15:15 Punchestown Wed 20 February 2019
Runs off a lenient mark in comparison to his chase rating but form this season (over fences) hasn't been up to his usual standard. Joint top weight to shoulder and looks the stable's second string.
Has a gutsy attitude and managed a couple of wins during his time with Willie Mullins. Hasn't been seen out since falling when still in contention at Gowran Park in November 2017; fitness taken on trust but best watched on debut for a new yard.
One of five set to race in the Gigginstown colours and certainly looks open to a bit more improvement then a few of the others too. Solid claims back in a handicap and well worth considering.
Plenty of ability and wasn't beaten too far in Grade 3 Novice hurdle last time. The step up in trip is a concern though.
Lightly raced since winning at Naas in November 2017 but holds no secrets from his current mark. Has been placed over 3m before now but may find his younger rivals have a bit more to offer at this stage of his career.
Adapted well to hurdles and has won his last two starts (both over 2m4f) with a bit in hand. Open to further progress now he tries three miles for the first time and has to merit serious consideration.
A winner over 3m, at Bellewestown in the summer but has lost his way since then and his recent completion rate is off-putting. Has good deal to prove at the present time.
Been well held in his starts over fences over the last calendar year and looks one to have reservations about now he's back over timber; especially as he's unproven over the distance.
Had been progressive over fences until he took a tumble last time out. safe to assume he's unscathed from that experience but he may be best watched on his return to hurdles and first outing since that fall last November.
Insult, who runs earlier on the card, can give something of a solid indication to the worth of the gelding's win at Tramnore last month and, with the step up in trip likely to suit, this fellow is another who can be a big player here.
Won a point-to-point but most of his best form under rules has been posted at around 2m4f; reverts to hurdles on a reasonable mark but needs to conclusively prove he has the stamina to get home over three miles.
Winner lat Limerick and then again last time out at Thurles (2m7f, good) but this looks a fair bit tougher and a 6lb higher mark leaves the gelding needing to take another big step forward. (Yard may have a brighter hope in the shape of Mormon.)
Won three of his last four starts and arrives in the form of his life. The trip isn't an issue but worth bearing in mind he did tip-up over C&D in November. Decent place claims if he negotiates a clear round this time however.
Last Year's Winner
|T: E P HartyJ: M P Walsh|
Choungaya (4/1), Mormon (6/1), Cap York (13/2), Plan Of Attack (13/2), Moratorium (7/1), Oscar Knight (9/1), Its All Guesswork (10/1), Brosna George (10/1), Tin Soldier (14/1), A Toi Phil (25/1), Drumconnor Lad (25/1), Three Wise Men (25/1), Dorans River (50/1)
- Brosna George
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