19:05 Leopardstown Fri 17 May 2019

  • ICON Apprentice Handicap (45-70)
  • 1m 4f, Good to Yielding
  • 21 Runners
  • Winner€7,391.002nd€2,292.003rd€1,092.004th€492.005th€192.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:2m 42.3sOff time:19:07:48
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1
(11)
410-0OR: 68D
8/1

Landed a summer hat-trick on turf last season over shorter trips and arrives on the back of an AW win at Dundalk last month at this trip. 4lb higher back on grass, could have further progress to come.

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2
(10)
59-12OR: 66D
14/1

Completed a hat-trick encompassing both codes last summer. Nowhere near that level on his reappearance last month or since at Gowran Park (1m6f, yielding to soft; 33-1); bit to prove currently.

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3
(20)
79-10OR: 64D
20/1

Hasn't scored since 2017 AW win at Dundalk over this trip, couple of tame efforts at Navan to begin the new term and remains one to be wary of here.

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4
(15)
69-8OR: 62
7/1

Most recent success in a Dundalk claimer 13 months ago, came close to following up on stable debut here (1m5f, good to firm) in similar contest. Ended last year well below best but has won fresh before and on an appealing mark now.

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5
(17)
49-7OR: 61
20/1

13-race maiden, she didn't show much on stable debut at Limerick (1m3½f, soft; 16-1) last month but likely the ground there wasn't to her liking. Possible she can show more this evening.

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6
(18)
59-7OR: 61BF
10/1

Remains a maiden after 11 runs but recent move up in trip has brought pair of near misses at Dundalk (1m2½f/1m4f). Cheekpieces fitted for return to turf and merits consideration.

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7
(3)
49-6OR: 60
11/1

Boasts a fine pedigree, but looked pretty moderate in France for Alain du Royer-Dupre. Well held in Tipperary maiden (1m4½f, yielding; 14-1) on recent stable debut. Betting check the way to go now in a handicap.

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8
(4)
49-5OR: 59
33/1

Won twice last season (1m3f and 1m4½f) and remained largely in good order until final two starts when she was totally out of sorts. No sign of turnaround in three runs this term; second runner for the yard in this.

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9
(14)
49-4OR: 58
22/1

Nothing of note in three low-grade AW contest over 1mf2/1m4f during the winter and unable to get close enough to challenge on handicap bow at Limerick (1m3½f, soft; 16-1) last month. More demanded.

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10
(19)
49-3OR: 57
16/1

Sole success from 24 Flat attempts came in 7f Down Royal nursery in 2017. Mostly toiling since, including on AW/over hurdles, but an odd glimmer of hope has been noted recently and mark has dropped to a low level.

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11
(7)
99-2OR: 56
16/1

Winner off a mark of 60 at Newcastle last August (1m2f, AW; 16-1) in a low-grade apprentice handicap. Runner-up over that trip at Dundalk last month, though hasn't truly looked like winning in four 2019 starts at that track.

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13
(12)
99-2OR: 56BFD
9/1

Veteran, ran plenty good races but ultimately winless in 15-race winter campaign at Dundalk (multiple course winner). Won over this trip at Fairyhouse last summer from much higher mark.

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14
(16)
49-1OR: 55
25/1

Nine-race maiden for Jessica Harrington, she wasn't able to improve her lot on recent stable debut at Gowran Park when upped to 1m6f for the first time and looks up against it again.

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15
(22)
49-1OR: 55
50/1

Daughter of Power remains a maiden and has failed to get anywhere near a win in six starts to date. Interesting to see Megan Nicholls on board for first ride in Ireland.

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16
(1)
79-0OR: 54
12/1

Not disgraced on handicap debut over C&D in October (beaten 5L) and only outings since was over hurdles here at the Christmas meeting. Needs to improve but too soon to discount.

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17
(9)
88-13OR: 53
8/1

Useful 125-rated handicap hurdler who has hit the frame on a couple of occasions around Dundalk. On a fair mark after recent pipe-opener on the AW but overall profile isn't convincing enough.

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18
(21)
48-11OR: 51
16/1

Made some good progress from the rear at Navan (1m5f, yielding; 20-1) recently when tackling this sort of trip for the first time. Changed hands since and not beyond the realms that she can run well.

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19
(13)
48-8OR: 48
20/1

Sole win came in a Cork handicap on heavy ground over an extended-mile 13 months ago. Best efforts since have come on the AW but mark is now a modest one.

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20
(5)
48-6OR: 46
12/1

Finding it a struggle in five-race career to this point, including C&D run last backend. No improvement upped to 2m on the AW in March. Plenty more to find here.

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21
(8)
48-5OR: 45
33/1

13-race maiden, best efforts have come over this sort of middle-distance test in the past and may well have found a mile too sharp at Naas 18 days ago. Still needs to find plenty more going back up in distance.

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22
(2)
98-5OR: 45
20/1

Long-standing maiden (0-24), has on occasion threatened and didn't run badly over 1m3½f (soft) at Limerick on second start back. Not favoured on these terms but repeat run could gain place money.

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Non-Runners

12
(6)
Power Drive48
49-2OR: 56
T: C O'BrienJ: D E Sheehy

Last Year's Winner

Last year's winner is unavailable

Betting

Forecast

Archer's Up (7/1), Time For Mabel (8/1), Rockfish (8/1), Sharjah (9/1), Royal Admiral (10/1), Dandjira (11/1), Recommendation (12/1), Flamma Clarus (12/1), Ingleby Mackenzie (14/1), Power Drive (14/1), Exclusive Waters (16/1), Loudest Whisper (16/1), Magic Sea (16/1), Dream Point (20/1), All Body And Soul (20/1), Paddytheirishman (20/1), Marmalade N Toast (20/1), Prize Winner (22/1), Bye Bye Brussels (25/1), Cache Queen (33/1), Candle In The Wind (33/1), Whiskey Treat (50/1)

Verdict

Oisin Orr is thriving at the moment and he looks an eye-catching booking on Gavin Cromwell's ARCHER'S UP here. The Archipenko gelding almost scored here on debut for the yard last season having won first time out on the AW at Dundalk. This might be the time to catch him, with his handicap mark now an appealing one. Recent AW winner Rockfish could well have more to offer while Royal Admiral will go close if transferrin his recent enthusiasm from that same arena. The likes of Magic Sea, Loudest Whisper and Paddytheirishman are worth a look from place terms.
  1. Archer's Up
  2. Royal Admiral
  3. Rockfish

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