15:45 Punchestown Sun 12 January 2020
Had some fair form for Sir Mark Prescott on the Flat but struggled when sent to Ireland late last year; a dour stayer on the Flat, he might find this on the sharp side but could go well in this company.
Has plenty of bumper experience; finished third of 15 at Gowran Park (2m) on his hurdles debut in November before unseating his rider last month at Down Royal; fair chance if jumping improves.
Newcomer by top sire Martaline cost €70,000 as a three-year-old and is a brother to 2m-2m4f hurdle winner Papagana and half-brother to two more winners in France. Likable pedigree so one to keep a close eye on here.
Had some very useful bumper form a few year ago and has made progress over hurdles despite poor jumping; should have won last time but fell at the last at Navan; becoming expensive to follow but looks likely winner if jumping soundly.
Placed on all three of his point-to-point starts back in 2018; difficult to currently assess and best place for guidance will be the betting ring.
€45,000 three-year-old Anzillero gelding is a half-brother to several winners, including top-class hurdler/high-class chaser Grands Crus. In good hands starting out, watch betting.
Low-grade Flat handicapper who has been detached on both starts over hurdles since November. Not one to place a great deal of faith in.
High-class form to his name in a couple bumpers finishing just behind the likes of Envoi Allen and Abacadabras; reasonable effort on hurdles debut at Limerick recently and one to consider.
Tailed off on both starts in bumpers and similar tail on hurdles debut at Fairyhouse earlier this month; hard to see him being competitive here.
Dual winner for Ger Lyons over a mile on the Flat and looks an interesting recruit to hurdling; last effort on the level was disappointing but should be ready here and has run well fresh in the past.
Nicely-bred gelding who dam was a half-sister to very useful hurdler/chaser Tully East; stable going well at present and one to keep an eye on in the market.
Well held in a Fairyhouse bumper before a dismal effort on hurdling debut at Leopardstown last month; difficult to get excited about.
Useful staying handicapper on the Flat when with John Ryan; has changed stable a few times since then and has not been at his best for a long while; hurdling may revitalise him and one to keep an eye on in the market.
Much better performance last time out following on from two poor efforts at Cork and Wexford; penny may have finally dropped and has reasonable chance of a place at the very least.
Looked a good prospect when winning on bumper debut at Galway in October; given a gentle introduction to hurdling last month at Leopardstown and should be better for that run; reasonable chance.
Flat-bred gelding who cost 20,000 euros as a yearling; pulled up on only point-to-point outing in November; difficult to assess.
85-rated dual Flat winner who shown moderate aptitude for hurdling; did not enjoy step up in trip last time at Naas; should be better suited here and one to consider.
Off the mark at the second time of asking for connections when landing a Roscommon bumper on heavy ground in September; mixed bag so far over hurdles but entitled to improve and difficult to write off totally.
No great shakes on the Flat but made a reasonable hurdling debut at Thurles in October; should have learned from that outing and should give another good account of herself.
Bred to stay much further than this and her two dire efforts over hurdles reflect this fact; not one to get excited about.
Nicely bred mare related to some useful National Hunt performers; tough ask on debut but market may provide clues of the stable's confidence.
Reasonably bred gelding though stable not renowned for getting them ready first time up; market best guide should he get a run: Reserve 1
Last Year's Winner
|T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy|
Blackbow (1/3), Port Stanley (4/1), Santa Rossa (11/2), Le Musigny (12/1), Nero Rock (16/1), Powerful Ted (25/1), Wavelength (28/1), The Broghie Man (33/1), Arakan Quest (33/1), Bobby Boy (40/1), Hardy Man (50/1), Loudest Whisper (50/1), Coolnacritta (50/1), Alabaster (66/1), Ballyadam Destiny (66/1), Midnight Wilde (66/1), Roses Queen (66/1), Cleared To Go (66/1), Stowaway To Heaven (66/1), Sole Trader (66/1), Funky Dady (100/1), Rebel Gold (100/1), Get Crackin (100/1), Liam Eile (100/1), Seskin Bonnie (100/1)
- Santa Rossa
- Port Stanley
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