19:55 Leopardstown Thu 8 August 2019
Not shown the same sort of form on turf as he has on the Dundalk AW in the past. Stable operating at a 21% strike-rate currently but he was well-beaten over C&D when last seen and is hard to fancy off top-weight.
Slightly luckless in recent runs. Fell when last running over hurdles, and that non completion has been followed by a couple of quiet efforts in handicaps under this code. Watching brief is advised.
Performed creditably in handicaps since making a successful stable debut for this yard in June. Latest effort when third in a fiercely competitive handicap at Galway (1m4f; soft) would give him solid claims in this contest.
Hasn't finished out of the frame in any of her last five starts, and despite not being able to justify favouritism last time she did well to finish second considering where she came from. Went close over C&D two starts back and is a major player.
This isn't exactly easier, but he did fare well in a highly competitive handicap at the Galway (1m4f; good) festival last week on return to the level. In good form on the Dundalk AW at the beginning of the year.
Posted best effort of 2019 when third at Naas (1m2f; good) on Monday. Work to do however to reverse the form with Cuban Surfer who finished four-lengths in front of him then.
Signed off last season and returned this season with a pair of heavy defeats. Only made seasonal reappearance four days ago at Galway (1m6f; soft), and so is turned out very quickly again. Difficult to be overly confident about.
Showed very little on return from a short break when finishing down the field at Navan (1m2f; good to firm) last time. May have needed it but unlikely to improve from the run that much and is hard to recommend.
Evidently benefitted for the run when posting a much more encouraging effort at Fairyhouse (1m4f; good) last time. Claims as an each-way prospect if able to take another step forward.
Not disgraced since starting out in handicaps. Just out of the frame when fourth at Killarney (1m3f; good) recently. Needs to build upon that effort, but only had the five starts. Place claims if able to do so.
0-20. Inconsistent sort over hurdles and on the flat. Made no impression over hurdles when last seen, and is hard to make a convincing case for in this field. Readily opposed.
Hasn't shown an awful lot of improvement for the switch to handicaps. Stepped up markedly in trip to 2m1f last time and couldn't get involved. Connections obviously unsure of what his best trip is as he now drops back in trip to 1m5f.
Stepped up on previous showings in maidens when making handicap debut at Killarney (1m3f; good) to finish third. 4lb higher now but should have a lot more to offer in this sphere, and step up in trip could bring about more improvement. Player.
Last Year's Winner
Cuban Surfer (10/3), Dromana (4/1), Sbraase (11/2), Earl Of Bunnacurry (7/1), Full Moon Magic (7/1), Chaparral Dream (8/1), Ultra Pride (8/1), Marine One (8/1), All Body And Soul (10/1), Drakensberg (11/1), Mademoiselle Penny (14/1), Castle Chase (22/1), Ringo Kid (25/1), Ragtime Red (33/1), Ilikehim (50/1)
- Cuban Surfer
- Full Moon Magic
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