13:50 Naas
Limestone Lad Hurdle (Grade 3) 5yo+
Limestone Lad Hurdle (Grade 3) 5yo+
Going:
Good To Yielding
Good To Yielding
Distance: 2m Runners: 5
Hurdle Turf
Good To Yielding 2m
Conceding 7lb all round asks a question of ESPOIR D'ALLEN but bar one exception he's been pretty much faultless over hurdles and he's surely destined for a return to Grade 1 level sooner or later. It's hard to take Tombstone's third behind Sharjah over Christmas at face value and, with Forge Meadow in opposition, another soft lead seems unlikely. Perhaps Wicklow Brave will prove the best option for minor honours.[Alistair Jones]
POSTDATA Espoir D'Allen
SPOTLIGHT Espoir D'Allen
TOPSPEED Espoir D'Allen
No Runner Rating Previous Odds Odds Each Way 1/4 1-2
1
Espoir D'allenCD
B J Geraghty/G Cromwell
Age: 5
Weight: 11-8
Spotlight Form: 114-11
166 4/6, 8/13
4/7
SP
Promised to take very high rank as a juvenile before not giving his running when odds-on for the Grade 1 at Leopardstown last February; has returned better than ever though in winning Grade 3s with authority and, while this is a big ask conceding 7lb all round, he's the one to beat.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 28/12/18
    LIM 16Sft 4yG3Hd,19K
    11-8
    1/5 8l, Stormy Ireland[7/2]10-13
    Jody McGarvey
    147
    134
    158
  • 10/11/18
    NAA 16Gd/Y 4yG3Hd,18K
    11-8
    1/6 11l, Mr Adjudicator[3/1]11-10
    Mark Walsh
    147
    63
    143
  • 04/02/18
    LEO 16Sft 4yG1Hd,52K
    11-0
    4/5 23l, Mr Adjudicator[4/5F]11-0
    Barry Geraghty
    144
    90
    125
  • 26/12/17
    LEO 16Y 3yG2Hd,23K
    11-1
    1/7 1 1/4l, Farclas[1/2F]10-12
    Mark Walsh
    53
    136
  • 03/12/17
    FAI 16Sft 3yG3Hd,17K
    10-13
    1/5 4 1/2l, Mitchouka[8/13F]10-13
    Barry Geraghty
    5
    140
  • 04/11/17
    DRO 16Sft 3yHd,8K
    11-4
    1/7 1 3/4l, Kuraka[2/5F]10-12
    Barry Geraghty
    72
    124
5
Wicklow BraveD
R Walsh/W Mullins
Age: 10
Weight: 11-1
Spotlight Form: 213F47
164 11/4
3/1
SP
Admirable dual purpose performer who continues to pay his way, making hay in some soft races between July and September; this obviously way easier than recent Grade 1 assignments and he's pretty versatile tactics-wise, which helps in these small fields.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 02/12/18
    FAI 20Gd G1Hd,65K
    11-10
    7/9 39l, Apple's Jade[33/1]11-3
    Mr P W Mullins
    155
    66
    130
  • 18/11/18
    PUN 16Gd G1Hd,52K
    11-10
    4/4 20l, Sharjah[8/1]11-10
    Mr P W Mullins
    157
    117
    147
  • 28/10/18
    GAL 24Y Hd,11K
    11-10
    F/6 Sweet Home Chicago[2/7F]11-6
    R Walsh
    157
  • 07/10/18
    TIP 16Gd G3Hd,30K
    11-11
    3/6 5 1/4l, Bedrock[5/6F]11-7
    Paul Townend
    159
    95
    147
  • 09/09/18
    LIS 16Gd Hd,12K
    11-2
    1/3 56l, My Manekineko[1/16F]10-9
    Paul Townend
    159
    123
    151
  • 23/08/18
    KLN 17Gd ,7K
    12-0
    1/3 25l, Mary Sun[1/25F]11-2
    Mr P W Mullins
    108
    15
    105
4
TombstoneCD
Jack Kennedy/G Elliott
Age: 9
Weight: 11-1
Spotlight Form: -51303
166 3/1, 10/3
7/2
SP
