18:45 Galway

Tuesday 18 September 2018

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Galway Apprentice Handicap (45-70)

1m 4f 49y  |   Heavy  |   18 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 18:46  |   Winning time: 2m 53.95s

1
(6)
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-0  |  J: K J Leonard |  T: L Comer|  OR: 70
33/1

Last of nine on return to action at Listowel last week. First time tongue-tie unlikely to bring about the required amount of improvement needed to play a role here.

2
(3)
Age: 10|  Weight: 9-12  |  J: A J Slattery |  T: L Smyth|  OR: 68|  D
20/1

Veteran was a 50/1 winner in July 2017 and landed another shock at 25/1 in a Sligo handicap on good ground last month. Tough ask off new mark at Down Royal latest.

3
(2)
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-10  |  J: S M Crosse |  T: J P O'Brien|  OR: 66
3/1

Gallant fourth of 18 beaten a little over 4L in a 1m4f handicap here at the festival last month. 2lb drop in the handicap may not be enough.

5
(1)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: A C Persse |  T: J P O'Brien|  OR: 69
12/1

Got off the mark on turf at the third time of asking for connections in a 1m2f Navan handicap earlier this month off a 5lb lower mark. Entitled to make the shortlist.

6
(7)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: R P Downey |  T: G T Lynch|  OR: 69
16/1

Fair fourth when making his handicap debut over an extended 1m4f at Down Royal before disappointing here at the festival in July. Plenty to prove.

7
(13)
Age: 10|  Weight: 9-6  |  J: D W O'Connor |  T: H Rogers|  OR: 62
33/1

Improved performance when finishing 4¼L seventh over 1m6f at the festival last month before a dismal effort at Roscommon over 1m2f on soft ground. Others preferred.

9
(14)
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-4  |  J: O J Orr |  T: A A Howard|  OR: 60|  D
16/1

Distance winner not disgraced in three seasonal starts for new connections but there appears to be better handicapped types lurking in this contest.

10
(4)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-4  |  J: T P Madden |  T: Mrs J Harrington|  OR: 66
10/1

Game sort who has been running well in defeat for most of the campaign. Shortlisted up in trip and first-time cheekpieces sure to assist.

11
(10)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: R Coakley |  T: J M Oxx|  OR: 65|  BF
10/1

Unexposed sort who was a beaten favourite over a similar trip on handicap debut at Sligo last month. Open to plenty of improvement.

12
(11)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: B M Coen |  T: Mrs D A Love|  OR: 65
13/2

Definite promise when turning out on a couple of occasions here at the festival last month including second of 15 over C&D. Has the form to make a bold bid.

13
(16)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: S P Davis |  T: G Elliott|  OR: 59
16/1

Hit hard by the handicapper for heavy ground win at Clonmel earlier this season. Not been competitive since and may find this a tough assignment.

14
(5)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-2  |  J: D M Redmond |  T: Ms Sheila Lavery|  OR: 58
7/1

Generally well held in a couple of starts in the spring. First time tongue-tie less likely to bring about the required amount of progression needed to land a blow here.

15
(9)
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-13  |  J: W T Byrne |  T: J S Bolger|  OR: 61
12/1

Broadly well held in three maidens since July but this increase in trip on handicap debut could be well worth the wait.

16
(15)
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-12  |  J: D P Linehan |  T: Mrs S Dawson|  OR: 60
20/1

Born To Sea colt now one from 19 with the win coming over 12-months ago at Down Royal in testing conditions. Recent efforts leave plenty to be desired and hard to recommend on form.

17
(8)
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-11  |  J: G P Halpin |  T: J G Murphy|  OR: 59
16/1

Plenty of encouragement finishing sixth of 14 beaten 3¾L in a Naas contest on handicap debut earlier this month but much more needed here.

18
(12)
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-10  |  J: N M Crosse |  T: W McCreery|  OR: 58
10/1

No extra under pressure in the final furlong in a Naas handicap over 1m4f earlier this month leaving the filly without a win in seven career starts. Each way claims.

19
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-9  |  J: Reserve 1 |  T: H Rogers|  OR: 57
20/1

First Reserve: Generally well held in a series of disappointing starts over the summer running rather frequently in the process. May find it tough going once again.

21
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-0  |  J: M M O'Connor |  T: J Morrison|  OR: 56
33/1

Third Reserve: Pulled up in a Ballinrobe handicap hurdle when last seen over two-years ago. Hard to place any faith in on return.

Non-Runners

8
(17)
Bobby Jean4
Weight: 9-4|  Age: 7
T: Miss T L Cogan  J: D E Hogan
4
(18)
Paddy The Celeb18
Weight: 9-9|  Age: 12
T: M Halford  J: D W O'Connor
20
Killdunne628
Weight: 9-1|  Age: 11
T: J T Gorman  J: Reserve 2
Betting

Forecast

Song Of The Sky (3/1), Flindt (13/2), Capital Fund (7/1), Faughill (10/1), Comeragh Haze (10/1), Lustful (10/1), Teologia (12/1), Aibell (12/1), Bobby Jean (14/1), El Tren (16/1), Scealai Aonair (16/1), Ashqar (16/1), Belle Free (16/1), Big Bad Sal (20/1), Glenbank King (20/1), Magic Sea (20/1), Paddy The Celeb (25/1), Killdunne (25/1), Byron Beauty (33/1), Danegeld (33/1), Rainbow Pride (33/1)

Verdict
Not beaten far at the festival here over 1m½f before winning a Navan handicap earlier this month, AIBELL can continue her improvement here taking this race and seeing off the challenge of stablemate, Song Of The Sky, the Jessica Harrington-trained Faughill in first-time cheekpieces and the potentially exciting Belle Free who could out-run her price in this contest.
  1. Aibell
  2. Song Of The Sky
  3. Faughill

Previous Winners

2017
Get Out Of Jail
Weight: 8-8  |Age: 6
Weight: 8-8  |  
Age: 6  |  
J: C J McGovern
  |  
T: J C McConnell
6/1
Prize Money
1st:
€6,775.00
2nd:
€2,101.00
3rd:
€1,001.00
4th:
€451.00
5th:
€176.00

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