13:30 Cheltenham Fri 15 March 2019
Looked potentially smart in France and made winning debut for this yard at Market Rasen in December. Only narrowly denied in subsequent Grade 1 at Chepstow (2m, soft) but well held here on Trials Day (third) behind Supreme fourth Fakir D'oudairies.
French Flat import, won a Fairyhouse maiden in good style on debut for connections but well held (third) in a Grade 3 back there (2m, good) next time. Plenty more on his plate now, though any rain may be a help.
Down Royal maiden winner in November and went close in Fairyhouse Grade 3 (2m, good) next time. Confidence knocked by Leopardstown fall at Christmas, poor effort in Red Mills Trial at Gowran Park last month (2m, yielding to soft, 2-1jf).
Good enough to contest Group races on final two starts in Germany although not quite up to that level. Proved no match for Fusil Raffles in Grade 2 Adonis at Kempton last month on hurdles bow; that was a stiff ask first time out and this is more so.
Well-bred sort who was impressive when winning on hurdles/yard debut at Punchestown (2m, good) in December. Form reversed with runner-up next time, then improved to be 6L second to stablemate Sir Erec in Leopardstown Grade 1. Better form than most.
Winner at Musselburgh on New Year's Day in maiden company and then improved to be second behind Chosen Mate in Naas Grade 2 last month (2m, good to yielding). That might not be the strongest graded form on offer and untested on slow ground.
Moderate performer on the Flat but has looked a different proposition over hurdles, with a win over C&D (good) in December in a trial for this contest. Likely didn't run his race on Trials Day in January and could bounce back, must jump cleaner.
Very easy winner of Plumpton maiden hurdle last month (2m, good) from The Flying Sofa (down the field in Supreme here on Tuesday). Open to plenty progress now and could have a say for trainer with excellent record in this race.
Boasts some very promising graded form in France and has joined top British yard (amongst winners this week). Noted that he is pitched in at the deep end on first run and could be capable of a big effort, though stable jockey goes elsewhere.
Now 5-8 over hurdles and a three-time graded winner. Experience will stand to him in this contest; didn't need to improve when winning four-runner Haydock contest last month where market rival flopped. Will act on any ground, has proved gutsy.
Authorized gelding, twice-raced on the Flat in France (showing ability) before departing to join champion jumps trainer in Ireland. Couldn't justify favouritism in Naas maiden hurdle on debut in January and needs a major step forward now.
Group 2-placed on the Flat at Ascot in October behind Stradivarius and quickly taken to hurdling. Never headed in Grade 1 Spring Juvenile at Leopardstown last month, with a few of these behind. Exciting prospect, growing reputation precedes him now.
Flat winner in France and made an encouraging start for this yard when only narrowly denied by Sir Erec at Christmas. More comprehensively beaten by that rival since in Grade 1 Spring Juvenile at Leopardstown last month, when only fourth.
Mare won a Clonmel maiden hurdle on debut in January (2m½f, good to yielding) in good style, with three winners coming from the beaten horses since. Open to plenty improvement upped significantly in grade, but will need it.
Last Year's Winner
|T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy|
Sir Erec (11/10), Quel Destin (4/1), Tiger Tap Tap (7/1), Gardens of Babylon (9/1), Pic D'Orhy (12/1), Adjali (16/1), Pentland Hills (20/1), Coeur Sublime (20/1), Hannon (25/1), French Made (40/1), Authorizo (50/1), Nelson River (66/1), Runrized (66/1), Ecco (100/1)
- Sir Erec
- Gardens of Babylon
- Pentland Hills
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