Strictly on flat ratings, Longclaw is a standout. However, his current rating of 84, down from an initial figure of 90, almost certainly flatters him and he could prove vulnerable here with a tongue tie fitted.
Joseph O’Brien has a fine record in this division and his CALIDUS MIRABILIS gets the vote, with other likely contenders Dazzling Darren and Jeff Kidder respected.
An ordinary maiden with quite an open look to it. Question marks surround the Harrington pair Pere Et Fils and Sonnenkonig and it may pay to side with Gavin Cromwell’s PRETTY FANTASY, whose Tramore third reads well, though she is as yet unproven over this far.
Seanbhothar will appreciate this better ground and could prove the main danger, while Fox Fearless should relish this trip and Broomfields Jeremy has shown enough ability in bumper to suggest he will make his mark over hurdles.
Having posted a career-best in the Midlands National last month, top-weight FREEWHEELIN DYLAN can belatedly get off the mark over hurdles here.
It’s quite competitive mind you and Tiger Twenty Two, Top Of The Charts and Cahirdown Boy offer a solid level of opposition.
Much the best of these over hurdles, former point-to-point winner WESTERN VICTORY (NAP) looks to have been found a nice opportunity, having had a nice prep run on the Flat at Galway last week.
Rapid Response should have learnt from her recent chasing debut experience and looks next best, while Le Hachette is capable of making the frame if jumping better than she did at Tramore.
Although proving frustrating it could pay to keep the faith with I’M A GAME CHANGER here, with Konitho expected to come on from his recent chase debut to mount the biggest challenge.
Gordon Elliott has improved GIVE HIM TIME and he is fancied to supplement his Downpatrick success last month under 5lb claimer Sean O’Keeffe.
Arctic Light would be a big player if getting in, but he is only second reserve. Others to note are Rudy Cathrail and Railway Muice
The Willie Mullins stable is starting to accelerate into top gear and WEARAPINKRIBBON could be up to make a winning debut. A half-brother to the recent impressive bumper winner Beret Rouge, he is out of the stable’s smart Pink Hat, and it would come as little surprise if he proved to be above-average.
Papal Lodge looks the obvious danger, but a big run from Kalinda could be in the offing too.
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