14:50 Naas Sat 13 April 2019
Career best last time out when third of 20 in a C&D maiden. Will need more in this company conceding weight to his younger rivals but a high draw can be advantage when the ground gets testing and a fascinating ride for top jumps jockey.
Showed nothing in three starts last year and well beaten in a claiming race on return at Dundalk. Has it all to prove here.
Mastercraftsman filly, cost 6,000 gns as a yearling. Half-sister to a winning sprinter and dam was a Listed winner over 5f. Makes her belated debut and yard do well with their sprinters but there has to be a concern she hasn't been out before now.
Dream Ahead filly, cost €9,000 as a yearling. Dam won over this trip and was a half-sister to a 5f Group 3 winner. Belated debut here and probably best watched unless the market speaks in her favour.
Improved markedly from debut to place in three subsequent maidens. Doesn't always break cleanly, as seen when only seventh of 22 on his reappearance last month but he's already achieved a decent level of form and likely there's more to come.
Has run with credit on each of his three maiden efforts and the form of his latest second franked subsequently by one in behind. Market should guide on whether he's race fit on return.
Well beaten in a trio of maiden efforts, doing too much too soon at Navan last time. Bred for sprints and may come on for that latest effort but others seemingly hold stronger claims.
Kodiac colt, cost 220,000 gns as a yearling. Half-brother to a 7f/1m winner. Dam a 7f winner and half-sister to a Cheveley Park winner. Fascinating contender but yard's newcomers often benefit for their first outing.
Bungle Inthejungle gelding, cost 4,500 gns as a yearling and €36,000 as a Breeze-up purchase. Half-brother to winning sprinters, dam placed over sprint trips. Makes some appeal but gelding operation prior to first run off putting. Wears a hood.
Exceed and Excel colt, cost €62,000 as a yearling. Half-brother to five winners up to middle distances. May want a bit further than this but interesting contender with a useful claimer taking off 5lb.
Dark Angel gelding, half-brother to two winners and dam related to two winning sprinters. Already gelded and may benefit from the run.
Arcano colt, half-brother to four winners including useful sprinter Intisaab. Dam a half-sister to a 7f Group 3 winner. Sire has a fair record with sprinters and interesting to see what the market makes of him on debut.
Fast Company gelding, cost €3,000 as a yearling. Put up a big effort over C&D on debut. Bred for further and needs to build on that here but not without an each-way squeak if he's improved for the run.
Bated Breath filly, cost €90,000 as a yearling. Half-sister to four winners. Not certain to be suited by the drop in trip on her return here but ran well when fourth of 15 at Gowran in October. May come on for the run.
Finsceal Fior filly, half-sister to a winning sprinter and dam a half-sister to two middle distance winners. Showed nothing when last of 12 on debut at Dundalk and hard to make a case for here.
Dark Angel filly who has finished well beaten on each of her three starts including a debut for this yard last time out. May do better in handicap company.
Kodiac filly, cost €60,000 as a yearling. Dam a Group 3 winner over this trip. This looks a suitable test for her debut and one to note here, particularly if she's the subject of any market support.
Ran well on her debut when runner-up but it's been a mixed bag subsequently, failing to back up a good fifth in a C&D maiden when well beaten last of 11 at Leopardstown in October. May do better this year and claims if she bounces back on return.
Zoffany filly, cost €14,000 as a foal. Half-sister to six winners over longer trips than this though. Dam a 7f winner and half-sister to a trio of Listed winners. Testing conditions could be in her favour if there's rain but may need the run.
First Reserve: Showed little when beaten 26L over 1m on debut last month when green. This looks a more suitable trip and cost 140,000 gns as a yearling so likely he will improve. Yard have started the season in excellent form.
Last Year's Winner
Clashaniska (5/4), Arabeska (7/1), Captainofthebounty (7/1), That's Mad (8/1), Flash Gordon (9/1), My Laureate (10/1), Castletownshend (10/1), Kodiqueen (20/1), We'll Go Again (20/1), Tham Luang (25/1), Memsie (25/1), Grufalo (25/1), Hightimeyouwon (33/1), Zodiacus (50/1), Opening Verse (50/1), Stellar Dreams (50/1), Ho Ho Bird (50/1), Marge Gunderson (50/1), Finsceal Rose (66/1), Dromod Lad (66/1), Somelife (100/1), Venetian Rock (N/A), Fescue (N/A)
- That's Mad
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