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Having improved with each chasing start, PONT AVAL can take this if squeezing out a bit more. Happy D’Ex, Red As Rust and Nell’s Well can provide her sternest opposition.
Though INDIANA JONES is 7lb worse off with Flame Bearer for beating him by 12l in the Grade 3 Flyingbolt at Navan last time, he can confirm the form. The latter didn’t jump well that day and Sole Pretender could emerge as a bigger threat if handling this ground.
A course hurdles winner three seasons ago, CAHIRDOWN BOY has run creditably on his last two handicap starts and may open his hurdles account. Ishan, a handicap hurdle winner off 9lb lower, may be progressive enough to feature on his chase debut, along with a more recent hurdles winner Truckers Angel. Both Routine Excellence and Hymie Weiss failed to finish last time, but could not be ruled out.
15:40 – Quirkes Gate (NAP)
Barry Connell’s QUIRKES GATE (NAP) will be hard to beat if reproducing the form of his Naas second when he had Tophill Low back in third. Goldwyn, Arthor and Striking should be in the mix for minor honours.
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Though absent for a year and having not run over hurdles for three years, ASTERION FORLONGE should still be able to take care of these if retaining the majority of his ability. Summerville Boy can keep him honest.
Despite a 7lb rise for his win at Clonmel TANGENTAL can follow up. He remains 5lb below his career-high mark achieved with his original trainer and is preferred to Ballyglass Beauty, who has gone up 5lb for two second placings at Punchestown. Killinure Lass has a solid each-way chance on the form of her penultimate start.
Not much to go on here, but MASTER OTIS shaped well enough first time out and may be able to make that experience count. Riding plans here involve both senior riders and capable claimers, and the market should help to clarify matters. Perfect Nelson, Maxi Mac Gold and I Wont Back Down are among several worth a market check.
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