Klassical Dream goes well at home. He has plenty of experience in France, and he’s been improving in homework in the last couple of weeks.
Willie had plenty to choose from here, he goes really well though. He’s very experienced and he should handle the goodish ground.
The horse of Joseph O’Brien that was second on Gowran, Entoucas, will probably have improved from that run so he could be the danger in this.
We’re very happy with Klassical Dream though and hopefully he gets the day off to a good start for Willie and Paul.
Mixmoon had one run on the flat, she was third. She’s a nice filly, jumps well and will run a good race.
We’ve only run two three-year-olds though, so it’s hard to get a handle on them, but she jumps well, and seems to be going well. Fingers crossed she’ll run well here.
I suppose Joseph O’Brien’s horse Band of Outlaws, if it jumps better than it did in Cork, would be an interesting one too, and JP McManus’s other one, Fine Brunello, would be in there too.
Defy De Mee ran really well in Fairyhouse, and it took a really good JP horse, Lone Wolf, to beat him, so he’s left last year’s form way behind. He’s in good order, he’ll handle the ground, he’s a good jumper and the trip will suit him, but I think the horse of Martin Brassil, City Island, will be hard to beat.
It lost the race in Galway to Getareason for minute traces of a prohibited substance, though there’s no way it improved the performance, it was just the zero tolerance policy, but he’s the winner of that without the penalty whatever way you look at it.
Salsaretta is Willie’s only runner, and I’m on her here. She came out well up at the weights, she’ll hndle the ground, she should like the trip.
Obviously Not Many Left will be the danger to her, but she’s getting 7lbs off Jessica Harrington’s runner even though she’s joint top in ratings.
She’ll love the soft ground though, and she’d in good order, so we’ll be hoping she’ll run a big race.
La Sorelita is getting the filly’s allowance of 7lbs here for Paul. It’s a very competitive race. You’ve the one-two from Fairyhouse, two of Gordon Elliott’s, they’re setting the standard.
La Sorelita has a bit of experience from France, she was very impressive on her first start, not so impressive the second time out.
Maze Runner won despite his jumping down the straight in Cork. He managed to grind that out and I schooled him this week, and he’s jumping really well so I’d expect a good run out of him.
Getabird was very impressive at Fairyhouse, he loves going right-handed. He jumped really well in Punchestown, the trip’ll suit him and he has an outstanding chance. He doesn’t lack speed either. I’ve been very impressed by him. He’s the reason I’m at Limerick today.
Jetz and Hardline are the obvious dangers. Jetz was third in the Drinmore to Delta Work and Le Richebourg, and Hardline has been very good in his starts so far.
Rachael Blackmore rides one here for Joseph, Aforementioned, he’s only had the one run and he could be interesting.
Voix Du Reve has big hooves to fill with Willie’s past record in this race. He’s been very good in his two starts over fences.
You know what you’re going to get from him. He’s going to jump out there, he goes a good gallop, he jumps well, he’s fit, he stays well and he’ll give a really good account of himself. In hurdle rating, he has to improve a bit, but not much, and fences do seem to have improved him.
That said, has he taken on a horse of Mengli Khan’s status yet?
He was very good early in the season, and then what ever happened to him at Christmas last year, he seemd to lose his way a bit, but he’s still achieved more over hurdles than Voix Du Reve did.
Le Richebourg is back to two miles after the Drinmore. He’s a huge runner. The ground seems to be quick enough. The chase track is quicker than the hurdle track, and he has the experience.
In time, getting beaten by Delta Work might be no shame at all. He’s a 150 rated chaser all the same.
Kildorrery has a bit of experience, he loves the dry ground, the only thing about him is he has to take his time. Leopardstown is a track where you can come from off the pace, and I don’t know how well handicapped he is to you the truth. He seems to have his fair share of weight. I think Grand Partner of Tom Mullins could be well in.
Allaho goes really well at home, we’re happy with him. Fury Road is the obvious challenger, but we’re happy with our one in this.
Eileen O was second in her only start, we’ve been waiting on slow ground for her. Finally it’s come, she seems in good order, so hopefully she’ll go close.
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Getabird is obviously dragging me to Limerick, so I think he has an outstanding chance, and I’m not disappointed with either of the other two rides, Mixmoon and Salsaretta either, they’re both good rides.
Klassical Dream will win at Leopardstown in my view, and I think Allaho will probably win.
Getabird, Mixmoon and Allaho are the three stand outs for me.