17:25 Down Royal Sat 16 March 2019
Hunter Chase and point-to-point scorer yet to fire in three starts this season including a 141L defeat at Punchestown in the Cross Country in February. Capable of bouncing back to form with notable jockey booking
Won a Clonmel maiden hunter chase earlier in January when well backed before unseating rider when beaten in a Thurles hunter chase. Won a point-to-point last month, his second success between the flags. One to consider.
Gelding by Robin Des Champs out of a Supreme Leader mare. Has hit the frame in two of his three point-to-point starts but may be up against it on rules debut.
Has been sending out mixed signals in a couple of hunter chase starts in the last 12 months despite being a solid point-to-point performer. Any market move would be worth noting.
Generally well held in a number of career bumper starts despite the finishing positions but does boast strong point-to-point form. Market likely to reveal expectations on chasing introduction.
Difficult to find any problem with his solid point-to-point form, winning his last three starts. Best watched on first start under rules for yard without a winner in 18 starts this term.
20-race maiden under rules did win a point-to-point in December but pulled-up on return to rules racing before finishing 10th of 16 beaten 65L at Punchestown last month. Hard to fancy and plenty to prove.
Three from 26 point-to-point starts but without any success in five starts under rules. Will need to raise overall profile to play a role in this contest.
Winged Love gelding out of a Supreme Leader mare. Cost €24,000 as a three-year-old and has won three of his eight point-to-point starts since his debut last April. One to be interested in.
Getting on for five years since the mare last won a race and is hard to fancy on her recent form. Stiff test ahead.
Last Year's Winner
Burning Ambition (10/11), Sidetracked (9/2), Winged Leader (5/1), Hi Murphy (8/1), Alpha Male (14/1), Change Your Story (14/1), Broadway Star (25/1), Lisnagreggan (33/1), Like A Demon (50/1), Nevada Rose (66/1)
- Winged Leader
- Burning Ambition
- Change Your Story
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