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ASTERION FORLONGE never ran right-handed over hurdles, which seems quite incredible, and underlines how talented he could be now he changes direction, in more ways than one. In a hot maiden, Midnight Run has forecast credentials.
Hot stuff and a strong pace seems assured, with FELIX DESJY probably going to be let off on his own unless Sizing Pottsie takes him on, which would help neither. Darver Star will likely be waiting to pounce, but this is no easy task for him.
This looks wide-open, but a chance is taken on VISIOMAN who seems to be improving and he was impressive over his fences when getting the better of a small but useful field at Limerick last month. Willie Mullins has a strong hand in the race and the standout pick is Tornado Flyer, who was progressive over fences last season. Down at the other end of the weighs, Tintangle looks potentially ahead of her mark.
A cracking winners’ event, the only hurdling winner in the field hard to fancy. Dark Voyager had no apparent excuses at Ballinrobe, but is solid. DRUID’S ALTER is a speculative choice at the likely odds, with more attention perhaps going to be on his stablemate Flying Scotsman, for whom heavy ground may be troublesome. Ilmig could win too.
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Devlishly difficult to price and solve. LIGNOU stays well and will be fine on the ground, which is not certainly the case with others. Pure Genius reappears without the hood. Mighty Tom will likely make the pace.
There’s a bit of depth to this maiden, but TAKARENGO ran a huge race in the Cesarewitch last month and he showed enough in a couple of his starts over hurdles last year to be of interest here. Willie Mullins has a fine record with his French recruits, and he won this race last year. His runner Gaillard Du Mensil is likely to be a warm order having cost €250,000 since last seen in France. King’s Vow is another to consider, though this longer trip poses a new question.
Plenty of these have claims, but CROBALLY BOY would appear to have been let in lightly by the assessor for his handicap debut, despite disappointing last time. Trickey Trix is one to keep on side given her recent form and Commander Lady is another mare to consider now stepping up in trip on handicap debut.
LETSBECLEARABOUTIT (NAP) looks a nice jumping prospect, as does Dark Spark, with that pair looking to have this between them on form.
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