16:10 Listowel Tue 11 September 2018
Well beaten when down the field in a Sligo handicap hurdle over this trip last month and this looks a tall order here.
Sixth of 15 in a competitive novice handicap hurdle at Leopardstown in December. Market to be informative on return over timber.
Got off the mark for leading connections at ninth time of asking winning a Clonmel handicap hurdle off an 8lb lower mark. Beaten since and will need to improve to figure.
Big prices last four starts and recent form has taken a major turn for the worse. Makes little appeal at present.
Distance winner but has appeared a little rusty since returning to action in May. Others hold stronger profiles.
Landed the odds when not unbacked in a Kilbeggan handicap hurdle on Friday off a 6lb lower mark registering his first hurdle win in six starts. More progress possible.
Won 3m maiden hurdle at Wexford in June 2017 but has generally disappointed in a couple of seasonal starts at Galway and Sligo last month. Vast improvement needed to figure.
Won a Limerick handicap hurdle beating 11 rivals when eased home to win by 20L in April over 2m5f, duly raised 16lb and unable to sustain a challenge at Killarney a month later on good ground. Off since and point to prove for now.
Good effort in finishing fourth over an extended 2m at Clonmel on seasonal debut in May before landing a Sligo 2m handicap hurdle off a 6lb lower mark last month. One for the shortlist in this company.
Recently viewed on the Flat following a third of 12 beaten 6L in a 2m3f Downpatrick handicap hurdle in June. Can't be completely ruled out.
Distance winner finished sixth of 15 beaten over 13L in a Tramore handicap hurdle before only getting as far as the first in a handicap chase at the same venue last month.
Third Reserve: Beaten a total of 181L on last couple of starts over hurdles and little hope of any improvement here.
Last Year's Winner
Brex Drago (3/1), Internal Transfer (7/2), Arctic Light (4/1), Castlehume (9/2), Slippery Serpent (13/2), Minnie Dahill (8/1), Play The Part (8/1), Statistical (8/1), Powersbomb (10/1), Sweet Home Chicago (11/1), Back Bar (12/1), Linger (20/1), Fearachain (25/1), Patsio (25/1), Ronava (33/1), Highway Royal (33/1), Wade Harper (33/1), Coolmill (33/1), Olive D'haguenet (50/1), Dunloe Lady (N/A), Rancher Lass (N/A)
- Brex Drago
- Arctic Light
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