20:10 Leopardstown Thu 13 June 2019
Sent off 7-1F for a handicap at this track two starts back when only managing to finish a disappointing 12th. Has since won over hurdles when defeating an odds-on favourite at Limerick (2m; good) so can't be ruled out entirely despite top-weight.
Never really threatened to any extent in 11 career starts. Only had four starts on the flat but was pulled up over hurdles most recently and returns to this code off a stiff enough mark.
Fell early on when sent off the 8/11F to win a handicap hurdle at Hexham (2m; good to soft) at the beginning of the month. Hasn't been seen on the flat for 204 days and was out of form in this code at the time.
Hasn't been seen for 364 days. Was in good form then, but hard to know what to expect as he returns to the track after such a layoff at the grand old age of 11. Best watched on comeback unless there are very positive market vibes for him.
Needs to get back to the form he showed in 2017, but hasn't looked like doing that in any capacity of late. Dropped a couple of lb in the handicap for finishing sixth at Tipperary (1m4f; soft) and hard to enthuse over.
Fairly talented sort over hurdles who seems to prefer softer conditions. Six-length behind Molly Kaye when sent off 7/2F at Gowran Park (1m6f; yielding to soft) last time out and the forecast faster ground is not in his favour.
Improved showing when fifth at Tipperary (1m4f; soft) just nine days ago. He is quite exposed however, and vulnerable to others who are open to much more improvement making their debut in a handicap/having their first run over this trip.
Been running moderately in maidens but now qualifies for handicaps off a lowly mark. Also tries this trip for the first time and could be very well treated in a largely uncompetitive race.
Has been desperately disappointing on the flat of late. Well-beaten at this venue when 19th of 21 runners (1m4f; good). Most recent run came over hurdles when never able to land a blow. Best watched until showing more.
Finished in midfield in all four runs this year. Mark has slid 4lb since the first of those but he is not open to as much improvement as much as some of these which makes him an unattractive proposition. Others are readily prefferred.
Not disgraced when fifth at Leopardstown (1m4f; good to yielding) last time. 2lb lower now and every chance of running into a place as the step up in trip could unlock more improvement.
Career best last time when third on handicap debut at Wetherby (1m6f; good to soft) behind a progressive rival. Should have plenty more to offer, and is a huge player if coping with the extra furlong.
Difficult to believe he is a 12-year-old. Shaped well when returning from over a year off to finish fifth at Leopardstown (1m5f; good) last week. Each-way player if showing some improvement for the step back up in trip.
Makes return from a very long layoff and is best watched unless the market speaks heavily in favour of him. Desperately struggling for form when last seen.
Has been sent off at large odds in all nine career starts, mixing it both over hurdles and on the flat. Minimal impact made in all of those runs and very hard to recommend.
Five-race maiden who hasn't cut much ice in his short career so far. Step up to this trip offers hope that there may be some improvement to come but he must step up markedly for it on what he has shown so far.
Last Year's Winner
|7||Circling Moon||4||9-7||8/1||Full Result|
|T: J P MurtaghJ: C P Hoban|
Magen's Moon (15/8), Harvest Bow (4/1), Molly Kaye (11/2), Mastermind (6/1), Archer's Up (7/1), Malbas (9/1), Nobel Joshua (14/1), King Of Aran (16/1), Sbraase (16/1), El Tren (16/1), Galeola (20/1), Bog War (20/1), Sang Tiger (20/1), Shes Gold (25/1), Magic Sea (25/1), Crafty Codger (66/1), Novel Character (66/1)
- Nobel Joshua
- King Of Aran
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