14:10 Fairyhouse Sat 30 November 2019
Denied by just a neck when second at Fairyhouse (2m4f; soft to heavy) when attempting to make it 2-2 over hurdles. That is pretty strong form, and he should make a bold bid to concede weight all round.
Followed up maiden win in a bumper by making a successful transition to the hurdling ranks at Galway (2m; soft) in September. This is tougher, but he won that day in pretty comfortable fashion.
Holds the perfect record (1-1) after making an impressive start to his career in a Wexford (2m4f; heavy) maiden-hurdle. This is a step up in class, but he must be respected and is definitely one for the shortlist.
Suffered a heavy defeat on his handicap debut at Navan (2m; soft to heavy) recently. Form in novice hurdles was not up to the level of some of his rivals. Others have far stronger claims.
Justified long odds-on favouritism (1/4f) with the minimum of fuss at Clonmel (2m; soft to heavy) earlier this month. Jumping will need to improve, but she looks to have a lot of natural ability. Major player in follow-up bid.
Made a winning start to life over obstacles, but has subsequently struggled since stepping up in grade the last twice. Should therefore appreciate the return to novice company, but has something to prove after the manner of his latest defeat.
Off the mark at the second attempt over hurdles when successful at Tipperary (2m4f; yielding) last month. Has something to find on form as this is a much tougher race, but he has only had two starts under rules.
Ran an absolute blinder when runner-up to Stratum in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket (2m2f; soft) when last seen. Now returns to hurdles off a 2lb higher mark than for finishing third at Killarney (2m7f; good) back in August. Vulnerable to improvers.
Failed to make an impact on both starts over hurdles. The latter of those two efforts only came at Navan (2m4f; soft) last Sunday. Of interest when moving into handicaps, but can't be fancied at the moment.
Last Year's Winner
|T: J P O'BrienJ: J J Slevin|
Party Playboy (11/8), Definite Plan (7/2), Gold Speed (13/2), Imperial View (7/1), Kalanisi Og (8/1), Our Friend (10/1), Blackhillsofdakota (20/1), Military Hill (33/1), Chasing Charlie (100/1)
- Definite Plan
- Kalanisi Og
- Party Playboy
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