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13u2
Any Second Now (IRE) 5,b g 11-12

Oscar-Pretty Neat(Topanoora)

(21) c1 (John P McManus)

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE52269.00

18th Nov 17 Punchestown(2m 4f Novice Chase, Soft To Heavy) 4/1 11-12 M P Walsh 2nd of 10 runners, 6L behind Monalee

2nd Apr 17 Fairyhouse(2m 4f Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) Rated 142 7/1 11-10 B J Geraghty unseated rider(9 ran) in race won by Al Boum Photo

26th Feb 17 Naas(2m Hurdle, Soft To Heavy (Hurdle), Heavy (Chase)) Rated 142 10/11Fav 11-9 M P Walsh 3rd of 7 runners, 8L and 0.5L behind Forge Meadow and Joey Sasa

Trainer Quotes

T M Walsh quotes on Any Second Now (IRE)

It's a pleasant surprise again but not as big a surprise as the first day. I would have been disappointing if he didn't run well. I was quite happy turning into the straight that he was going to be a good third with two fair horses in front of him. When he got by Gordon’s horse I thought Ruby had a bit more in the tank but he joined him and he's done it well. It's a sharp two miles around here and I was worried about that. It was basically a winners of one. It was down as a Grade 2 but every one of them had won one race. It's a sharp track but his jumping was very good. I thought a few times during the race he was going as quick as he wanted to be and I said to young Ted 'he'll get caught out if he misses one'. He was good though. It's only the second run of his life and he's come from having a tour around in a maiden hurdle at Navan to racing so it was a big step up. If he had gone to Navan fancied and got a few slaps you'd say he learned something but he cruised there to win. It's great to have him and the right man has him as he won't be for sale. He could be a very good horse. He's a big raw sort of a horse and I'll leave plans to Frank and JP. They have loads of ammunition and I'm sure they won't be rushing him.
After Any Second Now (IRE) finished 1st at Punchestown on Sat, 14th Jan 2017 2m Hurdle Soft to Heavy

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Any Second Now (IRE) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Invitation Only (IRE)2
18th Nov Punchestown(2m 4f , Novice Chase, Soft To Heavy) Any Second Now (IRE) 2nd (4/1 11-12) M P Walsh Invitation Only (IRE) fell (2/1 11-12) R Walsh (10 ran)
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2nd Apr Fairyhouse(2m 4f , Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) Invitation Only (IRE) 6th (11/10Fav 11-5 Rated 140) R Walsh Any Second Now (IRE) unseated rider (7/1 11-10 Rated 142) B J Geraghty (9 ran)
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Cap D'Aubois (FR) 5,br g 11-12

Snow Cap-Caline Grace(Marmato)

(24) bf (Mrs S Ricci)

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE812-6.43

15th Nov 17 Fairyhouse(2m 5f Novice Chase, Soft To Heavy, Heavy In Places) 6/5Fav 11-12 P Townend 7th of 9 runners, 69L behind Woods Well

3rd Oct 17 Tipperary(2m 7f Novice Chase, Soft) 7/2 11-12 R Walsh 2nd of 8 runners, 0.75L behind Death Duty

1st Sep 17 Down Royal(3m 88yds Hurdle, Yielding) Rated 139 7/4 11-5 R Walsh 4th of 5 runners, 14.12L behind Rashaan

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Carrigmoorna Matt (IRE) 6,b g 11-12

Westerner-Carrigmorna Flyer(Bob Back)

(13) (Old Fools Partnership)

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE8140.50
P2P100

26th Nov 17 Navan(2m 1f Novice Chase, Soft to Heavy) 33/1 11-12 P T Enright 3rd of 10 runners, 7L and 19L behind Al Boum Photo and Tycoon Prince

30th Oct 17 Galway(2m 5f 124yds Hcap Hurdle, Chase: heavy. Hurdle/Bumper: soft to heavy.) Rated 120 5/1 11-0 J J Slevin (3) 7th of 14 runners, 11.25L behind Mon Lino

1st Oct 17 Tipperary(2m Hcap Hurdle, Flat/chase: Heavy. Hurdle/bumper: soft to heavy.) Rated 118 12/1 10-12 P T Enright 3rd of 9 runners, 1.5L and 1.25L behind Persistent and Timi Roli

Trainer Quotes

Vincent Laurence Halley quotes on Carrigmoorna Matt (IRE)

