14:15 Gowran Park Sat 30 September 2017
Hasn't exactly been consistent in maiden hurdles, but best efforts over this sort of trip would entitle him to some claims now going handicapping for the first time if producing it.
Clear cut winner of a 2m2½f handicap hurdle at Downpatrick in August, having knocked on the door a couple of times previously. Is 7lb higher now and drop to 2m not certain to suit but clearly in good form.
Record reads 0-18 over timber, has ability but may remain a bit high in the weights for now and needs some assistance.
Three runs this year have produced mixed results, may have needed it first time out at Sligo in August and was then a good second at that track over 2m off mark of 101. Poor since at Galway and questions to answer as such.
French import has made the frame four times in maiden hurdles over this sort of trip this season already. Makes handicap debut here and entitled to be in the mix, with useful claim to assist.
Well held in trio of outings over timber this summer, most recently by 16L over 2m at Cork in early August. Well held in two Flat runs since and faces stiff task here it seems.
Is rated 4lb higher than when winning 2m Tramore handicap in May, very testing surface likely here could pose some problems and hasn't run as well recently in any case.
Ex-Richard Hannon inmate on the Flat, unplaced in four maiden hurdles for this yard and similar tale last week in 2m Navan handicap hurdle when beaten 23L. Plenty work to do.
Well held in all three starts over hurdles this year, has to improve to stand a chance here dropping back significantly in distance.
Hasn't set the world alight so far in six runs over hurdles, returns here from an eight-month layoff and probably best watched unless market vibes are positive.
An unlikely winner on the evidence of four runs over hurdles to date, latest being a 16L defeat over 2m4f at Listowel this month. Drops in trip and has to improve (previous 2m effort was poor).
Has been kept busy over the spring and early part of the summer without success. Hard to fancy until she shows some ability and others make more appeal in this. Beaten 38L over longer trip at Downpatrick eight days ago.
Modest form in six starts over timber, beaten just under 10L last month at Tramore on latest outing. That was an improvement but likely will need another good step forward to get involved in the finish.
Last Year's Winner
|T: J J WalshJ: B T O'Connell|
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