Easy Gold runs in the 3m handicap hurdle on Saturday. He’ll love the trip and hopefully the better ground will suit him as he disappointed in the mud at Listowel. He’s the least exposed of our three runners but needs to step up a bit now.
Hey Little Boy has been a little disappointing since winning a maiden hurdle at Tramore while Steel Wave may find that this trip exposes his stamina.
It’s the first of the really good races of the jumps season. Ballycasey is a previous winner of this but it’s a very strong contest this year and while he may have had a chance in his hey-day, if he ran into a place it would be a really good run from him. Most will have to put up career best performances to beat Henry De Bromhead’s Ryanair Chase winner, Balko Des Flos.
However, last year’s winner A Toi Phil has a great record when fresh and will love the ground. He’s an interesting contender from Gordon Elliott’s yard.
Miss Sapphire is in good form and is definitely capable of winning a race off the mark she has. The 3m 1f trip will suit her and she’ll appreciate the better ground.
I’m really looking forward to seeing Voix du Reve over fences. He was a 140-rated hurdler who was a little disappointing in the Galway Hurdle but ran a blinder in a handicap hurdle to finish third at Listowel under top weight.
He attacks his fences, jumps well and has schooled really well at home. He’s the ideal type for two-mile chases as he gets out there and gallops. He’s an exciting prospect this season.
Voix du Reve looks to be our best chance on Saturday.
Max Dynamite’s last run was a big step up on what he had shown before on the Flat when second to his stablemate Thomas Hobson in the Group 2 Doncaster Cup.
It looks an open Cadran as a lot of the British Stayers are waiting for Champions Day in two weeks’ time. He mightn’t be a genuine Group 1 horse on the Flat but this is very open and it’s the best chance he’s going to get to win one.