15:40 Down Royal Sat 16 March 2019
Bounced back to form with a promising fourth of seven beaten just 1¼L in a Thurles 2m4f novice hurdle last month. Claims if improving on that display.
Winner of two of his last four starts over hurdles including winning an Ayr novice hurdle over 2m3½f on good to soft ground last month. Looks on a handy mark and possibly the one to be with.
Broke his maiden under Rules when winning a 2m3f bumper at Downpatrick in June on good ground. Has failed to build on maiden hurdle win at Sligo in August but looks interesting on handicap debut here under Gold Cup winning jockey.
Landed a Navan handicap hurdle off a 13lb lower mark when last seen in January beating 19 rivals a neck when leading narrowly after two out and keeping on well towards the finish. Entitled to make the shortlist.
Not disgraced but generally well held in a number of hurdle starts since September. Blinkers used for the first time when last seen at Tramore in December are dispensed with. Plenty to prove at present.
Plenty to like about his second of seven beaten 2¾L in a Fairyhouse novice hurdle last month over 2m on good ground. Improved effort would not surprise stepping up in trip.
Winner of two of her last five starts and races off a 17lb higher mark than her first win in November. Entitled to be in this mis going back up in trip.
A series of solid and consistent runs in defeat following a win here in May over 3m½f, has not cut any ice with the handicapper who continues to raise the gelding in the weights. Not ruled out but on a tough mark.
Seven race maiden without a win over hurdles in six starts including a 25L defeat finishing third of four in a Downpatrick maiden when last seen in October. Hard to fancy and plenty to prove.
Last Year's Winner
Goose Man (6/4), Stay Humble (5/1), The White Volcano (8/1), Aforementioned (8/1), Western Honour (8/1), The Long Mile (9/1), Hidden Dilemma (9/1), The Dabbler (10/1), Randalls Ur Poet (11/1), Jack Wade (20/1)
- Goose Man
- Western Honour
- Stay Humble
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