12:05 Punchestown Sat 18 November 2017
Dual winner on the Flat and off the mark at the second attempt over hurdles when justifying odds-on favouritism at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) earlier this month. Likely to prove hard to beat today.
Winner over hurdles at Fontainebleau (very soft) when with Guillaume Macaire and placed second on his final outing for that trainer back in June. Making his Irish debut in this contest.
Beaten 22L on both hurdling outings so far including on good-to-yielding at Thurles last month. Has finished a close second on the Flat since but more needed if he's to take this.
Unraced gelded son of Lord Shanakill and a half-brother to a number of including the yards classy hurdler Jer's Girl. Worth a check in the market on racecourse debut.
Winner over 7f at Ayr (good) back in June but disappointing in the main since. Made a fair start to hurdling when 12L fourth at Down Royal (soft) a fortnight ago but others make more appeal.
Rated just 46 on the Flat and probably best watched at present having finished last of 15 behind Mitchouka on his hurdling debut two weeks ago.
Unplaced in all eight starts on the Flat including in blinkers and in cheekpieces in the past. Making his hurdling debut today.
Placed four times in ten starts on the Flat but well held on debut for this yard at Galway (soft) in August and making his hurdling debut having been gelded in the interim period.
Winner of a maiden hurdle at Down Royal (yielding) in September and placed over hurdles since. Held on the Flat latest but an interesting runner with a leading jockey in the saddle once more.
Ran well when finishing fourth over 7f at Naas (good) on sole start as a two-year-old for Aidan O'Brien. Unraced since and making his hurdling debut having joined another leading yard.
Winner on heavy as a two-year-old but well beaten on only start this year and fitted with a tongue tie for today's hurdling debut. Market support would be interesting.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Joseph P O'BrienJ: M P Walsh|
Mitchouka (1/4), Minnie Dahill (7/1), Signifiant (8/1), Famous Milly (14/1), North Carolina (14/1), Cosy Club (25/1), A Place Apart (33/1), Go Guarantor (40/1), Callthebarman (50/1), Havelock (50/1), Erquy (100/1)
- North Carolina
- Minnie Dahill
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