16:50 Galway Tue 8 October 2019
Veteran hasn't quite been at his best since winning at Listowel in June on good ground. Acts on soft and heavy so ground here not a worry and now just 2lb higher than aforementioned win.
Although last task was a tough one ultimately he has been disappointing in five starts since winning at Punchestown in June. Handicap sliding and as effective on testing ground but others preferred.
Progressive chaser scored for the second time over fences at Navan (2m1f, soft) when last seen in March. First time out here but leading claims if ready to roll with 7lb rise not enough to dampen enthusiasm.
Dual winner over fences ran well when fourth at Listowel latest over 2m1f and an extra 1f that day would have seen him make the frame. 1lb rise for that and not exactly well handicapped but few here probably are so not underestimated.
Plenty of recent efforts suggest he can make a bold bid off this mark but 1-21 record over fences tempers enthusiasm a little so probably more one for each-way backers if the price is right.
Took advantage of lower hurdles mark in June but chase handicap since last win has seemingly been much too high and again he was well beaten back over fences at Listowel latest which gives him plenty to find here.
2m1f Sligo win latest his second win this season and third over fences. 6lb rise unlikely to be enough to stop him going well once more and completely versatile ground wise which is a plus; safe bet to go close.
Only won once and 0-7 over fences. Two races this season after his summer break (one hurdle and one chase) very underwhelming and hard to be confident coming into this now.
Very lightly raced eight-year-old has placed in two of his three chases although well beaten in both in beginners chases lacking depth. Nevertheless opening mark could prove lenient and an interesting dark-horse against more exposed rivals.
Won twice in three starts early this year but unseated in race won by Balbo Bagins next and has since twice run very underwhelming races over hurdles. Probably better over fences now but risky proposition at present.
Four-race maiden over the larger obstacles and makes little appeal based on what the Vinnie Roe gelding has shown for connections so far.
Last Year's Winner
|T: G ElliottJ: D F O'Regan|
Portmore Lough (4/1), Punches Cross (5/1), Effernock Lad (5/1), Pateen (6/1), Reach Up (8/1), Peacocks Secret (9/1), Bilbo Bagins (12/1), All The Chimneys (12/1), Damut (14/1), Great Khan (16/1), Nearly Nama'd (20/1)
- Bilbo Bagins
- Portmore Lough
- Effernock Lad
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