14:25 Down Royal Mon 1 May 2017
Once won on the Flat at Epsom for Ed Walker but has regressed markedly, showing little in four starts over hurdles for current yard.
Has gone close in bumpers, showed some degree of promise in maiden at this track in March and could be capable of better now sent handicapping.
Not beaten all that far into third in 2m handicap at Wexford last month and is just 1lb higher now for this contest. Yet to win in eight starts over timber however.
Has yet to open account over flights but was threatening a breakthrough towards the end of last summer, cheekpieces return in first run since September and isn't out of it.
Was potentially going to deliver a challenge in the closing stages of Wexford 2m contest earlier last month when somewhat unfortunate in unseating rider on flat. Has chance again now.
Yet to win in nine attempts over these obstacles and was pulled up when beaten over this trip at Clonmel in March when last seen, plenty to prove.
Best effort yet in maiden hurdles at Tramore last month, steps into handicap company now and there could be more in the offing.
Keen going frontrunner often struggles to see things out, was going well enough at Wexford last month over 2m when badly hampered turning in and never recovered. Needs more still.
Remains a maiden after 12 starts under rules, went out like a light at Navan last month over 2m in a similar contest and doesn't boast strong claims as a result.
Ran most promising race of four since coming back from 463 days off at this track on St Patrick's Day over 2m3f. Need to run to at least that level again now dropped in trip with first-time cheekpieces applied.
A 12-race maiden, he ran a poor race at Navan early last month over this trip and was pulled up having made mistakes and never got involved. Russell is booked for this contest and does represent powerful trainer who persists with him.
Beaten 5L over this trip at Wexford last time out off the same mark, has been knocking tentatively at the door recently.
Hard to fancy on form, including last month's handicap bow at Wexford where he was never any kind of factor and virtually pulled up. Needs a good deal more from somewhere.
Has been running decent races on the AW at Dundalk, including win over 1m4f there in January but has plenty to prove now switched back to hurdles where he is winless in seven previous attempts.
Hasn't been seeing things out in two recent runs over timber at this trip, clearly not far off a decent showing but hard to be confident.
First start since leaving Gordon Elliott at Fairyhouse last month over 2m4f, was ridden positively but effort faded rapidly once the race got serious. Long standing maiden now and hard to see where the breakthrough is coming from.
One win from 32 attempts over flights came all the way back in 2013, was badly out of sorts when last spotted in December and makes no appeal on form for this return to action.
Hasn't really managed to up his game so far in three starts for this trainer, remains a maiden though has run some fair races in the past. Needs to produce his best effort to get involved.
Had first run for this yard last month at Wexford in 2m handicap and was in trouble a long way from home before being pulled up, much to ponder (Second Reserve).
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Triolet (5/1), Littlestickarubarb (6/1), Fiesole (13/2), The Irritator (7/1), Canova (8/1), Black Kettle (10/1), Ardview Boy (12/1), Ciankyle (12/1), Mezajy (14/1), Right Turn Clive (14/1), Hello Humpfrey (16/1), Station Closed (16/1), Masterchippy (16/1), Bellas Rock (16/1), Intercounty Star (20/1), Rapid Fritz (20/1), Rock Solid (20/1), Goneoff (25/1), Royal Roslea (25/1), Aye Paddy Too (28/1), Shanroe Society (33/1), Crocosmia (33/1), Baron Von Chill (50/1)
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