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2m maiden hurdle and not the strongest of races with not much form on offer. There are a couple of debutants who are always interesting and any significant money for them would be worth noting. But I fancy the Mouse Morris trained runner in Barney Stinson. Has had three career starts, with a second, a third and was a faller last time out at Leopardstown.
Has made a couple of mistakes in those previous starts in the latter stages of the race. I expect a much-improved effort with Robbie Power riding well with four winners in the last two weeks and the last time he and Mouse Morris teamed up, they had a winner and will be hoping to do the same again.
2m mares maiden hurdle is another race with very little form to go off, but Cautious Approach caught the eye. This mare had been running on the flat last November for trainer Richard o Brien, her form wasn’t very strong but had won on a couple of occasions.
Since then she had been moved to Gavin Cromwell’s stable now, who aren’t going so well with only one winner in the last two weeks, so the stable will be seeking a must needed win and I expect this six-year-old to go well.
2m 4f handicap hurdle where Capture the Drama is the previous course and distance winner in the line-up but has been disappointing the last couple of runs but is wearing first time cheekpieces which could make this gelding get back to winning ways.
Of its rivals, I fancy Kristian Goingwel who has the best lines of form, winning two of its last three starts both over this distance and second on the other occasion. The trainer Oliver McKiernan is going really well with two winners of prices of 28/1 and 5/1 from his last eight runners he has sent to post and I expect the gelding to be bang there again at the finish.
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The best race on the card is this 2m 2f Handicap chase with a good field of runners and a nice pot of 23,000 up for grabs and I fancy the last time out winner Minella till Dawn who prior to the last time out win had been running quite poorly and hadn’t won in over a year.
The trainer stated the last day that the break from his last run really helped and also the step back in trip would also help that was over slightly further than this race, so stepping back again in distance could be the tonic here. Of his rivals, Rebel Gold won here the last day and is stepping up in trip which could suit but I just think Minella Till Dawn is the class runner in the line-up.
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