Limited hurdles form to go on and quite likely this could go to a hurdling debutant. ESTEPONA SUN is by some way the highest-rated of these on the flat, and on that basis gets a tentative vote to see off the Joseph O’Brien-trained pair Dawn Over Owning and Scholastic, with Crassus another to consider.
A biggish field but not many count. The well-bred Sporting Sally is an interesting newcomer. Of those that have run, the consistent Bioverdia should run her race, as should Floating Around, while Majestic Maid has some very good bumper form. The most likely winner though is RUAILLE BUAILLE on her hurdles debut after a very convincing success in a Tramore bumper last month.
Preference is for hurdling newcomer CHARCOR, a 96-rated flat performer suited by a sound surface but with also form on soft. Dual bumper winner Dewcup looks next best.
A little bit of depth to this race with consistent performers Fest Deiz and Dakota Beat likely to play a hand, and unknown quantities like point-to-point winner Clondaw Bertie adding a bit of spice. It is quite hard to look beyond Sligo bumper winner ROBINNIA though, with the step up in trip in her favour and any amount of progression possible.
A cracking contest and absolutely wide open with almost every runner having a chance of some sort. Rhythm Divine is on a hat-trick seeking mission and does not look that harshly treated. Top-weight Conron is a track specialist, Humaniste ran very well at Killarney after a long absence and is interesting too. Quamino is still well in over hurdles and Sean Says could well be progressive. The selection is HUMM BABY (nap), who has missed a couple of recent engagements due to soft ground, but should have her conditions here and the trip to suit after a fine effort over 2m at Cork in July.
Not too much form to go on, Mighty Meggsie having the best credentials by virtue of her Galway second to a ready winner. However, preference is for the Willie Mullins-trained debutante GELEE BLANCHE, while the former’s stablemate Jesina is definitely worth a look on her debut. Others to consider include Hidden Harmony and Fethard Glory.
Plenty green when a strong-finishing third on his recent Roscommon debut, WEARAPINKRIBBON can make that experience count here against likely newcomers in Sin A Bhfuil and Sam’s Choice and conclude a good day for the Closutton yard. The selection’s stablemate Erica’s Joy and Roscommon fifth O’Carolan are others to consider.
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