NH runs. 11/4, 13 lengths second of 4 to Bachasson in listed chase at Tramore (21f, heavy) 20 days ago, no match for winner. Obvious claims.

Very smart chaser. Seven wins from 21 NH runs. 11/4, 13 lengths second of 4 to Bachasson in listed chase at Tramore (21f, heavy) 20 days ago, no match for winner. Obvious claims.

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3133/10-
iT
White & red hoops, striped sleeves, hooped cap (Laurence V Halley)

Arctic Skipper 389 

b g Flemensfirth - Coco Opera (Lafontaine)

9 11-8 t1
147
9 11-8 t1
147

Latest win in chase at Navan in November 2016. 100/1, well-beaten tenth of 13 to Outlander in Lexus Chase at Leopardstown (24f, good to soft). Off 12 months and tongue strap on 1st time.

Latest win in chase at Navan in November 2016. 100/1, well-beaten tenth of 13 to Outlander in Lexus Chase at Leopardstown (24f, good to soft). Off 12 months and tongue strap on 1st time.

3
1-F3314
iT
Royal blue, grey cap (Mrs T K Cooper & Miss Diana Cooper & Mrs C A Waters)

Woodland Opera 25 

br g Robin Des Champs - Opera Hat (Strong Gale)

8 11-8 t
149
8 11-8 t
149

Smart chaser. Latest win in chase at Punchestown in November. Well-beaten fourth of 6 to Simply Ned in Paddy Power Cashcard Chase (14/1) at Leopardstown (17f, good to soft) 25 days ago.

Smart chaser. Latest win in chase at Punchestown in November. Well-beaten fourth of 6 to Simply Ned in Paddy Power Cashcard Chase (14/1) at Leopardstown (17f, good to soft) 25 days ago.

4
31/1F-3
iT
Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap (Mrs S Ricci)

American Tom (FR)  71 

b g American Post - Kirkla (Bikala)

7 11-0
148
7 11-0
148

Useful chaser. Creditable 6½ lengths third of 6 to Ball D'arc in Poplar Square Chase at Naas (16f, heavy, 7/4) 71 days ago, going with enthusiasm. Up in trip and open to improvement.

Useful chaser. Creditable 6½ lengths third of 6 to Ball D'arc in Poplar Square Chase at Naas (16f, heavy, 7/4) 71 days ago, going with enthusiasm. Up in trip and open to improvement.

5
3222/14-
iT
Maroon, white star & armlet, white cap (Gigginstown House Stud)

Nambour (GER)  427 

b g Sholokhov - Nanouska (Dashing Blade)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Useful hurdler. Useful winner at 18f over hurdles. 12¼ lengths fourth of 6 to A Toi Phil in Gr 2 chase (7/2) at Punchestown (22.5f, good to soft). Off 14 months and entitled to need the run.

Useful hurdler. Useful winner at 18f over hurdles. 12¼ lengths fourth of 6 to A Toi Phil in Gr 2 chase (7/2) at Punchestown (22.5f, good to soft). Off 14 months and entitled to need the run.

Verdict

A Toi Phil seldom runs a bad race and sets the standard with his rating of 155, but preference is for the less exposed AMERICAN TOM. The American Post gelding has always been held in high regard by Willie Mullins' camp and returned from a 10-month absence to run a mighty race in Grade 3 company at Naas in November, only giving way late on. He is entitled to be a lot sharper today and can hopefully now start to fulfil his promise. Woodland Opera probably prefers better ground but does have a big engine, while Nambour and Arctic Skipper may both need the run.

Verdict

AMERICAN TOM posted a creditable effort when returning from a 10-month absence at Naas in November and, entitled to be sharper this time and with the promise of better to come, he will take some pegging back. A Toi Phil is a solid operator at this level and is the clear main danger ahead of Woodland Opera.

15:20 Thurles (IRE) 21 Jan 2018

Coolmore National Hunt Sires Irish Ebf Mares Novice Chase (grade 2) (Class 1) (5YO plus)

Winner €33,925 - 7 run - Draw Advantage: None

5

2m 4f

Heavy

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No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
FF30-U3
iT
Light green, white sleeves, yellow cap (T A Crowe)

Girly Girl 14 

b f Golan - Clan Music (Accordion)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Fairly useful chaser. Twelve runs since last win in 2016. 4/1, bit below form third of 6 in novice chase at Naas (16f, heavy) 14 days ago. Back up in trip.

Fairly useful chaser. Twelve runs since last win in 2016. 4/1, bit below form third of 6 in novice chase at Naas (16f, heavy) 14 days ago. Back up in trip.

