15:50 Listowel Wed 12 September 2018
Moderate potential in a Naas bumper in January but won when switched to the Flat in a 1m Cork maiden in May. Not seen since but form worked out well with clear second winning easily next time out so has plenty of scope for more and Ben Coen a plus.
Swapped hands for €17,000 in December after seemingly losing his way for Andre Fabre in France. Raced mainly with plenty of cut in the ground. Effort petered out quickly at Sligo last month on stable bow.
Won a maiden hurdle over 2m at Wexford four days ago, no certainty to build on that success in vastly different test now.
Galway maiden winner (1m½f, soft) last year, has tried hand over hurdles without success this year, may have found 1m4f at the Curragh beyond his optimal on recent Flat return. Trip more realistic now but others preferred.
Shamardal colt out of a Montjeu mare, got up in dying stride to land Roscommon maiden (1m2½f, soft) on debut for this trainer last month. Opening handicap mark no gimme but likely has plenty more to come.
Frustrating sort (has a tendency to finish second); was tried over 1m1f at Carlisle last month (finished third) and since disappointing favourite on beach at Laytown. Trip/surface in favour but 10 placed efforts in 14 starts leaves him frustrating.
Got off the mark for connections at the 11th time of asking in a Curragh 7f handicap last month and since finished 3L second at Naas over a mile under penalty. Mark unchanged here and capable of being in the mix.
Lingfield maiden win in July 2015 over 7f his sole Flat success from 13 attempts. Lost his way last year in Britain for Richard Spencer, back from more than a year off on debut for new handler, potentially best watched today.
66-rated handicapper for trainer William Muir but is still without a win in 11 starts and plenty to prove at present. Cheekpieces added now.
Best of maiden form would give him a claim but has been very inconsistent in eight starts so far, watch betting now reverting to a handicap for the first time.
Killarney winner last year over 1m3f on good ground, has been rather toiling over jumps and on the Flat prior to close second at Sligo (1m4½f, good) last month, just 2lb higher and can harbour claims if in the same mood.
The promise of a couple of late season starts last term have not being realised in a number of disappointing performances this summer. Hard to fancy on recent evidence.
Three-time winner (from 24 starts), with latest coming over similar trip at Ballinrobe last summer off a mark of 70. Four starts this term have been regressive, despite sliding handicap mark. On a promising mark when he finds some form.
Born To Sea colt now 1-18 overall, with the win coming a year ago over this trip at Down Royal in testing conditions. Recent efforts leave plenty to be desired and hard to recommend on form.
Poor effort at this meeting a year ago on heavy going over a mile, has a 4-32 record on turf to this point in career but majority of 2018 efforts suggest the next success will be hard to predict. 8lb wrong at these weights.
Last Year's Winner
Aztec Eagle (11/4), Acclamatio (11/2), Prosecution (6/1), Ace Combat (7/1), Vocal Music (8/1), Harvey Specter (8/1), Chiavari (16/1), Dia Del Sol (16/1), Perfect Soldier (16/1), Maunganui (18/1), Heart Of Gold (20/1), Cosmic Symbol (25/1), Magic Sea (28/1), Palmones (33/1), Nucky Thompson (40/1)
- Aztec Eagle
- Vocal Music
- Ace Combat
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