JESSE EVANS couldn’t have been more impressive in winning his bumper at Listowel and could be capable of making an immediate impact over flights. Hammersmith certainly has the ability to win his maiden but is becoming exposed while Dare To Flare should also be involved.
Flanking Maneuver would be interesting if he got in but Gigginstown could have a strong enough hand in any case with ONE DOWN. Classy Flat performer Still Standing should be capable of winning races in this sphere.
If he can settle a bit better than he did on his hurdling debut at Navan, TIRMIZI could be hard to beat. Tullybeg and Decimation may follow him home.
Zinat is riding the crest of a wave at present and may not be done with just yet, but the unexposed PAPAL COURT was still travelling when coming down two from home behind her at Kilbeggan and could be one to have on side here. Ricky Langford impressed at Wexford and must be considered, although a bigger threat could come from Molly Kaye and Capture The Action.
ARD ABHAINN could offer a bit of value here. She has it to find with Buildmeupbuttercup but could have more improvement in her. Etincelle Lioterie might be a springer.
The hat-trick seeking Nero Rock can be expected to make a bold bid to keep the ball rolling, whilst Bread And Butter, and perhaps the biggest threat of all Mandarin Monarch, are also feared. The top weight HANNON has a real touch of class and is appealing here with 7lb claimed off his back. He was badly hampered early in the Galway hurdle which effectively knocked him out of the race but he did show some of his former sparkle on the Flat in the interim.
Defeat seemed to be out of the question for those who backed PRESENTING DYLAN down from double digits at Roscommon on Monday, and so it proved, with the 5yo readily landing the gamble. The extra yardage here can surely only bring about better, and he is due to go up another 5lb after today. Feathered Gold and War Eagle are also interesting, whilst Woodbrook Boy has a bit to prove now on the back of yesterdays effort at Clonmel.
Hot bumpers are not uncommon here, but this one is a sizzler, and will take some winning. PURPLE MOUNTAIN is the obvious starting point with her connections alone. She disappointed on her debut but made amends in good style on her reappearance at Killarney and could well follow up here. Eilise’s A Lady looks to have a touch of quality and is feared most of all. Sheer Liss and Powerful Out could also threaten.
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