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3211P-1
iT
Orange, black stars on sleeves, black cap, orange star (Leo McArdle)

Kate Appleby Shoes 23 

b f Flemensfirth - Gotta Goa (Publisher)

9 11-0
-
9 11-0
-

Promising type. Career best when winning 7-runner novice chase at Limerick (19.6f, heavy, 11/8) on debut over fences 23 days ago. Open to progress.

Promising type. Career best when winning 7-runner novice chase at Limerick (19.6f, heavy, 11/8) on debut over fences 23 days ago. Open to progress.

3
1-321F2
iT
Emerald green, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap (Ann & Alan Potts Limited)

Magic Of Light 50 

b f Flemensfirth - Quest Of Passion (Saumarez)

7 11-0
125
7 11-0
125

Fairly useful chaser. Latest win in chase at Fairyhouse in November. 6/4, good 6 lengths second of 7 to Youcantcallherthat in handicap chase at that course (20f, soft) 50 days ago. Should improve.

Fairly useful chaser. Latest win in chase at Fairyhouse in November. 6/4, good 6 lengths second of 7 to Youcantcallherthat in handicap chase at that course (20f, soft) 50 days ago. Should improve.

4
0-7F394
iT
Emerald green, purple star, diabolo on sleeves, purple star on cap (Coolglen Syndicate)

Mill Quest 15 

br f Milan - Solar Quest (King's Ride)

8 11-0
105
8 11-0
105

Fair hurdler. Fair winner at 20f over hurdles. Bit below form fourth of 9 in handicap chase at Cork (20f, heavy, 6/1) 15 days ago. Difficult ask.

Fair hurdler. Fair winner at 20f over hurdles. Bit below form fourth of 9 in handicap chase at Cork (20f, heavy, 6/1) 15 days ago. Difficult ask.

5
121122
iT
Royal blue & white stripes, red sleeves, emerald green cap (Connery Family Syndicate)

Miss Eyecatcher 66 

b f King's Theatre - Miss Generosity (Generous)

7 11-0 h
130
7 11-0 h
130

Fairly useful chaser. 3 wins from 8 runs this season. 5/1, respectable 22 lengths second of 10 to Dinaria Des Obeaux in listed chase at Clonmel (20.6f, heavy) 66 days ago, no match for winner.

Fairly useful chaser. 3 wins from 8 runs this season. 5/1, respectable 22 lengths second of 10 to Dinaria Des Obeaux in listed chase at Clonmel (20.6f, heavy) 66 days ago, no match for winner.

6
5243PP-
iT
Brown, light green cross sashes, striped cap (Mrs W Harney)

Robbina 346 

br f Robin Des Champs - Sorrentina (Muroto)

8 11-0
-
8 11-0
-

Modest hurdler. Remains a maiden after 21 NH runs. 40/1, pulled up in novice hurdle at this course (22.3f, soft), pulled up after 3 out. Off 11 months and makes chase debut.

Modest hurdler. Remains a maiden after 21 NH runs. 40/1, pulled up in novice hurdle at this course (22.3f, soft), pulled up after 3 out. Off 11 months and makes chase debut.

7
7-2F118
iT
Royal blue, red cross sashes, white sleeves, red stars, white cap (Lostwelton Syndicate)

Youcantcallherthat 25 

b f Brian Boru - Fruitful Venture (Fruits Of Love)

7 11-0
127
7 11-0
127

Fairly useful chaser. 2 wins from 5 runs this season. 8/1, bit below form eighth of 15 in handicap chase at Limerick (19.6f, heavy) 25 days ago. Booking of Russell a plus.

Fairly useful chaser. 2 wins from 5 runs this season. 8/1, bit below form eighth of 15 in handicap chase at Limerick (19.6f, heavy) 25 days ago. Booking of Russell a plus.

8
45-1146
iT
Maroon, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star (Gigginstown House Stud)

Dinaria Des Obeaux (FR)  23 

b f Saddler Maker - Indiana Jaune (Le Nain Jaune)

5 10-7 t
-
5 10-7 t
-

Useful chaser. Tailed-off sixth of 8 to Shattered Love in Neville Hotels Novices' Chase at Leopardstown (24f, soft, 9/1) 23 days ago. Trainer going well and very much the one to beat.

Useful chaser. Tailed-off sixth of 8 to Shattered Love in Neville Hotels Novices' Chase at Leopardstown (24f, soft, 9/1) 23 days ago. Trainer going well and very much the one to beat.

