15:15 Galway Tue 9 October 2018
Failed beat an opponent home in nine and 14-runner races in the spring and difficult to make case for the gelding here.
Prolific 136-rated chaser who is three from 12 over hurdles. Logical to give hurdles another try as he has gone well fresh previously.
Well held 27L on his last hurdle start in May. Plenty to prove in this contest looking at exposed form.
Has been in consistent form in three starts since May, winning a Clonmel handicap hurdle off a 10lb lower mark before game runs in defeat since.
In scintillating form on the Flat and over hurdles. His recent performances though have seen the game gelding rise 15lb in the weights but can go well again here.
Last of six behind 31L in a Sedgefield handicap hurdle last month. Looks up against it here.
Got off the mark at the fifth time of asking over hurdles in a Downpatrick maiden last month. Top trainer/jockey duo here and likely to be a leading player here.
Has failed to find the spark in five starts this term that saw the gelding win the final two races of his 2017 season off a 3lb lower mark. Looks vulnerable in this company.
Improving hurdler who went up 20lb between May and November last year. Market check required on return to action.
C&D winner and is slipping back down to around a winning mark but has been bereft of any kind of form recently.
Well beaten and no impression on the Flat and over hurdles over the summer and first time tongue tie unlikely to bring about the required amount of improvement needed to play a role here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Joseph P O'BrienJ: B J Geraghty|
Hearts Are Trumps (5/4), Star Maker (9/2), Ingleby Mackenzie (8/1), Antimatter (10/1), Make It Hurrah (11/1), Chateauneuf Du Pap (12/1), Broder (14/1), Rock De Baune (16/1), Westerner Point (20/1), Magna Cartor (40/1), Afatcat (50/1)
- Hearts Are Trumps
- Ingleby Mackenzie
- Star Maker
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