13:35 Navan Sat 19 January 2019
In good heart in 2017 with three victories over 2m but lightly raced since and stamina to prove over this longer trip.
Disappointed when fancied for Galway Hurdle and again below par when trying this sort of trip for the first time when last seen in August. Absence since indicates there may have been something amiss and promises to stay this far judged on Flat form.
Looked a decent prospect when rattling off a hat-trick in 2017 but the wheels came off after that and something to prove on first run since April.
Won a chase at Galway in October but this his first run over hurdles since April 2017. Cheek pieces now tried and worth noting in the market.
Once again showed his liking for Cork when just failing to follow up earlier in the month. In good heart though all his form on softer ground than he will encounter here.
Without a win since May 2017 but normally seen in stronger contests than this and interesting to see if the market speaks positively.
Has tried various trips since Clonmel win in May over both fences and hurdles. Claims on best form but may find a few of these a bit better.
Very good second over C&D last month and a repeat of that certainly puts him in the mix. Drop down to 2m didn't suit last time and should play a big part back at his optimum trip.
Back to best over 2m6f here last time when fourth in a race that has worked out well. The tongue tie tried then for the first time is retained and a similar run gives him claims.
Form has taken off lately and had no trouble following up his Cork win when storming home over 3m at Fairyhouse. Up another 13lb but clearly in form of his life and has to be taken seriously in hat-trick bid.
5lb higher than his win in this trace a year ago on heavy ground. Hasn't fired this term including when the subject of support last time. Any rain would be in his favour.
Gained a deserved first success at Limerick over 2m6f recently following placed efforts. More on back in handicap company but remains lightly raced.
Beaten 6L by Ronald Pump at Fairyhouse over 3m last time but does enjoy a 7lb pull with that rival and as it was her first run for five months there could be improvement to come.
Last Year's Winner
|T: C ByrnesJ: P T Enright|
Ronald Pump (4/1), Chatham Street Lad (9/2), Agusta Gold (7/1), Golden Jewel (7/1), Melly And Me (9/1), Hareth (10/1), Mary Frances (10/1), Plinth (11/1), Jimmy Breekie (12/1), Cartwright (16/1), Woods Well (16/1), Twobeelucky (20/1), Monkshood (25/1), Val De Ferbet (33/1)
- Golden Jewel
- Ronald Pump
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