20:25 Leopardstown Thu 8 August 2019
Pulled-up over fences when last seen, and he suffered a heavy defeat at Bellewstown (2m1f; good) the time before that so does have a bit to prove off top-weight. More exposed than the main dangers in this field too.
Unable to follow up successful handicap debut when third at this track over 1m5f. Couple of length behind Moktamel then, so work to do reverse that form. Only had the five starts though so that task is by no means impossible.
Chasing a hat-trick after a pair of wins at the Curragh (1m4f; good to firm) and Galway (1m4f; good). 7lb higher again now, but step up in trip could unlock more improvement and he is greatly feared.
Progressed from seasonal return when bumping into one to finish second at this track over slightly shorter last time. Still unexposed and competes off the same mark now so has to be given plenty of respect.
Makes return to this code for the first time since October. Fit from a spell over hurdles though, and stable have done well at getting improvement out of a similar type this season. Market check advised.
Hat-trick bid foiled in dramatic fashion when she was third behind Moonmeister in a three-way photo at the Curragh (1m4f; good). Expected to reverse the form with her being vastly less exposed than that rival and with a C&D victory to her name.
Belied odds of 50-1 when winning at the Curragh (1m4f; good) last month by a neck. Hard to see him winning again off 3lb higher in another competitive affair, but he is not without place claims.
Took advantage of a reduced mark when springing a surprise to turn over red-hot 4-7f over C&D last time out. No fluke about that victory, and he should remain competitive off a 4lb higher mark.
10lb rise in the weights may explain why she was tailed off at Galway (1m4f; good) after she broke her maiden impressively at Killarney (1m6f; good to yielding) the time before that. Hard to know what to expect off an unchanged mark.
Last Year's Winner
|3||Persian Lion||3||8-6||3/1||Full Result|
|T: Mrs J HarringtonJ: S Foley|
Galeola (3/1), Halimi (7/2), Moktamel (7/2), Kangaroo Valley (4/1), Moonmeister (10/1), Cray (12/1), Hurricane Sky (18/1), Venezia (25/1), Monty's Miracle (25/1)
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