14:30 Down Royal Sat 16 March 2019
Scored a couple of times on the AW at Dundalk after leaving Joseph O'Brien, rated in the 80s on the Flat. Well held on a couple of hurdle starts to date and likely to be more interesting when handicapping.
Well related son of Beat Hollow never involved on debut at Naas in December when 13th of 20. Only got as far as the third last month at the same venue and plenty to prove here for leading owner.
Disappointing since finishing second of 13 beaten 1¾L at Galway in October, well held on three starts since before finishing second of 18 beaten over 3L in a Thurles maiden hurdle earlier this month. Leading player.
Flemensfirth gelding out of a Sea Raven mare. Pulled up when detached from the start in a Clonmel maiden over 2m3½f when last seen in November. First time tongue tie fitted and others preferred.
Fell twice in point-to-points and also failed to complete in a solitary run for Willie Mullins. 17th of 19 beaten 65L on stable debut when last seen on St Stephens Day here over 2m4f. Plenty to find in this contest.
Gelding by Mr Dinos out of a Perugino mare. Pulled up on sole point-to-point start when not unbacked in December. Impossible to fancy on hurdling debut.
Soldier Of Fortune gelding cost €80,000 as a three-year-old as the first foal out of a German Listed placed 1m1f-1m2f winner. Well held on both hurdle starts to date and others look to have more scope for improvement.
A €5,000 three-year-old, Jeremy gelding. Beaten a long way on debut and on a further two appearances towards the end of the year. First time hood unlikely to bring about the required amount of improvement needed to play a role here.
Modest 53 rated handicapper on the Flat and remains a 15-race maiden under rules. Ran well in defeat on hurdling debut eventually dropping back to finishing fourth of 18 beaten 28L after leading to two out. Capable of improving.
Iffraaj gelding out of a Vettori mare. Market likely to reveal expectations on debut from a yard who are holding up well with their hurdlers this term.
Son of Walk In The Park bought for €140,000 last year. Half-brother to classy chaser Argentique. Runner-up in a bumper at Sligo in May on second start before finishing fourth of 14 beaten 17L when last seen in January at Naas. Leading player.
Has produced a number of laboured runs over hurdles since the turn of the year beaten over 60L on each of his three starts. Still looking no nearer to breakthrough success.
Short of room before weakening to finish fourth of seven on debut in a Fairyhouse bumper in December before disappointing at Punchestown last month when beaten 74L. Worth a market check with leading trainer/jockey combination.
Winner of a point-to-point in November but has shown little aptitude in three starts since well beaten over 50L on each occasion to be considered in this company.
Mare has failed to complete in a couple of point-to-point starts, yard without a winner in five years and looks one to bypass on debut.
Out of form when finishing well down the field in six starts this season. Looks opposable in current form. Notable jockey booking unlikely to bring about the required amount of progression needed to land a blow here.
Daughter of Dylan Thomas out of a Pivitol mare. Not seen on the track since making her debut in a Leopardstown 7f maiden four years ago. Hard to enthuse over on hurdling debut.
Approve gelding out of a Groom Dancer mare. Cost €10,000 as a juvenile. Looks modest based on two Flat runs for previous handler before a couple of heavy defeats over hurdles. First time blinkers unlikely to bring about a change in fortune.
Last Year's Winner
Cosmo's Moon (4/5), Roll Again (11/4), Noureev (10/1), Lily's Gem (10/1), Howluckycanwebe (14/1), Arthur's Quay (20/1), Ringo Kid (20/1), Yendo (20/1), Rockford (33/1), Wooster (50/1), Getaway North (50/1), Angelic Moon (50/1), Nothing Sinister (50/1), Flemen Harry (50/1), Shanes Hill Glen (66/1), Banrion Na Speire (66/1), Mcquinn (66/1), Paul Patterson (66/1), Our Seamus (66/1)
- Cosmo's Moon
- Roll Again
- Ringo Kid
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