14:45 Galway Sun 4 August 2019
Struggled in two starts over fences and returned to his best with a good fourth over hurdles here on Wednesday. Only one win so far but consistently placed last year and could go well again for last year's winning stable.
Took a big step forwards when comfortably winning over 2m6f here last October. Remains lightly raced and unseen since. Returns off 10lb higher and likely to be ready to fire. Could be competitive and mark support would be interesting.
Now 4lb lower than last winning mark but both his wins came back in 2017, including over 2m7f at this meeting. Has largely struggled since and while his latest run was better, it would still need improving on.
Much better third at Bellewstown last start although he's still without a win over hurdles since May 2016. More still needed in this company but he wouldn't mind it turning into a stamina test.
Won a maiden hurdle in March and has run to a consistent level of form in defeat since. Remains on a high enough mark and may find this tough. Others look stronger candidates.
Beat Dawn Raider into second when completing back-to-back race wins in July last year. Unraced since and returns off an 8lb higher mark. More needed again off his new mark and market likely best guide as to the expectations.
Three-time winner over hurdles for Sue Smith in the UK and a bit below that form although not disgraced on stable debut last month. Struggled over fences in two starts since and although this is tougher, he's on a fair mark. Place possibilities.
Maiden hurdle winner in 2017 and won two chases last year. Needs to improve on four hurdle starts this year and stamina a question on this sharp rise in distance.
Has proven to be a consistent mare over the last year an arrives off the back of a career best win and second the last twice. Stays well and should be up to handling 3lb rise. Rates a leading contender.
In consistent form in maiden hurdles with three placed runs and a latest win. Now makes handicap debut and step back up in distance a likely plus. Leading and in form stable also runs Suinda and likewise a market move should be noted.
Won at this meeting last year and a good second at Limerick in December. Not in the same form in three beaten starts since, including here on Monday. Others preferred on current form.
Won a Cork maiden hurdle and improved again with a third over this trip at Limerick last month. More needed again in this company but going the right way and stays well. Holds place possibilities.
Returned from an absence of 305 days as an improved mare with back-to-back wins over 2m4.5f at Ballinrobe and then over this trip at Limerick. Likely has more still to offer at this distance and a leading contender.
Eased when hampered here over 2m1f on Monday but had never looked like getting involved. Takes a huge step up in distance which adds a further question to answer. Others look more reliable at present.
Ended a losing run dating back to May 2016 with back-to-back wins at Kilbeggan and Limerick. Finished second in this race in 2016 off 1lb higher and another big run on the cards. Rates a leading hope.
Stays well and 6lb higher than March Limerick win. Ran to a similar standard when third at the same track and proving consistent when there's a stamina test. First run since April and although this requires more, he's capable of being competitive.
Inconsistent this year with a good second in a maiden hurdle and a handicap win off 6lb lower but disappointing in her other four starts. Below par off this new mark last time and others preferred.
Remains 4lb higher than when winning over this distance at Tipperary last October but has really struggled in his five starts since. Best watched in a race this competitive.
Landed a gamble on the Flat at Carlisle in June. Returns to hurdling on a plenty high enough mark. Third reserve.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P G KellyJ: D N Russell|
Rovetta (11/2), Goodnightngodbless (6/1), Ocean Glandore (7/1), Poker D'Ainay (7/1), Mr Smith (8/1), Dawn Raider (8/1), Chess Grand Master (10/1), Bye Bye O Bye (10/1), Suinda (10/1), Brogine (14/1), Theatre World (14/1), Whatsyourstatus (14/1), Kilkishen (16/1), Spring Watch (16/1), Ballyegan Hero (16/1), Young Dev (16/1), Kilbarry Lilly (16/1), Polished Rock (20/1), An Fearchan (20/1), Blottos (28/1), Helly Hansum (33/1), Monbeg Chit Chat (33/1), Oh'herewego (50/1)
- Bye Bye O Bye
- Poker D'Ainay
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