Fest Deiz sets the standard and this is probably a weaker maiden than he has been contesting of late. However, his form appears to have plateaued and he could be vulnerable to a less exposed rival such as BREAKEVEN, whose bumper reads well and should have no problem with this trip. Family Business holds solid place claims, while Song Of Earth could improve if jumping more fluently than at Listowel.
Some useful staying sorts in opposition here. STREETS OF DOYEN arrives via the handicap route and gets the vote ahead of West Cork Wildway and the much less exposed Get Rich Die Plyin.
An open and interesting contest. Walk Me Home has a real chance if able to reproduce his victory at Wexford, Silver Planeur and top-weight Abyssinian are solid propositions at their best, while the unexposed Ballyadam Destiny makes appeal.
Preference though is for the in-form WHATSYOURSTATUS (NAP), a winner over fences at Tramore before a fine effort at Clonmel. He makes plenty of appeal back over hurdles off a 19lb lower mark.
A small, but reasonably select field where most of the runners have some chance. Room To Roam has a significant chance on his Galway form, while Gotthenod comes here in fine fettle having won two of her last three starts. Preference is for SMITHSCORNER, winner of this race two years ago and in good form over the summer over fences.
An ordinary enough contest and most of them make limited appeal. Lightsider improved at Gowran last time in first-time blinkers and has them on again today.
Shedding should go close if able to run to the level of her run at Tramore on Thursday. However, the one to beat is STORM FLIGHT, whose recent efforts at Wexford and Fairyhouse just about give him the edge.
On hurdle ratings COKO BEACH looks to have an outstanding chance of making a successful chase debut. Rated 9lbs superior to Daybreak Boy and 16lbs ahead of Foxy Jacks, with a clear round he should be very hard to beat.
Following an excellent comeback second at Kilbeggan, the form of which has been franked since by the third home, ABBEY MAGIC gets a confident vote to get back on the winning trail here. Last year’s winner Lakemilan looks to have been primed for a repeat bid and could prove the chief danger. Meanwhile, Debuchet still lurks on a handy mark, and the ex Alan King-trained Timoteo is one to keep an eye on for his new yard.
It will be interesting to see how runaway Listowel winner COSTALOTMORE fares here, granted he won’t get as much leeway – especially with another front-runner in opposition in Limerick winner On Eagles Wings.
The selection took a keen hold at Listowel, but certainly was not stopping at the finish and he just could be underestimated. Listowel second Mahlers Dollar will surely get closer this time, in line with his good previous form, while Elusive Star is a potential improver.
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