Small field but a tricky one to assess. JELONA showed enough promise in bumpers to suggest she will have a future over hurdles, and despite a fair absence, she gets the vote over the frustrating Escort’namix, Rhythm Divine and the penalised What Wonders Weave – who ran okay on the flat at Tipperary on Friday.
Competitive fare with several in-form contenders, including recent course winner Soldiers Hill, Kilbeggan scorer Rasiym and the mares Victoria Bay and Humm Baby.
Our preference is for the four-year-old POLITICISE though on the back of a good Galway effort over a shorter trip.
Successful at Wexford on Wednesday under an enterprising ride from Rachael Blackmore, BALLINABOOLA STEEL holds good prospects of a quick follow-up here under his claiming amateur rider.
While the Wexford win came over 3m on much slower ground, the selection has form under these conditions, and is taken to hold off the likes of Gone Racing, Deauville Society and Misty Mountain.
LIGHTHOUSE ROSE might keep up the great form of the McNiff yard, despite being out of the handicap.
Aasleagh Dawn is greatly feared, with the trip possibly apt to stretch the in-form Dime A Dozen.
Dakota Beat has good claims but KNOT ON TIME (NAP) might last it out better up the hill, Paul Nolan’s only runner on the card. His recent second here, which ought to stand to him, was most encouraging.
THE TRIGGER has created his own little bit of history and can do even more by completing the five-timer now. That said, this is a nice little heat, with Cushinstown Finest lurking.
RUINOUS, a fair sort over hurdles, might be the answer to this ordinary contest. The Abbey and Miracle In Medinah are dangerous, but hard to call market-wise.
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