Last year’s winning handler Willie Mullins can follow up here courtesy of BERET ROUGE.
Reported to be doing some nice work prior to blitzing the field in a Roscommon bumper on her debut, she is bred for the task on hand and can fend off fellow bumpers winners Erins Benefit and Walking Fame, with the former perhaps the more dangerous of the pair.
With a rating of 101, and the with the services of a 7lb claimer onboard, Dedanann is probably the pick of those with hurdling experience.
But, the bumper winner SONG OF EARTH has surely the scope to bag a better rating. It will be a surprise in what looks a modest contest, if he is not at the very least ultra-competitive here. The newcomer Defan is the potential spanner in the works.
The hat-trick seeking Mr Moondance will be popular and rightly so, but if he can progress another notch to bag this off a career-high mark is another story.
Blackjack Boy caught the eye at Wexford and could be a big player here on his handicap debut.
Happy Company and Ashton Court are also interesting, but COMPORTA, placed on three of his tens starts over hurdles, is put forward at a price in the hope the return to a shorter trip can do the trick.
A fascinating renewal. Cerberus must be popular, given his top-class efforts last term, while Red Gerry is also interesting.
But, the one of most intrigue is the pacy YAFORDADOE (NAP), who has taken so well to hurdling for Gavin Cromwell, who booked Paul Townend into the bargain.
THOUSAND TEARS makes plenty of appeal dropping back in distance.
Perhaps Sunday At Julia’s, who clearly is or was much better than what we saw last time, can chase him to the post.
LE MUSIGNY is taken to make a winning chase debut with Pakens Rock, who has an experience edge on those who likely count, feared greatly.
The race conditions means we have no real potential stars on show here, but APRILS JOY could well be good enough to shine brightest of all here.
Favourite to collect on both starts so far over fences, she was in touch as expected, when brought down five out at Sligo and with a clear round here, she could well be compensated.
The booking of Paul Townend further enhances her claims. Ozzie’s Way, The Abbey and Something Sweet look the dangers.
It’s hard to believe that Leading Light has had 23 runners so far and no winner but that can change here, LIGHT BRIGADE looking to have a great chance, even if Dark Spark will attract most of the chat.
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