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Alto Esqua (FR) 8,br g 11-7

Network-Kemia(Shawani)

(111) (M G White)

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE5213.17

25th Sep 17 Roscommon(2m 72yds Novice Chase, Heavy) 9/4 11-1 R M Power 4th of 6 runners, 37L behind Landofhopeandglory

12th Sep 17 Listowel(2m 1f Novice Chase, Heavy) 11/2 11-12 P T Enright 1st of 9 runners, by 4L and 33L from Hand Of The King and Well Joey

26th Dec 16 Limerick(2m 4f Hurdle, Heavy) 8/1 11-11 P T Enright 2nd of 7 runners, 0.5L behind Val De Ferbet

Trainer Quotes

C Byrnes quotes on Alto Esqua (FR)

He hit the last with a round to go. He seemed to jump really well afterwards and we would have been more than happy with second place. But they are there to be jumped and if you get it on a plate you have to take it,. I'm delighted for the owner (Martin White) as he has a good few horses with me and it's our first winner in a while. . We didn't really fancy him today but a win is a win and we're delighted. We'll run him in a novice chase now and see where we go from here. . Going in the race, I'd have been delighted if he had finished in the first three or four. He spent the month of July schooling at Clonshire (Equestrian Centre) with Dan Foley and I was delighted with the way he jumped today.
After Alto Esqua (FR) finished 1st at Listowel on Tue, 12th Sep 2017 2m 1f Novice Chase Heavy

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Alto Esqua (FR) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Inis Meain (USA)1
25th Sep Roscommon(2m 72yds, Novice Chase, Heavy) Inis Meain (USA) 3rd (33/1 11-1 Rated 120) D G Hogan 36.00L in front of Alto Esqua (FR) 4th (9/4 11-1) R M Power (6 ran)
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Close Shave (GB) 7,b g 11-7

Presenting-Knock Down(Oscar)

(57) c1 bf (John P McManus)
Rated 123

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE1022-1.25

18th Nov 17 Punchestown(2m 6f 140yds Hcap Chase, Soft To Heavy) Rated 123 7/2JFav 10-7 M P Walsh 3rd of 11 runners, hd and 21L behind Coeur Joyeux and Sumos Novios

26th Oct 17 Thurles(2m 6f Novice Chase, Yielding, yielding to soft in places) 9/4 11-12 B J Geraghty 1st of 16 runners, by 0.75L and 8L from Adimelo and De Name Escapes Me

10th Oct 17 Galway(2m 2f 54yds Novice Chase, Soft) 16/1 11-12 B J Geraghty 2nd of 14 runners, 3L behind Calino D airy

Trainer Quotes

Mrs John Harrington quotes on Close Shave (GB)

He avoided all the trouble and there was a lot of it in the race and he did it well and stays well. He is built for the game and the step up in trip helped and I'm delighted with him. We'll see where we go with him now.
After Close Shave (GB) finished 1st at Thurles on Thu, 26th Oct 2017 2m 6f Novice Chase Yielding to Soft

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Art Of Synergy (IRE) 7,b g 11-3

Yeats-Elizabeth Tudor(Supreme Leader)

ts4(247) (Munnelly Support Services Ltd)

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE712-3.00

12th May 17 Kilbeggan(2m 3f 110yds Maiden Hurdle, Yielding (Bumper course changed to Yielding to Soft after 5th race)) 3/1JFav 11-4 S W Flanagan 1st of 16 runners, by 1.25L and 1.75L from Great Khan and Sharps Choice

21st Jan 17 Navan(2m 4f Maiden Hurdle, Yielding to Soft (Soft after 2nd race)) 10/1 11-12 G N Fox 9th of 21 runners, 30.75L behind C est Jersey

27th Mar 16 Fairyhouse(2m Maiden Hurdle, Yielding (Soft in Places)) 14/1 11-12 J J Burke 2nd of 21 runners, 3.75L behind Three Wise Men

Trainer Quotes

Noel Meade quotes on Art Of Synergy (IRE)

