18:15 Downpatrick Fri 18 May 2018
Worryingly lost his action in a Tramore handicap hurdle last month before returning with a promising display to finish 1¼L behind the impressive Castafiore Park at Wexford earlier this month. Can go well on this drop in trip.
Not a lot to shout about in two maiden hurdle runs until a promising run when just holding on to second of 12 beaten 3¾L in a Limerick contest last month when upped in trip. One to watch with another increase in distance.
C&D winner here in September when disposing of eight rivals on soft to heavy ground in a maiden hurdle. Has subsequently struggled in a couple of handicaps but may have been given a chance here.
Well beaten and never nearer in a series of desolate performance over both hurdles and the larger obstacles since November. Best avoided in current form.
Improved on a number of disappointments when finishing second of 26 in a Leopardstown handicap hurdle on St Stephens day when upped in trip. Market likely to reveal the Shirocco gelding chances.
Some promise in two point-to-point starts but is yet to transfer that to the track being well beaten in three maiden hurdle starts since the turn of the year. Others hold stronger profiles.
Made eye-catching progress two out and went second at the last before fading in a promising Sligo handicap hurdle earlier this month. Improvement possible and hard to dismiss.
Won a Cork handicap hurdle for previous trainer Adrian Maguire last month but weakened off her new mark in a Tramore contest days later. Chance with winning horse/jockey combination still intact.
Lost his way somewhat last season following a win here in June over 2m1½f. Market may be best guide following owners decision to try new yard.
Solid and consistent over the summer but disappointed in two starts towards the end of the year. Best form has come in the spring.
Last Year's Winner
Banksoftheshannon (15/8), Ronald Pump (6/1), Littlestickarubarb (6/1), Lambs Lane (13/2), Floramar (7/1), The White Volcano (10/1), El Rouli (12/1), Pat's Pearl (25/1), Ashjan (25/1), Two In One (33/1)
- El Rouli
- Lambs Lane
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