Verdict

DINARIA DES OBEAUX has been outclassed in Grade 1 company the last twice but this represents a drop in grade for Gordon Elliott's charge and she makes more appeal on her Listed victory at Clonmel in November. Magic Of Light lost little in defeat when second over 2m4f in a handicap at Fairyhouse last time and can fight it out with Kate Appleby Shoes, who won cosily in a beginners chase at Limerick in December, for the minor money.

Verdict

DINARIA DES OBEAUX ran no sort of a race when upped to 3m in a Leopardstown Grade 1 last time, but she should prove hard to beat back down in class/trip here. Gordon Elliott's charge was most impressive when brushing the re-opposing Miss Eyecatcher aside at Clonmel in November and sets a good standard on that form. Kate Appleby Shoes and Magic of Light can fill the places.

15:50 Thurles (IRE) 21 Jan 2018

Exit 6 To Horse & Jockey Handicap Chase (5YO plus)

Winner €11,088 - 11 run - Draw Advantage: None

6

2m 5f 141y

Heavy

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Weighed In
No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
5U113F
iT
Emerald green & orange hooped, white cap (John P McManus)

Teacher's Pet 25 

b f Oscar - Castlecrossings (Broken Hearted)

7 11-7 t
126
7 11-7 t
126

Two wins from 6 runs this season. Fell in handicap chase at Leopardstown (24.4f, good to soft, 25/1) 25 days ago too far out to suggest outcome. Looks competitive on form.

Two wins from 6 runs this season. Fell in handicap chase at Leopardstown (24.4f, good to soft, 25/1) 25 days ago too far out to suggest outcome. Looks competitive on form.

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3P3P-6P
iT
Emerald Green & Orange Hooped, emerald green cap, white star (John P McManus)

Vent De La Cote (FR)  25 

bay g Secret Singer - Esnea (Mbaiki)

9 11-7 t p
126
9 11-7 t p
126

28/1 and cheekpieces on for 1st time, pulled up in handicap chase at Limerick (19.6f, heavy) 25 days ago, weakening after 3 out.

28/1 and cheekpieces on for 1st time, pulled up in handicap chase at Limerick (19.6f, heavy) 25 days ago, weakening after 3 out.

3
FP-855U
iT
Emerald Green & Orange Hooped, red cap (John P McManus)

Minella Till Dawn 26 

br g Shantou - Have At It (Supreme Leader)

6 11-5
124
6 11-5
124

Useful winner at 20f over hurdles. Unseated rider in handicap chase (16/1) at Leopardstown (17f, good to soft) 26 days ago. Up in trip. Yard in good form but this is a difficult ask.

Useful winner at 20f over hurdles. Unseated rider in handicap chase (16/1) at Leopardstown (17f, good to soft) 26 days ago. Up in trip. Yard in good form but this is a difficult ask.

4
P5-4347
iT
Maroon, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star (Gigginstown House Stud)

Fire In His Eyes 20 

br g Stowaway - Carrigeen Kohleria (Luso)

7 11-0 t p1
119
7 11-0 t p1
119

Useful winner at 20f over hurdles. Good seventh of 12 in handicap chase (7/1) at Fairyhouse (25f, heavy) 20 days ago. Stable having good spell and booking of Russell a plus. Cheekpieces on 1st time.

Useful winner at 20f over hurdles. Good seventh of 12 in handicap chase (7/1) at Fairyhouse (25f, heavy) 20 days ago. Stable having good spell and booking of Russell a plus. Cheekpieces on 1st time.

5
414226
iT
Yellow, maroon stars, yellow & emerald green hooped sleeves & cap (Edward Cawley)

Nobody Home 23 

b g Trans Island - Native House (Carroll House)

8 10-12 h
117
8 10-12 h
117

Latest win in chase at Kilbeggan in August. 12/1, creditable sixth of 19 in handicap chase at Leopardstown (21f, soft) 23 days ago. Hood back on and he's a live each-way contender.

Latest win in chase at Kilbeggan in August. 12/1, creditable sixth of 19 in handicap chase at Leopardstown (21f, soft) 23 days ago. Hood back on and he's a live each-way contender.

6
745-885
iT
Maroon & white stripes, pink cap (Dominic J Jones)

Kopookris 35 

b g Kris Kin - Kopoosha (Montelimar)

7 10-9
114
7 10-9
114

20/1, bit below form fifth of 9 in novice chase at this course (18f, heavy) 35 days ago. Up in trip on handicap chase debut and improvement needed.

20/1, bit below form fifth of 9 in novice chase at this course (18f, heavy) 35 days ago. Up in trip on handicap chase debut and improvement needed.

7
8060P-P
iT
Light blue, dark blue sleeves, dark blue cap, light blue star (T Tynan)

Positive Approach 26 

b g Aboo Hom - Toureen Star (Shardari)

10 10-9
114
10 10-9
114

Pulled up in handicap chase (14/1) at Limerick (19.6f, heavy) 26 days ago, stumbled sixth. Best to look elsewhere.

