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The value of the chasing experience obtained by She Tops The Lot should not be underestimated, but Gordon Elliott may strike here with THE SLIDING ROCK, best of these over hurdles. Manitopark AA is far too unreliable to be recommended, but could win a race like this if everything went right.
This looks tight despite the small field. More was expected of Alice Avril last time, and she may be capable of better, but she is worse off at these weights with Little Brother from that day. Bentham was just denied over further last time and this trip will suit. However, SILVER STAR travelled well in a higher grade than this at Killarney last time before falling and can make amends.
Winner of this last year, BENEFIT RUN put up a career-best when second at Galway last time in a higher grade and should take the beating off 3lbs higher. Grange Walk fell on that occasion, but can go well granted a clear round. Turbo is another to consider, while there won’t be much between Killarney rivals Espion Du Chenet and Jack Holiday.
Only the middle of September, but John Ryan has already comfortably exceeded his best previous seasonal tally with 25 wins. He can get another on the board with THAT’S LIFEBUOY, second at Roscommon and Tramore on his first two chase starts.
Gelee Blanche had the shorter-priced Bold Emperor a long way behind when third at Tramore. Wa Wa was something of a revelation on his first start over fences.
Conor O’Dwyer’s new recruit EMIR DE ROTS may provide a quick dividend if able to reproduce the form he has shown in claiming hurdles. Go Battle shaped well at Ballinrobe on her first run over fences. Old Town Road showed a revival in form at Killarney.
Though FANCY FOUNDATIONS (NAP) has less chasing experience than main rivals Antey and Mormon, his Down Royal beginners’ win in May was impressive and he can make light of his absence to score again.
Shane O’Callaghan has struck up a fine partnership with the much-improved FAVORI LOGIQUE, who has a theoretical 10lbs in hand after last week’s 10 lengths defeat of Father Jed at Ballinrobe. Unless this comes a bit soon, Ross O’Sullivan’s runner should cope with the likes of Warreedy, back over fences following a hurdles outing last time, and Nuttorridge, respected on his best hurdles form. Light Bulb showed major improvement at Kilbeggan.
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