Farmix showed some promise on his debut under Rules at Punchestown in December, finishing fourth, and he has made an encouraging start over hurdles, coming home in second on both occasions.
He was a beaten evens favourite over this course and distance on his latest outing, but the horse he chased home has since won impressively, making that effort appear better.
She’s All Vintage offered little in bumpers, but she showed something to work with when fifth on her debut over hurdles at Navan recently, plugging on from the second-last. She’s All Vintage, a runner-up in points, shaped like a stayer at Navan, so this slightly step up in trip ought to be in her favour and she is worth siding with.
Shantou Sisu is still looking for his first win but he ran his best race yet when runner-up here last time and can get off the mark at the 16th attempt.
Shantou Sisu only just failed to strike last time, showing a good attitude under pressure, and he could prove difficult to peg back if again getting into a good rhythm in the lead.
Bitsandpieces is not the most fluent of jumpers – he fell on his penultimate start at Naas – but he still sets a clear standard and looks the one to beat on the form of his third over course and distance in December. He was below his best in a handicap here last time but this looks a good opportunity for him to get off the mark over fences.
Death Duty is of interest having shaped with some promise when heavily backed in the Plate at Cheltenham recently. However, Bachasson also ran well at the Festival, finishing sixth in the Coral Cup, and he gets the nod. He has shown very smart form over fences at his best and his efforts in the Coral Cup and the Boyne Hurdle (finished third) show he retains plenty of ability.
The Trigger has bounced back to form of late, finishing third at Musselburgh last month before going down by only a head at Downpatrick on Sunday. He bumped into a progressive sort at Downpatrick but pulled clear of the third, suggesting he is ready to take advantage of this mark. He should give a good account provided he has recovered from Sunday’s exertions.
There are some promising types in here but Frontal Assault, who has been placed on both starts and was behind a couple of subsequent winners at Fairyhouse last time, has achieved the most and earns the vote.
He had little chance against Ferny Hollow, who went on to win the Champion Bumper, or On Eagles Wings, who also impressed next time, but he was well clear of the remainder and should be suited by this step up in trip.
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