15:10 Punchestown Sat 4 May 2019
Classy once 160-rated chaser who currently looks a shadow of his former self. Well held in the Grand National last month. Hasn't won since 2015 and not the most enthusiastic performer. Hard to fancy despite first-time blinkers.
One from two at this venue but well held in a number of races on the run up towards the end of the year. Needs to show significant improvement on previous chase starts to play a role here in first-time cheekpieces.
Last seen finishing seventh of 40 beaten 28L behind Tiger Roll in the Grand National last month. Back below last winning mark and British raider looks a likely type.
Grade Two winning novice (2m6½f) in November but fell before halfway next in the Thyestes and finished sixth of 16 well beaten in the Grand National trial here when last seen in February.
Chasing leaders when falling at the sixth in the Irish Grand National over 3m5f last month. Plenty of encouragement to be taken from the geldings two previous starts over fences and hard to dismiss.
Winner of two of his 12 starts over the fences but has struggled in recent starts at Cheltenham and in the Irish Grand National last month. Will need to improve to figure.
Still making progress in this sphere, as shown when holding off Na Trachtalai Abu to win the Munster National earlier in the season. Placed in a Naas handicap hurdle when last seen in March but needs to recapture some old chasing form.
Useful sort that found only Dounikos too strong in the Grand National trial in February but has struggled badly over the larger obstacles at Naas and Fairyhouse recently. Looks a tall order on overall form.
Progressive sort who won on chasing debut at Limerick over Christmas before finishing third behind Moyhenna at the same track in March. Should be among the leading players.
Well beaten on each of his four starts for current connections since leaving Noel Meade (£43,000 purchase) this winter. Appears untrustworthy at the best of times.
Showing solid form this term and ran a cracker to finish fourth in the Eider Chase at Newcastle before pulling up when losing his place in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter in March. Others look more progressive.
Made a winning debut over fences when netting a Down Royal beginners contest over 2m4f in December but the geldings form has quickly deteriorated since and it is hard to see him making any significant impact here.
Solid type who has hit the frame in six of his last seven starts over the larger obstacles, successful over an extended 3m1f at Punchestown in January on good ground. Unlikely to add to his two chase victorys here.
Won a beginners' chase over this sort of trip at Tipperary in October before taking a drop in form in three starts since. First time cheekpieces unlikely to bring about the required amount of improvement needed to play a role here.
Won a Naas handicap chase off an 11lb lower mark in February but a fall at Navan and a 7¼L defeat at Fairyhouse last month makes the gelding hard to fancy here, despite first-time blinkers.
A couple of solid performances in March were rewarded by a win at Wexford last month getting off the mark at the 14th time of asking for connections over the larger obstacles. Liable to find it tough going here running from his current mark.
Winner of two of his 17 starts over the larger obstacles with most recent win coming in a Limerick handicap in March 2018 off a 7lb lower mark. Lightly raced since and plenty to prove.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N MeadeJ: S W Flanagan|
Minella Awards (11/2), Redhotfillypeppers (11/2), C'Est Jersey (7/1), Spider Web (8/1), Some Neck (9/1), Measureofmydreams (10/1), Cloudy Morning (11/1), Regal Encore (12/1), Kilkishen (12/1), Se Mo Laoch (14/1), Mon Lino (20/1), Wishmoor (20/1), Young Turk (20/1), Rightback Atya (20/1), Wounded Warrior (25/1), Don Poli (25/1), Getaway Kid (33/1), Cappacurry Zak (50/1)
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