Phillip gave him a super ride and made it a good test of his stamina - we knew he stayed three miles. Phillip said he was just idling in front, and he jumped super. The soft ground made a big difference. He's from a nice family and will go chasing in the winter but I'm not sure what we will do now.
After Carrigmoorna Matt (IRE) finished 1st at Killarney on Mon, 15th May 2017 2m 4f Maiden Hurdle Soft to Heavy

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Chain Gang (GB) 6,b g 11-12

Midnight Legend-Gaspaisie(Beyssac)

(14) (Barry Connell)

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE1023-1.17
UK100-1.00

25th Nov 17 Gowran Park(2m 4f Novice Chase, Heavy) 12/1 11-12 D F O Regan 4th of 7 runners, 56.25L behind Dounikos

14th Sep 17 Listowel(3m Hcap Hurdle, Heavy) Rated 122 10/3 11-3 D F O Regan 4th of 8 runners, 16.75L behind Ben Button

17th Apr 17 Fairyhouse(2m 6f Hcap Hurdle, Good To Yielding) Rated 123 13/2 10-12 D F O Regan 7th of 17 runners, 13.25L behind Showem Silver

Trainer Quotes

Alan Fleming quotes on Chain Gang (GB)

We're very happy. He's extremely tough. I'd say going up in trip would be no problem and even back in trip a little. He's a lovely horse and bred to be very good over hurdles. Hopefully it's onwards and upwards from here and he might appreciate a bit better ground. We're absolutely chuffed as I'd say it was a decent maiden hurdle. Looking at Gordon Elliott's horse (Tombstone) last time in Down Royal it would have been impossible to beat him but it would have been nice to finish a bit closer. He's has plenty of options now and he's just a proper horse I'd say.
After Chain Gang (GB) finished 1st at Leopardstown on Mon, 28th Dec 2015 2m 4f Maiden Hurdle Heavy

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Fairly Legal (IRE) 7,b g 11-12

Beneficial-Telstar(Montelimar)

(576) bf (John P McManus)

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE613-3.25
P2P110

12th May 16 Tipperary(2m 4f Novice Chase, Yielding to Soft) 13/8Fav 11-12 B J Geraghty 3rd of 16 runners, 0.75L and 21L behind Stoughan Cross and Roll It Out

28th Apr 16 Punchestown(3m Hcap Hurdle, Yielding (Hurdle/chase Crse), Good To Firm (X Country Crse)) Rated 129 12/1 10-13 M P Walsh 11th of 24 runners, 52.59L behind Cup Final

6th Mar 16 Naas(2m 3f Hcap Hurdle, Soft To Heavy (Hurdle), Heavy (Chase)) Rated 129 9/4Fav 11-0 B J Geraghty 4th of 11 runners, 3.75L behind Total Recall

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3-6f
Invitation Only (IRE) 6,b g 11-12

Flemensfirth-Norabelle(Alamo Bay)

(21) c1 (Andrea Wylie & Graham Wylie)

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE631-1.02
P2P110

18th Nov 17 Punchestown(2m 4f Novice Chase, Soft To Heavy) 2/1 11-12 R Walsh fell(10 ran) in race won by Monalee

2nd Apr 17 Fairyhouse(2m 4f Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) Rated 140 11/10Fav 11-5 R Walsh 6th of 9 runners, 15.25L behind Al Boum Photo

18th Dec 16 Navan(2m 4f Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) 1/1Fav 11-3 R Walsh 3rd of 6 runners, 3.75L and 1.5L behind Death Duty and Monalee

Trainer Quotes

W P Mullins quotes on Invitation Only (IRE)

that was a good jumping performance, and we'll look for a novice now around Christmas. He’ll have no problem going up in trip and we think he stays all day, and I was also delighted to see him show that turn of foot.
After Invitation Only (IRE) finished 1st at Gowran Park on Sat, 26th Nov 2016 2m Maiden Hurdle Yielding

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Invitation Only (IRE) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Moulin A Vent (GB)1
18th Dec Navan(2m 4f , Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) Invitation Only (IRE) 3rd (1/1Fav 11-3) R Walsh 3.75L in front of Moulin A Vent (GB) 4th (14/1 10-13) S W Flanagan (6 ran)
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Any Second Now (IRE)2
18th Nov Punchestown(2m 4f , Novice Chase, Soft To Heavy) Any Second Now (IRE) 2nd (4/1 11-12) M P Walsh Invitation Only (IRE) fell (2/1 11-12) R Walsh (10 ran)
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2nd Apr Fairyhouse(2m 4f , Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) Invitation Only (IRE) 6th (11/10Fav 11-5 Rated 140) R Walsh Any Second Now (IRE) unseated rider (7/1 11-10 Rated 142) B J Geraghty (9 ran)
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Midnight Escape (IRE) 5,b g 11-12