Pulled up in handicap chase (14/1) at Limerick (19.6f, heavy) 26 days ago, stumbled sixth. Best to look elsewhere.

8
2P-7721
iT
Red, emerald green cross of lorraine, red sleeves, emerald green seams, white cap (T Treacy & Sean O'Connell)

Cappacurry Zak 23 

ch g Arakan - Girl From De North (Flemensfirth)

9 10-7 p
112
9 10-7 p
112

Career best when winning 10-runner minor event chase (3/1) at Limerick (22.6f, heavy) 23 days ago, forging clear. Has good chance on form.

Career best when winning 10-runner minor event chase (3/1) at Limerick (22.6f, heavy) 23 days ago, forging clear. Has good chance on form.

9
440-645
iT
Black & pink diamonds, halved sleeves, white cap (William Hurley & Mrs Aisling Hurley)

Head Turner 52 

b f High Chaparral - Special Cause (Fasliyev)

7 10-3
108
7 10-3
108

Fair winner at 12f on flat. Bit below form fifth of 13 in novice chase (33/1) at this course (18f, soft) 52 days ago. Up in trip on handicap chase debut.

Fair winner at 12f on flat. Bit below form fifth of 13 in novice chase (33/1) at this course (18f, soft) 52 days ago. Up in trip on handicap chase debut.

10
P-F7FU3
iT
Purple, yellow stars, purple sleeves, white cap (P Mulvihill)

Oscar Lantern 23 

b g Milan - Handy Cash (Flemensfirth)

9 10-2
107
9 10-2
107

Good 15 lengths third of 10 to Cappacurry Zak in minor event chase (10/1) at Limerick (22.6f, heavy) 23 days ago. Can give a good account without posing serious threat to principals.

Good 15 lengths third of 10 to Cappacurry Zak in minor event chase (10/1) at Limerick (22.6f, heavy) 23 days ago. Can give a good account without posing serious threat to principals.

11
11/000-F
iT
White, red stars, striped sleeves, white cap, red stars (Lettermacaward Partnership)

Lettermacaward 15 

b g Turtle Island - Inish Bofin (Glacial Storm)

12 10-1 p
106
12 10-1 p
106

Fair winner at 24f over hurdles. 33/1, fell in handicap chase at Cork (20f, heavy) 15 days ago, going with enthusiasm. Others make more appeal.

Fair winner at 24f over hurdles. 33/1, fell in handicap chase at Cork (20f, heavy) 15 days ago, going with enthusiasm. Others make more appeal.

Verdict

CAPPACURRY ZAK stayed on well at the finish when recording a 12-length victory over this trip at Limerick last month and is expected to give a good account off a mark of 112 now returned to handicap company. Fire In His Eyes is fitted with first-time cheekpieces as he bids to improve on his recent performance at Fairyhouse, when finishing midfield over 3m1f. The main danger, however, may be Teacher's Pet, who should find this easier than the Paddy Power Chase in which he fell latest.

Verdict

CAPPACURRY ZAK has responded well to the fitting of cheekpieces the last twice, latterly opening his account in this sphere at Limerick. On a workable mark back in handicap company, he is taken to strike again. Teacher's Pet, who fell in the valuable Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown during the Christmas period, will be a threat granted a clear round here and Nobody Home also enters calculations.

16:20 Thurles (IRE) 21 Jan 2018

Arctic Tack Stud Hunters Chase (5YO plus)

Winner €6,775 - 7 run - Draw Advantage: None

7

2m 7f 156y

Heavy

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Weighed In
No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
21111P-
iT
Yellow, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star (Barry Connell)

Foxrock 279 

b g Flemensfirth - Midnight Light (Roselier)

10 12-0 t v
150
10 12-0 t v
150

Useful chaser. C&D winner. Pulled up in handicap chase (14/1) at Fairyhouse (29f, good to soft). Visor refitted and major player if ready to roll on return/debut for new yard.

Useful chaser. C&D winner. Pulled up in handicap chase (14/1) at Fairyhouse (29f, good to soft). Visor refitted and major player if ready to roll on return/debut for new yard.

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F6F-312
iT
Emerald green, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap (Ann & Alan Potts Limited)

Venitien De Mai (FR)  26 

b g Network - Meylba (Grand Tresor)

9 12-0 p
135
9 12-0 p
135

Useful chaser. 9/2 and cheekpieces on for 1st time, creditable ¾-length second of 10 to Gilgamboa in hunter chase at Down Royal (22f, heavy) 26 days ago. Solid each-way claims.

