19:15 Punchestown Wed 16 May 2018
Finished ninth of 15 in a maiden hurdle at Limerick (2m, heavy) on hurdles bow 26 days ago when sporting a hood (retained). Has work to do to get involved in the shake-up.
Won a bumper over 2m at this track in December 2016 in fairly decisive fashion on debut, hasn't been sighted since but could not be in better hands if hoping to making a winning return from the absence.
Won: 66/1 and already struggling when coming to grief in a maiden hurdle here in February, plenty more needed today.
Beaten big distances at huge prices all four starts and has shown very little to date. Not hard to look elsewhere for the winner.
Useful winner on the Flat (rated 90) and has shaped well enough in three starts in this sphere. Likely there will be better to come now meeting a better surface.
Moved to this powerful yard after showing promise in a couple of point-to-point at the back end of 2017. Had a six-month break prior to this rules debut and very much one to note.
Well held in a bumper here last time sporting a hood (discarded), makes first start over timber now and suspicion this better surface will be a positive.
Best effort (of four) in bumpers came on debut at Roscommon in August 2016 when ¾L second. Efforts in that sphere over the following year got weaker. Returns from 324-day absence now for hurdles bow.
Doyen gelding is related to fairly useful hurdler Jaime Sommers, stays 3m. Market should reveal more on debut hopes.
Twice-raced maiden, sent off 100/1 and beat only a couple home in 18-runner Fairyhouse maiden hurdle (2m, heavy) last month.
Pulled up in novice hurdle at Down Royal (2m3½f, heavy) on debut 141 days ago, having also been pulled up in a point-to-point previously. Drops in trip this time.
Made all to land a Wexford bumper despite being green on debut last June. Bit keen in both maiden hurdle starts in the autumn, but shaped with promise and no great surprise if he's got a bit more to offer back from a break.
Two wins from 20 runs on the Flat, both coming on the AW and reaching peak ratings of 80. Returns from short break for jumping bow and worth market check.
Fairly modest sort on the Flat, winning three times from 66 attempts in low grade company. Unshipped rider sole start over hurdles and doesn't make any appeal here.
Killarney bumper winner in July and got within 13L of Mengli Khan on hurdles bow in 30-runner Navan maiden hurdle in September. Should have plenty more to come and noted returning to action with Geraghty up.
Went close over this trip at Thurles (good to yielding) in October on second hurdles start, 91-rated on the Flat at his peak and may not have relished heavy ground back over hurdles last month at Limerick. Worth forgiving that run.
Arcadio gelding, related to couple of winners, plenty stamina on his pedigree and may need some time.
Not exactly progressive in bumpers (five runs) and was in trouble a long way from home on hurdles bow at Naas in February over this trip on heavy going. Yet to run on good ground.
AW maiden winner for David Simcock, though far from progressive on the Flat, never any better than mid-division on hurdles bow this month at Down Royal and eventually weakened to finish 17th of 20.
Of little account on the Flat and despite being in good hands now, can't really be looked at as a likely winner here. May be one for longer term.
Modest operator on the Flat for previous yard and unable to muster a challenge on hurdles bow at Fairyhouse (2m5f, soft) last month. Drops in trip and needs substantial improvement.
Maiden on the Flat after four starts, going off big prices each time. Off a year and return sporting a tongue-strap for this hurdles bow. Hard to be confident in his chances.
Jeremy gelding doesn't make dramatic appeal on breeding ahead of this debut run and hints that he'll be at home over a longer trip in due course.
Fair winner on the Flat over a mile, minor bits of promise in four hurdles starts to date. Needs a bit more but stable in better form now and can't be ruled out back in maiden company with Robbie Power returning.
Just the two starts over hurdles, 50/1 and finished eighth of 12 in 2m soft-ground Kilbeggan contest latest. Should be capable of better, in time.
Last Year's Winner
Come To Me (15/8), Daybreak Boy (11/4), Santiago de Cuba (3/1), Pass Hymn (14/1), Turbine (16/1), Yug (16/1), Duc D'Allier (25/1), Make It Hurrah (25/1), Heavy Artillery (33/1), Gallant John Joe (50/1), Halsafari (50/1), Dynamagic (50/1), Lucky Icon (50/1), Conron (66/1), Commander Won (66/1), Jezarus (66/1), Lady Maram (66/1), Grinditout (66/1), Pushaq (66/1), Saint Irini (66/1), Castiel (66/1), Ahlan Bil Zain (66/1), Mac's Nephew (66/1), Daring Decree (100/1), Rockview Emperor (100/1), Yea Or Nay (100/1), Haughton Shore (100/1), Earl Of Bunnacurry (100/1)
- Daybreak Boy
- Come To Me
- Santiago de Cuba
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