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Ballyward (IRE) 6,b g 11-10

Flemensfirth-Ifyoucouldseemenow(Saddlers' Hall)

(40) (Andrea Wylie & Graham Wylie)
Rated 143

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE3200.80
UK100-1.00
P2P100

16th Mar 18 Cheltenham(2m 7f 213yds Hurdle, Soft (Heavy in places)) Rated 142 20/1 11-5 P Townend 4th of 20 runners, 6L behind Kilbricken Storm

28th Jan 18 Naas(2m 3f Maiden Hurdle, Soft To Heavy, Soft In Places) 9/10Fav 11-12 P Townend 1st of 15 runners, by 0.5L and 25L from As You Were and The Holy One

29th Dec 17 Leopardstown(2m 4f Maiden Hurdle, Soft (Hurdle), Yielding to Soft (Chase)) 6/4Fav 11-12 P Townend 4th of 10 runners, 5.06L behind Dicey O reilly

Trainer Quotes

W P Mullins quotes on Ballyward (IRE)

I think that was a hell of a race and I'd be tempted to bring him for either the Ballymore or the Albert Bartlett after that sort of performance. The two horses pulled right away from the others, and our fellow was at it up there all the way through the race. That was a very dour performance and he's a funny horse, as if he wasn't pulling, he was pulling up. He was green halfway up the straight and when he got something to battle with, he kept going. He was idling when he was left in front after the second last. I think he had to run two races in one there and still won. I think he's a fair sort and he can only improve. He disappointed me at Christmas, and he should improve away to the spring. I don't know if we have time to give him another run before bringing him across; he'll probably have to go on that run.
After Ballyward (IRE) finished 1st at Naas on Sun, 28th Jan 2018 2m 3f Maiden Hurdle Soft to Heavy

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Ballyward (IRE) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Kilbricken Storm (IRE)1
16th Mar Cheltenham(2m 7f 213yds, Hurdle, Soft (Heavy in places)) Kilbricken Storm (IRE) 1st (33/1 11-5 Rated 143) Harry Cobden 6.00L in front of Ballyward (IRE) 4th (20/1 11-5 Rated 142) P Townend (20 ran)
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Blow By Blow (IRE) 7,ch g 11-10

Robin Des Champs-Shean Rose(Roselier)

ts8bl5(24) c1 (Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 151

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE105318.37
UK11011.00

1st Apr 18 Fairyhouse(2m 4f Hurdle, Soft To Heavy (Heavy In Places)) Rated 152 9/2 11-8 J W Kennedy 4th of 8 runners, 13.25L behind Pallasator

16th Mar 18 Cheltenham(2m 4f 56yds Hcap Hurdle, Soft (Heavy in places)) Rated 144 11/1 11-10 Donagh Meyler 1st of 23 runners, by 5L and 1.25L from Discorama and Early Doors

22nd Feb 18 Thurles(2m 4f Hurdle, Chase: Soft. Hurdle/Bumper: Soft, soft to heavy in places) Rated 132 7/1 11-0 Rachael Blackmore 1st of 6 runners, by 14L and 7L from Gun Digger and Not Many Left

Trainer Quotes

Gordon Elliott quotes on Blow By Blow (IRE)

He got a soft lead and fair play to the horse, he was a Grade One winner. He looked well handicapped, but I thought the ground was too soft for him. What a week - to have eight winners. I can't believe it. We can enjoy it now.
After Blow By Blow (IRE) finished 1st at Cheltenham on Fri, 16th Mar 2018 2m 4f Hcap Hurdle Soft

