12:55 Punchestown Sun 9 December 2018
Maiden point-to-point winner on debut finished third next before joining this yard. Likely need further in time so only of minor appeal although jockey booking noted.
Some promise in first hurdle at Fairyhouse when sixth of 13 but subsequently tailed off when 18th of 22 at Naas and hard to fancy on the back of that.
Newcomer by Kayf Tara cost €65,000 as a three-year-old and is a half-brother to a 3m point-to-point and 3m1f hurdles winner. Represents respected yard so not ruled out but may need further to excel.
81-rated dual flat winner (1m-1m2f) finished midfield in a similar contest at Fairyhouse beaten 38L at 66/1. Huge step up needed on that and unlikely to be involved significantly.
Newcomer by Whitmore's Conn is the first know foal of an unraced mare by Milan. Small yard so would have to be considered very unlikely he can be involved here.
Tramore bumper winner looked to have made a winning start over hurdles here (2m6f) only to be demoted to third in the judges room. Obviously therefore has the best hurdles form and leading candidate here.
€235,000 son of Lauro started to pay that back when winning a Fairyhouse bumper on debut. Fourth that day was Dinons who has won five times already over hurdles so form solid and expect a bold bid on his hurdles debut.
Point-to-point winner has run six times over fences and twice hurdles, finishing unplaced in all of them. Expecting more of the same here.
Debut Irish point-to-point winner two years ago, but has had just two rules run since then, last in a Punchestown bumper in April and fell at the third at Ayr last month. Plenty to prove now.
£50,000 purchase after winning a Kirkistown point-to-point in which only two finished was made favourite for a Killarney bumper in May but was too free and a remote sixth of ten. Will do better in time but likely need this run.
Point-to-point winner who ran well on debut for this yard at Naas when second but failed to build on that next here when seventh as favourite. One of four for this yard on hurdles bow but place prospect at best would suggest.
Comfortably won a Maiden point-to-point in March. Midfield next in a bumper before recent fair third at Listowel over hurdles albeit beaten 21L. Looks a prospect for handicaps later on.
Eagerly awaited hurdles debutant who followed his Cheltenham Champion bumper third by turning the tables on the winner when winning the Grade One Champion here. Fully expect this one to be a leading Cheltenham prospect and will be hard to beat.
Showed glimpses of ability in three bumpers last summer although only once placed. Starts out for new yard now after lengthy absence and best watched here.
Finished midfield here in a bumper last backend beaten 16L by Passageway. Some ability shown there but likely to find this a tough ask and best watched for further down the line.
Winner here on debut in a bumper followed that up with seconds at Listowel and Tipperary before again second back here for hurdles debut. This a deeper race but hard to see him not giving a good account and certainly has each-way claims.
Gradual improvement in four point-to-points culminating in a second placed effort in final start. One of four for trainer here on debut under rules but surprising if he's sharp enough to contend.
Lone filly in the race ran well on debut when fourth of 20 in a Galway bumper but only midfield next at Ballinrobe. Hooded for hurdles bow and plenty to do to get involved.
Last Year's Winner
|T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend|
Tornado Flyer (4/9), Cuneo (6/1), Dream Conti (10/1), Kalum River (10/1), School Boy Hours (10/1), Press Conference (11/1), Diamond Turf (12/1), Drifting Back (20/1), Discordantly (28/1), Take Revenge (33/1), Hotel Du Nord (33/1), Aonghus Song (40/1), Bootlegger (66/1), Golden Drumlee (66/1), Do As You Wish (66/1), Thegoaheadman (66/1), Captain Courageous (80/1), Twodoorsdown (80/1), Beltrame (100/1), Esthers Present (100/1), Cockbridge Paddy (100/1)
- Tornado Flyer
- Dream Conti
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