13:25 Punchestown Sun 9 December 2018
Won a Galway handicap back in July 2017 but only seen once since when a never involved 12th of 14 here back in June. Plenty of question marks to answer now.
Cross-country and banks specialist has won three times here in such contests in the past. 15lb lower hurdles mark makes some appeal but recent return saw him beaten 28L when 15th of 19 so others appeal more.
Failed to build on a Fairyhouse maiden win for Willie Mullins last season in four subsequent starts. First run for this yard saw him unseat just after halfway when lying third. Might have more to come but risky proposition on balance.
Point-to-point and bumper winner finished third in last two maiden hurdles for Mouse Morris last winter. Seemed to run out of steam here on stable/season debut when fifth over 2m6f but with fitness now boosted he has genuine claims here.
Clonmel maiden hurdle winner on heavy ground last season then fell in a Grade Three when already beaten two out. Now returns and has a first crack at a handicap but this a tall order first time out.
Won three times this year already, the most recent at Navan two starts back. Since struggled in a warmer Cheltenham handicap and suspect handicapper has her measure now.
Won once for Henry De Bromhead but beaten out of sight in three starts since joining this yard. Handicap mark falling but would want to see some glimpses before recommending.
Dual 2m heavy ground winner last January including here struggled the next twice with a 7lb rise seemingly catching her out. No relent yet from the handicapper so more needed on return.
Not won in two and a half years and off the track for 13 months since taking a heavy fall here. Hard to see him being ready to do himself justice here.
Beat Arctic Light at Cork in October and again ahead of that rival when an excellent second of 23 at the same venue. Unseated at the third latest but providing that leaves no lasting issues he once again looks sure to make a bold bid.
Maiden made a pleasing start over hurdles when second in a 20-runner Downpatrick contest but was too keen on return at Navan when sixth in a similar contest. Has untapped potential as he now goes handicapping.
In fine form on the flat winning twice and following up with two seconds and converted that form to hurdles when winning comfortably at Thurles over 2m. Longer trip here almost certainly a plus and leading claims in first handicap.
Only completed once in four starts after winning a Leopardstown chase last March. Starts out over hurdles and previous C&D winner here albeit off a 14lb lower mark.
Off the mark at the 19th time of asking latest (10th hurdle) when staying on best to land a 2m handicap at Gowran. 5lb rise for that not overly harsh and may benefit for extra 4f here so has each-way claims once more.
Only won once in 34 starts and that almost four years ago in a maiden hurdle. Third last week his best effort for some time but even that saw him beaten 17L so hard to fancy here.
Only won one of his 24 starts and last 12 all unplaced. Form seems to be regressive and is hard to fancy once again here.
Only minor promise in three maiden hurdles but much better latest when a 2L third in a novices handicap here. Upped 2lb and likely faces a tougher contest here but can't be ruled out off a low weight.
Twice placed in his six hurdle starts including two starts back but disappointing next when stepped up to 2m4f and on the balance others make more appeal.
Last Year's Winner
|Aa Bee See||4||10-7||10/3|
|T: N MaddenJ: M P Walsh|
Grotesque (4/1), Party Playboy (6/1), Auvergnat (7/1), Artic Pearl (8/1), Jake Peter (8/1), Smithscorner (8/1), Ar Eagla Na Heagla (12/1), Fruits Of Glory (14/1), Countess Cathleen (14/1), Arctic Light (14/1), Curious Times (16/1), Aasleagh Dawn (16/1), Lily Trotter (16/1), Wings Like Arion (25/1), From Eden (33/1), Pateen (33/1), Little Haarth (40/1), Schmidt (50/1), Force Of Forces (50/1)
- Jake Peter
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