14:40 Listowel Thu 13 September 2018
Remains a maiden after 12 starts and mark is slipping after some poor efforts. Has form on soft ground so conditions no problem and cheekpieces now added.
In good form earlier in the year before unseating rider at Galway. Ran no race at all last time which is a concern. Conditions no problem and capable of getting involved off this sort of mark on a going day.
Consistent mare who tends to run her race but struggles to get her head in front. Still above her last winning mark and similar story on the cards here.
Winner at Leopardstown on soft ground off a 3lb higher mark last summer. Struggled subsequently and has been off the track now for almost a year. Likely to need the run but conditions no problem.
Clearly had some problems with big gaps between races. Back down below last winning mark but not been seen for 546 days and likely to need the run.
Winner at Bellewstown on good to firm ground in July. Has plenty of form on soft too and always tends to run her race. Draw not ideal but capable of getting involved.
Been running well this summer without getting his head in front. Likes the hustle and bustle of these big handicaps and capable of getting in the mix.
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. Entered here on Wednesday.
Best effort so far when upped to 1m1½f at Gowran (good to firm) last time, finishing well. Drop back in trip and ground are both new questions to answer here, but a big player if handling them.
Dropped back in trip to land a Wolverhampton 7f handicap on AW at Wolverhampton last month, competitive again from this mark at the Curragh since, his best turf run to date. Entered Wednesday.
The drop back to a mile did the trick at Killarney last time when battling on well to win. Only 4lb higher here and still early days so every chance of going well again.
Having first start for almost two years at Roscommon 10 days ago. Tailed off there and should be fitter now but hard to fancy all the same.
No extra under pressure when sent over 1m2½f following a number of decent shows over shorter trips. Likely to appreciate the drop back. Cheekpieces on first time.
Possibly didn't stay 1m2f at Navan when last seen but had showed some potential before that. Had a break since Navan but current mark of some appeal so has potential over this more suitable trip.
Three starts so far in maidens over a variety of trips. Comes back for a mile for handicap debut off a lowly mark. Yet to encounter ground this soft but a player if handling it.
First reserve: Badly out of sorts of late and mark is rapidly dropping. Hard to fancy at present if getting a run.
Last Year's Winner
|5||The Last Indian||4||9-11||10/3||Full Result|
|T: A A HowardJ: P J Smullen|
Keep Believing (4/1), Passing Trade (11/2), Lady Boomerang (6/1), Impactful (6/1), Stormy Air (7/1), Dharma Rain (10/1), Prove The Point (10/1), Scorpion Black (14/1), Dinkum Diamond (14/1), Shifted Strategy (16/1), Avalanche (16/1), Descendant (25/1), Heart Of Gold (25/1), Snoozing Indian (25/1), Quite Subunctious (25/1), Feeling Easy (25/1), Pirate's Treasure (33/1), Talented Kid (40/1), Welcometomyworld (50/1)
- Lady Boomerang
- Dharma Rain
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