17:15 Navan Wed 9 October 2019

  • Yellow Furze Handicap (45-65)
  • 1m 2f, Soft
  • 23 Runners
  • Winner€6,000.002nd€2,000.003rd€1,000.004th€500.005th€300.006th€200.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:2m 20.03sOff time:17:16:36
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1
(15)
510-0OR: 64D
25/1

Winner on the AW at Dundalk on four occasions but the So You Think gelding is still looking no nearer to a breakthrough success on turf from 14 starts. Needs a few to falter.

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2
(17)
49-9OR: 59D
12/1

Beaten favourite over C&D last month handicap following a three-race sequence of finishing in the runner-up position over the summer. Disappointed on latest start at Galway and looks up against it here.

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3
(3)
59-7OR: 57
9/1

Seven-race maiden, though running well in defeat in a number of starts over the summer before a dismal effort over a similar trip at Galway last month. Can be forgiven that run and one for the shortlist.

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4
(9)
9/1

Has continued to hold her form since getting off the mark at the 16th time of asking in a Gowran Park handicap in August off a 11lb lower mark. Recent efforts suggest plenty of improvement and is approached with a great deal of respect.

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5
(18)
39-4OR: 58
25/1

Not much to shout about in four career starts to date. First time blinkers unlikely to bring about the required amount of improvement needed to play a role here.

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6
(8)
89-4OR: 54CD
12/1

Winner over C&D in one of two starts over the combination when landing a soft ground handicap three years ago. Over two years since last win and plenty to find on recent offerings.

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7
(24)
39-1OR: 55
7/1

Eight-race maiden. Mixed messages in a number of starts running between 1m2f and 1m4f since June. Progress possibly and not dismissed.

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8
(23)
39-0OR: 54D
14/1

Solid and consistent when running with credit in defeat in a couple of starts last month. Capable of a big run if things fall right for the filly.

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9
(26)
59-0OR: 50D
25/1

Mixed messages in a number of efforts since returning to action in June. Well beaten 14L on latest start at Down Royal in August and others preferred in this contest.

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10
(25)
68-11OR: 47D
10/1

Winner of two of her 24 Flat starts on turf with the mares last win coming in a Curragh 1m4f contest over 12 months ago off a 2lb lower mark. Not beaten far at this venue last month over 1m6f and could be of interest dropping in trip.

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11
(4)
68-11OR: 47BFD
4/1

Best effort for sometime when finishing second of 16 beaten 5L in a Gowran Park 1m soft ground handicap last month before another encouraging effort at Cork earlier this month. In good form from race to race recently and able to muster a bold bid.

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12
(6)
38-10OR: 50CD
12/1

Landed a second win of her career when winning a good to firm handicap over C&D last month off a 4lb lower mark. Beaten over 1m on latest start at Gowran Park and more needed here.

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13
(12)
78-9OR: 45D
66/1

Missed a whole year before finishing last of 14 beaten 17L on return to action in a Killarney 1m handicap in August before a dismal effort at Galway last month. Others make more appeal.

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14
(22)
48-9OR: 45
25/1

Yet to hit the frame in any of his 13 starts, including in 11 starts on turf when in the care of trainer Fozzy Stack. Hard to recommend on stable debut.

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15
(14)
58-9OR: 45
33/1

Has been very busy this year but the 12-race maiden on turf has yet to be able to land her first victory. First time cheekpieces unlikely to bring about the required amount of progression needed to land a blow here.

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16
(16)
48-9OR: 45
9/1

16-race maiden without success in 15 starts on turf. Running with credit in a number of starts over the summer but always susceptible to a couple of better handicapped sorts.

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17
(1)
78-9OR: 45D
14/1

Modest 92-rated handicap hurdler of late. Capable of a big run on return to the level running 5lb lower than last winning mark on turf.

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18
(10)
68-9OR: 45
20/1

One win from 13 Flat starts on turf doesn't make for great reading. Last seen in July finishing down the field on a dour British raid on Hamilton Park over 1m3f.

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19
(20)
48-9OR: 45
25/1

Well beaten on return to the Flat earlier this month over C&D. Out of form and easy to oppose in current form.

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20
(11)
38-5OR: 45
50/1

Had been shaping with little or no promise in a couple of recent starts at Leopardstown before another dismal effort over C&D on good to firm ground last month. Improvement needed if she is to take this event.

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21
(19)
38-5OR: 45
40/1

Six-race maiden well held in four starts on turf including a heavy defeat over C&D on good to firm ground behind a couple of these last month.

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22
(5)
38-5OR: 45
9/1

11-race maiden still looking for his first win in eight starts on turf. Well held over 1m4f at Cork earlier this month, his second start for the yard. Place possibilities dropping in trip.

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23
(7)
38-5OR: 45
50/1

Without success in 10 career starts so far including seven races on turf. Hard to envisage first time hood will produce the required amount of development needed to play a role here.

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Non-Runners

24
(2)
Dreams Of Winter343
58-9OR: 45
T: N DoolyJ: Reserve 1
25
(21)
Big Bad Sal8
49-8OR: 58
T: H RogersJ: Reserve 2
26
(13)
Challow23
58-11OR: 47
T: T G McCourtJ: Reserve 3

Last Year's Winner

Last year's winner is unavailable

Betting

Forecast

Harvey Specter (4/1), Bear Claws (7/1), Early Strike (9/1), Watchman (9/1), Loudest Whisper (9/1), Highway To Heaven (9/1), Emily Square (10/1), The Lady's Bid (12/1), Danehill Quest (12/1), Papal Parade (12/1), No Way Jack (14/1), Ally Cay (14/1), Phebes Dream (20/1), Crafty Hugo (25/1), Steelyeyed (25/1), Firey Flower (25/1), Wild Shot (25/1), Survival Mode (25/1), Lady Savanah (33/1), Doi Suthep (40/1), Slainte (50/1), Cosmic Jazz (50/1), Ask Katie (66/1), Challow (N/A), Big Bad Sal (N/A), Dreams Of Winter (N/A)

Verdict

The Andrew Oliver-trained WATCHMAN can get off the mark for confections at the eighth time of asking on his fifth start on turf. The Oasis Dream gelding posted a career best at Cork over 1m4f earlier this month and can improve for the drop in trip here. Highway To Heaven has continued to run with credit from a revised mark since winning a Gowran Park handicap in August and looks capable of another bold bid here along with top weight Wild Shot and the potential improver, Bear Claws. Emily Square and No Way Jack are a couple that could go well at a price.
  1. Watchman
  2. Highway To Heaven
  3. Wild Shot

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