I told him (owner Munnelly Support Services Ltd) last week I was putting him in the sales (Goffs UK Spring HIT entry) and now I have to tell him he won!. He had a wind-op and when we ran him in Navan he ran very bad. Maybe the heavy ground was just catching him out. He was much better today. Sean said he didn't make any noise, travelled well and jumped reasonably good. He stays really well and is a lovely big horse so I'm sure he'll make a nice chaser. I suppose I'll have to see if I can get him to keep him now!
After Art Of Synergy (IRE) finished 1st at Kilbeggan on Fri, 12th May 2017 2m 3f Maiden Hurdle Yielding

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Ballela Boy (IRE) 7,b g 11-3

Golan-Oscar Road(Oscar)

(17) (Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 121

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE17368.73

28th Dec 17 Limerick(2m 1f 160yds Novice Chase, Heavy) Rated 119 8/1 11-3 K M Donoghue 2nd of 6 runners, 0.5L behind Surf Instructor

2nd Nov 17 Clonmel(2m 4f 57yds Chase, Yielding To Soft ) Rated 119 7/1 11-8 J W Kennedy unseated rider(12 ran) in race won by Goulane Chosen

23rd Sep 17 Navan(2m 4f Novice Chase, Yielding, Yielding to Soft in places) 10/1 11-12 K M Donoghue 5th of 11 runners, 21L behind Call The Taxie

Trainer Quotes

Gordon Elliott quotes on Ballela Boy (IRE)

we said we’d have a kick at the back of the second last (fence) and have one go and thankfully it worked. There wasn't much between the two horses, only a jump, and we are off the mark thank God! He’ll probably go chasing through the summer.
After Ballela Boy (IRE) finished 1st at Down Royal on Mon, 1st May 2017 2m 6f Hurdle Good

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Inis Meain (USA) 11,b g 11-3

Bernstein-Runaway Fields(Runaway Groom)

(19) (M G Hogan)
Rated 123

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE2628-19.50
UK200-2.00

26th Dec 17 Limerick(2m 3f 120yds Novice Chase, Heavy) Rated 123 33/1 11-4 D G Hogan 4th of 6 runners, 70L behind Dounikos

9th Dec 17 Navan(2m 1f Novice Chase, Soft, Soft To Heavy In Places) Rated 122 25/1 11-0 D G Hogan 3rd of 4 runners, 3.75L and 3.5L behind Tombstone and Jett

17th Nov 17 Cheltenham(3m 6f 37yds Hcap Chase, Good to Soft) Rated 127 50/1 1 D G Hogan 6th of 10 runners, 17L behind Kingswell Theatre

Trainer Quotes

Denis Gerard Hogan quotes on Inis Meain (USA)

.He was fit from hurdling although the worry was that the trip might be a bit sharp today and you'd expect him to be a bit better upped in distance,.
After Inis Meain (USA) finished 1st at Curragh on Sun, 13th Apr 2014 1m 2f Flat Yielding to Soft

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Inis Meain (USA) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Alto Esqua (FR)1
25th Sep Roscommon(2m 72yds, Novice Chase, Heavy) Inis Meain (USA) 3rd (33/1 11-1 Rated 120) D G Hogan 36.00L in front of Alto Esqua (FR) 4th (9/4 11-1) R M Power (6 ran)
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First Time - Over Jumps Art Of Synergy» Full list of First Time Gear

Probable SP 7/4 Close Shave, 2/1 Alto Esqua, 3/1 Ballela Boy, 5/1 Art Of Synergy, 12/1 Inis Meain.

Previous Years
2017 Laid Back Luke 9 11-3 R C Colgan 4/1 (Ms Sheila Lavery)
2016 Marlbrook 8 11-3 M P Walsh 7/2 (C A Murphy)
2015 Dromnea 8 11-7 D J Casey 7/2 (M F Morris)
2014 Grand Jesture 6 11-12 D N Russell 5/4Fav (Henry De Bromhead)

Symbols Explained

ts2 Tongue Strap vs2 Visor hd2 Hood es2 Eye Shield ec2 Eye Cover cp2 Cheekpiece bl2 Blinkers tt2 Tongue Tie cd2 Course and Distance Winner c2 Course Winner d2 Distance Winner bf Beaten Favourite on Last Run

The superscript number on headgear bl2 indicates number of times worn. A plus bl+ indicates more than 10 times where as red background bl1indicates first time.

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