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Blow By Blow (IRE) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Next Destination (IRE)1
7th Jan Naas(2m 4f , Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) Next Destination (IRE) 1st (8/15Fav 11-10) P Townend 32.75L in front of Blow By Blow (IRE) 6th (14/1 11-10) J W Kennedy (8 ran)
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Discorama (FR)2
16th Mar Cheltenham(2m 4f 56yds, Hcap Hurdle, Soft (Heavy in places)) Blow By Blow (IRE) 1st (11/1 11-10 Rated 144) Donagh Meyler 5.00L in front of Discorama (FR) 2nd (33/1 11-2 Rated 136) D Robinson (23 ran)
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2nd Dec Fairyhouse(2m 2f , Maiden Hurdle, Soft) Discorama (FR) 1st (66/1 11-9) K C Sexton .03L in front of Blow By Blow (IRE) 2nd (9/10Fav 11-12) J W Kennedy (25 ran)
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Jetz (IRE)2
1st Apr Fairyhouse(2m 4f , Hurdle, Soft To Heavy (Heavy In Places)) Jetz (IRE) 2nd (5/1 11-5 Rated 140) R M Power 11.00L in front of Blow By Blow (IRE) 4th (9/2 11-8 Rated 152) J W Kennedy (8 ran)
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7th Jan Naas(2m 4f , Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) Jetz (IRE) 4th (14/1 11-10) R M Power 24.00L in front of Blow By Blow (IRE) 6th (14/1 11-10) J W Kennedy (8 ran)
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Brahma Bull (IRE) 7,ch g 11-10

Presenting-Oligarch Society(Moscow Society)

(42) (Mrs S Ricci)
Rated 136

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE4404.67
UK100-1.00

14th Mar 18 Cheltenham(2m 5f 26yds Hurdle, Soft (Heavy in places)) 25/1 11-7 D J Mullins 9th of 14 runners, 26.06L behind Samcro

9th Nov 17 Thurles(2m 7f 127yds Maiden Hurdle, Yielding, Yielding To Soft In Places) 2/9Fav 11-12 P Townend 1st of 7 runners, by 11L and 18L from Eviscerating and Kilbrew Gold

1st Oct 17 Tipperary(2m Bumper, Flat/chase: Heavy. Hurdle/bumper: soft to heavy.) 1/1Fav 12-3 Mr P W Mullins 1st of 5 runners, by 0.5L and 4.5L from Peacocks Secret and Dasmyhoss

Trainer Quotes

W P Mullins quotes on Brahma Bull (IRE)

He is made for chasing and we had to wait three years for him to run so he's paying that back now in spades. He was quite keen today but in bumpers he has had to be 'on his head' so we'll try to teach him to settle now over a trip. He'll stay hurdling this year but chasing is going to be his game and in a better race going faster, he'll jump better. Rich's son George named him after the wrestler 'The Rock' (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, who had a famous Brahma Bull tattoo).
After Brahma Bull (IRE) finished 1st at Thurles on Thu, 9th Nov 2017 2m 7f Maiden Hurdle Yielding to Soft

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Brahma Bull (IRE) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Next Destination (IRE)1
14th Mar Cheltenham(2m 5f 26yds, Hurdle, Soft (Heavy in places)) Next Destination (IRE) 3rd (4/1 11-7 Rated 150) R Walsh 18.31L in front of Brahma Bull (IRE) 9th (25/1 11-7) D J Mullins (14 ran)
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General Consensus (GB) 6,br g 11-10

Black Sam Bellamy-Charlottes Webb(Luso)

(28) (Mrs Karen Drinkwater)
Rated 125

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE101-1.00
UK21013.00
P2P400

28th Mar 18 Warwick(2m 5f Maiden Hurdle, Soft (Heavy in places)) 14/1 10-9 Mr J Drinkwater (7) 1st of 9 runners, by 0.75L and 11L from Ocean Cove and Blue Flight

31st Oct 17 Chepstow(2m 3f 100yds Maiden Hurdle, Good to Soft (Good in places)) 6/1 10-12 R T Dunne 7th of 16 runners, 45L behind Polydora

28th Apr 17 Punchestown(2m 2f Bumper, Good To Yielding) 50/1 11-7 Mr J Drinkwater (7) 3rd of 18 runners, 0.75L and 6L behind Canardier and Its All Guesswork

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Jetz (IRE) 6,b g 11-10

Flemensfirth-Miss Squiff(Saddlers' Hall)

hd2(24) (G McGrath)
Rated 142

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE1017-5.00

1st Apr 18 Fairyhouse(2m 4f Hurdle, Soft To Heavy (Heavy In Places)) Rated 140 5/1 11-5 R M Power 2nd of 8 runners, 2.25L behind Pallasator

3rd Feb 18 Leopardstown(2m 6f Hurdle, Soft (Hurdle Track), Soft, Yielding In Places (S chase Track)) Rated 138 5/1 11-10 R M Power 2nd of 7 runners, hd behind Tower Bridge

