19:20 Ballinrobe Mon 13 August 2018
- Cummins Homevalue Hardware Handicap
- 1m 5f 51y, Good to Yielding
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Winner of three of his nine starts on the AW the gelding is without a win in nine turf appearances on the Flat including a 116L defeat at the Galway festival earlier this month.
Still on a 3lb higher mark than his win in a Fairyhouse 1m4f handicap last month following a 5¼L defeat at Sligo last Wednesday and entitled to make the shortlist here.
Ended a near two-year wait when winning easily on heavy ground on seasonal debut over 1m1f at Leopardstown in April off a 6lb lower mark. Not beaten far recently and capable of making the frame.
Fifth of 20 in the mares handicap hurdle over 2m½f at the Galway festival earlier this month but winner of her last appearance on the Flat at Roscommon in May on debut. Second start on the level here and likely to run well once again.
C&D winner but generally well held in a series disappointing defeats since April. Lacks consistency and plenty more needed here.
Distance winner of an Ayr handicap on good ground off a 21lb lower mark in May 2017. Needs more off current mark here.
Winner of a Sligo handicap over 1m4½f when last seen in May off a 5lb lower mark. Will need to up her game once again here.
18-race maiden who remains without a win in nine turf starts on the Flat. Each way claims on most recent displays.
22-race maiden on turf in career starts on the Flat but is a gelding who could do with a change of luck and is not without hope here.
Last Year's Winner
Sharjah (7/2), A Place Apart (4/1), Bobby Jean (4/1), Sbraase (6/1), Like An Open Book (6/1), High Expectations (10/1), Grand Canyon (12/1), Byron Beauty (14/1), Rock On Dandy (16/1)
- Like An Open Book
- Bobby Jean
- Byron Beauty
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