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Several with chances. Karakhan sets the standard but his tendency to take a keen hold mitigates against him. Given Wings could be interesting on his first start for Henry De Bromhead, but a chance is taken on BABYLON BEACH. He didn’t seem to stay at Cork last time, having travelled well into the race, and he could appreciate this drop in trip now. Pearland ran well after a huge absence at Wexford and is respected.
An untidy leap two from home didn’t help the chances of MY FRIEND THE WIND over C&D last month when third to an all-the-way winner, so with a clear round he could go well here. In an open contest, he gets the vote ahead of Antigua Son, Call Me Freddie and Da Big Fella. Shiroccoville is worth a market check on her first start for Emmet Mullins.
A strong-finisher over slightly shorter at Cork last time, BRIGHT SUNBIRD (nap) will probably want 3m in time but nonetheless looks the best option here with the predicted rain likely to make it more of a stamina test. Stellar Stow has a bit to do to overturn Cork form with the selection but looks a solid place play, along with Esthers Marvel.
Very competitive with several strong contenders. Preference is for Kilbeggan winner WALKING ON GLASS, for whom a 9lb rise doesn’t look overly harsh. Likely dangers include Line Out and the Mark McNiff-trained pair Lighthouse Rose and William Of Wykeham.
Highly tried as a novice last season, EMBITTERED is, surprisingly, still a maiden after seven attempts chasing but remains the one to beat and can confirm Wexford form with both Poseidon and Fusain.
A tight affair in which preference is for MYTH BUSTER, who can put his experience to good use and build on his recent effort here. Druid’s Altar is better than he showed at Galway and has obvious potential to improve.
Plenty need to return to their best form after below-par efforts last time and PONT AVEN is one candidate who could be able to bounce back, with this trip to his liking and the rain unlikely to cause a major problem for him. Abbey Magic is still seemingly on the up as a lightly raced 10yo and shouldn’t be far away if the ground doesn’t soften too much, while Mortal and Robin Des Foret, the 1-2 in this race last year, could show up well at bigger prices. Ilikedwayurthinkin isn’t as exposed as most of these over fences.
It may not be a straightforward task at the weights but LAHINCH THREE gives the impression he should have more to come and gets the nod in a competitive bumper. Ridden by Patrick Mullins, who partnered the promising Sherodan to victory at Tipperary, connections should have a handle on the level of form needed to succeed here given Emmet Mullins saddled the runner-up to Level Neverending at Galway. Imperial Ruler may sharpen up for this experience, while market support for Well Pleased would be interesting.
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