15:40 Downpatrick Fri 12 October 2018
Improving sort over fences for Daniel Howard, duly scoring over 2m at Wexford last month. Since changed hands, could be thrown in off this mark back over timber based on old British form.
Gained fifth hurdles win of career at Sligo in July over 2m4f off a mark of 99, mixed bag since including when weakening at Gowran Park (2m4f, good) last week, albeit in a better race than this one.
0-4 for previous trainer in maiden hurdles, makes handicap debut for new handler now and needs to find plenty improvement. Worth a market check however.
Maiden hurdle winner at Sligo (2m5f, good) in August and followed up with Clonmel handicap success (2m½f, good to yielding) last month. Denied hat-trick off this mark at Roscommon early in the month. Not written off.
Runner-up at Sligo on stable /hurdles debut in July (2m, good) but hasn't built on that in two further starts over timber. Beaten over 15L this C&D latest.
C&D winner in August (rated 93), well held here a fortnight ago from increased mark however, drops a pound now. Needs to find a bit extra.
Beaten wide margins in all three maiden hurdles to date, including over C&D a fortnight ago. Mares switch to handicaps now and must improve.
2-26 over hurdles with her most recent win over timber coming in a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse close to two years ago. Has questions to answer on a lot of recent form, though did take a step in the right direction at Gowran Park last week.
Mare unseated at the last (beaten) here in May but following a summer break she was runner-up at Clonmel (2m½f, good) in maiden company last month, defying odds of 25/1. Up in distance now.
Last three starts have seen the mare competitive, finished third in sizeable fields each time. Just 1-26 over timber all told, and her recent consistency ensures the handicapper isn't offering much help.
Last Year's Winner
|T: D McDonoghJ: G N Fox|
Just A Normal Day (3/1), Maighnealta (7/2), Rain In Spain (5/1), Authorative (13/2), Fleurys Fort (7/1), Muroor (8/1), Rathnaleen Girl (8/1), Montys Angel (12/1), Ballinlina Boy (14/1), Fontainbleau (14/1), Alnahar (20/1)
- Fleurys Fort
- Rathnaleen Girl
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