15:30 Wexford Sun 17 March 2019
Dual winner over hurdles including in a Thurles (soft-to-heavy) novice contest over this trip last month off a 5lb lower mark. Beaten latest start in a Fairyhouse Grade 2 novice hurdle but claims back in trip.
Winner of his sole start over C&D in this contest 12 months ago beating nine rivals a short-head off a 6lb lower mark. Yet to visit the winners enclosure since but signs of a return to form at Gowran Park last month. Leading contender.
Comfortable winner of a Naas maiden hurdle over 12 months ago and improved on that under a penalty back there next time. Well held when last seen on handicap debut over 3m in April, but still early days and drop back in trip makes him interesting.
Switch to hurdles and first-time blinkers failed to spark the gelding when last seen in May here in a 2m contest on soft ground. Others look more convincing on the balance of starts to hand.
Good second over 2m4f at Fairyhouse in December, giving first run to the winner and closing all the way to the line, before finding the step up in class a burden when finishing down the field in the Grade B Paddy Power chase in December.
Boasts a win and a place over C&D but looked a little out of sorts in a couple of disappointing efforts towards the end of the year including in the Grade 3 Becher Chase at Aintree. Looks up against it here.
Five-time winner over hurdles, will relish any rain that arrives Beaten when brought down on his most recent start in a Naas handicap hurdle earlier this month. Trip not a problem and worth a market check.
Losing run stretches all the way back to 2016 and in poor form over hurdles at the turn of the year. Pulled up when detached at Fairyhouse on his latest start last month over the larger obstacles. Looks a tall order.
Triple handicap hurdle winner over 2m, all on testing ground. Well beaten on latest start in a Gowran Park handicap hurdle last month. Could be regressing now 6lb lower than last winning mark.
2-11 over hurdles and has also won twice on the Flat. Last seen finishing third of six in a Fairyhouse chase last month. Market likely to reveal expectations on switch back to timber.
Winner of one of his seven starts over this trip for previous connections but has fallen in to a poor run of form since May 2017. Has been left toiling in a number of starts over hurdles and the larger obstacles in the last 12 months.
Won on his last hurdle start two years ago but well held in seven starts over fences. Switched back to timber for handicap debut here and worth a check in the market.
Will have disappointed connections in a couple of starts since January but is two from nine over this trip and is capable of bouncing back if in the mood.
Lightly-raced maiden over hurdles, best effort came over this trip at Tipperary on good ground in May in maiden company. Second of six beaten 7L when last seen in October and one of the more intriguing contenders on handicap debut.
Last Year's Winner
Brave Out (3/1), Best Behavior (9/2), Crosshue Boy (8/1), Hareth (9/1), Fiveaftermidnight (9/1), Timeforwest (10/1), Rolanna (12/1), Mount Hanover (14/1), Peace N' Milan (14/1), The Mulcare Rover (14/1), Fine Theatre (16/1), Fit To Be Tied (20/1), Getoutwhenyoucan (20/1), Conright Boy (25/1)
- Fit To Be Tied
- Brave Out
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