14:35 Curragh Sat 28 September 2019

  • Manguard Plus Joe McGrath Handicap (Premier Handicap)
  • 5f, Soft (Yielding to Soft in places)
  • 20 Runners
  • Winner€30,000.002nd€10,000.003rd€4,999.004th€2,500.005th€1,500.006th€1,000.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 2.1sOff time:14:37:36
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1
(3)
410-1OR: 101BFCD
13/2

Course winner that has also won over the trip. Beaten on latest start beaten into third behind Nitro Boost in a Listed contest at Tipperary last month. First-time cheekpieces likely to assist.

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3
(9)
49-11OR: 97D
25/1

Winner of this contest 12 months ago when run a Naas off a 22lb lower mark. Ran well over this trip in a Tipperary Listed contest last month when second of 12 beaten a nose by Nitro Boost on good ground. Market check.

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4
(17)
79-8OR: 94CD
12/1

Duel C&D winner who is not quite as consistent as he once was, but has shown flashes of his old self this year. Eighth of 24 beaten 5½L at this venue over 6f earlier this month and capable of a bold bid here.

5
(16)
49-8OR: 94C
5/1

Won a 6f handicap on soft ground here last month off a 6lb lower mark when landing a fourth career win on the Flat. Capable of another bold bid with conditions to suit.

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6
(13)
39-6OR: 93D
11/1

Solid and consistent type of late winning two of his last four starts, running between 5f and 6f. Winner of a Navan handicap over a similar trip earlier this month off an 8lb lower mark and very much in the mix here.

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7
(20)
49-5OR: 91C
9/1

Now 22lb higher than when landing a 30-runner handicap in May at this venue over 6f. Raised another 9lb for latest win here in July and one to check in the betting as post time approaches.

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8
(18)
39-4OR: 91C
40/1

Highly tried in three starts this term. Well down the field in the Group 3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes here over 6f last month and could be of interest on first start over this trip.

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9
(19)
59-3OR: 89BFD
14/1

British raider. Solid handicapper, winner of seven of his 26 Flat starts on turf. Landed a hat-trick of wins over the summer and has continued to run with credit in defeat since. Should be a leading contender if getting the run of the race.

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10
(6)
49-1OR: 87
14/1

Sole win in eight starts came in a Listowel maiden over 7f, 12 months ago. Not disgraced in a number of starts over 7f and 1m this term and capable of a big run dropping in trip.

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11
(2)
38-10OR: 83CD
8/1

Winner over C&D on his only start over the combination when landing a soft ground handicap last month off a 9lb lower mark. Beaten since but could be a danger if things fall right.

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12
(5)
58-10OR: 82
14/1

Off for a long time before return/stable debut behind Sirjack Thomas at Sligo last month before a couple of promising efforts here over 6f in the last month. 2lb lower than last winning mark and one to note in the betting.

13
(15)
48-8OR: 80D
12/1

Hasn't won since her maiden success back in 2017. Not disgraced when running with credit in a number of starts this term. Intermittent visits to the track may not be helping but worth a market check in first-time visor.

14
(7)
48-8OR: 80D
33/1

Lightly-raced daughter of Zebedee, winner of one of her four Flat starts on turf, back in July 2017. Plenty to prove on first run since April.

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15
(8)
48-6OR: 78
12/1

15-race maiden but far from discredited in a number of starts over the summer. Beaten 1L in a 14-runner contest over C&D last month and worth a check in the market as post time looms.

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16
(21)
48-6OR: 78BFC
7/1

Off the mark for connections at the 18th time of asking when landing a 6½f handicap on yielding ground last month off a 12lb lower mark. Beaten since from his revised mark and liable to find a couple stronger here.

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17
(11)
68-5OR: 77D
20/1

Has continued to run well in defeat since winning a Cork handicap over a similar trip on good to yielding ground in June off a 10lb lower mark. Capable of another bold show.

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18
(4)
128-4OR: 76CD
33/1

Highly popular veteran who was top-class in his prime, but is on the decline nowadays. 23lb lower than last winning mark and difficult to see him making a significant impact here.

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19
(14)
68-4OR: 76D
33/1

Has continued to run well in defeat since landing a fourth career Flat win on turf in a Naas 5f contest in July. One to consider on recent displays.

20
(12)
58-4OR: 76BFD
16/1

Front runner scored career win number three at Down Royal in June and has continued to run well in defeat in a couple of starts since. No surprise to see a big run once again.

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21
(1)
38-4OR: 77
66/1

Eight-race maiden running well in defeat in a busy period of starts within the last six weeks. Improvement needed if he is to take this contest.

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Non-Runners

2
(10)
Primo Uomo1
79-13OR: 99
T: G O'LearyJ: J M Sheridan

Last Year's Winner

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2Rapid Reaction38-412/1Full Result
T: J F GroganJ: A J Slattery

Betting

Forecast

Make A Challenge (5/1), Urban Beat (13/2), Fridtjof Nansen (7/1), Master Matt (8/1), Verhoyen (9/1), Cityman (11/1), Ardhoomey (12/1), Aurora Eclipse (12/1), Castletownshend (12/1), Only Spoofing (14/1), Scorching Heat (14/1), Shatharaat (14/1), Tide Of Time (16/1), Aspen Belle (20/1), Rapid Reaction (25/1), Primo Uomo (25/1), Aleef (33/1), Maarek (33/1), Emadee (33/1), Angelic Light (40/1), Zathura (66/1)

Verdict

Wide-open looking contest where most of the pace appears to be from stall 12 and higher. The initial pace of Time Of Time may give a handy pull into the race for stalking and closing types the likes of Aurora Eclipse in a first-time visor, the solid and consistent, Aspen Belle and the Denis Hogan-trained, MAKE A CHALLENGE a winner at this track over 6f last month. Cityman, Verhoyen, Angelic Light, British raider Only Spoofing and Aleef with all be around the pace and should not be underestimated.
  1. Make A Challenge
  2. Aurora Eclipse
  3. Verhoyen

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