7th Jan 18 Naas(2m 4f Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) 14/1 11-10 R M Power 4th of 8 runners, 8.75L behind Next Destination

Trainer Quotes

Mrs John Harrington quotes on Jetz (IRE)

He had a lot of problems with his back last year and he still hung badly left the whole way today,. Maybe he'll take a run or two to get his confidence back. He jumped an awful lot better, jumped really well today, and galloped away well. He'd been working well at home and we've been very happy with him. Like a few of ours, we were afraid he might take the run. He took a blow, filled himself, and stayed going again. He kind of half ran away with me for the first half a mile so it wasn't the plan to make it. There was no point in two of us fighting, he wanted to get on with things and he had the experience. He'll definitely stay three miles and he'll be an awful lot better horse going left-handed.
After Jetz (IRE) finished 1st at Fairyhouse on Tue, 7th Nov 2017 2m 4f Maiden Hurdle Soft

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Jetz (IRE) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Blow By Blow (IRE)2
1st Apr Fairyhouse(2m 4f , Hurdle, Soft To Heavy (Heavy In Places)) Jetz (IRE) 2nd (5/1 11-5 Rated 140) R M Power 11.00L in front of Blow By Blow (IRE) 4th (9/2 11-8 Rated 152) J W Kennedy (8 ran)
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7th Jan Naas(2m 4f , Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) Jetz (IRE) 4th (14/1 11-10) R M Power 24.00L in front of Blow By Blow (IRE) 6th (14/1 11-10) J W Kennedy (8 ran)
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Next Destination (IRE)2
7th Jan Naas(2m 4f , Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) Next Destination (IRE) 1st (8/15Fav 11-10) P Townend 8.75L in front of Jetz (IRE) 4th (14/1 11-10) R M Power (8 ran)
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17th Dec Navan(2m 4f , Hurdle, Heavy) Next Destination (IRE) 1st (10/11Fav 11-3) D J Mullins 7.25L in front of Jetz (IRE) 3rd (16/1 11-3) R M Power (5 ran)
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Delta Work (FR)1
26th Nov Navan(2m 4f , Hurdle, Soft to Heavy) Jetz (IRE) 2nd (6/1 11-2) R M Power .75L in front of Delta Work (FR) 3rd (20/1 10-12) D N Russell (8 ran)
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Kilbricken Storm (IRE) 7,b g 11-10

Oscar-Kilbricken Leader(Supreme Leader)

ts6(40) (A Selway & P Wavish)
Rated 149

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
UK53236.00
P2P310

16th Mar 18 Cheltenham(2m 7f 213yds Hurdle, Soft (Heavy in places)) Rated 143 33/1 11-5 Harry Cobden 1st of 20 runners, by 3L and 1.5L from Ok Corral and Santini

30th Dec 17 Newbury(2m 4f 118yds Hurdle, Heavy) Rated 147 11/4 11-7 Harry Cobden 3rd of 6 runners, shd and 23L behind Poetic Rhythm and Mulcahys Hill

16th Dec 17 Cheltenham(2m 7f 213yds Hurdle, Soft (Good to Soft in places)) Rated 137 3/1 10-12 Harry Cobden 1st of 4 runners, by 2.75L and 54L from Count Meribel and Equus Secretus

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Kilbricken Storm (IRE) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Ballyward (IRE)1
16th Mar Cheltenham(2m 7f 213yds, Hurdle, Soft (Heavy in places)) Kilbricken Storm (IRE) 1st (33/1 11-5 Rated 143) Harry Cobden 6.00L in front of Ballyward (IRE) 4th (20/1 11-5 Rated 142) P Townend (20 ran)
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Next Destination (IRE) 6,b g 11-10

Dubai Destination-Liss Alainn(Flemensfirth)

(42) (Malcolm C Denmark)
Rated 150

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE5414.98
UK201-2.00
P2P110

14th Mar 18 Cheltenham(2m 5f 26yds Hurdle, Soft (Heavy in places)) Rated 150 4/1 11-7 R Walsh 3rd of 14 runners, 2.75L and 5L behind Samcro and Black Op

7th Jan 18 Naas(2m 4f Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) 8/15Fav 11-10 P Townend 1st of 8 runners, by 1L and 3L from Cracking Smart and Duc Des Genievres

