16:45 Curragh Sun 12 August 2018

  • Derek O'Sullivan Memorial Apprentice Handicap (50-80)
  • 5f, Good
  • 14 Runners
  • Winner€7,392.002nd€2,292.003rd€1,092.004th€492.005th€192.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:59.63sOff time:16:46:08
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2
(14)
49-7OR: 68BF
7/1

Improved to make a winning debut for Peter Fahey at Fairyhouse last month, and ran at least as well when second of 13 to Very Smart at Down Royal last time. Starts out for another new yard now, and very much respected.

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3
(8)
79-6OR: 67C
15/2

Hasn't fired on all cylinders this season, although didn't get much luck in running when fifth of 10 to St Brelades Bay over 6f here last time. Not dismissed.

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4
(11)
79-5OR: 66D
10/1

All five wins have come on AW, scoring twice over 5f at Dundalk in April. Below form back on turf last time, however, and passed over again.

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5
(13)
59-5OR: 66D
9/1

Second in a big field at Naas in June, and back to winning ways when rallying gamely at Down Royal last time. All out to win there, but should give her running from 3lb higher mark.

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6
(3)
49-2OR: 63
10/1

Sole handicap success came over 6f at Leopardstown last June. Very well handicapped on that form, but she's essentially been regressive since, and no sign of an end to the drought at Naas last time.

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7
(2)
69-0OR: 61D
20/1

Placed in fast-ground handicaps over 6f at Ayr and Fairyhouse this summer, and is a tough sort, but he ran poorly under this rider at Gowran Park last time, and needs to bounce back.

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8
(4)
79-0OR: 61CD
12/1

Had dropped to a workable mark and took advantage to score over 5f (good to firm) at Bellewstown on penultimate start. Not in same form at Navan last time, and handicapper back in charge for the time being.

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9
(15)
78-13OR: 60CD
11/2

Twice a winner over 5f at Navan this year, and ran with credit when fifth of 30 to A Likely Story over 6f here last time. Remains on the same mark, and should be in the picture again.

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10
(9)
38-13OR: 63D
12/1

Made all to win at Dundalk in December, and good fourth of 16 at Navan after a break in May. Not backed that up in three starts since, although not disgraced, and handicapper has given her a chance.

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11
(6)
Wadoodt,v16
48-13OR: 60D
33/1

Fairly useful handicapper for Robert Cowell for whom he won a Yarmouth handicap last June, but he's been soundly beaten in six starts since, moving yards twice in the interim. Visor tried now, but make no appeal currently.

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12
(7)
48-12OR: 59BF
9/1

Standout effort when third in similar race at Naas in July, but subsequent efforts suggest she is flatterd by that effort, and others stronger again.

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13
(10)
58-10OR: 57D
5/1

Losing run stretched to 13 when ninth of 30 to A Likely Story here last time, but plenty of fair efforts in the interim, and she has slipped 4lb below her last winning mark. No surprise to see her get involved.

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14
(12)
38-6OR: 56
25/1

Showed a modicum of ability on debut for David O'Meara last year, but not progressed, and looks badly treated starting out in handicaps after a poor effort for new yard at Fairyhouse.

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15
(5)
48-6OR: 53
25/1

Lost her way badly in the autumn having shown a fair level of ability last year, and while she's not easy to fancy on return from an absence, she is on a potentially lenient mark.

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Non-Runners

1
(1)
Enter The Red70
99-12OR: 73
T: A A HowardJ: T P Madden

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
1Snowstar39-103/1Full Result
T: W McCreeryJ: N M Crosse

Betting

Forecast

Polly Douglas (5/1), Gopsies Daughter (11/2), Caesar's Comet (7/1), Ducky Mallon (15/2), Tush (9/1), Haqeeba (9/1), Little Clarinet (10/1), Danz Gift (10/1), Enter The Red (10/1), Snow Patch (12/1), Sweetest Taboo (12/1), Mo Henry (20/1), Straffan (25/1), Tookiedoo (25/1), Wadood (33/1)

Verdict

Denis Hogan has a strong hand here, having taken over CAESAR'S COMET from Peter Fahey, and the 4-y-o gelding looks an improved performer this year, so should go well. Stablemate Gopsies Daughter was a close fifth in a huge field here last time, and is arguably better at this trip, so looks one to be interested in as well, with Polly Douglas also considered from her reduced mark.
  1. Caesar's Comet
  2. Gopsies Daughter
  3. Polly Douglas

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