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Acapella Bourgeois (FR) 7,ch g 11-10

Network-Jasmine(Jefferson)

hd+(13) cd1 bf (Slaneyville Syndicate)
Rated 149

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE135311.00
UK100-1.00

26th Nov 17 Navan(3m Hcap Chase, Soft to Heavy) Rated 149 7/4Fav 11-10 P Townend fell(21 ran) in race won by Mala Beach

25th Apr 17 Punchestown(3m 120yds Novice Chase, Good To Yielding (Hurdle/bumper/chase Crse), Good To Firm (Cross)) Rated 153 9/2 11-10 R Loughran 5th of 7 runners, 20.25L behind Disko

15th Mar 17 Cheltenham(3m 80yds Chase, Good to Soft (Good in places)) Rated 143 5/1 11-4 R Loughran 6th of 12 runners, 61.03L behind Might Bite

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Apache Stronghold (IRE) 9,b g 11-6

Milan-First Battle(Un Desperado)

(16) c1 d1 (Mrs Patricia Hunt)
Rated 145

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE14573.80
UK101-1.00

23rd Nov 17 Thurles(2m 6f Chase, Hurdle/ bumper: Heavy. Chase: soft to heavy.) Rated 147 3/1 11-0 S W Flanagan 3rd of 4 runners, 24L and 14L behind Bachasson and Val De Ferbet

28th Apr 15 Punchestown(3m 1f Novice Chase, Good To Yielding (Hdle, Chase & Bmpr), Good, Good To Firm In Places (X-country)) Rated 155 5/1 11-10 P Carberry 3rd of 5 runners, 2.25L and 1.5L behind Valseur Lido and Wounded Warrior

5th Apr 15 Fairyhouse(2m 4f Novice Chase, Soft (Soft to Heavy in Places)) Rated 155 5/1 11-10 P Carberry fell(8 ran) in race won by Gilgamboa

Trainer Quotes

Noel Meade quotes on Apache Stronghold (IRE)

He did what we thought he could do today and it was a good race with no hiding places. He'll go for the 2m5f (JLT Novices Chase) at Cheltenham and will go straight there - whatever he faces there, he'll face and whatever happens, happens. When he got beaten by Don Poli it looked like he didn't get three miles but we might try it again in time. I'm delighted for Paul (Hunt) who has been a great supporter and it's great for him to win a race like this. He's not here as he's on his way back from Dubai. Paul is a fabulous guy to have on your side. He doesn't try to force it and lets the horse do the talking.
After Apache Stronghold (IRE) finished 1st at Leopardstown on Sun, 8th Feb 2015 2m 5f Novice Chase Yielding

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Fine Rightly (IRE) 9,b g 11-6

Alflora-Bealtaine(Zaffaran)

(27) cd1 (Miss Patricia Duffin)
Rated 145

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE14556.13
UK10435.49

12th Nov 17 Navan(2m Chase, Soft To Heavy, heavy in places) Rated 145 5/1 11-4 P Townend 3rd of 6 runners, 0.5L and 2L behind Clarcam and Alisier D irlande

22nd Apr 17 Ayr(3m 7f 176yds Hcap Chase, Good to Soft (Good in places)) Rated 147 33/1 11-11 A E Lynch 17th of 30 runners, 133.91L behind Vicente

15th Jan 17 Kelso(2m 5f 133yds Hcap Chase, Heavy (Soft in places)) Rated 150 3/1 11-5 Mr B G Crawford (7) 4th of 6 runners, 10.78L behind Bernardelli

Trainer Quotes

S R B Crawford quotes on Fine Rightly (IRE)

