20:15 Fairyhouse Wed 17 July 2019
Probably needed a couple of runs in May after a break, and back in the groove when beating Fit For Function over 7f at Gowran on penultimate start. Ran at least as well when a close fourth at the Curragh last time, and needs consideration again.
Tough and genuine front runner who is just 2lb higher than when winning at Leopardstown in May. Right back to recent best when beaten in a tight finish at Limerick last time, and a repeat of that effort will give him every chance.
Hasn't troubled the judge on his last five starts, but better than the bare result on his last two starts, and has been been dropped to a far mark as a result. Not underestimated.
Landed a 30-runner 6f handicap at the Curragh in May, and has been running well in defeat since, notably when out of the weights in a high-class 7f event there last time. Off his correct mark now, and should give a good account.
Put a below-par effort behind him when runner-up in a 6½f claimer at Limerick in June., and not disgraced when 3¾L fourth of 8 to Mokhalad at Bellewstown last time. More required in what appears a stronger race here, though.
Last Year's Winner
Geological (2/1), Ahlan Bil Zain (5/2), Katiymann (4/1), War Hero (9/2), Verhoyen (8/1), Time Stands Still (8/1)
- Ahlan Bil Zain
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