The Very Man is going from strength to strength over hurdles, this stiffer two miles should suit him better than at Roscommon last time and he has leading claims of completing a four-timer. However, the concession of 10lb to TELMESOMETHINGGIRL may prove beyond him, the selection having impressed in the way she travelled and jumped at Roscommon. Getaway Gorgeous rates a big threat, and this better ground could suit her.
Deeply competitive. Barrington Court is possibly the one to beat and has lots of class. However, UPGRADED beat a well-fancied rival easily at Bellewstown and makes plenty of each-way appeal under a rider full of confidence at the moment.
HAND IN MY POCKET seems to save her best for the track. Her performance at Bellewstown was excellent and she should go very well here. Kaatskill Nap, bidding to make up for lost time, is greatly feared, whilst this is far more realistic for The Little Yank.
Likely PILBARA can complete the hat-trick, though this is an intriguing race, with Willie Mullins introducing French recruit Bon Retour, and Young Turk potentially better for a change of scenery.
He will need to jump better than he did at Killarney but there could well be to come from GALVIN in only his second handicap, having run really well in the novices’ handicap at Cheltenham. Royal Rendezvous is another potential improver here on his handicap debut and the choice of Paul Townend, while last year’s fourth Peregrine Run warrants plenty of respect. At an each-way price, Three Musketeers appeals of a light weight.
Second to a well-handicapped rival at Kilbeggan recently over 2m4f, this drop in trip could see THECRAICISNINETY (nap) record a second win over fences, especially if the ground doesn’t soften. Smithscorner also finished a fine second on his comeback run at Killarney and event though a couple of pounds wrong here could run a big race. Quamino arrives on the back of a hurdles win off a much lower mark but has to be respected with conditions to suit.
More Info sets the standard of those to have run but she is beginning to look exposed and could well be vulnerable to a newcomer such as SHEWEARSITWELL, whose top yard have had two bumper winners in the past few days. Both Glan and Conor’s Joy ran below high expectations on their respective debuts and more will be expected of now.
ZUMA ROCK makes plenty of appeal on paper and can keep up her stable’s fine run in these events, though the Fame And Glory gelding Mahons Glory is hard enough to oppose too. This should produce its share of winners.
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