A tricky opener to the card but a chance is taken on MYSTERY STOWAWAY, who makes her chase debut here. The mare has been in fine form over hurdles since the restart and she could hardly have won with any more in hand at Limerick last time. Andalusa should improve from a her chase debut last time when making a few errors while Ballyegan Hero is another to consider after making a promising return over hurdles three weeks ago.
Memory Tree wasn’t disgraced over course and distance on his return from a 145-day absence last time and he could be a player if he comes on for the run. However, preference is for ELEGANT DAN, who has been in the form of his life over hurdles since the restart and warrants respect back over fences.
It is interesting that Kendancer is turned out again three days after being narrowly denied at Ballinrobe but he needs to brush up on his jumping. BEAR CLAWS has shown a good aptitude for hurdling in his two starts and this is a much weaker race than the one in which he was fourth at Galway so looks a safer bet. Gerry’s Way, Marmolata and Elite Trooper Grey look best of the rest.
He has clearly had training issues but ENZANI is a decent type who should have improved from his first run for almost two years at Kilbeggan last time so gets the nod. His stablemate Ardamir was unsuited by soft ground last time but should run better now, while Wait Here and Ingleby MacKenzie are capable of decent showings.
A tight race. Insane Bolt has experience around this track, which can stand to him, while Eagle Moon is trained by a local handler who does very well here. However, CHEAD SOLAS has the potential to be significantly better than his rating and is the selection. The one caveat is that this tight track may not suit him ideally.
Well Joey could be problematic if he gets in, but GOTTA GETAWAY (nap) has good course form and the manner of her Downpatrick win suggests she can add this one to her tally under her mandatory 5lb penalty. She is due to go up another 2lb and the decision to make a quick reappearance is no real surprise. Fleurys Fort and Naturally Blond won’t be far away either, whilst Shane Duffy seems to have improved Daisy’s Hollow and she is another one to bear in mind.
Penny Out was unlucky at the Galway Festival and probably bumped into one in any case. She can be expected to make a bold bid to go one better here, but MY SISTER SARAH could well have her measure. Willie Mullins’ charge also came out of the festival with much credit and she appears to be crying out for this test of stamina. It should be an interesting tactical affair with both the big two on paper likely to be played late. Rocket Lad, Rightplacerightime and Hammerstein should also be bang there.
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