12:35 Navan Sun 11 November 2018

  • John Joe Finnegan Memorial Handicap Hurdle (80-116)
  • 2m 6f, Good
  • 19 Runners
  • Winner€7,700.002nd€2,388.003rd€1,138.004th€513.005th€200.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:5m 25.4sOff time:12:35:59
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2
611-10OR: 114
7/1

Landed a 17-runner novice hurdle at Roscommon (2m4f, good) last time out, showing improved form to do so. Up in distance and likely more needed from opening handicap mark.

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3
1111-7OR: 111
40/1

Rating continues to drop but it is now 19 runs since last win in 2015 and, back from latest break, prefer to look elsewhere.

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4
1111-7OR: 111
8/1

Yet to see anything like his best in low-mileage 2018 campaign on the Flat and over timber (four starts). Poor here on the Flat latest, mark eases again but needs to bounce back.

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5
511-6OR: 110
7/1

Runner-up last time in 2m4f soft-ground Clonmel novice contest. Bumped up 4lb for his trouble but wouldn't be safe to rule out.

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6
711-5OR: 109
16/1

Pulled up at Galway Festival over timber, has won since over fences from a mark of 120, so cannot be ignored reverting to this sphere from mark 11lb lower after another sound chase run since.

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7
611-4OR: 108
50/1

French import, cut no ice over this sort of trip on stable bow at Ballinrobe in July, off since and has work to do. Betting will reveal more.

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9
611-1OR: 105
9/1

Winner over hurdles and fences in August 2017 over 2m4f-3m, fair run off this mark at Kilbeggan (2m, good) in June when last spotted. Worth noting in the market on return.

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10
711-1OR: 105
66/1

Won off a mark of 120 for Gordon Elliott in July 2016 at Roscommon (3m1f, yielding) but has mostly struggled since. Burst blood vessels at Galway Festival and poor in one run since. Hard to make case for, despite reduced mark.

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11
511-0OR: 104
20/1

Mare won a good-ground Downpatrick maiden over 2m2f in July and has gone well enough in handicaps from this sort of mark since, though couple of recent starts at Ludlow and Galway below her best.

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12
911-0OR: 104
10/1

Enjoying a good spell, with three win in four starts prior to unseating rider early door at Galway last time. All wins at 3m+, remains on career-high mark but wouldn't like to be overlooking.

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13
510-12OR: 102
7/1

Lightly-raced maiden, appeared set for challenge on handicap debut over 3m at Down Royal nine days ago, but didn't find as much as looked likely. Drops slightly in distance and another worth keeping in mind.

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Nerualp171
710-7OR: 97
14/1

21-race maiden under rules, though has often run solid races in that time. Comes back from a break here and has headgear returning. Booking of talented 7lb claimer has to be a positive.

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17
510-6OR: 96
8/1

Runner-up in 3m handicap hurdle at Cork last month under Bryan Cooper, 1lb higher in the ratings now but should give his running again.

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19
810-2OR: 92
20/1

Presenting mare, multiple point-to-point winner and produced career-best under rules to win handicap hurdle at Cork (3m, soft to heavy) in May. Not sighted since and rated 9lb higher, isn't one to rely too heavily on seemingly.

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20
810-0OR: 90
20/1

Consistent sort despite not getting her head in front. Not seen since falling in a Wexford handicap hurdle in July so fitness to be taken on trust.

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21
69-12OR: 88
14/1

Produced nothing of note in four-race maiden hurdle career but much more like it when second in 2m4f good-ground Down Royal contest on handicap bow. That was more than 500 days ago however, so perhaps best watched for now (rated 2lb higher here).

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22
79-10OR: 86
14/1

Career-best when winning 14-runner handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse over similar trip on testing going back on New Year's Day. Off since, 5lb higher and starting out for new yard. Market will reveal plenty.

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23
69-10OR: 86
25/1

Seven-race maiden hurdler. Yet to make the frame in the sequence but produced the best of her efforts over this C&D in September. More required.

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24
79-10OR: 86
25/1

16-race maiden, recently returned from almost two years on the sidelines. Shaped with more purpose at Down Royal (3m, good) last week, though runs from 5lb out of the handicap in attempt to build on that.

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Non-Runners

1
Seskinane14
1211-12OR: 116
T: Brian M McMahonJ: Mr E Mahon
8
King's War7
911-3OR: 107
T: P MooneyJ: M F Mooney
14
Ballinlina Boy30
510-10OR: 100
T: R K WatsonJ: A Ring
15
Officers Mess26
510-9OR: 99
T: C O'DwyerJ: R A Doyle
18
Slicker City76
710-5OR: 95
T: T GibneyJ: J M Moore

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Icantsay711-39/2
T: J P RyanJ: D E Mullins

Betting

Forecast

Stacks Mountain (7/1), Lord In Red (7/1), Serious Ego (7/1), Waaheb (8/1), Epsilon Indi (8/1), Market's Field (9/1), Oh'herewego (10/1), Nerual (14/1), Mystic Embarr (14/1), William Tyndale (14/1), Lake Takapuna (16/1), Aasleagh Dawn (20/1), Chapter Two (20/1), Whitber's Choice (20/1), Olive D'haguenet (25/1), Officers Mess (25/1), Ballinlina Boy (25/1), Slicker City (25/1), King's War (25/1), Seskinane (25/1), Boris Boru (25/1), Captainofthefleet (40/1), Pi Ahio (50/1), Steamboat Bill (66/1)

Verdict

A tough start for punters, with plenty of questions to be answered. It could be safest to stick with the form horse in OH'HEREWEGO. He'd won three from four prior to unseating early at Galway and isn't certain to have reached a ceiling just yet. There are all sorts of dangers lurking. Stacks Mountain and Serious Ego are both low-mileage and coming in off pleasing efforts with improvement likely. Mystic Embarr and William Tyndale both ran well but have absences to overcome now while Epsilon Indi, Market's Field and Lake Takapuna join former C&D scorer Seskinane in commanding respect in a wide open heat.
  1. Oh'herewego
  2. Serious Ego
  3. Mystic Embarr

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