A two-horse race with the long-absent N’GOLO fancied to make an immediate impact over hurdles and better good bumper horse Risk Factor.
Enzani had a lovely run back at Kilbeggan and should go close if he doesn’t bounce, while Eagle Moon has to be respected after winning nicely at Bellewstown.
However, EGO DES MOTTES has the look of a Galway plot job and could come alive on his handicap debut, especially with the form of the stable. Millyinthemiddle ran well earlier in the week and has place claims again.
As tricky a handicap as you’ll find around here with cases to be made for plenty of these. FAN DE BLUES didn’t manage to sneak into the bottom of Thursday’s Galway Hurdle but can make amends here, having produced an excellent effort in the Ladbrokes Hurdle when market confidence was behind him last time.
Decor Irlandais is a classy individual who warrants plenty of respect, but his huge weight is a worry.
Filon D’oudairies surely has plenty more to offer from his mark and is on an upward curve, while Goodbye Someday and The Mouse Doctor ought to be in the thick of things if all falls right.
Despite proving weak in the market and fluffing the last, FLOORING PORTER showed great battling qualities to score at Gowran recently and the ever-improving five-year-old is taken to defy an 8lb penalty – with Conor McNamara now taking off a valuable 5lb.
Willie Mullins throws the kitchen sink at this valuable pot, the pick of his seven runners looking to be Canardier, Sayo and My Sister Sarah. The latter paticularly interesting with Rachael Blackmore booked.
Both Sweet Home Chicago and Plinth are getting on in years but have plenty to offer on recent evidence.
Convara has obvious claims after being unfortunate to depart the contest late at Tipperary last time, but MING DYNASTY was an eye-catcher in behind on that occasion and could find the necessary improvement to get off the mark over fences here.
Star Max holds the standout rating of 134 and this could prove to be a good bit of placing by connections, but he needs to come forward from his latest Kilbeggan effort. Stormey should be up to a solid showing and could hit the frame.
A difficult contest to assess, with five of the nine runners having lined up in the Galway Plate two days ago. THE STORYTELLER was pulled up early on that occasion and if none the worse for that brief outing, he should prove tough to beat with his chase mark of 158.
Mengli Khan is difficult to trust but has plenty going for him and arrives here fresh, while Livelovelaugh could be dangerous to underestimate if bouncing out of his mid-week run in good fettle.
A major fancy for this race last summer when ruled out at the 11th hour through lameness, Mindsmadeup will bid for compensation and arrives into the race off the back of a win, as does Macgiloney and Gunfire Reef.
Portmore Lough has some of the best form on show and handles Galway, but MIGHTY STOWAWAY is most interesting on debut for Gordon Elliott and is fancied to be in the shake-up.
Connections clearly think the world of Hallowed Star and he is difficult to get away from here, but JAWBOX is no slouch and he could be worth taking a chance on if none the worse for his recent hurdles spill.
He ought to improve with experience, clearly has enough ability to win a bumper and gets a 20lb pull with the likely favourite when included Kevin Brogan’s 7lb claim.
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