Coeur Sublime was a comfortable winner at Down Royal and this horse could give Bryan Cooper a winner in some colours we have seen him in a lot lately. He is keen to be back in the big time and Chris Jones has some nice horses. Lever Du Soleil will be the pace setter and they won’t want him to get away.
Commander of Fleet is your favourite and was impressive in that bumper at Punchestown, but this is 2 miles on quicker ground. I have no doubt he will take high rank among the novice hurdlers, but in this I reckon Quick Grabim could be the surprise package as this could be a sprint finish as he has lots of pace.
I have been really impressed with Le Richebourg jumping. He has really taken to chasing and can make a step forward here. Delta Work will be a player if they go hard and it turns into a real test of stamina. The worry for him is some of his best form is over further in distance.
Velocity Boy was definitely going to play a part in the finish of The PP Cork Grand National when coming down and I am going to give him another chance at a decent each-way price. Out Sam is the One to beat here.
Hatton’s Grace looks like a repeat of last year. Apple’s Jade was impressive in the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan and will be short here, but should be winning this. Farclas is a very interesting runner. The Triumph Hurdle winner is on the comeback here and is one to keep an eye on. He is the lightest racer of any of the field and could be open to lots of improvement physically after a summer of grass. He will be very interesting to see in the flesh.
This Handicap Hurdle is super competitive, but any time a Charles Byrnes trained horse ridden by Davy Russell gets backed people run for cover. I am not sure Wonder Laish is hiding much from the handicapped now after his latest win. Hearts are Trumps is one that I like after his latest win. He is up 8lbs, but can be a player here.