16:25 Cork Thu 21 March 2019
- CIT Cream Of The Crop (Q.R.) Handicap Hurdle (80-102)
- 13 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Better as a chaser, being a winner over slightly further here in November on similar ground, matched that form when second at Leopardstown (2m1f, soft) this month. Rated much lower over timber, but 0-13 previously in this sphere.
Has shown glimpses of promise in three runs over timber and should be noted in the betting now making first start in a handicap.
Second win in three outings over timber (2-17 all told) came at Thurles (2m, good to yielding) this month and had enough in hand to suggest he can go well again despite carrying a 7lb penalty.
Had shaped well enough until point of departure (three out) at Wexford on Sunday, possibilities if no ill effects for this quick turnaround.
Not far off the money in pair of outings at Naas and Punchestown recently, could once again threaten the places with a repeat.
Has become a bit frustrating after five hurdles starts, having shaped nicely in a Limerick bumper last summer on debut.
Long-standing Flat maiden, one from 13 over hurdles and has been bereft of any ability in a number of dispiriting efforts since November. Better that Thurles (2m, good to yielding) last month, though not one for maximum trust.
Yet to make the frame in 18 starts under both codes. She shaped with more purpose on handicap hurdle bow at Clonmel over 2m last month, though still must eke out plenty more to be in the mix.
Gallant veteran winner of three of his 26 starts over hurdles, has run well enough in previous two starts at Clonmel over 2m/2m3½f, though perhaps not well enough to suggest a win here.
Was returning from close to 900-day absence when second at Ayr (2m, good to soft) last month behind easy winner (scored again next since, 5th home also won next time out). Rated 7lb lower here and big danger to all with a repeat.
Gallant sort who has been well beaten in five hurdle starts despite finishing in midfield in a number of big fields including on handicap debut at Tramore in January. Well fended off at Leopardstown this month and more needed.
Unable to open account in 11 attempts over timber, ran well enough in two starts over 2m at Punchestown around New Year, though still left with improvement to find.
Has flattered to deceive in a trio of runs since returning to action over hurdles in November. Even her best form would leave her short of what is required here, seemingly.
Last Year's Winner
Still Alive (2/1), Galuppi (4/1), Our Jerry (4/1), Analyse That (8/1), Dark Outsider (8/1), Dressednblack (10/1), Liclash (14/1), Divin Desir (16/1), Fly Round The Bend (16/1), Creasted Court (16/1), Golden Glen (33/1), Brazen Bay (50/1), Lesssaidthebetter (50/1)
- Our Jerry
- Still Alive
- Creasted Court
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