BLACKJACK BOY looks the clear pick at these weights on the back of his recent Listowel handicap win, so gets the vote ahead of Grange Walk who is more exposed but arrives in very good nick. Broomfields Jeremy has more to offer, so is not ruled out either despite conceding weight to his chief rivals.
Not many are of serious interest and BRAVE WAY could be the way to go. She won on her only start in points a year ago and cost leading connections £160,000. A bold bid first time up over hurdles wouldn’t come as a surprise.
Jenny’s Getaway was a good third at Roscommon and is respected up in trip, while Negroni could be capable of a bigger performance with her sights switched to jumps.
RUDY CATRAIL proved better than ever when making all in a handicap chase at Listowel 16 days ago and should make another bold bid off lower mark back over hurdles. Laughing Trix showed improved form to win at Downpatrick on Friday and is feared most under a penalty, with the in-form The Reaping Race another to consider.
BALLELA STORM may have a bigger effort in her now handicapping stepped up in trip and is chanced in this one. Myladyrose arrives on the back of a good run at Navan and is an obvious contender, while Esthers Marvel could also go well in first-time cheekpieces.
Lots with chances here but CHERIF DE L’ISLE, fairly useful and consistent over hurdles, is taken to make a winning start over fences for Gordon Elliott. Ingleby Mackenzie rates a big threat now he reverts to chasing and Enjoy d’Allen is another with the form to have a say.
NOBODY HOME arrives in good form and can boast a course and distance win, so is taken to lead them home here. Bellgrove has slipped in the weights, so is well worth considering after hinting at a return to his best when third at Punchestown recently. Meanwhile, Kilkishen is another who can have a say if the cheekpieces eke out some improvement again.
Gigginstown have a couple here who should make their mark over fences in ROYAL THIEF and Battle of Midway. They are closely matched on their best hurdles form, with Henry de Bromhead’s just getting the narrow vote to make a winning start. Moyross remains with potential in this sphere, but has a 17-month absence to overcome.
DADS LAD failed to justify support on first outing for this yard after 12 months off at Galway, though he did best of those that tried in vain to reel in the enterprisingly-ridden winner, and is taken to make amends. Dark Spark is a likely newcomer for Gordon Elliott and is the obvious threat.
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