17:30 Curragh Sun 20 August 2017

  • Breast Cancer Research Handicap (45-70)
  • 6f 63y, Yielding to Soft (Straight Course: Soft)
  • 26 Runners
  • Winner€6,775.002nd€2,101.003rd€1,002.004th€450.005th€176.00
  • Surface: Turf

Weighed In

Winning time:1m 21.18sOff time:17:34:57
2
(2)
39-11OR: 70
50/1
Maiden winner, final steps in Britain were backways and has joined this yard since poor effort at Carlisle over this trip 13 day ago. Plenty to ponder.
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3
(20)
49-11OR: 67D
8/1
Went down on his sword at Galway in hat-trick bid recently after wins at Tipperary and Dundalk's AW. Drop back to 6f asks a different questions but well drawn and dangerous out in front.
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4
(3)
69-10OR: 66
50/1
Yet to win in turf in 17 attempts and beaten a single rival home in two runs this month already. Impossible to fancy on that form in this competitive heat.
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7
(9)
89-6OR: 62D
25/1
All six career wins have come on the AW surfaces, doesn't look the same horse on turf and has placed just twice in 16 starts. This looks tough again.
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8
(12)
99-5OR: 61CD
14/1
Experienced campaigner, should be just about cherry ripe after three runs and improving with each of those, on a fair mark if able to produce his best stuff.
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9
(4)
49-5OR: 61
10/1
Has run a pair of very fair races at Down Royal over 7f recently, not quite getting splits when needed. Will need luck to change here, and hasn't enjoyed any favours with the draw, but perhaps one of those flying in under the radar.
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10
(16)
89-4OR: 60CD
8/1
Running well enough in recent starts at Naas and here over this sort of trip, has been good to his followers down the years and two most recent wins have come here.
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11
(6)
39-1OR: 60
20/1
Lightly-raced maiden, struggled in similar big field event over 6f here this month. Gets first-time tongue and blinkers fitted now but from low draw is unlikely to breakthrough.
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12
(19)
69-1OR: 57
12/1
Made strong late progress here in similar contest early this month but never able to reach leaders. Runs off same mark now and drawn to get a decent position.
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13
(27)
59-1OR: 57
20/1
Four runs this season have been very tame indeed and makes no appeal in this environment on current form.
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14
(7)
49-0OR: 56
7/1
Maiden after 19 starts, though was only beaten 1¾L over 6f here in 30-runner handicap this month, stable has since hit purple patch. Has poor draw to overcome but cannot be ruled out with Smullen to aid.
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15
(26)
39-0OR: 59
8/1
Ten-race maiden, took a step in the right direction at Tipperary this month over 7½f under positive ride, drawn to repeat tactics under promising claimer.
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16
(14)
48-13OR: 55D
16/1
Yet to strike in 18 attempts in turf but has run well on occasion, weighted to have a chance here but others appear to have better credentials.
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17
(11)
Nam13
38-13OR: 58
25/1
Lightly-raced maiden was behind a fair few of these here earlier in the month, was 50/1 then but got into challenging position before fading.
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18
(25)
68-11OR: 53
16/1
Four runs this season have lacked a bit of spark, probably safer to look elsewhere for win purposes on that evidence.
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19
(22)
68-11OR: 53D
9/1
Another one that wasn't beaten all that far in similar contest here earlier in the month, unable to mount a challenge but finished just over 2L down. Decent draw but likely hunting for place money at best.
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20
(24)
48-10OR: 52D
33/1
One win from 22 career starts, a lowly AW event at Wolverhampton in February, has been around the houses and showed little on first start for this trainer, his fifth already.
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21
(21)
68-9OR: 51D
16/1
String of poor efforts already since joining this yard and lowly mark in comparison to old form is about the only positive at the moment, well held over a mile at Dundalk on Friday, cheekpieces added now.
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22
(13)
38-9OR: 54
50/1
Little or nothing in six runs to date would see him recommended for a heat as tough as this. Up against it surely on form.
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24
(23)
38-7OR: 52
25/1
No show in three maidens and beaten 8L in handicap bow at Leopardstown (1m, good) last month, first-time blinkers on now but facing an arduous task seemingly.
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25
(18)
58-6OR: 48
20/1
Has run a few stinkers lately since winning Clonmel claimer in May over much longer trip, drops markedly in journey on first start for new handler with plenty to find.
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26
(29)
38-5OR: 50
33/1
Yet to hit the frame in a dozen starts, efforts this year since joining current yard have posed more questions and watching brief is best for now.
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27
(1)
38-4OR: 49
33/1
Five-race maiden in Britain under Brian Meehan, form has arguably gone backwards since arriving in Ireland. Tongue tie added here, drawn in one, up against it.
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28
(30)
38-4OR: 49
20/1
Lightly-raced on turf, has run a couple of decent races from three outings this summer. Likes to get on with so draw is ideal, but yet to firmly suggest he's capable of seeing it out.
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29
(5)
48-4OR: 46
28/1
Very poor in all four runs this year, often doing himself no favours coming out of the gates. Plenty to prove now.
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30
(8)
78-4OR: 46
16/1
Mare is a 20-race maiden now, would require some luck to land a prize it seems but could run into the minor money on a good day (Entered here on Saturday).
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Non-Runners

