14:35 Clonmel Thu 10 January 2019
Poor form for trainers, Tom Cooper and Michael Winters of late and found nothing on debut for new connections when pulled up in a Limerick handicap hurdle over 3m over Christmas. Drop in trip unlikely to trigger any improvement.
Improving chaser of late winning a Navan handicap last month. Winner over C&D in March on heavy ground off a 13lb lower mark. Strong claims here.
Best of efforts came at Limerick over 3m on good ground in July, so capable of having a say but has a couple of below par runs to shake off.
Solid and consistent over the larger obstacles of late winning two in a row last month. Sole win over hurdles came over 12-months ago at Tramore off a 4lb lower mark. Leading player.
Returned from a long break with a solid effort at Tramore earlier December before a ¾L win in a 17-runner handicap hurdle at Down Royal on St Stephens Day. Well held at the weekend and may have reached his peak.
Respectable fourth of 14 beaten over 5L behind Stucker Hill in a Tramore handicap hurdle last month off a similar mark. Improvement looks to be on the cards.
Ran well when making his handicap debut in May, but failed to build on that effort at Downpatrick and more recently at Clonmel. Improved performance at Limerick over Christmas puts the Shantou gelding in the mix here.
Six-race maiden hurdler and first time blinkers unlikely to bring about the required amount of improvement needed to play a role here.
Last Year's Winner
|Rock On Barney||7||10-5||8/1|
|T: G T LynchJ: E T Daly|
Danse Away (6/4), Shantou Sisu (9/2), Seskin Flyer (9/2), Kilbarry Calling (6/1), British Art (10/1), Carrigready (10/1), Georgia Grace (40/1), Do No Complain (50/1)
- Seskin Flyer
- Danse Away
- Kilbarry Calling
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