12:30 Naas Sat 10 November 2018
Last season's Arkle winner carried all before him in five-race novice chasing campaign. Hugely impressive with his fencing last term, he readily dismissed Saint Calvados at Cheltenham in March. Impossible to forecast a defeat.
Front-runner, won his first three chase starts as a novice last term impressively. Perhaps paid price for forcing strong pace in the Arkle and faded into remote fourth of five. Can close gap on Footpad, though unlikely to turn things around.
Useful staying chaser but only one win in a dozen starts, off since fair sixth in the Irish National at Fairyhouse in April (3m5f, heavy). Not hard to imagine this is a stepping stone on reappearance.
In good form at the turn of the year but his form had deteriorated by the spring and tailed off last week behind Snow Falcon at Down Royal (2m3½f, good to yielding) in Grade 2 on return. Up against it again.
Started off chasing career with some promise, winning 2m1f Leopardstown beginners' chase in December. No match for Footpad in Irish Arkle (fell) and pulled up/tailed off three starts thereafter. Stable won this last year.
Last Year's Winner
|T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy|
Footpad (4/9), Saint Calvados (5/2), Tycoon Prince (16/1), Arkwrisht (33/1), Blue Empyrean (100/1)
- Saint Calvados
- Tycoon Prince
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