13:45 Navan Sat 28 September 2019
Late comer to the hurdling game and Flat form considerably better on AW than turf where his record stands at 1-20. Poor run latest so easy to oppose here.
Poor form in Bumper, hurdles and on first couple of Flat starts in the last month and can't be seriously fancied to get off the mark if making the line-up.
Long standing Flat maiden ran slightly better in his second of two hurdles starts but still ended up tailed off so makes no appeal here.
Very ponderous at his obstacles before pulling up a long way from home in lone career start last December. Had times to school since but can only advise a watching brief.
Ultimately well beaten but showed potential with fifth of 20 and sixth of 25 finishes in similar events for Gordon Elliott last season. Wouldn't have to improve a great deal to make the frame here and market can guide on stable debut.
Never a factor when a remote 11th of 12 at Kilbeggan three weeks ago in a similar contest to this and can only be watched for signs of improvement.
Nine-race race maiden over timber, has come close in novice/handicap company on several occasions. Disappointed last time out at Bellewstown but his experience and handicap mark of 114 rank him a leading player.
Probably second string for the master of Tu Va but nevertheless must be taken seriously after finishing fourth at Punchestown when last seen in May. Former bumper winner likely win races over hurdles too and has each-way prospects.
Faller when last seen at Limerick had made little impression in three prior hurdle races and on balance can probably be erased from any shortlist here too.
Winner on the Flat at Leopardstown last month over 1m2f so arrives in good order. Beaten at least 50L in all three previous hurdle attempts however so massive improvement in this code needed.
Three-time winner on the Flat but totally out of form in 2019 and now rated a lowly 42 which would make him a hugely unlikely hurdles scorer.
Well bred sort but couldn't really get involved at any point at Tramore last month and eventually finished tailed off. Best watched for the long term.
Little impression in one bumper and one hurdle race at Galway to date and was too free in the latest of them. Best watched again.
Dual Flat winner for George Scott went close in a Wexford maiden hurdle last March before being more easily held in better company at Killarney. This probably somewhere in between opposition wise so he has each-way claims.
Well related newcomer by Presenting out of a winning half-sister to Grade One scorer Fundamentalist. Lots to like pedigree wise so watched keenly on debut.
Rules newcomer ran with credit in two point-to-points and went down by just 1L when second in the most recent of them. Market support here would be interesting.
Yet to really build on Wexford debut which saw him a close up fourth in three subsequent starts but could have improved for his summer break and given connections he's not one to give up on just yet.
Modest 68-rated Flat handicapper for trainer David O'Meara wasn't disgraced on hurdles/stable bow at Listowel when seventh of 11. May struggle to make the frame but would expect him nearer first than last.
Highly promising debut behind the ill-fated superstar Sir Erec and finished second subsequently in a 22-runner Punchestown maiden in January. Rare that runners from this yard aren't ready after the break so looks the one they all have to beat now.
Not seen enough in two points and a bumper to recommend anything other than a watching brief as he switches to hurdles.
Only placed once (on debut) in five bumpers but two fourths most recently show him a gelding of ability. May need this first hurdles run but suspect he can win races soon enough.
Won last of three bumper at Downpatrick comprehensively when a 9/10F and 12L winner. Should have no problem adapting to the hurdles given the yard he hails from and a bold hurdling debut is expected.
Gelding by Westerner well held in two prior maidens and is probably one for low-grade handicaps after today.
Very modest Flat sprinter well held on hurdles bow at Perth and the jury remains out on whether she will stay 2m.
Very modest Flat performer yet to get competitive over hurdles and having had four starts her improvement potential looks minimal.
Last Year's Winner
Pienta (5/4), Soldiers Hill (7/2), Jon Ess (5/1), Advanced Virgo (10/1), Kirwans Lane (12/1), Scalor (20/1), Fiveallin (20/1), Empire Escape (20/1), Nam (25/1), Kingdom Brunel (33/1), Arbourfield (50/1), Dreal Deal (50/1), Calibrator (50/1), Rossderrin (66/1), Binary Code (66/1), Western Rambler (66/1), Jim Ja (66/1), Bannow Breeze (66/1), Dandy Sue (66/1), Three Boyo's (100/1), Miraculum (100/1), Lough Gur (100/1), Pass The Cristal (100/1), Spare Capacity (100/1), Cockbridge Paddy (100/1)
- Soldiers Hill
- Jon Ess