20:15 Punchestown Wed 15 May 2019
Won one of just two chases to date way back in 2017 and was pretty impressive. Won four times since over hurdles and with his 10lb lower mark over fences here he is an interesting and respected contender.
Three-time hurdle winner for Keith Dalgleish has yet to really impress in four starts over fences. Latest effort over hurdles suggested he's not far from a competitive mark but less compelling as a chaser.
Second in three of his last 10 starts but didn't complete any of the other seven. Obviously a somewhat hit or miss character then but well capable of this one of his going days.
Bidding to complete a hat-trick when pulled up at Warwick in December for Brian Barr. Possibly found ground too soft there but back on track latest in third at Kilbeggan over 2m4f where he looked like he would relish 3m, big chance.
Yet to win in 11 races over fences and while there are pieces of form which make this handicap mark quite appealing more recent runs suggest others more likely to take advantage.
1-22 chase record is a concern and although he ran well a couple of time in the winter when third he was well held on return. Should come on for that but always one of limited appeal for win purposes.
Yet to win over fences although met some smart sorts in his novice days and probably found 2m inadequate latest in first handicap. Not sure he quite gets 3m however but still expecting a better showing.
Pulled up here in November and at Sligo latest after a five-month break. Close second at Kilbeggan over fences 13 months ago would give him a big shout if the tongue-tie proves the answer to his woes.
Solid form in a number of point-to-point starts and not disgraced in three hurdle starts in January. Well held but not disgraced in three starts over fences and is open to improvement now handicapping.
20/1 third at Fairyhouse latest rather came out of the blue after a host of pretty dismal efforts. If he can prove that not a one off he should play a part in the finish here and given his youth there's no reason he can't.
Veteran who showed there is still petrol in the tank when beating Alpha Male in a point-to-point in February. Not disgraced in the opening race of the festival latest when third of nine and again has sound each-way claims.
Last Year's Winner
|Na Trachtalai Abu||8||11-11||11/2|
|T: J MotherwayJ: D J McInerney|
Pass The Ball (7/2), Hoke Colburn (9/2), Mac N Cheese (6/1), Home Place (7/1), Tinnehinch (8/1), Enniskillen (10/1), Hugo 'n Taz (12/1), Carlitos Bay (12/1), Little Haarth (14/1), Oscar Lantern (16/1), Don't Let Go (25/1)
- Hoke Colburn
- Pass The Ball
- Carlitos Bay
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