Useful chaser. 9/2 and cheekpieces on for 1st time, creditable ¾-length second of 10 to Gilgamboa in hunter chase at Down Royal (22f, heavy) 26 days ago. Solid each-way claims.

3
4/2B-521
iT
Emerald green & orange hooped, white cap (John P McManus)

Gilgamboa 26 

b g Westerner - Hi Native (Be My Native)

10 11-11
150
10 11-11
150

Useful chaser. Didn't need to be at best when winning 10-runner hunter chase at Down Royal (22f, heavy, 5/4) 26 days ago by ¾ length from Venitien De Mai. Expected to be bang there once again.

Useful chaser. Didn't need to be at best when winning 10-runner hunter chase at Down Royal (22f, heavy, 5/4) 26 days ago by ¾ length from Venitien De Mai. Expected to be bang there once again.

4
PP82-31
iT
Brown, orange cross belts, hooped cap (W J Burke)

My Murphy 21 

b g Presenting - Fine De Claire (Teenoso)

12 11-11
140
12 11-11
140

Fairly useful chaser. Second of 5 in minor event chase at Clonmel (20f, heavy, 20/1), inadequate test. Successful between the flags recently but much more on his plate back in this sphere.

Fairly useful chaser. Second of 5 in minor event chase at Clonmel (20f, heavy, 20/1), inadequate test. Successful between the flags recently but much more on his plate back in this sphere.

5
2314F1
iT
White, black diamonds on sleeves, black diamonds on cap (Donal Finnan)

Ourmanmassini 49 

b g Dr Massini - Aunty Dawn (Strong Gale)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Temperamental sort. Bit below form third of 8 in handicap hurdle (8/1) at Market Rasen (20.6f, good to soft). Switches from hurdles to chase. First run for yard after leaving Suzy Smith.

Temperamental sort. Bit below form third of 8 in handicap hurdle (8/1) at Market Rasen (20.6f, good to soft). Switches from hurdles to chase. First run for yard after leaving Suzy Smith.

6
18P4-1F
iT
White, red sash, dark blue sleeves, red cap, white star (Thomas O'Flynn)

Quarry Rua 63 

ch g Croco Rouge - Adeline's Pearl (Phardante)

9 11-7 t1
99
9 11-7 t1
99

Lightly-raced maiden under NH rules. 7/2, fourth of 11 in hunter chase at Cork (24f, good). Off 9 months and tongue strap on for 1st time. Easy to look elsewhere.

Lightly-raced maiden under NH rules. 7/2, fourth of 11 in hunter chase at Cork (24f, good). Off 9 months and tongue strap on for 1st time. Easy to look elsewhere.

7
22-2112
iT
White, red inverted triangle, white cap (C A Wilson)

Wilcosdiana 14 

ch f Flemensfirth - Loch Lomond (Dry Dock)

8 11-4
-
8 11-4
-

Twice-raced winner in chases. 7/1, won 9-runner hunter chase at Cork (24f, heavy) 63 days ago, going with enthusiasm. This is more demanding.

Twice-raced winner in chases. 7/1, won 9-runner hunter chase at Cork (24f, heavy) 63 days ago, going with enthusiasm. This is more demanding.

8
12-0232
iT
Light blue & purple stripes (David Paul Murphy)

Tj Goodtymes 14 

b f Mountain High - Felinious (Kayf Tara)

6 11-0
-
6 11-0
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Once-raced maiden. Thirteenth of 18 in bumper at Tipperary (18f, good, 16/1) on NH debut. Off 8 months and significantly up in trip on chase debut/first run for yard after leaving Daniel G. Murphy.

Once-raced maiden. Thirteenth of 18 in bumper at Tipperary (18f, good, 16/1) on NH debut. Off 8 months and significantly up in trip on chase debut/first run for yard after leaving Daniel G. Murphy.

Verdict

GILGAMBOA was fourth in the 2016 Grand National and doesn't have that many miles on the clock relative to an average 10-year-old chaser. This is only his 19th career start and he's expected to follow up his recent 2m6f victory at Down Royal over Venitien De Mai to notch a double. C&D winner Foxrock had won four hunter chases in a row before pulling up in the Irish Grand National last season and is considered the main danger to the selection.

Verdict

GILGAMBOA got the better of the re-opposing Venitien De Mai on his hunter chase debut at Down Royal on Boxing Day and is fancied to make it 2-2 in this sphere. A borderline smart chaser in his pomp, he is likely to take high rank in the hunter chases at the big festivals during the spring. Venitien De Mai should give another good account but Foxrock rates the main danger.