17:55 Listowel Thu 12 September 2019
Pulled up in only two chase starts; much better form over hurdles including when finishing second in recent outing at Sligo; too early to write off his chances over the larger obstacles and can be given another chance.
Useful 127-rated handicap hurdler, winner of a Downpatrick maiden 12 months ago. Made too many mistakes on his recent chase debut at Killarney; will have learnt from that and can improve.
Fell on his chase debut here on Tuesday; good sign that he is turned out so quickly but hurdles form was poor overall so others preferred.
Not disgraced on either of his two starts over fences but has obviously had some training problems evidenced by long gaps between races; respected from top yard and market should be a guide.
Mixed bag over fences so far; fell on first attempt before putting in a promising effort Naas last December; latest appearance in January saw him struggling in the closing stages at Gowran Park; good chance in this company if fit after a break.
Dual winner over hurdles last season making chase debut here; no reason why he should not go well despite long absence but some with more experience may get the better of him.
Won two handicap hurdles in 2018 before the being weighted out of being competitive on latest starts; make chase debut and no obvious reason why he should not run his race; market moves would be interesting.
Plenty of practice over fences; remains a maiden in this sphere after eight attempts; suffered two falls in last five starts. This doesn't look a particularly strong contest and is difficult to dismiss easily.
Ran as though he needed the outing last week at Kilbeggan; no reason why he can't improve on that effort and as good a chance as any in a field with no standout rivals.
Last Year's Winner
|T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend|
Ministerforsport (1/1), Mount Hanover (5/1), Eclat Des Mottes (6/1), Dawn Raider (7/1), Minellafordollars (7/1), Stoneford (14/1), Spring Watch (16/1), Treacysenniscorthy (50/1), First Class Return (50/1)
- Eclat Des Mottes
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