14:25 Leopardstown Fri 9 March 2018
Victorious over hurdles at Auteuil as a three-year-old but had just two starts since. Placed in a Grade 3 contest last time out and one to note on handicap debut.
Winner twice over hurdles and placed twice over fences in the spring. Unraced since finishing ninth on the Flat at The Curragh (2m, good) in July.
Finished third ina valuable handicap over C&D on soft ground last month. Held fourth at navan since and vulnerable to less exposed rivals.
Disappointing in two starts since finishing runner-up at Galway (2m, soft) in August. Returning from a break having finished 12th of 13 at Down Royal in November.
Successful twice over hurdles most recently when winning by a head on soft ground over C&D in December. Races off a 6lb higher mark with the tongue tie worn on that occasion retained today.
Placed twice over hurdles last year but well held in a valuable C&D handicap last time out and work to do if he's to reverse from with Grand Partner on that running.
Winner of his first two starts over hurdles prior to finishing fifth over 2m at Navan (heavy) in January. Interesting to see how he fares on handicap debut.
Broke his maiden at the 11th attempt when winning a maiden hurdle at Clonmel (heavy) last time. Tongue tie worn for the first time that day is retained for today's handicap debut.
Successful three times over hurdles most recently on good ground at Downpatrick over an extended 2m6f in June last year. Returning from a break and best form has come over further.
Winning for the first time when successful in a novice hurdle at Fairyhouse (2m, soft-to-heavy) last time out. Beaten off a mark 11lb lower than he races off today prior to that however.
Last Year's Winner
|T: J J HanlonJ: Rachael Blackmore|
Crossed My Mind (3/1), Chesterfield King (4/1), Great Khan (9/2), Grand Partner (5/1), Hardback (5/1), Gran Geste (7/1), Destin D'Ajonc (7/1), Charlie Stout (7/1), Golden Spear (20/1), Pyromaniac (20/1), The King Of Brega (33/1)
- Great Khan
- Crossed My Mind
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