Last win was over fences at Limerick and although he ran well in the 2m Grade 1 at Leopardstown over Christmas there's little doubt he was flattered having dictated up front; doesn't always run his races that way but it's probably worth persevering with in this small field.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 29/12/18
    LEO 16Gd/Y G1Hd,65K
    11-10
    3/6 5 1/2l, Sharjah[66/1]11-10 t
    Davy Russell
    142
    122
    153
  • 02/12/18
    FAI 16Gd HdHc,52K
    10-10
    17/21 15l, Wonder Laish[25/1]10-10 t
    Mr Jordan Williams
    143
    21
    139
  • 18/11/18
    PUN 16Gd G1Hd,52K
    11-10
    3/4 17 1/2l, Sharjah[20/1]11-10 t
    Rachael Blackmore
    143
    120
    150
  • 14/10/18
    LIM 20Gd Ch,14K
    11-11
    1/5 2l, Montalbano[EvensF]11-9 t
    Davy Russell
    144
    69
    147
  • 07/10/18
    TIP 16Gd G3Hd,30K
    11-0
    5/6 14l, Bedrock[5/1]11-7 t
    Davy Russell
    145
    73
    127
  • 27/04/18
    PUN 21Sft NvChHc,52K
    11-8
    6/18 41l, Kemboy[14/1]11-10 t
    Jack Kennedy
    145
    99
    119
2
Forge MeadowCD
R M Power/Mrs J Harrington
Age: 7
Weight: 11-1
Spotlight Form: P-3244
163
7/1
SP
Beaten a neck when favourite for this 12 months ago; chasing this season and after failing to convince she returned to hurdling with a modest enough run in a Grade 3 mares contest at Leopardstown; repeat of that won't be good enough here; races prominently.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 29/12/18
    LEO 20Gd/Y G3Hd,21K
    11-5
    4/7 17l, Good Thyne Tara[8/1]11-5
    Robbie Power
    146
    85
    130
  • 09/12/18
    COR 17Sft NvG3Ch,21K
    10-11
    4/10 23l, Camelia De Cotte[9/4F]11-4
    Robbie Power
    86
    112
  • 28/11/18
    PUN 16Gd Ch,8K
    11-5
    2/9 10l, Mengli Khan[9/4]11-12
    Robbie Power
    39
    119
  • 27/10/18
    GAL 18Sft Ch,9K
    11-7
    3/5 5 1/2l, Dawn Shadow[15/8F]11-7
    Robbie Power
    104
    119
  • 28/04/18
    PUN 20Y/Sft G1Hd,52K
    11-7
    PU/8 Benie Des Dieux[14/1]11-7
    Robbie Power
    147
  • 02/04/18
    FAI 20Hy G2Hd,37K
    11-1
    PU/11 Coquin Mans[5/1]11-6
    Robbie Power
    148
3
Jarob
M A Enright/G O'Loughlin
Age: 12
Weight: 11-1
Spotlight Form: 734P43
149 50/1
66/1
SP
Good run over Cheltenham's cross-country fences last time but opposable returned to hurdling in this company.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 16/11/18
    CHL 30Gd Cl2 ChHc,15K
    10-1
    3/7 1 1/2l, Josies Orders[12/1]10-11
    Mark Enright
    134
    89
    136
  • 30/08/18
    BEL 20Gd HdHc,11K
    11-3
    4/13 7 3/4l, Boot Camp[20/1]11-4 cp
    Conor Orr
    128
    109
    131
  • 17/08/18
    TRM 22Gd Ch,11K
    11-3
    PU/7 Ask Susan[6/1]10-12 cp
    Conor Orr
    134
  • 05/08/18
    GAL 23Gd Ch,14K
    10-10
    4/10 16l, Sub Lieutenant[33/1]11-3 cp
    Conor Orr
    134
    112
    139
  • 10/07/18
    ROS 24Gd HdHc,10K
    11-3
    3/8 2 1/4l, Spring Watch[15/2]10-3 cp(1)
    Conor Orr
    127
    94
    132
  • 23/06/18
    GOW 24Gd HdHc,14K
    10-9
    7/14 21l, Housesofparliament[25/1]11-3
    Conor Orr
    129
    56
    121
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