Bacchus Lescribaa was disappointing in a Clonmel bumper on his debut, but the market was strong for him, and it will be no big surprise if he repays his loyal followers here. Fassbender is moderate, but looks a player in what is a weak affair.
However, the newcomer KAPARD won’t need to be a stable star to bag this on debut. Henry de Bromhead’s charge, a nicely bred filly, could well have enough class and will without doubt know her job well. The well named Vocal Duke is another to note.
Despite coming here on the back of a huge absence, KAREN’S GIFT is one of the more interesting ones.
It turned out to be a handy enough operator she beat into second spot (Dime A Dozen) when winning a Mainstown five-year-old mares maiden point early last year. While she must have encountered some problems in the interim, she is clearly quite a useful sort, and her connections are unlikely to be wasting any time with her at this stage.
Red Iron picked up an overdue bumper win recently and is feared, along with Killultagh Bella.
Jazz Ranger came from a long way back when winning at Tramore and is a dangerous rival to all concerned here off a 5lb higher mark.
Breezy Bell, Ashton Court and Lusis Naturea are others with solid recent form to bring to the table, but ATLAS appeals most.
The latter, fit from the flat, has failed to exploit this sort of mark over hurdles in the past, but he is undoubtedly well treated if it all clicks right for him, and he still has time on his side.
Ayr bumper winner STREETS OF DOYEN looks all over a stayer on page and form. He makes plenty of appeal. Baily Thunder is thriving and enjoying his trips to the west.
BENRUBEN (NAP) makes lots of appeal here off what is nearly certain to be a decent if not strong pace, with loads of potential front-runners. As such, perhaps Razoul will chase him home.
FORT WORTH TEXAS looks the most likely winner here for Colin Bowe, her peak hurdling form giving her the nod.
Champagne Beauty is greatly feared, on the basis of her experience and Denis O’Regan riding.
A very interesting finale. VELVET ELVIS is bred to be useful and ran a nice race on his rules debut, on which he holds Fresh Start.
There are some intriguing newcomers including Chemical Energy, Champagnesocialist and Mare Quimby.
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