18:40 Leopardstown

Thursday 13 June 2019


'Coolio' Handicap

1m  |   Good to Firm (Good in Places)  |   11 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 18:41  |   Winning time: 1m 43.62s

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-10  |  J: B M Coen |  T: D K Weld|  OR: 87|  BF|  D

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.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-9  |  J: R Coakley |  T: M Halford|  OR: 86|  D

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.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-8  |  J: K J Manning |  T: J S Bolger|  OR: 85

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.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: D O'Brien |  T: J P O'Brien|  OR: 82

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.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: S M Crosse |  T: J P O'Brien|  OR: 82

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.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-4  |  J: S Foley |  T: Mrs J Harrington|  OR: 81

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.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-4  |  J: C T Keane |  T: G M Lyons|  OR: 81

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.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-2  |  J: N G McCullagh |  T: J P Murtagh|  OR: 79|  C

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).

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1  |  J: R P Whelan |  T: M Halford|  OR: 78|  D

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.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-8  |  J: A J Slattery |  T: J A Stack|  OR: 71|  D

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.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-5  |  J: N M Crosse |  T: W McCreery|  OR: 68

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.


Weight: 8-4|  Age: 3
T: J M Oxx  J: K J Leonard


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)

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

Previous Winners

Bucky Larson
Weight: 9-9  |Age: 3
Weight: 9-9  |  
Age: 3  |  
J: C T Keane
T: G M Lyons
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