18:50 Curragh Fri 31 August 2018
Won a similar event over C&D last July off a 1lb higher mark. Returned from hurdling latest when running on eye-catchingly over 1m3f at Killarney in first-time blinkers. Would want ground to dry a little but big chance if it does.
1m1½f winner at Angers on heavy ground hasn't really hit the heights thus far over hurdles for top jumps yard but is very much unexposed now back on the flat and should make his presence felt.
Won twice on the AW this Winter but yet to build on that since and he remains a maiden on turf. Handicap falls again but others bring stronger claims to the table.
Ran better race latest in second start of the campaign when finishing well for second at Navan over 1m2f. Most of his best form over that distance although won once over 1m4f on AW. This a stronger race than Navan.
Finished a remote third over 1m1½f latest at Galway on return to the flat after tow poor hurdles runs. 1m1½f the distance of lone win and untried over this sort of trip so big doubts stamina wise.
Dual winning hurdler ran just once on the flat back in April this term when seventh of nine on heavy ground. Most of best flat form for Richard Hannon over 7f so for all he now stays better this trip may prove a problem.
Dual winner for Ralph Beckett is yet to fire for new connections and form lately regressed with her last run at Roscommom particularly poor. Blinkers will need to have immediate effect if she's to compete.
Narrowly touched off over 1m4f at Galway before jumping let him down three days later over hurdles. 4lb higher today back on the level but lots to like about last flat run and should go well if able to overcome tricky draw.
Left clear and eventually won by 7L at Ballinrobe over 1m5f back in June. Handicapper hammered her for that and struggled a little since. Suspect handicap now beyond her.
Won three of five since switching to this yard at up to 2m. First of those wins over this trip so while he may prefer further he can act over this trip but may find it tough with handicap considerably higher now.
Ran considerably best race over hurdles last time when second at Killarney. Last flat run at Bellewstown a little short but is below last winning mark now so if transferring hurdles form to flat he would have a squeak.
Battled to success in a weak Killarney handicap over 1m3f latest which was his maiden success. 4lb higher now and in a tougher race so more needed but has potential to improve.
Over two years since his last win and not getting any younger. Hard to fancy him on evidence this year.
Tried over all manner of different trips this campaign without success including tackling 1m6f for the first time latest. Bits and pieces of form give her a chance but evidence far from compelling.
Bounced back from a substandard run at Galway latest when second over hurdles at Perth. Went close twice off similar marks last September so if he can leave recent Galway effort behind he'd have a decent shout.
Starts out for a new stable now having raced exclusively on the AW so far in England. Handicap seems competitive lately but this a tougher test and surface an unknown.
Couple of fair efforts this term including latest fourth at Roscommon but handicapper not doing him many favours and again up against it here with unchanged mark for this highly competitive contest.
Mostly races over hurdles these days but won off higher marks than today three times in the past. Only run once this term and 2017 flat form uninspiring so reasons to look elsewhere.
Winning hurdler was made favourite for return to the level at Tramore over 2m last time out but seemed to get outpaced before staying on. With that in mind he will likely find things happening a little quickly here.
Maiden of ten starts has been tailed-off in both races this summer and is very easy to overlook here.
2017 7f winner has shown next to nothing this season and was completely tailed off last time over C&D. Hard to make any sort of case for him.
Almost three years since his lone win in a Chelmsford maiden. In rear at Killarney on return last week and 8lb out of the handicap here.
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