15:35 Listowel Tue 10 September 2019
In good form in the spring the gelding can be forgiven below-par run at the Galway festival last month. Yard landed the spoils in this contest 12 months ago with Gold Seal.
Running well in defeat on the Flat, the gelding needs to up his game here back over timber. Yard won this race in 2016 with Swamp Fox.
Shaped well to win a second career hurdle win at the Galway festival when last seen in July in a novice contest over a similar trip. Trainers sole win in this contest came in the 2013 renewal with Bayan. Leading player.
Improving and progressive type comes here on a hat-trick of wins. Life more difficult under a penalty but very much warrants respect.
Travelled well before extending his lead to win by 11L on hurdling debut in a Kilbeggan maiden over this trip last month. Entitled to make the shortlist for yard who won this contest 12 months ago with Gold Seal.
Winner over a similar trip in May before finishing 2L adrift of Lethal Steps at the Galway festival. Leading contender. Handlers sole win in this contest came in the 2007 renewal with Dingle Belle.
Off the mark at the fifth time of asking in a 21-runner Cork maiden in June which followed a string of promising efforts. Has disappointed since and on balance has plenty to find in this contest.
Well held and never nearer in a couple of starts on the Flat since finishing a long way behind Morosini and Lethal Steps on last hurdling spin at the Galway festival in July.
Off the mark over hurdles at the fifth time of asking at Ballinrobe in July. First-time visor fitted. Worth a check in the market representing trainer who won this race in 2015 with Golden Spear.
Winning bumper found the step into Grade 2 company at Aintree in April one too far finishing well down the field before returning to form at Tramore over this trip last month. More needed in this company but capable of grabbing a place.
Off the mark for connections at the ninth time of asking winning on soft ground in April off an 18lb lower mark. Not disgraced in four starts since and capable of a bold bid.
Winner over hurdles at the fifth attempt when landing the spoils in a Kilbeggan maiden over a similar trip when last seen in July. Holds place claims if things fall his way.
Beat Razoul a neck on his latest start over hurdles at Roscommon in June off a 7lb lower mark. Concern for yard form and looks up against it in this contest.
Disappointed on latest start at Killarney last month. Overall record casts doubt on his ability to get competitive in this company.
Last Year's Winner
|T: J P O'BrienJ: E T Daly|
Morosini (6/4), Top Moon (7/1), Hannon (7/1), Gardens of Babylon (8/1), Lethal Steps (9/1), Razoul (14/1), Zoffalee (14/1), Nibiru (16/1), Blackhillsofdakota (20/1), Ashqar (25/1), Rocky Shores (25/1), Flindt (25/1), Coral Blue (25/1), Rip Rocks Paddy Ok (33/1)
- Lethal Steps
- Top Moon
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