1
(15)
Shore Step43
710-0OR: 70
T: J P MurtaghJ: D P Linehan
5
(10)
Zeeyalater10
39-10OR: 69
T: Ms LaveryJ: G F Carroll
6
(17)
Brave Display39
39-8OR: 67
T: P J PrendergastJ: D E Hogan
23
(28)
Little White Owl13
38-8OR: 53
T: D MarnaneJ: K J Leonard
31
Fast Kar1
38-4OR: 48
T: Barry J MurphyJ: Reserve 1
32
Town Ranger43
58-4OR: 45
T: P CaseyJ: Reserve 2
33
Acroleina1
68-4OR: 45
T: H RogersJ: Reserve 3

Last Year's Winner

Last year's winner is unavailable

Betting

Forecast

A Likely Story (7/1), Zeeyalater (7/1), Doonard Prince (8/1), Boy Charlton (8/1), Zippy (8/1), Count Of Carabass (9/1), Shelbe (10/1), Shore Step (10/1), Voyageofdiscovery (12/1), Brave Display (12/1), Lake George (14/1), Little White Owl (14/1), Captain Midnight (16/1), Molans Mare (16/1), Dont Have It Then (16/1), Arlecchino's Rock (16/1), D K Travel (20/1), Indian Tomahawk (20/1), William Ashford (20/1), Cabin Crazy (20/1), Strategic Heights (25/1), Nam (25/1), Jills Back (25/1), Handsome Maverick (28/1), Pick Of Any (33/1), Landline (33/1), Abundant Courage (33/1), Power Of Ten (50/1), Night Law (50/1), Sbraase (50/1), Acroleina (100/1), Town Ranger (100/1), Fast Kar (100/1)

Verdict

A fiendish puzzle for punters to solve last thing on a Sunday evening, plenty of luck in running will be required to get home first. Zeeyalater delivered on recent promise when scoring at Tipperary and should remain competitive off his new mark, though the draw is not ideal. With the Dermot Weld team now flying, A Likely Story is on the shortlist but again, the draw is a negative. Zippy is in good heart if handling this shorter trip while Brave Display is weighted to go well if producing his best stuff. Lake George is primed to run a big race and fairly handicapped if doing so while the luckless Shelbe would be higher on the shortlist but for a poor draw. LITTLE WHITE OWL has had just five runs but David Marnane's filly ran a stormer here recently in a similar contest. She's drawn to be handy again and Killian Leonard's mount could improve enough to land this tough contest.
  1. Little White Owl
  2. Lake George
  3. Shelbe

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