Winter form counts for a lot at this time of year and bumper winner VALENTINA LADY has spades of it.
She sets a decent standard having placed in a stronger maiden hurdle than this on debut and can make a winning return. Westcoast Tiger looks the main threat, while Fairyhill Run can improve on her debut third here.
Everything points to a third straight win from TREES VALLEY, whose form is working out well.
Heliers Bay is an obvious threat while Sargent Lightfoot and All The Angels are also respected.
Likely there is more to come from RESCUE PACKAGE, who can turn the Galway form around on Mrs Milner, while course lover Brogine, Buttons And Bows and Moyhenna are just a few dangers in what is an ultra-competitive handicap.
Plenty of exposed types here, but NEED FOR GOLD does not fall into that category and could well have more to offer in much calmer waters than he’s been trying his luck before the lockdown.
Warreedy is no back number and should be on the premises, while Our Majella shouldn’t be underestimated now back up in trip.
A trappy affair in which at least one negative can be found with each of the runners in terms of their credentials for this assignment.
Thosedaysaregone’s lack of chasing experience is a concern, for all that he is the most exciting contender in the line up, and a token vote goes to LIVELOVELAUGH.
He is perhaps more effective in a big-field handicap environment but should be able to confirm his Galway supremacy over Mengli Khan, another Gigginstown-owned performer entered for the upcoming sales.
Cases can be made for plenty and it’s difficult to get away from the in-form Mindsmadeup, but DEBUCHET could be worth taking a chance on here, having gone well fresh in the past.
His mark of 133 looks workable enough and the ground shouldn’t be a problem, for all that he doesn’t have the best winning record.
Peaches And Cream is a dark horse to consider, while Chavi Artist could be involved at the business end at a decent price.
Aforementioned looks the more reliable of the two Gigginstown-owned runners, who are both due to go through the sales ring later this month.
However, LINE OUT (NAP) has given the impression he’ll eventually develop into a better chaser than hurdler and this could be a good chance for him to get off the mark in this sphere.
He needs to sharpen up his jumping a little, as does Fred The Foot.
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