If Gordon Elliott has got Envious Editor back to his best then he will take beating, but he hasn’t run in a while, so the nod goes to impressive dual bumper winner SLIGE DALA to prevail on his hurdles debut.
Fortune Street should go well, while Minella Escape is highly respected should he get a run.
Top conditional Conor McNamara riding MARY OF DE SORROWS instead of last-time out winner, The Reaping Race, trained by his father Eric, says plenty about her chance and the top-weight can break her duck.
Not So Simple was a solid runner-up at Galway last time and can go well, while Milalee is interesting.
The manner in which NIBBLERS CHARM demolished a decent field in soft ground at Galway augurs well here despite a 12lb rise, the runner-up having gone on to land a good pot at Killarney.
Golden Spear could prove the best of Tony Martin’s pair, while Dollys Destination should appreciate the likely strong pace and could run well at each-way odds.
Getaway Gorgeous enters handicap company at the deep end with jumping concerns persisting despite an improved round last time.
The obvious place to start is with recent course and distance beginners’ chase winner Memory Tree, but he won on good ground that day and it is much softer today.
BLAZE A TRAIL finished almost 12 lengths ahead of the former at Wexford last time and will be more at home on today’s ground, so can take this. Hoke Colburn can run well.
Though yet to score over fences, BALLYEGAN HERO has run creditably several times, including latest over 2m at Killarney. The step up in trip on easy ground will suit too, so he can get off the mark.
Bay Hill looks likely to run well again, while Treacysenniscorthy should have improved from his seasonal debut and go well.
A good-class renewal of this longstanding race. POWERFUL TED (NAP) ran a cracker in a premier handicap at Leopardstown on Champions Weekend.
Grandmaster Flash finished well down the field that day, though not beaten that far, but on his previous close fifth at Galway on soft ground he still poses the greatest threat to the selection.
Landa Beach is interesting but has a long absence to overcome, while Turnpike Trip and the Willie Mullins’ pair Mt Leinster and Shanning are others to consider.
No outstanding piece of form on offer here, though definite promise has been shown by several, notably Hidden Harmony and WHISPERING GYPSY (a half-sister to the smart Gypsy Island) whose Down Royal effort perhaps shades it.
The market will be the best indicator to the relative chances of the Willie Mullins’ pair of newcomers Brooklyn Glory and Nudie, while Jamie Codd’s booking for Limerick maiden hurdle third Glorious Singer takes the eye.
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