18:20 Punchestown Wed 13 June 2018
Into the veteran stages now, has been put in his place this term by the likes of Un De Sceaux, Min and A Toi Phil over 2m1f-2m4f. Much calmer waters here today and should be bang there.
Better chaser than a hurdler and showed that with an emphatic win in Grade 3 company at Killarney (2m4½f, good) last time when making all. That makes him a leading player here and very much respected.
Grade 2 scorer here over C&D in November. Has a little bit to find with Ballyoisin on figures but likely to be bang there once again.
Won a handicap at Down Royal off a mark of 129 last month and couldn't follow-up off a 6lb higher mark. That makes this a stiff ask against a few of these and minor role likely.
Thyestes winner in 2017 at Gowran Park but a string of sub-standard efforts since often characterised by jumping errors. Needs a big reversal in fortunes.
Not won since 2015 and has been struggling to land any sort of blow of late. Again beaten a very long way a here over 2m last time. Needs a rapid upturn in fortunes to take a hand.
Third of five in the Grade 3 Imperial Call chase at Cork last month before winning on the Flat at Clonmel last month. Has the ability to rustle a few feathers in here and not discounted.
Beaten 70L on handicap debut in a Wexford in October before being pulled up at Navan next time. Likely to find this very tough going indeed.
Last Year's Winner
Ballyoisin (4/6), Woodland Opera (5/1), Ballycasey (7/1), Champagne West (9/1), Wounded Warrior (10/1), Val De Ferbet (12/1), Drumconnor Lad (20/1), Shadow Catcher (33/1), Vodka Society (150/1)
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