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Shantou Sisu

This one took advantage of a sliding handicap mark at Tramore last month to get off the mark to score his second victory in 21 starts under rules. He was well backed to double up at this track a couple of weeks later, but after travelling into contention and looking bang there going over the last, just faded late on. The step back to 2m3f is a positive then and a strong gallop here will suit. He’s 6lb higher than his last winning mark, but Richie Condon takes over from Danny Mullins and negates a hand 7lb, which he's certainly good value for.


Dalileo has certainly lived a nomadic existence and is now in the care of his fourth handler in as many years as he’s been racing. By Galileo out of a Danehill Dancer mare, he’s bred to win a Classic on the Flat rather than a handicap hurdle at Wexford and did enjoy a bit of success on the level, winning twice for Mark Johnston to achieve a rating of 84. He’s taken a while to get to grips with the jumps, but now with Shark Hanlon he could be getting to the bottom of him. He came from the back of the field to be denied a length at Ballinrobe last time and if building on that performance, he looks well treated enough of a mark of 95.

Saol Iontach

Gavin Cromwell’s charge should be able to get competitive in these 80-95 handicaps and ran well enough in a similar contest last time at Clonmel. She got a bit tapped for a toe that day, but plugged on well to finish fourth. Having never been further than 2m4f, she’s unexposed over this distance and on her last performance, she could be suited by the extended trip here. 19 races with no victories is certainly a little concerning but she’s down to a career-low mark of 95 and given some of her form in the book, has to be in and around a winning rating now.

James Boru

James Boru’s been off the track since November, so he may well come on for the run, but he’s got some decent form in the book and could provide a decent win dividend here. A touch disappointing on his last two runs, he returns to a quicker surface here which should suit. His fourth here back in September was a good performance, having lost ground with a few iffy jumps early on before staying on well to nab fourth. The extra couple of furlongs will help his cause here and Jody McGarvey is back in the saddle. Doldido is respected but probably isn’t as good over fences as he is hurdles.

About Downpatrick Racecourse

One of two courses in Northern Ireland, Downpatrick is a jumps only track that boasts the privilege of hosting the Ulster National. The race has thrown up an Aintree National winner as recently as 2014 with Pineau De Re landing the race 12 months before success on Merseyside.

The course is recorded as one of the oldest racecourses on the island of Ireland, with the first meeting recorded as far back as 1685. A relatively tight track for jumps racing, this isn’t the course for a long-striding horse who could find the turns and undulations a hindrance.

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