18:35 Tramore Fri 16 August 2019
15-race maiden hurdler but the Stowaway gelding has hit the frame on a number of occasions. Switches back over timber following a lackluster debut over the larger obstacles last month.
Won over fences here yesterday. Solid and consistent hurdler who has been hitting the frame with great frequency in the last 12 months. Place claims at least for the gelding still racing 12lb higher than last winning mark.
Winner for the fourth time over hurdles when landing a Wexford handicap over a similar trip last month off a 5lb lower mark. Bit more needed but enters calculations.
The win at Tramore in October over 2m5f in a maiden contest on good ground remains the Elusive Pimpernel geldings sole success in 12 starts over hurdles and is still racing off a 7lb higher mark than his last winning mark. Tough ask.
Won three times on the Flat for Johnny Murtagh at up to two miles. Six-race maiden over hurdles including well beaten on latest start and remains easy to oppose.
Has remained in solid and consistent form since winning a Clonmel contest in May on handicap debut on good ground off a 12lb lower mark. Holding form well and merits plenty of respect.
Failed to land a hat-trick of hurdle wins when finishing fourth of 10 beaten 3½L in a Limerick handicap last month. Carries a penalty for recent deeds but far from certain to halt continuing progress.
Hasn't scored for the best part of four years and hasn't been seen on a racecourse for the last two years. 11lb lower than when last seen in action so is attractively handicapped but does have a very long absence to overcome.
Off the mark for connections at the sixth time of asking off a 7lb lower mark, putting a number of dour efforts over hurdles firmly behind him when winning by 6L. Worth a market check.
Won at the sixth time of asking at Sligo in April, but things have not gone to plan in a couple of starts since. Needs a couple to falter.
Won at the seventh attempt for connections when taking a Downpatrick handicap hurdle over 2m5½f in June off a 7lb lower mark. Beaten since, finishing 2¾L adrift of Tintown Robin last month.
Off the mark for connections at the ninth attempt in a Limerick maiden hurdle last month. Could find life difficult from revised mark.
Six-race maiden hurdler, well beaten in a number of starts since May. First time blinkers unlikely to bring about the required amount of improvement needed to play a role here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Miss E DoyleJ: S F O'Keeffe|
Cusp Of Carabelli (10/3), Pat Coyne (11/2), Ourauldman (6/1), Cappacon (7/1), Whereyounow (7/1), Basil's Boy (9/1), Tintown Robin (12/1), Shantou Warrior (12/1), Fleurys Fort (14/1), Buster Dan Dan (16/1), Monition (16/1), Clouncerna (20/1), Shedding (22/1), Premier D'troice (25/1), Circling Moon (33/1)
- Tintown Robin
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