17:50 Leopardstown Thu 8 August 2019
Less exposed than a few in this contest, and despite being 0-6 he has made a fair start to life in handicaps. Not beaten far into fourth over further at Naas (1m2f; good) last time, and she is a player despite carrying top-weight.
Step up in trip allowed him to post a more promising effort when fifth at Naas (1m2f; good) recently. Got the hat-trick up in May/June time and looks a more convincing sort than most in this field. Leading player.
Strung together a list of highly consistent efforts on the Dundalk AW over the winter months. Effort on return to turf when never on terms over slightly shorter here was concerning, and he needs to prove himself on this surface.
More encouraging signs last time when fancied (4-1jf) at Killarney (1m; good) and finishing fourth in a 14-runner contest. That was by far his best effort of this campaign so far, and there could be better to come.
Ended season on a positive note when going agonisingly close at Dundalk (1m; standard). Not shown very much at all so far this year, but did take a couple of runs to get going last season so is no forlorn hope.
Making handicap debut as he drops in trip to 1m for the first time. Posted four fairly low-key efforts in maidens to date, but switch to this sphere could bring about some improvement and he isn't fully written off.
Very lightly raced after just the four starts. Turf/handicap debut when midfield at Fairyhouse (7f; good) last month. Lot more on his plate now, and so needs to improve plenty to get involved.
Pleasing start to life in this sphere when she returned to the track in March, but her form has curtailed the last thrice and she now needs to find something extra. Drops back in trip to 1m.
Made promising/consistent start to life in handicaps over the winter, but proved a major disappointment of late. Never involved on either of her last two starts and subsequently is very hard to fancy.
Produced a rare below-par performance when midfield at Killarney (1m; good) last time. Had been the model of consistency prior to that finishing out of the frame just once in 10 starts since October, and so is afforded another chance.
Three duck eggs beside her name since making she made her seasonal return in June. Hard to fancy her in her current mood and so she remains best watched.
Showed a bit more when returning from a short break to finish fifth in big-field handicap at Naas (1m; good) just over two weeks ago. That was much more encouraging in comparison to recent showings. Player if building on that.
10-race maiden. Only run over C&D was packed with promise when he was a narrow-third here in June. Posted two fair efforts over 1m1f/1m2f since then, and holds strong claims as he returns to 1m at this track.
Gone backwards after making a promising seasonal return in May. That was her only run over 1m this season, and she has been running over further than that since then. Drops back to 1m after stepping up to 1m5f last time out. Risky proposition.
Only had the six starts but is slightly inconsistent. More encouraging when sixth over C&D recently, but would need to step up on the bare form of that run off 1lb lower.
Eight-race maiden but is not yet fully exposed, and posted career-best when third at Killarney (1m; good) last time out. Up just 1lb in the weights and is a player if able to build on that run.
0-7 for top connections. Yet to show any zest for the switch to the handicap sphere. Failed to reinforce promising third-placed effort at Bellewstown (1m; good) two starts ago when midfield at Killarney (1m; good) most recently. Still lightly raced.
Second reserve. Yet to show any real improvement for the switch to handicaps, but the drop to 7f allowed him to offer some encouragement when he was fifth at this track last time out. Place claims if building on that back at 1m.
Third reserve. 3lb below last winning mark. Been well below-par the last twice, and was never involved at Naas (1m; good) when last seen. A lesser player if getting in.
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|T: Miss C CannonJ: C D Hayes|
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