One of the three Willie Mullins has in this race wins it for me. The question is, which one? American Tom has been very disappointing over fences on his last couple of starts and he drops back to hurdles here. He’s rated 140, so Niall Kelly claims 5lbs which should be a help to him. Stratum hasn’t run since November time, when he was second to Mengli Khan in Navan. He doesn’t have the fitness of the other two, but he could ultimately be the best of them down the road. Good Thyne Tara looks well in on the weights, she has a very good run at Killarney behind Stormy Ireland under her belt. She could well be the pick of them tomorrow, but only because of her fitness edge.
Glorious Legend’s run in Kilbeggan was much better than his effort in Wexford and the step up to two-and-a-half miles will really suit him. He’s no world beater, but he’s in good form and he’s improving steadily, which is pleasing.
True Self steps up a bit in trip here. She won well in Punchestown last month, but couldn’t quite carry the penalty in Killarney a couple of weeks ago. Niall Kelly has taken some weight off her back and the trip might bring about an improvement for her here. I thought two miles was too short for Bargy Lady last time out, two-and-a-half miles will suit her much better here.
2m3f will be a bit sharp for Orion D’aubrelle, but he does jump really well. His schooling at home has been very, very good and we really couldn’t be happier with him. If the pace isn’t top sharp for him, he’ll be bang there in the shake-up.
We haven’t been going too hard on Valley Breeze at home because he’s only a four-year-old, but he looks to be coming along nicely and is in with a right shout here.