15:10 Down Royal Fri 17 March 2017

  • Daily Mirror Handicap Hurdle (80-109)
  • 2m 6f, Yielding to Soft
  • 14 Runners
  • Winner€7,392.002nd€2,292.003rd€1,092.004th€493.005th€192.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:5m 47.9sOff time:15:10:21
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711-12OR: 109
3/1

Two from four in handicap hurdles this year, just clinging on last time at Clonmel over three-miles. Drops in trip now and needs career-best effort to win.

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2
811-11OR: 108
20/1

Was in the process of running a decent race at Naas in November before falling two out, pulled up on return at Gowran last month.

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3
811-10OR: 107
25/1

Won a maiden hurdle at Perth last summer (2m4f, soft) when causing 100/1 shock. Out of sorts in two subsequent run but one to note now on handicap debut.

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911-9OR: 106
12/1

Three years since he last won, excellent effort at Fairyhouse in two-mile handicap in December on testing ground. Disappointed in two runs since but not ruled out with another 2lb back.

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1111-8OR: 105
13/2

Two solid efforts over fences at Leopardstown since the turn of the year, gives him a decent chance off lower hurdles mark if able to transfer form over.

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711-3OR: 100
10/1

Posted a strong effort at Musselburgh over three-miles this month in a handicap, finishing second. Every chance of going one better off this mark if building on that effort.

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611-3OR: 100
9/2

Good third of ten in handicap hurdle at Thurles over this sort of trip last week, raised 1lb for his trouble but should be right on the premises once more.

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8
511-1OR: 99
10/1

Fourth of 18 in Cork maiden hurdle over three-miles in January, disappointing since on handicap debut same trip at Clonmel early this month. Just 1lb lower, has something to prove.

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911-1OR: 98
20/1

Mare was well below best over similar trip at Navan last month in a similar contest, returning blinkers will need to provide major revamp.

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Theoh45
711-1OR: 98
9/1

Won at Fairyhouse in November over 2m4f, since been running consistently though most recent outing, at this venue, was very flat. Has won around here before so has a chance if bouncing back.

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610-13OR: 96
7/1

Decent Perth bumper winner has plenty to prove based on four runs in maiden hurdles and last month's handicap bow at Fairyhouse.

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12
910-10OR: 93
20/1

Has been off the track for ten months but went very close at this meeting a year ago over three-miles off this mark. Can go well if fit enough.

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13
510-4OR: 88
12/1

Bumper runner-up at Kilbeggan in August, hasn't set the world on fire in three outings in maiden hurdles and appears best watched on handicap debut.

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14
510-0OR: 84
25/1

Very few positive signs in three runs over flights to date, goes up significantly in trip now for handicap debut.

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Betting

Forecast

Returntovendor (3/1), Nerual (9/2), Bearly Legal (13/2), Tyrrell's Succes (7/1), Theo (9/1), Optimised (10/1), Areema (10/1), Another Challenge (12/1), Time And Times (12/1), St Maxime (20/1), State Of Origin (20/1), Augher Castle (20/1), Drummullagh Rocky (25/1), Qery (25/1)

Verdict

Returntovendor has been thriving of late but another hike in the ratings for his Clonmel success over a longer trip last time might be enough to anchor him. Bearly Legal would hold strong claims if replicating his chase form now switched to hurdles but that is not a certainty to occur. The vote goes to AREEMA off the back of his good second at Musselburgh recently over three-miles. If building on that effort, this contest should be within his compass dropping slightly in trip. Nerual should go well while Augher Castle is worth a look in the market having gone close at this meeting a year ago and former course winner Theo would have claims if putting his latest sub-par effort behind him.
  1. Areema
  2. Returntovendor
  3. Theo

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