16:55 Fairyhouse Sat 13 October 2018
Not disgraced in a number of handicap hurdles since the turn of the year including finishing fifth of nine when last seen at Kilbeggan in July over 3m+ trip on good ground. Tough ask on stable debut.
Ballinrobe winner in August over 3m1f, runs from 5lb higher mark here and came to a halt alarmingly quick at Tipperary five days ago. Hood is added now.
Best effort so far over hurdles came at Tipperary (2m, good) in May, when beaten under 7L into fourth from 2lb higher. Fourth again at Clonmel (2m4f, good) last week, though beaten 20L this time, needs first-time blinkers to have an effect.
Off the mark over timber at the 11th time of asking, landing 2m4f soft-to-heavy Ballinrobe handicap last month. Up 5lb for that but repeat effort will have him in the mix.
Two wins from 24 starts over hurdles. Back on a more feasible mark now, had posted decent efforts at Sligo and Downpatrick in August, but weakened from the front under usual positive tactics at Gowran Park last week.
Just the four starts over timber and has shown some promise in maiden hurdles at Down Royal and Downpatrick of late, merits a betting check now stepping into handicap company.
Neither prolific nor reliable, won a handicap at Down Royal (2m3½f, good) in May, still 3lb higher having failed to convince in three starts since.
Made moderate progress for his age in 2017, but had failed to complete in both starts this year prior to 13¼L third of 13 at Clonmel (2m4f, good) this month. Runs off the same mark, likely targeting place money at best.
Improvement on some desolate displays over hurdles since the turn of the year when fifth in a Sligo 2m handicap in August, but backwards steps since at Downpatrick means others are preferred.
Has looked decidedly moderate so far, although couldn't completely rule her out based on her short head second at Kilbeggan (3m1f, good) in July. Below that in four runs since, including at Clonmel last week over this trip.
Produced a couple of encouraging runs when returning to the track in May at Limerick and Listowel over this sort of trip. Poor last month at Clonmel however and now placed only once in 14 starts over timber.
Maiden after 14 starts over timber, often struggling in handicaps, better effort Gowran Park (2m, good) this month off a break (beaten just over 6L) and interesting to see if he can now build on that.
Two wins on the Flat, but failed convince in four starts over timber and, despite staying on past beaten horses on handicap bow at Downpatrick last month, has work on to get competitive.
Unplaced in seven starts over timber, pulled up both outings so far in 2018. First start since July and seems safest to adopt a cautious approach.
Not a lot to shout about in maidens, give a patient ride on handicap bow at Navan (2m6f, good to firm) but, despite making some progress, was soon rather one-paced. Eased a couple of pounds, but hard to make case for.
Been mixing up running over fences and hurdles of late with not much fortune. Mark is slipping but hard to fancy in current mood (First Reserve).
Last Year's Winner
|T: D A McLoughlinJ: D J Hand|
Brosna George (4/1), Milomynit (9/2), Gliondar Mo Chroi (6/1), Can't Be Done (13/2), Dalouga (15/2), Bere Haven (9/1), Zagnzig (10/1), Bective Cave (11/1), Casadel Sol (12/1), Bard Of Armagh (12/1), Vinabell (14/1), Glendaars Warrior (14/1), Oromo (14/1), Northern Emperor (14/1), Tara Mia (14/1), Randall's Aoibhinn (16/1), Steelyeyed (16/1), Beeper's Ruby (20/1), The Crane Man (28/1)
- Gliondar Mo Chroi
- Beeper's Ruby
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