17:30 Clonmel Thu 20 September 2018
C&D winner who is currently racing 10lb higher than last winning mark but has conditions in his favour here and is entitled to make the shortlist.
In scintillating form on the Flat and over hurdles. His recent performances though have seen the game gelding rise 10lb in the weights and can go well again here.
Sligo handicap chase winner on heavy ground in September. Not seen since March and may need the run in first-time hood on return to action.
Scrambled home by a hair's breadth at Thurles in maiden hurdle 12-months ago. Largely well held since and looks a tall order on recent form.
Beaten a little over 2L in a Down Royal handicap hurdle over 2m6f on good to firm ground last month. Holds strong place claims here.
Plenty to like about his second of 16 at Sligo last month and appears to be getting the hang of things right now.
Efforts so far over timber are decidedly underwhelming in a number of maiden hurdle starts. First-time blinkers unlikely to make much difference.
Last Year's Winner
Boris Grishenko (9/4), Apparition (9/2), You Can't Catch Me (9/2), King's War (5/1), Ingleby Mackenzie (6/1), Pumbaa (11/1), Authorative (12/1), Maple Lawn (16/1), Glamorous Nellie (20/1)
- Ingleby Mackenzie
- Boris Grishenko
- You Can't Catch Me
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