17:35 Kilbeggan Sat 10 August 2019
86-rated handicapper on the Flat for trainer Michael Dods. Improved past beaten horses on hurdling and stable debut when finishing sixth of 13 at the Galway festival. One of the more intriguing contenders in this contest.
Low-rated 54 handicapper on turf. Finished 15th of 19 runners at Leopardstown on Thursday when running too free in the early stages before being headed over 2f over the 1m trip. Market to be best guide on hurdling debut.
17-race maiden over hurdles with the Dylan Thomas mare showing very little in the way of ability in a number of starts since April. This looks like the weakest contest for a while and she may go well here.
Appears to be improving and making steady progress over hurdles in her last three starts. Positives outweigh the negatives in this contest and the son of Stowaway should be approached with plenty of respect here.
Gelding by Sholokhov out of a Be My Native mare. Closely related to a couple of winners as well as half-brother to three winners including hurdler Will O'The West. Represents leading owner and is one to note on hurdling debut.
Home-bred son of Aizavoski out of a mare who ran three times over hurdles. Tailed off on maiden hurdle debut at Navan when last seen in March. Best watched today on that evidence.
Gelding by Jeremy out of a Toulon mare. Dam dual 2m5f/3m novice hurdle winner, also victorious 3m1f chaser. No extra approaching last on hurdling debut at Ballinrobe when last seen in May eventually finishing seventh of 14. Others preferred.
Daughter of Court Cave out of a Double Bed mare. Half-sister to fair 2½m hurdle winner Roadtotheisland. Possibly best watched on debut unless market vibes suggest otherwise.
Six-race maiden in bumpers, the mare finished seventh of 20 beaten over 12L on hurdling debut at Punchestown in June. Last seen tailed off over 1m4f on the Flat at Tramore later in the month. Hard to fancy on overall evidence.
By Pelder out of a Welsh Term mare. Dam unraced. Closely related to 2m handicap hurdle winner Sweetheart Susan and Jumby Bay hurdle winner over 2m1f. Well held in two starts to date.
Invincible Spirit mare. Cost just €1,000 at Goffs November 2017 sale. Beaten 38L in a Kilbeggan maiden hurdle on debut last month. Others hold stronger claims.
Generally well held in three maiden hurdle efforts to date despite finishing positions. Will need to improve on overall form to play a significant role in this contest.
Not disgraced in a couple of starts over hurdles finishing fourth on each occasion but the distance of defeat may be a concern. Quickly turned out following a spin at Sligo on Thursday the Intense Focus mare has plenty on her plate here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: G ElliottJ: B J Geraghty|
Tara Dylan (2/1), Mooltazem (5/2), Brog Ahaon (11/4), Inspired Choice (9/1), Engelus (16/1), Shannon Tide (16/1), Pari Passu (20/1), Crackin' Pint (20/1), Try Dollys Sister (20/1), Traidisiun (25/1), Jack Holiday (25/1), Gragara Tara (28/1), Bella's Cave (33/1), Limited Company (50/1), Gray Duke (80/1), Inner Spirit (100/1), Hey Alexa (100/1)
- Brog Ahaon
- Tara Dylan
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