14:55 Navan Sun 17 February 2019
Distance winner, kept busy between August and October last year picking up a couple of hurdle wins at Kilbeggan and Downpatrick. Running 6lb higher than last win and may need the run on return to action.
One from seven over C&D, the win coming in this contest three years ago off a 22lb lower mark. Well held in a couple of starts when last seen in the spring. Looks a tall order on return to action.
Gallant and popular veteran whose last win came over 12 months ago but has been running well in defeat this month including going down in a head-bobber at Fairyhouse. Others preferred for win purposes.
Winner over this trip when landing a Naas handicap hurdle on yielding ground last month off a 5lb lower mark. Life more difficult under a penalty but very much a leading player here.
Well held over the larger obstacles recently and finished last of six beaten 35L in a Leicester handicap hurdle in December. On a long losing run and recent form doesn't warrant support in this contest.
Without a win in nine handicap starts over hurdles and the larger obstacles. However, has gone well fresh on more than one occasion in the past and any market move should be monitored.
Distance winner who has lost nothing in defeat in a number of hurdle starts last month including finishing second of 15 beaten ½L when headed close home by Gliondar Mo Chroi. Should be among the leading players.
Running well in defeat on the Flat towards the end of the calendar year on the AW at Southwell and Dundalk. Nothing of note in a couple of hurdle starts recently well beaten on both occasions. Will need to raise overall profile to play a role.
Sprang a shock last month when landing a 2m handicap hurdle at Naas over 2m on good ground off a 5lb lower mark beating 18 rivals at odds of 16/1. The win followed a couple of heavy defeats in December, but entitled to make the shortlist.
Five-race maiden hurdler, last seen over timber finishing 10th of 12 over 12 months ago when in the hands of trainer Declan Carroll. Coming here on the back of two dour efforts on the AW at Dundalk in December and others preferred.
Has appeared overwhelmed in a number of grim efforts over hurdles including when finishing 10th of 11 beaten 14½L on handicap debut at Naas last month. Unlikely to play a part in the finish.
Last Year's Winner
|T: J GraceJ: T Ryan|
Oscars Den (3/1), Geneva Barracks (4/1), British Art (11/2), Silver Star (6/1), Mystique Heights (15/2), Wade Harper (11/1), La Bella Vida (12/1), Admiral Brian (16/1), Earl Of Bunnacurry (20/1), Stoneboat Bill (20/1), My Manekineko (20/1), Ashton Court (50/1)
- British Art
- Geneva Barracks
- Mystique Heights
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