A tricky race but CURLEW HILL seemingly had plenty left when winning over further at Downpatrick last time out and he’s expected to progress over hurdles for Gordon Elliott.
Presenting Meghan didn’t get further than the first at Cork last week, but she’s another bumper winner who warrants respect in a race of this nature.
Sayo is seemingly the first-string for Willie Mullins and he ran with credit at Galway last week, but he’s going to have to improve if he’s to win this.
Grade 1-winning chaser ORNUA looks more interesting on his return to hurdles. He’s improved since his last prolonged spell in this discipline and he was entitled to need the run when well beaten in a Grade 3 at Tipperary in June.
Only a couple of these have a realistic chance of getting their head in front here and the one to side with is probably SANTANA PLESSIS, who was only narrowly denied over course and distance last month and was unsuited to a drop in trip here latest.
Coolbane Boy and Thousand Tears both look capable of winning races, particularly the former who should come on for the run last time out.
There’s a good chance In Your Shadow will be popular here having looked progressive of late and he lost his maiden tag at Tipperary last time out, but at a likely bigger price and from more of an each-way perspective, STADIUS looks interesting.
The seven-year-old may be a long-standing maiden but he’s produced two better efforts of late, particularly when returned to this trip at Gowran last time out and he might be capable of landing one of these low grade races from a basement mark.
Doctor Duffy is probably the one to beat after a trio of promising efforts over fences already this summer, but he’s likely to be well found in the market and a chance is taken on PERCY VEER.
The eight-year-old fell on chase debut, but it was a more encouraging effort when fourth at Galway last week and he ought to improve for better ground if the rain stays away.
Stamp Your Feet will obviously be popular here off a 6lb higher mark than his Roscommon win on first start for Enda Bolger, but THE CADDY ROSE (NAP) could be well-handicapped off a mark of 122.
Factor in Eoin Walsh’s 7lb claim and this looks a good opportunity for the six-year-old mare, who looked a natural when first sent over fences. Gwencily Berbas is dangerous.
There were a few long faces when I A CONNECT was only third in a Fairyhouse bumper back in January, but that was a much hotter heat than this and anything other than a straightforward success would be a surprise here.
He has nothing to fear from this lot. Elusive Specimen should be able to follow him home for the forecast.
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