12/03/2020 at 10:36 am #2802558TonyMac11Participant
Good Luck Everyone
Itchy Feet comes here on a hat-trick of win following success in the Grade 1 Scily Isles chase at Sandown last month – many conditions in his favour.
Mister Fisher is another on a hat-trick of wins. Step into Grade 1 company but should give a good account with yard in fine form.
Tornado Flyer is better than his last couple of starts at Naas and Leopardstown on ‘sticky’ ground suggest.
Dutch Selection: Itchy Feet and Mister Fisher
Each Way: Tornado Flyer@16/1
Jatiluwih will be his price due to his amateur, but very capable jockey. Solid and consistent sort the six-year-old won at this venue in November over 2m5f before qualifying easily for this race at Wincanton when last seen on Boxing day. His 10lb for the Cheltenham win in November may be his undoing here.
Stoney Mountain qualified when fifth of 14 runners at Warwick in January following wins in the early part of the season at Aintree and Haydock. His form on ‘Very Undulating’ Tracks is AWFUL! Fifth of 16 at Exeter back in 2017, 16/23 in the Bumper two years ago before pulling up in the Albert Bartlett 12 months ago. Unseated rider on latest visit here in December.
Kilbricken Storm has given up chasing Paisley Park home and drops into a class he should be dangerous in. Winner of the Grade 1 Albert Barlett over C&D two years ago following a win at this venue earlier in the season in Grade 2 company. Lost his way a little last season but has hinted at a return to form this term. Now racing 3lb lower than last winning mark, could run a big race dropping into Grade 3 company.
Winner of the Champion bumper two years ago, Relegate was never troubling the leaders as he qualified for this contest at Punchestown last month. Has good form on ‘undulating’ and ‘Very Undulating’ tracks, as well winning three of his four races going left handed. Notable jockey booking.
Each Way:Kilbricken Storm@14/1 Relegate@11/2
Winner of the Listed Close Brothers handicap 12 months ago A Plus Tard is sure to go well again. Any question marks about his ability in Grade 1 company were brushed aside at Leopardstown over Christmas.
Reigning champ Frodon is sure to put up another gallant effort under Bryony Frost. The eight-year-old has been well held in a couple of Grade 1 contests at Aintree and Haydock this term but the gelding is far more at home at Prestbury Park where he has won on five occasions from 11 visits here.
No match for Altior 12 months ago in the Queen Mother Champion chase, Min has been winning and running well in defeat in Grade 1 company this term. Yet to win in three starts at this venue, but has plenty of other conditions in his favour.
Riders On The Storm is in fine form this season but the fact he refused to settle in last years Close Brothers handicap is a concern. Not to be taken lightly.
Hard to see past the clear and obvious chance of Paisley Park to win his second Sayers hurdle.
Barcardys has placed at this venue and goes well on ‘undulating’ and ‘very undulating’ tracks. He has won on soft and is a dual Grade 1 winner. Well held in this contest 12 months ago, it has to be of interest that the yard decides to run him in this again despite 23L reversal last season.
Selection: Paisley Park
Each Way: Barcardys@33/1
Three outsiders who have conditions to suit who all score well on the trends.
Death Duty looks up against only just coming back from a two-year hiatus, running with credit in a couple of starts at Gowran Park since the turn of the year. Adept claimer Gavin Brouder is having a solid season and takes off a vital 7lb here.
Spiritofthegames is a regular round here, running well in defeat in a number of starts without winning but hitting the frame on four occasions from seven visits here. The eight-year-old boasts a record of 3P22 at this venue in the last 12 months.
The Phillip Hobbs-trained Springtown Lake was no match for A Plus Tard in the Close Brothers 12 months ago but got back to winning ways at Warwick last month off a 7lb lower mark. The eight-year-old has got in at the lower end of the weights with a number of conditions to suit.
Each Way: Death Duty@25/1
Much like the (Ex) four miler on Tuesday it could pay to side with the leading amateur jockeys whose mounts score well on the trends.
We have five live contenders that require consideration.
Bob Mahler has been running well in a number of starts since November including a win on his latest start at Musselburgh last month off a 5lb lower mark. Jockey Noel McParlan won this race two years ago on Missed Approach.
Just A Sting has solid claims with conditions to suit in this contest with jockey Michael Legg in the plate. Legg has hit the frame on three occasions from five starts in this race, placing on Grand Vision (2015), second of 22 on A Good Skin (2016) and Potters Legend (2017).
Kilfilum Cross finished second of 23 in this contest 12-month s ago off a 1lb higher mark behind Any Second Now with jockey Alex Edwards in the plate.
Fitzhenry (Patrick Mullins) had a couple of ‘gruellers’ earlier in the season which may have taken the shine of him but still commands respect along with the Derek O’Connor-ridden Champagne Platinum.
Each Way: Bob Mahler@20/1 Kilfilum Cross@12/1 Just A Sting@28/1
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