13:00 Navan Sun 16 December 2018

  • Tara Handicap Hurdle (Grade B)
  • 2m 4f, Yielding
  • 20 Runners
  • Winner€29,500.002nd€9,500.003rd€4,500.004th€2,000.005th€1,000.006th€499.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:4m 59.6sOff time:13:00:27
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1
911-8OR: 143CD
22/1

Returned to hurdles last two runs following a spell chasing but losing run building up and doesn't look to have the scope for improvement of some of today's rivals.

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2
811-5OR: 140BFCD
20/1

Smart hurdler when last seen over the smaller obstacles in 2016. Chasing since and finished lame when last seen in February and others likely to be sharper today.

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3
911-3OR: 138CD
8/1

Showed the benefit of his comeback run after a long absence and a first time tongue tie when beating a bang in-form rival over 2m6f here last month. Drop down 2f shouldn't be a problem and 7lb rise looks fair. Obvious claims.

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4
810-13OR: 134D
16/1

First run over hurdles since April 2016 and plenty of form over fences in the meantime. Leniently treated if able to recapture his old form and cheek pieces on for the first time. Any market move would be worth noting.

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5
Plinthb,t14
910-11OR: 132CD
16/1

Keeps strong handicap company and even though he hasn't won since July 2017 he showed he still retains ability on recent efforts before last week. Does go well for today's rider.

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6
610-10OR: 131D
8/1

Won a Grade 3 over hurdles in February 2017 as a juvenile but generally seen over fences since. On a fair mark reverting now to the smaller obstacles and trainer has won this race for the last two years.

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9
910-8OR: 129
50/1

Had a spin on the Flat last week but but generally struggling over fences and hurdles and not hard to look elsewhere.

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10
610-7OR: 128D
11/2

Lightly raced but already building up a consistent profile. Has work to so to reverse recent form with Walk To Freedom and place claims probably at best.

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11
610-7OR: 128
14/1

Plenty of placed efforts since winning last Christmas but needs to improve for this step up from 2m to trouble the best of these.

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12
710-6OR: 127D
9/2

Galway win at this trip in the summer and following a below par effort there, got back on track when chasing home a shock winner at Limerick last time. Could improve now going into handicaps and looks a likely player.

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13
1210-5OR: 126C
50/1

Better known as a long distance chaser and is unlikely to have the necessary speed over this back over hurdles.

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14
710-4OR: 125D
25/1

Vastly improved when rattling off a quick hat-trick in the mud last winter but found this mark beyond him when last seen and needs to return at his best. Any rain would be in his favour.

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15
810-2OR: 123C
20/1

Still 3lb above his mark for last success at Ayr in January and likely this company is a bit too hot for him.

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16
610-2OR: 123
25/1

Below par when last seen over hurdles. Has shown decent form in top notch handicaps on the Flat for Willie Mullins this summer but surprising she only fetched €3,000 at the sales last month.

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17
1010-0OR: 121
25/1

Doesn't take much racing but not disgraced at Cork last month and if able to build on that could go well at a price.

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18
79-13OR: 120D
12/1

Showed the ability is still there over fences last time and interesting now back over hurdles. Tongue-tie, worn only once before when winning back in May, now reapplied and makes each way appeal.

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19
59-13OR: 124
16/1

Front-runner who has something to prove going beyond 2m but interesting jockey booking and if staying has the form to play a part.

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20
99-13OR: 120D
16/1

Returning from a long absence when ninth of 15 at Naas last month. Entitled to strip fitter now and has the form from the past to be a contender if building on that.

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21
69-11OR: 118D
10/1

Running creditably in lesser grade and cheek pieces retained after his third last time. Untried since Bumper run on softer than good so presumably any rain would be a concern.

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22
69-10OR: 117
25/1

Still a maiden after nine attempts over hurdles and needs to take a big step forward to get off the mark in such a hot contest.

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Non-Runners

7
Orion D'Aubrelle28
610-9OR: 130
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
8
Rooster Byron28
810-9OR: 130
T: P NolanJ: B J Cooper

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Diamond Cauchois610-126/4
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell

Betting

Forecast

Calie Du Mesnil (9/2), Salty Boy (11/2), Walk To Freedom (8/1), Dinaria Des Obeaux (8/1), Jack Fiasco (10/1), Golden Jewel (12/1), Rooster Byron (12/1), Stooshie (14/1), Orion D'Aubrelle (14/1), Russian Bill (16/1), Mastermind (16/1), Squouateur (16/1), Plinth (16/1), Ball D'Arc (20/1), Elusive Theatre (20/1), De Plotting Shed (22/1), Dromore Lad (25/1), Law Girl (25/1), Conright Boy (25/1), Roseriver Has (25/1), Cliff House (50/1), Forever Gold (50/1)

Verdict

Plenty can be fancied in a valuable handicap but the way he won last time suggests WALK TO FREEDOM could remain a step ahead of the assessor and he can shrug off the 7lb rise. Calie Du Mesnil is interesting for her top connections and at a big price it wouldn't surprise to see Golden Jewel outrun his odds.
  1. Walk To Freedom
  2. Calie Du Mesnil
  3. Golden Jewel

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