20:30 Roscommon Tue 12 June 2018

  • thetote.com Connacht National Handicap Chase
  • 3m 119y, Good
  • 15 Runners
  • Winner€18,450.002nd€5,700.003rd€2,700.004th€1,200.005th€450.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:6m 5.7sOff time:20:30:48
1
711-10OR: 138
7/2
Deservedly got his head in front over the larger obstacles at the fourth time of asking landing a Ballinrobe handicap last month. Will have to overcome a massive 15lb penalty and may find this difficult.
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2
811-7OR: 135BF
12/1
Pulled up in this contest last year and beaten favourite last time out in a Ballinrobe handicap chase over 2m7f when pulled up lame last month following a win at Kilbeggan earlier. Fitness two weeks later can be only taken on trust.
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3
911-6OR: 134BF
11/1
Brought down early doors in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse over Easter but bounced back to form when finishing third of 24 in a confidence boosting hurdle at Punchestown in April. May be in need of some relief from the handicapper.
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4
1011-5OR: 133
33/1
Completely out of form last term and pulled up on seasonal debut at Ballinrobe last month. First time cheekpieces unlikely to bring about the required amount of improvement needed to play a role here.
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5
811-3OR: 131
9/1
Well held, despite the finishing positions in three chase starts since April and is looking a little high in the weights right now.
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6
911-0OR: 128
16/1
Winner of a Punchestown handicap chase last month off a 8lb lower mark and beaten since. Game sort but may start to struggle off current mark.
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7
711-0OR: 128
9/1
Last seen pulling up in the Grade B Paddy Power chase at Leopardstown over Christmas. Worth a market check for leading connections.
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8
910-13OR: 127
14/1
Winner of a weak looking eight-runner Wexford beginners chase at the tenth time of asking over the larger obstacles. More needed in this contest.
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9
910-13OR: 127C
25/1
Course winner who was last seen finishing down the field in a Galway handicap chase in October. Still 5lb higher than last winning mark and may need the run here.
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10
1010-13OR: 127
25/1
Distance winner but the veteran is now without a win over the larger obstacles in five starts since putting his head in front at Clomel last June. Tough ask.
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11
1110-10OR: 124CD
14/1
C&D winner of this race in 2015 and 2016 the latest win off a 1lb lower mark. Worth a market check on return from a break.
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12
910-10OR: 124
16/1
Goes well between 2m and 2m2f but appears to be well held when trying further so this trip does not conjure up any encouragement.
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15
810-5OR: 119D
6/1
Has run two solid races since returning to the track last month including a win in a Punchestown handicap chase off a 6lb lower mark. Plenty of boxes ticked here and entitled to make the shortlist.
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16
810-5OR: 119BFC
5/1
Course winner who was beaten favourite last time out in a Down Royal novice chase leaving the son of Oscar without a win over the larger obstacles in six starts. May find one of two quicker here.
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17
1010-5OR: 119D
20/1
First Reserve: Fifth of 12 at Kilbeggan recently and out of the places in four starts over this trip. Hard to fancy still racing 7lb higher than last winning mark.
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Non-Runners

13
The Gatechecker14
810-10OR: 124
T: M HouriganJ: L P Dempsey
14
Toushan6
1110-8OR: 122
T: Peter FaheyJ: R Loughran
18
Capture The Drama7
1010-5OR: 119
T: Aengus KingJ: Reserve 2
19
Dinnie's Vinnie35
1010-3OR: 117
T: J P DempseyJ: Reserve 3

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
On Fiddlers Green711-68/1
T: H de BromheadJ: D N Russell

Betting

Forecast

Kaiser Black (7/2), Oathkeeper (5/1), Toushan (11/2), Na Trachtalai Abu (6/1), Dinnie's Vinnie (8/1), Tesseract (9/1), A Sizing Network (9/1), Killaro Boy (11/1), Net D'Ecosse (12/1), Master Appeal (14/1), Aranhill Chief (14/1), Capture The Drama (14/1), Supreme Vinnie (16/1), Eiri Na Casca (16/1), Mr Boss Man (20/1), Sea Light (25/1), Riviera Sun (25/1), Shanpallas (33/1), The Gatechecker (33/1)

Verdict

NA TRACHTALAI ABU has plenty in his favour here with wins on the ground and over this trip and can land this renewal providing he isn't given too much to do at the business end of affairs as he was last time out at Kilbeggan. Master Appeal, winner last time out at Wexford last month and the improving Oathkeeper are worthy of consideration for the places.
  1. Na Trachtalai Abu
  2. Oathkeeper
  3. Master Appeal

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