19:00 Ballinrobe Fri 12 April 2019
Running well over the larger obstacles around the turn of the year including a win in a Punchestown handicap over 2m. Still to get off the mark in four hurdle starts but is in good heart right now and holds strong place claims.
Finished third of 13 beaten 4¼L behind Scotch Quay in a Wexford handicap hurdle over 2m seven days ago on yielding ground. Open to significant improvement.
Well held and little encouragement in three maiden hurdle starts since November before a heavy 56L defeat when stepped up in trip on handicap debut in a Clonmel contest over 3m when last seen in February. Plenty to prove at present.
Has returned in style from a 900-day break to follow up a fine second of 11 at Ayr in February by landing the spoils in a Cork handicap hurdle over 2m on soft ground off an 8lb lower mark last month. Another bold bid expected.
Yet to fire in four starts this season well beaten over 20L on each of his last three starts since October. Still looking no nearer to breakthrough success.
Expected improvement on three dour maiden hurdle efforts came on handicap debut in a Clonmel 2m contest when last seen in February, beaten over 13L. More needed but hard to totally dismiss.
Finally hit the frame over hurdles at the 14th attempt when finishing second of 13 beaten 3L behind Scotch Quay in a Wexford 2m handicap hurdle recently on stable debut. Slight step up in trip sure to assist.
Poor form in a series of dismal performances since the turn of the year, well beaten in seven starts, latest over 16L behind Scotch Quay at Wexford recently. Will need to raise overall profile to play a role here.
Running well in defeat in a number of starts in a summer jumping campaign last year, but remains one form 15 over timber and is still struggling off a 4lb higher mark than her last win.
Poor sort for Dermot Weld on the Flat last year and was soon beaten in a Leopardstown maiden hurdle over Christmas. Has disappointed connections in two further starts in maiden hurdles but could well be of interest now handicapping.
16-race maiden who is still without a win over hurdles despite 15 attempts. Running well in defeat of late most notably finishing fourth of 13 behind the improving Scotch Quay at Clonmel last time out. Place claims.
56-rated handicapper on the Flat for trainer Richard Fahey but has so far fired only blanks in six starts for Champion hurdle winning yard. Went well at Southwell latest last month over 2m½f, but hurdling form leaves plenty to be desired.
Unable to open account in 12 attempts over timber, ran well enough in two starts over 2m at Punchestown around the turn of the year and finished third of 13 beaten 8L at Cork last month. Liable to find a couple stronger.
Has finished no better than mid-division in his 12 starts, as proved by an 11L defeat behind Scotch Quay at Wexford earlier this month. Little to suggest that there is enough ability lurking within.
19-race maiden without success in 18 starts over timber. Well held in a couple of handicap hurdles since October and looks up against it.
Six-race maiden hurdler. Has shown little aptitude in three previous starts since February to be considered in this company.
Last Year's Winner
Barna Venture (4/1), Sillogue Pio (4/1), Our Jerry (5/1), Percy B Shelley (6/1), Divin Desir (11/1), My Forever Friend (12/1), Scaramucci (12/1), Seekamist (14/1), Fly De Megaudais (16/1), Amadeus (16/1), Wild Desire (16/1), The Reaping Race (16/1), Trendsetter (16/1), James Boru (16/1), Lovely Carrig (20/1), Molly Kaye (25/1), Streak (25/1), De Bennette (25/1), Sweet Cassie (33/1)
- Our Jerry
- Sillogue Pio
- Barna Venture
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