17th Dec 17 Navan(2m 4f Hurdle, Heavy) 10/11Fav 11-3 D J Mullins 1st of 5 runners, by 5.5L and 1.75L from Cracking Smart and Jetz

Trainer Quotes

W P Mullins quotes on Next Destination (IRE)

He ran a very good race in the Champion Bumper and was very impressive first time over hurdles in Naas,. Samcro has looked a bit special this season, but I don't think he's come up against a horse as good as Next Destination yet. I think the ground and track will suit our horse on Sunday and the extra distance should bring about a bit of improvement.
After Next Destination (IRE) finished 1st at Navan on Sun, 17th Dec 2017 2m 4f Hurdle Heavy

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Next Destination (IRE) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Brahma Bull (IRE)1
14th Mar Cheltenham(2m 5f 26yds, Hurdle, Soft (Heavy in places)) Next Destination (IRE) 3rd (4/1 11-7 Rated 150) R Walsh 18.31L in front of Brahma Bull (IRE) 9th (25/1 11-7) D J Mullins (14 ran)
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Blow By Blow (IRE)1
7th Jan Naas(2m 4f , Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) Next Destination (IRE) 1st (8/15Fav 11-10) P Townend 32.75L in front of Blow By Blow (IRE) 6th (14/1 11-10) J W Kennedy (8 ran)
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Jetz (IRE)2
7th Jan Naas(2m 4f , Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) Next Destination (IRE) 1st (8/15Fav 11-10) P Townend 8.75L in front of Jetz (IRE) 4th (14/1 11-10) R M Power (8 ran)
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17th Dec Navan(2m 4f , Hurdle, Heavy) Next Destination (IRE) 1st (10/11Fav 11-3) D J Mullins 7.25L in front of Jetz (IRE) 3rd (16/1 11-3) R M Power (5 ran)
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The Conditional (IRE) 6,b g 11-10

Kalanisi-Gorrie Vale(Saddlers' Hall)

(36) (Deirdre Hassett)
Rated 124

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE4110.00
P2P410

20th Mar 18 Clonmel(2m 6f Hurdle, Heavy) 10/1 11-4 A E Lynch 4th of 5 runners, 83.25L behind Minella Fair

8th Mar 18 Thurles(2m 7f 19yds Maiden Hurdle, Heavy) 3/1 11-4 A E Lynch 1st of 6 runners, by hd and 24L from Caltex and Robin The Hare

22nd Feb 18 Thurles(3m Maiden Hurdle, Chase: Soft. Hurdle/Bumper: Soft, soft to heavy in places) 20/1 11-4 A E Lynch 2nd of 10 runners, 2L behind Massey s Wood

Trainer Quotes

Martin Hassett quotes on The Conditional (IRE)

We're delighted and Andrew said he'd improve 10 or 15 lengths from the last day and he was a horse we always liked. Normally we'd have those type of horses sold but we wanted to prove a point with this lad; selling is the name of the game and if we can sell them, we sell them but if we don't we stay going. We said we'd come here and it is our home venue and Andrew was very sweet on him. He is a nice horse and jumped a lot better today. If he's not now sold we could look at some of the festival meetings but obviously Cheltenham is out of the question!
After The Conditional (IRE) finished 1st at Thurles on Thu, 8th Mar 2018 2m 7f Maiden Hurdle Heavy

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Delta Work (FR) 5,br g 11-9

Network-Robbe(Video Rock)

ts9hd9(41) c1 (Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 145

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE715-5.09
UK1106.00

15th Mar 18 Cheltenham(2m 7f 213yds Hcap Hurdle, Soft (Heavy in places)) Rated 139 6/1 10-10 D N Russell 1st of 23 runners, by nose and 2.75L from Glenloe and Connetable

21st Feb 18 Punchestown(3m Hcap Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) Rated 139 7/2 11-5 C D Meehan (5) 3rd of 13 runners, 0.5L and 3L behind Kilfenora and Call The Taxie

4th Feb 18 Leopardstown(3m Hcap Hurdle, Soft, Soft to Heavy in Places (Hurdle), Soft (Chase)) Rated 136 10/1 10-12 D N Russell 4th of 16 runners, 3.81L behind Total Recall

Trainer Quotes

Gordon Elliott quotes on Delta Work (FR)

