12:50 Thurles Thu 7 November 2019
Easily his best effort when winning over 2m here last month in handicap hurdle (rated 80); opening account on 16th rules start. Now makes immediate change to fencing.
Fair maiden hurdle winner, shaped well enough on chase debut last month at Downpatrick (2m3f, yielding) when beaten less than 10L and may be suited coming down in trip.
Regressive over hurdles in 2019 and was beaten 28L when finishing in midfield over C&D last month back over fences; needs to raise his game.
Left his maiden hurdle form well behind with winning handicap debut at Clonmel (2m½, yielding; 6-1) in February; off since and one to note on introduction over these obstacles.
Inconsistent handicap hurdler, beaten 20+L in 2017 chase outing over C&D and returns from 669-day absence starting for new connections; watching brief safest.
Just the one success over hurdles from 21 starts (awarded second race by stewards); did show some aptitude for chasing in Downpatrick beginners' contest in September however.
Didn't get beyond the first on chase bow at Tipperary last month, though since outran odds of 33-1 when 1¾L fourth of 11 in Tramore contest (2m, soft to heavy). Goes up in trip now attempting to build on that effort.
Clonmel maiden hurdle winner (fourth start) in March; possibly in need to run at Navan (2m4f, good; 16-1) on chase debut in September given he faded some way from home.
509 days have elapsed since he won a Downpatrick handicap hurdle (2m2½f, good; 8-1), his first success at the sixth attempt in that sphere. Market should reveal more on belated chase bow.
Off the mark over timber at sixth time of asking when landing 2m5f Limerick handicap (heavy) in March; didn't achieve much in three runs after and now makes switch to fencing.
Yet to really threaten in seven starts over fences, modest sort has been handicapping recently and twice tailed off last month (latest over hurdles). Hard to recommend.
Close second in 2m4½f handicap chase here in March remains standout effort (from six) over fences; shaped well enough at Clonmel recently and could harbour place claims back here.
Modest 90-rated handicap hurdler the daughter of Westerner showed some promise at Sligo in September on second chase start; though she was in trouble here since when falling at third last. Down in trip.
Won a mares' maiden hurdle at Wexford in May 2018, but well beaten in two handicaps subsequently (tongue tied both times) and was well beaten against her own sex at Fairyhouse last month in beginners' chase (2m, yielding).
Wexford novice hurdle winner in March, went close in only point-to-point start so rates a possible improver for excellent trainer now returning and going chasing; one to note.
Generally well held in five starts over the larger obstacles despite a couple of decent finishing positions, fifth over C&D last month in first-time cheekpieces (retained) and beaten 15+L.
Last Year's Winner
|D'bru Na Boinne||5||11-12||7/1|
|T: Ross O'SullivanJ: A E Lynch|
Bee A Beneficiary (7/4), Glen Of Aherlow (5/1), Belle West (5/1), Noureev (8/1), Deilginis (12/1), Thisonesforollie (12/1), Ballybrowney Walk (14/1), Muyam Spirit (16/1), Niccolai (16/1), Benefit Run (20/1), Flamingo's Court (20/1), Braize (20/1), Shakeytry (25/1), Lleyton (25/1), Arizengo (33/1), West Is Best (66/1), Fleurys Fort (66/1), Just Call Me (100/1), Athloman Cottage (100/1)
- Glen Of Aherlow
- Bee A Beneficiary
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