14:45 Curragh Sat 12 May 2018

  • Plusvital Speed Gene Handicap
  • 6f, Yielding to Soft (Soft in places)
  • 14 Runners
  • Winner€29,500.002nd€9,500.003rd€4,500.004th€2,000.005th€1,000.006th€499.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 19.0sOff time:14:46:21
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1
(12)
39-10OR: 89
8/1

Red Jazz colt, won a Navan maiden (5f, heavy) on reappearance / second start. Beat off a pair of decent yardsticks in second and third, capable of improving again on handicap bow.

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3
(3)
39-8OR: 87
16/1

Naas maiden winner over 5f in October, well held on handicap bow at that track (7f, soft to heavy) in March and since found a Listed event too hot. Sights lowered and has form to get in the mix now.

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4
(1)
39-6OR: 85D
10/1

Winner of a 6f novice event at Wolverhampton (AW) in December, filly ran a very fine race in Naas Listed event (5½f, good to yielding) this week having gone off 50/1. Entitled to respect with that in mind.

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5
(16)
39-6OR: 85BF
14/1

Raven's Pass gelding won a 5f AW maiden at Dundalk on debut in November and ran well same C&D in a handicap next time. Dropped 4lb for turf bow, represents top connections and one to note.

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6
(15)
39-4OR: 83
10/1

Heavy ground maiden winner at Limerick in October. Struggling since though and looks in need of relief from the assessor.

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7
(2)
39-1OR: 80BF
12/1

Lightly-raced Choisir gelding, won 5f AW handicap at Dundalk last month (rated 76) and equally at home on turf. Capable of improving again and not taken lightly.

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8
(14)
39-0OR: 79D
11/4

Improved on debut effort to win at Navan (5½f, yielding to soft) in a maiden last month, since found Listed company too strong back over that C&D but filly could go well in this.

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9
(11)
39-0OR: 79D
20/1

Won twice last year, latest a win at Naas over this trip when rated 73. Struggled from this sort of mark subsequently and others preferred.

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10
(8)
38-13OR: 78
16/1

Not really gone on from winning a 5f maiden at Naas on debut this time last year, though did run in some decent contests. May have needed last month's Dundalk outing.

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12
(13)
38-11OR: 76D
10/1

Colt by Most Improved ended last season with a maiden win over 6f at Naas (soft), returns to action for handicap debut and has scope for further improvement.

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13
(10)
38-10OR: 75
9/1

5f maiden winner at Dundalk this month on third start, filly hasn't exactly been dropped in for handicap bow but entitled to improve and have her say.

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14
(6)
38-7OR: 72BFD
12/1

Improving this spring in three runs since going handicapping on the AW, including 6f win at Dundalk in March. Second runner for the yard and 5lb claim makes him a very viable contender.

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15
(9)
38-6OR: 71
20/1

Not disgraced last summer in 1m maiden here behind recent 2,000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior. Didn't progress though and poor on reappearance over 1m½f at Cork on heavy last time. Right down in trip today.

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16
(7)
38-5OR: 70
11/1

AW winner at Dundalk over 5f in October, pleasing return to action when 2½L second of 10 at Navan (5f, heavy) early last month. Up in trip and one to consider for in-form Meade team.

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Non-Runners

2
(4)
Red Persian31
39-9OR: 88
T: P J PrendergastJ: C D Hayes
11
(5)
Canford Art113
38-12OR: 77
T: Peter FaheyJ: K J Manning

Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

Maymine (11/4), Urban Beat (8/1), Canford Art (8/1), Red Persian (8/1), Tammy Wynette (9/1), Sunday Smart (10/1), Hello Brigette (10/1), Vinnie's Wish (10/1), Art Of Unity (11/1), It's All A Joke (12/1), Gottardo (12/1), It's Two O Clock (14/1), Aurora Eclipse (16/1), T For Tango (16/1), Way Back Home (20/1), Powersville (20/1)

Verdict

Urban Beat got the better of a couple of useful sorts when taking a maiden on reappearance and shouldn't be overlooked here despite top weight while Art Of Unity is also worth considering for an in-form yard after a good Navan run. Canford Art should have more to offer and joins Aurora Eclipse amongst the contenders but IT'S TWO O CLOCK makes a first foray on turf from what could be a workable mark and should go well for the champion jockey. Stablemate It's All A Joke could outrun his odds.
  1. It's Two O Clock
  2. Urban Beat
  3. Aurora Eclipse

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