18:05 Leopardstown Mon 16 April 2018
Just a maiden win to his name from nine starts, though did run well enough in a stronger handicap at Naas (7f, soft to heavy) on reappearance. Carries top-weight in what will be very testing ground.
Won a couple of claimers in France over 6f last year, hasn't beaten a rival home in two AW runs at Dundalk for this handler. Blinkers added but hard to fancy currently.
Holy Roman Emperor gelding unable to open his account in six starts for Ed Walker last year. Has joined the Harrington yard, first run here, competitively weighted and handles testing ground.
Filly won at the Curragh (6f, yielding to soft) in August from a mark of 73, rated just 2lb higher now and worth another go at trip should suit after recent pipe-opener at Naas over 5f on heavy ground.
Some promising form in maidens, including 7f win at Down Royal in September on soft to heavy going, bodes well ahead of this handicap debut from what appears a fair mark.
Broke maiden at fourth time of asking on testing surface at Tipperary (7½f, soft to heavy) before held in a nursery next time over a mile at Naas. Eased 1lb on return, one that will handle the ground seemingly.
Some fair efforts in maidens last year in four runs, handicapper hasn't been overly harsh for this return and first venture into new sphere. Worth a look in the betting.
Lightly-raced maiden, showed some promised in 6f soft-ground event at Naas when last spotted (won by Vinnie's Wish), makes handicap debut from fair mark and can be given a chance.
Ex-Richard Hannon inmate, sure to be sharper for recent spin AW at Dundalk on first start for new trainer. Not without a chance on best form.
Some promising hints in maiden last season, best effort coming on heavy going at Roscommon (7½f) in September. Still left requiring a step up on return to action having been poor when last spotted.
Finished last season with poor effort in 6f Naas maiden on soft going, goes handicapping now and doesn't appear to have been given any easy task in first-time tongue tie.
Well beaten in a maiden at Naas 22 days ago, though not given a hard time, makes handicap debut here with visor added and Weld runners tend to come on for the run. Improved showing likely.
Gelded over the winter, no obvious signs of improvement on reappearance at Navan (1m2f, heavy) recently when supported in the betting, though did appear in need of the run. Perhaps more to come.
Last Year's Winner
Sebastiano Ricci (9/2), Bronze Age (11/2), Art Of America (6/1), Beach Wedding (13/2), Dance Emperor (7/1), Vinnie's Wish (7/1), Scorpion Black (8/1), Dawn Hoofer (10/1), Triple Sec (12/1), Lady Godiva (14/1), Clueless Hill (20/1), My Silver Nails (20/1), Fancy Dresser (25/1), Sagittarius Rising (33/1)
- My Silver Nails
- Vinnie's Wish
- Art Of America
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