17:25 Downpatrick Fri 13 July 2018

  • Joe Rea Memorial Maiden Hurdle
  • 2m 5f 170y, Good
  • 11 Runners
  • Winner€6,775.002nd€2,101.003rd€1,001.004th€451.005th€176.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:5m 28.9sOff time:17:25:46
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611-12OR:
5/1

Possibly needed the run on seasonal debut at Ballinrobe in May as the six-year-old is clearly better than that display. One for the shortlist.

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2
611-12OR: 115
6/1

Plenty to like about the geldings fourth of 11 beaten 2L on his second start of the season in a Gowran Park maiden hurdle last month. More improvement expected here and could go close.

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3
711-5OR:
3/1

Won a Limerick bumper earlier this month keeping on well for pressure late on and the mare will be hoping to build on her second of 17 when last seen over timber at Gowran Park last month. Entitled to make the shortlist.

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4
511-4OR:
25/1

Gold Well gelding, cost €24,000 as a three-year-old. Dam a point-to-point winner and half-sister to two that won bumpers. Moderate late headway on debut in a Punchestown bumper in April and more needed here.

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5
1211-4OR: BF
20/1

Not seen since being brought down by a faller in a Fairyhouse handicap chase in April 2016. Watching brief on return to the track.

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6
611-4OR: 106BF
2/1

Bounced back to form here last month in a 2m3f maiden hurdle on good ground finishing second of 11 beaten 1L by Hillary John. Wouldn't have to improve much to play a role in this contest.

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7
910-11OR:
66/1

Modest form in a number of disappointing point-to-point start since April and market likely to reveal expectations on hurdling debut.

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8
610-11OR: 92
12/1

Finished runner-up on two occasions here this time last year in a couple of maiden hurdles. No surprise to see the mare bouncing back to form with conditions to suit.

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9
510-11OR:
12/1

Solid point-to-point form since May winning one and finishing runner-up in another. Market likely to be informative on rules debut.

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10
510-11OR:
33/1

Modest in a couple of point-to-points before finishing 62L of the winner on a dismal maiden hurdle debut at Tipperary in May. Very little to be positive about.

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11
610-11OR:
66/1

Nothing of note and well down the field in three maiden hurdle starts to date. First time blinkers unlikely to bring about the required amount of improvement needed to play a role here.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Rueben James511-49/1
T: C BoweJ: S W Flanagan

Betting

Forecast

Touch Base (2/1), Presentingprincess (3/1), Anytime Now (5/1), Glan Y Gors (6/1), Caerleon Kate (12/1), Do You Know What (12/1), Tareesh Lane (20/1), Major Mitchell (25/1), Ninja Nelly (33/1), Archview Sunshine (66/1), Worth The Wait (66/1)

Verdict

The J P McManus-owned TOUCH BASE is expected to get of the mark at the fifth time of asking following two solid maiden hurdle starts at Ballinrobe and here last month finishing 1L adrift of the winner, Hillary John, where the fourth in the race, Shoulda Lied has subsequently won for trainer Willie Mullins. Solid maiden hurdler Presentingprincess and the potential improver, the Barry Connell-owned Glan Y Gors can hit the frame.
  1. Touch Base
  2. Presentingprincess
  3. Glan Y Gors

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