11:50 Fairyhouse Sat 30 November 2019
Only had the three starts under rules and two of those were over hurdles last season. Sent straight over fences on his return to action at Wexford (2m; soft to heavy) when never involved. Impossible to fancy on that evidence.
Held some eye-catching form in bumpers before winning stylishly on hurdles debut at Down Royal (2m; good to yielding) last October. Not seen since, so he must prove fitness on chase debut. Likely to prove the biggest danger to Carefully Selected.
Finished runner-up on both starts over fences this season, and ran the talented Champagne Classic close at Fairyhouse (2m5f; yielding to soft) most recently. Pair drew 36-length clear of the field, and he has place claims on that form.
High-class performer who finished third on only his second ever hurdles start in a Grade One at the Punchestown Festival (3m; yielding) behind Minella Indo & Allaho. Looks made for fences and can win this before going onto loftier targets.
134-rated hurdler who could never really get involved in some warm handicap hurdles last season. Likely to have a future over fences, but is up against some unexposed sorts here, and can only be advised for a place at best.
Tailed-off in hot beginners chases the last twice which were won by both Tornado Flyer and Faugheen. This contest is likely to be won by a similarly above-average sort. Watching brief advised until he drops down in class.
Competitive in low-grade handicaps last season. Could have jumped better on seasonal/chasing debut at Cork (2m5f; soft) over this trip when only sixth. This is a far hotter race, and so he can be ruled out with confidence.
Connections evidently wasting no time sending him over fences. Outclassed on seasonal return, and qualifies for a handicap mark after this. Of interest when moving into that sphere, but not one to fancy today.
Already had three runs over fences, and is proving to be frustrating. Couldn't justify market favouritism on chase debut in October, and has since fell and failed to get involved in two subsequent runs. Is talented but has too much to prove.
Didn't jump well on chase debut at Navan (2m1f; soft) last week, and subsequently fell before the fourth last. Would have an impossible task in this field on hurdles form anyway and so he is best watched.
Didn't achieve much over hurdles. However, he ran Carefully Selected close over hurdles at Limerick (2m6f; heavy) and made a promising return to action on chase debut when third to Faugheen. Foolish to fully dismiss, and he has place claims.
Lightly raced sort who enjoyed a fairly productive first season under rules last year. Can forgive latest effort at Fairyhouse (2m6f; good to yielding) in April, and he has potential in this sphere with yard going well.
Newcomer to the chasing ranks. Has masses to find on hurdles ratings with the leading contenders. Drops back in trip from 3m to 2m5f after finishing 12th of 14 at Cork (3m; yielding) last month.
Talented hurdler (officially rated 151), and has won some extremely competitive handicaps in his short career so far. Must step up on his recent chase debut at Navan (2m1f; soft to heavy) when only eighth.
Only had the three starts under rules for powerhouse yard. Shed maiden tag in devastating fashion when successful at Tramore (2m5f; soft). Returns to action with connections evidently very keen to send him over fences. Should be involved.
One of two runners in this contest for top yard. Was very competitive in some decent novice hurdles last season. Now makes seasonal/chasing debut, and has shown he goes well fresh. It would be a surprise if he were good enough to win this though.
0-10 and the switch to the handicap sphere is yet to work the oracle with him. Is now handed an impossible task on chasing debut. Subsequently opposed until returned to far weaker company.
Could never land a glove on the talented Éclair De Beaufeu when a distant second at Wexford (2m; soft to heavy) on chase debut. Did pull 16-length clear of the third. Lacks the star potential of some of his rivals though.
Last Year's Winner
|T: J P O'BrienJ: Rachael Blackmore|
Carefully Selected (4/7), Off You Go (5/1), Captain Cj (6/1), Lord Schnitzel (12/1), Brace Yourself (14/1), Mormon (20/1), Ontheropes (20/1), Cracking Smart (25/1), Star Max (33/1), Cartwright (40/1), At The Acorn (50/1), Petit Tartare (50/1), Whydah (100/1), Cle En Main (100/1), Chosen Hour (100/1), Chavi Artist (100/1), Napoleon Blue (100/1), Empirion (100/1)
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