14:20 Clonmel Thu 6 December 2018
Successful over hurdles at Cork (3m, soft) in May, and while he will need to improve on that form now sent chasing, his yard has a reputation for improving similar types, and he's not ignored.
More experienced than most and claims on pick of his chase form, but not firing on all cylinders at present, so needs to raise his game.
Yard in fine form, and he posted a career-best effort when winning over hurdles at Cork (2m) last month. Not certain to build on that given stop-start career, but is lightly raced for his age, and has a chaser's physique.
Well placed to win twice in handicap hurdles this term, and holding his form well, but goes chasing rather late in life, and others may have his measure.
A fairly useful hurdler, but well held on chasing debut at Wexford lin October over this trip. Needs to improve to get involved in this company.
Did manage to win a handicap hurdle here in October, but that was a low-grade affair, and he's been well held since, switched to fences last time with no discernible benefit. Will be better off back in handicaps.
Won a handicap hurdle here in May, and has shown enough over fences to suggest he will be winning in this sphere. Has finished weakly on last two starts, though, and needs his A-game here.
Won a weak maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse early this year, but not progressed, and soundly beaten on chase debut at Cork last month after a break.
Finished a highly creditable second of 8 in a rated novice at Fairyhouse (2m) last month, jumping well on the whole. Should take all the beating with normal improvement.
Just fair form on first two starts in this sphere, but was set to win when unseating his rider at Cork last time, and a repeat of that improved effort would put him in the mix.
Won a novice hurdle in the mud here in March, but took a crashing fall on his chase bow at Cork last month, and needs to prove he's none the worse for that mishap.
Winner of handicap hurdles at Hexham and Southwell earlier this season, but well held in two starts over fences, and will be better off when running in handicaps in this sphere.
Promising sort over hurdles for Nicky Henderson, but has shown very little in two starts over fences for current yard, and not easy to fancy on recent evidence.
Dual hurdles winner earlier in the year, and bowled along on chase debut at Cork (favourite) until found out by lack of fitness/stamina. Drops in trip now, and one to consider.
Front-running maiden hurdler, who was back to form in blinkers when fifth of 10 to Bay Hill at Thurles last time. Headgear left off for chase debut, and others preferred.
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