Milan-Special Case(Be My Native)

(36) (Grant Mercer, Darren Mercer & Mrs Caren Walsh)

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE614-3.12
P2P110

3rd Nov 17 Down Royal(2m 3f 120yds Novice Chase, Soft (Yielding In Places)) 9/2 11-12 D N Russell 3rd of 12 runners, 16L and 1.75L behind Tombstone and Thebarrowman

10th Oct 17 Galway(2m 2f 54yds Novice Chase, Soft) 6/4Fav 11-12 D N Russell 3rd of 14 runners, 3L and 2L behind Calino D airy and Close Shave

25th Mar 17 Thurles(3m Hurdle, Hurdle/bumper: soft. Chase: yielding to soft.) Rated 134 6/4Fav 11-3 D N Russell 5th of 7 runners, 7.38L behind Open Eagle

Trainer Quotes

Gordon Elliott quotes on Midnight Escape (IRE)

he’ll (Midnight Escape) be a nice horse for next year and is a chaser in the making. We’re happy enough and it’s job done and we’ll try and find something small for him next; then that’ll be it until next year. The second horse (Cracking Smart) ran alright too and he’ll come back for a bumper.
After Midnight Escape (IRE) finished 1st at Naas on Sat, 11th Feb 2017 2m 3f Maiden Hurdle Soft

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Midnight Escape (IRE) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Moulin A Vent (GB)1
3rd Nov Down Royal(2m 3f 120yds, Novice Chase, Soft (Yielding In Places)) Midnight Escape (IRE) 3rd (9/2 11-12) D N Russell 19.75L in front of Moulin A Vent (GB) 10th (6/4 11-12) S W Flanagan (12 ran)
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Moulin A Vent (GB) 5,gr g 11-12

Sagamix-Bahia Blanca(Astarabad)

(36) c1 (Mrs Patricia Hunt)

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE933-1.81

3rd Nov 17 Down Royal(2m 3f 120yds Novice Chase, Soft (Yielding In Places)) 6/4 11-12 S W Flanagan 10th of 12 runners, 37.5L behind Tombstone

23rd Sep 17 Navan(2m 6f Hurdle, Yielding, Yielding to Soft in places) Rated 137 4/9Fav 11-5 S W Flanagan 1st of 4 runners, by 8L and 26L from High Nellie and Jaime Sommers

26th Apr 17 Punchestown(3m Hurdle, Good To Yielding) Rated 137 20/1 11-9 S W Flanagan 7th of 8 runners, 25.75L behind Champagne Classic

Trainer Quotes

Noel Meade quotes on Moulin A Vent (GB)

he jumped terrible; I don’t know what it is because he jumps fences well and schooled well Wednesday morning. He hasn’t done much work and Sean (Flanagan) said he got quite tired but I would have expected that.
After Moulin A Vent (GB) finished 1st at Navan on Sat, 23rd Sep 2017 2m 6f Hurdle Yielding to Soft

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Moulin A Vent (GB) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Invitation Only (IRE)1
18th Dec Navan(2m 4f , Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) Invitation Only (IRE) 3rd (1/1Fav 11-3) R Walsh 3.75L in front of Moulin A Vent (GB) 4th (14/1 10-13) S W Flanagan (6 ran)
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Midnight Escape (IRE)1
3rd Nov Down Royal(2m 3f 120yds, Novice Chase, Soft (Yielding In Places)) Midnight Escape (IRE) 3rd (9/2 11-12) D N Russell 19.75L in front of Moulin A Vent (GB) 10th (6/4 11-12) S W Flanagan (12 ran)
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Probable SP 15/8 Any Second Now, 9/4 Invitation Only, 9/2 Cap D'Aubois, 6/1 Midnight Escape, 10/1 Fairly Legal, Moulin A Vent, 20/1 Carrigmoorna Matt, 25/1 Chain Gang.

Previous Years
2016 Our Duke 6 11-12 R M Power 4/1 (Mrs John Harrington)
2015 Abandoned
2014 Wounded Warrior 5 11-12 B J Cooper 11/10Fav (Noel Meade)

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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