13:50 Cork Mon 22 April 2019
Best effort so far came in 2m4f Gowran Park beginners chase last month. First time jumping hurdles in public, needs to improve on form shown previously.
Expensive to follow in two hurdles starts last year after winning a bumper at Navan; very easy to back on return at Limerick (2m6f, heavy; 20-1) last month but ran sound race in third of 16. Not written off yet.
Stamina-laden pedigree for this son of Westerner out of dam of Scottish National winner Joe Farrell. Chasing looks his game in due course; 66-1 and never threatened in 2m3f maiden hurdle at Limerick recently. Longer trip to suit.
Ran well (second) in 2m6f Limerick heavy-ground maiden hurdle on debut for this trainer last month. Backwards step since at Fairyhouse but well worth a try over this new trip.
Has appeared overwhelmed since returning to the track following a two year break in a couple runs at Tipperary and when beaten 35L at Ballinrobe in May. Others preferred on latest return.
Point-to-points winner, improved for step up in distance when beaten a neck in C&D maiden hurdle in July. Off since, form of that race hasn't exactly been solid. Watch betting.
Disappointing in bumper and on maiden hurdle bow, was sent off favourite for 2m4f Wexford maiden hurdle early this month and held the lead when coming down at the sixth flight. Could be more to come.
Heavy-ground Limerick bumper winner a year ago, just one positive run from three so far over timber, when fourth of 29 at Navan (2m4f, good to yielding) in January. Blinkers added now.
Flemensfirth gelding. Half-brother to unreliable but fairly useful hurdler/chaser Newsworthy. Tailed off on debut at Naas last month, big step forward needed.
Gelding by Fame And Glory out of a Moscow Society mare. Half-brother to 2m4f - 3m1f hurdle/chase winner Green Wizard. Finished 35L down on winner in Fairyhouse maiden (2m4f) recently, though beat home plenty of 24-runner field.
€70,000 three-year-old. Half-brother to three winners in France up to 2m 2f. Has finished a little way down the field on a couple of recent starts at Leopardstown and Limerick. Needs to improve significantly to trouble the judge.
Gelding by Fame And Glory out of a Saffron Walden mare. Cost €10,000 as a three-year-old. Achieved nothing of note in three career starts to date over hurdles. Others look more convincing.
Arakan gelding, failed to complete in two point-to-points outings so far, possibly best watched going under rules for the first time.
Signs of ability in two starts so far including when 29L sixth on hurdles debut at Punchestown (2m4f, good-to-yielding) in February. No improvement here sporting cheekpieces (discarded) since and needs to find more upped in trip.
Westerner gelding is a brother to two winners, including bumper winner/useful 3m hurdle winner The Westerner Boy. Well seen off in a couple of maiden hurdle starts to date and others have more scope for improvement.
Catterick bumper winner in December (first start under rules) and shaped with promise on debut for this trainer at Fairyhouse (2m4f, good to yielding) this month in finishing fourth of 24; scope for better upped to 3m.
Four starts in maiden hurdles, all over shorter, haven't yielded strong signs a win is imminent. Needs this trip to eke out plenty improvement.
Makes little appeal on pedigree nor on the lack of promise in an 80L defeat on debut at Punchestown and follow-up fall at Limerick early this month.
Failed to build on promising bumper debut at Cork in August with three poor runs afterwards, back from a layoff with plenty to prove (Second Reserve).
Last Year's Winner
|T: N MeadeJ: K M Donoghue|
Where Eagles Dare (9/2), Southern Nights (9/2), Castlebrook (9/2), The Second Coming (11/2), Lord Schnitzel (6/1), Diamond Turf (13/2), Connard (7/1), Shetland Bus (8/1), Camden Village (14/1), Spoken For (20/1), Lessofdnegativity (33/1), Aloysius Parker (33/1), The Artful Roger (50/1), Clouncerna (66/1), Gracious Gamble (80/1), Our Dark Horse (100/1), Da Vinci Rock (100/1), Big Tommy (100/1), Honourbeforeglory (100/1), Hourie (125/1), O Supreme (125/1), Wetbehindtheears (N/A), Peterstown (N/A)
- Southern Nights
- Diamond Turf
- Shetland Bus
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