He'll probably go on Sunday. That's the plan,. Obviously he ran there three weeks ago but he was very keen and didn't give himself much of a chance stepping up to three miles for the first time. He should be a different horse back over two and a half miles and back over fences. He didn't run a bad race but was just very keen and got tired. We had been thinking about going for the Paddy Power with him but at this stage I don't think he needs to go three miles even though his pedigree is all three miles plus. He had enough speed to be able to travel and win bumpers at a decent level. I think we'll stick to two and a half for the time being, but he could go further in the future. His form is rock solid. When he met Sizing Granite it was probably slow enough for him but it was quick enough for our horse who wants proper winter ground. I hope there is a decent race in him. The natural option would be the race at Leopardstown in January (€100,000 chase). We'll run this weekend and see how we get on. If he won on Sunday he might be near top-weight for that race.
After Fine Rightly (IRE) finished 1st at Navan on Sun, 13th Dec 2015 2m 4f Hcap Chase Heavy

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Attribution (GB) 7,ch g 11-4

Alhaarth-Competa(Hernando)

(62) c1 (Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 143

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE18510-0.27
P2P110

8th Oct 17 Limerick(2m 3f 120yds Chase, Soft to Heavy) Rated 142 5/2 11-6 J J Slevin (3) 1st of 4 runners, by 0.5L and 29L from Childrens List and Lieutenant Colonel

6th Aug 17 Galway(2m 2f 54yds Hcap Chase, Soft (NH) Soft to Heavy (Flat)) Rated 142 5/1 11-5 J J Slevin (3) 3rd of 10 runners, 4L and 16L behind Neverushacon and Lucky Pat

22nd Jul 17 Limerick(2m 2f Chase, Hurdle/Bumper: good. Chase: good, good to yielding in places.) Rated 140 9/2 11-7 J J Slevin (5) 1st of 5 runners, by 3.25L and 5.5L from Ballyoisin and Rocky Court

Trainer Quotes

Henry De Bromhead quotes on Attribution (GB)

he (Attribution) is game, tough and honest and he jumps. He had loads left but got lairy in front and it’s great to get the win. At the top of the hill, he (Ballyoisin) was in trouble as he went very quick and won four days ago and that might have taken its toll on him, as he is a very very good horse. My lad is no slouch either and was only 5lbs wrong at the weights.
After Attribution (GB) finished 1st at Limerick on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 2m 2f Chase Good to Yielding

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Marlbrook (IRE) 9,b g 10-13

Beneficial-Drinadaly(Oscar)

hd9(589) d2 bf (John P McManus)
Rated 138

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE932-0.06
P2P110

29th Apr 16 Punchestown(2m 5f Hcap Chase, Yielding) Rated 143 7/2Fav 11-6 B J Geraghty pulled up(15 ran) in race won by Avant Tout

21st Feb 16 Naas(2m 4f Hcap Chase, Soft To Heavy (Chase course changed to heavy after 3rd race)) Rated 132 2/1Fav 11-3 B J Geraghty 1st of 9 runners, by 6L and 4L from Vicangelome and Captain Von Trappe

10th Jan 16 Fairyhouse(2m 4f Novice Chase, Heavy) 7/2 11-3 M P Walsh 1st of 7 runners, by 3.5L and 8.5L from Balnagon Boy and Goulane Chosen

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Marlbrook (IRE) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Peoples Park (IRE)1
10th Jan Fairyhouse(2m 4f , Novice Chase, Heavy) Marlbrook (IRE) 1st (7/2 11-3) M P Walsh Peoples Park (IRE) pulled up (11/4Fav 11-3 Rated 123) B J Geraghty (7 ran)
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Flemenstar (IRE) 12,b g 10-12

Flemensfirth-Different Dee(Beau Sher)

(23) c4 d3 (Stephen Curran)
Rated 137

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE2410716.12
UK201-2.00
P2P210

16th Nov 17 Clonmel(2m 110yds Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) 7/2 11-12 A E Lynch 2nd of 6 runners, 12L behind Hardline

26th Apr 17 Punchestown(3m 120yds Chase, Good To Yielding) Rated 147 100/1 11-10 A E Lynch 5th of 6 runners, 65.56L behind Sizing John

