Grade One Spring Juvenile Hurdle 2024 Guide

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Leopardstown - February 03 2024
Leopardstown 13:50
1
Brian Hayes

Bunting

J: Brian Hayes
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-0
OR: N/A
Days: 39

Bunting is a runner for Willie Mullins in the G1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle. The four-year-old will be the ride of Brian Hayes. He was last seen winning on testing ground over two miles at Limerick by eight lengths from Mr Lincoln.

He is unraced on anything better than soft, and that could be a concern ahead of this weekend.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO16Sft11-04
26/12/23LIM16Sft/Hy11-01
08/03/23FNT11VSft8-111
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
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2
Michael O'Sullivan

Ethical Diamond

J: Michael O'Sullivan
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-0
OR: N/A
Days: 38

Michael O’Sullivan will take the ride on Ethical Diamond for trainer Willie Mullins this weekend. The four-year-old was well beaten on his first start for Mullins, finishing 33 lengths behind Intellotto over two miles on heavy ground.

The ground will be more in his favour this weekend, but he has plenty to find on ratings.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO16Sft11-06
27/12/23LEO16Hy11-011
24/06/23LIM12.5Y9-71
22/05/23ROS10.5Gd/Y9-73
16/04/23CUR10Hy9-54
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
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3
Rachael Blackmore

Highwind

J: Rachael Blackmore
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-0
OR: N/A
Days: 19

Highwind is a runner for Willie Mullins this weekend, with Rachael Blackmore taking the ride. The four-year-old was last seen winning over an extended two miles at Punchestown at the start of January, beating Pigeon House by nearly three lengths.

Has plenty of ability, but others could make more pressing cases this weekend.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO16Sft11-08
15/01/24PUN16.5Sft11-71
07/04/23SAI12GS9-03
09/03/23SAI10VSft9-03
04/02/23DEA9.5St9-21
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
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4
Daryl Jacob

Intellotto

J: Daryl Jacob
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-0
OR: N/A
Days: 38

Intellotto is trained by Joseph O’Brien, and will be the ride of Daryl Jacob on Saturday. This four-year-old made a very impressive start to life over hurdles, beating Lucy Wang by over four lengths over course and distance in December.

Was previously highly regarded on the flat, finishing behind St Leger winner Continuous on debut in August 2022. Holds each-way claims at a price this weekend.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO16Sft11-07
27/12/23LEO16Hy11-01
21/04/23COR10Gd/Y9-52
13/09/22PUN8Gd/Y9-72
20/08/22CUR7Gd9-77
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5
Mark Walsh

Majborough

J: Mark Walsh
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-0
OR: N/A
Days: 307

Mark Walsh takes the ride on Majborough for trainer Willie Mullins on Saturday. The four-year-old will be making his first start over hurdles in Ireland after winning on his only start over the smaller obstacles in France.

His only previous effort came over a mile and seven at Auteuil, beating Winstonpresident by four lengths.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO16Sft11-03
02/04/23AUT15VSft10-81
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Sean Flanagan

Open To Question

J: Sean Flanagan
T: Noel Meade
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-0
OR: 125
Days: 126

Noel Meade’s runner in the race this weekend is Open To Question, who will be the ride of Sean Flanagan.

The four-year-old was last seen at the end of September, beating Pigeon House by nearly three lengths on heavy ground over two miles. Has plenty to find on ratings this weekend, and could be vulnerable after a layoff.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
10/02/24NAA16Hy11-45
03/02/24LEO16Sft11-09
30/09/23GOW16Hy11-01
02/09/23NAV10Y9-89
22/06/23LEO13Gd9-85
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
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J J Slevin

Ose Partir

J: J J Slevin
T: Martin Brassil
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-0
OR: N/A
Days: 39

Ose Partir will be one of the outsiders in the field this weekend for trainer Martin Brassil. J J Slevin takes the ride on the four-year-old, who was last seen finishing eight lengths behind Kala Conti over course and distance on Boxing Day.

Yet to win in three starts over hurdles, and this is a stiff assignment.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO16Sft11-010
26/12/23LEO16Y10-138
03/12/23FAI16Sft10-109
28/10/23GAL16.5Sft11-02
21/01/23CHA9St9-02
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Paul Townend

Storm Heart

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-0
OR: N/A
Days: 34

Paul Townend opts to ride Storm Heart for trainer Willie Mullins this weekend. The four-year-old was an impressive winner on Irish debut at Punchestown over an extended two miles on heavy ground, beating Jeaniemacaroney by 22 lengths.

Has solid form in France over shorter, including a win over a mile and four on good ground.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO16Sft11-02
31/12/23PUN16.5Hy11-01
04/03/23MND12.5Gd8-81
16/01/23CAG11Hy8-83
20/11/22BOU9.5Hy8-103
Leopardstown - February 03 2024
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Jack Kennedy

Kala Conti

J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 10-7
OR: N/A
Days: 39

Jack Kennedy takes the ride on Kala Conti for trainer Gordon Elliott this weekend. The four-year-old has won on three from four starts over hurdles, with her only defeat coming against Nurburgring in the G3 Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Has bounced back to winning ways since then after scoring over course and distance on Boxing Day in the G3 South Dublin Juvenile Hurdle. Solid on ratings and gets weight off rivals.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO16Sft10-75
26/12/23LEO16Y10-61
03/12/23FAI16Sft10-72
19/11/23NAV16Sft/Hy10-71
10/05/23COM16Hy9-111
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10
Danny Mullins

Kargese

J: Danny Mullins
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 10-7
OR: N/A
Days: 39

Kargese is a runner from the Willie Mullins yard this weekend, with Danny Mullins taking the ride. The four-year-old filly was beaten by just under a length by Kala Conti on her Irish debut, and she should come on from that effort.

She has previously won twice from three starts on ground ranging from very soft to heavy in France.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO16Sft10-71
26/12/23LEO16Y10-92
20/05/23AUT17.5VSft10-81
29/04/23AUT15Hy10-82
19/03/23AUT15Hy10-81
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Jack Foley

Kimy

J: Jack Foley
T: Thomas Mullins
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 10-7
OR: 112
Days: 19

Kimy is the massive outsider in the field this weekend for trainer Thomas Mullins. Jack Foley will take the ride on the four-year-old, who was last seen finishing four lengths behind Highwind over an extended two miles at Punchestown.

She is yet to win in three attempts across Ireland and France over hurdles.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24LEO16Sft10-7PU
15/01/24PUN16.5Sft11-04
26/07/23SAM16GS10-122
01/07/23DIE17VSft10-74