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A tight affair that could prove a decent trial for the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle. BRAZIL gets a tentative nod to open his account over hurdles at the fourth attempt, with his latest form boosted at Fairyhouse on Wednesday by HMS Seahorse. Ebasari, Un Des Flos and Ben Siegel are worth watching with the Cheltenham Festival in mind, while market confidence behind Delante would be interesting.
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Five maiden hurdle winners clash here, all capable sorts but possibly none with the potential of Leopardstown scorer JOURNEY WITH ME who can preserve his unbeaten record. O’Toole and Choice Of Words have backed up strong bumper form since switched to hurdling.
A drop to 2m is unlikely to be a big problem for bumper winner HARALD HARDRAD (nap) whose second in a 2m4f maiden at Fairyhouse represents solid form. He may be given most to do by Brooklyn Glory, a dual bumper winner who was in with a chance when falling at the last on her hurdling debut. Perceval Legallois and Meet And Greet are place possibilities, along with the long-absent Onlyhuman.
Having finished third in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last year, MIGHTY BLUE sets a high standard. Goven, a promising French import, and the Gigginstown-acquired point winner A Fortune Out West are the obvious dangers to Joseph O’Brien’s 106-rated Flat performer.
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An open affair in which THE TOOTHPICKER, who has been progressing nicely, is taken to make another bit of progress to reverse the form of his Gowran second with Uncle Gerhard who holds obvious claims. Whiskey Lullaby shouldn’t be far away after a breakthrough win over fences last time, while Junior Bee could show up well at an each-way price.
A disappointing turnout for this Listed event and it would be a major surprise if ELIMAY didn’t bring up back-to-back wins in this race and make it six victories in the last seven runnings of this for Willie Mullins. Court Maid is well clear of the rest on ratings but her biggest (and most recent) win came over 3m5f so this trip is not ideal, albeit she did win a rated novice hurdle over this trip back in 2019.
It’s difficult to look beyond BILLAWAY for all that he didn’t hit the ground running on his comeback last time at Thurles when looking rusty. Ask D’man is progressing and should give the favourite most to think about, while Good Bye Sam is difficult to assess but may be fighting it out for the placings with Cloudy Tuesday.
Gordon Elliott and Jamie Codd have combined to win this for the past two years and may extend that sequence with TRUST ME NATE. Riding arrangements point to Icare D’Aubrelle, Scholes and Mitiva as likely dangers.
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