Sideshift, Alexei Vronsky and French Asset are interesting newcomers to this game, but BIGZ BELIEF is the percentage call. He has twice run well over hurdles in spite of racing freely (the hood should help today), while he has also run well at this course in testing ground. Perry Owens gets blinkers today after racing lazily last time and can run well, as can Lucky Fella.
BELFAST BANTER should have the winning of this if the tongue tie does the trick, but he is necessarily risky. Defan seems well-regarded and was given a month to get over his Listowel fall.
A cracking contest. CHATHAM STREET LAD looked full of himself at Ballinrobe, but faces a strong challenge from Brace Yourself and course winner Tiger Voice.
A significant non-runner but still a strong race. RUN FOR OSCAR ticks the boxes, but has another useful sort in bumpers, Julies Stowaway, to worry about.
The three McManus runners are all feasible, but IMPATIENT PARTNER looks a certainty to win a handicap sooner or later, unlike the other pair. La Feline is feared.
A typically open handicap hurdle, where a chance is taken on SPANCIL HILL improving for his recent seasonal debut and tackling testing ground again. Not So Simple won last time and is respected, while Yeat’s Encore, Feyan and Moyode Lady ran well last time. Check Ardhill in the market.
Quite a smart finale. BLAZING KHAL, Part Time Farmer and Shakespeare’s Word all finished second in four-year-old bumpers last season, the last-named doing the same here recently.
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