Fairyhouse was abandoned on Monday due to waterlogging
Georgieshore shaped with promise prior to falling at Galway on his first start for Gavin Cromwell, and he built on that when winning at the same course on his next outing, impressing with how he swooped from last to first. He has gone up 7 lb for that narrow victory, but he won with more in hand than the bare result would suggest, and he looked as good as ever at the age of 11. This is not a strong contest and he can win again for a yard noted for doing well with its recruits.
Methodtothemadness won over course and distance last month, but she had the run of the race that day and faces a serious opponent in Lily’s Gem, who is of obvious interest on her handicap debut.
Lily’s Gem showed fairly useful form in bumpers, twice finishing placed before winning on testing ground at this course. She has yet to win over hurdles but it is still early days and the switch to handicapping, allied with a five-month break, could have a positive effect. Her trainer Stuart Crawford won this race last year with Hidden Dilemma.
Wake Up Early left his previous efforts well behind when getting off the mark on his handicap chase debut at Galway in September, doing well to win from an unpromising position having made a bad mistake. He then ran well in defeat on his only subsequent start at Galway last month, despite his jumping falling apart late on.
If he can improve on his jumping he could prove to be some way ahead of his mark, while the step up in trip will also be in his favour, keeping in mind how strong a stayer he has looked. He is only a five-year-old and has had just four starts over fences so is one to keep on the right side.