14:00 Clonmel Thu 9 January 2020
Poor efforts in three bumpers were followed by a forlorn effort on hurdling debut at Naas on Sunday. Hard to make a case for.
By Getaway out of a Moscow Society mare. Fourth on point-to-point debut in November but disappointed since. Probably best watched on debut.
Gelding by Oscar out of a Flemensfirth mare. Fell at the third obstacle at Limerick over Christmas and easy to oppose on his fourth start over hurdles.
A €48,000 three-year-old, Kayf Tara gelding. Well behind in a couple of bumpers so far when fancied to go well on both occasions. Market check once again.
By Intikhab out of a USA bred mare. Needs to improve on disappointing maiden hurdle debut in a Navan 2m4f contest on soft ground last month.
Unfancied and well beaten in three hurdle starts on various types of going before pulling up when detached at Limerick over Christmas. Unlikely to be good enough.
Gelding by Kalanisi. No impression and never a factor on hurdling debut in a Leopardstown maiden on yielding ground last month. First-time cheekpieces but hard to place any faith in.
Nothing of note in a Thurles bumper in November before pulling up when tailed off in a Cork 3m maiden on hurdling debut on Saturday. Hard to fancy taking a big drop in trip.
Colt by Bashkirov out of a Intikhab mare. Mixed bag of efforts in four starts in bumpers for trainer Luke Comer. Worth a market check on stable debut in first-time hood.
Gelding by Al Namix. Dam was a maiden over fences in France but closely related to some smart performers in that country, including the top-class Arenice. Pleasing debut in a Punchestown bumper last month.
Hints of improvement in a Navan 2m maiden hurdle on soft ground last month. Likely to improve and worth considering in this company.
Gelding by Diamond Boy out of a Laveron mare. Pleasing and promising hurdling debut in a 2m maiden at Limerick over Christmas. No surprise to see a bold bid for leading connections.
Gelding by Lord Du Sud out of a Karinga Bay mare. Second of 10 on sole career start on the Flat in France when last seen in May 2018. Likely to be popular in the market on debut for leading yard.
Cost €10,000 as a three-year-old. Shown ability a couple of times in bumpers but his latest starts at Fairyhouse and Leopardstown last month have been backward steps.
Running with plenty of credit in a number of starts over hurdles since November including finishing third of 15 at Tramore on New Years Day. One for any shortlist.
Failed to build on promising effort in a Sligo bumper in August when beaten around 70L at Galway when last seen in October. Worth a market check representing yard in form.
Bought for £150,000 as a four-year-old. Disappointed on latest and second start over hurdles at Tramore last month but is likely to be better than that performance suggests.
Last Year's Winner
|T: H De BromheadJ: R M Power|
Lord Royal (4/5), Telmesomethinggirl (5/1), Favori Logique (6/1), Golden Nomad (8/1), One For Joe (9/1), Groody Rover (10/1), Fancy Foundations (10/1), Living's Boy An Co (14/1), No Grey Area's (25/1), Seanbhothar (25/1), Farmix (28/1), Russian Dancer (50/1), Exciting Oscar (50/1), Thespiritofeleanor (50/1), Not So Simple (66/1), Justice Jim (100/1), Quarry Royale (100/1), Chalky White (100/1), I Often Wonder (100/1), Funky Dady (100/1), Allez George (100/1)
- Lord Royal
- One For Joe
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