20:45 Punchestown Wed 16 May 2018
Yeats gelding out of a Sri Pekan mare related to the likes of Holly Bush Henry and Augusta Kate. Looks a long-term prospect, confirming suspicion when tailed off on debut at Down Royal in January (tailed off).
Notnowcato gelding ran green on debut when fourth at Navan in September, having been well supported in the market. Took a backwards step in tougher race at Galway soon after and returns from a layoff now.
Point-to-point winner, only shown promise in one of three bumpers runs so far, when beaten 9L into fifth of nine at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) in February. Since unseated rider at that track and possibly best watched for now.
Good winner of a point-to-point at Dawstown already this month under Derek O'Connor and partnership well worth paying attention to on rules bow.
Runner-up in both bumper starts so far, including over C&D on heavy ground in February. Was second-favourite in both instances, so has achieved what was expected. Yard in scintillating form (15-44) and likely to be a warm order.
Yard not noted for bumper winners but Court Cave gelding was runner-up on debut over C&D (soft) last month having gone off 33/1 and must go on the shortlist with improvement possible from that run.
Not without promise on debut at Fairyhouse over this trip having gone off 50/1 (finished down about 12L in sixth of 10). Less convincing over 2m3f at Limerick since.
Network gelding was third on rules debut over hurdles at Thurles (2m, soft) in February and duly made favourite for 2m3f Cork bumper last month, when only able to finish a remote third. Down in trip now.
Duke Of Marmalade gelding, pulled up on sole point-to-point outing at Oldtown in February and comes to the racetrack for the first time at five-years-old.
Dark Angel gelding makes debut and merits a look in the betting, though trainer is 0-20 with bumper runners so far in 2018.
Looked promising in Leopardstown bumper over Christmas behind Blackbow (8¾L down in fourth) but hasn't built on that showing in two runs at Fairyhouse since. Needs to up game to be winning this.
Yeats gelding well beaten in bumpers last year at Naas and Kilbeggan, 193 days apart. Returns now from a 300-day absence and market will tell a deal more on what is anticipated.
Well beaten when finishing tenth on debut at Thurles (soft to heavy) in a bumper in February and probably best watched at present.
Promising on debut over C&D last spring before switching from Gordon Elliott to this yard, turned over at odds-on in Navan bumper in November and beaten favourite again at Ballinrobe this month. Needs better ground to spark some improvement.
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Castle North (5/2), Valdieu (11/4), City Island (9/2), Caracara Mail (8/1), Denwork (9/1), Pilot Station (14/1), The Abbey (18/1), Batcio (20/1), Ozzie's Way (20/1), Criq Sun (33/1), Ballinlina Boy (33/1), Shimmer And Shine (33/1), Minstrel Song (50/1), Makka Pakka (66/1), Arizengo (100/1), Turnpike Thunder (100/1)
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