19:45 Tipperary Thu 23 May 2019
Not without promise in six-race hurdles career so far, seemingly improved at Cork (3m, good to yielding; 10-1) 12 days ago for meeting better ground. Wouldn't need much more in this slightly easier field to get off the mark.
2-21 over hurdles, wins coming back-to-back in the autumn of 2017 (both over 2m on testing ground). Out of form when last spotted chasing in December and tackles a new trip on seasonal return.
Versatile trip wise and chance on best form but not the easiest to catch right and others have more pressing claims having faded after racing prominently over this trip at Cork earlier in the month.
Mare is just 1-24 in her career and she lost her way towards the backend of 2018, both over hurdles and fences. Couple of hurdles spins at Fairyhouse (latest in early April) haven't been able to arrest poor run of form.
€52,000 Court Cave gelding. Closely related to bumper winner Racing Europe out of a winning pointer. Well beaten all starts so far, latest over 2m4f here, and previously over this trip. Stable in better form now.
Scorpion gelding out of an Alphabatim mare. Modest placed form in point-to-points and has been well held in six hurdle starts; though best of those came over this sort of trip at Thurles in March (good ground) off this mark.
Improved on handicap debut this month at Cork when tackling this trip for the first time, though not enough to be put forward as likely winner here.
Mare is a 10-race maiden, four previous starts over timber, and will be running beyond 2m for the first time on this stable debut; others appeal much more.
Mare finally opened her account at the 16th time of asking over 2m4f here a fortnight ago. She's gone up 5lb for that success and is on the shortlist for another big run.
A 14-race maiden but that doesn't tell her story and she has gone close on multiple occasions. Essentially lacks a gear change over a variety of trips, as evidenced with third on reappearance at Downpatrick (2m1½f, good) this month. Place claims.
Three-time French Flat winner has not converted that form in 10, generally, desolate hurdle starts since joining new connections and isn't one to side with after a short break based on her form.
Six-race hurdles maiden, finished 25L behind Madaboy Cross over 2m4f here recently and hard to see the gap bridged with that rival.
Getaway mare has disappointed to this point, despite connections trying a variety of trips. She's unplaced in eight starts and returns from a break with it all to prove.
Fairly modest form to date, penultimate outing over 3m at Limerick (fourth) carried some promise but backwards step since at Cork. Needs cheekpieces to bring about some improvement.
Poor 87-rated handicap hurdler who has started at odds of no less than 33-1 on each of his last six starts and was once more beaten a long way at Sligo last month over 2m4f. Others preferred.
Winner of a point-to-point contest in January but remains an unplaced, eight-race maiden under rules having struggled behind Madaboy Cross over 2m4f here recently (beaten 30L).
Yet to make the frame in 11 starts under rules and unable to take advantage of reduced mark on reappearance at Ballinrobe (2m1½f, good; 28-1). Ran a better race there, at least, and is untested over 3m.
Career-best came in a Clonmel handicap hurdle over 2m3½f in February when the mare finished second of 17 beaten a little over 3L. Hasn't threatened in five starts since and, like a few here, plenty to find with Madaboy Cross on recent course run.
Last Year's Winner
|T: J MotherwayJ: L P Dempsey|
Something Sweet (5/2), Ask And Answer (7/1), Mlily (7/1), Madaboy Cross (8/1), Darling Miss (10/1), Olive D'Haguenet (10/1), Ahgetawayoutadat (14/1), Naturally Blond (14/1), Peter's Pence (14/1), Exit To The West (14/1), The Longest Time (16/1), Betterask Jj (16/1), Byerley Beag (20/1), Fairymount Boy (20/1), Open To The World (25/1), Duty Girl (25/1), Feisty Madam (25/1), Focus Well (50/1), Skypunch (50/1)
- Darling Miss
- Madaboy Cross
- Something Sweet
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