13:35 Navan Sun 11 November 2018
High-class hurdler, lost way after promising start to novice chasing career and appeared to shed confidence. Back to best in winning 3m Aintree Grade 1 in the spring before lesser effort at Punchestown. Concedes weight on return.
Career-best on second start after wind operation when landing Champion Novice Hurdle over this trip at Punchestown in April. Back from a break and has to step up against this opposition.
Former Champion Hurdler, disappointing at Punchestown in Champion Stayers' Hurdle (3m, yielding to soft) won by old rival Faugheen in April. Enough signs last term that decline has set in and tough enough starting point.
Top-notch mare, she had to work to see off Jer's Girl when winning this at odds-on last term. Twice beaten over this trip at Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals in the spring when odds-on, she is however getting weight from main rivals on return.
Won this race in 2015, spent 441-day on sidelines but gained 3m good-ground Cork success in August on second start back. Fair effort behind subsequent Samcro-slayer Bedrock at Tipperary (2m, good) since and this trip mores suitable these days.
Best stuff has come over fences, bit to prove after twice being pulled up in hot races in the spring in that discipline. Has plenty talent however and not completely dismissed. Market will be interesting.
Last Year's Winner
|T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy|
Apple's Jade (1/1), Identity Thief (7/2), Dortmund Park (6/1), Coney Island (8/1), Jezki (10/1), Arctic Fire (14/1)
- Dortmund Park
- Apple's Jade
- Identity Thief
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