It is hard to envisage anything other than a wide-margin win for FUSAIN. Already rated 126, he probably won’t have to perform anywhere close to that level to open his account in what looks a very weak heat. Perhaps Oscer Romero will chase him home.
This should develop into a duel between Fortune Street and BROOMFIELDS JEREMEY and, with no Malone Road around this time, the Phillip Dempsey-trained five-year-old is fancied to open his account. The selection pulled 14l clear of the third in that aforementioned C&D last month and a repeat performance should suffice.
It is possible that there is more to come from GOODBYE SOMEDAY, so even though he is up 9lb for his cosy Tramore win last time, he could be up to defying that. Silver Star can get closer to him today, while Construct has a solid chance also. The in-form Mandarin Monarch isn’t dismissed back over hurdles.
If the first reserve, Fakir D’alene, gets in here it would completely change the complexion of this. He is held in the highest of regard and likely be odds-on. In his absence, the vote goes to SUNDAY AT JULIA’S who, with a mark of 113, has already shown enough to suggest a maiden hurdle of this nature is within his grasp. Florrie Webb and Oscar Thyne have chances too.
Plenty of exposed types here and it could be worth taking a chance on admirable veteran BYE BYE O BYE registering a sixth career success, albeit he needs to bounce back from a poor showing last time. He likes this place, ran with credit here three starts ago and is capable of winning off this sort of mark. Don’t Let Go has rock-solid claims, while Whitango should be able to pop up in one of these before long. Helly Hansum would be feared if getting a run.
Rated 136 over fences, DOMMAGE POUR TOI was clearly below form at Tramore last time but should take beating today if close to his best again. Arthur’s Quay and Jack Hackett look most likely to give him a race.
A trappy affair in which a chance is taken on former course winner NOBODY HOME, who must have a major chance if fit enough for his first start in 229 days. Visioman is surely better than he showed last time and it would be no surprise whatsoever if he bounced back here, while Mutadaffeq is the most unexposed of these over fences and warrants respect.
Having run so well in a Tipperary bumper on his comeback, the form of which is solid, MASON CITY (nap) should be capable of taking this with normal progression. His former stablemate Full Of Zandre can’t be dismissed, while Flash De Touzaine, Zaccarela and Method Madness can get involved.
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