2nd Apr 17 Fairyhouse(2m 1f Chase, Soft To Heavy) Rated 150 20/1 11-12 B M Cash 3rd of 7 runners, 0.5L and 26L behind Ballycasey and Ball D arc

Trainer Quotes

Anthony Curran quotes on Flemenstar (IRE)

He was off for a year and did nothing but walking and trotting. It was a long road back and Danny Hand rides him out every day. I feel sorry for Keith Donoghue who would have ridden him but injured his eye recently. With Un De Sceaux in the race I knew they would go a good gallop and that suits him. I thought we might be held going to the last but I saw the other horse getting tired and I knew our fella was as fit as he was for a long time. He's all heart. I only took out the licence in the summer and that's my first winner. I've three riding out at the moment. He could run next at Punchestown at the end of January but he's very ground dependant. It will have to be soft wherever he runs.
After Flemenstar (IRE) finished 1st at Leopardstown on Sun, 27th Dec 2015 2m 1f Chase Heavy

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Kylecrue (IRE) 10,b g 10-12

Gold Well-Sher's Adamant(Shernazar)

bl+(20) d4 (John Patrick Ryan)
Rated 137

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE62121544.33
P2P110

19th Nov 17 Cork(2m 160yds Hcap Chase, Soft To Heavy, Heavy in Places (Hurdle), Soft To Heavy (Chase)) Rated 138 6/1 11-9 D E Mullins 5th of 11 runners, 44.13L behind Doctor Phoenix

11th Nov 17 Naas(2m 4f Hcap Hurdle, Soft to Heavy, Heavy in Places) Rated 134 14/1 11-3 L P Gilligan (7) 9th of 13 runners, 23L behind Oscar Knight

29th Oct 17 Galway(2m 33yds Hcap Hurdle, Chase: heavy, Hurdle/bumper: soft to heavy.) Rated 128 12/1 11-5 C Brassil (5) 1st of 9 runners, by 1.5L and 4.5L from Prospectus and He s Our Man

Trainer Quotes

John Patrick Ryan quotes on Kylecrue (IRE)

he’s a proper class horse and those other horses were never going to pass him. He has a bit of class and is a proper, proper racehorse and is as tough as teak. He was left off for the summer and he’s only getting going now and is a soft ground, 2m4f horse. He has won 12 races now and also won his point to point first-time out. He has been campaigned lightly this year, particularly because he is getting older, and will now go for a big handicap now. He could go on to Cheltenham (in November) for the Paddy Power Chase and is entitled to this at thhis stage.
After Kylecrue (IRE) finished 1st at Galway on Sun, 29th Oct 2017 2m Hcap Hurdle Heavy

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Polidam (FR) 8,b g 10-12

Trempolino-Eladame(Snurge)

hd2(227) bf (Simon Munir & Isaac Souede)
Rated 137

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE100-1.00
Other713

26th Apr 17 Punchestown(2m 4f Hcap Chase, Good To Yielding) Rated 137 7/4Fav 10-6 R Walsh 7th of 14 runners, 29.75L behind Sizing Granite

13th Nov 16 Auteuil(2m 5f 82yds Chase, Heavy) 9/2 10-7 M Carroux 3rd of 8 runners, 1.25L and 2L behind Lachlan Bridge and Bel La Vie

9th Sep 16 Auteuil(2m 1f 196yds Hcap Hurdle, Good) 11/2 10-10 M Carroux unplaced of 13 runners, in race won by Sierra Nevada

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Polidam (FR) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Peoples Park (IRE)1
26th Apr Punchestown(2m 4f , Hcap Chase, Good To Yielding) Peoples Park (IRE) 4th (12/1 9-7 Rated 127) Rachael Blackmore 21.25L in front of Polidam (FR) 7th (7/4Fav 10-6 Rated 137) R Walsh (14 ran)
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Peoples Park (IRE) 8,b g 10-2

Presenting-Lambourne Lace(Un Desperado)

