13:05 Punchestown Sun 12 January 2020
Had some good form last season at Grade One level over hurdles. He made his chase debut at Fairyhouse (2m5f) in November where he scored in an 18-runner field by 3¾L, justifying going off as the 4/7 favourite; leading chance.
Confirmed himself one of the best novice hurdlers around when landing the Ballymore Hurdle at Cheltenham last season; did not particularly enjoy his first outing over fences in December but that experience would have done him good; possibilities.
Solid and consistent 148-rated hurdler. Won on chasing debut in a Gowran Park beginners contest over 2m2f in October on soft ground before finding things tougher in Grade 3 event at Cork in November; can improve and not easily discounted.
Put some poor early chase experiences behind him when winning a novice handicap chase at Limerick in December; this looks much tough but should give a good account of himself with that confidence boosting win under his belt.
Remains a maiden after seven starts. Has hit the frame on two of his outings this season, including on penultimate start at Fairyhouse (2m5f) when he was second of 18. Needs to improve to record his first success.
Finished third of 14 of his opening start over fences at Fairyhouse (2m5f) where he was 8¼L off the winner. His sole success came in a maiden hurdle. Will need to improve in order to be in the mix at this level.
Last Year's Winner
|T: A A HowardJ: M P Walsh|
Carefully Selected (4/7), City Island (4/1), Speak Easy (6/1), Dallas Des Pictons (14/1), Lord Schnitzel (16/1), Halsafari (66/1)
- Carefully Selected
- City Island
- Dallas Des Pictons
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