17:55 Leopardstown Fri 25 May 2018
Experienced and talented performer for David O'Meara, no turf win since September 2016 at Ayr (7f, good to soft) and races from 2lb higher mark today. Well beaten on AW at Dundalk in February on debut for this yard. Tongue tie tried now.
AW maiden winner for Roger Charlton, looked in need of the run when eased home over C&D last month having gone off favourite on first start for this team. Improved on that last week when beaten 4L having travelled well.
Capable six-year-old with five turf wins and 10 more placed efforts from 34 starts on surface, won decisively on reappearance at the Curragh this month, 10lb higher on different ground now.
Lightly-raced 2016 maiden winner at Down Royal (5f, good), best of last year's AW form would give him a chance on these terms returning from a break with new hood added.
Winner over 7f on the AW at Dundalk in March form a 6lb lower mark. Unlikely to repeat the trick from this perch on turf seemingly.
Improved effort when running out cosy winner of 7f AW maiden at Dundalk in January on fourth start. A bit free and paid the price on return from short break over C&D (good) recently, bounce back called for.
Mostly contested sprints during 2017, winning here over 6f on good ground in August off a mark 3lb higher than this one. Has won over this distance in the past, worth a look on seasonal return.
Not the most reliable individual when trained by Hughie Morrison, often letting his backers down at short prices. Twice gone close over 1m for this yard already, including here, on softer ground. Drops in trip.
Beaten 4L in sixth of 18 in 1m good-ground handicap at the Curragh 376 days ago, off since. Handicapper has offered a decent chance now, if ready to grasp it.
Given a fine ride by this claimer when taking 7f Dundalk handicap on penultimate start, not disgraced back there last month. Has to hold some claims from 1lb lower mark with rider claiming 7lb.
Trailed home in last place over 5½f (yielding to soft) at Navan last month return from winter break. That was a poor effort from start to finish and tackling 7f for the first time now. Watching brief required.
70-rated handicapper in the UK for David Simcock, took advantage of lowly mark to score in Dundalk apprentice contest in January over 7f on first start for this yard, rated 9lb higher and plenty more needed back on turf.
80-rated handicapper for trainer David Marnane managing two wins from 11 Flat turf starts. Likely to have found 5½f at Navan too sharp on debut for this trainer. This is more like it and on a good mark relative to old turf form.
Last won in an AW handicap at Wolverhampton over 1m½f for David O'Meara in October 2015. Back from 677-day absence when fading tamely at Tipperary this month (1m1f, soft to heavy) and probably best watched again down in trip.
Two turf wins at Leopardstown in August 2016 came over 6f/1m1f within the space of five days (latest off 75). Went close on reappearance last year at the Curragh (1m, good) from 5lb higher mark. Betting check needed.
An 11-race maiden, well held in Dundalk claimer over 6f last month, previous turf form suggests he'll do well to land a blow on these terms.
Last Year's Winner
Casimiro (5/2), Alans Pride (7/2), Prosecution (7/1), Mcguigan (9/1), Gunmaker (10/1), Mr Ormsby (10/1), That Is The Spirit (12/1), Fashaar (12/1), Markhan (20/1), Confrontational (20/1), Ice Cold In Alex (25/1), Liberatio (25/1), Ducky Mallon (25/1), Flowerhill Nova (25/1), King Torus (33/1), The Phantom Punch (50/1)
- Flowerhill Nova
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