18:00 Curragh Sun 16 September 2018
- Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Northfields' Handicap (Premier Handicap)
- 1m 2f, Good to Yielding (Yielding in places, Round Couse, Good)
- 19 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Arrives here bidding for a five-timer and particularly impressive last time out at Newmarket. Will need more here from 11lb higher but proven in these conditions and can't be ruled out.
Looked progressive last year, most recent win came at Leopardstown in July 2017. Signs the handicapper has caught up with him recently though and may have wanted faster ground than what he gets here.
Won twice in similar conditions to this last year. Can be forgiven his run last time out when pulled up having slipped coming out the stalls but has a bit to prove off this sort of mark regardless.
C&D winner. Won a valuable handicap at Leopardstown in July but hasn't been in the same form in two starts since. May be capable of better back up in trip and only 2lb above his last winning mark now.
Won his first two starts and while he hasn't won since, he ran a fair race in Listed class last time out at a big price. Starts out for a new yard here and market likely to reveal expectations. Wears first-time tongue-tie.
Got his head back in front at Tipperary last time but this looks much tougher and he's proved vulnerable off this sort of mark in handicaps before. Others preferred.
Well suited to soft ground, as seen when winning by a wide margin at Sligo two starts back. Has run well over C&D before but needs more to defy this sort of mark.
Very consistent performer who got his head back in front earlier in the campaign. Produced a respectable effort in defeat at Galway last time in similar conditions and has each-way claims.
Lightly raced but struggled to land a blow here last time out in an equally competitive event. Less exposed than most and may be capable of stepping up on that.
C&D winner of a handicap back in May 2017 and while he hasn't won since, he's posted some creditable efforts in defeat. His run at Galway last time wasn't one of those but capable off this mark and not ruled out in first-time tongue-tie.
Ran okay at Royal Ascot when sixth of 18 when attempting to follow up a Navan win. Found Group 1 class too tough next time and may have found the trip too short at Killarney last time. Remains capable of better.
C&D winner back in May and while he failed to justify favouritism at the Galway Festival, the step back up in trip looks in his favour and he's the first-string on jockey bookings.
Arrives here bidding for a four-timer after a facile success in a handicap at Killarney last time. 9lb rise for that perfectly fair and has won on soft ground.
Got her head back in front at Roscommon last time and generally a consistent sort. More needed from 7lb higher but has won over C&D.
Got his head back in front at Gowran three starts back but hasn't managed to land a blow from his revised mark since. Can't completely rule out but career best needed.
Fairyhouse winner towards the back end of last year and has fallen well below that winning mark after some moderate efforts this time around. May find this on the sharp side on this sort of ground.
Won a maiden at Navan but has gone off short prices on two subsequent runs without managing to get his head in front. Has less miles on the clock than many and may be capable of better.
Ran with credit when fourth in a valuable handicap here last time over 1m. Interesting runner if he proves as effective over this sort of trip.
Hasn't won since debut and looks opposable in a race this competitive after finishing well beaten on his last five outings.
Last Year's Winner
|T: J S BolgerJ: R P Cleary|
Still Standing (9/2), Inscribe (13/2), Arthurian Fame (7/1), Danceteria (8/1), Lucius Tiberius (8/1), Hamley (12/1), Mawaany (12/1), Downdraft (12/1), Spiorad Saoirse (14/1), Tudor City (16/1), Charcor (16/1), Lethal Steps (18/1), Aussie Valentine (20/1), Anythingtoday (25/1), Rickrack (25/1), Roibeard (33/1), Tandem (33/1), Tennessee Wildcat (40/1), Harlow (50/1)
- Lucius Tiberius
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