18:40 Leopardstown Thu 13 June 2019

  • 'Coolio' Handicap
  • 1m, Good to Firm (Good in Places)
  • 11 Runners
  • Winner€10,472.002nd€3,247.003rd€1,547.004th€697.005th€272.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 43.62sOff time:18:41:03
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1
(11)
39-10OR: 87BFD
7/1

Sent off the 5/2F in a competitive handicap at the Curragh on Irish 2000 Guineas Day last time. Didn't run according to market vibes, which should be forgiven considering his record beforehand. That was a race in which quite a few now reoppose.

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2
(8)
39-9OR: 86D
12/1

Not out of the first two placings in four starts on the AW at Dundalk. Slightly disappointing when ninth on turf debut in a competitive affair at Naas (1m; good to yielding). Given a 45-day break since then and worth another chance off 3lb lower.

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3
(5)
39-8OR: 85
20/1

Ran a decent race in defeat when fourth at this track last week. That was a fairly good contest and he has actually been dropped 3lb by the handicapper since then. Must figure in some capacity on handicap debut/first attempt at 1m. Lightly raced.

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4
(1)
39-5OR: 82
8/1

Hasn't gone on since promising debut victory. Starts off in handicaps off a stiff enough mark but is very unexposed. Not one to write off just yet and she is an each-way player if improving for the switch to tis sphere.

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5
(2)
39-5OR: 82
9/2

Made a solid start to life in handicaps without winning. In front of a couple who reoppose in this contest when third at the Curragh (1m; good to firm) last time. Should finish in the money once again off an unchanged mark.

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6
(6)
39-4OR: 81
5/1

Produced two solid efforts this year. The most recent of those was when he finished third at Naas (7f; good to firm). In front of the reopposing Parkers Hill that day and likely to confirm the form. Should go well on second handicap start.

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(12)
39-4OR: 81
10/1

Progressive last season, when successful in a Dundalk (7f; standard) maiden on final run of the year. Four-length in front of Sherkali on reappearance at the Curragh (1m; good to firm) on handicap debut. Interesting if able to strip fitter.

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8
(9)
39-2OR: 79C
25/1

Looked a promising sort when turning over an odds-on favourite at this track last season, but has proved to be a shade disappointing since then. Has a squeak if able to build on most recent effort when sixth at Naas (7f; good to firm).

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9
(3)
39-1OR: 78D
9/2

Made it fourth time lucky when scoring in a maiden at Cork (1m; good) last time. Has progressed with each run this year and is open to plenty of improvement now starting out in handicaps. Shortlist material.

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10
(10)
38-8OR: 71D
8/1

Has improved plenty for the switch to handicaps. Mark has rose 11lb since first success at this level on his third handicap start. Just got up by a head at Gowran Park (1m; good) recently. Needs to do more off a 6lb higher mark.

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(7)
38-5OR: 68
16/1

Inconsistent nine-race maiden who finished last of 13 at Sligo (1m2f; good) last time. Had posted a couple of good efforts before that disappointment but latest run poses more questions. Hard to fancy.

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Non-Runners

12
(4)
Summerset243
38-4OR: 67
T: J M OxxJ: K J Leonard

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
7Bucky Larson39-95/1Full Result
T: G M LyonsJ: C T Keane

Betting

Forecast

Balefire (9/2), Jupiter Road (9/2), Boston Bruin (5/1), Sherkali (7/1), Cnoc An Oir (8/1), Gatsby Cap (8/1), Excelcius (10/1), Sky Seven (12/1), Summerset (14/1), Royal Canford (16/1), Western Dawn (20/1), Parkers Hill (25/1)

Verdict

A typically competitive Leopardstown handicap in which BALEFIRE is the unknown quantity in this field on handicap debut for Mick Halford. He showed a good attitude when winning at the fourth time of asking recently and starts life in this sphere off a very fair mark. The stables other representative, Sky Seven, is worth another chance now he has been eased a bit in the weights after making a disappointing debut on turf., while similar comments apply to Sherkali who failed to justify market favouritism in a very warm handicap assignment last time, but held a solid profile prior to that below-par effort.
  1. Balefire
  2. Sherkali
  3. Sky Seven

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