18:15 Punchestown Wed 16 May 2018
Just the one win in 14 attempts over fences, coming at Limerick (2m1½f, heavy) on penultimate start when longs odds-on. Came up short in strong handicap chase over this C&D since, this is a more presentable opportunity.
Didn't do everything right but made a winning start over fences in beginners' contest at Down Royal (2m3½f, good) nine days ago. Down in trip and likely to build on that now. Very much a player here.
Rated 142 over hurdles and made seamless transition to chasing with 17L win at Ballinrobe (2m1f, heavy) 15 days ago for the champion trainer. Likely to take some halting.
Caused an 80/1 shock when beating De Plotting Shed to win Fairyhouse beginners' chase last month over this sort of trip on soft to heavy. That was at great odds with previous efforts under rules, not certain to reproduce.
Some promise shown in three chase starts last season, including over C&D, returned to action with 3L third of 24 her over hurdles in valuable handicap last month. Should give a good account but plenty to find seemingly on best hurdles form.
Placed five times in six chase starts last summer before falling early on at Listowel on final outing. Pulled up last month on return to action over hurdles, may be straighter now but likely to make frame at best again.
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