15:10 Punchestown Wed 16 October 2019
Failed to complete in five of his last six over obstacles for Joseph O'Brien and hard to fancy on return for new yard.
C&D first past the post (subsequently disqualified) last December was ultimately a shade disappointing twice here at the end of the season but he isn't one to ignore here especially if he's strong in the market as he has been in the past.
2m handicap winner here last season beaten 20L on return to hurdles latest after tailing off time before on the Flat. Capable off this mark but hard to think he's not stable second string to Morosini.
Hasn't won over hurdles for four years, and has never looked like winning this year (both on the flat and over hurdles). High enough in the handicap as well so is best watched for the time being.
Ballinrobe winner chased home a useful sort next before very encouraging third in handicap company at Listowel latest. 1lb higher but clearly on the up and fancied here with best days surely still lying ahead.
Not won since May 2017 but ran well over fences last time out behind a useful sort and his 12lb lower hurdles mark does help. Not the sort to have confidence in but similarly can't be ruled out here.
Dual chase winner failed to complete in two of his last three over fences prompting this return to the smaller obstacles. Only hurdle win a maiden on Boxing Day 2017 but market can guide here.
In decent form early in the summer but failed to replicate such form since with laboured efforts at Galway and Sligo so others are more appealing now.
Off the mark at the 11th times of asking latest in a Downpatrick maiden over 2m3f. Little impression in lone previous handicap but that over a year ago and every chance he's improved now.
Hasn't progressed since making a winning hurdles debut at Downpatrick last season. Failed to stay under an aggressive ride at Navan (2m6f) last time but could do better here.
Veteran making little impression on the Flat this summer and hurdles form last season similarly suggested him regressive. One to avoid here.
Improved to win Down Royal three mile handicap hurdle last May so no stamina concerns. Fourth at same venue on return over same trip and should come on for it; respected.
Comes here seeking a four-timer after winning 2m4f handicaps at Sligo, Killarney and Bellewstown on fast ground. Conditions here not too far off that so may be able to extend the run and certainly go close.
63-rated dual Flat winner built on a pleasing hurdles bow when winning at Clonmel in a maiden over this trip last month. Interesting sort here for top yard and certainly one for the shortlist.
Return to Flat latest non-descript as recent hurdles races have been and easy to oppose on a three-year losing run.
Early promise when moving to this yard gradually dwindling and latest efforts suggest him best avoided here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: E J O'GradyJ: P Townend|
Morosini (9/4), Roseriver Has (6/1), Lucky Road (13/2), Ask Nile (13/2), Conron (7/1), Ellie Mac (10/1), The White Volcano (11/1), Le Vagabond (14/1), Mister Eddman (16/1), Shadow Seven (16/1), Morga (20/1), Roi De Dubai (25/1), Miles To Memphis (25/1), Blast Of Koeman (33/1), Force Of Forces (50/1), Chateau Conti (50/1)
- Lucky Road
- Shadow Seven
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