15:35 Gowran Park Thu 24 January 2019
Classy Grade 1 winning, 169-rated hurdler in his pomp for trainer Willie Mullins, makes a somewhat belated chase debut here. Respected on past glories only.
Winner of a six-runner bumper at Leopardstown over Christmas. Unlikely to play a part in the finish on chasing debut.
Not disgraced but generally well beaten in his first two chase starts last month. Others look to be progressing at a quicker rate.
Ninth of 18 beaten 22L on a disappointing chasing debut at Naas when last seen in November. Plenty to find in this company.
Winner of the Grade 1 novice hurdle at the Punchestown festival last season and likely to be popular in the market on chasing introduction.
Will look to improve on a fine chasing debut at Naas last month finishing second of 18 behind A Plus Tard, who has since finished second in a Grade 3 contest. Leading player with stablemate biggest danger.
Fifth of 18 beaten 20L behind A Plus Tard and Duc Des Genievres at Naas last month. Looks vulnerable but could hit the frame.
Lightly raced gelding last seen finishing 29L adrift of the winner of a beginners contest here in September 2017. Looks opposable.
Has put together a couple of promising chasing displays together since last month but will have to improve once again to play a role here.
Beaten 42L on chasing debut in a Fairyhouse contest last month over 2m. Hard to construct much of a case for the gelding.
Course winner that has also won over this trip. Impressed on second chase start behind A Plus Tard at Naas last month. Another bold show looks likely.
Solid and consistent finishing positions over hurdles since May including a well-deserved win at Downpatrick in August. Will need to improve on disappointing chase debut at Fairyhouse last month.
Mixed form over hurdles and well held in a couple of chase starts since last month. Has plenty to prove in this company.
Well held and never nearer in a couple of career chase starts to date. Plenty to improve on looking at evidence to hand.
Without a win in three chase starts since debut in February. Belated chasing career unlikely to get off the ground in this contest.
Distance winner who has a course success to her name. Not disgraced in a Grade 3 chase at Cork last month but vast improvement needed to figure in this contest.
Yet to start a race under rules at odds less than 66/1. Hard to fancy until the mare shows a hint of ability.
Last Year's Winner
|T: W P MullinsJ: D J Mullins|
Cilaos Emery (11/8), Duc Des Genievres (11/4), Ministerforsport (5/1), Impact Factor (10/1), Arctic Fire (14/1), Ex Patriot (16/1), High School Days (20/1), Benruben (33/1), Gurteen (33/1), Call A Cab (50/1), Charlie Stout (66/1), Indian Monsoon (66/1), Paris Texas (66/1), Veinard (66/1), Shawshank (100/1), Johnnys Girl (100/1), Play The Part (100/1)
- Duc Des Genievres
- Cilaos Emery
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