18:15 Downpatrick Fri 18 May 2018

  • Apple Recruitment Services Handicap Hurdle (80-109)
  • 2m 5f 100y, Good
  • 10 Runners
  • Winner€9,240.002nd€2,865.003rd€1,365.004th€615.005th€240.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:5m 29.1sOff time:18:16:30
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511-7OR: 104
6/1
Worryingly lost his action in a Tramore handicap hurdle last month before returning with a promising display to finish 1¼L behind the impressive Castafiore Park at Wexford earlier this month. Can go well on this drop in trip.
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2
611-6OR: 103
12/1
Not a lot to shout about in two maiden hurdle runs until a promising run when just holding on to second of 12 beaten 3¾L in a Limerick contest last month when upped in trip. One to watch with another increase in distance.
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3
611-5OR: 102CD
7/1
C&D winner here in September when disposing of eight rivals on soft to heavy ground in a maiden hurdle. Has subsequently struggled in a couple of handicaps but may have been given a chance here.
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4
711-5OR: 102
33/1
Well beaten and never nearer in a series of desolate performance over both hurdles and the larger obstacles since November. Best avoided in current form.
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5
511-3OR: 100
15/8
Improved on a number of disappointments when finishing second of 26 in a Leopardstown handicap hurdle on St Stephens day when upped in trip. Market likely to reveal the Shirocco gelding chances.
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6
611-3OR: 100
10/1
Some promise in two point-to-point starts but is yet to transfer that to the track being well beaten in three maiden hurdle starts since the turn of the year. Others hold stronger profiles.
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7
611-1OR: 98
13/2
Made eye-catching progress two out and went second at the last before fading in a promising Sligo handicap hurdle earlier this month. Improvement possible and hard to dismiss.
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8
611-1OR: 98BF
6/1
Won a Cork handicap hurdle for previous trainer Adrian Maguire last month but weakened off her new mark in a Tramore contest days later. Chance with winning horse/jockey combination still intact.
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9
510-13OR: 96C
25/1
Lost his way somewhat last season following a win here in June over 2m1½f. Market may be best guide following owners decision to try new yard.
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10
710-13OR: 96
25/1
Solid and consistent over the summer but disappointed in two starts towards the end of the year. Best form has come in the spring.
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Betting

Forecast

Banksoftheshannon (15/8), Ronald Pump (6/1), Littlestickarubarb (6/1), Lambs Lane (13/2), Floramar (7/1), The White Volcano (10/1), El Rouli (12/1), Pat's Pearl (25/1), Ashjan (25/1), Two In One (33/1)

Verdict

LITTLESTICKOFRUBARB won a Cork handicap hurdle for previous trainer Adrian Maguire last month before struggling a little off her new mark but is taken to handle the new mark on stable debut with the adept Finian Maguire still in the plate. Banksoftheshannon has to prove his improvement on St Stephens day was not a one-off while El Rouli and Lambs Lane can battle it out for the minors.
  1. Littlestickarubarb
  2. El Rouli
  3. Lambs Lane

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