Both Dime A Dozen and Graceland have the benefit of a recent run over fences, each showing promise at Kilbeggan last month.
However, POPONG was a more highly-rated hurdler and coming from a yard whose chasing debutants are invariably well prepared, is taken to make a winning start in this discipline.
A somewhat belated chasing debut for DAVIDS CHARM, whose last hurdles win came here at Grade 3 level last October when rated 150, and a recent run here in a similar event should have him straight for this task.
Despite his lack of experience, he gets the vote ahead of two with chasing experience, Benruben and Global Jackpot. Meanwhile another chasing newcomer, the long absent Percy Veer should be noted if strong in the market.
Still only a six-year-old, TOP OF THE CHARTS (NAP) could well have more to offer over fences on only his sixth attempt and he can overcome a lengthy absence to complete a hat-trick.
Chief danger Robin Duez Pois probably wants softer ground, while Doran The Legend is hardly the most consistent, but would be a contender if returning to the form of his Sligo win which came on similar ground.
Ballymac Boy is of clear interest, but was due to run at Kilbeggan on Friday so that complicates matters.
Slainte And Thanks won here over hurdles last time so is respected, while Kilderry Prince, Attalco and Railway Muice have a squeak.
However, ALICE JOHNSTON is 5lb lower over fences than hurdles and went close a few times over timber last year so is a speculative pick.
Henry De Bromhead runs four here, but the pick looks to be VISIOMAN, who tuned up for this with a promising seasonal debut at Kilbeggan.
Get Out The Gate should run much better for the Elliott team on his second start for them, while Bay Hill is a versatile sort who can go well too. Callthebarman can also improve on his recent run.
A modest enough beginners’ chase with perhaps recent Bellewstown hurdle placers Shamad and IMPORTANT MESSAGE those to concentrate on.
The latter has a little to find on that form but is proven over this trip, while the trip is unknown territory for the former.
In Your Shadow was still in contention when a faller three from home at Kilbeggan on Friday so rates a definite threat if turning out quickly, while Woodbrook Boy would have a chance on his debut chase effort but has a poor Killarney run to bounce back from.
Perhaps 10th time lucky for THISONESFOROLLIE, whose challenge looked to have been timed to perfection by Davy Russell only to be foiled late over this trip in a Kilbeggan handicap two starts back.
Little separates Rebel Waltz and Global Fert on recent hurdles form here, while Belle West would be a danger to all if back to the form of her Sligo chase debut run.
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