12:05 Navan Sun 10 November 2019
Will have disappointed high profile connections with a number of dismal efforts since returning from two years off in March. Hard to make a case for.
Drops back to hurdles following a number of below-par efforts over the larger obstacles in the spring. In fine form over hurdles winning his last two in big fields around this time last year. Likely to be in the mix.
Four-race maiden. Ran no sort of race on handicap debut in a Fairyhouse 2m4f novice contest when last seen in April, weakening before tailing off to finish last but one in the 15-runner contest.
The run at Ballinrobe in April now appears to flatter the Kayf Tara gelding given a number of below-par efforts either side of the contest. Others more appealing on return to action.
Improved on debut for current yard when third of 14 in September before getting off the mark for connections at the fourth time of asking when landing a Downpatrick contest over 2m6½f contest last month. Another bold show likely.
Back to winning ways when landing a Tipperary 3m½f handicap hurdle for the second year running last month off a 7lb lower mark. Life more difficult off a career high mark.
Rewarded for previous consistency when front-running tactics worked wonders when scoring over C&D in September before attempting to repeat the feat at Limerick last month before being headed after the sixth obstacle stepping up in trip. Claims.
Hurdles winner in France but struggled in three starts here when last seen two years ago. Possible best watched on stable debut unless market vibes suggest otherwise for leading connections.
Daughter of Oscar out of a Bach mare. Dam unraced half-sister to Champion bumper winner Dunguib. Improving sort, running with credit in a couple of maiden hurdles in April and on return to action in September. Steps up in trip for handicap debut.
Veteran course winner that has also won over this trip. Still running with credit over the larger obstacles last year. Last seen finishing third of 10 beaten over 15L in December. Possibly best watched on return.
Six-race maiden well down the field over hurdles and fences last season when finding the company too hot. First time hood unlikely to bring about the required amount of improvement needed to play a role here.
Has just the one success to her name from 23 starts over hurdles. Struggling in a number of starts since returning to the track in July and first time hood unlikely to spark enough improvement.
Former Gordon Elliott inmate who won a bumper for him over three years ago. Suffered a number of heavy defeats last season but bounced back to form at Punchestown last month finishing third of 15 beaten 7¼L over 2m4f. Needs to back that effort up.
It appears the penny has started to drop for the Arctic Cosmos gelding in a couple of promising efforts at Downpatrick in the last couple of months. More than likely than some to run his race.
Posted a career best effort when finishing second of four beaten 1¼L in a Perth 3m handicap chase before pulling up some way out in a Tramore 2m6f chase last month. Five race maiden over hurdles and not the most reliable of sorts.
Encouraging second of 10 beaten 2¼L in an Ayr 3m½f handicap hurdle on soft ground last month on the veterans first start for this yard. Possibilities of grabbing a place now racing 29lb lower than last winning mark.
Last Year's Winner
|T: G P CromwellJ: G N Fox|
Theatre World (7/2), Bay Ambition (5/1), Cherif De L'Isle (7/1), Oh'herewego (8/1), The Church Gate (9/1), Blue Empyrean (9/1), Broomfield's Oscar (10/1), Star Adventure (10/1), Electricitywork (14/1), Flemenstorm (14/1), The Dabbler (16/1), Rightdownthemiddle (16/1), Gagas Horse (16/1), Pistol Shoot (20/1), King Alex (25/1), Castello Sforza (25/1), Castle Canny (25/1), Famous Day (33/1)
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