A very winnable contest indeed. Jelona would change the complexion of the race if she got a run and newcomer Granny Lowrie would not need to be anything special to get involved on her debut.
Of those with form, Little Lady Lu has run well here and Hill Of Truth is probably better than she has shown, but the safe option is COOSAN CLOVER who has some of the best overall form and her recent third at Downpatrick is decent in the context of this race.
Not much depth to a contest that won’t take much winning. Railway Hurricane disappointed in a Limerick bumper but is likely to do better here, while Cousin Harry has definite claims on the best of his handicap form.
The one to beat though looks to be SAMBA DANCER who might have gone close at Roscommon with better jumping. A reproduction might just suffice.
Not a huge amount of depth to this maiden hurdle. After finishing second, third and fourth in a Ballinrobe handicap hurdle last week, there should not be a lot to choose between Yeat’s Encore, Marino Marvel and Zinat, while Caridadi finished second in another handicap hurdle on the same Ballinrobe card after two years off and has solid claims too.
It might pay though to give another chance to ASHTON COURT, an early casualty when a well-supported favourite at Ballinrobe, and likely to be thereabouts with a clear round.
Hard to look beyond SANTANA PLESSIS after his recent second here, despite the drop in trip. Jack Hackett continues to frustrate and could be edged out of the runner-up spot here by Dedanann.
Ocean Glandore was back to something approaching his best over C&D a fortnight ago and seems sure to make a bold bid under top-weight.
However, EIMEAR (NAP) has a nicely progressive profile since joining Matthew Smith, her recent chase win here preceded by a fine second to an improver over hurdles at Tipperary and the form has been well franked since by the third home.
The veteran Bye Bye O Bye has a bit to find with Ocean Glandore on recent C&D form, but can never be discounted around here.
After an excellent third on her seasonal return here last month, JOSEPHINA may not need to improve to get off the mark over fences here at the third attempt.
Both Pass Hymn and Fulysse shaped well at Tipperary and are respected. Meanwhile the experienced Father Jed would come into it on his best form, and Miracle In Medinah could now come into his own switched to fences after an interrupted career.
Not the strongest of races and it could provide ARCTIC LIGHT with the right opportunity to get off the mark over fences, having run well at this track last season over hurdles.
Expect the in-form Maureen’s Star to play a major part, while Mr Jacaranda could have more to offer and Da Baba Elephant has the ability to take a hand if at his best.
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