Paul Townend looks to have the perfect opportunity to come back from injury with a winner in the form of BLUE LORD, a chic beginner hurdler last season who could grow into a very competent hunter.
Cayd Boy and Everglow, who have the advantage of having a run on the selection formed by Willie Mullins, should be pretty much at the end of business, but El Barra mostly calls for hunting his stable mate. Atlantic Fairy is worth seeing for the rest of the season.
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Difficult to oppose STATTLER, already ranked among the top contenders at the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in March. He hit a good level of form last season and is getting the go-ahead to make a winning start on the fences now.
Gars De Sceaux is his more intriguing opponent given how un-exposed he is, while the pair formed by Henry de Bromhead of Ain’t That A Shame and Baptism Of Fire may well come in at higher prices. .
This trip might be more suitable for SAMURAI CRACKER than the 3m on which he ran well in Troytown in Navan and he gets the vote. The Soviet Pimpernel, heavier weight, must be respected, but his jump remains a problem as the market will be informative regarding beginners with handicap Millen To One and Fighting Fit.
An element of guesswork here given that several of them have yet to clear a hurdle in public, but CELESTIAL HORIZON appeals evident on its flat shape, representing prominent connections. He gets the green light from Britzka, who also has a favorable profile. Vocito and Scenic Look shouldn’t be too far away. Just Jacob, who has shown a lot of flat promise for William Haggas, deserves a market check.
Tony Martin seems to have a strong hand here thanks to Sil Ver Klass and EXPLOSIVE BOY, preferably for the latter which displays an unexposed profile. Peace Party has obvious demands, while We’ll Go Again may well come at a higher price tag. The Kashi and Fox Le Bel reserves would be interesting to enter.
Although disappointing on the last visit to Listowel, WALL OF FAME worth another chance after showing Thurles first-win potential last season. Beginners in hurdles Hi Ho Phoenix and Dublin Calling represent other strong yards and could be the main dangers.
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A compressed handicap and FINAL ORDERS (NAP) can confirm Punchestown’s form with Ruler Of Dubai and challenge a higher 3-pound mark. Course specialist Nicole’s Milan and strong goalkeeper Glenabo Bridge can also compete.
Lots of claims, but CLAIRMC caught the attention of stewards when he was sixth in a first hurdle and can show the benefits of this outing with a big fan on board. Newcomer Liberty Dance appears to be Gordon Elliott’s main hope and Ottizzini and Skinnider have already shown a useful level of form.
11:30 Blue lord
12:30 p.m. Samurai Cracker
13:02 Celestial horizon
13:37 Explosive boy
14:12 Wall of fame
14:47 Final orders
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