(28) c1 (John P McManus)
Rated 127

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE2342-5.67

11th Nov 17 Naas(2m Chase, Soft to Heavy, Heavy in Places) Rated 127 50/1 11-1 M P Walsh 6th of 6 runners, 72.5L behind Ball D arc

5th Jun 17 Listowel(2m 3f Hcap Chase, Yielding) Rated 127 7/1 10-6 M P Walsh pulled up(14 ran) in race won by Deans Road

26th Apr 17 Punchestown(2m 4f Hcap Chase, Good To Yielding) Rated 127 12/1 9-7 Rachael Blackmore (3) 4th of 14 runners, 8.5L behind Sizing Granite

Trainer Quotes

T J Taaffe quotes on Peoples Park (IRE)

His experience counted and he jumped and galloped away well. He was entitled to do that on his rating and he got a lovely ride from Mark. He could keep going or he could go on his holidays. Either way, he won't be running on quick ground anyway.
After Peoples Park (IRE) finished 1st at Ballinrobe on Tue, 3rd May 2016 2m 1f Novice Chase Yielding to Soft

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Peoples Park (IRE) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Marlbrook (IRE)1
10th Jan Fairyhouse(2m 4f , Novice Chase, Heavy) Marlbrook (IRE) 1st (7/2 11-3) M P Walsh Peoples Park (IRE) pulled up (11/4Fav 11-3 Rated 123) B J Geraghty (7 ran)
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Polidam (FR)1
26th Apr Punchestown(2m 4f , Hcap Chase, Good To Yielding) Peoples Park (IRE) 4th (12/1 9-7 Rated 127) Rachael Blackmore 21.25L in front of Polidam (FR) 7th (7/4Fav 10-6 Rated 137) R Walsh (14 ran)
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Coeur Joyeux (IRE) 6,ch g 10-1

Beneficial-Hayabusa(Sir Harry Lewis)

ts+hd+(21) (John P McManus)
Rated 126

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE21213-10.40

18th Nov 17 Punchestown(2m 6f 140yds Hcap Chase, Soft To Heavy) Rated 118 15/2 10-2 L P Dempsey 1st of 11 runners, by hd and 21L from Sumos Novios and Close Shave

2nd Nov 17 Clonmel(2m 4f 57yds Chase, Yielding To Soft ) Rated 116 3/1 11-5 L P Dempsey 2nd of 12 runners, 1.75L behind Goulane Chosen

10th Oct 17 Galway(2m 2f 54yds Hcap Chase, Soft) Rated 116 4/1 10-11 L P Dempsey fell(11 ran) in race won by Presenting Mahler

Trainer Quotes

J P Dempsey quotes on Coeur Joyeux (IRE)

I'm delighted. He battled well and I'm very, very happy with him. He seemed to get the trip very well. We'll look for something similar, another staying chase and he seems to like that ground.
After Coeur Joyeux (IRE) finished 1st at Punchestown on Sat, 18th Nov 2017 2m 6f Hcap Chase Soft to Heavy

First Time - In a Chase Handicap Apache Stronghold, Flemenstar» Full list of First Time Gear

Probable SP 9/4 Acapella Bourgeois, 4/1 Polidam, 5/1 Attribution, 13/2 Apache Stronghold, 8/1 Coeur Joyeux, 10/1 Fine Rightly, Kylecrue, 12/1 Marlbrook, Flemenstar, 20/1 Peoples Park.

Previous Years
2016 Oscar Knight 7 9-10 M A Enright 7/1 (Thomas Mullins)
2015 Fine Rightly 7 11-7 A E Lynch 3/1Fav (S R B Crawford)
2014 Mount Colah 8 11-2 Mr N McParlan 9/1 (J G Cosgrave)
2014 She's Got Grit 9 9-10 A P Heskin 11/4Fav (Terence O'Brien)
2013 Rich Revival 9 10-13 B T O'Connell 8/1 (Miss Elizabeth Doyle)
2012 Jack The Bus 12 11-7 A E Lynch 7/2 (Peter Casey)

Symbols Explained

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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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