18:50 Downpatrick Fri 18 May 2018
No extra, no impression and never a factor in three maiden hurdle starts between December and February and requires a chunk of improvement to play a role in this contest.
Has started to show signs of promise since returning to the track last month with encouraging displays at Kilbeggan and last time out in a Punchestown handicap hurdle. Can make his presence felt.
Will have disappointed connections in a series of below-par starts in a dour summer jumping campaign last year. Difficult to see where the improvement will come from despite running here for new yard.
Course winner when last seen in a handicap hurdle back in August beating 10 rivals 3¾L. The 8lb hike for that win may be a little tough on the veteran here..
Course winner that has also won over the distance but the veteran is clearly regressing now 22lb lower than his last winning mark. Others preferred.
Maiden after 11 starts and well held on both outings over hurdles in the autumn before an 87L defeat in February in a Fairyhouse maiden hurdle. Looks a tall order on form shown.
Failed to figure in four outings last season and more of the same in a 45L defeat at Kilbeggan earlier this month in a weak maiden hurdle but could be worth a market check on handicap debut.
Well beaten and never a factor in four maiden hurdle starts in the last two months but a market check advised on handicap debut in first-time cheekpieces.
Failed to win in five starts for trainer-Gordon Elliott and has generally disappointed in two starts for new yard. Hard to fancy despite first-time cheekpieces.
Formerly with the Martin Todhunter yard without a win in eight starts. Failed to beat any of her 10 rivals in a Fairyhouse handicap hurdle on stable debut last month. Still looks in the grip of the handicapper.
Seven-race maiden but chances if repeating his second of 13 beaten 4L behind the likable Poormans Hill here in October.
45-rated Flat handicapper well beaten in four poor maiden hurdle displays before a promising run on handicap debut at Kilbeggan last month.
Well beaten and no impression in three maiden hurdle starts before a 45L defeat on handicap debut at Limerick when last seen in December.
Has shown no real improvement since a stable switch, beaten around 32L in a handicap at Down Royal on St Stephens day before a 27L thumping at Punchestown when last seen in January. Hard to fancy.
Went off 100/1 in three maiden hurdles and beaten wide margins in subsequent handicap hurdles at Bellewstown and Navan. Others preferred.
Last Year's Winner
|T: G ElliottJ: D F O'Regan|
Crown Of Thorns (11/10), Stoughan Cross (11/2), Dry Run (7/1), Balofilo (7/1), Aquarian (10/1), King Christophe (12/1), King Of Aran (14/1), Thisonesforollie (14/1), McCrackens Gate (14/1), Touchedbyanangel (16/1), Yeats Baby (16/1), Coldstonesober (20/1), Don't Be Hasty (25/1), Shipwreck (33/1), Grande Waltz (33/1), The Crane Man (33/1), Montys Angel (40/1), Folly Dat (50/1)
- Crown Of Thorns
- King Of Aran
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