15:20 Fairyhouse Sat 11 January 2020
Recorded a hat-trick of wins over hurdles in 2018; has yet to score in six attempts over fences this season though; best effort did come last time out at Leopardstown and may slowly be getting the hang of things.
No great shakes over hurdles but has put in two respectable efforts over fences of late; he needs to improve his jumping somewhat but is certainly respected from powerful stable.
Relatively lightly raced over fences for his age; showed decent form including in handicaps in 2018 but latest three starts have been well below that level and is possibly one to be wary of these days despite having great chance on best of his form.
Has been slowly improving over fences of late culminating in a decent win at Down Royal on Boxing Day; has scope for more improvement and looks one of the more leading contenders here.
Fairly useful over hurdles; not matched that form over fences as yet, but he's not been knocked about either; better performance last time out at Leopardstown and hard to totally rule out.
Has just completed one time from three racecourse appearances; pulled up last time out here but if he can put that run behind him then he has chances based on his Cork second in November.
Was showing plenty of ability when runner up at Cork and Tipperary in October/November last year but needs to bounce back from his latest two poor runs including being beaten by 50 lengths last time out at Navan.
Fair bumper performer but has struggled making the transition to jumping evidenced by being unplaced in three hurdles efforts and completely tailed off on only chase appearance last time out at Navan; others preferred.
Won last time out at Naas despite being let down by some very iffy jumping; he makes up for his poor jumping by having a great engine and if improving his jumping, he holds every chance in this company.
Last Year's Winner
|T: S O O'BrienJ: D Meyler|
At The Acorn (3/1), The Long Mile (10/3), Wrong Direction (9/2), Glorious Galway (11/2), Diamond Turf (8/1), Isle Of Destiny (10/1), Brex Drago (10/1), Bentham (25/1), Grand Partner (33/1)
- Isle Of Destiny
- The Long Mile
- Grand Partner
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