16:45 Leopardstown Sun 13 May 2018
New Approach colt was a two-time winner last summer, also ran well here in valuable handicap in September. Unsurprisingly came up short in Group 3 Vintage Crop on return, but should be spot on for this.
German-bred who has solid form in France on the Polytrack at Cagnes-Sur-Mer, 0-13 on turf but solid effort last month at Limerick (1m3½f, heavy) and since gone well at Dundalk. Ground to suit.
Fair handicapper on the Flat and capable off this rating, ended last season with poor effort here and last month's hurdles run at Cork saw him pulled up. Competitive if he bounces back.
Teofilo gelding, won his first two starts after joining this firm last season, continued to go well in valuable races thereafter. Suited by the trip and on a very workable mark returning from a layoff.
2lb lower than when going close in 1m2f handicap here in September, having won over C&D in July in amateur riders' race. Fit from hurdles exploits and capable of getting involved in shake-up.
Winner over C&D in June last year on yielding ground (rated 79), final start of last season was very poor and has a bit of rebounding to do now.
Duke Of Marmalade gelding, yet to score on turf but improved since joining this handler to score twice on the AW at Dundalk, including over this trip. Could have more to offer back on grass.
Dual purpose performer, no win since Ayr hurdles score in 2016, been off 317 days coming into this. First run for new yard, well-handicapped on his best Flat form.
Only three starts on the Flat, not achieving anything that warrants a claim to this prize. Handicapper has offered a chance and useful 7lb claimer booked, worth a look in betting for this yard.
Back from near two-year absence to win Naas handicap (1m2f, soft to heavy) last month and found only one too strong under 7lb penalty at Roscommon over this trip since. Runs off same mark five days later.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Ms Sheila LaveryJ: L F Roche|
Curley Bill (9/4), Mawaany (4/1), Clongowes (11/2), Sea The Lion (6/1), Apparition (7/1), Wooster (8/1), Breathe Easy (10/1), Tara Dylan (10/1), Le Vagabond (16/1), Share The Honour (20/1), Kerosin (33/1), Space Ship (50/1)
- Curley Bill
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