12:45 Fairyhouse Tue 14 January 2020
Won a Kilbeggan maiden hurdle (2m, yielding) in August from a mark of 102. Has shown similar promise over fences so far without winning. Wouldn't need huge improvement to get involved in the battle for some prize money.
Not devoid of ability in his first couple of starts, but they were back in 2016-17. Was off for almost two years prior to last spring, but we haven't yet seen anything from him over fences that suggests he can win this.
Ballinrobe maiden hurdle winner by a comfortable 10L last May, when looking potentially useful. Fell on chase debut at Navan in September, and comfortably held on both subsequent runs. Probably more to come in this sphere, and will need more today.
Dual hurdles winner over 2m on soft ground. Showed some promise on his chase debut at Tramore (2m, soft) in New Year's Day, before weakening late on. Has something to build on there and not written off this time.
Doesn't appear to be ground dependent, although sole win came on good at Downpatrick (2m3f) in a handicap hurdle in 2018. Has already bettered that twice in three chases, and his latest effort at Cork is probably the benchmark here. Big player.
Dual winner of handicap hurdles over 2m6f at Navan (on good and soft/heavy). Was consistent in that discipline and maintained that level of form when 16L second on his chase debut at Down Royal (2m4f). Can build on that promise and go well.
Showed just a glimpse of ability over hurdles, but he will have to step up considerably on what he achieved in that sphere if he is to make an impact in this field on his chase debut.
Sole win came in a Clonmel mares' maiden hurdle (2m2½f, heavy) almost two years ago. Nonetheless, she showed some very respectable form in that sphere in the context of this race. 66-1 and held on chase debut, but can improve and could get involved.
Dual point winner who has not yet shown the form of those wins under rules. Can only watch on her chase debut.
Best effort over hurdles came when close second at Bellewstown (2m4f, good) last July, when with Peter Fahey. Has shown little else in several runs either side of that, including on her recent debut for this trainer. Others preferred.
Flat (1m) and triple 2m handicap hurdle winner (on good and also soft/heavy). Below par when last seen in August, but is able to replicate her better hurdling form now chasing, you couldn't rule her out here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: R HennessyJ: A E Lynch|
Theatre World (15/8), Countess Cathleen (11/4), Shakeytry (11/4), Monstrosity (8/1), Pound A Stroke (18/1), Brog Ahaon (20/1), Misty Millie (22/1), Rossderrin (50/1), Kristian Goingwel (50/1), Direct Image (66/1), Gone Galavanting (100/1)
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