19:15 Punchestown Wed 16 May 2018

  • Kildare Hunt Club Maiden Hurdle
  • 2m, Good
  • 25 Runners
  • Winner€8,008.002nd€2,483.003rd€1,183.004th€533.005th€208.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:3m 55.1sOff time:19:16:52
1
511-12OR:
66/1
Finished ninth of 15 in a maiden hurdle at Limerick (2m, heavy) on hurdles bow 26 days ago when sporting a hood (retained). Has work to do to get involved in the shake-up.
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2
611-12OR: CD
15/8
Won a bumper over 2m at this track in December 2016 in fairly decisive fashion on debut, hasn't been sighted since but could not be in better hands if hoping to making a winning return from the absence.
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3
611-12OR:
66/1
Won: 66/1 and already struggling when coming to grief in a maiden hurdle here in February, plenty more needed today.
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4
511-12OR:
100/1
Beaten big distances at huge prices all four starts and has shown very little to date. Not hard to look elsewhere for the winner.
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5
511-12OR:
11/4
Useful winner on the Flat (rated 90) and has shaped well enough in three starts in this sphere. Likely there will be better to come now meeting a better surface.
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6
511-12OR:
25/1
Moved to this powerful yard after showing promise in a couple of point-to-point at the back end of 2017. Had a six-month break prior to this rules debut and very much one to note.
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7
511-12OR:
50/1
Well held in a bumper here last time sporting a hood (discarded), makes first start over timber now and suspicion this better surface will be a positive.
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8
611-12OR:
66/1
Best effort (of four) in bumpers came on debut at Roscommon in August 2016 when ¾L second. Efforts in that sphere over the following year got weaker. Returns from 324-day absence now for hurdles bow.
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9
511-12OR:
50/1
Doyen gelding is related to fairly useful hurdler Jaime Sommers, stays 3m. Market should reveal more on debut hopes.
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10
511-12OR:
100/1
Twice-raced maiden, sent off 100/1 and beat only a couple home in 18-runner Fairyhouse maiden hurdle (2m, heavy) last month.
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11
611-12OR:
66/1
Pulled up in novice hurdle at Down Royal (2m3½f, heavy) on debut 141 days ago, having also been pulled up in a point-to-point previously. Drops in trip this time.
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12
611-12OR: D
14/1
Made all to land a Wexford bumper despite being green on debut last June. Bit keen in both maiden hurdle starts in the autumn, but shaped with promise and no great surprise if he's got a bit more to offer back from a break.
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13
511-12OR:
66/1
Two wins from 20 runs on the Flat, both coming on the AW and reaching peak ratings of 80. Returns from short break for jumping bow and worth market check.
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14
811-12OR:
100/1
Fairly modest sort on the Flat, winning three times from 66 attempts in low grade company. Unshipped rider sole start over hurdles and doesn't make any appeal here.
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15
511-12OR:
3/1
Killarney bumper winner in July and got within 13L of Mengli Khan on hurdles bow in 30-runner Navan maiden hurdle in September. Should have plenty more to come and noted returning to action with Geraghty up.
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16
511-12OR:
16/1
Went close over this trip at Thurles (good to yielding) in October on second hurdles start, 91-rated on the Flat at his peak and may not have relished heavy ground back over hurdles last month at Limerick. Worth forgiving that run.
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17
511-12OR:
100/1
Arcadio gelding, related to couple of winners, plenty stamina on his pedigree and may need some time.
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18
511-5OR:
66/1
Not exactly progressive in bumpers (five runs) and was in trouble a long way from home on hurdles bow at Naas in February over this trip on heavy going. Yet to run on good ground.
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19
411-4OR:
66/1
AW maiden winner for David Simcock, though far from progressive on the Flat, never any better than mid-division on hurdles bow this month at Down Royal and eventually weakened to finish 17th of 20.
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20
411-4OR:
66/1
Of little account on the Flat and despite being in good hands now, can't really be looked at as a likely winner here. May be one for longer term.
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21
411-4OR:
50/1
Modest operator on the Flat for previous yard and unable to muster a challenge on hurdles bow at Fairyhouse (2m5f, soft) last month. Drops in trip and needs substantial improvement.
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22
411-4OR:
100/1
Maiden on the Flat after four starts, going off big prices each time. Off a year and return sporting a tongue-strap for this hurdles bow. Hard to be confident in his chances.
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23
411-4OR:
66/1
Jeremy gelding doesn't make dramatic appeal on breeding ahead of this debut run and hints that he'll be at home over a longer trip in due course.
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24
411-4OR: 107
25/1
Fair winner on the Flat over a mile, minor bits of promise in four hurdles starts to date. Needs a bit more but stable in better form now and can't be ruled out back in maiden company with Robbie Power returning.
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25
410-11OR:
66/1
Just the two starts over hurdles, 50/1 and finished eighth of 12 in 2m soft-ground Kilbeggan contest latest. Should be capable of better, in time.
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Non-Runners

26
Lucky Icon495
411-4OR: -
T: T MullinsJ: Reserve 1
27
Yug23
411-4OR: -
T: J NashJ: Reserve 2
28
Heavy Artillery14
411-4OR: -
T: Denis HoganJ: Reserve 3

Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

Come To Me (15/8), Daybreak Boy (11/4), Santiago de Cuba (3/1), Pass Hymn (14/1), Turbine (16/1), Yug (16/1), Duc D'Allier (25/1), Make It Hurrah (25/1), Heavy Artillery (33/1), Gallant John Joe (50/1), Halsafari (50/1), Dynamagic (50/1), Lucky Icon (50/1), Conron (66/1), Commander Won (66/1), Jezarus (66/1), Lady Maram (66/1), Grinditout (66/1), Pushaq (66/1), Saint Irini (66/1), Castiel (66/1), Ahlan Bil Zain (66/1), Mac's Nephew (66/1), Daring Decree (100/1), Rockview Emperor (100/1), Yea Or Nay (100/1), Haughton Shore (100/1), Earl Of Bunnacurry (100/1)

Verdict

Plenty in with chances, Santiago de Cuba is a fair starting point having run well behind Mengli Khan in a big-field maiden at Navan in September. His claims are there to see whilst the long-absent Come To Me must be noted for the Mullins team having won a bumper here on sole start. The verdict though rests with DAYBREAK BOY, who showed a decent level of ability in three starts over hurdles already and the 90-rated Flat performer should improve on better ground now. Duc D'Allier, Pass Hymn and Turbine all have their merits.
  1. Daybreak Boy
  2. Come To Me
  3. Santiago de Cuba

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