It's a great day - the horses are flying. To have a first and second in a race like this is unbelievable.
After Delta Work (FR) finished 1st at Cheltenham on Thu, 15th Mar 2018 2m 7f Hcap Hurdle Soft

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Delta Work (FR) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Jetz (IRE)1
26th Nov Navan(2m 4f , Hurdle, Soft to Heavy) Jetz (IRE) 2nd (6/1 11-2) R M Power .75L in front of Delta Work (FR) 3rd (20/1 10-12) D N Russell (8 ran)
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Discorama (FR) 5,b g 11-9

Saddler Maker-Quentala(Lone Bid)

(40) (Andrew Gemmell & Thomas Friel)
Rated 138

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE51362.00
UK101-1.00

16th Mar 18 Cheltenham(2m 4f 56yds Hcap Hurdle, Soft (Heavy in places)) Rated 136 33/1 11-2 D Robinson 2nd of 23 runners, 5L behind Blow By Blow

25th Feb 18 Naas(2m Hurdle, Soft) Rated 136 14/1 11-3 K C Sexton 7th of 8 runners, 11.5L behind Hardline

21st Jan 18 Thurles(2m 6f 61yds Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) 7/1 10-11 D J McInerney (5) 3rd of 8 runners, 16L and 2L behind Dortmund Park and Burrows Saint

Trainer Quotes

Paul Nolan quotes on Discorama (FR)

I didn't think he'd be ready for that but he's a fair horse. The bumper he ran in at Thurles didn't work out that great but the ground wasn't that soft that day and it all happened a bit quick for him,. He loves jumping. He was actually quite keen in the race but he wouldn't pick up the bridle at home. I couldn't get over that he was so keen. Saddler Maker seems to be some sire and they just don't know when to stop galloping. It looks like he's a nice horse and hopefully he'll kick on from there.
After Discorama (FR) finished 1st at Fairyhouse on Sat, 2nd Dec 2017 2m 2f Maiden Hurdle Soft

Head to Head

In the last 3 years Discorama (FR) has met

HorseNo. Of times
Blow By Blow (IRE)2
16th Mar Cheltenham(2m 4f 56yds, Hcap Hurdle, Soft (Heavy in places)) Blow By Blow (IRE) 1st (11/1 11-10 Rated 144) Donagh Meyler 5.00L in front of Discorama (FR) 2nd (33/1 11-2 Rated 136) D Robinson (23 ran)
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2nd Dec Fairyhouse(2m 2f , Maiden Hurdle, Soft) Discorama (FR) 1st (66/1 11-9) K C Sexton .03L in front of Blow By Blow (IRE) 2nd (9/10Fav 11-12) J W Kennedy (25 ran)
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Lackaneen Leader (IRE) 6,b m 11-3

Oscar-Shandora(Supreme Leader)

(24) (Mrs Caren Walsh & Grant Mercer)
Rated 133

Last Three Runs
NH StatisticsRunsWinsPlaces€Level
IRE8434.50
P2P310

1st Apr 18 Fairyhouse(2m 4f Hurdle, Soft To Heavy (Heavy In Places)) Rated 131 8/1 11-7 D N Russell 2nd of 11 runners, 8.5L behind Laurina

21st Mar 18 Limerick(2m 6f Hurdle, Heavy, soft to heavy in places) Rated 124 4/1 10-12 D N Russell 1st of 11 runners, by 1.25L and 6L from Moyhenna and Court Artist

18th Feb 18 Navan(2m 4f Hcap Hurdle, Soft To Heavy) Rated 116 5/4Fav 11-10 D N Russell 1st of 8 runners, by 3.5L and 1.75L from Allez Kal and Cerealice

Trainer Quotes

Gordon Elliott quotes on Lackaneen Leader (IRE)

She is honest but I was worried about the ground. Davy gave her a great ride as we said we'd keep her out wide and not to get crowded and she jumped great,. Whatever she does this year is only a bonus as she has the size to jump a fence. She's a nice mare and got her black-type so we're delighted. I'm not sure where we go next, Fairyhouse or Punchestown but this was the plan.
After Lackaneen Leader (IRE) finished 1st at Limerick on Wed, 21st Mar 2018 2m 6f Hurdle Heavy

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